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Appearing in "Secrets!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #417.

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Synopsis for "Secrets!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #417.

In a strange realm, Judas Traveller drifts in the void shackled in chains. Suddenly, he begins to melt. He calls out to Spider-Man, warning him that they have both been betrayed and manipulated.

This vision causes Peter Parker to jolt up out of bed, alerting his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 1] She assures him that he was just having a bad dream, and he apologizes for waking her up. Mary Jane says she was already awake because of their unborn daughter -- May -- has been moving around and figures the child is eager to be born.[Continuity 2] As he settles back to sleep, Peter's mind can't help but turn back to thoughts to Judas Traveller. Elsewhere, Chakra -- a member of Traveller's Host -- is currently being hunted by her teammates Boone and Medea who are attempting to kill her for betraying the team. However, Chakra did nothing of the sort, as she discovered the team has been secretly working against their leader, Traveller. Fighting back against her attackers, Chakra manages to escape. Boone and Medea are then approached by Mister Nacht, who tells them that their employer will not be happy with their failure to capture Chakra.[Continuity 3]

The following morning, Peter Paker pays a visit to Ben Reilly as he works at the Daily Grind to talk about his dream. The two talk about the mysteries surrounding Judas, and question why someone with so much power behind him would need a team of followers.[Continuity 4] Changing the subject, Peter tells Ben that Mary Jane's Aunt Anna has moved in with them at Aunt May's old house to help with the baby.[Continuity 5] He then tells Reilly that Anna has been named May's godmother and he wants Ben to be his unborn daughter's godfather. This request is an honor to Ben, who gladly accepts. That's when Peter gets an alert to contact Joe Robertson at the Daily Bugle and excuses himself to call him.[Continuity 6] When he gets ahold of Joe Robertson, he is informed that John Jameson contacted him and is looking for Spider-Man.

Meanwhile, at a warehouse, Gaunt and Scrier meet with Mister Nacht and are brought up to date on the Host's efforts to capture Chakra and Traveller. Gaunt is unhappy that they have evaded capture so far and remind them that their employer will be very unhappy if they fail to prevent the pair from interfering with his plans for Spider-Man. That's when Scrier assures Gaunt that Judas Traveller will not be able to interfere with their plans as he has been locked in a suspension chamber that now sits in the bottom of an inground swimming pool. By this time, Spider-Man is swinging across the city with Peter Parker in his arms. Peter thinks back to how much he enjoyed web-slinging before he discovered he was a clone and retired as Spider-Man.[Continuity 7] They soon arrive at Ravencroft Institute where they meet with John Jameson.[Continuity 8] As it turns out, John has been hiding Chakra since she escaped from the Host. She tells them that Judas Traveller is in danger and needs their help. When Spider-Man points out that Judas has been able to flatten armies in the past, Chakra informs them that the powers of Traveller are not what they seem. Peter offers his and Spider-Man's aid, although the wall-crawler agrees to help, he refuses to allow Peter to tag along, reminding him that he an expecting father.

When Peter is dropped off in Queens, he is hurt that Ben would ditch him like that, even though he knows that Reilly is right to not include him in the hunt for Traveller. When he arrives home he is delighted to see that Mary Jane's Aunt Anna has arrived.[Continuity 9] Her arrival puts Peter in a better mood. Meanwhile, Spider-Man and Chakra arrive at a nearby gym where Judas Traveller is being held. It's here that Chakra reveals that Judas does not have cosmic level powers as was previously believed. In fact, he is merely a mutant who uses telepathy to cast illusions of greater power into the minds of others. The only truth that Traveller told the wall-crawler in the past was that he was a psychologist interested in studying the nature of good and evil. When Spider-Man asks if Scrier was one of his patients, Chakra tries to explain that it is much more complicated. Before she can provide the details about Scrier they are ambushed by Boone and Medea. As the pair fight for their lives, Scrier meets with the Rose and his bodyguard Delilah to further discuss his proposal for an alliance. The Rose has been digging into the organization Scrier is involved in and what he has learned was quite shocking.[Continuity 10] However, the Rose doesn't like the secrets that Scrier has been keeping. Particularly that Scrier led him to believe he was an individual when he was actually one Scrier among an entire criminal organization made up of men and women who also call themselves Scrier. As the Rose reveals what he knows about the Brotherhood of the Scrier, and that they worship a mystical being of the same name, Spider-Man and Chakra find themselves surrounded by an army of Scriers.

Outnumbered and overwhelmed, Spider-Man and Chakra are about to be overpowered by the Scriers when Peter Parker -- wearing a Spider-Man mask and gloves -- comes leaping into the rescue. That's when Chakra discovers that Judas is being contained in the gym's inground pool. As Peter Parker leaps into the water and attempts to free Judas, the Scrier meeting with the Rose admits that he is impressed that the mobster was able to learn so much about his organization. However, he points out that very few people have learned the secrets about the Brotherhood and lived to tell about it. That's when Scrier reveals that he knows who the Rose is, saying that he is Richard Fisk, the son of the former Kingpin of New York.[Continuity 11] That's when the Rose reveals that he is not Richard Fisk and assures Scrier that he will never know his true identity.[Continuity 12] By this point, Peter has managed to free Judas Traveller. Regaining consciousness, he lashes out at the Scriers, using his mental powers to make them appear to be thrown into the astral plane. Needing to get away, Chakra turns into her spirit form and begins to carry Judas away. Traveller's final words to the Spider-Men is one more warning that a madman has been behind everything and is plotting against him. He then teleports away before he can elaborate any further. As the pair try to make sense of this warning, they are unaware that Mister Nacht has been watching from the shadows and taking notes the entire time.

Back at the warehouse, both Nacht and Scrier return to report back to Gaunt. When Scrier informs him that the Rose declined to form an alliance. Reminding Scrier that their employer has zero tolerance for failure and snaps his neck.

Appearing in "Revelations Part 3"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #418.

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Synopsis for "Revelations Part 3"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #418.

Revelations continues from Sensational Spider-Man #11...

Mary Jane is being wheeled into the emergency room after she started undergoing painful labor while at the Daily Grind. With her is her Aunt Anna, who tries to comfort the pregnant woman who is afraid that something is happening to her unborn child. They are joined by Doctor Folsome, who tells Mary Jane that his regular doctor cannot be reached and he will be looking after her from this moment on. Also at the hospital is Daily Bugle photographer Angela Yin, who recognizes the Parker woman, as she snaps a photo of the scene Angela wonders why her husband Peter isn't here with her.[Continuity 13] She isn't the only one who is wondering where Peter Parker as, as Mary Jane is being wheeled into an operating room, she wonders why Peter won't call her back on her cell phone.

At that very moment, Peter Parker and Spider-Man are fighting for their lives at the ruins of Midtown High as they are attacked by Gaunt and an army of robots fashioned to look like children. Peter is all too aware that Anna has been trying to get ahold of him, but can't pull himself away from the battle.[Continuity 14] As he gets another message, Spider-Man hears it and tells Peter to leave and go be with his wife and baby. However, Gaunt is intent on killing the wall-crawler and Peter doesn't think Ben will survive if he leaves and insists on staying. By this time, Angela Yin has called Joe Robertson at the Daily Bugle to tell him about Mary Jane's condition at the hospital. After hearing this, he relays the news to Glory Grant, and feels awful for Peter after everything that has happened to him recently.[Continuity 15]

Back at Midtown, Spider-Man and Peter Parker continue to fight against Gaunt and his robot army. While Ben destroys two of Gaunt's plastoid robots, Peter takes down the robots that have been fashioned to look like children. While at the hospital, Doctor Folsome and his team of doctors help Mary Jane through a very complicated and painful delivery. As she strains to give birth to her daughter, Mary Jane is unaware that a mysterious figure is watching from the operating theater above. Satisfied that everything is going exactly as planned, the mystery man then leaves to carry out the next phase of his plan. At Midtown, Peter manages to come across a telephone that still works and calls Anna to check in on Mary Jane. As he fights off the rest of the robots, he tells Anna that he has been stuck in a subway car. Learning that Mary Jane is having a difficult delivery and the doctors are concerned, Peter assures her that he will get there as soon as possible, saying that nothing will keep him from getting to his wife. Meanwhile, at the 28th Precinct, Detective Connor Trevan interrupts his colleagues, Francis Tork and Lou Sneider, to introduce them to Arthur Stacy, the brother of the late George Stacy. Arthur tells the officers that he has called a meeting with them because the man who murdered his brother has not been brought to justice and wishe to speak to them all because of their occasional association with Spider-Man.[Continuity 16]

At that same moment, Spider-Man continues to dodge Gaunt's attack. Having just learned that he is Mendel Stromm, the wall-crawler asks how he managed to survive his brush with death and who his mysterious employer is.[Continuity 17] Gaunt ignores these questions and manages to wing the web-slinger. With Spider-Man at his mercy, Gaunt decides to tell him something about the wall-crawler's old friend Seward Trainer.[Continuity 18] Before he can finish off the web-head, Peter Parker leaps in and saves his life. Gaunt then tries to blast the two Spider-Men with knock out gas, but is surprised when it doesn't work. While back at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson asks Joe Robertson what he knows about a surprise board meeting that has been called as well as an impromptu Halloween party organized for the staff. Joe doesn't know what the meeting is about but reminds Jonah that the staff could use a morale boost after the recent round of layoffs. He also suggests to Jonah that there won't be a disaster if the paper shuts down for a few hours so the staff can have some fun. As he says this, he is unaware that the men setting up decorations in the bullpen is also putting out jack-o-lanterns that are rigged with explosives.

Back at the scene of the battle, Spider-Man continues launching attacks at Gaunt, demanding to know what he knows about Seward Trainer. Gaunt explains that Trainer was just another pawn that was used to manipulate Reilly and that once his usefulness was over he was killed. Hearing how his best friend was murdered, Spider-Man loses his temper and begins ripping apart Gaunt's cybernetic armor. However, he stops short of killing Gaunt, reminding himself that he isn't a heartless killer like the Punisher. With the battle over, Spider-Man tells Peter to get going so he can be there when his daughter is born. Having destroyed the last of Gaunt's robots, Parker doesn't argue and bounds away. With Stromm disarmed, Spider-Man then begins demanding answers when he is suddenly blasted by someone standing behind him. Spider-Man instantly recognizes who this man is and can't believe it as he believed them to be dead.[Continuity 19] When the web-slinger tries to attack this man he is also blasted aside. With Spider-Man down, the mystery employer reminds Gaunt what happens when his minions fail him and blast Gaunt as well.

At the hospital, Mary Jane gives the final push to give birth to her baby. When she doesn't hear the baby crying, Mary Jane asks what is wrong with her baby. That's when Doctor Folsome begins making his apologies, making Mary Jane realize that he baby didn't survive. As she cries one of the nurses, who turns out to be a woman by the name of Alison Mongrain removes her surgical mask and wheels a car out of the operating room. She later drives her car out to the waterfront where she meets with her mystery employer. Confirming that she has brought the package she was hired to bring, the man pays her a sizable amount of money and puts her on a private boat that is to take her to Europe with a generous bonus to cover her travel expenses.[Continuity 20]

... Revelations concludes in Spider-Man #75 and Spider-Man: Revelations #1.

Appearing in "Deadly Diversions"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #11.

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Synopsis for "Deadly Diversions"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #11.

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #240...

