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Appearing in "Outcasts!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #395.

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Synopsis for "Outcasts!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #395.

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #217...

Clifford White, a drug dealer, is making an early morning deal when suddenly, the sale is interrupted by the sound of a massive growl. When he opens the door, he is horrified to see the feral form of the Puma waiting on the other side. Turning to get reinforcements, he is shocked to see that they have been incapacitated by the vigilante calling herself Nocturne. With the armed guards knocked out, the Puma is about to attack White, but Nocturne manages to convince him to stop. Instead of physically harming Clifford, Nocturne uses her empathic powers to make him feel the agony of those of the drug addicts he preys upon them. Screaming in agony, Clifford White's last thoughts are wishing that the Puma had killed him after all.

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Spider-Man returns to the home owned by his Aunt May. He wonders why he has come here since he has abandoned the identity of Peter Parker and embracing the spider.[Continuity 1] He wonders why he has come back to this place, part of Peter Parker's past, especially since he is embracing the spider. After his recent ordeal at Ravencroft, he isn't too sure on that anymore.[Continuity 2] Sitting in May's bedroom, Spider-Man pulls off his mask. Although he can't deal with Peter Parker's life right now, the wall-crawler figures he can at least reminisce on the past. He thinks about his childhood growing up here with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and how he felt safe back in those days. However, as soon as he thinks this, Peter snuffs out the memory and quickly leaves the house, swinging off into the rainy night.

At that moment in Pittsburg, Mary Jane is standing outside her sister Gayle's house in the pouring rain. She has come here to try and reconcile her past.[Continuity 3] Finally gathering up the courage, Mary Jane knocks on her sister's front door. When Gayle answers, Mary Jane is at a loss for words and asks if she can come in. Gayle is happy to see her sister and welcomes her in with open arms.

Back in Manhattan, Nocturne and Puma are prowling the city until Nocturne can no longer ignore the anguish that is calling out to her. In Queens, Spider-Man has arrived at Midtown High, where he once more thinks about the past. He remembers his teenage years before he became Spider-Man.[Continuity 4] He remembers Principal Davis, who had such high hopes for Parker. He also remembers how he was bullied by Flash Thompson, the school jock. Lastly, he remembers Liz Allan, his first high school crush and how he only discovered that she had feelings for him until the day they graduated, and by then it was too late.[Continuity 5] He thinks about all his struggles during those years, being bullied, his Aunt May's constant frailties, and his work for the Daily Bugle. Back then, he couldn't even begin to imagine how cold the world could be. His thoughts are suddenly interrupted by a loud growl. His spider-sense warns him of Puma's ambush before the feral creature can land an attack.[Continuity 6] Spider-Man evades the Puma's blows, and becomes furious that this is yet another villain who has come back from the dead.

After fighting off the Puma, Spider-Man is approached by Nocturne, who asks the wall-crawler to follow her. After a moment's thought, the web-slinger agrees to follow her. She takes Spider-Man and the Puma Inwood Park. There she explains to Spider-Man for the first time how she was transformed by one of Baron Zemo's inventions.[Continuity 7] She then engages in a mind link to show Spider-Man how she came upon the Puma living in an alley, having completely shed his human identity, leaving only the animal behind. As she explains this, the Puma finally begins to remember Spider-Man and their longtime feud.[Continuity 8] Before he can attack, Nocturne gets in the way and is slashed across the face. With his friend down, Spider-Man leaps at the Puma prepared to attack.

... This story continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #218.

Appearing in "When Monsters Roam!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #218.

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Synopsis for "When Monsters Roam!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #218.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #395...

Spider-Man has followed Nocturne and the Puma to Inwood Park where his feral foe turned on the wall-crawler. Nocturne got between Puma and the wall-crawler, getting slashed in the face for her troubles. Spider-Man evades the Puma's subsequent attacks and sends the beast fleeing with a single blow. At first, Spider-Man wants to go after the Puma, encouraging himself to be the spider but decides to stop and help Nocturne first.[Continuity 10] He picks up Nocturne and begins web-slinging across the city to get help for her. He is worried about the Puma being on the loose, wishing that he could be in two places at once. Ironically, as Spider-Man thinks this, he just misses crossing paths with his clone who is active swinging by as the Scarlet Spider. Needing to get Nocturne somewhere warm and dry, he decides to try and bring her back to the apartment she had as Angela Cairn. Elsewhere in the city, the Puma happens upon a gang of muggers who have cornered a woman in an alley. He savagely attacks the muggers, saving the woman's life. However, she is horrified by the feral creature, the Puma regards her for a second before darting off into the night again.

By this point, Spider-Man has arrived outside the former apartment of Angela Cairn. Unfortunately, new tenants have moved in since she left her to transform into Nocturne. As he climbs up to the roof, the web-slinger finally comes to realize that no matter how hard they try to deny their civilian identities, life goes on without them. That those they loved will eventually adjust to their absence and move on with their lives. Meanwhile, at the Forest Hill's Hospital, Anna Watson watches over the bed of her friend, May Parker, who is still in a coma.[Continuity 11] She tells May that she is her best, most compassionate friend. She rmarks how she admires May's strength, how she looked after Peter when his parents died.[Continuity 12] How she became like a mother to Peter, especially after her husband Ben died.[Continuity 13] She tells May that she has been a strong as she needs to be and it is okay if she lets go. Elsewhere in the city, Nocturne is sheltered by the rain by Spider-Man's webbing. When she wakes up, her first concern is toward Puma, even though he almost clawed your face off. Watching her fly away, the rain begins to clear and Spider-Man begins to feel the same sympathy that Nocturne feels toward the Puma and wonders if maybe his foe deserves a second chance.

Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, Mary Jane is having a long-awaited talk about their family and upbringing. Mary Jane has come to make amends with her sister after abandoning her years earlier. Since Gayle has been willing to forgive their father, Mary Jane hopes they can be family again.[Continuity 14] Surprisingly, Gayle is very understanding as to why Mary Jane ran off and tells her that he never stopped loving her. While back in New York City, Spider-Man follows Nocturne as she searches for the Puma. Along the way, Spider-Man's spider-sense alerts him of the new Daredevil that has been active in the city following the death of Matt Murdock.[Continuity 15] It makes him think how Matt Murdock allowed his double-life completely consume him. Soon, the pair arrive at the warehouse where Angela was first turned into Nocturne.[Continuity 16] There they find the Puma, who savagely attacks the wall-crawler.

Back in Pittsburgh, Mary Jane and Gayle's discussion is interrupted when her son, Kevin, wakes up after a nightmare. He tells his mother and his aunt that his mother left just like their father did and left Kevin all alone. The two women then comfort the boy, telling him that they will always be there. While in New York, Nocturne gets between Spider-Man and the Puma and place her hands on both of their brows. She then uses her empathic powers to transfer the pain both men feel to one another. This takes all the fight out of both, and miraculously, the Puma finally reverts back to his human form. Without a single word, Thomas Fireheart gets up and walks out of the warehouse. Spider-Man then tells Nocturne that she doesn't need to be alone and she can get help from Ashley Kafka. Nocturne refuses, and when the wall-crawler asks her why, she asks the wall-crawler the same thing and flies away.

This story is continued in Amazing Spider-Man #396...

Appearing in "Deadmen"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #396.

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Synopsis for "Deadmen"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #396.

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #218...

Daredevil ambushes a couple of crooks in an alley, demanding to know where he can find the Owl. Although he gives the two thugs a rough beating, they don't know where the Owl can be found. After he is done, he tells Spider-Man to show himself as he is aware that the wall-crawler has been following him. Spider-Man comes down from the rooftops and tells Daredevil that he has come for a friend, calling him by his first Matt.[Continuity 17] However, Daredevil shocks him by telling the wall-crawler that he is no Matt Murdock and that Murdock is dead.[Continuity 18] He tells the wall-crawler to leave Murdock dead and buried. Spider-Man leaps in front of Daredevil and tells him that he is as well.

Meanwhile, high above the city, the Owl stands atop a radio thinking to himself, unaware that he is being observed by someone else.[Continuity 19] When the Owl begins gliding across the city, he is intercepted by the Vulture. The Vulture tells the Owl that he is late for their meeting, and calls him "brother". The Owl tells him that they are not brothers, but the Vulture insists that time will tell. Meanwhile, in Pittsburg, Mary Jane finds that she cannot sleep on her sister's couch and decides to go out to the backyard. Being in the backyard brings up memories of her childhood. She remembers a time that she and her sister Gayle were playing in the backyard while their mother knitted. This moment was interrupted when her father, came outside to berate them for making too much noise. When young Mary Jane tried to explain that they were only doing what their father told them, he scolded her. This memory causes Mary Jane to cry. That's when he is joined by her sister Gayle who asks her to talk about what she is thinking about.

Back in New York, Spider-Man continues to follow Daredevil, insisting that they talk. He has been watching Daredevil for days and isn't fooled by the media reports. He doesn't know who was buried, but he is certain that it is not Matt Murdock.[Continuity 20] Spider-Man explains that he came for Daredevil's help because he is the closest thing to a kindred spirit he has. He has come to find out how Daredevil managed to bury his past and start all over again. The Man Without Fear insists that he is not Matt Murdock, and tells the wall-crawler that even if he was Murdock, he wouldn't be able to help Spider-Man. Still, Spider-Man persists, insisting that he needs to bury Peter Parker for good. The pair almost come to blows, but Spider-Man reminds Daredevil that they both understand the needs of their double lives. This finally gets through to Daredevil who tells Spider-Man to come with him so they can pay their respects to the dead.

He takes Spider-Man to Matt Murdock's grave, where he tells Spider-Man that if he was Murdock, still insisting that he isn't, his advice to the wall-crawler would be to kill Peter Parker and forget he ever existed. After this advice, Spider-Man still lingers, prompting Daredevil to ask the web-slinger what he wants now. Spider-Man suggests that they should hang out, piquing his interest when he suggests they go hunting the Owl together. At that moment at a derelict mansion, the Owl listens to the Vulture's pitch. The Vulture is offering him the Owl the opportunity to erase his past by killing everyone who had previously known him.[Continuity 21] To demonstrate this, he lethally injects a man right in front of the Owl. The horrifies Leland demands that the Vulture give the man the antidote. That's when the Vulture explains that there isn't one, and decides to give the man a mercy by breaking his neck. This horrifies the Owl even more, and he demands to know what the Vulture is planning. His would-be ally explains that he intends to infect a large number of birds and unleash them upon the city in order to kill everyone who knows who Adrian Toomes and Leland Owlsley were. Hearing this scheme, the Owl wants nothing to do with it and flees the scene.

The Owl is eventually confronted by Daredevil and Spider-Man, who have come to bring him to justice.[Continuity 22] The Owl is not looking forward to a fight and warns the pair to not mess with him. As they listen to these threats, Spider-Man's spider-sense begins to go off. He is too late to stop one of the Vulture's infected bird dive bombs him. Although Spider-Man is only nicked, the web-slinger begins to succumb to the poison. While Daredevil goes to Spider-Man's aid, the Owl manages to escape.

This story is continued in The Spectacular Spider-Man #219...

Appearing in "Two of a Kind"

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The Spectacular Spider-Man #219.

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Synopsis for "Two of a Kind"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #219.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #396...

After being raked in the face by a vulture whose talons were coated with poison, Spider-Man begins to hallucinate.[Continuity 23] Daredevil tries to comfort him, but the wall-crawler only manages to snap out of it when Daredevil calls him by his first name.[Continuity 24] Spider-Man refuses to be taken to the hospital because the Owl is trying to make his getaway. Daredevil chases after his old foe and demands to know what's was in the vulture's talons. The Owl tells Daredevil that Leland Owlsey is dead. Daredevil tosses his billy-club at the Owl to try and stop him, but the projectile is caught by the Vulture, who arrives on the scene. The villain has come out to monitor his poisoned vultures as they go about to poison the population of New York. By this point, Spider-Man has fought off some of the effects of the poison coursing through his system and webs up two of the Vulture's vulture. With the two avian villains fleeing the scene, Spider-Man manages to tag the Owl with one of his spider-tracer.

Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, Mary Jane makes the painful decision to come knocking at the door of her father's apartment. She is apprehensive as to how this visit will go, especially after the abusive relationship she had with her father.[Continuity 25] Back in New York, at an abandoned mansion, the Vulture question's the Owl's devotion for "killing" his civilian identity. To help convince the Owl that the best way to solve his problem is to eliminate everyone who remembers Leland Owlsley, the Vulture sent his poisoned vultures to start eliminating the people who once knew the Owl. When the Owl is horrified by the revelation that his former business partner, Paul Greyson was poisoned earlier that day. Greyson will die at midnight if he is not given the antidote -- which the Vulture reveals he had after all. Grabbing the vial of antidote, the Owl flies off to save the life of Greyson, even though he is conflicted over what to do. While at the Parker residence, Spider-Man has brought Daredevil home with him so he can test his blood and find out how much time he has left. Daredevil is surprised that Spider-Man is being so cavalier about his secret identity.[Continuity 26] After examining his blood sample, Peter Parker doesn't like what he sees and tells Daredevil that they need to find the cure fast. By this point, the Owl catches up with Greyson but waits too long and the man dies on his feet. Thinking over his decision, the Owl flies back to his hideout.

