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Appearing in "Sunday in the Park with Venom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #332.

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Synopsis for "Sunday in the Park with Venom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #332.

Having recently escaped from the Vault Prison, Venom has returned to New York City to continue his mission to destroy Spider-Man once and for all. Since Spider-Man had enhanced strength to begin with, Venom needs to exercise in order to match the wall-crawler's natural strength. As such, Venom has broken into an abandoned fallout shelter below New York City and has been taking advantage of the exercise equipment there. While above the surface, Spider-Man is participating in a charity performance where he is using his strength to lift two celebrity guests on motorcycles.[Continuity 1] Soon the demonstration is interruption by the arrival of Styx.[Continuity 2] Dodging Styx's deadly touch, Spider-Man webs his bare hand. The villain escapes thanks to the arrival of Stone, who flies by on his skiff. Spider-Man chases after them, snagging the craft with a web-line, causing it to crash, spilling both villains off the vehicle. Since Styx is the more deadly threat, Spider-Man battles him on the terrace of a condo building, using the potted plants to knock Styx off the side of the building. Seeing his partner falling to his death, Stone rescues Styx and the pair retreat. Spider-Man recalls how Styx and Stone were hired by Jonathan Caesar, the man who briefly kidnapped Mary Jane and figures this attack was in retaliation to Caesar's recent imprisonment.[Continuity 3]

When Spider-Man returns home, he discovers his wife isn't there but finds a note asking him to meet her for dinner.[Continuity 4] Peter meets with his wife Mary Jane at the studio where they film "Secret Hospital" where they have a "romantic" dinner on a commercial set with a Paris backdrop. Mary Jane expresses her concerns about Felicia Hardy dating Flash Thompson in order to break his heart out of revenge to Peter for marrying Mary Jane.[Continuity 5] Meanwhile, at Aunt May's home, she and her fiancee Nathan Lubenski are watching television. When she tries to strike up a conversation, she notices that Nathan has nodded off due to his ill health.[Continuity 6] She catches a news report about Venom's escape from prison and recognizes Eddie Brock as "Peter's friend", and wonders if her nephew knows that Brock is a criminal.[Continuity 7] Suddenly, there is a knock at the door and when Aunt May answers it she is greeted by Eddie Brock.

Meanwhile, at Bedford Towers, Jonathan Caesar is watching "Secret Hospital" when his butler tells him that he has a visitor. At first, Caesar is enraged for being interrupted during his show, but he changes his tone when he realizes it is Mary Jane who has come to visit him. She has come to remind him that she escaped him on her own and that Spider-Man was an innocent bystander and to leave him out of their feud. He insists that Spider-Man needs to be punished anyway, and that's when Mary Jane notices that Jonathan is reading a script for next week's "Secret Hospital". She is shocked that he was able to get something so closely guarded and tells him to leave her alone and storms out. Styx and Stone come into the room and Styx suggests killing her, but Caesar wants no such thing, telling them that they are to kill only Spider-Man. That's when Stone tells them that their attempt to eliminate Spider-Man at the charity event was a failure. Caesar tells them to monitor radio reports and go after Spider-Man when he appears again. While back at their Soho apartment, Peter Parker is marking papers musing over how his wife is a well known actress. Suddenly, "Secret Hospital" is interrupted for a news bulletin about Venom's escape from prison. At that same moment, Aunt May calls Peter. She tells him about Brock's visit and how he wants Peter to meet him at Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Peter quickly ends the call and decides to go without calling the police fearing that Venom might take it out on his Aunt May.

Soon, Spider-Man arrives at Central Park but can't find any sight of Venom. Suddenly, he hears the hoofs of a police horse riding toward him and sees Brock riding on the horse disguised as a police officer. Leaping away, Spider-Man barely manages to avoid being struck while Brock turns into Venom. Fearing for the safety of the people in the park, Spider-Man tries to lure Venom to a more secluded spot.[Continuity 8] Unable to detect Venom with his spider-sense, Spider-Man is ambushed by his foe, who tries to suffocate the wall-crawler by making his symbiote wrap itself around his face. Struggling to get free, Spider-Man fires web-lines blindly and manages to snare some trees and pulls them into Venom, freeing himself.

Trying to lure Venom out of the park, Spider-Man dodges a taxi cab that the maniac throws at him. However, it hits the wagon of a handsome cab. While the wall-crawler is concerned for the passenger's safety, Venom manages to wrap the web-slinger in webbing. However, a baby falls on the side of the handsome cab and falls into the water below. Surprisingly, Venom leaves the wall-crawler to save the child, as the lunatic doesn't want to harm any innocent people. With police arriving on the scene, Venom decides to leave, willing to postpone his revenge against Spider-Man. The masked hero tries to follow after him, but his spider-sense warns him that the cab that Venom threw is about to explode, and shields the family from the handsome cab from the blast. In the aftermath of the battle, Spider-Man wonders what will happen next and swings away. Meanwhile, Styx and Stone have heard the reports of Spider-Man's battle in Central Park and are travelling there via the sewers in order to catch up with the hero undetected.

Appearing in "Stalking Feat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #333.

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Synopsis for "Stalking Feat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #333.

At his Aunt May's home, Peter Parker wonders where Venom might be, unaware that the homicidal maniac is lurking just outside the window. Peter feels ineffectual because his spider-sense cannot pick up Venom thanks to the alien symbiote he wears.[Continuity 9] That's when Aunt May enters the room with some hot coco, after noting that Nathan Lubinsky has nodded off again.[Continuity 10] She asks Peter where his wife Mary Jane is, and Peter tells her that she had other plans so he decided to come over and visit his aunt.[Continuity 11] When Aunt May realizes that she forgot the marshmallows she goes back intp the kitchen. While she is gone, Venom manages to sneak up behind Peter. Venom hands a map to the bomb shelter where he has holed up and asks Peter to meet him there within 24 hours, or else. Furious, Peter tells Brock that he is sick of Venom threatening his Aunt May. This wounds Venom, as he considers Peter's aunt an innocent and promises to never harm her, offering to shake on it. Realizing that Eddie Brock has a sick sense of honor, Peter shakes on it. Having heard talking in the other room, Aunt May asks Peter who he is talking to. Parker tells her that it is an employee of the gas company. To sell this ruse, Venom changes his costume into that of a blue-collar worker and walks out just as Aunt May is entering the room.

