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Quote1.png Well I'll be an eight-ball's uncle! That glob just -- just spread out and became a costume -- and dissolved away the tatters of my old one in the process! Not bad! Different -- but not bad! Quote2.png
--Spider-Man


Appearing in "Invasion!"

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

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Synopsis for "Invasion!"

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

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

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

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

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

Appearing in "Introducing... Puma!"

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

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Synopsis for "Introducing... Puma!"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appearing in "Beware the Claws of Puma!"

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

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Synopsis for "Beware the Claws of Puma!"

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

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

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

Spider-man fights Puma.

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

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

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

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

Appearing in "The Sinister Secret of Spider-Man's New Costume!"

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

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

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

As our story begins, Mary Jane Watson confronts Peter shortly after his return home from battling the Puma. She reveals to him that she has known that he was Spider-Man for years - which comes as a complete shock to him.

Peter tries to convince Mary Jane to stay, but she fears that all he is going to do is lie to her again. She confides that while she cares for him, she just can't deal with the fact that he is a superhero, and that is the main reason why she left New York to begin with.

As Peter scrambles to try and get Mary Jane to stay, the Black Cat comes leaping into his apartment through the window. This blows away any chance Peter had of keeping his secret identity. Seeing the Black Cat in his apartment and realizing she knows his secret as well, Mary Jane leaves in tears. Peter calls after her to come back, but the Black Cat tells him not to worry about this other woman, as he doesn't need a "bimbo" like her.

Peter snaps at the Black Cat for entering his apartment in such a reckless fashion, jeopardizing his secret identity. The Black Cat isn't interested in dealing with her lover's emotional outburst and begins to leave. Peter doesn't want her to go and is surprised when his costume, currently in street-clothing form, shoots webbing at her.

While he tries to make sense of this, the Black Cat embraces him, realizing that he does care about her. As she hugs him, Peter is more concerned about his costume, and how little he knows about it.

Meanwhile in Heartsdale, New Mexico, Thomas Fireheart returns to his office at Fireheart Enterprises, where he asks his secretary, Jenna Taylor to assemble a dossier on Spider-Man, so that he can prepare for his final conflict with him.

Back in New York, Peter boards up the window that was broken previously during his battle with the Puma. He decides to try and call Mary Jane, but she doesn't answer. She is busy packing up her things, but when she comes across a photo of her sister and her kids. Mary Jane realizes that she is running from Peter, the same way she ran away from her sister. She wonders why she runs away from all the people she cares for.

Giving up on reaching Mary Jane, Peter wills the costume off his body and sits down. He thinks about everything that has been going on in his life and wonders how things began spiraling out of control. Peter relaxes in a chair, and no sooner is he asleep, than his costume crosses the room, bonds to him and takes the still unconscious wall-crawler out web-slinging.

As he, Peter has a nightmare where he is a teenaged version of himself being stalked by his black costume. In the dreamscape, he is rescued by his original red and blue costume. As the two costumes fight over each other, Peter tries to flee but the two garments go after him. As they fight over Peter, he wakes up screaming. Peter finds himself back in bed, unaware that his costume took him out while he was asleep. Disturbed by his dream, Peter decides to finally take his new costume to be examined by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

Later that day, Spider-Man pays a visit to the Baxter Building where he is granted access by the security systems. There he finds the Human Torch and Mister Fantastic in the lab. He tells them that he has come to take Reed up to his offer to examine his new costume. Spider-Man then undergoes a battery of tests to determine how the costume can shoot webs, meld itself over his body, and camoflage itself as normal clothing.

While this is going on, the villainous Rose is entertaining the Hobgoblin at his penthouse. However, before he listens to the Hobgoblin's proposal, he is determined to prove if this is really the Hobgoblin, as he had heard that he had been killed. Guards, summoned by The Rose, attack the Hobgoblin, who takes them all down within a few seconds. Convinced that he is dealing with the genuine article, the Rose listens to the Hobgoblin's proposal, that they their pool their resources together to in order to rival the Kingpin. To start their campaign, they will destroy Spider-Man once and for all.

Back at the Baxter Building, Spider-Man and the Human Torch reminisce over their experiences on Battleworld, while they wait for Reed to finish his examination of the costume. Mister Fantastic soon enters and tells Spider-Man the shocking truth about his costume: It's a living symbiotic creature that is attempting to bond to him permenantly.

