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Quote1 Hello, Mrs. Parker -- I'm sorry to hear about Peter's condition. Your husband's an old... friend... of mine. I assure you, I'll do everything I can to find out what's wrong with him. Quote2
-- Curt Connors

Appearing in "High Drama"

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Synopsis for "High Drama"

Spider-Man races to the hospital after hearing the news that Peter Parker has collapsed and might be dying.[Continuity 1] Upon arrival, Ben quickly changes into his civilian identity and rushes to Mary Jane's side. She tells Ben about how Peter has been having weird muscle spasms the past few days and then suddenly, he collapsed on the floor. The doctors are not sure what is wrong with her husband, but they have called in a specialist to examine him.[Continuity 2] Reilly tries to assure her that Peter will pull through, pointing out all the countless dangers that he faced as Spider-Man. However, Mary Jane reminds him that Peter doesn't have his spider-powers to save him this time.[Continuity 3] She then takes Ben in to see Peter who is awake for the time being. As they talk, Ben wonders if Peter is suffering from the cellular degeneration that affects all clones eventually.[Continuity 4] Soon an influx of visitors come in to give their well wishes to Peter. Watching from the sidelines a curtain, Ben watches as Peter is visited by Flash Thompson, Liz Osborn and her son Normie, followed by various staffers at the Daily Bugle.[Error 1] Ben can't help but see how many people care about Peter and Mary Jane and thinks how much the couple deserves so much love. When Peter falls asleep, the pair go back outside. That's where Ben overhears reporter Ken Ellis telling Angela Yin about a man threatening to jump off the top of the Rand Building. As Ben rushes off to stop this jumper as Spider-Man, Joe Robertson approaches Mary Jane. He tells her the Daily Bugle will do anything to help. However, Robertson is surprised that J. Jonah Jameson hasn't come by to visit Peter yet.[Continuity 5]

By this time, Ben has changed into Spider-Man and is swinging to the Rand Building. He spots the jumper hanging onto the communications tower on the roof for dear life. There he asks the man what he is doing. The jumper -- who is named George -- explains to the wall-crawler that he wants to end his life because he sees himself as a loser. As George explains his woes, a news helicopter that is trying to capture the tense situation is caught up in wind shear and crashes into another building. With a greater disaster before him, Spider-Man grabs George and swings him down into one of the offices below, telling the suicidal man that they can talk about his problems if he's still around later. The wall-crawler then gets to the crashed chopper and braces it with his webbing. He then begins leading the passengers off one-by-one. After he gets the first one down to the floor below, he orders George to cal 911. While back at the hospital, Mary Jane watches her husband sleep when he suddenly goes into convulsions, prompting Mary Jane to frantically call for help. As doctors rush into the room to stabilize Peter, Spider-Man continues to save the helicopter crash victims. When one of them stops breathing, George is the only one who knows how to perform CPR. Things get worse when the fire from the crashed chopper begins to compromise the structural integrity of the building. As the building begins to tilt, one of the crash victims tumbles out the window but is quickly saved by Spider-Man. He is not the only person saving these lives, as George successfully revives the injured pilot, and the doctors at the hospital manage to revive Peter Parker. While George is being congratulated for saving a life, Peter Parker remains in a coma, bringing Mary Jane to tears. After the authorities and emergency response crews arrive at the scene of the helicopter crash, George is cleared and allowed to leave. He is stopped by Spider-Man who wants to know if he still needs to talk. However, the entire experience made George realize that his life is worth something, as if he had committed suicide as he planned, the helicopter pilot would have died. He then thanks Spider-Man for teaching him that his life does have value.

Meanwhile, at the Renault Diamond Exchange, officers arrive on the scene of a robbery. After examining the crime scene, the officer in charge suspects that it might be the work of the Shocker and asks his men to investigate and see if he is still in custody.[Continuity 6] Back at the hospital, Mary Jane cries at her husband's bedside. She is interrupted by one of the doctors who tells her that the specialist they called in has arrived. Going out to meet the specialist, Mary Jane is surprised to discover that the specialist is Curt Connors.

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
  1. Peter collapsed and was rushed to the hospital in Spider-Man #70.
  2. 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.
  3. At the time of this story, Peter had just retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 and then lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. However, his powers will begin coming back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  4. Also at the time of this story, Peter Parker has been led to believe he is a clone and Ben Reilly is the original Spider-Man. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. It is also part of a complex lie created by the Green Goblin as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  5. The reason why Jameson hasn't come by is that, at the time of this story, he had recently been kidnapped by the Scorpion as seen in Spider-Man Unlimited #13.
  6. At the time of this story, the Shocker had just recently been arrested following the events of Spider-Man Unlimited #12. The true identity of the thief here is revealed next issue.

Continuity Errors

  1. Ben can't believe that Peter Parker is friends with Flash Thompson, who bullied Parker in high school. This is based on the premise that Ben Reilly is the original Peter Parker instead of a clone. This is a continuity error based on the fact that Ben shares all of Peter's memories leading up to Amazing Spider-Man #149. While Flash Thompson was Peter's high school bully (first depicted in Amazing Fantasy #15) he and Peter pretty much ended their animosity toward each other by Amazing Spider-Man #138.

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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