When Peter returns home, he suggests that he and Mary Jane take off for a vacation in Aruba. However, Mary Jane can't take time off from "Secret Hospital" and that they can't afford a trip. When Peter points out that they can still get her money back in the lawsuit against Jonathan Caesar, Mary Jane explains that she already signed a no contest agreement.[Continuity 12] Peter asks why she did that, confident they could have one the trial. However, Mary Jane couldn't bear to be in court where Caesar will leer at her for hours. Understanding his wife's position, Peter tells her that he understands and will get a refund for the plane ticket, even though his plans to get his wife away from Venom have just been quashed. While at Bedford towers, Jonathan Caesar demands that Styx and Stone destroy Spider-Man. Stone explains how when they went to Central Park to battle the wall-crawler, they found Venom on the scene fighting the hero. Figuring that Venom could lead them to Spider-Man, the pair followed after him, but lost him in a maze of abandoned subway tunnels. When Styx uses his powers to feed off a plant, Stone sends him to wait outside. Caesar asks what caused Styx to become a life-force stealing vampire. Stone explains that his partner was a homeless man suffering from cancer that was enlisted to test new experimental cancer treatments. Stone conducted his own independent studies, using Styx as his test subject. His treatment cured Styx, but made him a living cancer in the process.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker decides to pay a visit to Flash Thompson where he holds boxing classes for children to get some advice. He worries that Felicia Hardy might be there, but to his relief she is not.[Continuity 13] After ending his session, Peter asks Flash about his volunteer work with underprivileged children. Thompson explains that he wanted to be a role model to these kids, since his own youth was devoid of such people. The exception was the fact that Flash idolized Spider-Man, and he has been using the wall-crawler as an example to guide him to always do the right thing. This reinvigorates Peter, and he thanks Flash for the advice. That evening, Styx and Stone are staking out the sewer pipe that Venom escaped into earlier that day. As their luck would have it, they witness Spider-Man enter the pipe in order to make his rendezvous with Venom. Eventually, Spider-Man finds the abandoned bomb shelter that Venom has set up operations in. Venom is waiting for him, and reiterates his hatred for Spider-Man.[Continuity 14] However, this bit of exposition was merely to distract Spider-Man while the symbiote tried to attack him from underneath.[Continuity 15]

Leaping to safety, Spider-Man webs up some of the weights laying around and tries to throw them at Venom, but misses. When Venom lunges to attack, Spider-Man's spider-sense warns him that something is behind him and he ducks. This causes Venom to be struck by a chain fired out of the Stone's shoulder cannon. Although Venom breaks free, Stone hits him with a sonic blast that weakens the symbiote. While Brock is incapacitated, Spider-Man tries to get away, but Styx and Stone impede his progress. Venom eventually recovers and launches an attack on Stone, while Spider-Man avoids Styx's deadly touch. Venom shrugs off all of the different attacks that Stone launches on him, getting close enough for the maniac to crush his shoulder cannons. Stone calls Styx for help and his partner dutifully leaves his fight with Spider-Man to help. Styx touches Venom's body, causing extreme pain to the symbiote. Not wanting anyone to die, Spider-Man leaps in and knocks out Stone. When he turns to Styx he finds the deadly killer in a state of pure ecstasy. Surprisingly, Eddie Brock survived, but apparently his symbiote did not fare so well.[Continuity 16] When the authorities arrive to take the villains away, Spider-Man can't help but feel sorry for the alien symbiote for its sacrifice so Eddie could live. Still, he feels relieved that the menace of Venom appears to be finally over.

Appearing in 3rd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #346.



Synopsis for 3rd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #346.



Appearing in "The Boneyard Hop!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #347.

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Synopsis for "The Boneyard Hop!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #347.

Spider-Man awakes on a tropical beach. Venom hops down from his web among the trees and informs the web-spinner that as all their past battles have often been interrupted by others.[Continuity 17] He has decided to bring the pair of them, via a chartered plane, to a tropical island that had deserted since a mining disaster in the 40's. It is the ideal battle-ground and "what better place to die". Spider-Man seizes opportunity to web up Venom's face and make a break for it, running into the jungle. Swinging down to a lake he tries to gather his thoughts - assuming that Eddie Brock would have researched this place beforehand to ensure he knew the turf to gain an instant advantage. These thoughts are realised as he gazed down into the water to see a toothy smile and large white eyes staring back at him.

Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, Mary Jane is in hiding at her sisters; standing on the porch watching her nephews playing in the snow and worrying about Peter.[Continuity 18] One of the boys throws a snowball at her and she explodes in their faces. Instantly regretting loosing her temper she apologises and helps them to finish their snowman.

Back in the jungle, Venom has dragged Spider-Man into the depths. Although it's a new trick, Spidey is beating himself up (though Venom isn't doing too bad a job either) for not anticipating the symbiote's ability to emulate different textures and colours. He grabs a sunken branch and smashes it into Venom's face, rushing to the surface and heading deeper inland. Venom emerges from the water, licking the blood from his broken-toothed mouth. Spider-Man comes across the old mining village (complete with grave-yard), and takes the time he has to set a few snare traps using the methods Flash Thompson once taught him. Traps set, he decides to let Venom find him rather than trekking out himself - then realises that it's always Venom that finds him. Directly behind him, his hunter emerges from his camouflage among the trees.

The blow sends Spider-Man sprawling but he is straight back on his feet with Venom hot on his trail. Knowing that Venom isn't as nimble as he is, web-slinger keeps on foot, also full in the knowledge that whereas he will jump an innocent mound of dirt, Venom would instead plough straight through it - and he does. The trap springs and Venom is hoisted into the air by the snare. Masked hero uses the symbiote's momentary confusion to wrench a door free and shatter it around Venom's head. However this does little good as Venom, unphased, sprays webbing into web-slinger's face and frees himself. Vision restored, Spider-Man attempt to gain ground and swings away, narrowly missing the jeep hurled at him but loosing his hold on the web-line. The jeep crashes through the ground with Spider-Man right behind it, finding himself in a mine shaft. He can smell gas and realises what caused the mining disaster. Not wanting to suffocate he turns back to the hole, to find Venom perched above him.

New York: Felicia Hardy slams down the telephone having again failed to reach Peter. Flash tells her to get a move on before they miss the concert. She declines, telling him she isn't feeling well, and when he persists she snaps back at him. It dawns on her that she still has feelings for Peter, but she loves (or at least, she thinks she does) Flash. Grabbing her coat and telling Flash to wait up, she apologises to Spidey that he's on his own.[Continuity 19]

Spider-Man webs the support beams and yanks Venom down into the pit, leaping out as his foe falls. Smelling the gas but not registering it as such, Venom promises to eat the spider's lungs for that one. Back at the shore, Spider-Man removes one of his web cartridges before he uses up the last of his web fluid. He spots a ship on the horizon and makes a break for the ocean, but suddenly tendrils of symbiote burst from the sand and ensnare him. The tentacles begin dragging the wall-crawler back towards the jungle mouth where Brock stands half-clad in the symbiote. Firing a web at the tree behind Brock, Spider-Man launches himself into his foe's gut and sending him crashing into a tree. Dusk is setting as he heads back into the foliage.

