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Appearing in "Invasion!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8.

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Synopsis for "Invasion!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8.

With She-Hulk in danger at Doombase, the heroes gathered on Battleworld rush to her aid. Their attack attract the attention of the Enchantress who has been drinking since she thought Thor was slain by Doom's minions, but sees that he is actually alive and well, however she is too drunk to join the fight. Also hearing the commotion is Volcana who is still caring for the Molecule Man after he was seriously wounded by Wolverine in an earlier battle, she refuses to leave his side. While down below in the dungeon the deranged Klaw frees the Lizard from his cell. Elsewhere still, the rest of the villains are still pounding on the She-Hulk when they hear the attack and rush off to stop it. Before leaving, Doctor Octopus lands one more blow in the hopes of killing She-Hulk. While in his quarters, Doctor Doom continues to try and recover after being expelled from the Worldship of Galactus as his bodyguard Ultron guards from the door.

The heroes are ambushed by the villains and during the fight Iron Man's armor is damaged by the Wrecker. The Thing tries to tackle the Absorbing Man but suddenly reverts back to human form, forcing Spider-Woman to come to his aid. While Thor ties up Doctor Octopus, Pile Driver tries to square off against Hawkeye, but cowers away when the bowman manages to strike him with an arrow. The Hulk comes crashing in on the Enchantress but is knocked out by her enchanted charms. When she tries the same thing on Captain America, he resists her long enough to knock her out with his shield. While Spider-Man squares off against Titania, Hawkeye and Ben Grimm run into Klaw and the Lizard and are concerned that they are outmatched. Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, Thor and Spider-Woman later locate Volcana and Molecule Man and try to attack. Molecule Man responds by erecting an indestructible screen around them and Volcana unleashes large fire blasts that fries Iron Man's armor, but Captain Marvel manages to pass through in her light form, and the heroes cease their hostilities when they find out that Owen has been seriously injured. While not far away, Spider-Man manages to get the best of Titania, delivering her a humiliating defeat and knocking her out of the fortress.

Meanwhile, Captain America and the Human Torch are squaring off against Ultron. Ultimately the Torch defeats the robot by unleashing his nova flame, overheating his circuits and rendering the killer robot inert. Captain America then storms into Doom's quarters and seeing the state that Doctor Doom is in, considers Doom no threat and leaves. With the battle over, Mister Fantastic and the others find Hawkeye and Ben Grimm playing patty-cake, thanks to the limited intellect of their foes. Soon She-Hulk is found and is placed in the medical bay along with the defeated members of the Wrecking Crew, while the rest of the villains are locked up. While back in the alien village, Colossus rushes the unconscious Zsaji to her room. There he finds the bottle of mind melding gas and uses it to learn what ills her. He discovers that the constant use of her powers to heal the various heroes have taxed her system and threaten to kill her. Colossus then professes his love to Zsaji. Elsewhere, Hawkeye and Captain Marvel return to discover that Zsaji pushed her powers to the limit so she could revive the Wasp. While from their look out, the members of the X-Men notice that Galactus is getting dangerously close to completing his world devouring device.

Back at Doombase, Iron Man is impressed that Mister Fantastic seems unsurprised that an African-American is wearing the Iron Man armor. While elsewhere Spider-Man notices that Thor got a new helmet and cap. When Hulk tells Spider-Man that there is a device that creates costumes by thought, he goes to check it out for himself since his own uniform is in tatters. Finding what he believes to be the machine the Hulk was talking about, Spider-Man thinks into it and a strange black ball comes out and lands in his hand. Spider-Man is surprised when the blackness begins to spread up his arm and envelops his body in a new black and white costume. As Spider-Man begins to wonder why it doesn't look like his old costume suddenly the ground begins to quake. This is followed by a telepathic distress from Professor Xavier warning the heroes that Galactus is about to consume Battleworld.

Appearing in "Homecoming!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #252.

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Synopsis for "Homecoming!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #252.

The story follows the events of Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12...

At the offices of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson go over the latest edition of the newspaper, which has a cover story about the various heroes who have disappeared recently. As usual, Jameson wonders what connection these disappearances have with Spider-Man. However, Robertson -- as editor-in-chief of the Bugle -- refuses to shirk his journalistic integrity on unfounded rumour. Still, they wonder what has happened to the heroes, as they have been gone for days. At that very moment, on Sheep's Meadow in Central Park, gathering of police officers and reporters are shocked when a massive construct suddenly appears. Out leaps Spider-Man in a new black and white costume carrying Curt Connors. Spider-Man lands in front of a man with a thermos and asks for some of its contents for Connors to drink. It then sinks in that they have finally made it home, Spider-Man rejoices. The officers on the scene ask who Spider-Man is, not recognising him in his new costume. One officer refuses to believe it when the wall-crawler introduces himself and reaches for his gun. Quick thinking, Spider-Man webs up the police officer's hand before he can fire a shot. Suddenly, the Avengers emerge from the portal, much to the relief of Spider-Man, who was starting to think that he and Connors were the only ones who made it back. With the crowd questioning the Avengers, Spider-Man decides that its time for Connors and himself to leave.

They swing into the nearby trees, the pair are still coming to terms with their experience on Battleworld and the idea that a being like the Beyonder exists. He reminds Connors that they should follow Reed Richard's advice and not say anything about it. They make a brief stop so Spider-Man can recover the clothing he left behind when he was first abducted. Much to his dismay, his web-sack dissolved a while ago, and to make matters worse, birds have used his clothing as a nest. He is relieved to find his wallet and keys are still there. He then absorbs the items into his new costume, which has abilities that he has yet to totally figure out. With his belongings recovered, Spider-Man then web-slings Curt Connors back to his apartment where he is happily reunited with his wife and son. Connor gives them a vague explanation as to what happened and explains that he was happy that Spider-Man was there to help him. Billy remarks that he hardly recognised Spider-Man in his new costume.

With Connors dropped off, Spider-Man returns to his apartment in Chelsea and is happy to finally be home. Dropping through the bathroom skylight, the hero is still trying to make sense of everything that happened. Thinking about changing out of his costume, Spider-Man is surprised when his costume suddenly shape shifts into street clothing. Peter thinks that perhaps he should take up Reed Richards on his offer to examine the costume. Feeling his face, Peter realises that he hasn't shaved in days, and that leads him to panic since he hasn't talked to Aunt May since he first disappeared. He quickly calls his Aunt May and when she asks where he has been, he tells her that he was on a photo assignment for the Daily Bugle. Although Aunt May still insists on mothering him, she seems okay. After agreeing to come over for Sunday dinner, Peter ends the call and thinks about how much of a positive influence Nathan Lubenski has been in her life since they met. Peter then tries to call his girlfriend, Felicia Hardy, in the hopes he can straighten out their relationship, but there is no answer. Peter knows that Felicia has been hiding some kind of secret from him and learned from the Avengers and Fantastic Four that she had approached both groups seeking a means of obtaining superhuman powers. Hungry, Peter goes out to get some food, deciding to try and reach Felicia again later.

Not long after Peter has left, the Black Cat arrives in Peter's apartment looking for him. She is worried that he has been gone for so long as she wants to talk to him. She is concerned that in her quest to get powers, she unwittingly got them from the Kingpin. She then leaves Peter's apartment to search for him elsewhere, wondering where he could have gone. Peter returns home with a pizza shortly after the Cat has departed and checks his mail, finding only bills. Back inside his apartment, Peter thinks about how he needs to make some fast cash. Suddenly, his costume spits out his camera. Remembering that he took photos of his time on Battleworld, Peter thinks this might be what he needs to save his money problems. Peter develops the photos, but after looking at how alien the images are, he comes to the frustrating realisation that nobody would think they were real. It's just as well, he finally concedes, since Reed Richards recommended they keep their little war a secret.

Tired, Peter hangs up his costume and goes to bed. Unfortunately, he can't bring himself to sleep because he has too many thoughts in his head. Deciding to go out web-slinging, Peter is shocked when his costume melts off the chair they are draped on and travels across the the floor and melds over his body. As soon as he is web-slinging, Peter feels like his mind getting more at ease. He quickly spots a mugging in progress and swings down to stop it. Upon seeing Spider-Man the crook flees. His would be victim also flees once he gets a look of Spider-Man, and he figures that it is probably his new costume. Feeling a zest for life, Spider-Man swings across the city. When he spots two teenagers arguing, Spider-Man decides to go down and see what is the matter. He quickly learns that this they are fighting over the fact that the boy, Justin, wasn't able to get tickets to see a band that his girlfriend, Weezie, wanted to see. Spider-Man points out that their fight is pointless since they have a lot going for them.

Justin disagrees since they live in the ghetto, so Spider-Man decides to show them that there is an entire world out there for them to discover. He picks up the two teens and swings up to a tall building. With the city laid out before them, Spider-Man shows them that the city has good and bad, and that the city is almost like a living creature. After dropping the kids back down on the street, they thank him for showing them the city from his vantage point. After the experience, Spider-Man swings away thinking how this city brings out the best in himself.

Appearing in "By Myself Betrayed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #253.

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Synopsis for "By Myself Betrayed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #253.

Peter Parker has been assigned to accompany Daily Bugle sports reporter, Wendy Thorton, to cover the game between New York Mammoths and the San Francisco Skyhawks. So far, the Skyhawks are winning the game and the Mammoths' star-quarterback Ray Nesters appears to be doing more poorly than usual. As Peter tries to figure out how to work the sports camera that was lent to him by the sports editor, he is approached by Nesters' younger brother Tony, who attended classes at ESU and when Peter was a teacher's assistant. When the game ends, Wendy doesn't understand why the Mammoths lost. She takes the sports camera back and goes to the locker room for post-game interviews. Peter leaves and realizes that he is running late for dinner at Aunt May's. Slipping out of view, Peter wills his street clothing to change into his Spider-Man costume. Peter is still amazed by the ability the new costume he got from Battleworld. Still, the costume still has its mysteries, as he swings out of the football stadium he wonders where this costume generates its webbing. He reminds himself that he should have Reed Richards examine the costume as soon as possible. As he swings away, the people below don't recognize the wall-crawler on account of his new look. It reminds him of the early days when he first became Spider-Man. This gets him thinking about his failed attempt at showbiz that ultimately led to a burglar killing his Uncle Ben.

Meanwhile, Ray Nesters and his brother return home, Ray tells Tony to go inside and that he is going to get a newspaper. However, he is actually meeting with two underworld enforcers named Mr. Varly and Mr. Johnson. They represent a mobster named the Rose, who has Ray on the take. They give him a bonus and instruct him to throw the game again the following week. However, Ray refuses as the playoffs being that week and he can't afford to lose any more games. When Ray tries to strong arm Mr. Johnson, Mr. Lester pulls a gun and threatens to shoot him. When Ray relents, they warn him to follow orders or he will be killed. When Ray returns to his apartment, Tony notices that his older brother seems tense, but Ray tells the youth to mind his own business.

