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Appearing in "Make Way for... Medusa!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #62.

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Synopsis for "Make Way for... Medusa!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #62.

While web-slinging through the city, Spider-Man's web is cut by Medusa's Mono Cruiser, and the two engage in a brief battle before it's learned that Medusa has come on a good will mission on behalf of the Inhuman nation. Spider-Man decides to live and let be having more important things to worry about. As Medusa is being convinced Montgomery G. Bliss, owner of Heavenly Hair-Spray, to partake in an advertising campaign -- Peter Parker tries to patch things up with Gwen, to no avail.

When Medusa gets fed up of dealing with the fickleness of Bliss' corporate image, she goes on a rampage in his office before leaving. Spotting Spider-Man nearby, Bliss gets an idea to trick Spider-Man into a fight with Medusa and have a hidden camera man take pictures of the fight to try and salvage his campaign.

Spider-Man takes the bait and attacks Medusa, however during their fight the truth comes out and Spider-Man lets Medusa free. Fed up with her treatment in New York, Medusa decides to leave and return to the hidden land. Spider-Man then ruins Bliss' hope of capitalizing on the photos by telling the press that Medusa was wild and out of control.

Appearing in "Wings in the Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #63.

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Synopsis for "Wings in the Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #63.

Adrian Toomes, the original Vulture, had survived his brush with death and has escaped from prison. Taking on a spare Vulture costume, the original Vulture vows to get revenge on Blackie Drago. Meanwhile, Spider-Man seriously injures his arm while web-slinging on a rainy day. The Vulture then breaks into a nearby museum and steals back the Vulture costume once worn by Drago.

The next day while Peter attends classes as usual and attempts to patch things up with Gwen, the Vulture drops in on the prison where Blackie Drago has been incarcerated. There he fights off inmates and guards alike and demands that Drago put on the spare costume, so that they may duel and learn which is the more superior fighter -- and therefore worthy of the title of the Vulture.

While Peter makes a meeting with George Stacy, and Norman Osborn continues to struggle with reemerging memories of being the Green Goblin, the two Vultures fight high over the city. Peter learns about it while stopping by the Bugle and Jameson takes him up to the roof to take pictures of the fight.

When a little boy is endangered in the battle, Peter abandons Jameson so he can slip away and change into Spider-Man and rescue the child. As Toomes knocks out Drago, Spider-Man saves the little boy. All this is watched by a furious Jameson who has no photographer to document this whole spectacle. With the boy taken to safety, and Drago was taken into police custody, who swears he will never put on the wings again. Spider-Man, who has seriously strained his already injured arm, is the only one capable of trying to stop Toomes, who is rushing towards the wall-crawler, bent on a fight to the finish.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Vulture's Prey"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #64.

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Synopsis for "The Vulture's Prey"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #64.

Spider-Man is fighting against the original Vulture. However, his ability to fight is hampered by an arm injury sustained in an earlier battle with Toomes. During the fight, J. Jonah Jameson grabs hold of Spider-Man so that the Vulture can finish him off. However this only succeeds in the Vulture using Spidey to attack Jameson and Joe Robertson, and Joe is injured. Spider-Man breaks free and webs up Jameson and checks to see if Joe is okay before leaving.

Meanwhile, Gwen is told by her father (whose memories from when he was brainwashed have come back) that Peter never attacked him when he was under the Kingpin's influence, which brings Gwen happiness as she hopes to patch things up with Peter. However, her joy is replaced with worry when Betty Brant and Ned Leads tell Gwen that Peter was on the roof of the Bugle building when the Vultures attacked.

While Spider-Man has continued his fight with the Vulture, the fight is taking much of his waning strength. However, Spidey manages to short circuit the Vulture's power pack, forcing him to flee. Exhausted after the fight, Spider-Man simply passes out in the middle of the road.

Appearing in "The Impossible Escape!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #65.

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Synopsis for "The Impossible Escape!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #65.

Having passed out in the middle of the street following his fight with the Vulture, Spider-Man is taken into police custody, but George Stacy ensures that Spider-Man's mask is not removed, to protect his civil rights. Gwen looks for Peter, but can't find him and assumes the worst.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is transported to the local prison and put in the infirmary where he will be questioned when he revives. However, this never happens because the prisoners take over the prison and hold George Stacy hostage. Spider-Man revives and fights through all the cons and frees Stacy.

Afterward, Stacy tries to appeal to Spider-Man to stay for questioning and to reveal his identity and try and prove that he is not a criminal. Spider-Man refuses, because of his concern over his Aunt May's safety should his identity become public knowledge. Spider-Man then leaves, and when a furious J. Jonah Jameson visits the prison after wanting to know why they let Spider-Man escape, the answer is straightforward: He stopped a prison break and diffuse a hostage situation.

Appearing in "The Madness Of Mysterio!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #66.

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  • Peter Parker's Motorcycle

Synopsis for "The Madness Of Mysterio!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #66.