At her home in Queens, Aunt May is worried that Peter and Mary Jane hasn't answered the phone all day. Willie assures her that Pete's a grown man with his own life to lead - and so does she. The two settle down to the TV, all worries of her nephew forgotten.[Continuity 20]

Skulking around the graveyard, Spider-Man sinks his foot into a shallow grave, unnerved further by the skull grinning back at him, he looks towards the jungle and sees a light glowing in its depths. Hoping against hope that it may be someone else on the island that can help him, he finds Brock seated by a fire: the symbiote keeping guard behind him. Despairing, he realises that the only thing that will ever keep Venom from coming for him is his death...and that gives him an idea.

One hour passes, when Brocks log-fire is webbed away and disappears off into the darkness. Thinking that the wall-crawler is going to use the flame against the symbiote somehow (one of its weaknesses) Venom peruses the fleeing light. Spider-Man is using Venom's rage against him, using the insanity it produces against him, and preying that he continues to react instead of reason (and that these reactions are consistent with his past behaviour). Spidey uses the last of his webbing to create a net, which Venom becomes tangled in. Maddened to insanity, Venom rips himself free, grabbing a van next to him and hurling it at the light in the distance. The light disappears, followed by a gigantic explosion. Venom pieces it together: the mine; the gas; the flame...he grins widely.

The following morning once the flames have dies down, Venom crouches among the ash holding a charred skeleton, clad in to remaining tatters of a Spider-Man's costume - a melted web-shooter attached to one arm. Breaking off the skull, Brock laughs and the symbiote slips back, morphing into bathing suit. Far out to sea, Peter is making a break for another passing ship. Their foe dead Eddie and the symbiote agree there is no longer any need for Venom to exist and that they shall remain on the island indefinitely. Gazing at the island form the boat, Peter shares a thought with Brock - finally he knows what it is to be free.

Appearing in 5th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #361.



Synopsis for 5th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #361.



Appearing in "Savage Alliance"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #362.

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Synopsis for "Savage Alliance"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #362.

With the mass-murderer known as Carnage on the loose in New York City, Spider-Man has enlisted the aid of the Human Torch to help locate Venom, who was last seen on a Caribbean Island after he was tricked into thinking he had killed Spider-Man.[Continuity 21] As they fly to the island in the Fantasti-Car, Spider-Man prepares the sonic gun developed by Mister Fantastic, one of the symbiote's weaknesses. When they arrive on the island, Spider-Man and the Torch begin looking for Venom. Spider-Man thinks he made a mistake of allowing Brock to remain free, thinking he should have brought him to the Vault. However, he admits that the reason why he didn't do so is that he is afraid of Venom. The Torch can sense how stressed out Spider-Man is over this whole situation. He soon finds Eddie Brock relaxing on the beach and alerts Spider-Man to his presence. When Spider-Man and Torch make their presence known, Brock cannot believe that it is the real Spider-Man. Spider-Man pulls up his mask to reveal that he is the real Spider-Man. Filled with rage, Brock changes into Spider-Man and lunges at the wall-crawler.

Spider-Man blasts Venom with the sonic gun, injuring the symbiote. However, this does little to slow Venom's momentum, and he hits the wall-crawler with enough force to break the sonic gun in half. The Human Torch breaks up the fight when he places a ring of fire around Venom. Although this is another symbiote weakness, this doesn't stop Venom from sending a tendril into the sand and whip up enough to snuff out the Torch's flames. He then grabs the Torch by the throat and attempts to drown him in the ocean. With all of his defenses against Venom destroyed, Spider-Man tries to figure out his next move as Venom closes in on him. Meanwhile, back in New York City, Carnage has targeted the office of Robert Sutcliff, accepting the challenge from the desk guard that Sutcliff's office is impenetrable and begins murdering his way to the top of the building. Back on the island, Johnny Storm uses the last of his strength to unleash a nova flame, burning himself free. Wanting to give the Torch time to recover, Spider-Man flees with Venom in tow. The wall-crawler goes to the abandoned mining village where he fought Venom previously. Venom manages to ambush the wall-crawler thanks to the fact that his symbiote negates the hero's spider-sense and Venom can camouflage himself. Before Venom can crush Spider-Man under some mining equipment, the Torch arrives with the Fantasti-Car and blasts Venom with the onboard sonic blaster. With Venom weakened, Spider-Man quickly explains that they came seeking him to help stop Cletus Kasady who has a symbiote of his own and is murdering innocent people. This appeals to Venom's warped code to defend the innocent and as his symbiote recovers, he asks Spider-Man to tell him more.

Back in the city, Carnage has made his way into Sutcliff's office. When the businessman tries to shoot the killer, the bullets have no effect. Fleeing for his life, Robert tries to block Carnage's place with a bulletproof shield, but the symbiote is able to slice through it with ease. By the time Carnage catches up to Sutcliff, the businessman attempts to flee in a helicopter. With nobody qualified to fly the aircraft, Robert's life comes to an abrupt end when Carnage pushes the helicopter off the edge of the building. Satisfied with this latest kill, Carnage swings off looking for his next victim. While in the Carribean, Venom has finished hearing out Spider-Man. He tells the wall-crawler and the Torch that the symbiote reproduces asexually once a generation. However, the symbiotes have little regard for their offspring. He has since learned that his symbiote gave birth when it broke him out of Ryker's Island while he shared a cell with Cletus Kasady.[Continuity 22] After hearing the web-spinner's story, he suspects that the symbiote's offspring developed unique abilities due to its gestation on Earth. As Venom has sworn himself to protecting the innocent, he agrees to help stop Carnage, in exchange for being allowed to go free after.[Continuity 23]

Back in Manhattan, Carnage returns to the scene of one of his as yet undiscovered murders to revel in news reports about his killing spree. After seeing a report about a police officer being awarded a medal, Kasady begins becomes furious, destroying the television. He vows to show the world just how heroic this police officer is, but first, he intends to make himself a sandwich. By this time, Spider-Man, The Human Torch, and Venom are just arriving in New York City to begin their search for Carnage. Eddie Brock compliments Johnny Storm and tells him he did an article about the Fantastic Four when he worked for The Daily Globe. Johnny, however, questions why Spider-Man insists that they work with someone who is clearly mentally unhinged. As Spider-Man explains that he has no choice, Johnny has to leave because he is getting an emergency signal from the Fantastic Four. Spider-Man and Venom disembark from the Fantasti-Car so they can begin their search for Carnage on their own. Venom reveals that he is able to track Carnage due to the fact that his symbiote can sens its own kind. They eventually find Cletus Kasady still fixing himself a snack at one of his crime scenes. Quickly turning into Carnage, he engages in battle with his two opponents. However, as it turns out, Carnage is more powerful than the combined powers of both Spider-Man and Venom.