Back in Pittsburgh, Mary Jane enters her father's modest apartment, and notices that he is still writing. Although Philip Watson has given up on writing the Great American Novel, he continues to write as it is the only thing he can do to pay the bills. Looking over her father's desk, she is surprised to see that he still uses a typewriter to write his stories. She then gets upset when she sees that her father still has a photo of her mother on his desk. Philip grabs the photo and begins to cry. He tells his daughter that he still loved his wife even though he treated her so poorly. He tells her that he would give anything to be able to go back and fix things. Mary Jane realizes that her father has been running away from his past just as much as she has. While in Brooklyn, Spider-Man follows the signal of the spider-tracer he tagged the Owl with. As he leads Daredevil to their foe's hideout. The wall-crawler tries to downplay how the poison is affecting him, but he can't fool Daredevil's enhanced senses. Unfortunately, as the Owl returns to his hideout, he unintentionally crushes the spider-tracer planted on his foot, making Spider-Man lose the signal. Daredevil tells Spider-Man that eh can pick up the trail. They go to a nearby rooftop where Daredevil begins to meditate. This allows him to narrow the focus of his enhanced senses so he can pick up the location of the Vulture and the Owl. While back in Pittsburgh, Mary Jane leaves her father's apartment. However, before she leaves, she finally breaks down and allows her emotions to come through. In tears, she tells her father that this isn't the last time she will see him, but the end of their estrangement.

While in New York, Spider-Man and Daredevil arrive at the Vulture's hideout. As they battle the two foes, the Vulture releases his two poisoned birds. While Daredevil deals with the Vulture, Spider-Man webs one of the vultures, but the other -- and the Owl -- escape out the open window. Spider-Man webs the second bird, and the Owl lands a blow that kills the bird of prey. The Owl tells Spider-Man that his debt to Daredevil is over and drops the vial containing the cure. With the Vulture and his deadly birds wrapped up, Daredevil comes outside just as Spider-Man drinks the antidote. With the danger over, Daredevil gives Spider-Man some advice on his problems. He tells the wall-crawler to not let them tear him apart, find the things that are important in him and build a life around them. Confident that Spider-Man is in recovery, Daredevil leaves, tell his web-head that the police are on their way. Although Spider-Man has taken Daredevil's advice to heart, he tests the remaining drops of the antidote and discovers that it wasn't anything but tap water and that unless he develops a cure, he will die. Meanwhile, Mary Jane believes that now that she has made peace with her family she can finally return home and begin the next chapter of her life.

This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #397...

Appearing in "Lure of the Spider"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #120.

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Synopsis for "Lure of the Spider"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #120.

The Clone Saga continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #219...

Learning that the mobster known as Tombstone has broken out of prison, the Scarlet Spider has followed the killer to Wall Street. There the pair fight atop an armored car that Tombstone is attempting to rob.[Continuity 27] During the fight, the Spider dodges one of Tombstone's blows, causing the villain's fist to go through the roof of the armored truck, striking the driver and knocking him out. With the vehicle speeding toward a nearby cafe, the Scarlet Spider ignores Tombstone to leap in front of the armored car.[Continuity 28] webbing up cushions onto his arms, the wall-crawler braces himself and prevents the van from crashing into the building. Tombstone leaps down to face the Spider and is struck across the fact wit a lamp post. Although Tombstone tries to shrug off this blow, he blacks out and falls to the ground, much to the Scarlet Spider's relief. As a crowd gathers to congratulate the masked hero, he is unaware that a mysterious figure watches him from the shadows.

Meanwhile, at the Kravinoff Estate, Vladimir Kravinoff continues on his research of Spider-Man in order to learn all the heroes secrets so he can avenge the death of his father.[Continuity 29] After putting on his armor and testing his weapons, the Grim Hunter is ready to begin stalking the city. Later, aboard the USS Intrepid, the Scarlet Spider clashes with members of the ARES terrorist organization. As the Spider takes down the terrorists, Daily Bugle reporters Betty Brant and Ken Ellis argue over who is going to score the byline on this story. After wrapping up the ARES soldiers, the Scarlet Spider swings away. As he does, his eyes meet those of Betty Brant, and at first he thinks that she is looking at him with recognition, but decides that isn't it. This also get him wondering where the real Spider-Man is. He figures the Peter Parker is off somewhere with his wife Mary Jane,[Continuity 30] unaware that the wall-crawler is passed out on the roof of a building fighting for his life.[Continuity 31]

Meanwhile, Kaine observes the hospital where Aunt May is being treated after suffering a stroke and entering a coma.[Continuity 32] His watchful observation is suddenly interrupted by one of his cognitive flashes. Once again he sees a vision of Mary Jane being murdered by an unknown assailant.[Continuity 33] Realizing that this will happen sometime soon he rushes out to prevent it from happening. However, Mary Jane is far from danger, at least for the time being. This is because she has just arrived at the Pittsburgh airport. There she meets with her sister Gayle whom she hopes to reconnect with during her current family crisis.[Continuity 34] While back in New York, Ben Reilly has taken a break atop the Empire State Building. After his encounters with Tombstone and ARES he feels confident about his new costumed identity although he doesn't like the Scarlet Spider moniker that the Daily Bugle has labeled him with.[Continuity 35] Although he doesn't want to mess around with Peter Parker's life, Ben is looking forward to beginning his own career as the Scarlet Spider.

At that moment, the Grim Hunter arrives aboard the USS Intrepid where military police are cleaning up after the Scarlet Spider's battle ARES. Thinking he is tracking Spider-Man, he slaughters the soldiers and continues tracking the wall-crawler. While at the apartment of Betty Brant, the Scarlet Spider pays a her a visit to give an interview in the hopes of setting the record straight. At first, it appears the pair are about to get intimate, Betty pushes the wall-crawler back, telling him that she is working on her objectivity.[Continuity 36] After she sends the Spider away, she is visited by the Grim Hunter who demands to know where the Spider has gone. Not far away, the Scarlet Spider wonders if there was a spark between him and Betty, but wonders what they could mean, unaware that the Grim Hunter is stalking him.

This story continues in Spider-Man #54....

Appearing in "Snared"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #54.

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Synopsis for "Snared"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #54.

This story continues from Web of Spider-Man #120...

Atop the Daily Bugle building, the Scarlet Spider seeks to find Ken Ellis to give the reporter a piece of his mind after he was dubbed the Scarlet Spider.[Continuity 37] Entering the Daily Bugle brings up memories of Peter Parker's early career here. He remembers working with Joe Robertson, Ned Leeds, and falling in love with Betty Brant.[Continuity 38] The Scarlet Spider's reminiscing is interrupted by J. Jonah Jameson, who warns the Spider that he is trespassing on private property. Before the hero can leave, Jonah stops him and remarks on how this new hero is quite the do-gooder. Jameson then informs the Scarlet Spider that he doesn't buy it and considers him just as much as a menace as every other masked hero. The web-slinger tells Jonah that he is upset that his reporters are calling him the Scarlet Spider and warns that he will be back with lawyers before swinging away. As the Scarlet Spider is swinging away, he thinks about how great it is to revisit his past, unaware that he is being watched by the mysterious assassin known as Kaine.[Continuity 39]

Meanwhile, Vladimir Kravinoff -- now calling himself the Grim Hunter -- prepares his various weapons for another confrontation with the Scarlet Spider. He vows to destroy the hero, promising to his deceased father that his death with be avenged.[Continuity 40] Ready to resume his hunt, the Grim Hunter leaps out of the window. Watching him go is his assistant and friend Gregor, who fears that he has lost Vladimir forever. The next evening, Ben Reilly is returning to the hotel that he is calling him. There he bumps into his neighbor Gabrielle Greer, who suggests that they do something after he has fully healed up.[Continuity 41] Inside his room, Ben is delighted that he has a potential date in the near future. As he literally leaps summersaults across the room, Reilly is unaware that Kaine is watching him from the building across the street. At that moment, Mary Jane is at a doctor office for a checkup because she hasn't been feeling very well recently. She has dismissed this as an upset stomach caused by the stress Aunt May's health has had on her marriage.[Continuity 42] Her thoughts are interrupted by her doctor who returns to tell her that they need to talk.[Continuity 43]

Later, in a bad part of the city, Kaine walks alone. He attracts the attention of a gang of knife-wielding skinheads who ambush him. However, Kaine is much more powerful and easily slaughters them all. Later that evening, as Spider-Man lays unconscious on a rooftop, Ben Reilly sleeps.[Continuity 44] The pair have the same dream of a Peter Parker clone growing in a cloning tank.[Continuity 45] While this is happening, Kaine sits on the rooftops trying to fight the pain that wracks his body. Suddenly, Ben Reilly wakes up, certain that something is starting. He puts in a call to his friend, the scientist known as Seward Trainer. He tells Seward that he returned to New York City and fears that the clone degradation is starting to begin in his body.[Continuity 46] Seward is upset that Ben left before he could complete his tests. He tells Reilly to stay put while he goes up to New York as soon as possible.

That evening, Ben Reilly decides to go out web-slinging as the Scarlet Spider in order to clear his head. He swings past Betty Brant's neighborhood and spots her standing outside. Feeling Peter Parker's old feelings toward her, the Spider decides to go down and talk to her. He explains that he has come to give her more information for her story. Unfortunately, she has taken herself off the story and passed it on to Ken Ellis. He decides to leave, but she stops him, to explain her feelings. She tells him that although she should be afraid of the Scarlet Spider, she can't help but feel like she has known him for a long time and hugs him. Suddenly, the Spider's spider-sense goes off, and he pulls Betty to safety just as the Grim Hunter tries to ambush them with bombs. While at One Police Plaza, Detective Jacob Raven is in from Salt Lake City. He is investigating a cold case and wants to review the NYPD's records. When asked, Jacob explains that he is trying to track down the man who killed his partner.[Continuity 47]

Back outside Betty Brant's place, the Scarlet Spider tries to convince the Grim Hunter that he is not Spider-Man. However, the master hunter refuses to listen and attacks as the Spider tells Betty to run for cover. Needing to get Betty out of danger, the Scarlet Spider lures the Grim Hunter up onto the rooftops where they continue to fight. Unfortunately, the Grim Hunter can counteract all of the Spider's attacks. It's during this struggle that the Hunter reveals that he is the son of Kraven the Hunter. This comes as a shock to the Spider since he is unaware that Kraven is dead.[Continuity 48] When the Scarlet Spider tries to explain that he is not the man the Grim Hunter is looking for, the lunatic doesn't believe him at first. However, after a moments examination, he notes that although the Scarlet Spider's scent is the same as Spider-Man's, there is something different between the two men.

With that, the Grim Hunter ends the fight and flees the scene. The Scarlet Spider decides to let him go so he can go back and check on Betty Brant. When he arrives on the scene, he discovers that she is safe and that she called the police. When she tries to get close to him, the Spider turns her away, saying that he is not the man she thinks he is and swings away so he can continue tracking down the Grim Hunter.

... Web of Life continues in Web of Spider-Man #121.

Appearing in "The Hunting"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #121.

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Synopsis for "The Hunting"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #121.

This story continues from Spider-Man #54...

A gang of thieves are hassling a homeless woman in the park, dumping her personal possessions onto the ground. Among the possessions the homeless woman is trying to protect, the most prized possession is a photo of her daughter. The thugs are interrupted by the assassin known as Kaine. Although he kills the thieves, he dismisses the homeless woman, crushing her beloved photo under his foot as he leaves.

Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider is racing across the city in the hopes of getting to the home of Peter Parker. He hopes he can get there ahead of the Grim Hunter who has been hunting Spider-Man and up until their recent clash, was mistakenly tracking the Scarlet Spider's sense. He is forced to delay his progress when a taxi cab skids out of control on the icy roads. He quickly prevents the out-of-control taxi from striking pedestrians and quickly resumes his course. While back at the Kravinoff mansion, Vladimir Kravinoff meditates before a portrait of his father. He is observed by his friend Gregor, who once again wonders if Vladimir's obsession with avenging his father's death by destroying Spider-Man.[Continuity 49] However, despite his concerns, he still is there to provide support for his friend, gathering Vladimir's Grim Hunter garb for him so he can resume his hunt for Spider-Man. While at a police station, Detective Jacob Raven of Salt Lake City has enlisted the aid of the NYPD's Connor Trevane to help investigate a cold case that he has been investigating. He is particularly interested in a string of dead men that have turned up with matching burns on their faces. He explains to Trevane that his case, from two years prior, and that the killer left fingerprints. Having found a match on the NYPD database, they decide to pay a visit to the killer.[Continuity 50]

By this time, the Scarlet Spider has staked out a spot overlooking the Parker home to wait for the Grim Hunter. His presence is detected by Kaine, who is also watching the Parker home. He is angry that the Spider is here to interfere with his plans for the Parkers and ambushes the Scarlet Spider. The Spider is surprised to see Kaine is in New York as well and tries to incapacitate the assassin with a barrage of stingers and impact-webbing, but they have no effect on Kaine. As the Scarlet Spider is being beaten, he spots the Grim Hunter heading to the Parker home. Unfortunately, despite the Scarlet Spider's best efforts he is beaten into submission. Spotting the Grim Hunter himself, Kaine goes to confront him before he can break into the Parker home. Watching from the opposite roof top, the Scarlet Spider struggles to get up and stop both men before Peter Parker is hurt, but passess out after the beaten he has just taken.

... Web of Life concludes in Spider-Man #55.

Appearing in "End Hunt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #55.

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Synopsis for "End Hunt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #55.

Web of Life continues in Web of Spider-Man #121...

Seriously beaten, the Scarlet Spider lays unconcious on a rooftop as snow swirls down on him.[Continuity 51] When he revives, he is upset that Kaine is after him once again.[Continuity 52] Since both Kaine and the Grim Hunter are after Spider-Man, the Scarlet Spider swings after the two combatants. On another nearby rooftop, Kaine and the Grim Hunter are stare each other down on silence. This silence is broken by Grim Hunter who demands to know why Kaine is also after Spider-Man.[Continuity 53] The assassin does not answer, but he thinks about how everyone who intends to interfere in his plans for Spider-Man must die.

Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider goes by the home of Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane to make sure they are safe.[Continuity 54] Seeing the home is deserted, he thinks about how lucky Peter is, picturing his genetic proginator with his wife and it makes him realize how empty his own life is. Certain that the Parkers are at risk of attack, Ben continues his search for Kaine and the Grim Hunter. At that same moment, elsewhere in the city, Seward Trainer returns to his long abandoned lab to set up shop in New York once again. He hopes that he can find Ben Reilly before he gets himself killed.[Continuity 55] The Scarlet Spider continues to hunt for Kaine and the Grim Hutner. As he searches the city, he begins to feel dizzy, and wonders if he has the strength to face two deadly foes at once. When he finds the pair fighting it out in the street. The Scarlet Spider tries to swing down and break up their fight. However, he suddenly passes out mid-swing and falls to the ground. That's when the Grim Hunter blasts Kaine with an energy jolt from his staff. Wanting to continue his hunt for Spider-Man, the Grim Hunter flees the scene. When Kaine recovers, he continues after the Hunter, unaware that the Scarlet Spider has tagged him with a micro-dot tracer.

With no strength to follow after his foes, the Scarlet Spider decides to head back home and finds Seward Trainer waiting for him. After seeing how roughed up Ben looks, Seward is shocked to learn that Kaine has followed Ben to New York City as well. Meanwhile, Kaine continues to search for the Grim Hunter. Suddenly, he is struck with a great deal of pain. He suddenly gets a vision of Mary Jane being murdered. Unfortunately, he doesn't see who is responsible, and is determined to find her and keep her safe.[Continuity 56] Soon, in Central Park, the Grim Hunter picks up Kaine's scent again and realizes that his foe is still after him. Pulling out his radio, the Grim Hunter orders his assistant Gregor to come and extract him from the area. Soon, Kaine ambushes the Grim Hunter and the two resume their fight near the lake. They are interrupted by the Scarlet Spider who has tracked them down with his tracer. After stunning Kaine with some of his stingers, he knocks him onto the ice. when Kaine goes through the ice, the Scarlet Spider leaps in after him. However, when finds no trace of his foe. When he returns to the surface, he discovers that the Grim Hunter has fled as well. With nothing else to do, the Scarlet Spider swings off to find the Parkers and warn them of the danger.

On the other side of the park, the Grim Hunter tries to escape when he is ambushed by Kaine once again. As they fight it out, Gregor arrives in a Humvee to recover the Grim Hunter. Unfortunately, the Grim Hunter is no match for Kaine, who snaps his neck and leaves his mark on the hunter's face. Fleeing the scene, Kaine leaves the Grim Hunter as he dies in Gregor's arms.[Continuity 57]

Appearing in "Tentacles"

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Amazing Spider-Man #397.

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Synopsis for "Tentacles"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #397.

Wracked with pain from the poison coursing through his body, Spider-Man web-slings across the city. As he does so, he is unaware that he is being observed by the mystery man known as Kaine, who knows some sinister secret about the wall-crawler. Trying to ignore the pain, Spider-Man is suddenly struck with a foreign memory, an image of himself growing in a cloning tank.[Continuity 58] This causes Spider-Man to lose consciousness and he falls down onto a rooftop above him. Spider-Man's body is discovered by his old foe Doctor Octopus. He has been watching Spider-Man since his most recent escape from the Vault, and he has noticed that the hero has changed and he doesn't like what he sees.[Continuity 59] He thinks of their long-standing rivalry, and it causes him to wonder when he truly became Doctor Octopus. Was it during his first battle with Spider-Man, or was it years earlier thanks to an abusive father and smothering mother.[Continuity 60] Having learned that the Vulture had succeeded in poisoning Spider-Man, he wanted to see the truth for himself.[Continuity 61] Saddened by the state of his foe, Doctor Octopus decides to leave the wall-crawler to live out whatever life he has left so he can resume his current schemes. When Spider-Man finally wakes up, he is unaware of his encounter with Doctor Octopus, or that Kaine is still watching him. He is about ready to surrender to the fact that he was dying when he realizes that there is someone he can go to for help.

Meanwhile, a voluptuous woman calling herself Stunner walks into a Manhattan bar called Lucky's, getting the attention of its all-male clientele. She revels in this attention, accusing these men of being adulterers and wife-beaters. When she asks them who is man enough to handle her, they are all speechless, just as she suspected. In response, Stunner trashes the entire bar. When the bartender reaches for his shotgun, Stunner is joined by Doctor Octopus who threatens to disembowel him if he shoots. Surprisingly, Octavius pays for the damage done to the bar before taking Stunner and leaving. They return to Otto's penthouse apartment, where Stunner asks if he is upset with her for what happened at the bar. Quite the contrary, Otto explains, saying that she is the best thing that has ever happened to him. He explains that he is upset about what has happened to Spider-Man. He explains that regardless of his hatred of his old foe, he always saw him as an honorable man, full of intelligence and good humor. However, it now seems that the Spider-Man of old is gone, and all that is left is a humorless thug, a persona -- much like what Doctor Octopus believes himself to have become. Otto then realizes how much he depended on Spider-Man to maintain a certain level of humanity. Stunner tries to cheer Otto up by telling him that everything he expects out of Spider-Man, she already sees in him. Suddenly, Stunner feels a strange sensation and tells him that she needs to go, but promises to be back. Despite Otto's protests, Stunner suddenly disappears. At first, Otto rages, but this eventually leads to despair.

Later that evening, Mary Jane returns home from her trip to Pittsburgh.[Continuity 62] She discovers that her husband, Peter Parker, is not surprised given the state of their marriage.[Continuity 63] However, she refuses to walk away when Peter is going through so much.[Continuity 64] Seeing the mess in the kitchen, she decides that she is too exhausted to deal with it and goes to bed. She briefly considers calling the hospital to see how May is doing, but is too tired for that even and goes to bed.[Continuity 65]

At this time, Spider-Man has forced himself awake and decides that the only thing he can do is go home to his wife so he doesn't spend his final moments alone. It's then that his mind is assaulted with the image of Peter Parker in a cloning tank. He screams for the image to get out of his head and loses his balance. He almost falls over the edge of the building, but he is caught by Stunner. However, she only saved his life so she could defeat the wall-crawler with himself. Too weak to fight back, Spider-Man takes a serious beating from Stunner, who is unimpressed with the battle. She is stopped by Doctor Octopus, who arrives on the scene before she can kill his old foe. He realizes that there is something seriously wrong with Spider-Man. He thought the wall-crawler's illness was being faked, but now intends to find out what to do next. He then unmasks the web-slinger and is surprised to see that Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker.[Continuity 66]

This story is continued in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220...

Appearing in "A Time to Live!"

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The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.

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Synopsis for "A Time to Live!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #397...

Doctor Octopus has been working feverently to create a cure for the poison that is coursing through the veins of Spider-Man, his greatest foe.[Continuity 67] His assistant, Stunner, urges Otto to hurry because it doesn't look like the wall-crawler is going to survive much longer. As he writhes in pain, Peter Parker has another flashback of himself growing in a cloning tank.[Continuity 68] However, try as he might, Doctor Octopus cannot synthesize a cure but quickly loses his temper. Stunner asks why her beloved Otto is working so hard to save the life of his greatest enemy. Octavius explains that he sees Spider-Man as his foil, someone who drives his inspiration. That aside, now that he has seen the face behind the mask, he knows that there are people in the life of Peter Parker that love him and wants to save his life for them.

Otto then calls the home of May Parker, which is answered by Anna Watson, who is there gathering May's belongings. Otto is shocked when she tells him that May Parker has suffered a stroke and is in the hospital.[Continuity 69] Stunner thinks this will convince Otto to forget about Parker, however, his past with May Parker and knowledge of her current medical condition redoubles his efforts.[Continuity 70] Otto then sends Stunner to go out and order flowers for Aunt May. as she leaves, she is unaware that their hideout is being observed by Kaine. The assassin refuses to allow Doctor Octopus to interfere with his plans for Peter Parker. He thinks about their destiny and how many will suffer and die as a result. Meanwhile, Peter's wife Mary Jane visits May in the hospital.[Continuity 71] Mary Jane prays that May won't die because she doesn't know how her death will impact Peter. She fears without May, Mary Jane may lose her husband to the darkness forever.

Later, back at Doctor Octopus' lab, the evil scientist refuses to give up on reviving his enemy. With no time to lose, Otto is forced to inject Peter with an untested serum. This causes Peter to experience blinding pain. Breaking free from his bonds, the wall-crawler bounces around the room. When Stunner tries to restrain him, Peter pushes her away and leaps out a window. However, the pain gets to be too much, causing Parker to pass out in mid-air as Kaine watches from the rooftops. Thankfully for the web-spinner, Doctor Octopus manages to get outside and saves his arch-nemesis before he can fatally hit the pavement below. Later, Spider-man wakes up wearing his full costume. Realizing that he is near the brownstone that he shares with his wife, Spider-Man doesn't know how he got here or where he was for the past few hours. Noticing that he no longer has any symptoms, the wall-crawler rejoices that he has somehow been cured of the virus that was killing him. Realizing that he is going to live, Spider-Man begins to rejoice. While down on the streets below, Mary Jane is on her way home, unaware that she is being stalked by Kaine. Watching her go by, Kaine remarks how innocent she looks and sheds a tear when he thinks about what will happen to her in the future.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man has changed back to Peter Parker in his apartment. He begins to panic about trying to track down his wife Mary Jane after his prolonged absence and worries about Aunt May's health.[Continuity 72] Just then, Mary Jane enters the room. Happy to see each other, Peter and Mary Jane kiss. This romantic moment is observed by Doctor Octopus, who cannot help but smile. Satisfied that his job is complete, Spider-Man's greatest foe turns and walks away. However, this is not the happy ending Octavius was hoping for. As Peter and Mary Jane spend a romantic evening home alone, Doctor Octopus returns to his lab. He is horrified to learn that his cure did nothing but mask the symptoms of the virus for a few hours. At that very moment, Peter Parker goes to the bathroom as he begins to feel the virus returning. Realizing that he is still dying, Peter gathers the strength to tell Mary Jane. Out in the bedroom, he tells Mary Jane that he has something important to say. Before Peter can tell his wife the tragic news, she tells him that he also has something important to tell him. Peter tells his wife to go first, and Mary Jane tells him that he is about to become a father because she just learned that she is pregnant.

... This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man #398.

Appearing in "Before I Wake"

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Amazing Spider-Man #398.

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Synopsis for "Before I Wake"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #398.

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #220...

