The Amazing Spider-Man #285 (1987)
“Gang War, Part Two: The Arranger Must Die!”
Writers: Tom DeFalco & Jim Owsley
Artist: Alan Kupperberg
Hammerhead decides to assassinate The Arranger. Meanwhile, Rose stays neutral in the whole gang war. The Punisher hears about the hit and goes to the meeting of the crime bosses in an attempt to kill all of them and end the war, as well as cripple the crime industry on the northeastern seaboard. Spider-Man stops him, but Punisher gases him and gets away. The hit also goes wrong, with Hobgoblin and Jack O’Lantern killing Hammerhead’s hitman. Rose and The Arranger agree to an alliance of sorts. Also, Ned Leeds explains his secrecy and lies about the “undercover assignments from Joe Robertson” that he told Betty about. Ned tells Joe he’s working on a story that’ll win him the Pulitzer Prize and give him more notoriety since Ben Urich’s articles have been getting all the front page headlines.