Later that evening, Peter Parker is finishing dinner with his Aunt May and Nathan Lubenski. Left alone with his Aunt to clear the table, Peter chooses this opportunity to tell his Aunt May that he has quit school. This upsets May who thinks Peter is throwing his future away. Her upset is noticed by Nathan who demands to know what Peter had said to upset his aunt in such a way. Later, Peter goes out web-slinging as Spider-Man to get his mind off of Aunt May's reaction. Spider-Man can't help but think how nothing in his life appears to be turning out right. Particularly his relationship with the Black Cat, which appears to be going sour. He can't help but think that the Cat is keeping some secret from him. Elsewhere, Mr. Varley and Johnson report back to the Rose about Ray Nesters, and the Rose assures them not to worry about the athlete, as he will assure that he stays in line.

Tuesday morning, Ray is practicing with his teammates the big game. His coach tells him that he has a feeling that this year is going to be the Mammoths year. Later, after practice, Ray returns home to find an envelop that was slid under the door of his apartment. Inside he finds a note from the Rose telling him how to throw Sunday's game along with a cash advance. He is soon called by Mr. Varley who wants to confirm Ray's cooperation. However, Nesters refuses to reply, which the Rose deeply regrets as he did not want to have to resort to violence. On Thursday, Peter Parker is waiting to meet Joe Robertson at the Daily Bugle. He is lost in thought, thinking that perhaps his Aunt May was correct. Going in to see Joe, he is told that his sports photos were not good, and how Peter's work has been slipping lately. Robertson warns Peter to shape up, reminding him that he is not the only freelance photographer that works for the Bugle. When Peter leaves, he asks Joe's secretary, Betty Leeds, why Joe is being such a hard case. Betty points out that he is running a tight ship as the new editor-in-chief of the Bugle since taking over the position from J. Jonah Jameson. They are joined by Wendy Thornton who has arranged an interview with Ray Nesters with Tony. Since she made the connection with Tony thanks to Peter, she offers him to come along and snap photos. She then calls to confirm the appointment with Tony, who lets her go to answer someone knocking at the door.

Meanwhile, Ray is returning home from another practice. He is thinking about where things went wrong in his life. However, the fame of being a pro athlete led to becoming indebted to the Rose and going on the take. When he returns home, he finds a note from the Rose telling him that they have kidnapped Tony and that they need to talk. He rushes out of his apartment to go find the Rose, bumping into Peter Parker and Wendy Thornton on the way out. When Wendy wonders what's wrong, Peter shows her the state of Ray's apartment. As the sports reporter wonders what happened, she doesn't see Peter slip away. Changing into Spider-Man, the wall-crawler follows after Nester's car and follows him to a nearby warehouse. Ray slams through one of the garage doors, crashing into the Rose's goons. He struggles one of the goons and gets a gun from him, and demands the Rose to let his brother free. The Rose appears and brings out Tony, distracting Ray enough for the mobster's minions to jump him. After setting up his automatic camera, Spider-Man leaps through the window and makes short work of the Rose's men. While the wall-crawler is busy, Ray goes to rescue his brother. Tony demands to know if Ray has been intentionally throwing games, furious with his brother when he deduces the truth.

While everyone is distracted, the Rose takes the opportunity to flee the scene. Spider-Man spots this and tries to go after the Rose. When the villain tosses a gas bomb at the wall-crawler, it has no effect as his new costume filters out the gas. When the Rose tries to flee, Ray attempts to stop him, but the criminal easily overpowers him and sends some massive wooden crates toppling down on him to cover his escape. Spider-Man manages to swing down in time to shield Ray with his body, but the Rose manages to escape. In the aftermath of the battle, Tony fears that the Rose will not leave his brother alone now. However, Ray realizes that there is only one way to handle this. Ray then gives a full confession to the Daily Bugle putting an end to his career. Reading the article later, Peter Parker congratulates Wendy on the scoop. However, Wendy wonders why someone with such a promising career would throw their life away like Ray Nesters did. This gives Peter some hard thinking to make of his own.

Appearing in "With Great Power..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #254.

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Synopsis for "With Great Power..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #254.
Jason Macendale Jr. (Earth-616) from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 254 001

Jack O'Lantern.

The NYPD are recovering the Hobgoblin's battle van from the Hudson River. Also on the scene is Spider-Man, who is taking pictures of the recovery operation for the Daily Bugle. Spider-Man recalls the battle that led to the battle van crashing into the Hudson and the apparent demise of the Hobgoblin. He also thinks about all the changes that have happened since that moment, particularly his time on Battleworld and his new costume that has strange abilities that he doesn't fully understand. Spider-Man decides to tag the battlewagon with a spider-tracer since he fears that it survived the plunge into the Hudson, perhaps the Hobgoblin survived as well. As the police load the van onto the back of a flatbed, an inconspicuous looking trucker observes the salvage and radios to his mysterious employer, telling him where the van is being taken. Meanwhile, Spider-Man is lost in thought over his own problems, particularly the continued turbulence with his girlfriend the Black Cat, and how his Aunt May is upset with him for dropping out of grad school.

Seeing a payphone becoming available, Spider-Man swings down and attempts to call his Aunt May. The phone is answered by Victor Palermo, one of his Aunt's tenants. When he tells May that it is her nephew Peter calling, May is still upset with him and doesn't want to talk. Peter is hurt when he learns that his Aunt doesn't want to talk to him, much to Peter's dismay. As he web-slings toward the Daily Bugle, Peter worries about the rift that has been created between himself and his aunt. Hitching a ride on a delivery truck, Spider-Man gets into the Bugle through the loading dock but is spotted climbing on the ceiling. The wall-crawler escapes into a stairwell and webs the door close. He then wills his costume to turn into street clothes and begins the seventeen-story hike up to the Bugle offices to sell his photos. Meanwhile, a group of men continues to track the Hobgoblin's battle van. They create a distraction that holds up the police escort so that the flatbed truck carrying the van continues on alone. The truck drivers are then distracted near a construction site, a magnet crane is used to lift the battle van off the back of the truck.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker is at the Daily Bugle where he laments over the lack of photo assignments. When a reporter comes out from Joe Robertson's office in a fluster over yet another re-write, Peter asks Betty what's the matter with Joe Robertson. Betty suspects that Joe is trying to live up to the standard of J. Jonah Jameson since his departure from the editor-in-chief position. Just then Peter gets a phone call from Nathan Lubinski, who has taken Aunt May out for lunch and asks Peter to meet with them so he can sort things out with his Aunt. No sooner is Peter off the phone, he is told that the police band radio is reporting that the Hobgoblin's battlewagon never made it to the impound yard. Peter rushes out of the office and changes into Spider-Man. He tracks his spider-tracer to the construction site where some hired thugs are examining the vehicle. Spider-Man gets the drop on them. His battle is soon interrupted when an explosion knocks him off his feet. As the smoke begins to clear, Spider-Man thinks he is up against the Hobgoblin, however, it actually turns out to be Jack O'Lanturn.

The wall-crawler demands to know what Jack's connection to the Hobgoblin is, but the villain refuses to talk. He then leads Spider-Man on a chase in order to get the hero away from the van so that his men can transport it elsewhere. Unfortunately for Jack O'Lanturn, the moment he is gone, the battle van springs to life and drives off on its own, much to the confusion of his hired men. As Spider-Man chases Jack O'Lantern across the city, Nathan Lubenski waits for Peter to show up. Aunt May eventually figures out what is going on. She admits that she might be acting foolish but she feels that she and Peter have been drifting apart lately and that she doesn't know who he is anymore. At that moment, Jack O' Lantern leads Spider-Man into the middle of a massive toy store. There, the wall-crawler is distracted with keeping the patrons safe that Jack begins gaining grown. He ultimately escapes after activating the fire sprinklers and ripping loose some electrical wires. While Spider-Man is busy preventing the wires from electrocuting the customers, Jack O' Lantern escapes, telling Spider-Man to give his regards to the Hobgoblin.

With the battle over, Spider-Man changes back into Peter Parker and rushes to the restaurant where he is supposed to meet Nathan and his Aunt May. However, they are long gone, as he is hours later. As he turns to leave, he is confronted by Nathan who came back. He scolds Peter for letting his Aunt down again and accuses him of never caring about his aunt, to begin with. Peter is struck speechless and Nathan leaves telling Peter that maybe he never know what May's nephew was really like.

Appearing in "Even a Ghost Can Fear the Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #255.

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Synopsis for "Even a Ghost Can Fear the Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #255.

The cat burglar known as the Black Fox breaks into an expensive apartment in the hopes of stealing enough loot to finalize his retirement. When he grabs what appears to be an expensive vase, it suddenly transforms into Igor of the Red Ghost's Super-Apes. He fights off the ape with a flash-bang but is quickly subdued by Peotor and Miklho. Their master, the Red Ghost then rises through the floor. Unprepared for what he is witnessing, the Black Fox begins to scream.

Meanwhile, at his Chelsea apartment, Peter Parker is washing his new costume. He remarks about his recent adventure with Captain Marvel and Starfox, and how it was the second time in as many months that he has been away from the planet Earth. After he finishes washing his costume, Peter decides to fix himself something to eat. He begins preparing to make a sandwich but decides against it when he finds that his bread has gone moldy. He then resigns to call it a night, but can't help but think about his recent battle with Jack O'Lantern and the disappearance of the Hobgoblin's battlewagon. Climbing into bed, Peter falls asleep instantly. No sooner is he asleep does his costume fall from the clothesline and oozes across the floor toward him.

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The Red Ghost shows the Cosmicizer to the Black Fox.

At that moment, back at the fancy apartment, the Black Fox has regained his composure. The Red Ghost has just finished introducing himself and has poured the Fox a drink. He explains that he has been hiding out in this apartment until he can complete his Cosmicizer, a device that will enable him to increase his cosmic powers a thousandfold. Unfortunately, he has run out of money and is to afraid to leave the apartment lest his foes discover and recapture him. Instead, he has decided to force the Black Fox to steal the needed component instead, threatening to kill the thief if he refuses to comply.

The following morning, Peter Paker is rudely awakened by his landlady Mrs. Muggins to tell him that he is late with his rent again. During this discussion, he learns that it is 7 pm in the evening, and he had slept the entire day away. He assures her that he will be getting a big payment from the Daily Bugle soon and will get money to her as soon as possible. Since it is too late to make a visit, Peter decides to try and call his Aunt May to smooth things over. However, Nathan Lubenski answers the phone and scolds Peter for having the nerve to call. Before he can explain why he was late to dinner to try and patch things up, Nathan hangs up on him. With nothing else to do, Peter decides to go out web-slinging to try and clear his head. As he swings across the city, he notices how exhausted he is and wonders why this can be when he slept most of the day. He wonders what the Black Cat has been up to, as he hasn't seen her since their recent battle against the Blob. He also feels bad that he has been getting her to take pictures for him to sell to the Bugle, especially since he is being praised for her superior camera work. After limbering up, Spider-Man decides to continue his search for the Hobgoblin's battle van.