Mary Jane is out shopping with her Aunt Anna when she decides to call her husband Peter Parker and tell him that they are stopping at the Daily Grind for lunch and tell him when she expects to return home.[Continuity 21] As the two women plan out the final leg of their shopping spree, they are completely unaware that the mysterious man plotting against Spider-Man is continuing his grand scheme in the building behind them.[Continuity 22] Meeting Gaunt, his loyal second in command, this mystery man is pleased that Gaunt eliminated Seward Trainer.[Continuity 23] Decked out in his new cybernetic armor, Gaunt -- aka Mendel Stromm -- is ordered to tie up the remaining loose ends of his master's grand scheme and then he is to kill Ben Reilly right before Peter Parker's eyes.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson is furious to learn that there is an emergency board meeting scheduled for that evening, on Halloween of all nights. As he complains, Joe Robertson points out that the Daily Bugle has been under a lot of financial strains recently and that is likely going to be the topic of conversation.[Continuity 24] Fed up, Jonah rushes to the elevators to try and get to the upper floors to discuss the situation with the board of directors only to discover that the elevators are undergoing maintenance, angering him even more. While at Peter Parker's home in Forest Hills, Ben Reilly assists him in finding his mobile device so he can keep in touch with Mary Jane while they are out.[Continuity 25] As they walk the neighborhood, Ben once again expresses his excitement of being an uncle, as Peter and Mary Jane's baby is due to be born soon.[Continuity 26] They also notice the repair efforts being undergone in the area following Onslaught's attack on Manhattan. This reminds them how the Fantastic Four and the Avengers sacrificed their lives to stop Onslaught and how the city needs heroes right now.[Continuity 27] That's when Peter suggests that maybe it is time for there to be two Spider-Men. Ben reminds Peter that he has a responsibility to his wife and unborn child and reminds him that Peter's powers are not back to their full strength and cut out on occasion.[Continuity 28] Peter, however, shows Ben that he is at the top of his game by leaping up into a nearby tree and swings between the branches. Ben is convinced but tells Peter to cut it out before someone sees him. While at Manhattan's 28th Precinct, Aruthr Stacy pays a visit to Detective Connor Trevane to discuss a common interest: Spider-Man.[Continuity 29]

While in Hoboken, Flash Thompson receives a letter by registered courier. It turns out to be an invitation to a Halloween party being thrown at the Daily Bugle. Although the invitation is anonymous, Flash thinks this is a perfect opportunity for him redeem himself in the eyes of Betty Brant.[Continuity 30] At that same moment, Betty Brant is opening her own invitation, however, hers isn't entirely anonymous, as it is signed by someone calling themselves "O", unfortunately, she has no idea who it could be. Back in Queens, Peter finally manages to convince Ben that his powers are back up to full speed when suddenly both of their spider-senses goes off. They leap into the ruins of a nearby school and find some children playing in the rubble. As they are trying to get the kids to safety, the pair is suddenly ambushed by Gaunt. In the ensuing confusion, Ben manages to slip away and changes into Spider-Man. As the wall-crawler distracts Gaunt, Peter leads the children to safety.

In Manhattan, Mary Jane and her Aunt Anna are sitting down to lunch at the Daily Grind. When Mary Jane orders the gumbo, the waitress goes into the kitchen to prepare the meal. When nobody is looking, the waitress then slips a drug into the soup with a sly grin on her face. Back in Queens, Spider-Man continues to fight his foe and learns that it is Gaunt, the man who ran Multivex and forced Seward Trainer to work with him. This distracted thought allows Gaunt to finally strike the web-slinger. The battle then causes a collapse elsewhere trapping Peter and the children. As Parker tries to move the rubble, his spider-powers aren't co-operating. However, his spider-sense begins going off warning him of the children whose eyes have just started glowing. At that moment, at the Daily Grind, Mary Jane has suddenly gone into labor and it is an incredibly painful one, prompting an ambulance to be called. The paramedics on the scene realize that this isn't natural and could spell trouble for the pregnant woman and her unborn child. In Queens, Spider-Man finally pins Gaunt to the ground and gets a good look at his restored face. He instantly recognizes him as Mendel Stromm -- the man that Spider-Man once fought years ago.[Continuity 31] While Spider-Man is distracted again, Stromm activates a pair of robots that try and ambush the wall-crawler from behind.

By this point, Peter has discovered that the children in his care are actually robots and manages to escape the deathtrap and rejoins Ben. As they are surrounded by Mendel Stromm and his creations, Peter receives a notification from his mobile device and realizes that Mary Jane is in serious trouble.

... Revelations continue in Amazing Spider-Man #418.

Appearing in "Walking Into Spiderwebs"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240.

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Synopsis for "Walking Into Spiderwebs"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240.

In the ruins of the Multivex Corporation, Seward Trainer has completed repairing the device that will regenerate his withered body. Gaunt warns Trainer that he will tolerate no further failures. That's when they are visited by Gaunt's mysterious employer, who orders Seward to hurry as he is preparing to initiate his plans that will finally see the destruction of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Seeing who this person comes to a total shock to Trainer, who realizes that Ben Reilly is in deadly danger and tries to think of some way he can warn his friend.[Continuity 32]

Meanwhile, in Queens, Peter and Mary Jane are arguing over the facts of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon as they wait for a bus.[Continuity 33] The bus soon arrives and Peter's pregnant wife boards it so she can ride into Manhattan for a shopping trip with her Aunt Anna.[Continuity 34] As soon as Mary Jane is gone, Ben Reilly drops out of the trees right on time for his meeting with Peter. At that moment, at the Daily Bugle, Ben Urich has gotten an unmarked envelope by registered courier. It appears to be a letter from Liz Osborn who has information she wants to provide him and asks for him to meet her at the Bugle at 10 pm that evening. Ben considers the good fortune he has making friend with Liz Osborn when he wrote his book on the Osborn empire.[Continuity 35] However, he is unaware that others in the building have also received similar black envelopes.

Later, Seward Trainer has managed to sneak away from his keepers and made it to Ben Reilly's apartment. However, as he knocks on the door he is ambushed by Gaunt, who is decked out in new cybernetic armor. Digging through the rubble for Trainer's body, Gaunt discovers that Seward somehow managed to slip away. While at the Daily Grind, Shirley Washington has just hired a new waitress named Alison Mongrain. Although Mongrain is warmly welcomed to the team, Shirley and her staff are put off by her cold personality. Back in Queens, Peter brings Ben Reilly up to the attic of their Aunt May's house. Peter explains that he and Mary Jane need to clear some space when they move in, and he wants Ben to go through things because they are his memories as well. Ben is touched by this, as when he was on the road for five years he lived a very minimalist lifestyle.[Continuity 36] Looking through all the belongings, Ben finds a photo of Peter Parker with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. This brings both men to tears, as they both miss the two people who were like parents to them.[Continuity 37] That's when Peter opens up and tells Ben that when he was first told that he was a clone he freaked out, but he eventually learned from Ben's example how to live with the truth.[Continuity 38]

Back in the city, Seward Trainer has survived Gaunt's attempt on his life and trying to figure out what to do next. Spotting someone reading an issue of the Daily Bugle inspired Trainer to go to the Bugle building in the hopes of finding Peter Parker. That's when Gaunt catches up on Trainer and attempts to kill him again. However, Seward manages to flee the scene by hopping into a subway train. However, Gaunt rips open the subway car in the hopes of getting at him. Later, at the Osborn Industries Plant located at Islip, Long Island, Liz Osborn has taken a more active role in the company she inherited when her husband died.[Continuity 39] She is on the phone with her boyfriend and lawyer, Foggy Nelson. She has just got a letter from Ben Urich asking her to meet with him at the Daily Bugle that evening and asks Foggy to tag along with her. In Queens, Peter and Ben come across a box full of Peter's old books. They both reminisce about the good memories they had reading these books as a child. When they find their favorite book, Peter Pan, it prompts Peter to tell Ben something that he has kept secret since Aunt May's death. He tells her that on May's last day the pair took a trip to the Empire State Building where she revealed that he knew that Peter was Spider-Man for years and that she was very proud of him.[Continuity 40] He admits he kept this to himself, particularly after he learned he was a clone, as he wanted to keep that memory of his own. Ben understands and tells Peter that they need to stop letting themselves get distracted and get back to work.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Paul Sousa the director of maintenance of the building interviews two recent hires. A lot of the staff suddenly quit and he has had to quickly hire new people. After reading the glowing references the two men received from their former employers -- Oscorp and Multivex respectively. At that moment, Seward Trainer emerges from the subway outside the Daily Bugle. However, he is attacked by Gaunt again and is forced to flee down an alley. As he begins making the distance between himself and Gaunt, Seward runs right into the arms of Gaunt's mysterious employer. Having grown tired of this loose end in his plans, the mystery man snaps Seward Trainer's neck, killing him instantly. By this time, Peter and Ben have become distracted again when they find Peter's old Battleship board game. They are interrupted by Mary Jane who calls to tell Peter that she and her Aunt Anna are going for lunch at the Daily Grind and asks her husband and Ben to join them. They agree, unaware that Gaunt's mysterious employer has been listening in on their conversation and has other plans for the Parkers and Ben Reilly.

This story continues in Sensational Spider-Man #11...

Appearing in "A New Day Dawning"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #241.

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Synopsis for "A New Day Dawning"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #241.

Spider-Man is out on patrol, but his heart is still in mourning over his recent losses.[Continuity 41] As he swings across the city he thinks about the recent losses, those of Ben Reilly -- his clone --, his unborn daughter May, and the death of his Aunt May.[Continuity 42] Still, despite these losses, he feels as though he and his wife Mary Jane have been given a second chance and looks forward to what the future will bring.[Continuity 43]

Meanwhile, at the Ravencroft Institute, Doctor Ashley Kafka is working with the Chameleon, one of her patients. When the Chameleon takes on the form of Kraven the Hunter, she convinces him to return to his normal form, pointing out that he is retreating into other identities again.[Continuity 44] Taking on the form of Doctor Kafka, and tries to deflect her questions. Unphased by this, Kafka continues to press the Chameleon for answers. He eventually breaks down and returns back to his natural form and cowers in the corner of his cell, and begs her to leave him alone. While, at that moment, Mary Jane is visited by her Aunt Anna. At the time, Mary Jane has just finished emptying the room that would have been the nursery for her baby. Anna is concerned with Mary Jane after the recent loss of her baby, but Mary Jane insists that she is fine. She admits that the death of her baby devastated her, but this evening she has learned to look past this loss. She feels as though the spirit of her daughter is with her, allowing to see past her sorrow. She still had the gift of carrying a life inside of her for nine months. This was still a beautiful thing and a gift to Mary Jane, even though that child died during birth. After one last look of the now empty room and closes the door behind her.

By this point, Spider-Man has arrived at the offices of the Daily Bugle. He looks in on J. Jonah Jameson who is hunched over his desk, completely engrossed in his work. As everyone has left hours ago, Spider-Man taps on the window, startling the publisher. The wall-crawler tells Jonah to go home to his family and that working this late all the time will bring him to an early grave. After Spider-Man swings off, Jonah is surprised that the web-slinger didn't do anything to humiliate or torment him. Looking at a photo of his wife, Marla, Jonah takes Spider-Man's words to heart and decides to leave the office. His quick departure is observed by Jack O'Lantern, who flies off as soon as Jameson is out of sight. Later, Peter Parker has returned home and spends a quiet moment standing on the porch with his wife. Mary Jane tells Peter that they need to put the past behind them, even move from Queens into the city. Peter agrees and tells his wife that they will do whatever she wants. At that moment, John Jameson gets an uncharacteristic phone call from his father, who called to tell John how proud he is of his son. Ashley Kafka finds this interesting, given Jonah's usual gruff exterior. However, before they can discuss it further, she notices that the Chameleon is no longer visible on their security monitors. John leads a security team down to the cellblocks where they discover that the Chameleon has somehow managed to vanish without a trace. Later that evening, Peter Parker can't bring himself to sleep and decides to go web-slinging as Spider-Man to clear his head. He wakes up Mary Jane who insists on coming along with him. The pair then swing on top of the World Trade Center so they can watch the sun rise over Manhattan.

While in a darkened room, the Chameleon cowers after being removed from his room. That's when the lights are turned on by the person who freed him: Doctor Ashley Kafka.

Appearing in "Legacy"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #73.

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Synopsis for "Legacy"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #73.

Peter Parker is running across the rooftops of Manhattan, thinking about how much everything has changed in his life recently. From a near-death experience, the return of his spider-powers, the tragic loss of New York's major heroes during the battle against Onslaught, and his getting laid off from a staff job at the Daily Bugle, things have been hectic.[Continuity 45] He has considered coming up with a new costumed identity and helping Ben Reilly with crime fighting and working to support his wife Mary Jane and their unborn child, Peter has gone back to freelancing for the Bugle.[Continuity 46] As he arrives at his destination, Peter focuses on the task at hand. Sneaking into a building, Peter begins spying on a meeting of various underworld crime bosses. The meeting has been organized by General Nguyen Ngoc Coy, a crimelord from Madripoor. He has summoned Hammerhead, Tombstone, Gavin Thorpe, Silvermane, Caeser Cicero, Rose, and the Slug to discuss their mutual foe, Don Fortunato who has returned to New York to take over the underworld.