The battle causes enough noise that a woman in the apartment below underneath them starts complaining by banging a broom on the ceiling of her home. Hearing this, Carnage breaks the floor, kills the mother and grabs her baby. He throws it out the window making both Spider-Man and Venom jump after it. Venom got the baby with his web and they bring it back to the apartment and find out Carnage has escaped. Searching the scene, Spider-Man finds the front page of the Daily Bugle. The headline features another one of J. Jonah Jameson's anti-crime editorials. Seeing how a hole had been punched through the photo of Jameson, Spider-Man fears that the publisher may be Carnage's next target. Spider-Man's hunch proves correct as Jonah returns to his office and discovers Carnage waiting to kill him.

Appearing in "Carnage, Part 3: Savage Grace!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #363.

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Synopsis for "Carnage, Part 3: Savage Grace!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #363.

The serial killer known as Carnage has selected J. Jonah Jameson as the next target of his murder spree. Breaking into the Daily Bugle, the lunatic confronts Jameson in his office. He explains that he has chosen Jameson as a target due to his endless crusade toward law and order. Intending to prove that these are merely empty words, Carnage tosses Jameson into his desk. Jameson scrambles for a call button, summoning Joe Robertson, giving Carnage a much-wanted audience. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has made an unholy alliance with his greatest enemy, Venom, in order to track down Carnage and put an end of his murder spree. He thinks about how he tracked down Venom and brought him back to Manhattan after putting in so much effort to convince his foe that he was dead.[Continuity 24] When the wall-crawler suggests that they enlist the aid of the Avengers, Venom flat out refuses, intending to deal with Carnage on his own, much to Spider-Man's chagrin. While at the offices of the Daily Bugle, Joe Robertson has just finished telling police how Carnage absconded with J. Jonah Jameson. That's when Spider-Man and Venom arrive and promise to stop Carnage themselves. After learning that Carnage took Jameson to kill him before a larger audience, Spider-Man assures the police that Venom is needed to stop Carnage and that he takes full responsibility. Soon, the two are back on Carnage's trail. With this latest development, Joe Robertson orders that Jameson's obituary be updated in the event he doesn't survive the night.

Spider-Man and Venom soon find a crowd of people who have gathered around a woman that Carnage shoved through a wall. Looking for clues, Venom is about to use violence to coax it out of the bystander, but Spider-Man spots a poster on the wall above the victim. It's an advertisement for a heavy metal concert happening at Madison Square Garden called "Headbanger Heaven". Remembering what was said about Carnage seeking out a captive audience, the wall-crawler hopes he's that he is not wrong. Spider-Man's hunt proves right, as Carnage arrives in the middle of the performance and kills his way on stage. Carnage begins inflaming the audience, preaching his message of anarchy and murder. This speech is interrupted by the arrival of Spider-Man and Venom. Venom leaps in and pulls Jameson to safety, but is smashed through the floor to the subway platform below. When Spider-Man joins the battle, his opening kick sends Carnage falling through the hole in the floor as well. Carnage takes the opportunity to kill a number of commuters at random before fleeing down the tracks. When Venom tries to follow after him, he is stopped by a security guard. Before Venom can harm him, Spider-Man leaps in and stop him.

Reminding Venom of their task, the pair follow Carnage down the subway tunnel. They catch up with Carnage and in the ensuing battle, they knock the murderer onto the electrified third rail of the subway track. Unfortunately, the thousands of volts of electricity have no effect on Carnage, who escapes once again. Spider-Man and Venom follow Carnage back to Madison Square Garden where they discover that their foe has strung up J. Jonah Jameson. When Spider-Man asks Jonah why he didn't escape, he is ambushed by Carnage, who explains that Jameson foolishly stopped to call in the situation to the Daily Bugle, making him easy to recapture the publisher. Venom ambushes Carnage from behind, freeing Spider-Man. This also give the wall-crawler time to free Jameson. In doing so, Spider-Man spots the sound booth and leaps up into it. He then cranks up the sound and blasts the two combatants with deafening heavy metal music. This causes pain to both symbiotes. When Spider-Man offers to pull Eddie Brock to safety, he refuses, insisting that his symbiote is stronger that Carnage's. When Cletus Kasady's symbiote is seemingly destroyed he passes out from the pain. Spider-Man swings down and promises Venom he will shut off the speakers once he is certain it is safe. However, with Carnage defeated, Eddie Brock turns his strength against Spider-Man once more, willing to fight the pain in order to destroy his hated foe.

Although Venom overpowers Spider-Man, he is blasted from behind by Mister Fantastic and his sonic blaster. Fantastic and the Human Torch have arrived in the nick of time to lend assistance to Spider-Man. As it truns out this was all pre-planned by Spider-Man in order to assure that Venom was recaptured in the end. Furious at this betrayal, Brock is even more convinced that Spider-Man is anything but innocent. Soon enough, soldiers from the Vault have come to collect Venom and explanations are being made all around. As usual J. Jonah Jameson has heavy criticisms for Spider-Man, pointing out that someone like Captain America would have kept his word no matter what. Furious, Spider-Man explains that Captain America would never have had to rely on someone like Venom in the first place. He also points out that, unlike Captain America, he is just a man and he had to make the choice he made and live with them.

Meanwhile, at an airport in Germany, an elderly couple are preparing for a flight to New York City.[Continuity 25] They are returning home after decades away and with their loved ones thinking them deceased. The woman in particularl is concerned how it will alter the lives of their family forever. The woman looks at an issue of Now Magazine that contains a photo taken by Peter Parker. She points out that Peter's life in particular will be the most impacted by their return.[Continuity 26]

Appearing in "Murder on Parade"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #374.

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Synopsis for "Murder on Parade"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #374.