Mysterio has managed to break out of prison and is using his special effects prowess to prepare another plot to get revenge against Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Spidey recovers his clothes and camera left in the debris following his fight with the Vulture. The next day he tries to sell the pictures to Jameson. Furious that Parker "abandoned" him when he was supposed to be taking pictures of Spider-Man's battle with the Vulture, he throws Parker out of the building telling Peter that he doesn't need him to take pictures. However, when he gets the pictures some other photographer took for him of the battle, they are very poorly taken.

Short on money, Peter is forced to sell his motorcycle in order to have money. He then is shocked when he sees Mysterio boldly walking the streets before he vanishes in a wisp of smoke. Shortly he is met by Gwen Stacy who has come to make up with him now that she knows the truth about the Kingpin's control over her father. They run into Harry who is worried about his father Norman who has disappeared. Nobody can figure that Osborn has been hiding out because his Green Goblin persona is returning, as well as his memories of Peter Parker's secret identity.

Going to visit his Aunt May, he bursts in when he hears her cry out. He then sees that she was upset over a Mysterio appearing on television. Mysterio issues a challenge to Spider-Man to meet him to a fight to the finish or he will start destroying the cities bridges. Peter leaves his Aunt and changes into Spider-Man. He then goes to the first place that he fought Mysterio and the two are locked in a battle. During this fight, Spider-Man is knocked out by a blast. When he revives it appears that he has been shrunk down in size and put on the set of a miniature amusement park with a giant Mysterio looming over him.

Appearing in "To Squash A Spider!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #67.

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Synopsis for "To Squash A Spider!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #67.

Spider-Man appears to have been shrunk down in size and put in a miniature amusement park. A now giant Mysterio attacks the wall-crawler wherever he goes, Spidey not only has to dodge Mysterio's clutching hands, but also avoid all the traps that the master of special effects has set up in the place. While back at the Parker home, Aunt May's health continues to make her weaker and her doctor advises her to stay in bed. At the Daily Bugle Jameson is furious that there has been no news about Mysterio since he issued his challenge to Spider-Man.

As Spider-Man fights through a deadly hall of mirrors, and various other traps, Gwen Stacy visits her father. When the phone rings, Gwen hopes it's Peter, but it turns out to be only Joe Robertson checking to see if there's been any new word on Mysterio. Joe has to go when his son Randy comes to his father for help.

Back at Mysterio's hide out, Spider-Man realizes that he's been played for a fool, that the whole time he wasn't shrunk down in size fighting on a miniature set, but actually fighting on a gigantic set fighting a giant robot of Mysterio. He singles out Mysterio's location, hidden in a ride. Smashing into it, Spider-Man makes short work out of Mysterio. He then torches Mysterio's gear and leaves him for the police to pick up. On his way back home, he happens to take note of a student protest at E.S.U.

Appearing in "The Parents of Peter Parker!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.

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  • Unnamed Prototype jet

Synopsis for "The Parents of Peter Parker!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.

When helping Aunt May move stuff around the attic, Peter accidentally breaks open a storage trunk filled with photos and other items belonging to his parents. Among these is a newspaper clipping that identifies that his parents were traitors to their country. Mortified, Peter questions his Aunt May, who tells him of his parents and the last time they saw them alive and how she and his Uncle Ben adopted him when they were killed.

Unable to shake this idea from his mind, Peter decides to learn the full story, and so as Spider-Man he seeks the Fantastic Four's aid in helping him travel to the last place his parents were reported seen alive: Algeria. There he learns that his parents were supposedly spies who worked for the Red Skull, and he came across their ID badges for the Skull's organization. Spider-Man also stumbles upon the Red Skull himself, who is in the country to organize a new plot to take over the world.

Spider-Man clashes with the Skull and his men and eventually learns from one of them that Richard and Mary Parker were murdered by the Red Skull when they refused to do his bidding. Believing his parents to have died heroes, he goes after the Red Skull once more and defeats him in battle. In the aftermath, he finds that his father's Red Skull ID card has been cracked in the battle, and finds ID cards underneath that identify them as anti-espionage agents, proving to Peter that his parents were secret government operatives. With evidence to clear his parents' names, Peter returns to the United States, happy to know that in reality, his parents died serving their country instead of betraying it.

Appearing in "Twice Stings the Tarantula!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #1.

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Synopsis for "Twice Stings the Tarantula!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #1.