Later, Ben Reilly is frustrated by the amount of time his impromptu roommate, Jimmy-6, is taking in the bathroom. This causes Reilly to regret saving Jimmy's life from assassins because Jimmy took him seriously when he offered the mobster a place to stay.[Continuity 47] That's when Peter comes knocking, prompting Jimmy to hide in a closet, fearing that it might be someone coming to take out a hit on him. As Peter begins telling Ben about the recent mob meeting, Ben tries to keep him quiet before Parker blows his double identity. However, hearing about the mob meeting is of interest to Jimmy-6 who comes out of hiding and, pointing his gun at Peter, demands that Parker tell him everything. At that same moment, Don Fortunato waits for his limo to arrive. He boards it with his pet wolf, Angel, where he is told that everything is going according to plan. Fortunato is pleased and tells his minions that he has some business to attend to before they initiate the next phase of his plan. Back at Reilly's apartment, Ben can't understand why Jimmy suddenly wants to protect Don Fortunato, especially since the mobster has put a price on Jimmy's head. Jimmy tells Ben to mind his own business and storms out of the apartment, unaware that Reilly tagged him with a spider-tracer on his way out. He then quickly changes into Spider-Man and when Peter offers to help, Ben tells his "brother" to go back to his family.

Later that evening at Don Fortunato's mansion, the elderly mobster sits before his fireplace in contemplative silence. That's when Jimmy enters the room, having slipped past the security system he helped design. When the Don asks if Jimmy has come to kill him, Jimmy explains that he learned that others are gunning for Fortunato. Jimmy has decided to come and help defend the Fortunato family from the impending attack, even though the Don insists that the safety of the family is no longer Jimmy's concern. Outside, Spider-Man sneaks inside and silently takes out the guards. This has an unfortunate side effect as the rival mobs send their armies on to the ground. Inside, Don Fortunato tells Jimmy that the family has bee sent someplace safe. That's when they are interrupted by Spider-Man and moments later by the army of rival mobsters, led by Tombstone. As Jimmy shields the Don from enemy gunfire, Spider-Man leaps into battle, to take down the mobsters, that continue to file into the building with an endless number. That's when Tombstone focuses his attention to the wall-crawler looking for a rematch against Spider-Man.[Continuity 48]

As Spider-Man battles Tombstone, Jimmy tries to join the battle but Don Fortunato pulls him aside, explaining that he has everything under control. Throwing a switch, an electrical charge incapacitates all the invaders in the room. The Don explains that things are about to change and that he has gained powerful allies and resources to secure his position as the ruler of the New York underworld. A secret passageway opens up revealing that the Don has allied himself with Hydra. He then tells Jimmy to call a meeting with the rival crime bosses, intending to secure his position by killing Spider-Man right before their eyes.

Appearing in "Last of the Heroes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #74.

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Synopsis for "Last of the Heroes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #74.

As the city struggles with the loss of its greatest heroes, Daredevil has been doing his part to deal with the sudden uptick in crime.[Continuity 49] When a high-tech bank robber named Bolt tries to rob a bank, Daredevil is there to stop him. The man without fear easily takes down the novice criminal and begins questioning Bolt on where he got his suit of armor. Bolt doesn't want to talk out of fear of his safety and that of the family. Instead, he provides Daredevil with information on the meeting that Don Fortunato has called on Staten Island. It is with all the other rival crime bosses and it is a meeting that Fortunato promises will end with the death of Spider-Man. After hearing this, Daredevil tells Bolt to contact Matt Murdock to represent him in court and swings off to save Spider-Man.[Continuity 50]

At a private estate on Staten Island, Don Fortunato addresses a large gathering of criminals. Behind him are his rivals, Caeser Cicero, Silvermane, the Slug, Hammerhead, Nguyen Ngoc Coy, and Gaven Thorpe. He has gathered them to join his new criminal empire which is now backed by the terrorist organization known as Hydra. To cement his position as undisputed ruler of the underworld, Don Fortunato unveils Spider-Man who has been restrained. By the end of the evening, the Don intends to unmask the wall-crawler and then kill him before all who have gathered. The wall-crawler can't believe how he got into this situation, as he only came to Don Fortunato's property thinking that Jimmy-6 was going to kill the elderly mobster. In reality, Jimmy came to protect the Don, because he is Fortuanto's son, this ultimately leading to the wall-crawler's capture. This makes Spider-Man regret saving Jimmy's life and allowing him to stay in Ben Reilly's apartment.[Continuity 51] By this point, Daredevil has arrived and is staking out the scene. That's when Don begins the next part of his meeting, bringing out Tombstone who foolishly thought he could attack the Don at his home. He has also brought a number of innocent people that were taken from the territories owned by the various mobsters. They are to be executed as a show of force The Don then explains if anyone betrays him in the future he will then cut a swath of death and destruction across the affected territories until the dissenting mobster in question is driven out of the city by the very people they control. With the rival mobsters standing in silent agreement, Fortunato orders Jimmy-6 to proceed with the execution.

Unfortunately, Jimmy refuses to kill innocent people and protests this. However, his protests fall on deaf ears, and the Don orders him to comply. Jimmy then pulls a gun on the Don, prompting all the other gangsters to call for Jimmy-6's death. Don Fortunato then tells Jimmy that he will no longer be considered part of the Fortunato family. As the two men argue with each other, Spider-Man uses the distraction to attempt to break free from his bonds. Using all of his strength, Spider-Man manages to break free and quickly uses his stingers to knock out the rival mob bosses. No sooner is he free do the other gangsters begin opening fire, but he easily dodges the hail of bullets thanks to his spider-sense. That's when Daredevil makes his presence known and helps Spider-Man free the innocent hostages. The two heroes cover the fleeing people from mobsters and Hydra agents alike. When they get off the property, they are suddenly rescued by Jimmy-6 who has managed to steal a Hydra helicopter. Once they are all loaded onboard the chopper, Jimmy unleashes its payload of weapons on his father's estate. As they take off, Spider-Man spots Tombstone -- still in shackles -- trying to make his escape. There is an army of Hydra soldiers behind him trying to eliminate him. Unwilling to let anyone die, Spider-Man swings down and tries to rescue Tombstone. When a bullet severs his web-line, the wall-crawler is saved by Daredevil. As they get away, Daredevil makes a jokingly says he is glad he saved Spider-Man as he didn't want to be the only hero in town. Still, despite the overwhelming odds they now face, Spider-Man feels confident that things can only get better from here.

Appearing in "The Night of the Goblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #75.

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Synopsis for "The Night of the Goblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #75.

Note: When Spider-Man #75 was reprinted in Spider-Man: Revelations #1, an additional 13 pages were included. Subsequent reprints of Spider-Man #75 include these additions. This synopsis includes the full version of this story. All the additions are listed in italics.

All Hallows Eve:

Children are out trick-or-treating, and among them is young Normie Osborn who has been taken out by his babysitter while his mother Liz Osborn and her boyfriend Foggy Nelson are at a party at the Daily Bugle. They bump into a man who is impressed by Normie's goblin mask and gives him some candy. As they go on their way, Normie recognizes the man as his grandfather.

Elsewhere, Peter Parker is rushing across the city in order to get to his wife, who is giving birth to their child.[Continuity 52] He is blaming himself for not being there after getting dragged into a fight with Mendel Stromm along with Ben Reilly. When arriving at the hospital his panic and the indifferent staff get him turned around and he feels utterly lost trying to find his wife. That's when he is found by the doctor who helped with the childbirth, Doctor Folsome. He explains that food poisoning somehow triggered early labor. Folsom also tells Parker that there were some complications in the pregnancy. With his spider-sense starting to buzz, Peter begins demanding to know what is going on and where his wife is. Peter's panicked state leaves him open to being injected with a drug by Doctor Folsome. As Peter begins to black out, Folsom assures Peter that the injection is not lethal as he is wanted alive.

Fifteen Minutes to Midnight

J. Jonah Jameson arrives at the Daily Bugle and just manages to catch the elevator with Joe Robertson and Flash Thompson. Jonah is unhappy that the board of directors has called a meeting so late at night. Joe and Thompson however, are going up to the newsroom for a Halloween party that has been put together for the staff. When they arrive in the bullpen they find Glory Grant, Betty Brant, Ben Urich, Angela Yin, Ken Ellis, Foggy Nelson, and Liz Osborn are all in attendance. The only person who is unaccounted for is Peter Parker, who must be running late, something that doesn't surprise Jameson. However, everyone is wondering who was responsible for this gathering.

Elsewhere, Peter Parker wakes up in a dark room and discovers that he is wearing his original Spider-Man costume. His captor, holding out a pumpkin bomb, tells Peter that the pumpkin bomb is emitting a gas that will keep Parker disorientated until he is ready to get his final revenge. In the darkness, Peter can see that his attacker is wearing a Green Goblin costume and at first he thinks that somehow Harry Osborn, even though he is dead.[Continuity 53] That's when his captor walks into the light he is revealed to be Norman Osborn. Peter cannot believe it, as he believes that Norman Osborn has been dead for years, impaled on his own Goblin Glider on the day he murdered Gwen Stacy.[Continuity 54] To prove that he is not a clone or some kind of impostor, Norman rips open his shirt revealing a cross-shaped scar marking where he was impaled during his last battle with Spider-Man.

Back at the Daily Bugle, suspicions continue to mount as everyone notices that the paper's night staff is nowhere to be found. Adding to their paranoia is the discovery that the phone lines are dead, the elevators have been shut down, and all of the emergency exits have been locked, effectively trapping Jonah and the others in the Bugle's office. While at a sports bar in downtown Manhattan, Arthur Stacy is meeting with Detectives Francis Tork, Connor Trevan and Lou Snider.[Continuity 55] Arthur explains that he has come back to New York after hearing of the recent discovery of a skeleton in a Spider-Man costume.[Continuity 56] Stacy has come to believe that Spider-Man murdered someone and intends to find out. He has sought out the aid of these three detectives as they have all worked closely with the wall-crawler in the past.

Meanwhile, Norman Osborn mocks Peter Parker, deducing that his old foe is worried about his wife and their unborn child. Peter then asks how Norman managed to survive being impaled with his Goblin Glider. Norman gleefully explains that the Goblin formula that gave him his powers also gifted him with a healing factor that allowed him to recover from the otherwise fatal wound. He continues explaining what happened after his apparent demise, Norman begins putting on his Green Goblin costume. He tells Parker that he woke up in the morgue to see his son Harry bribing the coroner to alter the reports. Norman killed a homeless man who was put in place of his own body and is the corpse that was buried in his grave. He intended to strike at Peter right away, but he later discovered his son had found his Green Goblin gear. Thinking his son would finally become a man, Norman decided to fade into the background and give his son a chance to succeed.[Continuity 57] Norman spend the ensuing years carving a criminal empire.[Continuity 58] When Harry died recently, Norman blamed Spider-Man and decided to come back. Peter demands to know what Norman wants, and Osborn explains that he wants to take everything Peter Parker has: his friends, his family, and lastly his life.

At the Daily Bugle, the staff has decided to try to get the attention of people in the neighboring windows in order to get free. Suspecting that something is up, Ben Urich begins working on a story so he doesn't miss a possible scoop. Looking out one of the windows, Flash Thompson bumps into Betty Brant. However, it is not the happy reunion he was looking for, as Betty reminds him that their relationship was a long time ago and very much over, prompting Flash to find another window to look out of.[Continuity 59] this is witnessed by Liz Osborn who is surprised to see Flash react that way, as it was much different than the Flash she knew in high school.[Continuity 60] After being introduced to Liz's friend Foggy Nelson, Flash explains his troubled relationship with Betty Brant.[Continuity 61] The two of them remark how much they have both changed since they were kids and they wish Peter was there to reminisce with them.

Revelations

Still at Norman Osborn's mercy, Peter tries to explain that Osborn has the wrong person. However, Osborn knows that Peter is going to stay he is a clone and gloats over how deeply he was involved in the events in Peter's life. That's when the Goblin pulls Ben Reilly out of the swirling smoke around them. Osborn then explains that he was manipulating everyone behind the scenes from the Jackal down to the and Seward Trainer, all in an effort to trick and confuse both Parker and Ben Reilly. In reality, Peter Parker was always the genuine article and Ben Reilly was the clone.[Continuity 62] Now fully in costume, the Green Goblin tosses Ben Reilly into Peter Parker and mounts his Goblin Glider and prepares to fly across the way to the Daily Bugle building. When Peter tries to stop him he is blasted and left falling down the side of the building. However, Parker manages to break his fall with a web-line. Still groggy from the gas, he can only watch helplessly as the Green Goblin flies over to the Bugle Building.

Back inside the building, Ben Reilly comes around and witnesses the Goblin flying away. Having heard none of what was revealed earlier, he is completely confused by the whole scenario. Still, he tries to struggle to his feet, but after the beating he received, Ben collapses to the floor again. His mind then drifts back to earlier that night when he was at the mercy of Norman Osborn.[Continuity 63]

Then

Ben had just been blasted by Norman Osborn who then loads Reilly onto a helicopter. The whole time Norman mocked Spider-Man, calling him a clone. Thinking this is yet another lie and manipulation, Spider-Man lashes out refusing to allow Norman Osborn to cause more grief for Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 64] Knocking themselves back outside of the helicopter, Norman beats Ben into submission. He then reveals that he is coming to the climax of a scheme that was years in the making. Not only is he going to utterly destroy Peter Parker, but he has also tricked all of his friends to meet at the offices of the Daily Bugle.

