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Morbius

Appearing in "And Then -- the X-Men!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #4

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Synopsis for "And Then -- the X-Men!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #4

Plagued by dreams of Morbius and becoming even iller, Peter Parker decides to resume his hunt for Michael Morbius after his latest nightmare rouses his roommate Harry Osborne. Deciding to seek out Hans Jorgenson once more to see if there are any leads, Spider-Man arrives just after Jorgenson is kidnapped by Morbius himself. When Spider-Man is spotted by the landlady, Spider-Man is blamed for the scientists kidnapping.

When news of Jorgenson's supposed kidnapping by Spider-Man reaches Charles Xavier (an old colleague of Jorgenson) he once more summons his charges the X-Men. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel and Ice Man all answer his summons, however, the Beast refuses to join, having a mission of his own to accomplish. Professor X sends the X-Men out into New York City to track down Spider-Man.

When they find the wall-crawler, a battle ensues ending with Spider-Man being over-powered by the X-Men and restrained by Marvel Girl. Learning via a psi-probe that Morbius kidnapped Jorgenson, Xavier orders the X-Men to bring the now comatose Spider-Man back to the X-Mansion for further probing and to study Jorgenson's notes.

There they learn that Spider-Man will soon die due to a toxin used to cure him of four additional arms that he gained during his last encounter with Morbius. They also learn that Jorgenson was working on a cure which could be utilized by Morbius' blood.

In order to rescue his friend and save Spider-Man, Professor X sends the X-Men out to capture Morbius. After a lengthy battle, the X-Men manage to defeat Morbius and rescue Jorgenson. Afterwards, Jorgenson is able to cure Spider-Man, who thanks the X-Men before leaving them to deal with Morbius.

Appearing in "Wolf at Bay"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #12

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  • Moondark (Main story and flashback) (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "Wolf at Bay"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #12

Sent on assignment in San Francisco, Peter Parker takes a moment to explore the Golden Gate Bridge as Spider-Man. Thinking this might be what he needed to get his mind off of Gwen Stacy, the wall-crawler is unaware that he is being observed by the Werewolf by Night. Lost in thought, Spider-Man barely notices his spider-sense going off and narrowly avoids the opening attack by the Werewolf. The lunge knocks them both off the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. As they fall, Spider-Man thinks back to how he found himself in this situation, to begin with...

A few days earlier, Peter Parker went to see J. Jonah Jameson for an out of town photo assignment. Jameson complains about having to cover the expense of such a trip, but Joe Robertson tells them that Daredevil and the Black Widow have been very active in California and that they are newsworthy enough to send someone out to San Francisco. Accepting that Peter is likely the best photographer to send to capture photos of the two heroes, Jameson agrees to send Parker out, but warns him that he better take some stellar pictures

...Snapping out of his recollection, Spider-Man manages to break their fall with a net of webbing. However, the Werewolf still comes at the wall-crawler, forcing the hero to toss the monster off the side of the bridge and into the water below. As Spider-Man looks for any sign of his attacker, he is unaware as the spectral face of some strange individual appears behind him. After a brief observation, the face vanishes before Spider-Man can sense its presence. Famished, Spider-Man swings into the city and changes into Peter Parker. Going into a diner, he orders a meal from the waitress. Peter notices that the waitress who took his order was emotionless. Looking around, he notices that everyone else in the diner appears to be in some kind of trance. When the waitress comes back with his food, she suddenly screams, and the Werewolf comes crashing in through the front door. Peter struggles with the Werewolf, but their fight sends them crashing out of the diner's window. With his street clothes shredded, Peter slams the Werewolf's head into the side of a car then leaps onto the roof of the diner to change into his Spider-Man costume. Suddenly, the people inside the restaurant come pouring out and walk off into the streets, still under a trance.

With the sun rising, Spider-Man is shocked to witness the Werewolf revert back to human form. Spider-Man helps the man up, and learns that he is Jack Russell. Russell explains that he came to San Francisco to recover from the effects of the last full moon along with his sister Lissa and his friend Buck Cowan. He explains that they decided to check out a magic show by a magician calling himself Moondark. During the performance, Moondark put the entire audience into a trance, including Jack Russell. When he snapped out of it, he found himself in Moondark's dressing room. The sorcerer then used his magical powers to transform Jack into the Werewolf and teleport him to the Golden Gate Bridge to attack Spider-Man.

