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Quote1 Parker's wife didn't know where he was, either, and I found him before. I'll find him again! Quote2
--Venom

Appearing in "Catfight!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #119.

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Synopsis for "Catfight!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #119.

While web-slinging across the city, Spider-Man suddenly begins to feel dizzy because he is still suffering from a concussion. Although he is disorientated, he narrowly avoids a fatal fall by gripping onto the side of a building. He worries about the concussion, inflicted during his battle with the Sinister Syndicate, will slow down his search for Flash Thompson who has been on the run from the law since being framed for the crimes of the Hobgoblin.[Continuity 1] Deciding it is unsafe to web-sling home, Spider-Man decides to walk the rest of the way. On his way, he relishes the idea of finally being able to retire once the search for Flash is over.[Continuity 2] However, Spider-Man really wonders if he can bring himself to retire, or if he is using the search for Flash Thompson as an excuse to continue his costumed heroics. When Peter enters his apartment, he discovers Mary Jane is there. He figures that she was upset that he took off to search for Flash, but she tells him that she has been cleaning for a house party, and tells Peter that she doesn't get mad, she gets even.

Meanwhile, at Bellevue Hospital, the mercenary known as Sabretooth is recovering from his last battle with Spider-Man.[Continuity 3] Through his facial bandages, he watches as his doctor enters the room. Doctor Roman has some news for Sabretooth, he believes that he can reverse Sabretooth's condition, including his violent bloodlust. However, Sabretooth is not interested and breaks free from his restraints and kills the doctor. Stealing the doctor's scrubs, Sabretooth tries to walk past the police officers stationed outside his hospital room. Unfortunately, they see through his disguise forcing the mutant to silence them as well. With nobody around to stop him, Sabretooth removes his disguise and the bandages over his face. With his facial scars stitched up, Sabretooth vows to kill Spider-Man.

Back at Peter Parker's apartment, Peter tries to avoid talking about his recent problems with Mary Jane. However, as Mary Jane does the dishes, she insists that he tell her what's been going on, as she wants to be a supportive friend. First he tells her about his battle with the Sinister Syndicate. Hearing how the Rhino almost crushed Peter with a ferris wheel, Mary Jane drops a glass on the floor. He then tells her how disturbed he was to see Alex Woolcot gunned down by SHIELD agents.[Continuity 4] When he tells her how Sabretooth almost disemboweled him recently, Mary Jane drops a dish on the floor. Peter decides that they should change the subject. Finding some old photos of the Black Cat, Peter rips them up and tosses them in the garbage. Peter thinks about his relationship with the Cat and how much of a disaster it was.[Continuity 5] Mary Jane expresses her dislike of Felicia Hardy, which leaves Peter to wonder if MJ is somehow jealous that he was dating the Black Cat. He assures Mary Jane that his romance with the Cat is behind him, just like his career as Spider-Man will soon be.

Meanwhile, the Black Cat is atop the Roosvelt Island Tramway, where she is also thinking about her relationship with Spider-Man. Even though she hates the wall-crawler, she still loves him and it hurts.[Continuity 6] She walks along the tram cable out over to the East River and tosses her photos of Spider-Man into the water below. She tries to convince herself that this expunged all her feelings for the wall-crawler, but she is only fooling herself. Not far away, Sabretooth is still intent on going after Spider-Man. Having kept a scrap of the hero's costume when they last fought, he picks up the web-slinger's scent and begins tracking it across the city. Back at Peter's apartment, the preparations for the party are complete and the guests start arriving. Joining them that evening are Peter's neighbors Bambi, Randi, and Candy, as well as Joe Robertson, his son Randy, and his wife Amanda, and lastly Harry Osborn and his son Normie. At that same moment, Sabretooth continues his hunt for Spider-Man, unaware that the Black Cat is following behind.