Now

... His recollection last but mere moments and the Green Goblin is still flying toward the Daily Bugle. Once again, Ben Reilly tries to must the strength to stop his mortal foe, as the lives of his friends and family are on the line. Helping Peter back up into the building, Ben warns his "brother" that Osborn has rigged the Bugle with explosives that are set to go off at midnight. Ben tries to get up to go after the Green Goblin, but Peter points out that he suffered a savage beating and is in no shape to go after their foe. With no other choice, Peter decides to fall back into the role of a hero and swings off as the original Spider-Man once again.

Across the street at the Daily Bugle, everyone there is shocked when the Green Goblin comes crashing in through the window. When J. Jonah Jameson recognizes Norman Osborn's voice, the Goblin is flattered and drags the newspaper publisher back outside. When Spider-Man tries to save Jonah, only to get his hands blasted by the Goblin's gauntlet blasters. This causes the web-slinger to let go of his webbing and fall down to the street below. The Green Goblin tells Jameson that he will die, but not yet and carries him back inside. Norman then confronts the window of his son, Liz Osborn, and slaps her across the face for encouraging his son Harry to be a weakling. As the rest of the Bugle staff watches in horror, the Green Goblin is then pulled back outside by Spider-Man who recovered from the fall. As the two eternal foes fight it out, people on the street begin to panic. Seeing this from across the street, Ben decides he can't just sit back and do nothing and begins to crawl down the side of the building.

At that moment, at the Daily Grind, Devon Lewis catches a news report about the battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin and decides to go and see it, despite the protests from his mother, Shirley Washington. Also seeing this is Arthur Stacy and the three police detectives who also begin rushing to the scene. Back uptown, Spider-Man dodges a barrage of pumpkin bombs as the Goblin rants about restoring his good name. However, Spider-Man refuses to stop until Norman finally tells him what happened to his wife and child. By this time, Ben Reilly has forced himself into the Daily Bugle newsroom, creating an escape for the others. Ben stays behind, using his spider-sense to locate all of the bombs that were planted by Norman Osborn. Flash Thompson comes back for Reilly, one of the bombs begins to go off. His spider-sense warning him of this, Ben shields Flash from the blast. Although the force of the explosion knocks out Thompson, he is alive. Unfortunately for Ben, he was seriously injured by the shrapnel. After binding his wounds, Ben decides to take the remaining bombs back to their own.

Triumph and Tragedy

Back outside, the Green Goblin continues to toss a barrage of pumpkin bombs and razor bats. He is furious how the wall-crawler continues to stand no matter what he throws at him. Spider-Man manages to kick the Goblin off his glider, explaining that he does it out of spite. Peter then pulls off both of their masks, saying that this battle is not just a war between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, but between Peter Parker and Norman Osborn. Osborn begins to buckle under the stress of Parker's resistance and is knocked down by a single blow. That's when Ben arrives with the live bombs and asks Peter to do something about them. Putting his mask back on, Spider-Man prepares to dispose of the bombs when Norman activates the remote on his Goblin Glider. Seeing that it is heading on a collision course with Spider-Man, Ben Reilly leaps in its way, getting impaled through the back by the device. The glider then carries Ben over the rooftop where he falls to the ground below. Horrified by this, Spider-Man is caught off guard by the Green Goblin, who resumes his attack. With his lightning-fast reflexes, Spider-Man tosses the live bombs at the Green Goblin, catching the villain in the explosion. Set aflame, the Green Goblin curses Spider-Man and vows to return even though he goes crashing down otno the street and is seemingly vanquished in a massive explosion.

Spider-Man then rushes down to the street to check on Ben who is already being examined by paramedics. They tell the wall-crawler that there is nothing they can do to save Ben. Still clinging to live, Ben tells Spider-Man that -- clone or no clone -- Peter has earned the right to be Spider-Man. His final words to Peter are for him to raise his daughter well and to tell her about her "Uncle Ben". That's when Spider-Man notices something abnormal about Ben's arm and realizes the truth. He quickly scoops up Reilly's lifeless body and carries it up to a nearby rooftop where it finally dissolves into powder, the end result of instant cellular degeneration when one of the Jackal's clones dies. This proves to Spider-Man that he is the real Peter Parker after all. This does little to change the mood, and the wall-crawler begins to mourn the death of the man he had come to call his brother.[Continuity 65] Changing back into Peter Parker, the web-slinger rushes to the hospital to find out what happened to Mary Jane.[Continuity 66]

This time, he finds the room where his wife is resting after her complicated childbirth. There, she tries to tell him that their baby girl was stillborn. Peter already knows this and tells Mary Jane that they will get past this all the tears and pain and their love will see them through this tragedy and make them stronger than ever.

Epilogue One:

Several days after the death of Ben Reilly, the Parkers have a wake in the home of Peter's Aunt May. There they are gathered by friends and acquaintances of both Peter Parker and Ben Reilly. Among the mourners is mobster Jimmy-6, who approaches the Parkers and Mary Jane's Aunt Anna. He offers his condolences, telling them that Ben once saved his life.[Continuity 67] He then asks to talk to Peter Parker in private, Peter agrees and the pair walks out onto the front porch of the house. He tells Peter that he meant it when he said that he would do anything for the Parkers. He also vows to kill the Green Goblin if he turns up alive, and he will kill Spider-Man as well if he learns that the wall-crawler has anything to do with Ben's death. Peter tells Jimmy that he wishes he could talk about this more but he has one last thing to do for Ben.

A short time later on the Brooklyn Bridge, Spider-Man holds an urn containing Ben Reilly's ashes. He says his final farewells, saying that Ben changed his life forever and he will remember him always.

Epilogue 2

As Ben Reilly's ashes spread across Manhattan, engineers are assessing the damage done to the Daily Bugle during the battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin. While their backs are turned, the Green Goblin emerges from the rubble and murders the two men in order to cover up the fact that he survived. As it turns out, the Green Goblin planned for such an outcome from their battle. As he strips off his costume, Norman Osborn leaves so he can prepare for what comes next...

Appearing in "Crescent City Memories"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Team-Up #5.

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Synopsis for "Crescent City Memories"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Team-Up #5.

Now

Ben Reilly has decided to go out and enjoy the nightlife in Manhattan, and goes to the N'Awling's bar.[Continuity 68] As he orders a club soda from the bar he meets a woman named Meredith DeWolff, who strikes up a conversation when she learns that Ben doesn't drink alcohol. He tells her that he got a VIP pass from his friend Mary Jane who insisted that he needed to get out more.[Continuity 69] As the couple begins to flirt, Ben finds out that Meredith also attracted the attention of a man named Remy LeBeau who, unknown to them, is the X-Man known as Gambit. However, Remy decides to leave the pair to get to know each other so he can reconnect with his friend Jaques St. Pierre who is at the bar. St. Pierre is a good friend of LeBeau and the pair got to know each other during Remy's time as a thief in New Orleans. Jacques insists that he is still on the straight and narrow, but Remy begins to get suspicious when St. Pierre is approached by two rough looking men looking for a table with some privacy. Remy is not the only one who finds these two men suspicious as the two men set off Ben Reilly's spider-sense. Getting a good look at one of the men, Ben recognizes him as a man named Creaux and wonders what he is doing out of jail. Seeing Creaux causes Ben's mind to think back to their last encounter...

Then

This was during the time that Ben Reilly was living on the road during a period he thought he was a clone of Peter Parker and was on a self-imposed exile.[Continuity 70] After his experience in Salt Lake City, Ben had decided to be alone and decided to travel to New Orleans.[Continuity 71] Walking among the revelers in the French Quarter, Ben stopped to rest his feet outside Ms. Nellie's Souvenir shop. Seeing Reilly outside her store, Ms. Nellie went out to make sure he wasn't a drunk passed out in front of her store. Learning that he is hungry, she offers to feed Ben if he cleans the garbage off the front stoop of her shop. Sitting down to a meal, Ben learned that Ms. Nellie had a son but he had died and decided not to press her for more details since they were strangers. What started off as a one-off dinner, Ben was invited to stay in the spare room and work in Ms. Nellie's shop. One day, while Ben was in the back room, Creaux came into the shop. Fearing for Reilly's safety, Nellie tells Ben to stay hidden.

During those days, Creaux was an officer of the New Orleans Police Department and a crooked one at that. He has come to collect protection money from Ms. Nelly, who tells him that business has been slow. As she pleads, she touches Creaux's arm, angering him enough to strike her. Seeing this sent Ben Reilly into a rage and he leaped out of his hiding place. In the ensuing struggle, Ben pushed the crooked detective into a display of snowglobes. The shattering glass slacked a line down Creaux's face, creating the scar that he now sports. Furious at being disfigured, Creaux then blew voodoo dust into Ben's face, rendering him completely immobile. Fortunately, Ms. Nellie prevented Creaux from shooting Ben until the integrity commission could send police officers to arrest Creaux to arrest him. As her father was a practitioner of voodoo, Ms. Nelly was able to create a mixture that restored Ben to normal. With outstanding warrants for his arrest, Ben decided not to stick around for the police to question him and left New Orleans quickly. He never knew what happened to Ms. Nellie, and the one time he tried to call her while on the road led to the discovery that her phone number had been disconnected.

Now

While recollecting this, Ben had slipped away from DeWolf so he could follow Creaux and his friend to find out what they are up to. In the main bar, Remy learns that Meredith's new friend followed after the two men to the back rooms. This worries Remy who goes around back to investigate himself.

As it turns out, Jaques St. Pierre has been courted by Tombstone to use his bar as a front to sell cocaine. When Jaques turns down Tombstone's offer, he has Creaux blow voodoo powder into St. Pierre's face, warning him that the powder will leave him paralyzed. By this point, Ben has slipped into the air conditioning shaft to change into his Spider-Man costume. There he overhears Creaux suggesting that they use the vents to expose the patrons to their highly addictive drugs to get them hooked on the substance with ease. Before they can do this, they are interrupted by Gambit who disarms the two thugs with kinetically charged playing cards. While Gambit focuses on Creaux, he is grabbed by Tombstone from behind, ordering Creaux to shoot the intruder, unafraid of getting shot because he himself is bulletproof. That's when Spider-Man leaps in, gumming up Creaux's gun with webbing and attacking Tombstone. Despite the fact he had the element of disguise, Spider-Man is struck by Tombstone with sufficient force to send throw the wall-crawler out into the crocodile pen that is in the middle of the bar. Tombstone and Creaux then make a break for the air conditioning unit intending to dose the entire crowd. Gambit follows after the pair, but he has trouble getting through the thick crowd in the bar. Gambit manages to tackle Creaux sending them falling back into the bar area. However, during the struggle, the bag of drugs is knocked free and is about to spill out over the crowd. Thankfully, Spider-Man has managed to get free from the crocodile pen and webs the bag of drugs shut before their contents can spill.

That's when Tombstone attacks the wall-crawler and is about to choke him to death when Meredith DeWolff, a police officer in the narcotics division draws her gun and orders the mobster to put Spider-Man down. However, this threat doesn't scare Tombstone who trades Spider-Man with officer DeWolff. At that moment, Gambit has knocked out Creaux and uses his mutant powers to pry Meredith from Tombstone's grasp. By then, Spider-Man has recovered from being choked out by Tombstone and lands a knockout punch. After the authorities take Tombstone and Creaux away, Spider-Man uses the skills he learned from Ms. Nellie to cure Joseph St. Pierre from the effects of Creaux's voodoo powder.

Appearing in "Game's End"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #14.

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Synopsis for "Game's End"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #14.

A man wakes up strapped to the side of a building dressed in a Scarlet Spider costume. Struggling to get free, he tries to swing to safety, only to have his "web-line" cut by a sniper's bullet. The phony Scarlet Spider then falls to the street below dying on impact. The shooter is informed that they have earned two thousand points for the kill, but the still are required to recover the mask from their kill. The shooter assures his master that this will be the easiest part.

