Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #01 (1979)

“And Men Shall Call Him…Octopus!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artists: Jim Mooney & Rich Buckler

Doc Ock steals an atomic sub. Spider-Man rips the hatch off and water floods in, sinking it. Doc Ock seemingly went down with the ship and died.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #13 (1979)

“The Arms of Doctor Octopus”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: John Byrne

Some agent gets murdered. Cops think it’s suicide. Spider-Man investigates to prove it’s a homicide. Dr. Octopus is also looking for the murderer, but for different reasons. The guy helping Spider-Man (who also knows that he’s also Peter Parker) turns out to be the ghost of the agent who was murdered. And during a fight with Doc Ock, Spider-Man rips one of his mechanical arms off.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #037 (1979)

“Into the Hive!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Jim Mooney

The teacher’s assistants at the school where Swarm is attacking create a super insect repellant. Spider-Man coats his suit in it and mixes it with his webbing and goes into the giant hive on the campus and wrecks Swarm and the queen bee.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #036 (1979)

“Enter: Swarm!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Jim Mooney

This issue starts with a really cool scene of Spider-Man capturing some escaping bank robbers for the police. He peels back the roof of a car and a whole other bunch of fun stuff.

The issue itself is about the awakening of a villain called Swarm who’s a swarm of bees that take the form of a man around the skeleton of a Nazi who once controlled them. And also collectively embody his consciousness.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #035 (1979)

“Labyrinth”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artists: Lee Elias & Mike Esposito

The Mindworm comes back. After their last battle, he was taken to a hospital. The Mindworm has extreme telepathic abilities. He and Spider-Man share a dream, well nightmare, and Spider-Man helps Mindworm overcome his feelings of alienation. Mindworm learns the Spider-Man mantra “With great power comes great responsibility.” Spider-Man and Mindworm part ways on good terms.

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