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Appearing in "Down and Downer"
- Sphinx (Shadow only)
- Dreadnoughts (Destroyed)
- Sinister Syndicate
- Justin Hammer
- Jonas Hale
- Carlton Drake
- Speedball (Mentioned)
- Carla (Dreadnought controller) (Only appearance)
- Frank (Dreadnought controller) (Only appearance)
- Margaret (Target Technologies programmer) (Only appearance)
- New Warrior's Chopper
Synopsis for "Down and Downer"
This story is continued from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26
Investigating the activities of Target Technologies in New Jersey, Spider-Man, Nova, and Namorita find themselves confronted by the latest models of Dreadnaughts. The robots are armed with the newest in liquid, solid, and gas weapons.[Continuity 1] The trio are having trouble fending off these robots until Silhouette, Night Thrasher, and Firestar arrive to lend a hand. After taking down the Dreadnaughts, Spider-Man asks how Night Thrasher and the others found them. Thrasher explains that he was looking into the kidnapping of his teammate Speedball. Tracking Speedball's unique energy signature brought them to the Target Technologies facility. As they take down the rest of the robots, Spider-Man realizes that they are dealing with Advanced Idea Mechanics, the criminal science organization. As the New Warriors struggle to stop the robots, Spider-Man notices that the Dreadnaughts seem to be particularly sensitive to Firestar's microwave powers. Noticing antennae on the robots heads, Spider-Man decides to investigate. Going through the ventilation systems, the wall-crawler finds the technicians operating the Dreadnaughts. Spider-Man ambushes the technicians and destroys their control computers.
Without human control, the Dreadnaughts begin going berserk, allowing the New Warriors to easily destroy them. With the robots destroyed, Spider-Man returns to the New Warriors and points out since they made a connection between the attack on the town of Fortune, Target Technologies, and Speedball's disappearance he suggests that they check out the administration building. When they enter the facility they stop one of the staff from dumping all the data from their computers. Nova pulls her away and allows Night Thrasher to try and learn what he can. He discovers that the wave cannon was developed for a private installation in upstate New York. Before he can get any additional information, a failsafe built into the computer wipes out the rest of the data. While at a private meeting room among some of the haeds of the world's leading corporations, a status report is being made on the debacle at Target Technologies. Learning that Spider-Man and the New Warriors may have learned the location of their secret lab. Their mysterious benefactor asks the others if they have any suggestions on how to deal with this latest development. That's when Justin Hammer speaks up, offering to enlist his super-powered operatives to defend the lab.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man and the New Warriors are heading to the lab in the New Warrior's helicopter. On the way, Spider-Man feels like they will never be able to stop such a large organization like AIM. Silouhette points out that she lost the use of her legs thanks to criminals. Instead of giving into the grief and pain, she decided to use her powers to try and stop as much evil as she can.[Continuity 2] When they arrive outside the facility, which turns out to be what appears to be a cow pasture. Thinking this is a waste of time, Nova accidentally sets off the perimeter security. Ambushed by the various defenses, most of the heroes are separated by the various traps and trap doors in the ground, leaving only Spider-Man and Silouhette on the battlefield. Recovering from the assault, the pair looks for a secret access in order to infiltrate the facility. While inside, Night Thrasher, Firestar, as well as Nova and Namorita begin looking around the facility. Back at the boardroom, the masterminds behind this scheme are satisfied that everything is going according to plan. Justin Hammer contacts his operatives and orders them to earn their pay. In one room, Nova and Namorita find themselves confronted by Discus, Speed Demon and Beetle, while in another Night Thrasher faces Blacklash and Boomerang. In a third room, Firestar is ambushed by Hydro-Man and Constrictor. Lastly, Spider-Man and Silouhette find themselves face-to-face with the Rhino, Bombshell, and Stiletto.
This story is continued in Web of Spider-Man Annual #8.
Appearing in "First Kill!"
- Pablo Mendez
- Ernesto Mendez (Corpse)
- Daily Globe
Synopsis for "First Kill!"
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 "Sons of the Tiger"
- Flying Dragons
- "Tiger" Brown (Death) (Only in flashback)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- Prowler's Wrist-Blasters
Synopsis for "Sons of the Tiger"
While investigating the disappearance of homeless people near the site where a skyscraper his employer is building is located, Hobie Brown brings his brother Abe along with him. In the neighborhood, they meet a homeless vet named Shark, who fought in Southeast Asia with their father when they were both in the military. Shark tells them how "Tiger" Brown was wounded by a sniper. Shark was sent to get the sniper and left Tiger alone. Tragically, when Shark returned with the enemy sniper, he found that the enemy murdered Brown and left his body hanging from a tree.[Continuity3 1] After leaving the army, Shark has been living in Hogan's Alley ever since. Hearing how his father died angers Abe, who blames Shark for leaving his father to die. Hobie pulls Abe off the man, pointing out how Shark has clearly been eaten up by guilt for the past twenty years. Abe is angry that Hobie could act so casually about the death of their father, but Hobie was only an infant when their father was killed in action. Abe decides that he is going to come back in the evening to see what he can learn, and warns Hobie to stay out of his way.
