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Quote1 And the funny thing is, Aunt Anna -- the entire time I was looking for it, it was right under my nose! Merry Christmas, everyone! Quote2
-- Peter Parker

Appearing in "A Christmas Story"

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Synopsis for "A Christmas Story"

As the holiday's fast approach, Spider-Man swings across the city realizing that he hasn't bought any gifts for his loved ones and hopes that he can snag a last minute present.[Continuity 1] However, as the wall-crawler gets down to the street level he is spotted by citizens who want to cash in on the bounty put on his head by Norman Osborn.[Continuity 2] Surprisingly, one of the would-be bounty hunters pulls a gun and starts opening fire on the wall-crawler. Quickly thinking, Spider-Man leaps to the ground and swats the gun out of his hand before anyone else can get hurt by the stray bullets. This doesn't stop an angry mob from forming prompting Spider-Man to flee the scene.

Once in the relative safety of the rooftops, Spider-Man thinks how easy it was finding a gift for Mary Jane's Aunt Anna.[Continuity 3] After meeting their new neighbors, Ellen Hibbert and her daughter Hope, Anna has been helping Ellen with Hope who is deaf. Seeing Anna's interest in the young girl, he bought her a book on sign language to help her communicate with the young girl. Now he only has one present left to buy but has no idea what to get. Seeing the lights on at the Daily Bugle, the web-slinger decides to take a peek and see who is still working. Inside he spots J. Jonah Jameson working in utter frustration and wonders what Norman Osborn has on him to make the once proud publisher sell half ownership of the Bugle to Osborn.[Continuity 4] Swinging away, he hopes that Jameson can have a happy holiday even though it looks like he is going through a rough time.

Getting a gift for his wife Mary Jane was easy enough, especially after such a nightmare year the couple have been having.[Continuity 5] Since money was tight, Peter sold all his old monster comics he had collected as a kid.[Continuity 6] With the money from selling these comic books, he was able to pay for a much-needed getaway from New York.

While a few blocks away, Morrie Bench -- aka Hydro-Man -- walks down the street wondering why he decided to stay in New York. Paranoid, he thinks the two men following behind him are either police or SHIELD agents unaware that they are just two ordinary men going to do laundry. Thinking these men are carrying weapons designed to capture them, Hydro-Man reveals his true nature. As Hydro-Man flees the scene, he runs into Spider-Man who is fleeing yet another angry mob that has formed by his presence. Bench sends himself and Spider-Man crashing into the display window of a nearby store. After slamming into a holiday display, Hydro-Man makes his getaway while Spider-Man recovers from being ambushed. Following after Morrie, the web-slinger continues to try and think of the ideal gift. His mind drifts back to earlier that day when he was at the Daily Bugle checking his messages. Once again he learns that a woman with blonde hair has been trying to contact him for some time, but he can't figure out who it is.[Continuity 7] His thoughts were interrupted by Billy Walters, the new writer for the Daily Bugle. He asks Peter for a decent photo of Spider-Man for a story he is writing. He then surprises Peter with a gift. Peter felt bad because he has been trying to be friends with Billy and has been doing something terrible job at it. This is why he has been out trying to find the perfect gift, but he hardly knows Billy and can't think of anything. He thinks about how he tried to get in the holiday spirit at home, but Mary Jane noticed him brooding and convinced him to go out and find a gift for Billy.

Stopping to take a look at people celebrating the holidays, Peter realizes that he has been thinking too hard about what to get Billy that he completely forgot the spirit of the season. Recalling how Billy is a huge Spider-Man fan, the web-slinger then comes up with the best idea. Spider-Man then pays a visit to the apartment of Billy Walters with a camera to take all the photos Billy could ever want of Spider-Man as a gift from Peter Parker.[Continuity 8] As the web-slinger leaves, Billy Walters wishes the hero a happy holiday. With his holiday spirit restored, Peter Parker returns home to spend the evening with his family and they spend a festive evening together around the television watching holiday specials on the television.[Continuity 9]

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Continuity Notes

  1. As the title suggests this story is depicted as taking place around Christmas. However, this puts it at odds with Spider-Man Holiday Special #1995 and Amazing Spider-Man #420 which also depict Spider-Man celebrating Christmas. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, these stories would all happen at least a few months apart from one another instead of an entire year between each (With the 1995 Holiday Special at least happening in the previous year of the modern age from this story. One could assume that the depiction of Christmas here is a topical reference.
  2. Osborn put this bounty out after tricking Spider-Man into attacking him in The Spectacular Spider-Man #250.
  3. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  4. The Bugle was having financial troubles since Amazing Spider-Man #417 until Norman Osborn forced Jameson to sell half-ownership of the company to him in The Spectacular Spider-Man #249 after threatening to harm Jonah's family for months.
  5. That's a vague way of putting it. Peter is referring to how their life was turned upside down during the clone saga that started with Peter going through an identity crisis, constant threats on Mary Jane's life, and ending in the miscarriage of their child and the return of Norman Osborn.
    Clone Saga Reading Order
    Prelude
    The Double
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    The Lost Years
    Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
    Act One
    Power and Responsibility
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
    The Exile Returns
    Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
    Back From the Edge
    Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
    Web of Life
    Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
    Web of Death
    Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
    Funeral for an Octopus
    Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
    Players and Pawns
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
    Aftershocks
    Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    Mark of Kaine
    Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
    Crossfire
    Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
    Planet of the Symbiotes
    Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
    Act Two
    Maximum Clonage
    Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1
    Growing Pains
    Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
    The Exiled
    Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
    Time Bomb
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
    The Greatest Responsibility
    Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
    Act Three
    Virtual Morality
    Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
    Cyberwar
    Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
    Nightmare in Scarlet
    Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
    The Sensational Spider-Man
    Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
    The Final Adventure
    Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
    Act Four
    Media Blizzard
    Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
    The Return of Kaine
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
    Web of Carnage
    Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
    Blood Brothers
    Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
    Redemption
    Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
    Peter Parker Returns
    Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
    Loose Ends
    Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
    Revelations
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
  6. Peter's collection of monster comics were showcased in Sensational Spider-Man #-1.
  7. The last time this woman tries to reach Peter was in Sensational Spider-Man #21. The identity of this woman is revealed in Sensational Spider-Man #26. Peter states that he uses a dial-up modem to access his messages at the Bugle. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as that technology is generally considered obsolete.
  8. The kind of camera used here is depicted as a Polaroid Instamatic Camera. Again, this should be considered a topical reference as this technology is more of a novelty than a commonly used format and is generally considered obsolete.
  9. The film they are watching is "It's a Wonderful Life" which in-and-of-itself wouldn't necessarily be a topical reference other than the fact that the celebration of Christmas in this story itself should be considered topical.

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