Below the Thrill World amusement park in Brooklyn, Eddie Brock exercises to bring himself to peak strength for his next attempt to kill Spider-Man. Needing the added boost from his symbiote, Brock turns into Venom to lift the heavyweight. Still believing that Spider-Man is to blame for ruining his life goes into a rampage.[Continuity 27] He wants to destroy the wall-crawler once-and-for-all, but a recent development he learned upon his recent escape from custody has changed things. As he wills the symbiote to turn into normal street-clothing, Brock looks at a newspaper clipping showing Peter Parker reunited with a couple claiming to be his parents.[Continuity 28]

Meanwhile, the Parkers have gone to Central Park to skate. Peter is able to skate circles around everyone but intentionally slips in order to cover for his spider-abilities. His wife Mary Jane comes up to him and tells him that he doesn't need to try so hard, as it's clear that his parents love him.[Continuity 29] When Peter notices what time it is, he tells his family that he needs to get to class and then go by the Daily Bugle. Running late, Peter slips into the forest to change into Spider-Man and web-slings away. Seeing Spider-Man passing by, Mary Jane pulls out a cigarette and begins to smoke.[Continuity 30] When Mary points out that smoking is bad for her heath, Mary Jane agrees, saying that she will quit again soon, as soon as she is no longer under so much stress.

Later that day, Peter Parker is at the Daily Bugle looking for news tips for photo assignments. Joy Mercado has nothing for him, but Ben Urich mentions how Venom had broken out of jail the night before. Hearing this, Peter rushes off, just as J. Jonah Jameson is about to invite Parker into his office. Seeing Parker leave in such a hurry, Jonah is told that he is probably going to get the coop on Venom. Jameson returns to his office, suddenly inspired on how to get a Daily Bugle exclusive on this recent development. There he picks up the phone and tells his secretary to put in a call with the Symkarian Embassy. While on the roof of the Daily Bugle, Peter fears that Venom may target his parents and quickly changes into Spider-Man in the hopes of finding them. While in Lower Manhattan, Mary Jane, Mary, and Richard are seeing May off on a city bus. After May is gone, they are approached by Eddie Brock, who asks Richard and Mary if they are the parents of Peter Parker. Recognizing Eddie Brock, Mary Jane spots Spider-Man coming by and calls out his name. Seeing the wall-crawler, Brock turns into Venom, telling the Parkers not to worry, as he will protect them from the web-slinger.

Seeing Venom leaping up at him fills Spider-Man with a sense of relief. However, his foe manages to over-power the wall-crawler, knocking him into the middle of the Winterfest parade. Fearing for the safety of the people around him, Spider-Man is ambushed by Venom. Spider-Man lays into Venom and then tries to lure him away from the crowd by leaping up onto the parade balloons. Venom doesn't follow along, instead of bursts the balloon by throwing a parking meter through it. Venom then begins beating on Spider-Man some more, until they are interrupted by a police officer who orders Venom to stop. When the villain refuses, the officer tries to shoot Venom with a shotgun. Unfortunately, the bullets do nothing to harm Brock and he responds by covering the officer's face with webbing. Spider-Man fights past Venom and quickly rips the webbing off before it can adhere to the officer's face before it can stick. This leaves the web-slinger open for yet another attack from Venom. This time, the blows from the maniac sends Spider-Man crashing through the window of a department store. Finding more innocent people inside, the web-slinger tries to lure Venom away again. Unfortunately, the psychopath is distracted when a clown in the store tells Venom to leave the children alone. Trying to show that he is no threat to innocent children, Venom is sprayed in the face with mace by the clown. In response, Venom knocks him out with a single punch.

When Spider-Man looks back to see where Venom is, he sees his foe trying to comfort a frightened little girl. Thinking that Venom might harm the girl, Spider-Man swings in and attacks. Spider-Man fires webbing into Brock's face, but the symbiote easily rips it off. This leaves Brock's face uncovered by the symbiote, and Spider-Man strikes. However, this advantage quickly ends as Venom regains the edge and beats Spider-Man into unconciousness. When he wakes up, he finds that Venom is gone. Fearing the worst, Spider-Man goes looking for Mary Jane and his parents. He soon finds Mary Jane talking to the police. When he asks her what happened, Mary Jane tells Spider-Man that Venom had just kidnapped her husband's parents.

Appearing in "The Bride of Venom"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #375.

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Synopsis for "The Bride of Venom"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #375.

Venom has kidnapped Richard and Mary Parker and taken them to his hideout at the Thrill World theme park in Brooklyn.[Continuity 31] He tells the Parkers that he belongs to them now. When they beg not to be hurt, Venom explains that he doesn't want to hurt them, but keep them safe from Spider-Man. Richard and Mary are confused, wondering what they have to do with Spider-Man. This comes as a shock to Brock, who quickly realizes that Peter Parker has not told his parents that he is really Spider-Man. However, he refuses to tell them the truth, as he wants to preserve their innocence. Meanwhile, Spider-Man web-slings across the city to get to the Daily Bugle, hoping he can find some clue as to where Venom may have taken his parents at the Daily Bugle. Landing on the roof of the Bugle Building, Spider-Man changes back into Peter Parker and enters the building. On his way to the Bugle's archives, Peter notices that J. Jonah Jameson's office door is closed, and figures that Jonah is working on something important. On the other side of the door, J. Jonah Jameson has put in another call to the Symkaria Embassy, demanding to speak with Silver Sable. Sable takes the call and informs Jonah that she will not be providing him with hourly updates. He hired them to hunt down Venom, and she assures him that they will get the job done. After she hangs up, Jonah is angry at first but calms himself down by remembering that he hired the Wild Pack in order to get an exclusive for the Daily Bugle.

Hours later, Peter Parker is at the 34th Street high rise where Ann Weying lives. Parker had learned that Ann used to be the wife of Eddie Brock before he became Venom. Unfortunately, when Peter tries to go in through the front, Ann tells the doorman to send him away. Not giving up, Parker changes into Spider-Man and enters Ann's apartment. She is startled at first and threatens to call the police, but when he explains that her husband has innocent people as prisoners, she relents and agrees to talk. Sitting down to coffee, Ann tells the web-head about her relationship with Eddie Brock. She tells them how in love they were, but he kept a side of his life hidden from her. Particularly, his relationship with his father, Carl Brock, who thought that Eddie's career in journalism was frivolous.[Continuity 32] After Eddie Brock's interviews with a man Eddie thought was the Sin-Eater were exposed as a hoax, Eddie was fired from the Daily Globe.[Continuity 33] This drove a wedge between Eddie and his father. After losing his job, Eddie also grew cold toward Ann, ending their marriage in the process. Finishing this recollection, Ann can still remember the shine he used to get in his eyes when he looked at her. Particularly whenever he took her to the Thrill World amusement park. Spider-Man thanks Ann for the information and leaves soon after. Left with her thoughts, Ann wonders if there is anything she can do to help. Suddenly, she gets a moment of inspiration and rushes outside calling for a taxi. As she gets into the cab, she is unaware that she has been under observation from Quentino of the Wild Pack, who reports back to Silver Sable.