Standing outside of a brownstone in Manhattan's Upper East Side, Doctor Octopus takes stock in the life of Peter Parker.[Continuity 73] He believes that Peter Parker has it all, a wonderful home, and a beautiful wife.[Continuity 74] Upon learning all this, Otto wonders if his old foe really wants to embrace death as much as he claims.[Continuity 75]

Meanwhile, inside the Parker home, Peter Parker has just heard that Mary Jane is pregnant.[Continuity 76] This brings great joy to Peter and he begins to leap around the room. Thinking to himself, he prays that Aunt May wakes up from her coma and live long enough to meet this child.[Continuity 77] With this new revelation, Peter doesn't want to give up and die anymore and wonders how he is going to tell Mary Jane about the poison that threatens to kill him. Seeing how sad her husband now looks, Mary Jane assumes that Peter is worried about their finances. Peter tells her not to worry about anything, once more excited by the news that they are going to have a baby. Even though Mary Jane notices he is feverish, Peter rushes to the shower, telling her that they need to go to the hospital and tell May the good news, hoping that this could snap her out of her coma. While her husband is in the bathroom, Mary Jane's mood goes from joy to concern. She is now considering Peter's altered DNA and wonders what sort of child she may have as a result.

Soon, Peter and Mary Jane are at the hospital where Aunt May now rests. Peter tells May that he is going to have a child and begs for her to come out of her coma so she can meet his child. Unfortunately, May doesn't come out of her coma, and the Parkers leave. However, this news has caused a stir in May, who is teetering on the brink of letting go and allowing herself to pass away. Although her mind is tired and wants to let go, she feels that something keeps her tethered to the world of the living. Later, Peter and Mary Jane go out for dinner at a fancy restaurant to celebrate the good news. However, Peter begins to feel dizzy and drops his glass on the ground. A man takes charge of the situation, suggesting that Mary Jane take her husband home. However, as the Parkers have come here often, she mistakes this man as a staff member that they have not met yet. The man corrects her, saying that he doesn't work at the restaurant and then abruptly leaves.[Continuity 78] Suddenly, Peter's spider-sense goes off and he sees Doctor Octopus standing on the roof from across the street. Despite Mary Jane's protests, Peter insists that he needs to go adn rushes off to change into Spider-Man.

Spider-Man is furious that yet another villain is invading his civilian life and is tired of it, and attacks Octavius.[Continuity 79] Although the wall-crawler is trying to attack him, Otto insists that he has come to try and help cure Spider-Man of the poison that is slowly killing him. Spider-Man begins to vaguely remember being in Octavius' lab recently. Growing weak again, Spider-Man asks the Doctor why he wants to help. Otto explains that Spider-Man gives him a sense of continuity and inspires and wants to save Peter Parker's life so they can continue their rivalry. With no other choice, Spider-Man accepts the offer and takes otto's hand.

Meanwhile, Stunner is spending her time away from her lover to test out her powers. As she exercises across Central Park. There she grinds to a halt when someone shouts a warning to stay away from Doctor Octopus. She looks around for the source of the warning but finds no trace of who said it. Not far away stands the assassin known as Kaine. He is satisfied with giving her his warning and leaves Stunner to her fate. At that moment, at Doctor Octopus' lab, the villain has crafted what he claims is an antidote for the wall-crawler. Despite his reservations, Peter drinks the antidote and fees better at first. However, he suddenly screams in pain and falls to the ground. Otto stands as his foe seemingly dies, and smiles. Suddenly, Peter's soul leaves his body and he finds himself among the souls swirling around the portal to the afterlife. Parker refuses to accept the fact that he is dead.[Continuity 80] That's when he is approached by the spirit of Nick Katzenberg. Nick reminds Peter that souls that are unwilling to accept that they are dead are stuck among the living until they finally resign to the fact that have moved on.[Continuity 81]

Refusing to accept the truth, Peter flies back to the city below. He finds himself drawn to the hospital where Aunt May has been in a coma since her stroke. There he is visited by her spirit, who tells Peter that he shouldn't be here and that he has a great adventure ahead of him. When he asks her where he needs to go, she points out a bright star in the sky. Reminding him of his favorite story, Peter Pan, May tells Peter fly to the second star on the right and keep on flying until morning. With these words echoing in his head, Peter flies up toward the star and enters the light.

... This story continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.

Appearing in "A Time to Die!"

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Synopsis for "A Time to Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #398...

Peter Parker has seemingly died of a viral infection and now finds himself being pulled into the afterlife.[Continuity 82] His horror is soon turned to surprise when he realizes that the force pulling him into the afterlife is the spirit of hus Uncle Ben.[Continuity 83] Ben is proud to see the type of strong young man that Peter has grown into. He then takes Peter to meet the spirits of his parents, Richard and Mary Parker. Ben wishes the three of them could have warned Peter about the impostors that were posing as his parents recently, but assure him that he doesn't have to worry about that sort of craziness ever again.[Continuity 84] This happy reunion is suddenly marred when Peter suddenly screams in pain. This is because, in the land of the living, Doctor Octopus is trying to restart Peter's heart with electrical jolts. Otto has just discovered that his cure worked, however not before it had done damage and he went into heart failure. Although Parker is flat-lining, Doctor Octopus refuses to let his archnemesis die. Back in the afterlife, Peter is being pulled back to the land of the living. His descent is stopped by the spirit of Harry Osborn.[Continuity 85] Harry says that this is not Peter's time, but unlike the others, he is willing to force him to stay. Suddenly, Harry changes into the Green Goblin while boasting how he will look forward to tormenting Peter for all eternity. However, Peter refuses to stay, as he wants to embrace life and falls through the vortex again.

Back in the world of the living, Doctor Octopus manages to revive Peter using CPR. With Parker about to regain consciousness, Otto orders Stunner to go and carry out the task that he gave him while he waits for his eternal dance with Spider-Man to begin anew. As Stunner leaves the facility, she is still unaware of the fact that the hideout is being watched by Kaine, who is ready to act. Inside, Peter Parker wakes up, giving Octavius a moment to enjoy the moment that Parker realizes that he was saved by his greatest enemy, especially since he has been unmasked. Putting Parker's Spider-Man mask back on, Otto explains that the reason he revived the wall-crawler is so they can continue their endless struggle. Realizing that Doctor Octopus is spoiling for another fight, Spider-Man can't believe that Otto is serious about it. Before the two can clash, the police burst in, having been called in on an anonymous tip. Surprisingly, Doctor Octopus surrenders to the authorities telling Spider-Man that he is doing so intentionally so that he can begin plotting his next scheme. With Doctor Octopus in police custody, Spider-Man web-slings away, exhilarated to be alive after his recent brush with death. He thinks about Mary Jane's recent revelation that she is pregnant, and Peter is excited at the prospect of becoming a father.[Continuity 86] He can't wait to get home to celebrate with his wife.[Continuity 87]

Meanwhile, Mary Jane has been busy scrubbing their apartment top to bottom wondering what is happening to their lives. Fearing for the future, Mary Jane's worries melt away when Peter returns home with a bouquet of roses and a gift for her. He tells her that he is ready to start the first day of the rest of their lives. Mary Jane quickly opens the present and is delighted to see that Peter has bought a crib for their coming child. At that very moment, Stunner watches from the rooftop waiting to leap down and free Doctor Octopus from the prisoner transport truck that he has been detained in. Unfortunately, Kaine has other ideas and knocks her out with a gas bomb. He then leaps down on the truck and rips it open with his bare hands. Seeing that his rescuer is not Stunner, Otto becomes enraged and demands to know what happened to her. Kaine assures Otto that she is safe and that his business only pertains to him. As the two fight in the streets, Peter and Mary Jane put together their new crib. Ultimately, Kaine overpowers Doctor Octopus and snaps his neck, killing him instantly.[Continuity 88] As a final indignity to Octavius, Kaine burns his mark on the villain's face. Later, Stunner wakes up and rushes to the scene of the battle. There she is horrified to see the dead body of her beloved Otto Octopus.

Appearing in "Eight Arms Beyond the Grave"

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Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1.

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Synopsis for "Eight Arms Beyond the Grave"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1.

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #221...

Following the murder of Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man sneaks into the villain's last hideout to make sure that the authorities have completely locked it down. Searching the lab, he finds a sample of the toxin that almost took his life recently.[Continuity 89] He would have died if it hadn't been for the intervention of Doctor Octopus who saved his life. Ironic since the Doctor was murdered by Kaine shortly thereafter.[Continuity 90] Since his foe gave his life for his, the wall-crawler believes that he owes the late Otto Octavius for making sure he will survive to see his child be born.[Continuity 91] After leaving the secret lab, Spider-Man swings to a nearby cemetery where Otto Octavius is to be buried. Changing back into Peter Parker, the wall-crawler joins the few friends and family, and members of the press, who have gathered to pay their final respects to the criminal mastermind.

There he finds J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson and Betty Brant of the Daily Bugle. While Jonah argues with Joe about the journalistic ethics of covering this funeral, Betty there to report on it. She isn't particularly happy about being here either since she blames Doctor Octopus for the death of her brother, Bennett, years earlier.[Continuity 92] Soon, Otto's cousin Elias Hargrove gives the eulogy. As begins to speak, the thoughts and emotions of those gathered vary. Doctor Montelli, Otti's psychologist, wishes he could have helped cure his patient. Although the Sandman never liked Octavius, he believes that the villain deserved better.[Continuity 93] Among the members of the Daily Bugle staff is obituary writer Dilbert Trilby, who is glad that he can finally use the obituary he wrote for Octavius.[Continuity 94] Not far away, the Scarlet Spider watches the eulogy from afar. Although he never personally met Doctor Octopus, as a clone of Peter Parker, he shares his memories and felt he needed to pay his respects anyway.[Continuity 95] As the eulogy ends, the Spider decides to swing away before Peter spots him.[Continuity 96]

With the euglogy over and the cemetary cleared out, Peter Parker returns to pay his respect as Spider-Man. He is still struggling with the fact that Otto saved his life, which somehow gave him more grief than if he allowed the wall-crawler to die. Duty bound, the web-head swings off, intent on bringing Otto's killer to justice. Meanwhile, Elias Hargrove rides his bike home, thinking himself to finally be free of Otto's influence, as his cousin has taken knowledge that he was embezzling money from the atomic research center they both worked at.[Continuity 97] When he arrives home, Elias finds Michael Gerdes -- Otto's lawyer -- waiting for him. Gerdes hands Elias a video recording of Otto's final will and testament, reminding him that as executor of his cousin's estate, he must follow these instructions to the letter.[Continuity 98] In this recording, Otto berates his cousin for being a coward and explains that he has left him with the means of taking enough power to forge his own destiny, so long as he follows the instructions on this recording.

Later, the Vulture is flying across the city for a seret rendezvous that has been arranged. He wonders how the organizer of this meeting managed to get his information. That's when he is ambushed by the Scarlet Spider, who is surprised to see the Vulture is on the loose again.[Continuity 99] The Vulture assumes that the Spider is a poor imitation of Spider-Man. This arrogance allows the web-slinger to get the advantage with a barage of impact webbing and stingers. However, the Vulture manages to break free and blasts the side of the building with one ofh is guns. With a young mother and her son at risk of being crushed by the debris, the Scarlet Spider is forced to let the Vulture go.[Continuity 100] Luckily, the Scarlet Spider manages to tag the Vulture with one of his micro-dot tracers before he can get away. The Vulture manage to get to a secret hideout where he finds the Hobgoblin, Mysterio and Electro waiting.[Continuity 101] Now that the Vulture has arrived, Mysterio explains that they are reforming the Sinister Six.

At that moment, at a facility in Long Island, a government agent named Reinhold is pressuring Doctor Moretti to show some results in their attempts to replicate the technology used to make the mechanical arms of Doctor Octopus. Moretti explains that this process is going to be delicate and painstaking and he worries about destroying the only pair of the mechanical arms that still exist. As the two argue with each other over the progress of this project, they fail to notice that the mechanical arms suddenly begin to move on their own. By this time, Peter Parker has returned home, much to the delight of his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 102] Noticing that Peter is upset, Mary Jane learns that he hasn't been able to find any clues as to the identity of Otto's killer. Mary Jane tries to convince her husband that he shouldn't shoulder the responsibility for everyone. While back at the secret hideout of the Sinister Six, the four members gathered are contacted by Elias Hargrove. He explains that he has called them all together in order to recover his late cousin's inventions that have been confiscated by the government. He tells the gathered villains that the equipment is worth a fortune.

In order to ensure their compliance, Elias also warns them that Otto left him information on all the former members of the Sinister Six that could make their lives uncomfortable should they try to betray him. Suddenly, this meeting is interrupted by the Scarlet Spider, who has tracked down their location and intends to shut them down before they can carry out their plans.

Appearing in "Armed and Dangerous"

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Synopsis for "Armed and Dangerous"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2.

