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Quote1 Interesting idea though! Edible webbing! I might even be able to get my own breakfast cereal! Quote2
-- Spider-Man

Appearing in "Shooting Spider-Man"

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  • Bank Robbers (Only appearance)[1]

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Synopsis for "Shooting Spider-Man"

Joe Robertson and J. Jonah Jameson have just been given a photo of Spider-Man with the skeleton stolen from the morgue. The picture was taken by their former freelancer Peter Parker, justifying their decision to fly him in from Portland.[Continuity 1] When Jonah tries to renege on the promised payment, Peter threatens to sell the photo to the Daily Globe instead unless Jonah agrees to pay the originally agreed amount, plus all of his expenses -- adding an additional three days of hotel stays to that equation. As expected, Jonah eventually relents, taking satisfaction that he will finally get Spider-Man once and for all. Realizing that their problems with Jameson have just gotten worse, Peter begins thinking about what he and Ben Reilly can do about the skeleton.

Meanwhile, Ben Reilly is working away at the Daily Grind. As he is delivering a drink to Desiree Winthrop -- a regular patron -- she invites him over to her place after his shift. When Ben confirms that all she wants to do is get help with her studies, he accepts the invitation. Heading back to the front counter, Shirley Washington pulls Ben aside and tells him that she was contacted by the Social Security Office who informed her that the social insurance number that Ben provided when he took the job is incorrect. Ben makes an excuse about filling out the form incorrectly and promises to straighten out the problem, however, he is secretly concerned because his credentials were all fabricated by his friend Seward Trainer.[Continuity 2] That's when Jessica Carradine enters the Daily Grind after Ben has been avoiding her and convinces him to go out for dinner with her after his shift. As they walk the streets together, Ben thinks about how he recently discovered that Jessica is the daughter of the man who killed his Uncle Ben.[Continuity 3] He doesn't know what to do about this situation, as he never suspected that Uncle Ben's killer had a daughter, let along the possibility that he would end up dating her. He then asks her to tell him more about her father, saying that it is important to their relationship. Jessica resists at first, questioning the relevance, but decides to tell him anyway.

She explains how she believes the Ben Parker misidentified her father and that his father was falsely accused of being a murderer.[Continuity 4] She then goes on to say that when her father finally got out of prison he tried to go straight, but the wall-crawler tracked him down. Although the coroners report states that her father died of a heart attack, she has convinced herself that Spider-Man strangled her father to death and the authorities lied about the cause of death in order to protect Spider-Man's reputation.[Continuity 5] She then tells Ben that only two people attended her father's funeral: Herself and the priest and she believes that if her father were alive today they would both be happy, blaming Spider-Man for everything that has happened to her family.

That's when police cars begin driving by with their sirens on, prompting Ben to cut their date short. He makes up a lame excuse of needing to find a phone to call Shirley and tell her that he will be running late for work, and this does nothing but convinces Jessica that Ben is living a double life. With no choice, Ben runs off to change into Spider-Man and see what the trouble is. Meanwhile, Jessica has her camera with her and decides to rush ahead to the scene of the disturbance in the hopes of getting photos of what is happening. She is shocked when Spider-Man shows up on the scene mere moments after she does. The situation turns out to be a bank robbery, and the wall-crawler begins taking down the ski-mask-wearing thieves until one of them grabs a hostage and threatens to shoot her if Spider-Man doesn't stand down. As the thief backs out with his hostage, Jessica goes up onto a nearby rooftop to take photos of the dramatic scene unfolding on the street below. Spider-Man slowly follows the crook outside and quick thinking uses his webbing to plug the barrel of the thieve's gun, while also creating a shield to protect his hostage from the shrapnel.

With the situation diffused, Spider-Man makes a quick exit and goes to a nearby rooftop to change out of his costume, little knowing that Jessica is tracking him with her camera. She manages to catch the wall-crawler as he is taking his mask off and snaps a photo. Instantly recognizing Spider-Man as Ben Reilly, Jessica is in utter shock. By this point, Ben's spider-sense kicks off warning him of danger and he puts his mask back on. Swinging to the opposite building he spots Jessica with her camera and fears the worst. The wall-crawler swings down and tries to explain himself, but Jessica is too angry to listen and storms away, leaving Spider-Man to wonder how to deal with this new development.

A short time later, Ben meets up with Peter Parker and the pair decide to bury the remains of the Spider-Clone in Queens cemetery. There he tells Peter about his recent discoveries regarding Jessica and her father, and Peter tells him that the burglar who killed Uncle Ben died of a heart attack when he faced him. This then turns into a discussion about their true natures. Even though Seward Trainer's tests concluded that Peter Parker was the clone and Ben Reilly is the original Spider-Man, the recent discovery of this skeleton throws it all into question and Peter insists they keep on searching for the ultimate truth of the matter.[Continuity 6] When Ben questions why Seward would decieve them, it angers Peter who decides that he will investigate things on his own if Ben won't support his concerns and storms off, much to the disappointment of Ben. Meanwhile, Jessica Caradine has developed the photo of Spider-Man unmasking. Now that she knows the true identity of the man she thinks killed her father, she thinks how perfect this opportunity would be for revenge.

Blood Brothers continues in Amazing Spider-Man #411....

Notes

Continuity Notes

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
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 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Omega
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
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
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
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
  1. When Peter retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 he and Mary Jane moved to Portland as seen in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1. Spider-Man stole the skeleton from the morgue in Sensational Spider-Man #2. Peter took the photo, at the wall-crawler's insistence, during the Web of Carnage story arc.
    Web of Carnage
    Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
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  2. When Ben was under the employ of Jason Tso, a mobster and nightclub owner, Seward Trainer used his hacking skills to create all the necessary documentation for Ben in order to prevent any suspicions about his identity. This was done in Web of Scarlet Spider #2.
  3. Peter Parker's Uncle Ben was murdered by the Burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  4. Jessica is mistaken, as detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #400, it was May Parker who identified the shooter as she witnessed Ben getting shot. Ben bled out before the authorities could arrive.
  5. This is another misconception by Jessica. In reality, her father was in league with Mysterio at the time he faced Spider-Man again. Seeing that the wall-crawler was the nephew of Ben Parker caused him to have a heart attack and die. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man #200.
  6. Peter and Ben were tested by Seward Trainer in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. Peter's suspicions about the validity of those tests are proven valid as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journals #1.

Chronology Notes

A flashback in this story affects the chronology of the following characters:

  1. Jessica Carradine:

Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:



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