Deciding to help, Spider-Man is taken to the theater where Moondark is performing. There, the wall-crawler smashes their way in. However, Jack suddenly turns into the Werewolf and attacks Spider-Man, sending both crashing down the stairs. There Moondark still has Lissa and Buck in a trance. Although Spider-Man struggles with the Werewolf, he realizes his best chance is to stop Moondark. The wall-crawler shoves Moondark through his mists of transportation, sending the two away. Without Moondark's influence, Jack Russel and his friends are returned to normal. They then wonder what became of Spider-Man and Moondark. Meanwhile, on the Golden Gate Bridge, Spider-Man holds on for dear life, after being transported there by the mists. Unfortunately for Moondark, he fell into San Francisco Bay, and seemingly perished. Spider-Man swings off to recover his clothing so he can complete his assignment.

Spider-Man's trip to San Francisco continues in Daredevil #103...

Appearing in "If an Eye Offend Thee!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #15

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Synopsis for "If an Eye Offend Thee!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #15

Peter Parker is out on a date with Mary Jane Watson. Passing Madison Square Gardens, Mary Jane sees an advertisement for a motorcycle stunt show featuring the Ghost Rider. Needing something to get his mind off his recent troubles, Peter agrees that they should check it out. Soon they take the stands and watch as Ghost Rider takes to the arena. Peter is impressed by what he thinks is make-up, little suspecting that Johnny Blaze is possessed by a demon. Soon the show begins, with Ghost Rider jumping his motorcycle off a ramp over four other cyclists, including his girlfriend Roxanne Simpson. Suddenly, the show is interrupted by the arrival of a gang of motorcyclists led by a man wearing a helmet in the shape of a giant eyeball. The intruder introduces himself as the Orb and they begin running amok in the area. When a guard attempts to draw his gun, the Orb stuns him into a trance just by looking at him.

The Orb then begins using this ability on the crowd. While Ghost Rider decides to do something to stop this intruder, Peter Parker manages to look away from the Orb in order to prevent himself from being entranced. Deciding to do something himself, Peter uses his web-shooters to get up into the rafters of the stadium so he can change into Spider-Man. As Ghost Rider tries to stop the Orb and his goons, the villain manages to grab hold of Roxanne. As Ghost Rider pursues, the Orb's goons try to stop him. That's when Spider-Man swings in to lend a hand. As Ghost Rider pursues the Orb, the villain uses his hypnotic powers to make people in the audience to walk into Ghost Rider's path, forcing him to wipe out in order to avoid hitting them.

When Spider-Man tries to swing after the escaping bikers, the Ghost Rider uses his hell-fire to blast his web-line. This angers Spider-Man, but the Ghost Rider tells him that Roxanne Simpson's safety is his responsibility. Suddenly, the enthralled audience members begin reciting the same message: That Johnny Blaze is to meet with the Orb and exchange ownership of his stunt riding show in exchange for Roxanne's safety. The Orb is giving him two hours to make up his mind. Meanwhile, at his lair, the Orb snaps Roxanne out of her hypnotic trance. When she demands to know who he is and why he is doing this. The Orb reveals that he is Drake Shannon, a former partner to her father, the late Crash Simpson. He tells her how they both owned the stunt riding show. With neither man wanting to buy out, they agreed to a race where the winner takes control of the show. Unfortunately, circumstances were that Shannon ended up wiping out, and sliding 25 yards on the pavement on his face. Horribly scarred face, Drake became jealous of Simpson's success and faded off, never to be heard from again, until now. Concluding his story, he explains that he was found by individuals who gave him his orb. He then reveals his motivation: to take everything away from Crash Simpson. Removing his helmet and revealing his horribly scarred face, he says he is taking it to compensate for everything that Crash Simpson had over him.