That night, Abe clashes with members of the Flying Dragon gang to learn what he can about the disappearance of the homeless people. As some of them flee, the Prowler arrives on the scene to lend his brother his hand. As the gang members flee, Abe is struck in the leg with a knife. He tells the Prowler to leave him and go after the others. As the Prowler gives them the chase, Abe is confronted by the Flying Dragon's leader, the White Dragon. Abe tries to get out of the way of the villain's spray from the White Dragon's mask, but can't get far due to his wounded leg. While the Prowler rounds up the fleeing members of the gang he hears the sound of a gunshot. Fearing for Abe's safety, he doubles back and arrives to see that Shark has shot the White Dragon in the shoulder. This enrages the gang leader, who has been hired to eliminate the local homeless population in order to stop the construction of a homeless shelter on valuable land. That's when the Prowler arrives to battle his foe, dousing him water. This is when the homeless population arrives to defend their home, sending the White Dragon fleeing.
In the aftermath of the battle, Abe makes peace with Shark, thanking him for saving his life.
Appearing in "10 Most Embarrassing Moments ..."
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Recap)
- Aunt May (Recap)
- Harry Osborn (Recap)
- Mary Jane Watson (Recap)
- Gwen Stacy (Recap)
- George Stacy (Recap)
- J. Jonah Jameson (Recap)
- Betty Brant (Recap)
- Spider-Mobile (Recap)
Synopsis for "10 Most Embarrassing Moments ..."
Spider-Man has come to tell the reader of the most embarrassing moments of his career to date:
10) The earliest of these was during Spider-Man's early career as a television entertainer. Wanting his identity to be kept secret, he learned that it was impossible to cash a check made out to "Spider-Man".[Continuity4 1]
9) Another time, early on his career, Spider-Man had to go into action but he didn't have costume handy. He had no other choice, Spider-Man was forced to wear an off the rack costume that fit very poorly on him.[Continuity4 2]
8) Then there was the time that Spider-Man built his disastrous Spider-Mobile.[Continuity4 3]
7) Another embarassing moment came when Peter Parker revealed his identity because he thought he was losing his powers. As it turned out, he was suffering from the flu and had to come up with an elaborite scheme to convince people that he wasn't in his right mind.[Continuity4 4]
6) Not long after that, Spider-Man tried to eliminate his powers, but this backfired causing him to grow six arms.[Continuity4 5]
5) If that wasn't embarassing enough, there was the time that Peter discovered the difficulty of cleaning his own costume when he didn't have a laundry machine at home and had to wear a paper bag over his head to wash his costume at a laundromat.[Continuity4 6]
4) One of Spider-Man's most humiliating defeats came at the hands of Daredevil's foe Stilt-Man.[Continuity4 7]
3) However, that wasn't the first time, the second time Stilt-Man defeated Spider-Man was even more humiliating.[Continuity4 8]
2) Coming close to the most embarassing was the time he was sick and his powers were out of whack when he went to face Doctor Octopus. The villain easily defeated and unmasked Spider-Man. His identity would have been blown if everyone believed Peter Parker was masquerading as Spider-Man to save Betty Brant.[Continuity4 9]
1) However, the most embarassing moment was the time he went to rescue his Aunt May from Doctor Octopus, only to be knocked out from behind by his wife.[Continuity4 10]
Appearing in "The Hunt Begins"
- Chadwick (Only appearance)
Synopsis for "The Hunt Begins"
This story continues in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26
At the Genetech facility, owners Chadwick and Rosen argue with each other over who was responsible for allowing Lightmaster into their facility. Meanwhile, at his secret hideout, Lightmaster has Dagger prisoner. When she wakes up, he explains that he is going to boost his power by draining her light powers. Despite her protests, Lightmaster activates the machine that transfers her light energy into him.
At that moment, Cloak has arrived at Genetic, after learning that Lightmaster was being held at the facility after his last arrest. He confronts Chadwick and Rosen and demands to know where Lightmaster is, wrapping his cloak around their throats. He learns that they had tracked him down to a nearby hydroelectric plant and that they had developed a weapon to stop him. Cloak takes the weapon and warns the two scientists that if Dagger has been harmed, he will be back.
Back at his hideout, Lightmaster stops the transfer to allow Dagger to replenish her strength. However, she manages to break free from her restraints and staggers her foe with a light dagger. She then uses another to destroy his machine. That's when Cloak arrives and blasts Lightmaster with the weapon. Instead of stopping Lightmaster, it makes Lightmaster grow to titanic size, making him stronger than ever. Realizing that he made a huge mistake, Cloak wonders what he had done.
Down and Downer:
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- ↑ Spider-Man says that "Ralph Nader is going to hear about this". This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ Silhouette was paralyzed by a bullet to the spine, as revealed in New Warriors #2.
Sons of the Tiger:
- ↑ Shark states that this story took place during the Vietnam War. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
Ten Most Embarassing Moments:
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man #1
- ↑ Spider-Man was forced to wear a storebought costume in Amazing Spider-Man #26 after his Aunt May found and hid his only costume in the previous issue.
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man #130.
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man #87
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man #100-102
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man #82
- ↑ Daredevil #27
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man #237
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man #12
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man #114
- The cover advertises an appearance by The Black Cat, but that character does not appear in any of the stories in this issue.
- "First Kill!" is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.
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