Elias Hargrove has called together members of the Sinister Six to retrieve the mechanical arms of his late cousin, Doctor Octopus.[Continuity 103] Unfortunately, as they have begun planning to steal the device they are interrupted by the Scarlet Spider. The wall-crawler has the element of surprise, easily holding his own against the five villains.[Continuity 104] While battling it out with the villains, he tells the villains that he is no mere imitation of Spider-Man, reminding them that he recently took down Venom.[Continuity 105] Although the Scarlet Spider has the element of surprise, ultimately the battle turns when the Hobgoblin uses his pumpkin bombs to send the roof crashing down on the wall-crawler. Thinking the hero destroyed, the Sinister Six then leave to carry out their mission.[Continuity 106]

Back at his home, Elias Hargrove cuts the video feed that put him in communication with the Sinister Six. He hopes that the Scarlet Spider got a good enough look at his face, fearing that he might be identified as the last surviving relative of Doctor Octopus. He then continues watching the video will of Doctor Octopus to learn what the next phase of his final plan is.[Continuity 107] Meanwhile, at a secret government facility, Doctor Moretti continues to try and learn the secrets of the final pair of mechanical arms created by Doctor Octopus. He is being pressured into bringing results by a government agent named Reinholdt. Moretti has just made a breakthrough, inventing an encephalo-helmet that will imitate the brainwave patterns of Otto Octavius, tricking the mechanical arms into obeying the commands of whoever wears it. Suddenly, the alarms go off as the facility is attacked by the Sinister Six. As the Hobgoblin and Vulture attack from the air, Electro blasts through the electric fence allowing him and Mysterio to gain access to the grounds.[Continuity 108] As they infiltrate the facility, they are unaware that someone is watching them from the shadows.

As the villains break into the main lab, Agent Reinhold scrambles to have the mechanical arms remove from the property. Unfortunately, his efforts are too late as he is killed by a fatal jolt of electricity from Electro. However, before they can recover the mechanical arms they are interrupted by Spider-Man. The wall-crawler isn't sure how his spider-sense picked up their presence but isn't going to dismiss his good fortune.[Continuity 109] As Spider-Man is occupied battling the Sinister Six, the mysterious figure uses the distraction to take a canister that they have come to recover. Getting ahold of Mysterio, Spider-Man warns him to retire as villains like him are getting killed off these days.[Continuity 110] This leaves Spider-Man open to being blasted by one of Electro's bolts.

Recovering, Spider-Man tries to leap to the mechanical arms but seems to be struck by one of Hobgoblin's pumpkin bombs. The villains think they have finally destroyed their greatest enemy, however, they are suddenly attacked by the mechanical arms of Doctor Octopus. When the smoke clears, they are shocked to discover that Spider-Man is now wearing the mechanical arms and is controlling them with the encephalo-helmet. Jokingly referring to himself as the "Amazing Octo-Spidey", the wall-crawler begins trouncing the Sinister Six, thanks to a combination of the mechanical arms and his spider-sense. Realizing that they are out of their depth, the Sinister Six flee the scene. As Spider-Man tries to pursue them, the Hobgoblin destroys the encephalo-helmet with a finger blast. No longer able to control the mechanical arms, Spider-Man tries to break free, but the Hobgoblin's blast has left him too weak to break loose. Outside, the Sinister Six flee, but Electro and Mysterio are ambushed by Kaine. With Mysterio's dome shattered, Kaine prepares to give the villain the fatal Mark of Kaine.

Appearing in "A Farewell to Arms!"

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Synopsis for "A Farewell to Arms!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3.

In order to stop the Sinister Six, Spider-Man put on the mechanical arms of Doctor Octopus in order to prevent them from stealing it. Unfortunately for the wall-crawler, the Hobgoblin destroyed the encephalo-helmet that allowed him to control the device. Now he struggles to break free as the arms run wild. Spotting the web-spinner, Doctor Moretti orders the government agents protecting the facility to open fire, as the government still needs to learn the secrets of the device. However, the mechanical arms instinctively lash out against the soldiers. Not wanting anyone to get seriously hurt, Spider-Man uses his webbing to keep the mechanical arms restrained. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider digs himself out from the rubble he was buried under at the hideout of the Sinister Six. By this time, he has recalled that the Sinister Six's employer is none other than Elias Hargrove, the last surviving relative of Doctor Octopus.[Continuity 111] The Scarlet Spider decides to pay a Hargrove a visit and then intends to hunt down the Sinister Six once he's finished.

Back at the government facility, the mysterious assassin known as Kaine has ambushed Mysterio and Electro, the two members of the Six who failed to escape. Kaine is about to give Mysterio his lethal Mark of Kaine when he discovers that this is not the real Mysterio, but a robotic duplicate. Furious that he has been denied the opportunity to destroy another one of Spider-Man's foes, Kaine tosses the construct aside.[Continuity 112] This delay allows Electro to recover and he tries to blast Kaine. However, the mystery man easily shoulders the electrical jolt and gets close enough to strike Electro. Not far away, Spider-Man still struggles to protect the soldiers from the mechanical arms of Doctor Octopus. This, however, doesn't stop them from trying to eliminate the wall-crawler in order to reclaim the device. By this time, Spider-Man's strength has returned and he manages to rip apart the chest harness that keeps him shackled to the arms. Seeing that the mechanical arms have been destroyed, Doctor Moretti scolds Spider-Man for what he has done. Unphased by this chastising, Spider-Man webs Moretti's mouth shut and swings off.

Meanwhile, Kaine is about to kill Electro, when he spots Spider-Man and decides to flee before he is observed.[Continuity 113] Spotting Electro, Spider-Man wonders who knocked him out. He is further confused when he finds the Mysterio robot nearby. At that moment, Elias Hargrove crashes in on Michael Gerdes, the lawyer of Doctor Octopus. Hargrove accuses Gerdes of altering Otto's video will.[Continuity 114] He explains that he discovered that the footage had been digitally manipulated because of the inverted reflection in Otto's sunglasses. When Gerdes gets up and starts approaching Elias, he panics and fires the gun. However, the bullet passes harmlessly through Michael. As it turns out, this is nothing more than an illusion created by Mysterio.

Disarming Elias and tossing him aside, Mysterio reveals the truth behind his deception. He fooled Elias into reforming the Sinister Six in order to cover his theft of something far more valuable from the government facility: a cache of data about the entire criminal underworld that was collected by Doctor Octopus prior to his death. However, Mysterio has yet to find a means to gain access to the data stored in the canister without setting off the built-in self-destruct. He manipulated Elias Hargrove in the hopes that Otto's last surviving relative would know how to crack the security code. He then threatens to kill Hargrove if he refuses to help. That's when the Scarlet Spider comes crashing in through the window. Mysterio tries to confuse the wall-crawler by creating holographic duplicates of himself. To try and find the real Mysterio, the Scarlet Spider begins firing his impact webbing at all of the duplicates. When they pass through every Mysterio, the Spider correctly deduces the villain has disguised himself as Elias Hargrove. With his scheme failing, Mysterio sets off the self-destruct sequence, forcing the Scarlet Spider to grab the real Elias Hargrove and leap to safety before the building explodes. In the aftermath of the battle, the Scarlet Spider decides to let Elias Hargrove go free, having overheard his conversation with "Gerdes" and knows he was manipulated into helping out with Mysterio's scheme. However, the wall-crawler vows to go after Hargrove in the future if he hears that Elias has gotten back into the family business.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is watching the sunrise, thinking about all of the lives he saved today by preventing the mechanical arms of Doctor Octopus. However, he is still no closer to learning who was responsible for killing his old foe and vows not to rest until the man who killed Otto Octavius is brought to justice.

... Kaine's hunt for Spider-Man's old foes continues in Spider-Man Unlimited #9. The Clone Saga continues in Web of Spider-Man #122.

Appearing in "Behind the Terror"

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Spider-Man Unlimited #8.

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Synopsis for "Behind the Terror"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #8.

A group of armor enhanced mercenaries called Terror Unlimited emerge from the New York City subway system and fly toward the site of the World Trade Center.[Continuity 115] At the Skyline Restaraunt inside the WTC, Mary Jane has lunch with her friend Carly, who has just heard the news that Mary Jane is pregnant.[Continuity 116] The wonderful news is interrupted by the arrival of Terror Unlimited who secure the area, taking them hostage as part of "Operation: Shakedown".

Not far away, Ben Reilly returns to his apartment where he finds Rich Gannon waiting for him. Rich wanted to thank Ben for sticking up for him the last time they met. Rich tells Ben how things have turned around for him. He got his job back at Stark Enterprises and he is no longer living on the street. Reilly is glad he was able to help and learning that Rich is moving into the neighborhood hopes to see him around. Gannon leaves, telling Ben that he is volunteering at the Southside Mission. Inside his apartment, Ben begins reading the newspaper and learns that Doctor Octopus has been murdered.[Continuity 117] This news wakes old memories that reach back to the early career of Peter Parker.[Continuity 118] Needing to get some fresh air, Ben changes into the Scarlet Spider so he can get some fresh air. Once he is outside, the Scarlet Spider begins feeling better the moment he starts web-slinging. At that moment, Spider-Man returns to the home he shares with his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 119] There he finds a note from Mary Jane telling her that he is out. Exhausted, Peter decides to get some sleep while she is gone and passes out.

Meanwhile, the authorities have arrived around the base of the World Trade Center. On the scene is Lieutenant Dan Carr who is put in charge with negotiating with the terrorists. Put in touch with the leader of Terror Unlimited, who demands a large sum of money and a plane out of the country.[Continuity 120] Carr assures them they are is making arrangements as quickly as possible. However, this is not good enough and the leader of Terror Unlimited fires a blast out of a window which strikes the nearby South Street Mission as a means how showing that they are serious. The explosion attracts the attention of the Scarlet Spider who is swinging by on his way to Queens to check in on Aunt May.[Continuity 121] Hearing the explosion, the Spider decides that Aunt May can wait and swings over to see what caused the blast. While at the Daily Bugle, Ken Ellis is upset that Joe Robertson has decided to send Ben Urich to cover the situation at the World Trade Center.[Error 1] Still, Ken convinces Joe to let him go to cover the humanitarian impact caused by the destruction of the shelter. Ellis is certain that his reporting will overshadow Ben Urich's story.

Back at the World Trade Center, the members of Terror Unlimited continue with the next phase of their plan. Leaping across to one of the other nearby buildings they intend to plant nuclear explosives in the elevator shaft.[Continuity 122] As they close the gap between the two buildings, one of the terrorists is struck by a bullet shot by a security uarrd in the other building. The others come crashing through and as the group sets up the explosives their leader tosses the security guard out of the building to his death. At that same moment, the Scarlet Spider sees the ruins of the Southside shelter and begins digging through the rubble for survivors. That's when he discovers the body of Rich Gannon. The Scarlet Spider is greatly upset to discover Rich's body but quickly turns his attention to the survivors that are crying for help. After everyone is safe, he learns the explosion was caused by missiles fired from the World Trade Center. The wall-crawler then heads off in that direction, just missing Ken Ellis as he arrives on the scene.

Meanwhile, inside the restaraunt, one of the hostages asks one of his captors if his son can use the bathroom. In response, the drone shoots the man who would dare question, Rushing to his side, Mary Jane asks if there is a doctor who can help. When there is no immediate aid, she then begins chastizing the leader of the group for allowing one of his men to shoot one of the hostages and demands that they get him medical attention immediately. In response, the leader shoots his subordinate dead. Mary Jane is horrified, but greatful that she didn't get shot for her troubles. Looking out the window, she can see someone climbing up the side of one of the other buildings and assumes it is her husband, and begins to feel some relief. However, she is wrong, as Peter Parker is still at home and taking a shower after his nap. As he listens to a radio he hears a news report about the hostage situation at the World Trade Center. Recalling Mary Jane's note saying that she was going to be there, Peter changes into Spider-Man and rushes to the scene. At that moment, Ken Ellis has decided to investigate the human interest element to the death of Rich Gannon. He goes to a nearby bodega to interview the owners. They praise the way Rich turned his life around. However, Ellis has learned how they chased Gannon out of their store days ago. This causes the shop owners to change their tone and they kick the reporter out of their business. At the same time, Terror Unlimited finishes planting their bombs, and recover the detonators from their fallen comrade before the police can get them. When a news helicopter begins flying over the scene, they shoot it out of the sky. Luckily, Spider-Man is just arriving on the scene and uses his webbing to create a net to catch the helicopter. Arriving on the ground, the wall-crawler to compare notes with the authorities. Meeting with Lieutenant Carr, he learns how serious the situation actually is. Learning that the terrorists are held up in the restaurant above, Spider-Man rushes up the side of the tower, all his thoughts focused on his wife.