Some blocks away, the Black Cat begins his search for a place to rob to earn enough money for the Red Ghost to purchase the needed part for his cosmicizer. To make sure the Black Fox complies, the Red Ghost has sent his Super-Apes along with him. Spotting a jewelry store, the Fox attempts to break in, but he is pushed aside by Miklho who rips the security door off the building, setting off the alarm. As they break into the vault to get at the jewels, the police arrive on the scene. To keep them busy, he sends Peotor out to use his magnetic abilities to keep the officers at bay. With the loot stolen, the Black Fox decides to use this opportunity to make his escape. He blinds the apes with another flash bomb and makes a run for it. The commotion attracts the attention of Spider-Man who decides to investigate what is going on. The Super-Apes manage to catch up to the Black Fox, but before they can harm him they are found by Spider-Man. The hero quickly frightens the Super-Apes away, and while he is distracted the Black Fox tries to make good his escape. Spider-Man manages to catch up to him, and the Black Fox is forced to explain everything that happened. No sooner is the Black Fox's explanation done, Spider-Man takes off to find the Red Ghost, leaving the Black Fox behind. Seeing that the jewels were long forgotten, the cat burglar recovers them and rejoices that he can finally begin his retirement.

Meanwhile, the Super-Apes return to their home where they are scolded by the Red Ghost. Soon Spider-Man arrives. The masked hero has the upper hand against the Super-Apes and tricks them into destroying the cosmicizer, much to the Red Ghosts frustration. When the police arrive at the scene, the Super-Apes keep them and Spider-Man at bay long enough for their leader to escape. With the battle over, Spider-Man laments over the Red Ghost's escape, wondering what else could possibly go wrong. At that very moment, across town in a warehouse, the individual responsible for recovering the Hobgoblin's battle wagon discovers Spider-Man's spider-tracer on the vehicle. He crushes it in his hand and vows that when they next meet, he will destroy the cursed wall-crawler once and for all.

Appearing in "Introducing... Puma!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #256.

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Synopsis for "Introducing... Puma!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #256.

Spider-Man and the Black Cat break up a warehouse robbery in progress. While Spider-Man deals with the thugs, the Black Cat takes photos from the rafters so Peter Parker can sell the pictures to the Daily Bugle later. As she snaps the photos, she knows that this is helping Spider-Man out, but she wishes he wouldn't get to have all the fun. Although Spider-Man is able to hold his own against the crooks, the Cat notices that some of them are getting ready to surround her lover and leaps down to his aid. When the crooks try to attack her, the Black Cat's bad luck powers kick in to trip them up. When one of the thugs tries to shoot her, his gun misfires, exploding in his hand. Unaware that the Cat has these powers, Spider-Man wishes that the Cat would be more careful. After webbing up the crooks, the pair retreat to the rooftops. There Spider-Man warns her about taking unnecessary risks without and powers, but the Cat assures him that she can take care of herself. After assuring him, Spider-Man decides to go home and develop his photos and kisses her goodbye. Watching her lover go, the Cat wonders how she can tell Spider-Man about her new powers without worrying him over the fact that they were given to her by the Kingpin.

Soon, Spider-Man returns to his apartment in Chelsea and wills his costume to uncover his face and hands so he can develop his photos. Peter is exhausted but still develops the photos, remarking how great Felicia's photos are and thinks that he should start taking some photography lessons. As he stores some of his photos in his closet, he accidentally dumps his file box on the floor. As he rushes to pick them up, he finds his original Spider-Man costume, which he has nearly forgotten since getting his new costume from Battleworld. He reminisces about how much his old costume was a symbol and decides that his new costume is reflective of the changes he has gone through. Peter then wills his news costume onto a nearby chair and retires for the evening. However, as Peter Parker falls asleep, the costume slinks across the floor and attaches itself to his master again. Sometime later, two homeless men are arguing over who gets to sleep in a massive refrigerator box, they are frightened into sharing it when they spot Spider-Man swinging across the city.

The next morning, the Rose is informed about the warehouse raid by his minions Varley and Jonhston. The Rose is disappointed about Spider-Man's interference and tells his minions that the meddling wall-crawler must be eliminated, and he knows just who to hire to get the job. At that moment, in Hartsdale, New Mexico, at the offices of Fireheart Enterprises, Congressman Crespi is told that Thomas Fireheart is unavailable by his secretary Jenna Taylor. At the same time, she notices that her boss is getting a call on his private line and sends it to voice mail. On the other end of the line, the Rose leaves a simple message for Fireheart: He needs him. Hearing this message, Jenna transfers it to a helicopter in the middle of the desert. There, the feral warrior known as the Puma fights a bunch of mountain lions. After defeating the creatures, the Puma goes to the helicopter and goes to check his message. With his training session over, the Puma goes into a meditative state until he reverts back to his human identity, Thomas Fireheart. He finds the transformations are getting easier, and makes a note to tell them with his uncle during their next tribal meeting. Changing into a business suit, Thomas then heads back to the office.

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Mary Jane Watson at the Daily Bugle talking to Peter Parker and Betty Brant.

Later, at the office of the Daily Bugle in New York, Peter Parker turns over his photos to Joe Robertson. Joe is impressed with the improvement of the quality and sends him out to Betty Leeds to get a voucher for his photos. Betty notices that not only has Peter been tired of late, but also edgy. He tells her that he is just upset that his Aunt May is not talking to him after he told her that he dropped out of grad school. Their conversation is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Mary Jane Watson. She has come to have dinner with Betty to celebrate the fact that she got steady modeling work in New York City. She invites Peter to join them, but he tells Mary Jane that he has things to do. Mary Jane notices that there is something wrong with Peter, and Betty agrees to tell Mary Jane about them over dinner. While this is transpiring, Thomas Fireheart arrives in New York and has a meeting with the Rose at his penthouse. Fireheart accepts the Rose's job to eliminate Spider-Man, looking forward to testing his powers against one of New York City's famous superheroes. The Rose's henchmen leave Thomas in a room to prepare for his mission. When they go back to check on him, they find the room empty and the window wide open.

Thomas Fireheart has transformed into the Puma has begun his mission. As he traverses across the rooftops he thinks about how his uncle would have a fit if he knew their tribal champion used his abilities as an assassin-for-hire. Going to the location of Spider-Man's recent appearance, the Puma gets the costumed heroe's scent. This is all the Puma needs in order to track someone. He goes into a state of meditation so he can track Spider-Man's scent across the city. He is able to zero in on the hero and follows after him. He secretly spies upon the wall-crawler, who is slinging across the city, trying to find trace of the Hobgoblin's battlewagon. Spider-Man is too focused on his worries over his Aunt May. The Puma takes this moment to test Spider-Man's reflexive abilities by throwing a rooftop ventilation pipe at the hero. Spider-Man just barely dodges the projectile thanks to his spider-sense. The wall-crawler quickly grabs onto the side of a building. However, the momentum of his fall prevents his wall-clining abilitiy from getting a strong hold and his slide down the wall wrenches his shoulder out of his socket. Realizing he is under attack, Spider-Man quickly forces his shoulder back into its socket. While the wall-crawler is writhing in pain, the Puma leaps down to eliminate his target.

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Synopsis for "Beware the Claws of Puma!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #257.

Spider-Man is writhing in pain after dislocating his shoulder, leaving him vulnerable to attack from the Puma, who has been hired by the Rose to kill the wall-crawler. Just as Puma is ready to strike the final blow, the Black Cat swings in and kicks Puma away from Spider-Man. Puma regains his balance and a battle with the Black Cat ensues. Using his heightened senses, Puma sees there is a special aura around the Black Cat. Even though he is unsure what level of danger it poses he opts to engage her nonetheless. Puma is unable to even touch the Black Cat because of her special powers. As he leaps to strike her, he falls through the rooftop they are fighting on. As the Black Cat is looking down the hole Puma fell through, Spider-Man awakens and he and the Black Cat head for Peter Parker’s apartment. Meanwhile, Puma follows them but decides to rest before engaging them again. He leaves because he already has both of their scents and knows that he can always track them down when he wants.

The scene shifts to another location in which we see the Kingpin being informed by the Arranger that the Rose has hired an assassin to kill Spider-Man. Kingpin instructs the Arranger to set up a meeting with the Rose. As this is going on, we are taken away to the hotel room of Thomas Fireheart (aka Puma) where he receives a phone call from his secretary, Jenna Taylor, informing him that the City Council in Heartsdale, New Mexico has approved the building of three of his four proposed shopping malls. We are whisked off to the Arranger informing the Rose that the Kingpin wants to have a meeting. Back to the hotel room of Thomas Fireheart, where he is making his transformation into Puma. After transforming he sets out to locate Spider-Man.

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Spider-man fights Puma.

We are taken to Peter Parker’s apartment, where the Black Cat is giving Peter a recap of her fight with Puma. Peter comments on the fact that she still has not explained how she beat him. The Black Cat is still keeping the powers that the Kingpin gave her secret, so she avoids answering and leaves. Puma is waiting outside Peter’s apartment and sees the Black Cat’s departure as the perfect opportunity to engage Spider-Man. There is a knock at Peter’s door and it is Mary Jane. She is excited because she has found steady modeling work and wants to celebrate with Peter. Peter’s Spidey senses are warning him of danger and he tries to get Mary Jane to leave, but she refuses. Peter throws her out of his apartment just as Puma smashes through the window. Peter’s new costume (the black one from the alien planet) leaps across the room and covers him. Puma attacks him and cuts his back, but the costume quickly covers up the wound. Outside his apartment, Mary Jane is frantically banging on the door. Puma and Spider-Man crash through the window just as Mary Jane smashed through the door.

At that moment in another part of the city, the meeting between Kingpin and the Rose is taking place. Kingpin lets the Rose know that it is not his choice to have Spider-Man killed at this time. The Rose gives his assurance that the Kingpin’s wish is understood. We shift back to the battle between Puma and Spider-Man. They have moved the battle to a rooftop. As they are fighting Spider-Man tries to reason with Puma, to no avail. Puma lunges at Spider-Man and they both fall over the side. Spider-Man uses his webbing to stop their fall and they end up crashing through a window into a gym. Puma picks up a universal gym and throws it at Spider-Man. Spider-Man leaps to the side and is missed. However, with the weight and force that Puma threw it with, it slams through the wall. Spider-Man stops it from crashing down on the people below. As he stops the universal gym, the weight of it pulls him down with great force, in which he slams onto the top of a bus. Seeing that Spider-Man is weakened, Puma chooses not to kill him, as it would be unworthy of him to slay an opponent that was not at full strength. He leaves and heads back to his hotel room.

Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson (Earth-616) from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 257 001

Mary Jane Watson tells Peter Parker that she long ago knew he is Spider-man.