Back at the party, Peter talks to Harry Osborn about his concerns for Flash Thompson. Harry has little symapthy, as he believes Thompson is the Hobgoblin and remembers how the villain interfered with his wife's pregnancy.[Continuity 7] Harry points out that at the end of the day, people don't truly know each other, as there is much they keep hidden. Except for Peter, as Harry doesn't think that Parker could have hidden anything from him since they were once roommates.[Continuity 8] They rejoin the rest of the party, and when Peter comments on how well Bambi is caring for Normie Osborn, she scoffs at the idea of having kids. Peter wonders why she is pretending she doesn't have children when he knows that she has a child.[Continuity 9]

Suddenly, Peter's spider-sense goes off and he tries to sneak off, but is caught by Mary Jane. Mary Jane tries to convince him to stay and let someone else handle the danger.[Continuity 10] However, when Peter notices Sabretooth standing on the building across the street from his apartment, he insists that he needs to go out and deal with the villain. Outside, a patrol car spots Sabretooth and the officers order him to surrender. The mutant leaps down and murders the two officers, telling Spider-Man to come up before he kills more innocent people. This leaves Peter at an impasse as he wants to stop Sabretooth, but Mary Jane insists that he isn't well enough to fight. Suddenly, the Black Cat arrives and attacks Sabretooth. Her opening salvo slashes Sabretooth across the face, opening up his stitches. This infuriates the villain and he lunges at her. Even though the Black Cat is holding her own against Sabretooth, Peter still breaks away from the party to see what he can do. Mary Jane finds herself wondering if she wants to see the Black Cat get hurt or not.

Up on the roof of his apartment, Peter changes into his Spider-Man costume. While down on the street below, Sabretooth manages to grab Felicia's leg and bites into it. Hearing this, Peter thinks he is too late, but as he looks over the edge of the rooftop he watches as the Black Cat gives into her anger and lashes back at Sabretooth. She overpowers him and bashes the feral mutant's face into the pavement until he is rendered unconcious. With the battle over, the police arrest Sabretooth. As the Black Cat goes to get first aid for her leg, she spots Spider-Man up on the roof above and winks at him. Spider-Man is surprised that the Black Cat was not only able to stop Sabretooth, but she put her life at risk for him.

Later that evening, Peter tries to sleep but can't stop thinking about the Black Cat. He recalls that he broken up with her because he couldn't trust her, and that she couldn't hold her own against a superpowered villain. Now seeing that she was able to do both, Peter wonders where this leaves him now. While at her own home, Mary Jane finds herself conflicted as well. Although she still doesn't approve of the Cat, she can't help but thank her for being there to prevent Peter from risking his life. Sabretooth, meanwhile, has been returned to the hospital where security has been beefed up to prevent escape. Finally, at the Foreigner's penthouse apartment, the Black Cat fills him in on the evening's events. Satisfied that their plot against Spider-Man is going well, and ends the evening with a romantic interlude with her new partner.

Appearing in "Dead Meat"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #316.

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  • Venom
  • Unnamed bank robber (Only appearance)[1]

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Synopsis for "Dead Meat"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #316.

Venom has arrived in New York City to get revenge against Spider-Man. Hiding out in the sewers, he comes across a homeless man and catches him. Venom warns the homeless man about talking and demonstrates what will happen by using his webbing to suffocate a sewer rat. Venom then finds his way to a long-abandoned fall out shelter built during the 1950s that he learned about during his career as a newspaper reporter at the Daily Globe. Venom has come to set this place up as his base of operations while he hunts down and destroys Spider-Man.[Continuity 11] In order to prepare for this final confrontation, Eddie Brock begins lifting weights to ensure that he is at his peak strength when the time comes.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is out snapping crime photos for the Daily Bugle. Watching a police officer chasing a crook into a junk yard. When the wall-crawler spots the crook waiting to ambush the police officer, he uses his webbing to send a pile of junk onto the crook, knocking him out. The cop thanks him for the help, but Spider-Man gets him to keep quiet about it. This is because J. Jonah Jameson has been acting strange lately, refusing photos of Spider-Man unless they are teaken by Nick Katzenberg, a sleazy tabloid photographer.[Continuity 12] He is also concerned about the legal battle his Mary Jane has with Jonathan Caeser so she can get her investment back from their old condo at Bellford Towers.[Continuity 13] This is added pressure as Peter has returned to school.[Continuity 14] Spider-Man soon arrives at the Daily Bugle, where as Peter Parker he goes down to sell his photos to Jameson.