While in the opposite building, the Scarlet Spider interrupts some of the terrorists as they are planting their bombs. Webbing them up and taking their communicators, he hears that the others are coming to bring down the detonator. Glad to hear this, the Scarlet Spider gladly waits for them. While back at the main tower, Ken Ellis uses fake credentials to get into the World Trade Center, gloating how he will get a better story than Ben Urich could. Using the elevator to get up to the hostage situation, Ken is unaware that Spider-Man has been following him. Spotting one of the leaders of Terror Unlimited, Ellis weighs his options on waht to do next. In the next building, a pair of the terrorists arrive with the detonators and are incapacitated by the Scarlet Spider. The police soon storm the building, prompting the Spider to assist them in taking down the group in this building. In the main tower, while Ken Ellis is interviewing the leader of Terror Unlimited, Spider-Man gets Mary Jane's help to sneak the hostages out of the building. When the leader notices this, he blames Ellis for allowing them to escape and grabs him by the neck. He then holds Ellis out of the broken window and threatens to set off the nuclear bombs planted in the other building. Spider-Man swings in and saves Ellis, quickly trouncing the leader. Meanwhile, the twin brother of Terror Unlimited's leader tries to take flight but is brought down by the Scarlet Spider.

In the aftermath of the crisis, Spider-Man chastises Ellis for putting everyone at risk for his story. When he asks why Spider-Man does what he does, the wall-crawler responds by telling the reporter that he cares. At the same time, the Scarlet Spider is giving a similar answer to Lieutenant Carr, who asks why the Spider risked his life. Soon, both wall-crawlers depart to head back to their respective lives. Despite the fact that he was only after a story, Ken Ellis' reporting of the crisis lands on the front page of the Daily Bugle.

Appearing in "The Call"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #122.

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Synopsis for "The Call"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #122.

The Clone Saga continues from Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3...

The Scarlet Spider is swinging across the city, feeling guilty about how much he is enjoying the thrill of being able to do so. Suddenly, his spider-sense goes off as the image of the Jackal appears before him. Panicking, the Spider lets go of his web-line and falls to the rooftop below. Rolling with the fall, he manages to survive impact but is still haunted by images of the Jackal.[Continuity 123] Ben Reilly is not the only one who is having visions of the Jackal, as the same thing is happening to Peter Parker. Getting ready to go out for dinner with his wife, Mary Jane, Peter finds the sudden vision of his old foe to come as a shock.[Continuity 124] He wonders if this is a lingering side effect of the virus he purged from his system.[Continuity 125] He wonders why he is now seeing visions of the Jackal after so many years.[Continuity 126] When his wife tells Peter to hurry up, Peter is surprised by how she dressed up for the evening. When the two kiss, he is suddenly disturbed by the sudden image of Gwen Stacy that pops in his head and he pulls away.[Continuity 127] When Mary Jane asks what's wrong, he tells her he figures that he is still shaky after being cured of the virus. When she suggests that they cancel their dinner plans, Peter picks her up and carries her up to the roof of their home. He tells her that he wants to celebrate the fact that Mary Jane is pregnant with their child and he wants to focus on the future they will have together.[Continuity 128]

Meanwhile, the Scarlet Spider has been drawn to mountains outside the city, however, he doesn't know why or how. That's when he is confronted by a diminutive man dressed up in a Jackal costume. The being insists that the Spider calls him Jack. Following the stranger, he is led to a massive metal doorway seemingly floating in mid-air. Jack explains that this has been set up years ago by the Jackal and what lays behind that door is the Scarlet Spider's destiny. However, in order to get inside, Jack tells the Spider that he needs to get past its defender. Just then the Scarlet Spider is ambushed by a massive being that looks like Peter Parker. However, this Parker is massive and horribly scarred. At that moment, Peter Parker makes a stop at the Daily Bugle to make arrangements for his insurance coverage while he is off work during Mary Jane's pregnancy. Joe Robertson congratulates Peter for the great news. However, as Peter Parker leaves the building, J. Jonah Jameson emerges from his office with Detective Jacob Raven. Raven swears Jonah to confidence over what they discussed. Jonah, clearly hurt by the news, agrees not to say anything.[Continuity 129] When Joe Robertson asks Jonah who the man is, Jameson tells his friend that he doesn't want to know. Not far away, Peter is waiting for the elevator and thinking about potential names for his children. That's when he is struck with a number of images of emerging from a cloning tank and the Jackal causing him to become dizzy. Jacob Raven helps him up causing Peter's spider-sense begins going off, although he can't figure out why. As his elevator arrives, Peter dismisses Raven's concern for him and abruptly leaves. This causes Jacob to become even more suspicious of Peter Parker.

Meanwhile, Mary Jane is visiting May Parker in the hospital with her Aunt Anna. May is still in a coma after suffering a stroke.[Continuity 130] Anna is happy to hear that Mary Jane is pregnant, and suggests that May dying could be her way of making room for her and Peter's unborn child. As Anna tries to comfort her about the idea of May passing on, they don't notice when May's eyes briefly open and sheds a tear before she goes back into her coma. Back in the mountains, the Scarlet Spider is fighting for his life against the Jackal's Guardian. As he is savagely attacked by the horribly scarred creature he is unaware that Kane is nearby watching the proceeding. Ultimately, the Guardian proves too powerful for the Scarlet Spider and beats the web-slinger into unconsciousness. With the battle over, Jack leads the Guardian back to the doorway, telling him to be prepared for the arrival of the "other one". This "other" is Spider-Man who is now swinging across Manhattan trying to make sense out of the visions that have been appearing in his mind. Suddenly, he sees the image of the Scarlet Spider laying motionless in the snow. Realizing that Ben Reilly is in trouble, Spider-Man swings toward his location intending to rescue him.

... Smoke and Mirrors continues in Amazing Spider-Man #399.

Appearing in "Resurrection!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #399.

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Synopsis for "Resurrection!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #399.

This story continues from Web of Spider-Man #122...

The Scarlet Spider lays unconscious on the snowy ground somewhere in the Catskill Mountains. His body is discovered by the assassin known as Kaine. As Kaine examines the body, Scrier arrives and tells Kaine that the Spider is not dead.[Continuity 131] When Kaine tells Scrier to leave him alone, the cloaked figure assures Kaine that he has nothing to fear from him yet and suddenly disappears. Kaine is relieved as he was not ready to deal with Scrier at this time. Suddenly, he detects someone coming and ducks into the shadows again. Soon, Spider-Man arrives on the scene, finding his clone passed out on the ground. Suddenly, the Scarlet Spider comes around, and the two compare notes. Both have been drawn to this location by strange mental pictures of Peter Parker growing in a cloning tank. Spider-Man was able to find his clone thanks to images of the Scarlet Spider that appeared in his head.[Continuity 132] They are soon interrupted by a diminutive man in a Jackal costume named Jack. He tells them that he knows why they have been drawn here but refuses to tell them yet.

The two Spiders chase after him but lose him in the swirling snow. However, what they find instead is a strange door that appears to be floating in mid-air. Examining it, they find handprint scanners and place their hands on them. When the door opens, they find Jack on the other side. Entering, the Scarlet Spider grabs Jack by the throat and demands answers. That's when Spider-Man's spider-sense goes off, but the warning comes too late to prevent them from leaping out before the door closes behind them. Jack then urges the wall-crawlers to follow him deeper into the secret facility, warning them that it is the only way they can see the light of day again.[Continuity 133] Jack takes them to a massive lab facility. Jack says that this is where they were all created and tells them that the Jackal will be joining him soon. Spider-Man finds this hard to believe because he saw the Jackal die. Jack points out that he saw the Scarlet Spider die as well, yet he is alive as well.[Continuity 134] While they are distracted the two Spiders are attacked by a degenerating clone called the Guardian. However, he is only lashing out due to the pain that runs through his body as he degenerates.

Despite Spider-Man's desire to do something, Jack points out that there is nothing they can do and they watch helplessly as the Guardian dies in Jack's arms. That's when Jack removes his Jackal mask revealing that he is a Peter Parker clone as well. He is also suffering from degeneration, telling the two Spiders that this is the fate of all of the clones created by Miles Warren. That's when the Jackal makes his presence known. Emerging from a regeneration tank, saying that Jack and Guardian were his earliest failures, but Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider are his greatest successes. Having enhanced his body to the peak of physical perfection, the Jackal is able to fight off both Spiders when they try to attack. He then has Jack give him some clothes. As he dresses he tells them that he is not a clone of Miles Warren, but the genuine article. He has spend the past five years restructuring his body into a perfect form.[Continuity 135] He goes on to explain that the Miles Warren that appeared to die during their last encounter was a clone that stood in for him.[Continuity 136] The Jackal's mocking finally gets to Spider-Man who attacks his foe. However, he is stopped by the Scarlet Spider, who tells Spider-Man that the only way they are going to get answers as to what is going on is if they let the Jackal talk.

Seeing that Guardian is dead, the Jackal takes a moment to mourn his passing. As he does so, Kaine arrives in the room, watching things from the shadows above. The Jackal explains that they are all Peter Parker or at least genetic duplicates of Parker. That the Scarlet Spider's arrival in the Catskills revived them, but they suffer from degeneration and don't last very long. He leads them a chamber and suggests that both Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider are both clones, saying that the real Peter Parker could be in the stasis chamber in front of them.[Continuity 137] Spider-Man thinks the Jackal is lying and tries to attack again. When the Scarlet Spider tries to pull him away, Spider-Man fights him off. The wall-crawler refuses to believe that he is a clone especially after he has gotten his life back on track and is expecting a child.[Continuity 138] This revelation comes as a surprise to the Scarlet Spider. However, he is furious at Spider-Man, telling him that he is unable to face the possibility that his being a clone is true. However, Spider-Man refuses to be afraid, pointing out all of the villains he has defeated over the years even in the face of impossible odds.[Continuity 139]

When Spider-Man finally says he can take whatever the Jackal is going to make him face, the Jackal obliges by opening the stasis chamber. However, instead of another Peter Parker, the two Spiders are surprised to discover that it contained a woman that the Jackal claims is the real Gwen Stacy.[Continuity 140]

... This story continues in Spider-Man #56.

Appearing in "Truths & Deceptions"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #56.

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Synopsis for "Truths & Deceptions"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #56.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man #399...

During their confrontation with the Jackal, Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider are shocked when a cloning chamber opens up revealing the naked body of Gwen Stacy. The Jackal has claimed that this is the real Gwen Stacy, who he helped cheat death years ago.[Continuity 141] He orders his assistant, a Parker clone named Jack, to bring Gwen some clothes and asks the two Spiders to avert their eyes while the woman gets dressed. However, Spider-Man refuses to believe that this is the real Gwen Stacy and lunges at the Jackal. Before he can beat his foe into submission, his hand is stopped by Gwen Stacy. Revealing that she knows that Spider-Man is Peter Parker, she begs him to believe that the Jackal's claims are true and that she is the real Gwen. While she asks Peter to hold her, the Jackal recovers from the attack and begins mocking the couple. That's when the Scarlet Spider grabs the Jackal by his jacket and demands that they talk. The Jackal agrees, saying that there is much he could tell the young man and then asks how Aunt May is doing.

At that moment, Mary Jane is visiting Aunt May in the hospital where she is told that May has stabilized but is still in a coma.[Continuity 142] May's physician, Doctor Julia Captuo has also heard that Mary Jane is pregnant and congratulates her on the good news.[Continuity 143] Left alone with May, Mary Jane begs May to come back to her and her husband, Peter Parker.[Continuity 144] Although the words appear to fall on deaf ears, somewhere deep in the mind of Aunt May hears them. Although she is happy to hear that Peter and Mary Jane are expecting a baby and she wishes she could be there, she feels so tired.

Back at the Jackal's lab, the mad scientist gets Ben to really look at Peter and Gwen together. He tells his creation that this could be him. That it could be Ben and Mary Jane, or Ben and Gwen together again. He tells Ben that he feels bad for what he has done, sending him on the five-year path of exile he endured.[Continuity 145] However, this speech is interrupted by Jack, who begs the Jackal to cure him of the degeneration that the other Parker clones have recently been suffering. Furious at being interrupted, the Jackal knocks Jack aside and offers to tell Ben Reilly the truth about who he really is. Meanwhile, Gwen Stacy continues to convince Peter that she is the real Gwen Stacy. However, Spider-Man refuses to believe this as he has been tricked by Warren's clones of Gwen in the past.[Continuity 146] Seeking to expose this deception, Spider-Man begins trashing the Jackal's lab.

Not far away, the Jackal begins whispering in Ben Reilly's ear, trying to convince him that everything he told them earlier was a lie.[Continuity 147] He then tries to convince Ben Reilly that he is really Peter Parker and that Spider-Man is the clone after all. He explains that he used mind control to convince Peter Parker and the clone to think they were the other. Then tricked Spider-Man into thinking his clone was dead and later recovered the body, brainwashed Ben into thinking he was the clone and sending him on his way.[Continuity 148] He then offers to give Ben his "old" life back by the end of the night. As the Jackal makes this offer, Kaine watches from a catwalk above, his anger growing as he hears all of this. Just as the Jackal and the others are unaware of Kaine, Kaine is unaware that he is also under observation by the mysterious Scrier.