Spider-Man is on the campus of Empire State University to snap photos of Vice-Chancellor Edward Lansky who is making a hard line against proposed budget cuts to the education system from the mayor's office. Although he is bored out of his mind, Spider-Man believes that Lansky is a straight up guy. Suddenly, the international terrorist known as the Tarantula leaps into the middle of the press conference. Spider-Man leaps into action to prevent the kidnapping of Lansky. However, on his way to the ground, he can't help but notice that Mary Jane Watson with Flash Thompson, hurt that the pair has been seeing each other lately. While Spider-Man is busy fighting the Tarantula, his minions make off with Lansky. Seeing this, Flash Thompson tries to stop them, only to be easily knocked aside by the masked kidnappers. Spider-Man fails to stop the Tarantula and his goons manage to escape. Stunned by his foe's final blows, Spider-Man has to make a hasty retreat when the students and faculty accuse him of being in league with the Tarantula. Going up to the rooftops, Spider-Man goes to recover his camera only to discover that the webbing holding it in place snapped, wrecking the camera and destroying the photos he took. Angered over his constant bad luck, the wall-crawler punches the side of the building, hurting his hand.

Returning home, Peter changes back into his civilian guise before he returns to his apartment. As he crosses the hall he is greeted by his neighbor Glory Grant, who sees his injured knuckles and offers to patch him up. He learns that Glory's modeling career isn't going so well and she has decided to go look for a regular job. As they leave, they bump into Mary Jane, who invites herself along with them to city hall to job hunt. When they arrive, Peter spots the same limo that was used by the Tarantula to capture Lansky. With an excuse about needing to visit his Aunt May in hospital, Peter leaves his companions and slips into a washroom to change into Spider-Man.

Outside, the Tarantula's employer orders him and his minions to eliminate the mayor. When they attempt to use the mayor's private elevator they are attacked by Spider-Man. While the wall-crawler is busy with the Tarantula's minions, the villain makes his way up to the mayor's office. Before the Tarantula can eliminate the mayor, Spider-Man leaps in to stop him. Their fight sends Spider-Man, the Tarantula, and the mayor crashing out of a window to the streets below. Spider-Man forces the Tarantula away, so he can rescue the mayor. Although he has failed to stop Spider-Man, the Tarantula vows to get revenge. When the mayor asks if the Tarantula returns, Spider-Man promises that he will be there if he does and leaves to catch up with Glory and Mary Jane.

Appearing in "Kraven Is the Hunter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #2.

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Synopsis for "Kraven Is the Hunter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #2.

Following his battle with the Kingpin, Spider-Man hitches a ride aboard a tugboat to get back to the mainland. Once in Brooklyn, the wall-crawler returns to the lab of Doctor Curtis Connors to inform him that the device used to restore his stolen life force from Richard Fisk had worked. Connor's is happy to hear it but suddenly feels dizzy. He sends Spider-Man away so he can get some rest. Meanwhile, in Gramercy Park, a limo pulls up to a mansion. There, a man in a hat and long coat emerges from the passenger seats with two leashed tigers. Entering the building, this man is attacked by the Tarantula. Doffing his disguise, Kraven the Hunter defends himself from his surprise attacker. The battle is soon stopped by the Tarantula's employer, who has brought in Kraven to help with his next plan. After the kidnapping of Edward Lansky and a failed attempt on the life of the mayor, this mystery man wants the two super-villains to kidnap Richard Gorman, the School Counselor at New York University.

Later, Spider-Man swings to the apartment where his Aunt May lives with Anna Watson. Changing back into Peter Parker, he goes down and joins his Aunt for dinner. After the meal, Anna Watson returns home from grocery shopping and asks what has happened between Peter and Mary Jane. Peter tells Anna to ask her niece as he doesn't know and leaves. While on the campus of New York University, the Tarantula and Kraven make short work of the security put in place to protect Gorman. Using the air conditioner to distract those inside, the pair easily captures Richard Gorman and evade the arriving guards.

At that moment, Peter Parker is assisting Glory Grant with her job hunt by bringing her to the Daily Bugle. There, he introduces her to city editor Joe Robertson and asks if J. Jonah Jameson is still looking for a new secretary. Suddenly, the most recent hire goes storming out of Jameson's office in tears after one of the tyrannical publisher's tirades. Although Glory is apprehensive at first, within a matter of minutes she has managed to tame Jameson, and he hires her on the spot, much to the surprise of Peter and Joe. Not long after, Peter happens upon a news story about the kidnapping of Richard Gorman and heads to the scene of the crime to investigate. There he is attacked by Kraven the Hunter and his tigers. While the two battle, the Tarantula returns to his employer with Gorman as a prisoner. With his job done, the Tarantula is paid for his work and sent on his way. However, this is a trick on the part of his lawyer as the money is rigged with a knock out gas. The man who employed the Tarantula has decided that he knows too much and must be eliminated.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man and Kraven's battle have taken them atop a movie theater marquee. There, Kraven pins Spider-Man and attempts to stab him with his hunting knife. Spider-Man struggles with all of his strength to keep the knife from striking. He manages to divert Karven's aim, making the villain strike one of the marquee light bulbs. Karven is suddenly jolted with thousands of volts of electricity, knocking him out and sending him crashing to the sidewalk below. With the battle over, an exhausted wall-crawler goes to call an ambulance for his foe and intends to go straight home for a much-needed rest.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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