Later, Peter calls his wife Mary Jane and learns that her recent modeling gig has been cancelled. She tells him that she is going to use her free time to go looking for a new apartment. As he ends the call, Peter can't help but notice that Mary Jane seems down after all the problems in their life caused by Jonathan Caeser. As he leaves the Bugle, Peter's spider-sense is tripped by Glory Grant's new boyfriend, leaving him to wonder why.[Continuity 15] Meanwhile, the Black Cat arrives at Bedford Towers in the hopes of rekindling her romance with Spider-Man, only to discover that he moved away from here as well.[Continuity 16] Breaking into the condo to search for clues, the Black Cat is attacked by Venom who demands to know where Spider-Man is. He easily beats the Cat into submission, breaking her nose in the process. When she tells him that she doesn't know where Parker is, Venom believes her. As he leaves, he remarks how Peter's wife didn't know where he was before, and he still managed to track the hero down.[Continuity 17] At that moment, down at the front door to the building, Mary Jane arrives to pick up some final paperwork regarding their eviction. When she sees Venom leaving her old condo, Mary Jane makes a hasty retreat before she is recognized.

When Peter Parker returns home, his Aunt May tells her nephew that Mary Jane is upset by something and that he should talk to her. When Peter goes up to his old room to check on his wife, she tells him how Venom is back. Upset by this, Peter attempts to call the Vault to get some answers about this, but they give him the runaround much to his frustration. Mary Jane worries that Venom will follow them here, but Peter assures her that he will find Venom first. As Spider-Man, Peter scours the city in the hopes of sniffing out Venom and bring him to justice. Giving up for the night, he returns to the spot where he stashed his street clothes and is ambushed by Venom. Their fight takes them into a meat packing plant where he the two battle it out. When Venom dumps a vat of blood and offal on him, Spider-Man is grossed out and put into a panic. He quickly sends some slaughter house machinery crashing down on him and escapes, hoping he can plan on a better way of dealing with his foe. Unfortunately for Spider-Man, he dropped the web packet containing his clothing. Venom rips it open and goes searching through Peter's clothing. There he finds a number of change of address notices that give Venom his enemies current place of residence.

Appearing in "Savage Genesis"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #361.

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Synopsis for "Savage Genesis"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #361.

Serial killer Cletus Cassidy, now the symbiote-powered Carnage, arrives at the Agro-Lab at Empire State University in search of his next victim. He finds Chip, a classmate of Peter Parker. Chip starts to run away from Carnage, but Carnage picks up a sink and throws it at Chip making him not able to leave the room. Carnage heads over to Chip picks him up by the throat and extends his fingers, killing chip. Before his death he asked why he is going to be killed, only to have Carnage reply with "...'cause I can".

In the home of May Parker, we find Peter and Aunt May, just as Peter finishes fixing her heater.[Continuity 18] Aunt May's phone rings only to find out it is for Peter. Peter answers the phone and is told that a classmate of his, Chip, had been murdered. Spider-Man heads to the lab where Chip had been killed and hides in the air conditioning vents to find out information. He evesdrops in on a reporter questioning Professor Evert. She mentions the murderer had "living skin", also that his arm had grown a rope and he swung away. Leading Spider-Man to think the killer is Venom. Because of this development Peter Parker is late meeting his wife Mary Jane Watson-Parker in Central Park.[Continuity 19] Peter tells Mary that Chip had been killed and tells her he suspects that it is Venom who is the source of this. He recounts how he first got the Venom Symbiote on Battleworld during the Secret Wars.[Continuity 20] After learning that it was trying to permanently bond to him he later used the loud peals of cathedral bells to seemingly destroy it.[Continuity 21] The symbiote survived and bonded to someone with as much hatred for Spider-Man as it did...Eddie Brock. Bonding with the symbiote, Brock became Venom, one of Spider-Man's most powerful foes.[Continuity 22] Peter then recalls how he faked his own death at the hands of Venom during their last encounter, prompting Venom to remain on the Carribean Island where they fought.[Continuity 23] Mary Jane tells him he should leave it to the police, the Avengers, or the Fantastic Four. He can't do that, however, because he blames this on himself. He feels he is the only one who should stop these killings, reminding Mary Jane that she knew what she was getting into when they got married.