Back at the hotel room of Thomas Fireheart, Mr. Johnston and Mr. Varley show up to inform him that his services are no longer needed and he will be compensated accordingly. Mr. Johnston and Mr. Varley return to the headquarters of the Rose and fill him in on how Fireheart took the news. As this is going on the Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley) shows up and introduces himself. The scene shifts over to Peter Parker’s apartment where Mary Jane is waiting for his return. When he returns he tries to explain what all the noise was inside his apartment. She stops and him and tells him he doesn't have to lie anymore because she knows he is Spider-Man. She tells him that she has known for years and Peter is shocked.

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Synopsis for "The Sinister Secret of Spider-Man's New Costume!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #258.

Mary Jane Watson has just revealed that she has known that Peter Parker is Spider-Man for years. This comes to a shock to Peter, who has returned home after his battle with the Puma. He tries to get Mary Jane to stay, but she knows that all Peter is going to try and do is lie to her again. She confides that while she cares for him, she can't deal with the fact that he is Spider-Man, and that is the main reason why she left New York to begin with. As Peter scrambles to try and get Mary Jane to stay, the Black Cat comes leaping into his apartment through the window. This blows away any chance Peter had of keeping his secret identity. Seeing the Black Cat in his apartment, Mary Jane flees in tears. Peter tries to get her to come back, but the Cat tells him not to worry about this other woman, as he doesn't need a "bimbo" like her. Peter then snaps at the Black Cat for coming into his window like that. The Black Cat isn't interested in dealing with her loves grief and goes to leave. Peter doesn't want her to go and is surprised when his costume, currently in street-clothing form, shoots webbing to the Cat. While Peter tries to make sense of this, the Black Cat smothers him, realizing that he does care about her. As she hugs him, Peter is more concerned about his costume, and how little he knows about it.

Meanwhile, in Heartsdale, New Mexico, Thomas Fireheart returns to his office at Fireheart Enterprises. There he asks his secretary, Jenna Taylor to assemble a dossier on Spider-Man, as he prepares for his next and final conflict with Spider-Man. While back in New York, Peter boards up the window that was broken during his battle with the Puma. He decides to try and call Mary Jane, but she doesn't answer the phone. Mary Jane is busy packing up her things, but when she comes across a photo of her sister and their kids, she realizes that she is running from Peter just in the same way she ran away from her sister and wonders why she runs away from all the people she cares for. Giving up on reaching Mary Jane, Peter wills his costume off his body and sits down. He thinks about everything that has been going on in his life and wonders how things began spiraling out of control. Peter falls asleep in a chair, and no sooner is he out, his costume leaps across the room and bonds to him and takes him out web-slinging while he sleeps. As his costume has him swing across the city, Peter has a nightmare where he is teenaged self being stalked by his black costume. In this dreamscape, he is rescued by his original red and blue costume. As the two costumes fight over each other, Peter tries to flee but the two garments go after him. As they fight over Peter, he wakes up screaming. Peter finds himself back in bed, unaware that his costume took him out while he was asleep. Disturbed by his dream, Peter decides to finally take his new costume to be examined by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

Later that day, Spider-Man pays a visit to the Baxter Building where he is granted access by the security systems. There he finds the Human Torch and Mister Fantastic in the lab. He tells them that he has come to take Reed up to his offer to examine his new costume. Spider-Man then undergoes a battery of tests to determine how the costume can shoot webs, meld itself over his body, and camoflage itself as normal clothing. While this is going on, the Rose is entertaining the Hobgoblin at his penthouse. However, before the Rose is willing to listen to the Hobgoblin's proposal, he is determined to prove if this is really the villain, as he heard that it was killed. The Rose summons his guards to attack the Hobgoblin, who takes them all down within five seconds. Convinced that he is dealing with the genuine article, the Rose listens to the Hobgoblin's proposal. The Hobgoblin proposes that their pool their resources together to rival the Kingpin, and to start this campeign they will destroy Spider-Man once and for all.

Back at the Baxter Building, Spider-Man and the Human Torch talk about their experiences on Battleworld while they wait for Reed to finish his examination of the wall-crawler's new costume. Mister Fantastic soon enters and tells Spider-Man the shocking truth about his costume: It's a living symbiotic creature that is attempting to bond to him permenantly. This puts Spider-Man in a panic and he tries to get the costume off but it stays on strong. Mister Fantastic grabs a sonic blaster. Determining that the costume is sensitive to loud noise, Mister Fantastic uses the sonic blaster to force the costume off Spider-Man. While the Torch contains the creature in a circle of flame, Mister Fantastic traps it in a containment device. With his costume removed, Peter covers his face, reminding the two members of the Fantastic Four that he has a secret identity to maintain. The Torch has a solution to the problem and gets Spider-Man one of his old Fantastic Four costumes and a paperbag to wear over his face as a crude mask.

Embarassed by this new ensemble, Spider-Man grudgingly accepts it for the time being. Reed asks Spider-Man if he can keep the alien costume to examine it further. The wall-crawler tells Reed that he can keep it, as he never wants to see it again. After the Human Torch drops Spider-Man outside of the Baxter Building, the wall-crawler makes his trek back home. However, along the way, he happens upon a liquor store robbery that has been interrupted by the police. Spider-Man swings in and easily trounces the crooks. With the battle is over, Spider-Man is swarmed by reporters who want to know who he is. Embarassed and overwhealmed, the wall-crawler quickly escapes. In the aftermath of this experience, Peter laments over how humbled he has been made recently and wonders what to do about Mary Jane and the Black Cat. Suddenly, it begins to snow, the final straw in what is turning out to be a horrible day for Spider-Man. Back home, Peter Parker watches the news coverage of his embarassing outage in the "Unknown Superhero". Trying to figure out what to do without his new costume, Peter pulls out his web-shooters out of storage and contemplates wearing his old red and blue costume again, when suddenly there is a knock at the door.

It's Mary Jane who has come to talk to Peter, having grown tired of running away from her problems. She has decided that since she knows Peter's biggest secret it is only fair to tell him her own. Meanwhile, back at the Baxter Building, Spider-Man's alien costume seething with hatred and a desire for revenge. Although it is being held in Reed's lab, it is trying to escape from the containment unit that it is being held.

Appearing in "All My Pasts Remembered!"

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Amazing Spider-Man #259.

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Synopsis for "All My Pasts Remembered!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #259.

After revealing that she has known that Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for years, Mary Jane Watson takes Peter to Central Park so he can tell her about her own deep secret. Peter considers trying to convince her that she is wrong, worrying about if he can trust her with his biggest secret, particularly because she acts so flakey. Mary Jane reads Peter like a book and assures him that she can trust him, that the happy-go-lucky girl she has portrayed for years was an act. They stop at a lake where she admits that she has had a habit of running away from responsibility, something she learned from her parents. She then begins to tell Peter about her family life.

Mary Jane's mother, Madeline, met her father Philip while they were in college. Her father was studying literature, while her mother was in drama. After they graduated, Madeline wanted to go to New York to pursue an acting career. Philip had other ideas, they were soon married and eight months later, Mary Jane's sister Gayle was born. Mary Jane was born four years later. While Madeline raised the kids, Philip worked as a college professor while he tried to write a novel that would make them rich. However, with each failure, Philip became angrier and took out that anger out on his wife. Philip moved them from town to town, and while Mary Jane became a class clown, her sister focused on ballet. Things took another turn on the night that Philip struck Gayle. This was the final straw for Madeline, who took her two daughters and left her abusive husband. Mary Jane dealt with this by adopting her happy-go-lucky attitude. They moved from relative to relative. Most didn't care for Madeline or her children, however, Mary Jane took a liking to her Aunt Anna. Anna was the person who first introduced Mary Jane to May Parker. Mary Jane finishes her recollection by reminding Peter of how their aunts first tried to set them both up. Peter and Mary Jane continue their walk, and Peter admits that he intentionally avoided Mary Jane, and regrets not meeting her sooner.

Elsewhere, at a secret gambling den hidden within a rail car, the illegal casino is smashed by the Hobgoblin. The villain demands that the owner give him 10% of the revenue the illegal casino generates. However, the owner already gives part of the take to the Kingpin and questions why he should give money to the Hobgoblin as well. The masked villain tells the man to consider it, lest the Hobgoblin returns, driving his clientele away.

While back in Central Park, Mary Jane continues to tell Peter about her troubled childhood. She explains that her father moved to Oregon not long after her mother left him. She attempted to keep in contact, but he never responded to her letters, so she eventually stopped. Meanwhile, Mary Jane's mother finally found them some semblance of stability by moving in with her cousin Frank Brown. However, Frank expected Madeline to slave over him and his three unruly children. By this time Gayle started attending high school where she met and fell in love with football star Timmy Byrnes. During this period, Gayle continued to focus on her dancing, while Mary Jane took up an interest in acting. Things got heated when Gayle and Timmy announced that they were planning on getting married after graduating from high school. Madeline protested this, warning Gayle that she was throwing her future away, but they were married anyway. Timmy went off to learn pre-law in college while Gayle worked to support them. Soon, Mary Jane and her mother were invited to visit her sister. When they arrived they discovered that Gayle had just given birth to a son. While this was a momentous occasion, Mary Jane couldn't help but notice that Timmy look as though he felt trapped in the relationship. Peter interjects, telling her that Timmy loved her sister. Mary Jane explains that Timmy couldn't even finish college, and expresses her opinion that love was good for nothing.

Meanwhile, not far away, inside a confectionary store, a backroom sports betting room is crashed by the Hobgoblin. Like the illegal casino earlier, the masked villain demands that they pay him 10% of their take. The men inside try to overpower the Hobgoblin, but he is too powerful for them. He leaves, warning the owner of the gambling operation that if he doesn't pay up, he will die.

After taking a break to collect her thoughts, Mary Jane continues her story. She tells Peter how while she was busy with high school, her sister's marriage disintegrated. Timmy couldn't handle the pressures of being a father. Gayle stood strong and soon announced that she was pregnant again. When Madeline and Mary Jane went down for a surprise visit they discovered that Timmy left her, as he couldn't handle supporting a family. Her mother invited Gayle back to cousin Frank's place to stay with them. However, her health continued to deteriorate and Madeline Watson soon died. After the funeral, Gayle tried to console her sister, telling Mary Jane that they can make it together, raising her children on their own. However, Mary Jane would have none of it. She points out how both her mother and Gayle gave up their dreams and Mary Jane would not let herself fall into the same trap. She ran away from her sister and never looked back. With her story over, Mary Jane tells Peter that she attempted to keep in touch with her sister, but Gayle never forgave her from walking out on her during her time of need. This causes Peter to think about the rift he currently has with his Aunt May and hopes that he can sort things out with her before it is too late.