When the body is shipped to the morgue, Peter Parker joins Ken Ellis to investigate the story. When Peter learns that the person in the Scarlet Spider costume was Asian, he is relieved to know that it isn't his "brother", Ben Reilly. Returning to the Daily Bugle to report their findings, Peter Parker is ordered by J. Jonah Jameson to get pictures of the murderer. When Peter points out that they don't know who the killer is, Jameson immediately accuses Spider-Man of the killing. That's when Spider-Man arrives to cause Jonah some grief. Assuring the publisher that he will catch the real killer, the wall-crawler departs after playing one of his trademark pranks: webbing Jonah to the seat of his chair. Later, Ben Reilly meets up with Peter Parker to compare notes about the death of this Scarlet Spider impostor.[Continuity 72] From what Peter has learned, Ben figures that this is the work of the Great Game, a group of super-human who battle each other to the death based on wagers made by the obscenely wealthy.[Continuity 73] At first, Ben isn't overly worried about the members of the Great Game killing each other for money, but Peter points out that someone dressed up like Ben's former costumed identity was murdered and deserves justice.[Continuity 74] Their discussion is interrupted by Betty Brant who has come to join Peter for lunch. Having met Peter's "cousin" previously, Betty accepts it when Ben asks her out on a date.[Continuity 75] With Ben gone, Peter asks Betty if she can get him access to the Bugle's computers so he can look up some information.[Continuity 76]

Back at the Bugle, Betty does a search for James Johnsmeyer, one of the men Ben stated was involved with the Great Game. Peter learns that Johnsmeyer is a wealthy businessman who, most recently, has attempted to purchase Morelle Pharmaceuticals following the death of its founder Damon Morelle.[Continuity 77] However, the company's current chairperson has refused to sell. When Peter decides to go and pay a visit to Morelle Pharmaceuticals, Betty insists on tagging along. When they arrive there, Peter tries to convince Betty to call off her date with Ben, and she suspects that he might be getting jealous. There they meet with Ashley Croix, who tells them that her company has discontinued "Project: Sharkskin" following the death of her husband. As she tells Betty about the current status of the company, Peter peaks into a room and sees Ashley's son Nolan using his technorganic enhancements to play basket ball. Ashley catches Peter and tells him that area is off limits when suddenly the building is attacked by Polestar, one of the members of the Great Game. He takes Nolan hostage and demands that Ashley turn over the details of Project: Sharkskin. Peter tries to leap at Polestar, but without his powers he is easily swatted away. That's when the masked vigilante known as Nightwatch comes crashing in to stop Polestar. Although Polestar's weapons are no match for Nightwatch's enhanced costume, he is soon joined by his teammate El Toro Negro. With Polestar using his magnetic powers to interfere with Nightwatch's costume, El Toro Negro manages to gun down Nightwatch, apparently killing him.[Continuity 78] With Nightwatch dead, everyone is horrified when El Toro Negro then turns his gun on Polestar and blows his head off. Still dazed from the blow he received from Polestar, Peter wonders where Spider-Man could be.

The next day, Ben Reilly is working at the Daily Grind when Peter comes to show him the front page news about Nightwatch's death.[Continuity 79] Peter asks Ben to speak in private and they go into back of the Daily Grind. There, Peter expresses his disappointment in Ben, had he been at Morelle the night before, Nightwatch might still be alive. However, Ben points out that he has his own life and is not at Peter's beck and call whenever there is trouble. Still, Peter is upset that he couldn't do anything himself, and Ben can empathise telling Peter he'll look into the Great Game now.

Later that day, James Johnsmeyer is telling his boss that he has yet to acquire Morelle Pharmaceuticals when, suddenly, Cardiac comes crashing into his office. James runs for his life, leaving his assistant to try and deal with the vigilante. Cardiac easily knocks the woman aside, but then Spider-Man arrives to stop him. The battle between the two take them outside where Spider-Man learns that Cardiac is not part of the Great Game, but is seeking to rescue Nolan Croix and avenge the death of Nightwatch. After hearing about how El Toro Negro is a rogue player in the Great Game, Cardiac takes off, warning Spider-Man to stay out of his way. In the aftermath of the battle, Spider-Man grabs a piece of paper that is swirling in the air. It mentions a company calls Chi-Huan Associates and decides to investigate this lead. Breaking into the building, he sneaks into the president's office unaware that someone has spotted him. The wall-crawler's search is interrupted by Joystick who thinks that Spider-Man has tracked her down and attacks him. During the fight, Joystick lets slip that Chu Chi Huan -- the owner of the company who is missing -- is her sponsor and after hearing that El Toro Negro might be involved, she makes her escape. As he recovers from the attack, Spider-Man realizes that he almost forgot about his date with Betty Brant.

Quickly running home to get changed, Ben arrives at Betty's apartment late and is surprised that she is dressed so formally. As it turns out they are going to a Bugle fundraiser for the Century Club. At the party, Ben is introduced to J. Jonah Jameson and his wife Marla. As they mingle among the crowd, Betty points out James Johnsmeyer. She tells Ben that her research discovered that his company filed for bankrupcy only to be revived as a holding company for Justin Hammer. Reilly then listens in on a conversation between Johnsmeyer, J. Jonah Jameson, and George Vandergill. Johnsmeyer offers Jonah the opportunity to lessen the financial burden on the Daily Bugle and finally be rid of Spider-Man. This is an interesting proposition to Jonah, but his wife reminds him of the trouble he has gotten into by bankrolling both the Spider-Slayers and the Scorpion.[Continuity 80] This prompts Jonah to politely decline, which makes Marla very proud of him. Jonah then bumps into Roderick Kingsley, who has renounced his citizenship and only comes into the United States every three months to conduct business. He overheard Vandergill's offer and tells Jonah that he was stupid not to take up the offer.

Later that evening, Ben and Betty are on their way back home when he spots the Prowler in a brawl with the Rocket Racer. Betty hopes that Ben isn't going to be like his "cousin" Peter and run off when there is trouble, telling him things are just about to get interesting. Before Reilly can say anymore about the issue, Betty kisses him. As it turns out, the Prowler and Rocket Racer are pretending to fight each other. They are interrupted by the Great Game who is insulted that the pair would sully the traditions of the Great Game. El Toro Negro fires a rocket at the pair. Although they manage to dodge the missile, they are injured by the blast. When Spider-Man learns about their injuries he visits them in the hospital. The Rocket Racer got off easy with only a broken arm, the Prowler on the other hand is in a coma. The Racer explains that the pair have not been getting a lot of work from Silver Sable lately, so they decided to sign up for the Great Game and try and earn some extra money.[Continuity 81] Asking who their sponsor was, Spider-Man pay a visit to Paris Scott only to discover that someone murdered him. Interrupted by one of Scott's assistants, the wall-crawler convinces him that he had nothing to do with Scott's death and get access to Scott's files in order to get a master list of sponsors in the Great Game. Reading the names, Spider-Man is disappointed to see J. Jonah Jameson's name on the list.

Sure enough this makes him a target of El Toro Negro who attempts to gun down Jameson with a sniper rifle as he is in bed with his wife, Marla. Spider-Man arrives just in time to save Jonah's life. However, as Spider-Man tries to take down El Toro Negro, he is interrupted by Chance. The two are about to attack the wall-crawler when he is saved once again by Cardiac. Although he is greatful for the save, Spider-Man doesn't want another death on his conscience, he lures Chance and El Toro to the Johnsmeyer building where they go crashing through the roof that is still under repair.[Continuity 82] It's there that things get more complicated as Joystick arrives to take down El Toro again. However, Toro easily overpowers her and reveals that his defeat at her hands, was all part of a deception. James Johnsmeyer convinced him to take a dive and then pretend to go rogue. This was a two fold plot: Not only did Johnsmeyer put in wagers that resulted in better odds, but for every sponsor that El Toro killed, Johnsmeyer scooped up their companies. However, this secret deception is exposed thanks to Spider-Man activating the monitor feeds in Johnsmeyer's office giving all the Great Game sponsors a front row seat to El Toro Negro's exposition.

After Spider-Man webs up El Toro Negro, Chance and Cardiac arrive on the scene. Chance grabs El Toro and flies away, prompting Spider-Man to order Cardiac to go after them. However, Cardiac is only concerned with rescuing Nolan and leaves El Toro to his own fate.[Continuity 83] When El Toro wakes up he finds himself bound in the presence of Justin Hammer. Hammer has decided that El Toro is a failure and seemingly kills him.[Continuity 84] The next day, Ben meets with Peter who apologizes for dictating to Ben what he should be doing as Spider-Man. However, after what happened to Hobie Brown, the Prowler, Reilly has learned Peter's point the hard way. Peter has also decided that he overstepped his boundaries with his feelings about Ben dating Betty Brant. He then suggests that Ben should go be with her because he she likely needs a shoulder to cry on after Ken Ellis beat her to the front page on the Daily Bugle. He finds Betty at a nearby park where he encourages her not to give up on being a reporter. That evening, J. Jonah Jameson receives a payment check from Justin Hammer for his involvement in the Great Game. Spider-Man soon arrives and scolds Jonah for his decisions, telling him that he would be wise to use the money to pay the medical expenses of Hobie Brown, who is still in a coma after his involvement in the Great Game.

Appearing in "101 Ways to End the Clone Saga"

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Spider-Man: 101 Ways to End the Clone Saga #1.

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This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: 101 Ways to End the Clone Saga #1.

Marvel editors propose a number of alternate endings to the Spider-Man "Clone Saga" storyline.

Appearing in "The Osborn Journal"

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Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.

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This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.

Then[Continuity 85]

Norman Osborn thinks back to the day of his greatest victory when he murdered Spider-Man's beloved Gwen Stacy. Delighting in the wall-crawler's grief and suffering his victory soon became ashes as his own Goblin Glider slammed into his chest, killing him instantly... or so he thought.[Continuity 86] He remembers waking up in utter darkness. However, this was not the advertisement but the inside of a body bag. Freeing himself, Norman Osborn found himself on a slab in the New York City morgue. It was then he discovered that the Goblin Formula that gave him his powers endowed him with enhanced healing and he recovered from his brush with death.

Now:

It has been years since that day, and now Norman Osborn thinks about how far his plans have come in that time.[Continuity 87] After feeding a spider to his pet chameleon, he sits down and begins writing in his journal to document the steps that will lead to his eventual victory: The utter destruction of Spider-Man.

Then

After waking up in the morgue, Norman discovered that an autopsy has not been performed on him yet. Looking out the window into the hall, he is surprised to see his son, Harry, paying off the coroner.[Continuity 88] Wishing to remain dead, Norman sneaks outside and finds a homeless man and murders him, leaving that body in his place. A few days later, Norman watched his own funeral from afar, noting that Peter Parker was nowhere to be found to support Harry, his alleged friend. That's when it dawned on Norman: With everyone thinking he was dead, he could now launch a surprise attack on Peter Parker and destroy him once and for all. That evening, as he arrived at one of his warehouses, Norman was surprised to see his son Harry there. Watching from the shadows, Norman witnessed as Harry takes out a spare Goblin costume and begins learning how to use his equipment. Apparently, Harry covered up his father's secret life to protect his reputation and was now planning on taking up the mantle of the Green Goblin and getting revenge against Spider-Man. Norman was impressed to see his son taking charge of his life, after seeing the boy as a spineless wimp his entire life. As the boy now wants to take up his father's legacy, Norman decided to allow his son a chance to live up to Norman's expectations. Still, Norman believed that Harry could fail and decides to make some long term goals to go after the wall-crawler just in case.

With everyone thinking him to be dead, Norman Osborn then left the country in order to start a new criminal empire in Europe where he could move more freely. Upon his arrival in Europe, Norman set up an information network that could keep him appraised of what was happening back in New York City, and monitor the activities of his son and Spider-Man.[Continuity 89] It was during this time that Norman learned of the Cabal of the Scrier, a centuries old criminal organisation that worshipped an immortal being of immense power. Their goal was to acquire unlimited wealth, power, and control. Drawn to this organisation, Norman Osborn soon joined and then made move to take control of it. Not long after joining the Cabal, Norman murdered their leader and took control of the organisation and began using its resources for his own ends. While he was doing so, Harry attempted to go after Spider-Man as the new Green Goblin, only to be defeated and institutionalised.[Continuity 90] Learning this, Norman decided to renew his plans to utterly destroy Spider-Man.

Five Years Ago[Continuity 91]

To this end, he sent one of his Scriers to make contact with scientist Miles Warren.[Continuity 92] Miles Warren had an obsession with his student Gwen Stacy and after her death had been trying to create cloning technology to recreate her. The Scrier offered Warren the resources he needed to succeed in his task and get revenge on the person who Warren blamed for her death, Spider-Man. One of Miles Warren's assistants was a man named Seward Trainer, and Norman had another one of his Scriers keep a close eye on him.[Continuity 93] Sure enough, this Scrier caught Trainer trying to steal all of Miles Warren's data on his cloning technology. Seward begs the Scrier not to tell Warren about this theft, telling him that Warren had murdered his last partner, Anthony Serba and gone insane, fashioning himself as a criminal called the Jackal.[Continuity 94] In order to keep his secret, the Scrier has Seward Trainer promise to carry out the requests of the Cabal of the Scrier in the future.