Later that night, Spider-Man arrives at Thrill World, his only clue to the whereabouts of Venom. His arrival is detected by Venom, who tells the Parkers not to worry, he will protect them from Spider-Man. As he leaves, Richard Parker manages to grab hold of a shattered piece of mirror from the ground and use it to cut through Venom's webbing. Brock confronts Spider-Man, who vows to make Venom pay if he has harmed his parents. The web-slinger is shocked to discover that Brock didn't kidnap his parents to harm them but to protect him from Spider-Man himself. As Ann Weying shows up on the scene, Brock transforms into Venom. Seeing this transformation makes Eddie's ex-wife audibly gasp. When Venom turns around to see who is sneaking up on him, he is surprised to see Ann. Revealing his true face, Eddie is happy to see her, telling her that she looks great. As this situation continues to unfold, a van carrying the Wild Pack arrives on the scene. Ann tries to convince Eddie to turn his life around, give up his desire for his revenge, and let the Parkers go. When she starts getting through to Brock, he is suddenly ambushed by the Wild Pack, who shoot Brock in the back with a sonic gun. Turning back into Venom, Eddie blames Spider-Man, thinking the wall-crawler turned Ann against him and planned this ambush.

When Spider-Man tries to explain that he had nothing to do with this attack, Venom attacks him relentlessly. Before he can seriously hurt the web-spinner, the Wild Pack leap in and attack Brock all at once. Recovering from the attack, Spider-Man asks Chen why the Wild Pack has come. She explains that they were hired by the Daily Bugle to take down Venom in order for the newspaper to get an exclusive of his capture. Spotting Lance Bannon taking photos of the battle confirms this for Spider-Man. Suddenly, Powell tries to shoot the wall-crawler, but he dodges out of the way thanks to his spider-sense. Instead, his bullets damage Chen's sonic blaster. As Spider-Man deals with Powell, his parents have finally gotten free and are trying to make their mistake. By this point, Venom punches Battlestar so hard, he slams into the side of an amusement ride, compromising its structural integrity. When Crippler tries to come at Venom with a flamethrower, Venom rips the gun barrel from the fuel supply and throws Crippler into Quentino. That's when Venom hears Richard and Mary calling for help. He sees the couple trapped in a ring of fire created by Crippler's flamethrower. Despite the fact that fire is one of his weaknesses, Venom leaps over the flames and recovers Richard and Mary. He then sends them off with Ann, telling them to get safe.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is dodging Chen's attacks as she tells him to stay out of their way. With no other choice, he knocks Chen out with a single punch. This leaves him open for an ambush from Venom, who has returned his attention to the wall-crawler. As Spider-Man fights for his life, Ann leaves the Parkers with Lance Bannon while she tries to find a way to get Eddie to stop fighting. Venom overpowers Spider-Man and begins smashing the hero into the same amusement park ride, causing even greater damage to the ride. With his head covered with the symbiote, Spider-Man is slowly suffocating as he is being beaten. However, he is saved at the last moment when Quentino manages to get the sonic gun working and unleashes a powerful blast on Venom. However, before he can finish off Venom, Quentino is hit from behind by Ann, knocking him out. Eddie thanks Ann for helping and is about to resume his beating on Spider-Man. This horrifies Ann who can't believe that Eddie would kill another human being and begins to run. Suddenly, the damaged ride begins to tip over, threatening to crush her. Venom leaps in the way and tries to hold it up with his strength. Unfortunately, the blast from the sonic blaster has left him too weak to push it off. Fully recovered, Spider-Man lends his strength and helps Venom save Ann's life.

With his ex-wife safe, Venom is about to attack Spider-Man again when Ann stops him. She points out that Spider-Man risked his own life to help save her life. This finally makes Venom realize that Spider-Man actually saves innocent lives and that killing the hero would doom all those that Spider-Man will save in the future. Venom then offers to make a deal with the wall-crawler: He no longer comes after them, and they will not come after him. With no other choice, the wall-crawler agress. However, when Venom fires a web-line at a passing helicopter in order to get away, the hero decides he can't just let Venom go free. He manages to tag his foe with a spider-tracer, but it is detected by the symbiote and crushed. In the aftermath of the battle, Peter tells his wife Mary Jane everything that has happened.[Continuity 34] However, his attempts to keep tabs on Venom has yielded nothing as the villain has disappeared without a trace. This leaves Peter to wonder if he can take the word of a madman.

Appearing in "The Trial Of Venom"

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

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Synopsis for "The Trial Of Venom"

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

Brent Nagel of the Justice Department is being shown around the Vault prison by Ms. Brewster, the acting project head, following the recent break-out attempt by prisoners.[Continuity 35] While prisoners like the Grey Gargoyle have been punished for the attempt, other prisoners, such as Moonstone, were rewarded for not participating in the break-out. Suddenly, they hear screams coming from Eddie Brock's cell and rush to investigate. There they see Brock cowering in the corner. Apparently, the alien symbiote that he lived with had suddenly died. Frightened by this sudden death, Eddie demands that the monster is taken away from him. After summoning the Guardsmen, they scan Brock's cell and as far as they can determine, the Venom symbiote is dead.

Later, in Manhattan, Daredevil brings the news to Spider-Man as he will be defending Eddie Brock in court as his alter-ego attorney, Matt Murdock. Spider-Man can't believe that Murdock is defending one of his greatest foes.[Continuity 36] However, Daredevil explains that there were issues with Eddie's original trial and he is being retried. He was also asked to represent Brock because of his pro-bono work with other super-villains, such as the Gladiator.[Continuity 37] Unable to lie to get out of the job, Daredevil had to take it, but he also accepted it because he believes that Brock deserves a fair trial. As the pair take down some muggers, Daredevil also reveals that he intends Spider-Man to be his material witness. At first, Spider-Man refuses to do this, but when Daredevil questions his sense of responsibility, the wall-crawler relents. Soon, Matt Murdock brings Spider-Man to the Vault, where his assistance in the trial is welcomed. They explain that Brock has been contained and monitored since the apparent death of his symbiote. Murdock reminds them that they are to turn off the monitoring devices when he is meeting with his client in order to protect his right to attorney/patient confidentiality. Soon, Murdock meets with Eddie Brock who explains that the symbiote was depressed and missed its former host, Spider-Man and committed suicide.[Continuity 38] Listening to this statement, Murdock listens in closely with his enhanced senses to determine if he is telling the truth. After the meeting, Spider-Man asks Matt what Brock had said. Murdock explains that he can't tell him anything except that he doesn't feel that Eddie is lying.