Mary Jane thanks Peter for listening to her pour her heart out, remarking how great a listener he is. Mary Jane realizes that she still cares about Peter and has resisted the urge of running away from him as well. She makes a point to stress that she cares about him, but doesn't want a romantic relationship. This is fine with Peter and looks forward to their newly open and honest friendship. Meanwhile, at the Baxter Building, the She-Hulk has finished carrying equipment into Mister Fantastic's lab. There, Reed's preoccupied with the alien costume that he has contained since Spider-Man brought it to him for examination. He explains how the costume is alive and he has been attempting to communicate with it, to no avail. She-Hulk finds the idea of the creature being capable of feeling emotions like love and hate absurd. As they walk away, the costume continues its attempts to break free from its confinement. Across town, the Hobgoblin returns to the penthouse of the Rose to report back on his progress. When the Rose reminds the Hobgoblin that he agreed to help take down the Kingpin, the Hobgoblin promises that he will. However, he wants to deal with a vendetta of his own by going after Harry Osborn and his wife Liz. A few hours later, Peter Parker returns home to his apartment after his outting with Mary Jane. He realizes that he still has feelings for her, but decides against following them since he is currently in a relationship with the Black Cat.

Inside, Peter turns on the news and watches a report about the Hobgoblin's recent activities. This comes as a shock to Peter, because he assumed that the Hobgoblin was dead after their last battle. Deciding to bring the villain to justice, Peter goes into his closet and pulls out his web-shooters, signal belt, and lastly his original red and blue costume. Putting on these familiar trappings, Spider-Man is ready to go out and take down the Hobgoblin once and for all.

Appearing in "Chance Encounter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #298.

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Synopsis for "Chance Encounter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #298.

The costumed assassin known as Chance has been hired to eliminate Orin Concardi, a mobster who is about to turn over state evidence to the authorities. Chance tracks Concardi to a safe house in Yonkers where authorities are about to escort him to the courthouse. Chance flies in on his rocket boots and incapacitates the government agents. During the ensuing firefight, Concardi attempts to escape in the car brought to take him to court. Chance quickly blows up the car, killing Orin inside. As he flies back toward Manhattan, Chance contacts his employer -- Ronald Treece -- to inform him that his target has been eliminated. While in the Cloisters, Mary Jane is posing for a modeling shoot. With the shoot running late, she calls her husband Peter Parker at home.[Continuity 1] She gets the voice mail and tells him she will be running late, and that she might be able to secure that condo for them at the ritzy Bedford Towers.

Peter is at the Daily Bugle when he checks his messages and hears the news. Peter isn't as excited to move in such an upscale location, but it will help with his wife's public image, and Mary Jane can certainly afford it. When Peter tells this to Joe Robertson, then asks for a photo assignment, Joe regrets to tell him that he has nothing available. That's when he is approached by Joy Mercado who has a solution for Peter. She has heard of a shipment of foreign arms being shipped into New York City to be considered by Congress for military use. However, they don't want domestic manufacturers learning this. She has another story to cover, but offers to split the fee for the story if Peter goes to the pier and snaps photos and takes notes.[Continuity 2] Peter accepts the job, but still feels down on himself for not being a decent enough provider in his marriage. Peter goes up to the roof of the Daily Bugle and changes into Spider-Man so he can web-sling home. There, he finds the apartment crowded now that all of Mary Jane's personal belongings have been moved in.

When he thinks about how much Mary Jane is sacrificing to make their marriage work, Peter decides to do something special for her. Peter comes up with an idea when he eyes a magazine cover with a Chippendales model on it. When Mary Jane comes home, she discovers that Peter has set up a romantic dinner and he presents it wearing nothing by a bowtie and a pair of trunks. Unfortunately, Mary Jane isn't alone, as she has brought over her co-worker Sandy Kintzler to meet him. Immediately embarrassed, Peter runs into the bedroom to put on some decent attire, much to the amusement of the two women. Meanwhile, Chance has just finished a date when his wrist alarm goes off, so he ends the date to make his appointment. Sending his date home in a limo. Chance takes a cab to his home, where he opens a secret panel where he hides his costume. Answering his communicator, he is put in touch with Carlton Drake of the Life Foundation. Drake was informed by his employer that Chance could help them with an expensive problem. Chance is intrigued and sets up a meeting with Drake. By this point, Peter, Mary Jane and Sandy have finished their dinner. That's when Sandy decides to call it a night, giving Peter the chance to make good on his promise of a special "dessert" for his wife, and carries her to their bedroom.

Later, at the Endicott Building, members of the Life Foundation are concerned over Carleton Drake hiring Chance to do work for them because of the fact that he draws too much attention. Drake assures them that on this operation, Chance agreed to remain subtle. That's when Chance arrives through the window, much to the irritation of the other members of the Life Foundation. Drake then informs Chance that they would like him to steal the arms that are being shipped in from Europe that evening. At first Chance thinks he is dealing with terrorists and refuses the job, however Drake assures them that the weapons will not be used against innocent people. That is satisfactory enough for Chase to take the job. The following evening, Spider-Man is at the docks to photograph the arms shipment for Joy Mercado. That's when Chance arrives and attacks the soldiers. Spider-Man webs up his camera to take snaps of the situation. Meanwhile, Chance grabs the highest ranking officer on the ground and has him order his troops to cease fire. Suddenly, a submarine rises out of the water,and the soldiers are forced to load the shipment into the sub. Spider-Man is surprised to learn that Chance is out of jail.[Continuity 3] Before the wall-crawler can act, there is a sudden blackout that plunges the pier in total darkness.[Continuity 4]

When Chance guns down one of the soldiers, Spider-Man leaps in to stop him from harming anyone else. When Chance hears police sirens approaching he considers the situation botched. Chance blasts the crane holding the crates of ammunition. Spider-Man leaps to stop it from falling on the soldiers, allowing Chance to escape. The weight is too much for the wall-crawler, and with the last of his strength he shoves the munitions into the water. Later, the paramedics thank Spider-Man for his actions as he saved the life of the wounded soldier. However, Spider-MAn feels bad for hesitating in order to take more photos for the Bugle. Back at the Endicott Building, Chance has come to pay the amount he owes the Life Foundation for failure. However, insist he signs a recipt for bookkeeping purposes. Chance indulges them, and when he touches the pen to paper he triggers an trap that stuns him with a powerful jolt of electricity. Carleton Drake is informed that Chance is still alive, much to his delight as he doesn't want the mercinary dead... yet. Back at his apartment, Peter tells the whole story to Mary Jane. However, she isn't upset with him for taking more photos, she is upset for thinking less of him. She reminds him that happiness doesn't have a price tag and he promises not to feel so bad about her making more money than him.

Meanwhile, in an abandoned building in the South Bronx, a lone man observes a number of stories about Spider-Man that he has pinned up to the wall.[Continuity 5] The man has been studying Spider-Man for months and vows to get revenge against the hero, very soon. As he slams his fist into his other hand, a black substance begins to ooze over forming a pattern similar to the gloves of Spider-Man's black-and-white costume.[Continuity 6]

Appearing in "Survival of the Hittist!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #299.

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Synopsis for "Survival of the Hittist!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #299.

Ever since he escaped a failed armed heist the night before, Spider-Man has been trying to track down the mercenary known as Chase. After crisscrossing the city for hours, Spider-Man picks up his spider-tracer signal coming from inside the trailer of a big rig and goes to investigate. His cover is almost blown when a kid in the car in front witnesses Spider-Man's arrival and tries to warn the driver. With the truck stuck in a traffic jam, he is spotted by a traffic officer. He tells Spider-Man to get off the truck or he will be arrested. When Spider-Man tries to explain that a dangerous supervillain might be inside, the driver calls his bluff, telling the officer that it is building supplies for Carleton Drake. Since Carleton Drake is a respected businessman the officer wants Spider-Man to provide proof. Not wanting to rip the doors off for fear of innocents getting hurt in a potential crossfire, Spider-Man asks the officer will take his word for it. Having heard enough, the policeman tells Spider-Man to scram. Inside the trailer, Chance is being kept sedated by members of the Life Foundation. Watching as the truck to go into the Holland Tunnel, Spider-Man decides to give up for now since the truck could be heading anywhere once it reaches the New Jersey side.

Spider-Man then heads home, but when he arrives on the roof he discovers that his skylight is locked. There is a note taped to it about a "skylight repairman" and to go through the front door. Spider-Man then leaps into the alley beside his apartment and recovers the spare set of clothing he stashed there and changes out of his costume.[Continuity 7] Inside, Peter Parker discovers that his wife has hired a cleaning lady named Estelle.[Continuity 8] Mary Jane explains that she hired Estelle when she became a model. Going into the bedroom, Peter tells her about his inability to find Chase and is upset by this failure. She suggests that Peter go out and party because that's exactly what she would do to cheer herself up.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Chance is brought to a property owned by the Life Foundation. Inside the trailer, Carlton Drake's guards are concerned about keeping Chance alive. Drake assures them that the Life Foundation has planned for every contingency, and keeping Chase alive is integral to them. They soon enter the private underground compound built by the Life Foundation called Sanctum Maximus. At that moment, Peter and Mary Jane are partying at the Spawning Club, a trendy bar. Peter is surprised by all the celebrities and fashion personalities that are there.[Continuity 9] Peter finds Mary Jane's world exciting, but only wishes to experience it in small doses. While back at Sanctum Maximus, Chance has had all his equipment removed and has been shackled to the chair. Members of the Life Foundation have not been able to figure out how get the devices to work. Now they threaten to harm him if he doesn't reveal their secrets, but Chance refuses to talk.

Later that night, Peter and Mary Jane are back at their apartment. Peter still can't get his mind off of Chance and tells Mary Jane that he has to go back out looking for him. Mary Jane understands but asks Peter to be careful. The following day, Peter goes to the Daily Bugle and checks their computer database on any information pertaining to Carleton Drake. He finds nothing entirely sinister, but prints off the records for later examination. The only item of interest was supporting an agricultural support for Empire State University. On his way out, Joe Robertson asks Peter if he is going out to get some more freelance photos. Parker tells him that he might do so later, but for now he's going back to school. Peter pays a visit to his old alma mater, ESU, where he asks administrative assistant Annie Deitz to pull up the records about the Life Foundation's connections to ESU. He soon learns that the Foundation provided free property in northern New Jersey until recently when they took it back. Making a connection between the land and the truck heading into New Jersey, Peter figures where Chance was taken. Peter considers calling Mary Jane to tell her where he is going but decides against it as it will only make her worry.

Soon, Peter hitchhikes up to the northern part of New Jersey. By the time he arrives in the area it is nightfall. Slipping into the trees, Peter changes into his Spider-Man costume and begins looking around. He eventually finds a gated area surrounded by armed guards. Secretly entering the property, Spider-Man searches around until he comes to a massive camouflaged facility. He begins looking for a way in when a truck approaches the facility. Spider-Man hitches a ride underneath the vehicle to get inside. He is shocked by the massive facility within. Rolling out from under the truck and taking cover behind some munitions crates, Spider-Man wonders if the Life Foundation might be some kind of terrorist organization. Suddenly, Spider-Man begins picking up his spider-tracer. After a quick search, he finds where Chance has been confined. Spider-Man agrees to let Chance free in exchange for an explanation as to what is going on. Chance explains that the Life Foundation are a group of wealthy survivalists who believe that the end of the world is coming soon. In order to survive, they have constructed this sanctuary so they can survive the end. He was hired to steal weapons to provide Sanctum Maximus with enough firepower to defend it from attack.