A Scrier was present on the day that Miles Warren created his first clone of Peter Parker. This clone later developed a cellular degeneration and was abandoned. This first clone later went on to become the assassin-for-hire known as Kaine.[Continuity 95] This instilled doubts in Warren who feared creating a clone of Gwen Stacy with the same condition. However, the Scrier's remained at his side, funding his research allowing him to create the first Gwen Stacy clone. It's then that they moved on to creating another clone of Peter Parker.[Continuity 96] With his mission complete, the Scrier told Warren that his work was done and that he would return one day. Warren, as the Jackal, later used both the Gwen Stacy and Spider-Clones to manipulate the real Spider-Man. This ultimately ended in a battle at a baseball stadium. This resulted in an explosion that seemingly killed Warren and the Spider-Clone.[Continuity 97] However, the Mile Warren who sacrificed himself in the end was actually a clone. The real Jackal then emerged and determined which unconscious wall-crawler was the original and which one was the clone. Intending to switch the clone with the original, he injected one of the Spider-Man with a serum that would put him temporarily in a death-like state. The Jackal thought that this was the real Peter Parker, unaware that earlier the Scrier's put a hitch in the Jackal's plans. They had called in their marker on Seward Trainer and forced him to tamper with the Jackal's equipment so it would falsely identify the real Peter Parker as a clone, and his clone as the real Parker.[Continuity 98]

Later, the real Spider-Man -- thinking his clone was dead -- tossed the body into a Brooklyn smokestack in order to destroy all evidence of its existence.[Continuity 99] To further create confusion between Parker and his clone, the Jackal then recovered the body from the smokestack and left the corpse of a failed Spider-Clone in its place.[Continuity 100] When the clone later revived and went on the road, taking on the identity of Ben Reilly, the Jackal thought that this was the real Peter Parker, making this an ideal revenge against his foe.[Continuity 101] Although the Jackal figured he had the final jest, it was actually Norman Osborn who had power over the situation, and continued to control things from the shadows.

Deciding to keep tabs on the Spider-Clone, Osborn had his Scrier contact Seward Trainer again and order him to keep track of the clone. Ultimately, Seward orchestrated events so that Ben Reilly would come to work with him and the two bonded as friends, with Seward eventually coming to care for Ben as though he were a son.[Continuity 102]

The Years Go On...

It's about that time that Norman began hearing word the Green Goblin being active again in New York City. He had hoped that it was his son Harry, resuming the role, however, Spider-Man later exposed this Goblin as Doctor Bart Hamilton, Harry's psychologist.[Continuity 103] It was a year after this that Norman Osborn learned that Mendell Stromm was still alive. Osborn recalls how Stromm was his business partner until Norman caught him embezzling money from their company, allowing him to seize total control. After a prison sentence Stromm tried to get revenge against Norman but suffered a heart attack.[Continuity 104] Investigating the rumors of Stromm's survive, he discovered an instance where Spider-Man battled a robot duplicate of his old partner who guarded the tomb of his master.[Continuity 105] Osborn then enlisted his Scriers to investigate the matter and discovered that Stromm had tested an early version of the Goblin formula on himself. Fearing that it may have allowed Mendel to cheat death as he had, Osborn then ordered his minions to search his tomb thoroughly. What they discovered that Stromm was still alive, although his body was withering away in a death-like state. Intrigued, Osborn then used cyborg technology to revive Mendel Stromm and succeeded.

Revived, Stromm quickly found himself indentured to Norman Osborn in the hopes that his former partner could develop a means of restoring his body to normal. As Gaunt, Stromm then used his technology to create a new layer of deception: Making it appear that the Cabal was one single individual of great power. With this new development, Norman Osborn contemplated returning, but events back home convinced him to remain in the shadows for a while longer...

Four Years Ago:

That's when news of the Hobgoblin's appearances in New York City came to the surface. Norman was furious to learn that someone had discovered an old cache of Goblin weaponry and fashioned it for their own use.[Continuity 106] Worse, this impostor also found a way to duplicate t he Goblin formula that gave Norman Osborn his powers and used it on himself.[Continuity 107] Osborn was ready to deal with this impostor personally when he suddenly learned about the psychologist known as Judas Traveller who was studying the nature of good and evil who had recently went into seclusion. Curious to learn why, he sent one of his Scriers to investigate. They returned to report that Traveller suffered a nervous breakdown because of work obsessions.[Continuity 108] Not only that, but the breakdown had triggered latent mutant powers in Traveller, allowing him to alter the perceptions of others around him. This Scrier was then sent to play into Traveller's delusions, convincing him that he was a centuries old being of great power whose interests in good and evil were of a much grander scope. In order to better manipulate the work of Judas Traveller, Scrier then set up a team of operatives that would later become Judas Traveller's Host.

Time Marches On...

Resuming his observations of Parker, Norman Osborn was angry to learn that he had recently gotten married to Mary Jane Watson.[Continuity 109] This is because the Watson woman used to date his son Harry, and Osborn holds a grudge believing that Mary Jane abandoned his son during after his drug addiction and the death of his father.[Continuity 110] By this time, Harry has undergone treatment for his mental health and married Liz Allan.[Continuity 111]

Although he was very tempted, Norman Osborn decided against interrupting the Parker wedding, deciding that it would be richer to put the couple through prolonged suffering instead. However, Osborn soon learned that he didn't have to do anything at all as his son Harry suffered another breakdown and became the Green Goblin again, regularly causing misery for the Parkers.[Continuity 112] Eventually, Harry exposed himself to a new version of the Goblin Formula and it was the apparent cause of his death shortly thereafter during his final battle with Spider-Man.[Continuity 113] As it was the formula that killed Harry, there was no way of reviving him.[Continuity 114] Even though he was thoroughly disappointed in Harry, Norman still blamed Spider-Man for his death and vowed to get revenge and began pulling together his master scheme that he had been cultivating for years.

Earlier This Year...

The time was ripe for Norman Osborn, as Peter Parker's beloved Aunt May fell ill after suffering a stroke.[Continuity 115] Also around this time, Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant with Peter's child.[Continuity 116] It was also at this time that Parker's clone returned, drawn back to New York City after hearing of May Parker's frail health.[Continuity 117] Norman was pleased by this as he didn't have to come up with a scheme to bring the clone back. Not long after this, May Parker died and Osborn's only regret was that he wasn't the cause.[Continuity 118] Still, by this time the clone had reappeared in Peter Parker's life, turning it upside down.[Continuity 119] Eventually, the Spider-Clone took on the identity of the Scarlet Spider and became a crime fighter as well.[Continuity 120] His plans became complicated when the Jackal resurfaced alive and well and began enacting his own revenge scheme, forcing Norman to take a more active role in affairs.[Continuity 121]

Norman secretly returned to New York intending to sew doubt between Peter Parker and Ben Reilly in order to make them less confident. This was partially facilitated by the Jackal's belief that Peter Parker was a clone and Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man.[Continuity 122] In order to take control of the situation, Osborn sent Gaunt to blackmail Seward Trainer into assisting them by threatening to reveal his past associations with the Jackal. With no other choice, Trainer agreed to doctor any lab tests conducted by Peter Parker and Ben Reilly so that Peter Parker would be identified as a clone and Ben Reilly as the original. Also around this time, a computer program created by Harry became active and attempted to expose his son, Normie Osborn, to the Goblin Formula. Since this was Harry's version of the formula, it would have eventually killed Normie. Ironically the boy was saved from this fate by Spider-Man.[Continuity 123] However, someone else continued the Goblin legacy, taking equipment created by Harry Osborn to become the new Green Goblin, and used the identity to become a hero.[Continuity 124] In an attempt to learn what this Goblin knew about the Osborns, Norman had Gaunt hire the assassin known as Arcade to try and eliminate the hero.[Continuity 125] Although they failed to kill the novice hero, Gaunt deemed him no threat to Norman's goals. However, Osborn still intents to kill the usurper in order to make a point.[Continuity 126]

Refocusing on Peter Parker, Norman learned that Seward followed their orders, convincing Peter Parker that he was the clone and Ben Reilly was the original Spider-Man. As expected, this caused Peter to completely lose it, convincing Osborn that he would hit rock bottom soon.[Continuity 127] However, by this point the Jackal was launching his own insane scheme. He was plotting to wipe out all human life on Earth and replacing them with clones. As this worked counter to Osborn's plans, he mobilized his Scriers to prevent this from happening, ultimately leading to the Jackal's demise.[Continuity 128] With the Jackal dead, Peter Parker came to accept his "condition" and even retired as Spider-Man so he could live happily ever after with his wife, much to Osborn's chagrin.[Continuity 129] With Peter's blessing, Ben Reilly then took up the role of Spider-Man.[Continuity 130] Still, Osborn was more determined than ever to ruin Parker's life and began altering his plans. Having secretly set up a Oscorp subsidiary called Multivex, he purchased the smokestack in Brooklyn and ordered it torn town immediately, leading to the discovery of the skeleton of the Spider-Clone that was planted there years ago.[Continuity 131]

As expected, this draw Peter and Mary Jane back to New York as they attempted to learn the truth about this skeleton. However, their attempts to get Seward Trainer were blocked because Gaunt was pressuring Trainer into developing a cure for his condition. Since the Parkers and Reilly were getting too close to uncovering his connection to Multivex. This prompting Osborn to hire Cell-12 to beat Peter Parker into unconsciousness.[Continuity 132] When Reilly went after the group as Spider-Man, he was almost killed by their leader the current Hobgoblin.[Continuity 133] Although Osborn managed to deflect the Parkers investigation, it cost the destruction of Multivex.[Continuity 134]

Most recently, Judas Traveller somehow discovered the connection between Gaunt and Multivex and became a threat to Norman's plans. Although the Host was hired to eliminate him, thanks to Spider-Man and Peter Parker, Traveller managed to escape. However, all Traveller was able to reveal was that there was a great danger coming to Spider-Man.[Continuity 135]

Epilogue[Continuity 136]

As Norman Osborn ends this entry in his diary, he is interrupted by Gaunt who informs Norman that Seward Trainer is ready to begin the process to restore Gaunt back to normal.[Continuity 137] For a brief moment, Osborn considers killing Gaunt and Trainer and being done with them, but decides to focus on his final plans for Peter Parker. He thinks about every time he tried to tear down Peter Parker. He killed his girlfriend, but she fell in love with another. Stripped him of his humanity, but the hero happily gave up his costumed identity to start a new life. He tried to create a rift between Peter and Ben Reilly with the recently uncovered skeleton, but it only served to bring them closer together -- almost like brothers. Osborn's concludes that the only way to totally destroy Spider-Man is to take everything away from him. With Mary Jane about to give birth, the time is becoming ripe to strike.[Continuity 138] Picking up his Goblin mask, Norman Osborn prepares for his triumphant return tomorrow which is Halloween, a night that is also appropriately known as the Goblin's Night.[Continuity 139]

Appearing in "Night of the Goblin"

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

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

Preface

This story is mostly a reprint of Spider-Man #75, with fourteen additional pages added to expand on the story. Subsequent reprints of Spider-Man #75 (particularly digital editions) include these 14 pages. For the purposes of the Marvel Database, this page serves to specify the additional pages, as well as provide an accurate chronology of the characters.

Addition #1

Now[Continuity 140]

The Green Goblin has just beaten Ben Reilly and Peter Parker. With Parker hanging outside the building by a web-line, the Green Goblin begins flying toward the Daily Bugle building. Ben Reilly tries to get back up to help Peter, but he is still too weak. His mind then drifts back to earlier that night when he was at the mercy of Norman Osborn.[Continuity 141]

Then

Ben had just been blasted by Norman Osborn who then loads Reilly onto a helicopter. The whole time Norman mocked Spider-Man, calling him a clone. Thinking this is yet another lie and manipulation, Spider-Man lashes out refusing to allow Norman Osborn to cause more grief for Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 142] Knocking themselves back outside of the helicopter, Norman beats Ben into submission. He then reveals that he is coming to the climax of a scheme that was years in the making. Not only is he going to utterly destroy Peter Parker, but he has also tricked all of his friends to meet at the offices of the Daily Bugle.

Now ... His recollection last but mere moments and the Green Goblin is still flying toward the Daily Bugle. Once again, Ben Reilly tries to must the strength to stop his mortal foe, as the lives of his friends and family are on the line.