Soon the trial is underway, and Spider-Man is sworn in as a witness. When the his identity is questioned, they point out that Spider-Man proved his identity by clinging to a wall and lifting up an armored car, which is enough to satisfy the court. Spider-Man is asked about his relationship with Venom. He explains that Eddie Brock blamed him for him losing his career when he misidentified the serial killer known as Sin-Eater.[Continuity 39] However, while under cross-examination from Matt Murdock, Spider-Man is unable to prove that Eddie Brock attempted to kill the wall-crawler until he bonded with the alien symbiote. In fact, when asked what Eddie Brock was planning to do prior to meeting the symbiote, Spider-Man reveals to the court that Brock was planning to commit suicide. In the middle of the trial, Eddie Brock speaks up, against Murdock's advice and asks Spider-Man if he could ever forgive him. This surprising statment strikes Spider-Man speechless.

Later, the wall-crawler waits outside of Eddie Brock's cell while they wait for a verdict. Brock promises Spider-Man that if he is freed from captivity, he will leave New York and never bother the web-slinger again. Eventually, the jury is ready to give their decision and they are brought back to the court room. On the way, Spider-Man suggests to Ms. Brewster to get more security because he has a bad feeling the jury is not going to rule favorably for himself. Sure enough, the jury finds Eddie Brock not guilty by reason of insaity. As Brock is escorted out of the Vault facility, Spider-Man still doesn't buy that Brock isn't a threat and webs up his feet. He tells Murdock to trust him for a moment, and he begins insulting Eddie Brock. The insults get too much and Brock loses his temper. Opening his mouth, the symbiote emerges from inside Eddie, having faked its death as part of a ruse to get out of prison. As the creature rebonds with Eddie, Venom explains that the creature was able to control his heart rate and resperation to trick everyone into thinking he was telling the truth. Venom decides that Spider-Man needs to be put on trail for ruining his life and attempts to strangle the hero with the symbiotes tendrils and taking out the Guardsmen. In the confusion, Matt Murdock manages to slip away and change into Daredevil. The Man Without Fear saves Spider-Man, but is easily knocked aside by Venom.

Spider-Man ambushes Venom from behind, knocking the pair over a cliff. From there, Spider-Man lures Venom into a nearby cave where he remains on the defenses. He then positions Venom into a specially prepared cell. As it turns out the "cave" was merely a hologram set up for him by Ms. Brewster to contain Venom should he release have been on false pretenses. Later, back in New York, Daredevil meets up with Spider-Man again. He tells the wall-crawler that his alter-ego was fired by Brock for representation. Still, Daredevil still believes that Eddie Brock wasn't capable of murder until he bonded with the symbiote. Spider-Man can't believe that he should feel sympathetic for Eddie Brock, and wishes for the good old days when fighting super-villains was simple black and white. Daredevil tells Spider-Man that it was never that simple, and he would understand that if the wall-crawler saw things through his eyes.

Appearing in "The Getaway Scream!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #373.

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Synopsis for "The Getaway Scream!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #373.

Inside a seemingly abandoned building, the authorities have Venom incarcerated following his recent capture.[Continuity2 1] Trapped in a cylinder of sonic sound, Brock screams in pain. One of his guards is taking a great deal of pleasure turning up the intensity of the sonics that is keeping Eddie Brock and his symbiote incapacitated.

The guard's colleague tells him to stop, turning the intensity down, much to Eddie's relief. Noticing that one of the guards is reading a newspaper. A particular photo catches his eye and he demands to see the paper. The guard scoffs at Brock, telling him to come and get it. That's when Eddie starts screaming in pain again. This is because Brock has sent one of his symbiote's tendrils through the sonic barrier where it has snaked around to the dial that controls the device. It manages to shut down the sonic perimeter, Brock is able to become Venom once again.

Using his symbiote, he crushes the head of the guard who was tormenting him. The other, however, he merely knocks unconscious because he showed kindness. Grabbing the newspaper, Venom breaks out of the facility and escapes. On a nearby rooftop, Venom takes a closer look at the paper. There he finds what he was looking for: the cover story about the return of Peter Parker's parents. Still blaming Spider-Man for ruining his life, Brock sees this recent development as a way of evening the score.[Continuity2 2]

Appearing in "The Lost Days"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #388.

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Synopsis for "The Lost Days"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #388.

The Bronx, some years ago...[Continuity2 3]

After permanently bonding to his alien symbiote, Eddie Brock begins to wonder how he will get his revenge against Spider-Man.[Continuity2 4] Although he was able to use the symbiote to kill the bodyguards of Bruno Markham, but these were normal humans. He has no idea how to handle a super-powered individual like Peter Parker.[Continuity2 5] He suddenly remembers Chuck Stone, a former Navy Seal turned homeless drug addict that he wrote a series of articles on. He visits Chuck at the abandoned building that he makes his home and Brock convinces him to teach him in the ways of war.

The following day, Eddie follows Peter Parker, who eventually ends up waiting for a subway train. While Parker isn't looking, Brock pushes him out onto the tracks.[Continuity2 6] Eddie succeeds because of the symbiote's ability to negate Peter Parker's spider-sense. However, Peter manages to leap to safety before he is struck by the coming subway train. As Brock tries to make his getaway, he is identified as the pusher and is chased by police. He manages to evade capture when his symbiote disguises Eddie as a transit worker. When Eddie returns to Chuck, he is told that he still doesn't have a killer instinct and gives him more instruction. Satisfied with these pointers, Brock gives Stone some money, telling him to use it to buy a coat and some food.

As Venom, Eddie follows Peter Parker to Atlantic City. When Peter is on the side of a building, Venom reaches out from a nearby window and pushes him loose.[Continuity2 7] He is then caught by police officers and is forced to knock them out in order to escape. Relying on his camouflage abilities again, Eddie disguises himself as a police officer in order to sneak away. Taking a train back to New York, and goes to visit Chuck again. However, the former soldier had just died of a drug overdose. Furious, Eddie Brock turns into Venom and vows that he will not rest until Spider-Man is dead.

Appearing in "Truckstop of Doom!"

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

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  • Chuck
  • Ellen

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  • Spangle (Only appearance; dies)[1]
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Synopsis for "Truckstop of Doom!"

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

Following his escape from the Vault, Eddie Brock has hitched a ride from a couple named Chuck and Ellen who are traveling with their infant son Bobby.[Continuity4 1] When they pull over at a truck stop for some food, they discover that it is being held up by men with automatic weapons. They are ordered to sit in a booth and keep their mouths shut. Brock warns them that they are making a terrible mistake, but the waitress comes over to their table, telling them to keep it down. She explains their leader, Spangle, will let them all go once they rob an armored car that stops at the diner on the way to drop off the weekly deposits to the bank. That's when Spangle grabs the waitress by the hair and tells her to shut up.