Spider-Man manages to get Chance free, but the controls to his chair were wired into the alarm system. When guards begin coming into the room, Spider-Man has no choice but to call a truce with Chance and allow him to regain his weapons. With the combined firepower provided by Chance, Spider-Man is able to fight through the guards. By this point, Carlton Drake decides that the best thing to do is retreat. As they escape in a helicopter, Spider-Man and Chance make their escape. On the way out, Chance uses his blasters to ignite the crates of weapons. The pair manages to get out just moments before Sanctum Maximus explodes. Chance thanks Spider-Man for the rescue and offers to give him a lift back to Manhattan. Meanwhile, Mary Jane returns to their apartment. Seeing what appears to be her husband's costume in the darkness, she believes her husband is home. However, she is shocked when his mask suddenly smiles revealing a mouth full of teeth. Turning on the light, Mary Jane is horrified to see that this man is not her husband, but a massive grinning brute wearing something that looks just like Spider-Man's costume.

Appearing in "Venom"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #300.

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This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #300.

When Spider-Man returns home from New Jersey, he finds his wife in hysterics. At first, she thinks that he is the same man who broke into their home. Peter pulls off his mask, reassuring his wife that it is actually him.[Continuity 10] She tells him about the intruder, how he was a large man wearing a Spider-Man costume like his. However, much to her horror, the mask grew a smile full of teeth. She assures Peter that she is fine, but she can't stay the night in the apartment. Peter understands and goes into the bedroom to pack a bag so they can stay in a hotel. Peter wonders to himself what kind of creature could have frightened her so badly.

Meanwhile, in the Bronx, the man who broke into Parker's apartment returns to the ramshackle building he has been staying in. He speaks to another, telling it that they had to leave because the woman kept on screaming. As he walks through the shadows, his costume suddenly disappears. This man assures his other that they will cross paths with Spider-Man eventually. To pass the time, this man begins lifting weights in order so he can stay in enough shape to kill their hated enemy. Later, after they have settled into a hotel room and Mary Jane is asleep, Peter finds that he cannot. All he can think about is the man who broke into their home. He's not sure who he is, but from the sounds of it, he was wearing his old alien costume. Peter recalls how he got the costume on Battleworld during the Secret Wars.[Continuity 11] He eventually allowed Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four to examine the costume, and that's when he learned that it was a symbiotic creature that was trying to permanently bond with him.[Continuity 12] Although it was separated from Peter using a sonic weapon, it eventually escaped.[Continuity 13] When it tried to bond to him, Peter thought he had destroyed it by exposing it to the peals of church bells.[Continuity 14] While he tries to think of what to do next, Mary Jane wakes up and asks Peter to come back to bed. He apologizes to his wife, as he figured his secret identity would protect her from Spider-Man's foes, but she tells him that she married him for "better or worse".

The next morning, Peter wakes up to some good news, Mary Jane had just got off the phone with a realtor and she has managed to secure a condo in the exclusive Bedford Towers. Peter is surprised that they were able to find a place so quickly, and agrees to move there since Mary Jane is no longer comfortable living in their Chelsea apartment anymore.[Continuity 15] She asks Peter to go back to their apartment to get his camera so he can take pictures of their new home before they move everything in. This gives Peter the opportunity to swing by the Four Freedoms Plaza and borrow the Fantastic Four's sonic gun, just in case their mystery intruder is there waiting for him. After hearing a voice mail from Aunt May, Peter thinks about how excited she will be to know that they are moving into a bigger place. Peter changes into his street clothes and then goes out into the street. Although his Spider-Sense isn't going off, Peter could swear that he is being followed. Peter is correct, as the man who broke into his apartment the night before is following him from behind. The man holds back until Peter goes into a nearby alley. However, when he goes after Parker, he is too late as he has changed into Spider-Man and web-swinged away. Soon he meets with Mary Jane at Bedford Towers. He is surprised as the size of their new condo, but still wishes he could afford to pay for it. When Mary Jane suggests that Peter consider doing fashion photography, he reminds her that he isn't trained to do that job. Mary Jane suggests that he practice with her. Peter tries his best, snapping photos of his wife, but ultimately feels silly. In order to perk her husband up, Mary Jane removes her shirt and suggests that he take photos for their private collection.

Later, Peter and Mary Jane are having dinner with Aunt May. Among them is Nathan Lubenski, who accuses Peter of ignoring his Aunt ever since he got married. Aunt May scolds Nathan, telling him that Peter needs to set up his new life. When May excuses herself to do the dishes, Mary Jane accompanies her to lend a hand. There she points out that May has been distancing herself from her and Peter. May explains that she didn't want to inadvertently ruin their marriage by being too nosy in their affairs. Mary Jane tells her that the idea is ridiculous and that she and Peter want her in their lives. May is happy to hear this, but warns her nephew that if she isn't the first guest at their new home, she will have the Grey Panthers picket the building. Meanwhile, at the Our Lady of Saints church, the man stalking Peter Parker has come to the place where the symbiote was seemingly slain and decides that this will be a fitting place to end the life of Spider-Man. His discussion with the symbiote is interrupted by a beat cop who believes that this man is responsible for the recent thefts of the church's collection boxes and orders him to freeze. The man merely, turns toward him and wills the symbiote to send a tendril out the leg of his pants and suffocates the officer to death.

The next day, friends of Peter and Mary Jane help the couple move into their new home. As the men finish moving everything in, Mary Jane and her co-worker Sandy Kitzler have prepared sandwiches for everyone. While out on the balcony, Joe Robertson asks Peter if he has given much though to his suggestion of finding another line of work. Peter tells Joe that he has been thinking about going back to school. That's when he spots his mystery stalker web-slinging nearby, and excuses himself to go and deal with him. Changing into Spider-Man and loading up with the sonic cannon, Peter follows after the stalker. He is lured to the dilapidated building in the Bronx. Spider-Man follows after him, confident that his spider-sense will warn him of any trouble. However, it fails to warn him when the stalker attacks him. Spider-Man decides to stall for time so he can reach the blaster and asks who his mystery attacker is. He calls himself Venom, and that he has sought revenge against Spider-Man for stealing his innocence. Drawing the symbiote off his face, Venom reveals himself to be Eddie Brock, a reporter who used to work for the Daily Globe. Brock accuses Spider-Man of ruining his life. He explains that during the Sin Eater murders, he wrote the confessions of Emil Gregg. However, Gregg was exposed as a fraud when Spider-Man captured Stan Carter, the real Sin Eater.[Continuity 16] The revelation made the Globe a laughing stock and Brock was promptly fired. With his ethics questioned, Eddie could get jobs writing for tabloids.

Brock attempted to get into body building to take his mind off his failings, but could never get over his desire for getting revenge on Spider-Man. Eventually, things became unbearable and Brock decided that suicide was his only option.[Continuity 17] Still, his religious faith prevented him from committing the task and so he went to Our Lady of Saints to pray for forgiveness. That's when he was approached by the alien symbiote that was rejected by Peter Parker. When it bonded with him, he quickly realized that the symbiote had a mutual hatred for Spider-Man. Brock agreed to bond with it, not only gaining the symbiotes abilities, but also learning everything it knew about Peter Parker. By this point, Spider-Man tries to lunge for the sonic gun, but Venom quickly knocks the hero through the floor. Discovering that Venom is more powerful than he is, Spider-Man relies on his experience and skill to outsmart him. Ultimately, he recovers the sonic blaster and unleashes it upon Venom. Spider-Man quickly discovers that the symbiote and Eddie have permanently bonded. He stops himself, realizing that if he kills the symbiote, he will also kill Eddie Brock, and can't bring himself to do it. When Spider-Man tries to flee and figure out a new plan, Venom recovers and pulls Spider-Man back into the building with his webbing and lands a knock out punch.

When Spider-Man wakes up, he finds himself webbed up to the church bells atop Our Lady of Saints. Brock, having the symbiote form the appearance of a priest's outfit, gloats over his victory. As midnight approaches, Brock explains that the bell will being to chime, crushing Spider-Man. Since the symbiote is vulnerable to the sound of the bell this close, Eddie goes down into the church to wait. Spider-Man struggles to get free, managing to push his hand loose from the webbing and grab the clapper. When the clapper swings in the opposite direction, it pulls Spider-Man free. Venom sees Spider-Man escaping and goes after him. As Spider-Man evades his foe, he recalls how Puma said the webbing the symbiote uses are organic.[Continuity 18] The wall-crawler deduces that the symbiote uses its own substance to make its webbing, and likely needs time to replenish its supply. Spider-Man forces Brock to use so much webbing that the symbiote begins losing substance, allowing Spider-Man to knock him out. After calling to leave a message for his wife, Spider-Man takes Venom to the Four Freedoms Plaza where the Thing agrees to keep him secure until the maniac can be shipped to the Vault.[Continuity 19]

When Peter Parker finally returns home to explain everything to Mary Jane, she understands. However, she now cannot stand the fact that Peter is wearing the black-and-white costume because it reminds her of how Venom invaded their lives. Peter agrees to get rid of it and tosses the costume into the fireplace. When he frets about having to make a new costume, Mary Jane reveals that she kept the store bought version of his old red and blue costume that Peter had recently bought in Berlin.[Continuity 20] Peter thanks his wife and tells her that she is the greatest before putting on this replacement costume and going out to web-sling.

Appearing in "A Matter of Life and Debt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #315.

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Synopsis for "A Matter of Life and Debt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #315.

At the Vault prison in Colorado, a guard notices someone passed out in the sonic cell that has been holding Venom prisoner since his capture. However, when he drops the sound wall, the guard realizes, much to his horror, that it was really Venom in disguise. Willing his symbiote to resume its normal form, Venom suffocates the guard. Still, Eddie Brock feels bad for killing an innocent person, however, in his warped sense of justice, it is a necessary evil to get revenge against Spider-Man.[Continuity 21] Meanwhile, the object of Venom's obsession is in the middle of a battle with Hydroman after the villain attempted to rob the payroll at a construction site. Spider-Man attempts to trick Hydroman into spraying an exposed electrical box, but the villain second-guesses him. However, Spider-Man manages to burst bags of cement powder on his foe, causing him to lose cohesion. Unfortunately, Hydroman manages to escape by turning into liquid form and leaking into a drain. With the battle over, Spider-Man recovers his camera, hoping the pictures give him some much-needed money now that they have been evicted from their condo and Mary Jane's investment is tied up in a legal battle.[Continuity 22]

Heading back to Queens, Spider-Man laments over the fact that he and his wife had to move back into his old room at Aunt May's house.[Continuity 23] The wall-crawler slips into a window into the basement where he has set up a dark room to develop photos and to cover for his comings and goings as Spider-Man. Changing back to his civilian identity, Peter Parker goes upstairs and learns from Mary Jane that the coast is clear. She asks him if he wants to accompany her to Manhattan as she has a photo shoot to do. Peter has photos to bring to the Bugle and agrees to accompany her. On their way out, Peter bumps into Aunt May's boarders Arthur Chekov and the Palermos who are going to see poetry in the park. The only person not attending is Nathan Lubenski who grumpily dismisses the idea of listening to "nursery rhymes". He goes into the kitchen to say goodbye to Aunt May and Mary Jane's cousin Kristy.[Continuity 24] On his way out the door, Peter passes by Aunt May's room and spies Nathan going through Aunt May's wallet.