Going to the Daily Bugle, Peter goes through the newspaper's computer archives to retrace the activities of Eddie Brock prior to their last battle. He discovers that Eddie's had a cellmate at Ryker's Island. This cellmate was Cletus Kasady, an unrepentant mass murder who was convicted with eleven life sentences.[Continuity 24] He also discovers that Cletus had just escaped from his cell, murdering one of the prison guards in the process.[Continuity 25] He starts doing a background check on Cletus and discovers that Kasady lived at St. Estes Home For Boys, an orphanage that was ravaged by a fire with the disciplinarian administrator's dead body found within it, her skull smashed in. Peter wonders if this was the first murder committed by Cletus, and what kind of monster he is dealing with now. Digging deeper, Peter travels the entire city in search of people who knew Cletus in order to get more information about him. Everyone has very little to say about Kasady, but it appears that he was always present during some tragic event or another. Peter's last stop is to a psychologist who cannot divulge information about his former client but warns Parker to avoid Kasady at all costs.

That evening, Spider-Man goes to the ruins of the St. Estes Home For Boy to search for clues. He hears someone talking to themselves there. At first, Spider-Man thinks its a child but discovers that it is Cletus himself. The deranged lunatic is stark naked sitting before a fire talking to a teddy bear he calls Binky. When the wall-crawler tries to get in closer, he reveals his presence to Kasady. Looking at the wall-crawler, Cletus suddenly transforms into Carnage, ripping the teddy bear to shreds with his bare hands. Carnage stretches his arm to punch Spider-Man reminding him of fights with Venom. Spider-Man shoots a web at Carnage's face, while Carnage wraps his symbiote around the web in his face and grabs hold of Spider-Man and throws him into the wall. Spider-Man throws a giant piece of wood at Carnage who catches it and breaks it in half. Carnage then solidifies an ax from his hand and throws it at Spider-Man who barely dodges it. After watching it turn to dust, Spider-Man looks to notice Carnage has disappeared. Carnage's symbiote makes tentacles seep through the wall and grab hold of Spider-Man and ripping him through the wall to the floor. As this is going on officers arrive on the scene soon arrive to check out noise complaints. They burst into the room and Carnage shoots projectiles at one from his fingertips hitting him.

Spider-Man grabs hold of his tentacles and throws him then goes to check on the injured officers. While the wall-crawler is distracted, Carnage throws an oven at the other cop, prompting Spider-Man to push the officer out of the way. However, the wall-crawler is struck over the head, staggering him long enough for Carnage to escape. Searching the ruins for Carnage, Spider-Man discovers a parting message from his foe, the words "Carnage Rules!" painted in blood on a wall. Examining the blood, the wall-crawler notices that it is still fresh and realizes, much to his disgust, that Kasady used his own blood to write this message.

The following morning, Peter tells Mary Jane about how he has already tried to get the assistance of Avengers or the Fantastic Four of this new enemy, but they all seem to be dealing with their own planet-threatening problems. While expressing his frustrations, Peter accidentally knocks over Mary Jane's purse to the floor and discovers a pack of cigarettes among the contents. Mary Jane admits that they are hers, and that she used to smoke when she was younger. She managed to quit years ago, but took up the habit again recently in order to deal with the stress of Peter being Spider-Man. Before she can fully explain herself, Peter shushes her so he can hear a news bulletin about Carnage killing an entire family, including three children. Horrified by this, Peter realizes that he has no choice now, he has to find Venom an enlist his aid in stopping Carnage once and for all.

Solicit Synopsis

Re-discover the notoriety of Spider-Man’s most fearsome foes and celebrate Marvel’s 80th Anniversary with the return of MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories, and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. Reprinting Venom’s return in Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #316, the first appearance of Carnage in Amazing Spider-Man #361 and an action-packed Black Cat story in Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #119.

Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. Spider-Man's battle with the Sinister Syndicate took place in Amazing Spider-Man #280-281. Flash Thompson was framed for the Hobgoblin's crimes in Amazing Spider-Man #276. Flash has been on the run since being broken out of prison by Jack O'Lantern in Amazing Spider-Man #278.
  2. Peter decided to retire as Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #275, however he vowed to find Flash Thompson first.
  3. Sabretooth pulled Spider-Man's webbing off his face, seriously scarring his face in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #116.
  4. Alex was seemingly shot to death in last issue. However, unknown to Peter, Alex survived and taken into SHIELD custody as seen in Incredible Hulk #339.
  5. Spider-Man and the Black Cat started dating in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #75, but ultimately broke up in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100.
  6. The Black Cat's had started to hate Spider-Man after he removed her bad luck hex on him by Doctor Strange. This, in turn, changed the nature of those powers catching her offguard during a battle. This happened in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #115.
  7. Liz Osborn's pregnancy was put at risk when she was kidnapped by the real Hobgoblin in Amazing Spider-Man #261. Harry believes that Flash Thompson is the Hobgoblin after he was framed in Amazing Spider-Man #276. Harry will continue to believe this until Flash's name is cleared in Amazing Spider-Man #289.
  8. Peter and Harry were roommates starting in Amazing Spider-Man #46. However, Peter was forced to move out after the apparent death of Harry's father, Norman, caused Harry to lose his mind, learn Peter's double identity, and go after him as the Green Goblin. This was all chronicled from Amazing Spider-Man #122-Amazing Spider-Man #137. Harry no longer remembers Peter's identity as he had a complete mental break and extensive therapy.
  9. Peter met Bambi's son as Spider-Man while stopping a thief who posed as Santa Claus from robbing her apartment. That happened in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #112. Why Bambi is hiding the fact that she has a son here is never explained.
  10. When Mary Jane makes a comment about Spider-Man battling the Sandman, he tells her that his old villain is not a threat anymore. This is because the Sandman reformed, as seen in Marvel Two-In-One #86.
  11. Venom seeks revenge against Spider-Man for twofold reasons. First, Eddie Brock lost his job with the Globe due to the fact that his interviews with a crook he thought was the Sin Eater were proven to be made by a copycat in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #110 when Spider-Man captured the real killer. Second, his alien symbiote wants revenge because Spider-Man ultimately reject symbiosis with the creature in Web of Spider-Man #1. This was all revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #300.
  12. Unknown to Spider-Man at this time, the Chameleon took J. Jonah Jameson's place as part of a scheme to take over the New York city underworld. This all occurs during the course of Web of Spider-Man #52-54.
  13. Jonathan Caeser is the owner of Bedford Towers who was obsessed with Mary Jane, orchistrating her entry into Bedford Towers on Amazing Spider-Man #303. He kidnapped Mary Jane from Amazing Spider-Man #307-309. They were evicted as part of Caeser's revenge in Amazing Spider-Man #314.
  14. Peter returned to Empire State University in Amazing Spider-Man #310.
  15. Glory's boyfriend is Eduardo Lobo, one of the infamous werewolf mobsters known as the Lobo Brothers, who are currently at war with the Kingpin. This conflict is chronicled in The Spectacular Spider-Man #143-154 and Web of Spider-Man #47-55.
  16. The Black Cat and Spider-Man had broken up in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100. She then went off to Europe to sort out her feelings after the events of Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #129. She returned to New York in Amazing Spider-Man #306 only to discover that Peter moved out of his old apartment on Chelsea street.
  17. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife in this story. The Black Cat was unaware of this, but the couple was married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. However, years later, the demon Mephisto erased their marriage from history in Amazing Spider-Man #545. Although they are no longer married, they remained a common-law couple. In this new version of reality, presumably, Venom refers to Mary Jane as Peter's girlfriend, which would still prove a shock to the Black Cat none the less. His reference to Mary Jane not knowing where Peter is was a reference to his first encounter with MJ in Amazing Spider-Man #299-300.
  18. Peter mentions how Aunt May has been looking after him since his parents died. Peter's parents were killed in action on a mission for the CIA, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.
  19. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by the demon Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  20. Spider-Man obtained the Venom symbiote in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8.
  21. Spider-Man discovered that the symbiote was alive and trying to bond with him in Amazing Spider-Man #258. Ultimately he was forced to destroy it in Web of Spider-Man #1. Although the symbiote was near death, it was later revealed in Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1, that it was revived by the Intelligencia.
  22. As explained in Amazing Spider-Man #300, Brock lost his job at the Daily Globe after his exclusive interviews with the serial killer Sin-Eater were exposed as fake when Spider-Man caught the real Sin-Eater in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110.
  23. Venom was tricked into thinking that Spider-Man was dead in Amazing Spider-Man #347.
  24. After the Venom symbiote was seemingly killed in Amazing Spider-Man #333, Brock was incarcerated at Ryker's with Kasady, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #344.
  25. Kasady broke out of prison thanks to his own symbiote in Amazing Spider-Man #359.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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