Back below, the Jackal continues trying to tempt Ben, telling him that all he has to do is kill Peter and that life will be his. That's when Jack interrupts again, making the Jackal lose his temper. Swatting Jack aside, the Jackal decides that he is also tired of waiting for Ben to make up his mind and attacks him as well. Unlike Jack, Ben Reilly's spider-sense allows him to dodge the Jackal's attacks. He then orders Jack to obscure Ben's vision so he can attack. However, before he can kill Reilly, Spider-Man grabs him from behind and strikes the lunatic. Recovering from the blow, the Jackal then goes back on his word -- saying that Peter Parker is the real Spider-Man, pointing out that he is behaving as the real Spider-Man would. Having heard enough, Spider-Man slams the Jackal into one of his machines. He demands that the mad geneticist admit that he has never created any clones, that these are people transformed by genetic templates, like he was told by the High Evolutionary.[Continuity 149] The Jackal scoffs at this, questioning what the High Evolutionary have to benefit from telling Peter all of this.[Continuity 150] Warren then says that this is beside the point and tells Spider-Man that he is the real Peter Parker, confirms that Ben is the clone, and tells them that they know this in their heart. He then tells Peter to go to Gwen and take back what was always supposed to be his.

He tries to convince Peter to kiss Gwen, that this one thing will convince him, without a shadow of a doubt, that this is actually Gwen Stacy. Even though Gwen claims that she is real and not a clone, the wall-crawler refuses to kiss her. Not because he doesn't want to, but because so much has changed since Gwen died, he has an entirely different life and cannot bring himself to do it. When he apologized to her, Gwen hugs him and tells him not to explain himself. Suddenly, she begins to feel sick. When they take a look at her, they realize that this Gwen Stacy was a clone after all thanks to the telltale markings caused by clone degeneration. The two Spiders watch in horror as the Gwen clone dissolves into a genetic soup on the floor. The two attack the Jackal, demanding to know why he has done all of this. He fends off their attacks and tells the two men that this has all been smoke and mirrors. He once again promises to level with them and tell them the truth. He then reveals that neither Ben or Peter is the real Peter Parker, but clones. Suddenly, he the Jackal passes through a teleportation screen. As the Spider-Men try to break through the barrier, the Jackal tells them that they are failed experiments that must be destroyed and activates the self-destruct sequence of his base. By this time, Jack is looking at the remains of the Gwen Stacy clone and doesn't like what his future has in store for him. As the building begins to self-destruct, Jack decides to help Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider escape the complex before they are killed in the self-destruct sequence. As the pair make their escape, Jack is captured by his master.

The two Spiders manage to escape just moments after the facility explodes. Recovering from the blast, Spider-Man asks the Scarlet Spider if he believes anything the Jackal ever said. Ben tells Peter he is used to being sold nothing but lies and assures Peter that he will grow to get used to it. As the two confused men walk away from the scene, they are unaware that they are being observed by the Jackal and Jack, the former is eager to see where things go next. Also watching this scene is Kaine, who is also being secretly watched by Scrier. Lastly, down below in part of the facility untouched by an explosion, rests an unopened cloning pod.

... The Clone Saga continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #223.

Notes

  • The issues are slightly out of release order, but are instead printed in story order.

Continuity

  1. Spider-Man decided to abandon his identity of Peter Parker after two recent tragedies. The first was the revelation that the people who claimed to be Peter's parents in Amazing Spider-Man #365 turned out to be impostors in Amazing Spider-Man #388. The real Richard and Mary Parker had died years ago on a government mission, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5. The second tragedy was when his Aunt May suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. It should be clarified that the woman who Peter thinks in the hospital presently is actually an impostor, as revealed in Spider-Man #97, the Green Goblin had kidnapped May and replaced her with an impostor sometime during Amazing Spider-Man #392.
  2. This story takes place immediately after the Power and Responsibility story arc.
    Power and Responsibility
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
  3. Mary Jane's troubled upbringing was previously detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #259.
  4. Peter Parker first got his powers in Amazing Fantasy #15 while he was still in high school.
  5. Peter graduated from high school in Amazing Spider-Man #28.
  6. Spider-Man recalls how he last saw the Puma getting gunned down and fall from a building. That was in The Spectacular Spider-Man #193.
  7. This happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #13. Nocturne couldn't tell Spider-Man this at the time because she initially incapable of speech after her transformation.
  8. Of the memories that the Puma has he remembers: His first battle against Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #256-257, the time he and Spider-Man went on a vision quest in The Spectacular Spider-Man #171-172 and their last battle in The Spectacular Spider-Man #191-192.
  9. Although he is wearing the Scarlet Spider costume here. Ben Reilly isn't officially given this name until Spider-Man #52
  10. Spider-Man has been trying to abandon his identity of Peter Parker following the Pursuit story arc.
    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  11. May Parker suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. Unknown to all, she was replaced with an impostor at some point in Amazing Spider-Man #392. This is not revealed until Spider-Man #97.
  12. Richard and Mary Parker died on a government mission 2 decades earlier, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.
  13. Ben Parker was murdered by a burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  14. Mary Jane and Gayle had an abusive childhood. Ultimately, after their mother left their father and died of cancer, Mary Jane abandoned her sister. This was all detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #289.
  15. Matt Murdock actually faked his death, as seen in Daredevil #325. Spider-Man has known Daredevil's secret identity since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107.
  16. Angela Cairn was turned into Nocturne in The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #13.
  17. Spider-Man and Daredevil have been aware of each other's civilian identities since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107.
  18. Matt Murdock faked his death and assumed a new identity during the "Fall From Grace" event that ran from Daredevil #319-325.
  19. The Owl is depicted as being on one of 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.
  20. Daredevil was able to fake his death with the body of his doppelganger called Hellspawn, who looked identical to him. This happened in Daredevil #325.
  21. The Vulture refers to his "old self". The Vulture was literally an old man until he found a means to de-age himself with a Juvinator device as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #386-388.
  22. Daredevil mentions how his "predecessor" gave the Owl a second chance. He is referring to their previous battle in Daredevil #301-303.
  23. Spider-Man states that he killed Peter Parker. He has abandoned his civilian identity following the Pursuit story arc.
    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  24. Daredevil and Spider-Man have known each other's secret identities since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107.
  25. Mary Jane's abusive family life was first chronicled in Amazing Spider-Man #259.
  26. Although Spider-Man and Daredevil have been aware of each other's civilian identities since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107, at the time of this story, everyone thinks Matt Murdock is dead. This is because around the time of this story, Matt Murdock faked his death, so he can start a fresh new life during the events of Daredevil #321-325. As such, Spider-Man thinks it is a different person in the Daredevil costume here.
  27. The narrative of this story mentions how Ben Reilly is a clone of Peter Parker. He was created to fight Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149.
  28. Mention is made of Tombstone's failed attempt to become a crime boss. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #204-206.
  29. Sergei Kravinoff, aka Kraven the Hunter, committed suicide after his "last hunt" against Spider-Man.
    Kraven's Last Hunt
    Web of Spider-Man #31 Amazing Spider-Man #293 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 Web of Spider-Man #32 Amazing Spider-Man #294 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132

    Vladimir has vowed to get revenge against Spider-Man since gaining powers in Spider-Man #50. The narrative states that the manor has been stood empty since Kraven's death except for when it was briefly occupied by the Chameleon during the Pursuit story arc.

    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  30. 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.
  31. Spider-Man had been poisoned by the Vulture. Spider-Man's activities at the time of this story are detailed in the Back From the Edge and Web of Death story arcs.
    Back From the Edge
    Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
    Web of Death
    Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
  32. May suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. Although she was hospitalized, she was replaced by an impostor sometime during Amazing Spider-Man #392. The truth about the impostor is ultimately revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  33. The events of this image eventually come to pass in The Spectacular Spider-Man #228.
  34. Mary Jane has been estranged from her sister due to their troubled family life, as detailed in Amazing Spider-Man #259.
  35. Reilly was dubbed the Scarlet Spider by Ken Ellis in Spider-Man Unlimited #7.
  36. At the time of this story, Betty was being manipulated Archer Bryce in Web of Spider-Man #113-116.
  37. Ben Reilly was dubbed the Scarlet Spider by Ken Ellis in Spider-Man #52.
  38. Peter Parker started working at the Daily Bugle in Amazing Spider-Man #2. Peter dated Betty Brant from Amazing Spider-Man #7 to 18.
  39. The Scarlet Spider recounts how he recently met Betty Brant. That was in Web of Spider-Man #120.
  40. Vladimir empowered himself with in order to avenge his father's death. That happened in Spider-Man #50. His father, Kraven the Hunter, committed suicide during his "Last Hunt".
    Kraven's Last Hunt
    Web of Spider-Man #31 Amazing Spider-Man #293 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 Web of Spider-Man #32 Amazing Spider-Man #294 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132

  41. Ben's stomach was slashed open by his fight with Venom in Web of Spider-Man #119.
  42. 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 threw up in The Spectacular Spider-Man #217, hence her hospital visit here. She mentions Aunt May's health here. She suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. However, the woman in the hospital at the time of this story is actually an impostor, who took May's place sometime in Amazing Spider-Man #392. This was revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  43. What the doctor wants to tell Mary Jane that she is pregnant, which she reveals to her husband Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  44. Spider-Man was poisoned by the Vulture and left for dead during the Web of Death story arc.
    Web of Death
    Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
  45. These visions are an attempt to confuse Ben and Peter into wondering who is the clone and who is the real Spider-Man. These are revealed to be memories implanted into their minds by the Jackal in 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
  46. Ben Reilly returned to New York City in The Spectacular Spider-Man #215. At the time of this story, Ben is afraid that he will degenerate like other Miles Warren clones. He fears this after his past encounters with Kaine -- as documented in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3 -- however, Ben is identified as one of Miles Warren's few "perfect" clones, as seen in the Smoke and Mirrors story arc (see above).
  47. Jacob Raven's partner, Louise Kennedy was murdered by Kaine in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3. He has mistakenly believed that Ben Reilly was responsible for her death. Raven's reasons for coming here are to match up fingerprints with the NYPD's files. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Since the advent/standardization of Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) has allowed law enforcement across the United States to compare fingerprint and DNA evidence through a central database. That said, Jacob Raven's obsession with catching his partner's killer is reason enough to go to New York.
  48. Ben Reilly's has implanted memories of Peter Parker's life all the way up to Amazing Spider-Man #149. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, it has been five years since the clone's first appearance and now. Ben's last memory of Kraven the Hunter would have been Spider-Mans's battle with him circa Amazing Spider-Man #110-111.
  49. Kraven the Hunter committed suicide after his "last hunt" against Spider-Man.
    Kraven's Last Hunt
    Web of Spider-Man #31 Amazing Spider-Man #293 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 Web of Spider-Man #32 Amazing Spider-Man #294 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132

  50. The killer is Kaine, who killed Raven's partner as seen in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3.
  51. The Spider was knocked out during his battle between Kaine and the Grim Hunter in Web of Spider-Man #121.
  52. Kaine has spent most of his life hunting down and tormenting Ben Reilly, as first seen in Spider-Man:The Lost Years #1-3.
  53. The Grim Hunter seeks to avenge the death of his father, Kraven the Hunter. Kraven committed suicide during his so-called "Last Hunt".
    Kraven's Last Hunt
    Web of Spider-Man #31 Amazing Spider-Man #293 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 Web of Spider-Man #32 Amazing Spider-Man #294 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132