While back at the Vault, Venom has broken into the security room and forces the guard to facilitate his escape.[Continuity 25] While back in New York City, Spider-Man is returning to Queens after selling his photos to the Daily Bugle. On the way, he spots Nathan Lubensky having a fit in front of a bank machine as he has maxed out the withdrawal limit from Aunt May's account for the day and he still needs more money. Changing back to his civilian guise, Peter confronts Nathan and demands to know why he has Aunt May's bank card, revealing that he Nathan going through her purse. Caught red-handed, Nathan admits that his gambling addiction has gotten the better of him. He reveals this was the reason why he was hospitalized some time ago.[Continuity 26] He explains that the people he owes money to now want a large sum repayment as a good faith measure. Peter promises to keep Nathan's secret but asks for Aunt May's card back. Worrying that Aunt May will check her balance, Peter deposits the money he made from the Daily Bugle into her account.

When Peter returns to Aunt May's house, he is surprised to see Mary Jane back already. She tells him that when she arrived at her shoot, the client decided that she wasn't quite what he was looking for. Peter then pulls Mary Jane aside to tell her what happened today. Meanwhile, Aunt May and Kristy catch Nathan in the kitchen, and May scolds him for sneak a snack. Nathan bashfully exits the kitchen, and that's when May notices flour on the counter, leaving both her and Kristy to wonder what's going on. That evening, Nathan goes to meet the loan sharks at a nearby basketball court, unaware that he is being followed by Spider-Man. When he tells them that he doesn't have the full amount they have asked for, they decide to rough him up some more. However, this time, Nathan is prepared for them and slashes one of the goons with a kitchen knife he swiped from May's kitchen, and sprays a can of bug spray in the face of another. One of the men pulls a gun, but Lubenski blinds him by throwing a bag of flour in his face. However, before the mobsteres can turn around his advantage, Spider-Man swoops in and quickly trounces the loan sharks and leave them webbed up to a basketball hoop.

As Spider-Man leaves, the mobsters vow to get revenge against Lubenski. However, Peter Parker soon arrives on the scene and tells them that he took photos of them while trying to get action photos of Spider-Man for the Daily Bugle. When Peter threatens to take the photos to the District Attorney, they relent. As both Peter and Nathan heads back to May's house, Peter gets Nathan to promise to quit gambling as it could lead to someone he cares about getting hurt. The next day, Nathan goes out for the morning paper, and once he is away from the others, Nathan buys a bunch of lottery tickets is immediately ashamed of himself. While in St. Louis, Eddie Brock has been picked up by a young family while hitchhiking. They have agreed to drive him to New York, and are fascinated with his story about traveling across America and sleeping in caves. When the husband asks Eddie if he is afraid of snakes, Brock smiles and tells them what he really hates are spiders.

Appearing in "Dead Meat"

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

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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 27] 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 28] 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 29] This is added pressure as Peter has returned to school.[Continuity 30] 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 31] 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 32] 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 33] 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 "The Sand and the Fury"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #317.

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Synopsis for "The Sand and the Fury"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #317.

After hearing that Venom has escaped from the Vault, Peter Parker is trying to act naturally around his Aunt May, reminding himself that Eddie Brock doesn't know where he is currently living. He and Aunt May are on their way out the door to go shopping. However, when they open the door, Peter is horrified to see Eddie Brock waiting outside for him. As Brock introduces himself to Aunt May, Peter tries to pry Eddie's from around May's shoulders. Brock then asks May if he can talk to Peter as they have a business to discuss. May tells Peter that they can go shopping later and goes back into her home. As Peter and Eddie walk down the street, Peter asks him how he found out he was staying at Aunt May's place.[Continuity 34] Brock shows that he the change of address notice that Peter unintentionally left behind during their previous battle. Parker still doesn't understand why Brock didn't instigate a battle on the spot. Eddie explains that he doesn't want to harm any innocents and he doesn't desire to publicly reveal Spider-Man's double identity so he can have the revenge on the wall-crawler all to himself. When Peter asks Eddie what he wants, Brock tells him that he wants them to meet at the Seacrest Estate on the tip of Montauk, Long Island.[Continuity 35] The beach will be deserted this time of the year and he wants to battle Spider-Man to the finish, once and for all. Brock then departs, leaving Peter to consider his situation. Peter recalls how Venom nearly defeated him last time, he changes into Spider-Man and swings off to get some help.

On his way into Manhattan, Spider-Man rescues a construction worker who falls off the top of a building that is being constructed. Soon, the wall-crawler arrives at Four Freedoms Plaza where he meets with the Thing.[Continuity 36] Spider-Man reminds Ben of the symbiote he brought back from Battleworld and how it bonded with Eddie Brock to become Venom and asks for the Fantastic Four's help should he need it.[Continuity 37] The Thing tells Spider-Man that he can count on the Fantastic Four should he call for help.

When Peter Parker returns to Forest Hills, he is horrified to see Eddie Brock helping his Aunt May hang laundry in the back yard. Peter pulls Brock away and tells him to stop harassing his family, as his issue is with him and him alone. Eddie agrees, revealing that he knows that Peter went to the Fantastic Four for help. Brock reminds him that they are to battle each other alone, and warns Peter not to cross him or he will harm those closest to him. Brock then willsh is symbiote to assume the form of a police officer and walks away. Peter decides to go and tell his wife about what is going on.[Continuity 38] He finds his wife going over Peter's old family photos. When he tells her about the situation with Venom, she is against him going after Brock alone, even at the risk of his secret identity being revealed. However, Peter can't bring himself to do it as it would not only cause untold problems to his life, the revelation may have an adverse affect on Aunt May's health.[Continuity 39] Mary Jane understands, but hopes that Peter can get some kind of help. Peter fears he won't be able to do so without how Venom finding out.

Later that day, Spider-Man pays a visit to Dr. Charles Jefferson at the South Brooklyn Psychiatric Facility.[Continuity 40] He tells Jefferson that he needs to talkk of a matter of life and death, his own. The next morning, Peter Parker arrives at the beach at Montauk ahead of his meeting with Venom. He is confident that he can use the advice given to him by Doctor Jefferson will help him defeat Venom in battle. He slips into a nearby boat house to change into Spider-Man. As soon as Spider-Man is in costume, Venom attacks. Venom has the advantage, able to have his symbiote dive into the sand and attack Spider-Man from below. Breaking free from Venom, the wall-crawler rushes back to the boat house and ignites some gasoline in the hopes of exploiting the symbiote's weakness to fire.[Continuity 41] However, Venom dives into the water below to avoid the flame. Since the symbiote negates his spider-sense, Spider-Man tries to tag Venom with a spider-tracer, but the symbiote detects it and destroys the tracking device.

Spider-Man tries to flee from the scene, but Venom grabs the hero and attempts to drown him in the ocean. Breaking free, Spider-Man tries his dangerous gambit. Stripping off his costume, Peter Parker offers to allow the symbiote to bond with him. Much to Eddie's surprise, his symbiote begins to flow off of him to rebond with its original host. However, the pain caused by trying to sever its bond from Eddie Brock and attach itself to Spider-Man causes both enough pain to knock everyone out. When Peter comes to, it's as the symbiote is sloughing off his own body. With both the alien costume and Eddie Brock are still unconcious, Peter goes to find a phone to call the Fantastic Four to pick Brock up so he can go home and tell Mary Jane that the danger is over.

Appearing in "The Spider and the Ghost"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #25.

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Synopsis for "The Spider and the Ghost"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #25.

Spider-Man has just caught two men trying to steal equipment from Empire State University. After he knocks out the crooks he begins looking through the packages of stolen material and all he finds is a bunch of melted metal that appears to be worthless. Before the wall-crawler can learn anything else, he is interrupted by the campus security guards. As he tries to explain that he wasn't stealing anything, he is interrupted by Arthur Dearborn an employee of the Roxxon Energy Corporation. He explains nobody was stealing anything and that these materials that were being experimented upon by the university under a Roxxon grant. He explains that the two men work for his company and would be pressing charges if he didn't agree that the scene didn't look suspicious. Spider-Man meekly departs from the scene. As the web-slinger leaves the scene, he heard about the experiments because he is a student at ESU and his is supposed to take pictures for the Daily Bugle for Roxxon's big press conference the following day. He recognizes the metal slag as being made out of Vibranium and wonders what could have done that to the expensive and durable metal. When he returns home to discover that his wife Mary Jane has prepared a romantic evening because she has figured that Peter has told her that he loved her a million times.[Continuity 42]

Meanwhile, in midtown, the Kingpin meets with the industrial saboteur known as the Ghost. The Kingpin offers him a job to steal the secrets of Roxxon's new secret procedures. An offer that the Ghost accepts because he has a score to settle with Roxxon and offers to do it for free.[Continuity 43] However, the Kingpin considers what the Ghost may do against him in the future and decides to plan for this contingency. The next day at Empire State University, Peter Parker finishes an assignment for Professor Evan Swan and is on his way to the Roxxon press conference. On the way, he is stopped by his classmate's Chip and Ethan to help move an oscillator that they are using in an experiment to accelerate plant growth. Chip complains about the funding and recognition the Roxxon experiment is getting when he is experiment could double a farmer's crop each year. After helping his classmates and changing into a suit and tie. He can relate to Chip's frustration give his background in science.[Continuity 44]

Not far away at the stage set up for Roxxon, Mary Jane is recognized by T'Challa who is surprised to be recognized by royalty. As they talk, they witness Iron Man arrive on the scene, worry T'Challa who secretly worries about why Tony Stark came as his alter-ego instead of himself. His thoughts are interrupted when Mary Jane's husband Peter snaps a photo of the pair together. Peter apologizes for taking advantage of a photo opportunity. T'Challa understands, pointing out one should always take advantage of opportunities if there is no harm done. He then expresses his fear of what Roxxon is going to announce today as it may affect the economy of Wakanda, the world's only source of Vibranium. Meanwhile, Iron Man gets a club soda to drink. He is all too aware that people are noticing him in his armor. Unfortunately, it cannot be avoided as the armored hero needs to wear his armor all the time.[Continuity 45] Meanwhile, Arthur Dearborn has his lab assistants setting up their demonstration he sees Iron Man in the crowd and greets him. The two have a friendly relationship, even though Iron Man is troubled that an honorable man like Arthur would work for a shady business like Roxxon.[Continuity 46]

Soon the demonstration is ready, and Roxxon's Executive Vice President, Jonas Hale, who demonstrates a new form of synthetic Vibranium. This demonstration involves a guard trying to shoot Hale through a thin sheet of the material. The audience is shocked when the bullet bounces harmlessly off the material. He calls this synthetic material Nuform and announces it as a boon for businesses offering an affordable alternative to genuine Vibranium. The demonstration is interrupted when some Roxxon employees report an incident in the lab. Jonas excuses himself and asks Arthur to join him. There, he learns that one of the scientists mad the mistake of wearing a metal watch around his writs and the Nuform melted it into his wrist. Hale is furious, reminding the scientists that they were all warned not to wear metal in the lab. He then orders the injured man to be discreetly transported to the Roxxon building downtown for treatment. Arthur expresses his concern regarding the safety of Nuform. Jonas agrees that Nuform can degrade into a material as similar as the metal melting Antarctic Vibranium, but assures that this can be avoided when the material is bombarded by microwaves. Satisfied, Dearborn departs the lab, leaving Jonas with the scientists. When one of the scientists points out that Nuform could be deadly if used before it can be properly stabilized. However, all Jonas is interested in is the massive profits that he will reap before any disaster happens.