Addition #2

[Continuity 143]

Epilogue One:

Several days after the death of Ben Reilly, the Parkers have a wake in the home of Peter's Aunt May. There they are gathered by friends and acquaintances of both Peter Parker and Ben Reilly. Among the mourners is mobster Jimmy-6, who approaches the Parkers and Mary Jane's Aunt Anna. He offers his condolences, telling them that Ben once saved his life.[Continuity 144] He then asks to talk to Peter Parker in private, Peter agrees and the pair walks out onto the front porch of the house. He tells Peter that he meant it when he said that he would do anything for the Parkers. He also vows to kill the Green Goblin if he turns up alive, and he will kill Spider-Man as well if he learns that the wall-crawler has anything to do with Ben's death. Peter tells Jimmy that he wishes he could talk about this more but he has one last thing to do for Ben.

A short time later on the Brooklyn Bridge, Spider-Man holds an urn containing Ben Reilly's ashes. He says his final farewells, saying that Ben changed his life forever and he will remember him always.

Epilogue 2

As Ben Reilly's ashes spread across Manhattan, engineers are assessing the damage done to the Daily Bugle during the battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin. While their backs are turned, the Green Goblin emerges from the rubble and murders the two men in order to cover up the fact that he survived. As it turns out, the Green Goblin planned for such an outcome from their battle. As he strips off his costume, Norman Osborn leaves so he can prepare for what comes next...

Notes

Continuity

  1. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  2. Mary Jane has been pregnant since The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  3. The identity of the Host's true employer is detailed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  4. Ben comments that he dreams about Jenny McCarthy at night. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  5. At the time of this story, everyone thinks that Aunt May died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, this was an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  6. Peter is depicted as having a pager in this scene. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 since pagers are generally considered an obsolete technology.
  7. Peter's narrative here glosses over the increasingly complicated Clone Saga:
    • Originally, the Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149. That battle ended with Spider-Man seemingly killing his clone and he later disposed of the body in a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • The supposed clone survived and left New York on a five-year self-imposed exile as seen during the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    • The alleged clone returned in Web of Spider-Man #117, calling himself Ben Reilly. This turned Spider-Man's life upside down.
    • After running some tests, it was revealed that Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man and that the man calling himself Peter Parker all these years was actually the clone. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
    • Peter retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 to focus on his family.
    • The truth is far, far more complicated than all of this. As revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1, this was all part of an elaborate manipulation created by the Green Goblin.
  8. When Spider-Man expresses his hope that Carnage didn't escape captivity again, John Jameson tells Spider-Man to bite his tongue. This is a testy issue for John who was briefly possessed by the Carnage symbiote during the Web of Carnage story arc.
    Web of Carnage
    Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
  9. Peter makes a joke about Anna looking like Sharon Stone. This, obviously, should also be considered a topical reference.
  10. The full scope of the organization that Scrier belongs is detailed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  11. Scrier mentions all of Richard Fisk's past identities: The Schemer (Amazing Spider-Man #82-85), The Rose (Amazing Spider-Man #253) and Blood Rose (Web of Spider-Man #84.
  12. The true identity of the new Rose is revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #436.
  13. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  14. Peter states that he is carrying a beeper. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as beepers are generally considered an obsolete technology.
  15. Of the recent tragedies that Peter Parker has faced recently, Joe mentions:
  16. George Stacy died during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #90. Although it appears that he blames Spider-Man for George's death, Doctor Octopus was really responsible. Unfortunately for Arthur, getting justice will be hard to come by at this point as Doctor Octopus was recently killed in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  17. Mendel Stromm was seemingly killed in Amazing Spider-Man #37. However, how he survived and lived to become what is here is revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  18. Seward Trainer was murdered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #240. His connection to Stromm and his employer is also revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  19. The identity of this man is revealed to be Norman Osborn in Spider-Man #75. At the time of this story everyone thought Norman was died when he was impaled through the chest by his own Goblin Glider back in Amazing Spider-Man #122. How he survived and where has been all this time is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  20. It is implied here that Mary Jane's baby actually survived and that Mongrain is taking it with her to Europe. About that...
    • It is later revealed in the Final Chapter story arc that the baby is truly dead and that the May Parker that is left in Allison's care is Peter's Aunt May who is thought to be dead at this time.
    The Final Chapter
    Amazing Spider-Man #441 Spider-Man #97 The Spectacular Spider-Man #263 Spider-Man #98
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    • It is also interesting to mention that per Spider-Girl #46-50, this is the point where Earth-616 diverges with Earth-982. In that universe, May Parker survived childbirth and was put in the care of Alison Mongraine, sending history in a different direction.
  21. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  22. This mystery man is revealed as Norman Osborn in Spider-Man #75.
  23. Seward Trainer was murdered by Gaunt in The Spectacular Spider-Man #240.
  24. Jonah was forced to downsize the Bugle's staff in Amazing Spider-Man #416.
  25. This device is depicted as a pager. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as pagers are generally considered an obsolete technology.
  26. Mary Jane revealed she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  27. The Avengers and Fantastic Four were believed to have died stopping Onslaught in Onslaught Marvel Universe #1. However, they all survived and are living in a pocket dimension as seen in the Heroes Reborn event. They will return in Heroes Reborn: The Return #1-4.
  28. At the time of this story, Peter was stripped of his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. Although they have since come back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237, Peter's powers were -- up to this point -- unreliable and would occasionally cut out.
  29. The photo on Connor's desk is of a skeleton in a Spider-Man costume that was recently discovered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. At the time of this story, the skeleton had been stolen from the city morgue by Spider-Man in Sensational Spider-Man #2, leading to a police investigation. The origins of this skeleton are revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  30. Flash Thompson dated Betty Brant for a time starting in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #109 while Betty was still married to Ned Leeds. Their relationship ended without much fanfare prior to The Spectacular Spider-Man #148.
  31. Mendel Stromm battled Spider-Man and seemingly died in Amazing Spider-Man #37 (this story misattributes those events to Amazing Spider-Man #36). How Stromm survived this brush with death is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  32. The identity of Gaunt's employer is revealed in Spider-Man #75. It is actually Norman Osborn, and the reason why this comes to a shock to Trainer is that everyone believed Osborn to have died circa Amazing Spider-Man #122. This whole scheme, as well as why Trainer is being forced to do their bidding is detailed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  33. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  34. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  35. This book, "Legacy of Evil" was published in Spider-Man: Legacy of Evil #1.
  36. Ben states that those five years were "when he thought he was a clone", the facts about this are:
    • The Jackal created a clone if Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149.
    • Thinking the clone to be dead, Spider-Man then dumped the body into a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
    • This Spider-Man in the smokestack survived and went on the road for five years as seen in the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    The five years is an accurate measurement of time between Amazing Spider-Man #149 and this story, per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. He adopted the name Ben Reilly during this time.
  37. Peter's Uncle Ben was murdered years ago by a burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15. At the time of this story, everyone believes that Aunt May died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, this was an impostor as explained in Spider-Man #97.
  38. After being told he was a clone, Peter Parker handled it poorly, as seen in the Maximum Clonage event.
    Maximum Clonage
    Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1
  39. At the time of this story, everyone thinks that Harry Osborn is dead following the events of The Spectacular Spider-Man #200. However, unknown to everyone at the time, Harry survived as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #581. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #545.
  40. This was in Amazing Spider-Man #400. As explained in Spider-Man #97, this woman was an impostor who was informed of Peter's double identity as part of the deception.
  41. The original twin towers of the World Trade Center are depicted as part of the New York City skyline here. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. The original towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and have since been replaced by the Freedom Tower.
  42. Peter Parker has gone through a lot of losses around the time of this story, they are:
    • The alleged death of Aunt May, who everyone believes had died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. This woman was actually an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97.
    • Both Ben Reilly and Peter's unborn child, May, died during the Revelations event.
    Revelations
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
  43. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  44. The Chameleon has been incarcerated at Ravencroft since Spider-Man defeated him during the Pursuit event.
    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  45. Peter runs through a lot of the events that have been happening in the Spider-Man titles at time. These are:
  46. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  47. Ben saved Jimmy-6's life in Spider-Man #70.
  48. Tombstone last battled Spider-Man in Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot #1-2.
  49. At the time of this story the Avengers and the Fantastic Four were believed to have been killed during the final battle with Onslaught in Onslaught Marvel Universe #1. They survived and currently exist in a pocket dimension as seen in the Heroes Reborn event. They will eventually return in Heroes Reborn: The Return #1-4.
  50. The original twin towers of the World Trade Center are depicted as part of the New York City skyline here. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. The original towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and have since been replaced by the Freedom Tower.
  51. Spider-Man saved Jimmy's life in Spider-Man #71.
  52. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  53. At the time of this story, everyone thinks that Harry Osborn is dead following the events of The Spectacular Spider-Man #200. However, unknown to everyone at the time, Harry survived as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #581. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #545. Norman is responsible for covering up Harry's survival and to reinforce this idea, Norman is only pretending to believe his son to be dead here.
  54. Norman murdered Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spider-Man #121 and seemingly perished in the following issue. How Norman survived and where he has been over the years, and everything he will say about the whole clone saga in this issue is explained in detail in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  55. Lou Snider mentions how Arthur came in from Hong Kong, which he notes will be made part of China in 1999. Other than a brief occupation by Japan during World War II, Hong Kong was leased as a British territory in the 19th century until it was repatriated into China in 1999. Naturally, this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  56. This skeleton was discovered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. It was then stolen by Ben Reilly in Sensational Spider-Man #2 and buried in Sensational Spider-Man #4. Its origins are revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  57. Norman observed Harry's first foray into the identity of the Green Goblin, a transformation that took place during the course of Amazing Spider-Man #123-137.
  58. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 it has been roughly six years since the "death" of Norman Osborn and this story.
  59. Betty and Flash had a troubled relationship that started in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #109. Their relationship ended with little fanfare after The Spectacular Spider-Man #148.
  60. Liz mentions how Flash once founded a Spider-Man fan club. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man #17.
  61. Flash mentions the death of Betty's late husband, Ned Leeds. Ned was murdered in Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1.
  62. Ben Reilly was a clone created by the Jackal in Amazing Spider-Man #149. After his seeming death, he had recently resurfaced in Web of Spider-Man #117. The pair were tricked into thinking that Ben was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. How Norman orchestrated all of these deceptions from behind the scenes in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  63. This flashback fills the gap between the end of Amazing Spider-Man #418 add Spider-Man #75.
  64. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  65. After this moment, Miles Warren secretly recovers some of Ben Reilly's reminds leading to his resurrection years later. This is revealed in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #22.
  66. The original twin towers of the World Trade Center are depicted as part of the New York City skyline here. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. The original towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and have since been replaced by the Freedom Tower.
  67. Ben saved Jimmy-6's life in Spider-Man #70.
  68. The original twin towers of the World Trade Center are depicted as part of the New York City skyline here. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. The original towers were destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and have since been replaced by the Freedom Tower.
  69. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  70. Ben Reilly is actually a clone of Peter Parker created by the Jackal in Amazing Spider-Man #149. At the time of this story, Ben had been tricked into thinking he was the original Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. This deception was explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  71. The "Salt Lake City" incident was chronicled in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  72. Ben makes mention that Peter no longer has his spider-powers. Peter lost his abilities in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4, but they will eventually return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #238.
  73. Ben battled the Great Game a number of times in the past during the Cyberwar and Return of Kaine story arcs as well as Spider-Man #64.
    Cyberwar
    Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
    The Return of Kaine
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
  74. Ben Reilly was forced to give up his identity of the Scarlet Spider in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2.
  75. Betty met Ben Reilly in Sensational Spider-Man #7. The reason why Peter is shocked that Ben asked Betty out is because both he and Betty had a relationship in the past that ran from Amazing Spider-Man #7-18. Ben knows this because, as a clone of Peter Parker, he shares all his memories and feelings up to Amazing Spider-Man #149.
  76. Peter states that he was "downsized", he was recently let go from a staff job at the Daily Bugle as the paper was struggling to stay afloat, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #416.
  77. Damon Morelle was killed by Warbringer in Nightwatch #10.
  78. Although Nightwatch is seemingly killed here, he turns up alive and well in She-Hulk Vol 3 #6. There he explains that he allowed the world to think he was dead so he could assume a low profile.
  79. Before Peter arrives, Devon Lewis asks Ben to put the radio on Howard Sterm's radio show. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Tiemscale of Earth-616.
  80. J. Jonah Jameson bankrolled the destruction of Spider-Man by developing the Scorpion and the original Spider-Slayer in Amazing Spider-Man #20 and 25 respectively.
  81. Rocket Racer and the Prowler were a part of Silver Sable's group the Outlaws that were formed in Web of Spider-Man #50. This team was last seen together in Web of Spider-Man Annual #7.
  82. The roof of the Johnsmeyer building was damaged when it was attacked by Kaine in Spider-Man #66.
  83. Although Cardiac is determined to rescue Nolan Croix, the boy is never seen again. This plot line is yet to be resolved.
  84. Although El Toro is seemingly killed here, he was actually left brain damaged and disfigured. He will resurface again in Spider-Man/Deadpool #20.
  85. Preface: Although this story claims to reveal everything that Norman Osborn had been up to behind the scenes following his "death" to his return, this is not a complete list of his schemes. There are two other schemes that are kept secret in this story. First, the fact that Norman Osborn had an affair with Gwen Stacy (revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #509-514), and keeping Harry's survival following his "death" a secret (as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #581). Yet another deception is that Norman switched Peter's Aunt May with an impostor (as detailed in Spider-Man #98). Amazing Spider-Man #251 provides a general explanation: Osborn created multiple journals and kept his secrets spread out so that they weren't all contained in a single source. In addition to this, Amazing Spider-Man #581 demonstrates Norman's willing to support a commonly believed misconception in order to keep his schemes a secret.
  86. The Green Goblin murdered Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spider-Man #121 and he seemingly perished in the following issue. Although Norman states that it was simply revenge, it was also to cover up the fact that Norman has previously had an affair with Gwen that produced twin children that Osborn was secreting away. This will not be revealed until Amazing Spider-Man #510-512.
  87. This story states that Norman Osborn's "death" happened seven years prior to this story. This is at odds with the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, which suggests that it was roughly six years prior. This difference in time is a matter of interpretation. One could figure Osborn, who is mentally disturbed here, might be mistaken.
  88. Norman refers to his son as "drug addled" here. At the time of this flashback, Harry had just suffered from a drug overdose in Amazing Spider-Man #96-98. The reason why Harry is here is because he had discovered his father's double-identity in Amazing Spider-Man #123 and was attempting to cover up that Norman was secretly the Green Goblin.
  89. On Norman's television screens are a number of specific events that happened to Spider-Man around the time shortly after the "death" of Norman Osborn.
  90. Harry became the Green Goblin and was defeated by Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #136-137.
  91. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 this would measure the length of time between the stories around Amazing Spider-Man #149 and the 1996 publication year. This assessment of time should be considered accurate.
  92. The identity of this Scrier is unspecified here. He is later identified as Samuel Fox in All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #2.
  93. Again, which Scrier is unspecified here, however All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #2 identifies this Scrier as Charles Bates.
  94. The murder of Anthony Serba was revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #149. It was one of the events that caused Miles Warren to become the Jackal.
  95. Kaine's origins were first told, minus the involvement of the Scriers, in Spider-Man #61.
  96. What happened after the birth of the Ben Reilly Spider-Clone was chronicled in the Double story arc.
    The Double
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
  97. The Jackal's first clone scheme ran from Amazing Spider-Man #142-149. The baseball stadium here is identified as Shea Stadium. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as Shea Stadium was torn down and replaced in 2008.
  98. This would go on to explain why the Jackal would insist that Peter Parker was the clone and Ben Reilly was the real Peter Parker in the Players and Pawns story arc.
    Players and Pawns
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
  99. Spider-Man disposed of his clone's body in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
  100. This body was the Spider-Skeleton that was later found in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231.
  101. What happened to the clone after being recovered from the smokestack was covered in the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
  102. Ben Reilly's early meetings with Seward Trainer were explored in the Exiled story arc.
    The Exiled
    Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
  103. Bart Hamilton's brief occupation of the Goblin role lasted from Amazing Spider-Man #176-180. As per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 places it about four years prior to this story.
  104. Mendel Stromm's embezzlement scheme was detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #40. His failed revenge scheme and apparent death happened in Amazing Spider-Man #37. Norman states that Stromm's revenge scheme happened nine years prior to this story. This is again at odds with the Timescale, being off by a year by its measurement.
  105. Spider-Man battled the robot of Mendel Stromm in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #68.
  106. Roderick Kingsley discovered the Green Goblin's hidden cache of weapons in Amazing Spider-Man #238 in order to become the Green Goblin.
  107. Kingsley used the Goblin formula to enhance his abilities in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #85. The events depicted here was when the Hogbolin and Spider-Man fought at a meeting of wealthy New York business men in Amazing Spider-Man #249.
  108. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #2 confirms this Scrier as Charles Bates.
  109. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here. Amazing Spider-Man #638-639 state that while they never got married, Peter and Mary Jane remained engaged. One could assume that in the new timeline Osborn is upset over their long-term engagement.
  110. Peter and Mary Jane occasionally dated starting in Amazing Spider-Man #42. However she gravitated toward Harry Osborn when things between Peter and Gwen Stacy became serious circa Amazing Spider-Man #59. Another reason Osborn disliked the Watson woman is because she confronted him about his treatment of Harry and about his secret affair with Gwen Stacy, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #512.
  111. Harry was under the care of mental health professionals from Amazing Spider-Man #136 to 151. He started seeing Liz Allan around that time and eventually the pair eloped as revealed in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #63.
  112. Harry first became the Goblin again in Amazing Spider-Man #312 to stop the Hobgoblin from threatening his family. Harry then tried to be a heroic Goblin until he was dissuaded by Spider-Man in Web of Spider-Man #67. Harry later suffered a nervous breakdown in The Spectacular Spider-Man #179-180.
  113. Harry's exposure to the Goblin Formula happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #188 and his apparent demise happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #200.
  114. This is a deception, like Harry before him, Norman kept Harry's survival a secret, replacing his body with a bio-duplicate created by Mysterio. Harry was later shipped overseas for rehabilitation. Norman only pretends that his son is dead in order to maintain the deception. This was all revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #581.
  115. May Parker suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. Although Osborn doesn't hint at any involvement in the proceeding, Spider-Man #97 reveals that he swapped May (in secret during the events of Amazing Spider-Man #392) with an ailing actress made to look like May.
  116. Mary Jane revealed she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  117. It was revealed in Web of Spider-Man #114 that Ben Reilly had been keeping tabs on May Parker.
  118. Again, this was an impostor hired by Norman to pose as Aunt May. The impostor died in Amazing Spider-Man #400.
  119. Spider-Man first learned that his clone was still alive in Web of Spider-Man #117.
  120. Norman muses that the Scarlet Spider's name was a terrible choice, musing that all the good names must have already been taken. Ben Reilly was dubbed the Scarlet Spider by Daily Bugle reporter Ken Ellis in Spider-Man Unlimited #7. Although Reilly did not like the name, it stuck.
  121. The Jackal resurfaced during the Smoke and Mirrors story arc.
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
  122. The scene here, where the Jackal says neither Spider-Men are real and that they are both clones is from Spider-Man #56.
  123. This occurred in Spider-Man: Legacy of Evil #1. Since the formula didn't actually kill Harry, it likely would not have harmed Normie. Osborn's assertions here are all part of his obfuscation regarding the "death" of Harry, as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #581.
  124. Unknown to Norman at this time, this new Goblin was Phil Urich who became the Green Goblin in Green Goblin #1.
  125. Arcade's attempt on the Goblin's life happened in Green Goblin #10.
  126. Norman Osborn never got the chance as, shortly after this, Phil's Goblin equipment was damaged beyond repair, forcing him to retire as seen in Green Goblin #12-13.
  127. The "revelation" that Peter was a clone happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
  128. This is a brief run down of the Maximum Cloneage storyarc.
    Maximum Clonage
    Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1
    clarifies, stating that Samuel Fox was the Scrier who confronted the Jackal and tried to convince him to stop his scheme. As a back-up plan, Charles Bates manipulated Spidercide into seeming killing the Jackal in Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1. Although everyone believes that the Jackal died here, he turns up alive again in Deadpool vs. The Punisher #1.
  129. Peter decided to retire as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #299. He and Mary Jane then left New York for Portland in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1.
  130. This is not entirely accurate, Ben attempted to continue his new career as the Scarlet Spider until his reputation was ruined in Web of Scarlet Spider #2. He then decided to take up the identity of Spider-Man in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  131. The discovery of this skeleton happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231.
  132. These events all occurred in the Blood Brothers story arc.
    Blood Brothers
    Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
  133. This happened in Spider-Man #68-69 and The Spectacular Spider-Man #234. Osborn mentions that this is the second Hobgoblin in passing, briefly glossing over how he came took the identity from the original. Convinced that Ned Leeds was the original Hobgoblin, Jason Macendale has Leeds murdered and usurped the Hobgoblin identity in Amazing Spider-Man #258. Although everyone thought Leeds was the Hobgoblin, he was brainwashed into the role by Roderick Kingsley as revealed in Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #1-3.
  134. The destruction of Multivex happened in Amazing Spider-Man #412.
  135. The attempt on Judas Traveller's life met with failure in Amazing Spider-Man #417.
  136. This epilogue happens during the Revelations story arc.
    Revelations
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
  137. Gaunt undergoes this process in The Spectacular Spider-Man #240.
  138. Thanks to Norman Osborn's machinations, Mary Jane goes into an induced labour in Sensational Spider-Man #11. This will cause a stillbirth in Amazing Spider-Man #418.
  139. This will lead to the Green Goblin's return in Spider-Man #75.
  140. This sequence occurs between page 19 and 20 of Spider-Man #75
  141. This flashback fills the gap between the end of Amazing Spider-Man #418 add Spider-Man #75.
  142. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  143. This addition occurs after the original ending of the story on page 41 of Spider-Man #75.
  144. Ben saved Jimmy-6's life in Spider-Man #70.