As he puts his helmet back on, the Orb is interrupted by the Ghost Rider, who has managed to track him down. Blaze turns over papers giving Shannon control of the stunt riding show and is about to take Roxanne away when suddenly the Orb's men draw their guns. The Orb reveals he had no intentions of letting them leave alive to tell the authorities that they made the deal under duress. Before they can open fire, Spider-Man swings in and attacks, just as they had planned. While the two heroes are busy with the bikers, the Orb tries to make his escape with Roxanne again. After rounding up the Orb's goons, they take some motorcycles to follow the Orb down the subway tunnel outside his hideout. The trail leads them into Grand Central station, where Spider-Man manages to pull Roxanne to freedom with his webbing, while Ghost Rider disarms the Orb with his hell-fire. The Orb tries to make his escape down the subway tunnel again with the Ghost Rider in hot pursuit. However, the villain didn't expect a subway car heading the opposite direction. While Ghost Rider manages to jump to safety, the Orb is not as lucky and is struck down by the train. However, as they search the scene, they find no trace of the Orb except for the discarded papers, which turn out to have been forgeries. Ghost Rider uses his powers to burn them. With the danger over, Spider-Man swings away, slightly disturbed by a comment by Ghost Rider that he is not wearing a mask.

Appearing in "For a Few Fists More!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #31

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Synopsis for "For a Few Fists More!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #31

Peter Parker is sitting down in a diner for a meal that is suddenly interrupted when Iron Fist kicks the mugger through a window into the restaraunt. Parker watches in awe as Iron Fist easily disarms the knife weilding man and steps out once the fight is done. Curious about this martial artist, Peter slips into a nearby alley to change into Spider-Man and follow after him so he can snap photos for the Daily Bugle. As Spider-Man follows after Iron Fist, he is unaware that the both are being observed by a strange man who speaks backwards. This is Drom the Backward Man, and he believes that these two heroes can provide him with enough power to continue living and follows after them. In order to accomplish this, the man uses a ray device to snap Spider-Man's web and cause him to land on top of Iron Fist.

Thinking that this is an attack, Iron Fist strikes back. Spider-Man's speed allows him to dodge a kick that is powerful enough to knock down a lamp post. Sure enough the two heroes begin to fight each other, much to Drom's delight. However, Spider-Man has a cooler head and uses his webbing to tie up Iron Fist. After explaining that someone shot his web, the pair agree to compare notes. Iron Fist rips free of the webbing and the pair sit down at a nearby playground to compare notes. Furious that they are no longer fighting, Drom uses his weapon to transform the sand around them into a massive four armed sand creature. Iron Fist is knocked out in the opening salvo, but Spider-Man manages to get the upper hand when he wraps the sand creature in webbing. Suddenly it is destroyed by Drom who reveals himself to his two targets. Spider-Man tries to fire a web at their foe, but it disinitgrates before making contact with Drom. While Spider-Man is still confused, Drom blasts him, knocking the hero out.

Spider-Man later wakes up in Drom's lab and finds himself tied to a chair. Using a device that translates his words, Drom explains his origins to the confined hero. He explains that after his birth, due to some bizarre twist of fate, he turned from an infant to an old man. Drom quickly learned that he was aging backward and began inventing the technology he needed to keep himself alive, from devices that transform food into material his reversed metabolism can eat, and drain the energies from people and objects that is reflected back at a specially made mirror that slows his reversed aging process. That's why he instigated the battle between Spider-Man and Iron Fist, in order to draw the power he needed. Now with Spider-Man his prisoner, Drom will drain the hero of all his energy. As Drom activates the device, Iron Fist comes crashing through the wall, having followed Drom from the scene of their battle.

After knocking Drom aside, Iron Fist frees Spider-Man and after Iron Fist is warned not to touch Drom, the pair quickly figure out a way to defeat their foe: the mirror. Grabbing the looking glass, the pair smash it on the ground. Suddenly, Drom begins to rapidly de-age until he no longer exists. In the aftermath of the battle, Spider-Man and Iron Fist find it hard to remember their ordeal, as though all memory of Drom is being erased. Hoping to keep some kind of record of the battle, Peter Parker returns to his apartment and records his account in the hope he will always remember this strange battle.

Trivia

The cover by Budiansky and Chan is based on the "Band on the Run" album cover by Paul McCartney and Wings.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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