Meanwhile, in Colorado, an army of Guardsman are transporting Ultron-13 to the Vault for containment.[Continuity 47] Feigning unconsciousness, Ultron manages to use his control over electricity to overload his shackles. Blowing up the prisoner transport, Ultron gloats over his escape. Among the wreckage, he finds the remains of a newspaper report about Nuform and decides that he will take it to make himself more powerful than ever before.

Back in New York City, Spider-Man returns to Empire State University wondering what melted the metal being hauled out off ESU property the night before. He is not the only one who doesn't think that Roxxon isn't on the level as the Black Panther has also arrived to investigate the situation. Agreeing to work with each other, the two heroes spy into the window into the lab. They witness as the Ghost passes through the wall and begins killing the scientists and setting up charges. Spider-Man tries to catch the Ghost in a web net, but the villain turns intangible and it passes harmlessly through him. As Spider-Man dodges blasts from the Ghost's gun, allowing the Black Panther to ambush the villain. Outnumbered, the Ghost turns invisible, leaving the two heroes to deal with the explosives. Recovering the bomb, Spider-Man quickly covers them in webbing so they explode harmlessly. When the Ghost tries to attack Spider-Man from behind, the hero's spider-sense warns him and he is able to land a blow. Hearing the commotion, Arthur Dearborn decides to go an investigate. Back inside, Spider-Man and the Black Panther decide to use their enhanced senses to their benefit. They shut off the lights, leaving the Ghost blind.

However, their plan fails when Dearborn enters the room and turns the lights back on. The Ghost uses this opportunity to take posses of a computer that controls a beam projector. When the Black Panther ends up in its range, Arthur pushes him out of the way and is seemingly incinerated. However, the blast has triggered Dearborn to transform into the Sunturion who vows to kill them all.

This story continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #11...

Appearing in "Monster Mash: Part II"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #274.

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Synopsis for "Monster Mash: Part II"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #274.

In the town of Belle Porte, Connecticut, local gossip Alma Chalmers is spying on the Benjamin house hold again by peeping through one of the windows with a periscope. Inside Sue Richards is entertaining her teammate Jennifer Walters when one of her earrings falls off and rolls under the fridge. In order to help Sue retrieve it, Jen turns into She-Hulk so she can lift the fridge off the ground, unaware that Alma is watching the whole thing. Hearing a noise as Chalmers flees, Sue rushes to the window and finds her discarded periscope, but dismisses it as a toy of one of the neighborhood children. Reaching the safety of her home, Alma Chalmers is convinced that the Benjamin household is a home to witches and monsters. Eyeing a copy of "Occult" magazine on her coffee table, Alma thinks to herself that she knows how to handle those sorts of things. Back at the Benjamin home, Sue decides they should head back to the Baxter Building in case her cover identity of "Sue Benjamin" has been compromised. As she heads upstairs, Sue passes by the room that was meant for the new baby that she had just recently lost. Seeing the empty nursery stops Sue dead in her tracts and she is suddenly flooded with emotions and can do nothing more than collapse to the floor and cry.

Meanwhile, at the Baxter Building headquarters of the Fantastic Four, Alicia and Johnny are meeting with Reed who has suggested that they move the Fantastic Four's headquarters to a new location. When Johnny balks at this idea due to the long history the Fantastic Four have with the building, Reed points out the practicalities: Johnny and She-Hulk have their own apartments while Reed and Sue have their home in Belle Porte. He also tells Johnny that he needs more room for their company to expand and thanks to the 99 year leases that Walter Collins -- the former owner the Baxter Building -- signed with the other tenants, Reed can't evict anyone as they are legally sound. When they are finished their discussion, Johnny and Alicia leave to check out an art exhibit. Reed can't happen to notice that there appears to be a romance brewing between the couple and wonders what the world will think when "Ben Grimm's girlfriend" begins to date the Human Torch. These thoughts turn to Ben, and Reed wonders how his old friend is faring on Battleworld after they parted company in the Secret Wars....

... Light years away on Battleworld the Thing has crossed paths with the Frankenstein's Monster. This only shocks Ben momentarily as he reminds himself that Reed explained to him that Battleworld was a world that mirrored the thoughts of those on it, per the Beyonder's specifications. Having just fought off Dracula and the Mummy, the Thing is hardly surprised by this new creature given his childhood love of old monster movies. When Ben tries to talk to the monster it shoves him, leading to the two powerhouses to come to blows. They two fight out out when yet another man shows up and tags the Frankenstein's Monster and Ben with tranquilizer darts that knock them out. Ben awakens inside a covered wagon as it pushes down a country road. Prisoners with him are the Frankenstein's Monster and a man who introduces himself as Gregor Lupus. He explains that they are being taken to Doctor Ackerman, the so-called Monster Maker. During this discussion, Ben realizes that the man he is talking to is a werewolf. Convinced that his captors have no idea about his ability to change back and forth from human form, Ben shifts to his human self and easily slips out of his bonds.

However this does not go unnoticed, as the machines in the front of the wagon alert the two drivers of what is going on. The armored man named Kemp goes back to see what's going on, but is suddenly attacked by Ben Grimm, who easily knocks him out. When Ben grabs the other drover -- the Monster Maker himself -- Ackerman warns him against attacking, his eyes glowing all the while. Inside the wagon, Lupus suddenly transforms into his werewolf form and is released from his shackles. The werewolf gets the drop on Ben, who is outmatched until he remembers to change back into his Thing form. With the werewolf being easily trounced in battle, the Monster Maker then uses his powers to call the Frankenstein's Monster. However the monster attacks the Monster Maker instead of the Thing. Catching Ackerman off guard, the Frankenstein's Monster then snaps the villains neck, killing him instantly. With the Monster Maker dead, Lupus changes back to human form. With the battle over, Ben thanks Lupus and the Monster for their help, but tells them that he must part company so that he can continue to search for his female friend. As Ben leaves a fog passes over his two allies, and when it clears they have vanished as if they have never been there.

Back on Earth, a small flying device breaches the security at the Baxter Building. It pilots itself into Reed's lab where it finds the container containing Spider-Man's living alien costume. The strange device then cuts a small pin-prick hole in the containment cylinder. This allows the costume to ooze out. Free from captivity, the alien costume then slips out the nearby window into the New York City.

Appearing in "'Til Death Do Us Part!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #1.

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Synopsis for "'Til Death Do Us Part!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #1.

This story continues from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100...

Peter Parker has just ended his relationship with the Black Cat, deciding to go out as Spider-Man, Peter can't shake the feeling that something is out to get him.[Continuity 48] Distracted by the sound of his neighbors giving up on suntanning that he doesn't see that his old alien costume has returned and disguised itself as one of his red and blue costumes. Ironically, he thinks about how the costume almost bonded had it not been for the help of Reed Richards removing it from his body.[Continuity 49] As he prepares to put on his web-shooters, Peter catches his reflection in the mirror and is horrified to see the symbiote reveal itself and cover his entire body.

Meanwhile, on the Lower Eastside, a gang of thugs robs an elderly woman of her social security money. One member, a jittery man named Pigeon, questions why they mugged the woman since they have been able to complete a bank robbery with their new wings. His pals, Sugar Face, and Gripes aren't overly concerned with Pigeon's worries, even if their leader, Honcho, is upset that they are late for their meeting. When they catch up with Honcho, he is furious that they are late and figures out that they mugged someone. He warns them that such attention will bring Spider-Man down on them, as they have all been captured by the wall-crawler in the past. However, Honcho hopes to change things since his stint in prison. An engineer by trade, he befriended the Vulture and charmed the notorious super-villain enough to learn the secrets of his wings. Having created them all flying suits, Honcho and his friends have become the Vulturions to make it rich and get revenge against Spider-Man. Back at Peter Parker's apartment, Spider-Man struggles to try and get outside and to Mister Fantastic, but the alien symbiote fights him the whole way. A few blocks away, Mary Jane Watson runs into Peter's Aunt May while out shopping. May is surprised to hear that Harry and Liz Osborn are having a baby, as she and Peter aren't talking presently.[Continuity 50] May explains that she is still mad at Peter for dropping out of college.[Continuity 51] Mary Jane tries to speak in Peter's defense, but Aunt May still can't accept that Peter is giving up on being a scientist.[Continuity 52] Mary Jane notices that Aunt May is interested in a hat, but May decides against buying it because she doesn't have the money.

Elsewhere, Spider-Man continues to struggle to free himself from the symbiote, but it continues to resist him. Eventually, the web-slinger is spotted by one of the Vulturions who heads back to alert the others. With the costume keeping him from going to the Baxter Building. Spider-Man realizes that the symbiote can read his mind, and that's how it keeps tripping him up. Gripes notice this and nabs the wall-crawler, thinking him insane when Spider-Man tries to explain that he is fighting his costume. Gripes rejoins his teammates. As they fly across the city, the approach a nearby church. Spider-Man begs the symbiote to stop fighting him, otherwise, the Vulturions will kill them both. Much to his relief, the symbiote stops fighting him and he manages to incapacitate all the Vulturions except for one. When he struggles to figure out how to get rid of the Symbiote he hears the church bell toll and realizes the sound could destroy the alien. Hearing his, the symbiote starts fighting him again. However, Spider-Man manages to wreck the Vulturion's wings and force a crash landing in the belfry. The sound of the ringing bells is overpowering. As the last Vulturion flees, Spider-Man stays behind, resisting the pain of the loud bells in the hopes it will force the symbiote off him.

Thinking he is going to die, Spider-Man he can't stop thinking about his Aunt May, and doesn't want to die without reconciling with her, as well as unresolved feelings for Mary Jane. Suddenly, the symbiote separates itself from Peter's body and tries to flee. However, the symbiosis between Peter and the alien being had filled the creature with love for Peter Parker and it risks its life to drag Peter to safety. With Parker safe, the creature strokes his face one last time before seemingly crumbling to bits.[Continuity 53]

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



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