Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Alistair Smythe

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The Amazing Spider-Man #371 (1992)

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Part 4: One Clue Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” & “Strained Relations”

Rating: 4/5

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Pt. 3: Life Stings!”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

The Black Cat has some new gadgets that help her be more cat-like. Balance and agility enhancing implants, gloves that can sharpen to claws, and contacts that help her see in the dark. Her and Peter go to a mental hospital where Mendel Stromm’s assistant Max Young resides. They discover that he was broken out by Alistair Smythe. Spider-Man and Black Cat are attacked by a giant spider-slayer and destroy it. They figure Smythe’s behind it and set out to find him. Richard and Mary Parker get kidnapped by the FBI agent that was spying on Aunt May’s house.

“The Web”

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

MJ uses memories of her abusive father and speculations on what Peter’s parents coming into the picture might do to their relationship to help her acting in a movie.

The Amazing Spider-Man #292 (1987)

“Growing Pains!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Mary Jane’s sister is in jail for stealing and hiding a valuable manuscript for her father. Mary Jane and Peter recover the manuscript but get attacked by Smythe in his Spider Slayer. Spider-Man and Mary Jane beat the Slayer together and Mary Jane realizes what a good team they make. She gets her father to unwittingly confess everything with cops right outside the door and he’s arrested. Mary Jane then comes to her senses and says yes to Peter’s marriage proposal.

The Amazing Spider-Man #291 (1987)

“Dark Journey!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: John Romita Jr.

Mary Jane says she doesn’t know and flies to Pittsburgh to deal with a family matter. Alistair Smythe sends a Spider Slayer after Spider-Man, but fails to kill him. Peter gets a call from MJ, saying she was wrong and she needs him and she asks him to come to Pittsburgh to help her. Alistair Smythe tracks Peter to the airport via gas from their battle and then buys a ticket for the next flight to Pittsburgh.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #19 (1985)

“Fun ‘n’ Games”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Louise Simonson
Artist: Mary Wilshire

Spencer Smythe’s son Alistaire wants revenge against Spider-Man for the death of his father. He placed a tracking device in the hat that Peter gave to Aunt May (that was picked up by the Kingpin back during his fight with the Vulturians) and built a new Spider Slayer. He kidnaps Anna and Mary Jane Watson because Anna was wearing the hat, and Alistaire thinks she’s Spider-Man’s aunt. He then starts to think Mary Jane is Spider-Man and she says she is and leads him on a wild goose chase until Spider-Man can catch up with them and defeat Smythe. Mary Jane now understands Spider-Man and Peter Parker a little more and kisses him in the end.

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