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Chronology

  1. Norman Osborn:
    • Page 1-19 - Norman reveals himself to Ben Reilly and defeats him in battle.
    • Page 20-22 - Norman hires Alison Mongrain to dispose of the Parker baby.
  2. Spider-Man (Peter Parker):
  3. Spider-Man (Ben Reilly)
  4. Green Goblin (Norman Osborn):
  5. Norman Osborn:
    • Page 2, Panel 1-4 - Norman Osborn awakens in the morgue.
    • Page 2, Panel 5-Page 6 - Norman ensures everyone thinks he is dead. Leaves America to start a criminal empire in Europe.
    • Page 7-19, Panel 3 - Osborn joins the Scriers. Revives Mendel Stromm. Begins using the Scriers to manipulate Miles Warren, Seward Trainer, and Judas Traveller.
    • Page 21-32 - Osborn manipulates the Clone Saga from behind the scenes.
  6. Harry Osborn:
  7. Miles Warren:
  8. Charles Bates:
    • Page 1-28 - Bates is used to manipulate Seward Trainer and the Jackal.
    • Page 29 - Bates is sent to deal with Judas Traveller once and for all.
  9. Mendel Stromm:
    • Page 16-24 - Stromm is discovered to be alive and restored as a cyborg.
    • Page 28, Panel 2 - Gaunt forces Seward Trainer back into the Scrier's service.
    • Page 28, Panel 5 - Gaunt helps Osborn use Multivex to deflect investigations by Parker and Reilly.
    • Page 25, Panel 4-5 - Gaunt reports to Osborn about the potential threat by the new Green Goblin.
    • Page 30 - Gaunt informs Osborn that he is going to undergo Seward Trainer's cure for his condition.
  10. Seward Trainer:
    • Page 9-14 - Trainer becomes indentured to the Scriers.
    • Page 24 - Gaunt forces Trainer back into his services.
    • Page 28, Panel 2 - Trainer is forced to work for Multivex.
  11. Spider-Man (Peter Parker):
  12. Ben Reilly
  13. Joe Robertson:
  14. J. Jonah Jameson:
  15. Spider-Man (Parker):
    • Page 87-93 - Peter tries to recover from the Green Goblin's attack.
    • Page 115-121 - Peter mourns the loss of Ben Reilly.
  16. Spider-Man (Reilly):
    • Flashback - Ben is beaten by Norman Osborn and is taken prisoner.
    • Page 87-93 - Ben struggles to get up after being beaten by the Green Goblin.
  17. Green Goblin:
    • Flashback - Norman captures Ben Reilly.
    • Page 87-93 - After defeating both Spider-Men, the Goblin flies toward the Daily Bugle.
    • Page 115-121 - Norman emerges from the rubble of the Daily Bugle.

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Flashback

  1. Ben Reilly
  2. El Toro Negro
  3. Joystick

See Also

Footnotes

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



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