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Appearing in "The Madness Of Mysterio!"
- Daily Bugle Staff
- George Stacy
- Harry Osborn
- Anna Watson
- The Wizard (Recap)
- United States of America
- Peter Parker's Motorcycle
Synopsis for "The Madness Of Mysterio!"
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 "Dark Destiny!"
- Arachne (First appearance)
- Jared Kurtz (Only appearance; dies)
- High Evolutionary (Only in flashback)
- New Men (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "Dark Destiny!"
With Nick Fury stationed at a SHIELD base on the Riviera, Hydra (led by Otto Vermis) sends a squad to attack, with their newest super-agent, their "spider-woman" who they have code named Arachne. Sent to assassinate Fury, Arachne thinks back to the events that led her to becoming a member of Hydra: How she was as girl in small European village, and was considered a witch because of her fantastic powers. However, she was found and taken in by Otto Vermis and made a member of Hydra. There she became lovers with fellow Hydra agent Jared. However, Jared would soon become captured by SHIELD, and Vermis would send Arachne to assassinate Fury himself in revenge.
When she accidentally kills Jared trying to get at Fury, Nick realizes that Arachne is unaware that Hydra is a terrorist organization, and shows her video footage of Jared threatening innocent lives. Convinced that Hydra has played her for a fool, the angry Arachne goes back to get revenge against Vermis and his Hydra unit. Confronting Vermis before he can escape he reveals the truth about her origins: That she is really one of the High Evolutionary's New Men, a highly evolved spider, who did not fit in with her fellow New Men and fled to a nearby town where she was recruited by Hydra.
Vermis manages to break free from Arachne and tries to make his escape in a Hydra shuttle. Arachne follows after his ship, damaging it enough to make it crash, killing Vermis. As SHIELD secures the Hydra base, Arachne flees and wanders off into the wildness to wonder what she will do with herself now that she has no purpose.
Appearing in "Where, Oh Where Has My Spider-Man Gone?"
- Scarlet Witch
- Edwin Jarvis
- Mrs. Muggins
- Martha Lund
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Hobgoblin (Recap)
- Dr. Octopus (Recap)
- Owl (Recap)
- Mr. Hyde (Recap)
- Kingpin (Recap)
- Avengers (Recap)
- Ultron (Recap)
Races and Species:
- New York City
- Goblin Glider (Recap)
Synopsis for "Where, Oh Where Has My Spider-Man Gone?"
This story follows the events of Secret Wars #12...
The Black Cat swings through the city trying to contemplate the fact that she allowed the Kingpin, one of her lover Spider-Man's deadliest foes, give her super-human abilities. She considers the cost of having these powers to make her Spider-Man's equal against super-powered villains compared to selling her soul to the proverbial devil to do so.[Continuity 1] She decides to go down to the street level and take a walk to try to get her head on straight. Walking down the street she is unaware that a group of muggers are sneaking up behind her. Before they can jump her, her bad-luck powers kick in tripping up the crooks and giving the Black Cat and easy victory over them.
After the encounter, she decides that it's best to tell Spider-Man about her abilities but not tell him how she got them. Figuring that when the Kingpin comes to collect his marker from her, she will stiff him on their deal so that she can stay on the straight and narrow.[Continuity 2] She then goes out seeking Spider-Man to tell him a false story about how her powers were apparently latent.[Continuity 3] Her first stop is Peter Parker's apartment, which she finds empty, and so she leaves him a note and goes out the front door. On her way out she runs into Peter's landlord Mrs. Muggins who tells her that Peter hasn't been home for days and that if he's boarding another person in the room she's going to charge him more rent. Felicia bolts out of there before she has to answer too many sensitive questions and blow Peter's secret identity.
The Black Cat then pays a visit to Captain Jean DeWolff to see if she's seen Spider-Man. While DeWolff has not, she tells the Black Cat that a number of the cities super-heroes went missing recently and that Spider-Man may have been one of them. When a rookie cop bursts in and draws a gun on the Black Cat, her luck-powers spring on him allowing her to escape. The experience makes her decide not to be so candid about telling people about her powers so that she can have an edge against Spider-Man's enemies in the future. The Black Cat next goes to the Daily Bugle and starts asking around to see if anyone there has seen Peter Parker recently.[Continuity 4] This gets her in a spat of words with J. Jonah Jameson, however, this is defused when Joe Robertson pulls her into his office with a tall tale about how the Black Cat is helping on a story with local night prowlers.[Continuity 5] When he gets her in seclusion he asks her what's going on. She explains that she is looking for Peter Parker, and like everyone else, Joe hasn't seen him for days. The Black Cat then decides to leave and seek others for help in tracking down her lover.
Swinging past Avengers Mansion, she decides to pay another visit to see if the Earth's Mightiest Heroes might know something. With her new powers, she easily gets past the security system until it's augmented by the Scarlet Witch's powers. There, she learns that she and the Vision have not seen him since they petitioned Spider-Man to join the group[Continuity 6]. They explain that they are attempting to expand their ranks and offer her membership. She is surprised based on her criminal past, however, the Vision and Scarlet Witch point out that a lot of Avengers past and present were former villains and that the Vision himself was created by one of the Avengers worst foes.[Continuity 7] Black Cat thanks them for their offer but leaves to continue her search for Spider-Man.
With nowhere else to look, the Black Cat hops a train into Queens where she pays a visit to Aunt May's boarding house to see if she has seen her nephew. Going into a random window she startles one of the women living in the boarding house. Seeing that she has frightened people and doesn't know which person is Peter's Aunt, she tells them that she was going to a costume party and was trying to make for a dramatic entrance and must have picked the wrong house. Hiding out in a tree on the property, Black Cat once more mulls over if she should tell Spider-Man about her powers when she is suddenly startled by his arrival. She is surprised to see him wearing a new black costume, to which he tells her is a very long story.[Continuity 8] When he asks her again what she is doing here, she tells him that she missed him and only wanted to see him.
Spider-Man swings into onto the stage as we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the House of Ideas with the era-spanning MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories, and highlights some of our most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, Spidey faces the mind-bending madness of Mysterio in a classic showdown from the boundless imaginations of Stan Lee, John Romita Sr. and Don Heck — the villain’s special effects have never been bigger than in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #66! Then meet Jessica Drew, the startlingly different Spider-Woman in in MARVELSPOTLIGHT (1971) #32 — to know her is to fear her! And finally, with the webslinger missing, the Black Cat steals the spotlight! Can frantic Felicia Hardy find her Spider — or will she find adventure? Surprises are in store in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #90!
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