  54. 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.
  55. Seward was called to New York by Ben Reilly during the events of last issue. This was because Ben fears that his body is going to degenerate. A fear that turns out to be unwaranted as revealed in 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
  56. The attempt on Mary Jane's life comes to pass. The attempt on her life happens in The Spectacular Spider-Man #228.
  57. Although Vladimir Kravenoff dies here, he is later brought back to life in Amazing Spider-Man #634
  58. These visions are an attempt to confuse Ben and Peter into wondering who is the clone and who is the real Spider-Man. These are revealed to be memories implanted into their minds by the Jackal in 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
  59. Spider-Man has been acting more viciously than in the past, particularly following the events of Amazing Spider-Man #391-393.
  60. Doctor Octopus first battled Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #3. His troubled childhood was first explored in Spider-Man Unlimited #3.
  61. The Vulture poisoned Spider-Man during the Back from the Edge storyline.
    Back From the Edge
    Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
    .
  62. Mary Jane went to Pittsburgh in order to reconnect with her family in Amazing Spider-Man #394.
  63. 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.
  64. Peter has been going through an identity crisis since the revelation that the people posing his parents were impostors (Amazing Spider-Man #388) and his Aunt May suffering a stroke (Amazing Spider-Man #391).
  65. It should pointed out that the woman who Mary Jane thinks is in the hospital is not really Aunt May. She was swapped out with an impostor sometime in Amazing Spider-Man #392 as revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  66. Although Doctor Octopus discovers Spider-Man's double identity here, he will be made to forget it following his first death in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221. This is because when he is later resurrected in Amazing Spider-Man #427, the process was conducted using brain engrams taken prior to Otto discovering who Spider-Man really is.
  67. Spider-Man was poisoned by the Vulture in Amazing Spider-Man #396.
  68. These visions are an attempt to confuse Ben and Peter into wondering who is the clone and who is the real Spider-Man. These are revealed to be memories implanted into their minds by the Jackal in 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
  69. May Parker suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. However, unknown to everyone at the time, May was replaced with an impostor sometime during the events of Amazing Spider-Man #392. This is revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  70. Otto first met May Parker when he kidnapped her back in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. At one point he rented out a room in her home in Amazing Spider-Man #53-54. He even tried to marry her once, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #131.
  71. 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.
  72. Peter has been absent from home after Aunt May suffered from her stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391.
  73. Doctor Octopus discovered Peter Parker's secret identity last issue. Although Doctor Octopus knows Spider-Man's double identity here, he will be made to forget it following his first death in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221. This is because when he is later resurrected in Amazing Spider-Man #427, the process was conducted using brain engrams taken prior to Otto discovering who Spider-Man really is.
  74. 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.
  75. Peter Parker has been slowly dying after being poisoned by the Vulture during the Back from the Edge story arc.
    Back From the Edge
    Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
  76. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  77. Aunt May suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. However, the woman laying in a coma in the hospital is actually an impostor. As revealed in Spider-Man #97, May was replaced with this impostor sometime during Amazing Spider-Man #392.
  78. This mystery man is Jacob Raven, a police officer from Salt Lake City. He has come to New York as he has mistaken Peter Parker the man who murdered his partner, Louside Kennedy. The real killer is his clone, Kaine, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  79. Spider-Man mentions Venom, the Puma, and the Green Goblin. Each discovered Spider-Man's secret identity by one reason or another. Venom learned everything about Peter Parker after bonding with his former symbiotic costume as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #300. The Puma was able to determine Spider-Man's identity by following Parker's scent as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #257. Although Peter doesn't specify it, both Norman and Harry Osborn discovered Peter's double identity and used it to attack him as the Green Goblin. Norman learned the secret in Amazing Spider-Man #39, while Harry learned the truth in Amazing Spider-Man #135.
  80. Peter last saw this depiction of the afterlife when he was battling for the soul of Kraven the Hunter in Amazing Spider-Man: Soul of the Hunter #1.
  81. It was reported that Nick Katzenberg died of lung cancer in The Spectacular Spider-Man #216.
  82. Spider-Man was infected with this virus by the Vulture in Amazing Spider-Man #396.
  83. Ben Parker was murdered by a burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  84. Peter's parents died while on a government mission a few decades prior to this story as seen in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5. Recently, impostors surfaced claiming to be Richard and Mary Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #365. They were exposed in Amazing Spider-Man #388.
  85. This is not the real spirit of Harry Osborn, but an impostor. 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. The identity of this impostor is unknown. However, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #6 provides a possible explanation. That handbook contains an entry regarding the Legion of the Unliving, a team of villains whose members were all supposedly dead at the time of their membership. Many of these members were revealed to be alive when they were thought to be dead. The handbook suggests that these members (such as Norman Osborn and Bucky Barnes) were demonic impostors. This could be the case here with the "spirit" of Harry Osborn.
  86. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant last issue.
  87. 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.
  88. Although Doctor Octopus is killed here, he is later resurrected in Amazing Spider-Man #427.
  89. Spider-Man was poisoned by the Vulture during the Back from the Edge story arc.
    Back From the Edge
    Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
  90. Spider-Man was saved, and Doctor Octopus was murdered during the Web of Death story arc.
    Web of Death
    Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
    Although Otto is dead here, he will be brought back to life in Amazing Spider-Man #427.
  91. Mary Jane was revealed to be pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  92. Bennett Brant was shot during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus back in Amazing Spider-Man #11. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, Bennett's alleged death happened roughly nine years prior to this story. Although everyone believes Bennett to be dead, he survived and will eventually resurface in Venom Vol 2 #1.
  93. The Sandman has had a varied relationship with Octavius, starting back when they both worked together in the Sinister Six circa Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
  94. Trilby had updated the obituary of Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man Unlimited #3, lamenting how he constantly has to update and/or retract his obituaries about those in the superpowered community, as Trilby will learn when he has to retract Otto's death in Spider-Man Unlimited #18.
  95. Ben's memories of Peter Parker's life were implanted into his mind by the Jackal as revealed in the Double story arc.
    The Double
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
    As such, he has Peter's memories all the way up to Amazing Spider-Man #149, including many battles with Doctor Octopus.
  96. Ben became the Scarlet Spider during the Exile Returns storyline.
    The Exile Returns
    Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
    Up until this point, Peter Parker is unaware that his clone has developed his own costumed identity.
  97. Doctor Octopus used this knowledge to blackmail Elias during the events of The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #1-4.
  98. Chronologically speaking, Otto would have recorded this video shortly after the events of Spider-Man Unlimited #3. Otto's will is depicted as being recorded on a VHS tape. This should be considered a topical reference per the Glossary:Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as this medium is an obsolete technology.
  99. The Scarlet Spider believed that the Vulture was still incarcerated followign his defeat in The Spectacular Spider-Man #219.
  100. This entire scene reminds him of the death of George Stacy, who was buried under debris during a fight between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #90.
  101. This is not really Mysterio, but a mechanical construct that he is controlling from afar as revealed in Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3.
  102. 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.
  103. At the time of this story, Doctor Octopus had just recently been murdered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  104. The Scarlet Spider thoughts make reference to his being a clone. He was created by the Jackal to fight Spider-Man back in Amazing Spider-Man #149. Thought to be dead for years, Ben Reilly returned to New York in Web of Spider-Man #117.
  105. The Scarlet Spider fought Venom during the Exile Returns story arc.
    The Exile Returns
    Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
  106. The Hobgoblin mocks Electro for being a power company lineman. This was Electro's job prior to getting his powers as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #9.
  107. Chronologically speaking, Doctor Octopus recorded this video prior to his appearance in Spider-Man Unlimited #8.
  108. This is not really Mysterio, but a mechanical construct that he is piloting from afar, as revealed next issue.
  109. The signal that Spider-Man picks up is from the micro-dot tracer that was planted on the Vulture by the Scarlet Spider last issue.
  110. Spider-Man is referring to both the death of Doctor Octopus in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221 and the Grim Hunter in Spider-Man #55. The wall-crawler also makes reference to "Star Search '95", which should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Aside from a specific year mentioned here, Star Search was canceled in 2004.
  111. At the time of this story, Doctor Octopus had just recently been murdered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  112. Kaine was responsible for killing Doctor Octopus and the Grim Hunter in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221 and Spider-Man #55 respectively.
  113. The narrative of this story states that this story takes place prior to Spider-Man's first meeting with Kaine. That happened 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
  114. The will is depicted as being recorded on a VHS tape. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, as it is an obsolete technology.
  115. This story is set in the original Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. 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. Modern readers should ignore all references to the original towers and consider this story as happening in the new building that stands in their place.
  116. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  117. Doctor Octopus was killed by Kaine in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  118. Doctor Octopus was one of Spider-Man's oldest foes, first fighting him back in Amazing Spider-Man #3.
  119. 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.
  120. The leader of Terror Unlimited specifically asks for a Concorde jet out of the country. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 due to the fact that the Concorde jets were retired in 2003.
  121. The woman everyone thinks is Aunt May is actually an impostor who took her place sometime during Amazing Spider-Man #392. This is revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  122. This story depicts this building as one opposite of the twin tower of the original World Trade Center site. As mentioned above, this depiction should be considered a topical reference. One can assume that in lieu of the original towers a modern interpretation of this story would be that Terror Unlimited is planing explosives in one of the other six buildings that are located at the site of the World Trade Center.
  123. These visions are memories from the moment that Ben Reilly woke up from the cloning chamber as seen in the Double story arc.
    The Double
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
  124. 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.
  125. Peter was infected by a virus by the Vulture, but he was ultimately cured by Doctor Octopus. These events occurred in the Back From the Edge and Web of Death story arcs.
    Back From the Edge
    Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
    Web of Death
    Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
  126. At the time of this story the Jackal is assumed to be dead after the events of Amazing Spider-Man #149.
  127. Gwen was Peter's one true love, she was murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  128. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  129. Jacob Raven is investigating the murder of his partner a few years prior to this story. She was murdered by Kaine in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3. However, as will be revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #400 the evidence is pointing toward the wrong man.
  130. Although Aunt May suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391, this woman is an impostor who took her place sometime during Amazing Spider-Man #392. The truth is not revealed until Spider-Man #97.
  131. Scrier mentions how Kaine has been hunting the Scarlet Spider for years, as seen in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3.
  132. Spider-Man started getting visions of the Scarlet Spider in the snow in Web of Spider-Man #122.
  133. The Scarlet Spider gets upset when Spider-Man calls him "Spider", saying that he hates that name. This is because it is the moniker given to him by Daily Bugle reporter Ken Ellis in Spider-Man #52.
  134. Both the Jackal and the Spider-Clone were believed to have been killed in an explosion Amazing Spider-Man #149. The clone resurfaced again in Web of Spider-Man #114. How he survived is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  135. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, Miles Warren's measurement of time is a factual refernce.
  136. As stated, the clone died of Miles Warren died in Amazing Spider-Man #149. The Jackal states that the battle took place at Shae Stadium. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timesacle of Earth-616 as Shae Stadium has since been torn down and replaced.
  137. Calling the two Spider-Men clones is a deception on the part of the Jackal. As explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1, Spider-Man is the real Peter Parker while the Scarlet Spider is a clone.
  138. Spider-Man has just recovered from a severe identity crisis and learned that he is going to be a father during the Web of Death storyline.
    Web of Death
    Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
  139. He mentions his threat from Venom that ran between Amazing Spider-Man #300 to 375. How the Green Goblin dragged him down into madness, he is referring to his battles with the second Green Goblin, Harry Osborn, even though Osborn seemingly died in The Spectacular Spider-Man #200 he haad revenge from behind the grave by having replicants of his parents created. This ruse lasted from Amazing Spider-Man #363-388. As a result of this, and the stroke of his Aunt May in Amazing Spider-Man #391, Peter went through an identity crisis which ended in the Web of Death storyline. Lastly he mentions how Kraven the Hunter buried him alive. That happened during the Karven's Last Hunt event.
    Kraven's Last Hunt
    Web of Spider-Man #31 Amazing Spider-Man #293 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 Web of Spider-Man #32 Amazing Spider-Man #294 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132

    .

  140. This woman is actually a clone, as revealed in Spider-Man #56. The real Gwen Stacy died some time ago, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  141. That's not the case here, as seen later in this story. The real Gwen Stacy died in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  142. May suffered a stroke in Amazing Spider-Man #391. However, this woman is an impostor, who replaced the real May parker sometime in Amazing Spider-Man #392. The truth is ultimately revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  143. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  144. 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.
  145. Ben was a clone created by Miles Warren to fight Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149. He seemingly died and his body disposed of in a smokestack circa Amazing Spider-Man #151. How he survived is revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. Upon discovering that he was the clone of Spider-Man, Ben left New York as seen in the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    Per the Sliding Timesacle, the length of time between Amazing Spider-Man #151 and this story is roughly five years.
  146. Specifically, Peter was manipulated by the original Gwen Stacy clone circa Amazing Spider-Man #141-149.
  147. The Jackal is referring to all of the "facts" he revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #399.
  148. The Jackal actually believes that this is true. However, this was all part of a massive deception to sew confusion between Peter Parker and Ben Reilly by the Green Goblin. The Jackal was manipulated by Osborn's agents, Seward Trainer and Scrier, into thinking that he brainwashed the clone into thinking he was Peter Parker and convincing the real Peter Parker that he was a clone. This rather convoluted plot is all explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  149. The High Evolutionary tried to convince Spider-Man that all of Miles Warren's clones were people changed into genetic duplicates by a virus, as seen in The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #8. This was seemingly confirmed in The Spectacular Spider-Man #149.
  150. The Jackal is hinting at a larger conspiracy here. The Jackal's connection to the High Evolutionary, and why the Evolutionary led Spider-Man to doubt Warren's cloning work is explored in Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1.

Errors

  1. A coloring error depicts Joe Robertson as caucasian here.

See Also

Footnotes

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



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