Brock finds him in a precarious position, he has vowed to protect the innocent, however since his recent escape from the Vault he has been trying to lay low until he gets his revenge against Spider-Man.[Continuity4 2] Brock decides to take the thieves at their word that they won't hurt anyone. That is until one of Spangle's men starts harassing Ellen and her baby. When Chuck tries to stop him, he is shot in the shoulder.

Realizing that he can't stand by and do nothing, Brock keeps the symbiote under check and tells the goons that he'll take them all on outside. They take Brock up on the offer, leaving one of their men to guard the other prisoners. Once outside, Eddie allows himself to become Venom and slaughters all of the crooks. Reverting back to his civilian guise, Eddie knocks out the guard and tells the people in the diner that the danger is over. After binding Chuck's arm, Ellen asks why he risked his life for a diner full of strangers. Eddie explains that protecting the innocent is his highest goal. Eddie then goes back out to the roadside to hitch another ride before the authorities arrive on the scene.

Appearing in "First Kill"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26.

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Synopsis for "First Kill"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26.

After losing his job, Eddie Brock is at the end of his rope and has come to St. Mary's Church to commit suicide. He prays to God for forgiveness when suddenly he is swarmed by enveloped by a strange black fluid like substance.[Continuity2 8] The symbiote turns into clothing and assures Eddie that it means it no harm.[Continuity2 9] Confused about this recent development, Eddie Brock returns to his apartment building to think about what to do next.

There, his neighbor, Ernesto Mendez leans out the window of his apartment to tell Eddie that he has finally completed his recent invention. Intending to go to the patent office the following day, Mendez invites Eddie up to celebrate. Brock turns down the offer, telling Ernesto that he has a lot on his mind. Inside, the apartment Ernesto's son Pablo can't wait to sell the plans for his father's new valve to the Markham Machine Company for a fortune. However, Ernesto does not want to sell the design as he intends to make it his gift to the world as it will save money on energy waste and cut down on pollution. Meanwhile, Eddie Brock returns to his apartment and discovers that the symbiote has boosted his strength considerably. Seeing the newspaper articles about Spider-Man pegged on Brock's bulletin board upsets the symbiote. Eddie soon learns that the creature also has a hatred for the wall-crawler. Suddenly, he hears cries for help from across the street. Looking out his window, Brock sees a chair fly out of Ernesto's window.

Rushing to Ernesto's aid, Eddie walks in on thugs hired by the Markham Machine Company who have come to strong arm Ernesto into giving them the design for his new valve. Eddie is able to stop these brutes thanks to the augmented strength given to him by the symbiote. He even manages to strike one with enough force to send him smashing through a wall. Rushing to Ernesto's side, he learns that themen were from the Markham Machine Company and that they kidnapped his son Pablo. Ernesto's dying words are a plea to Eddie to save Pablo. That's when two police officers arrive on the scene. Seeing Brock with Ernesto's body, they assume he was involved in the man's murder and order him to surrender. Suddenly, the symbiote covers Brock's entire body, tranforming him into Venom for the first time...

This story is continued in The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12...

Appearing in "First Kill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12.

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Synopsis for "First Kill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12.

This story continues from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26.

Discovering the death of his neighbor Ernest Mendez, Eddie Brock is interrupted by the police who think he is responsible for the death. Becoming Venom, Brock easily incapacitates the officers. Promising the dead man that he will find his son Pablo, Venom escapes back into his own apartment and makes his symbiote turn into street clothes while he sorts out what to do next. There is a knock at the door and Eddie answers it. It's a police officer canvassing the neighborhood to learn what they can bout Ernest's murder. After the officer is gone, Brock vows to use his talents to try and find those responsible for the murder of his friend.

Brock finds this harder than when he used to be a reporter. While trying to learn what he can about the Markham Machine Company, he is turned away wherever he goes. Attempts to get help from his former employer, the Daily Globe, are turned away. When he tries to use his press pass to get an interview with someone at the company, he is rejected.

Having exhausted all official channels, Eddie decides to take matters into his own hand. Becoming Venom once more, he goes to the Markham Machine Company factor that night. His entry alerts security who tries to stop him. However, he makes short work of them. Looking around, Venom finds Pablo and thinks that he escaped and armed himself. That's when one of the guards dumps out a vat of molten metal. As the liquid metal causes flames to spring up, Venom's symbiote pulls away to keep him away from the flames.

This story is continued in Web of Spider-Man Annual #8.

Appearing in 16th story

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

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  • Bruno Markham (Death)

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Synopsis for 16th story

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

This story continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12...

Investigating the murder of his neighbor Ernesto Mendez, Eddie Brock and his symbiote went to the Markham Machine Company. After discovering Ernesto's nephew Pablo, Brock was staggered by a sudden fire. His symbiote fearing the flames tries to pull away. However, Eddie talks the creature into bonding with him again, promising that he will not abandon the creature. Becoming Venom again, Brock slams his fists on the ground so hard, he shatters the concrete floor. Sending himself and Pablo falling down to the level below.

By now, Venom has figured out that Pablo betrayed his uncle, Pablo explains that his uncle will be singing a different tune when he sees the money he got for selling his patent design to the company. That's when Venom informs the boy that his uncle was murdered by the same people he was sold out too. In order to deal with the situation, Venom webs Pablo up to the ceiling and continue searching the facility. Soon, Mister Markham arrives at the facility and demands that the situation be taken under control.

That's when Venom attacks, easily taking out Markham's bodyguards. When Venom accuses him of murdering Ernesto, Markham burns the only copy of Enresto's valve design. With no evidence that he was responsible, Markham boasts that he won't be going to jail. Realizing that this is true, Venom decides to take the law into his own hand. Snaring the crooked businessman in his symbiote's tendrils he throws Markham over the railing and into a vat of molten metal, killing him instantly.

Later, Eddie Brock has brought Pablo to the Blessing Home for Wayward Boys. There, he explains that Pablo has suffered enough because of the murder of his uncle. Brock explains that he has a second chance to live a life of innocence, telling the boy that he can change or continue down his own destructive pass. Taking Eddie's words to heart, Pablo knocks on the door and asks the nun who answers for help.

Back at his apartment, the symbiote asks Eddie if it can permanently bond with him. With nothing less to lose, Brock agrees and he and the symbiote bond. Venom pronounces that with great power comes great responsibility... as well as revenge.

See Also

Footnotes

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



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