Panicked, Spider-man tries to remove the costume, but it fights back. Having determined that the costume is sensitive to loud noise, Mister Fantastic uses a sonic blaster to force the costume off Spider-Man. The Human Torch then contains the creature in a circle of flame to hold it in place, and Mister Fantastic traps it in a containment device.

With his costume removed, Peter covers his face, reminding the two members of the Fantastic Four that he has a secret identity to maintain. The Torch has a solution to the problem and gets Spider-Man one of his old Fantastic Four costumes and a paperbag to wear over his face as a crude mask. Despite being embarassed by this new ensemble, Spider-Man grudgingly accepts it for the time being, since he has to wear something.

Reed asks Spider-Man if he can keep the alien costume to examine it further. The wall-crawler tells Reed that he can keep it, as he never wants to see it again. After the Human Torch drops Spider-Man outside of the Baxter Building, the wall-crawler makes his trek back home. However, along the way, he happens upon a liquor store robbery that has been interrupted by the police. Spider-Man swings in and easily trounces the crooks. With the battle is over, Spider-Man is swarmed by reporters who want to know who he is. Embarassed and overwhealmed, the wall-crawler quickly escapes.

In the aftermath of this experience, Peter laments over how humbled he has been made recently and wonders what to do about Mary Jane and the Black Cat. Suddenly, it begins to snow, which is the final straw in what in what has turned out to be a horrible day for Spider-Man.

Once back home, Peter Parker watches the news coverage of his embarassing outing as the "Unknown Superhero". Trying to figure out what to do without his new costume, Peter pulls out his web-shooters out of storage and contemplates wearing his old red and blue costume again, when suddenly there is a knock at the door.

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

Appearing in "Things Undreamt of..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Super Special #1.

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Synopsis for "Things Undreamt of..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Venom Super Special #1.

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After Peter Parker goes to sleep for the night, he is too exhausted to notice his alien costume suddenly come to life and bond to his body.[Continuity2 1] It takes control of his body and goes out web-slinging.

It soon arrives at a stand-off between the police and some armed men. The officers are under the command of Jean DeWolff, a long time ally of Spider-Man. Pinned down by gunfire, DeWolff is happy to see the sight of Spider-Man as he arrives on the scene. Silently, the symbiote pilots Spider-Man's body into the warehouse, ambushing the gunmen inside. Without speaking a single word, the body of the wall-crawler rounds up the gunmen in no time.

In the aftermath of the battle, Jean DeWolff takes a moment to pull Spider-Man aside and thank him for his help. Unaware that the wall-crawler is not in control of his body, she asks him to talk in private in the nearby alley. There Jean thanks the web-slinger for all the times he has aided her. She also admits that she loves him. This causes the symbiote to think about its host's relationship with the Black Cat.[Continuity2 2] Based on this experience, the symbiote moves in to try and kiss Jean DeWolff. Jean then stops him, as he has misunderstood what she says. She explains that she loves Spider-Man as a friend. In fact, she sees him as her best friend and understands how he could have misunderstood her. She then tells him not to say anything more and jokingly threatens him if he tells anyone about this private conversation. With that, Jean goes back to her fellow officers, prompting the symbiote to swing Spider-Man's body away. It then returns to Peter Parker's apartment, returning his body to bed and resuming its post, draped across a chair.

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Peter Parker is in the cemetery paying his respects to his Aunt May.[Continuity2 3] He is then joined by his wife Mary Jane, who tells Peter it is time to go.[Continuity2 4] As they leave, she tells him that no matter where May is, she knows that Peter will always care. Peter agrees, but tells her that it is important not to forget those you really love. As he says this, he unknowingly walks past the grave of Jean DeWolff.[Continuity2 5]

Solicit Synopsis

Go back in black with Spider-Man and his symbiotic suit as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. First, amid the chaos of Secret Wars, there comes a costume in MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #8 from the titanic team of Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck! But there’s more to the outfit than meets the eye — as Spider-Man, the ferocious Puma and the Fantastic Four all discover in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #256-258 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz! Plus: A mighty Marvel team-up of legendary Spidey creators Dan Slott and Mark Bagley results in a poignant tale featuring the late, lamented police captain Jean DeWolff, from VENOM SUPER SPECIAL #1!

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