Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Archie Goodwin

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Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #008 (1977)

“…And Only One Shall Survive!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Sal Buscema

Empathoid leaves Morbius’s body and enters Spider-Man’s. Empathoid is a being who feeds on emotions. He destroyed everybody on his planet by feeding off everyone’s emotions until they died. He wants to feed off of Spider-Man’s emotions while he finds and fights Morbius again. Spider-Man leads Morbius to a football game. The high emotions of everybody in the stadium overwhelms Empathoid and he leaves Spider-Man’s body and becomes incapacitated. Morbius flies off. He wanted to destroy Empathoid and had no personal beef with Spider-Man at the moment.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #007 (1977)

“Cry Mayhem–Cry Morbius!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Sal Buscema

Morbius comes back to Earth. At first, he tries to feed on humans, but Empathoid makes Morbius succumb to his desire to kill Spider-Man. So he fights Spider-Man.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #005 (1977)

“Spider-Kill!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Sal Buscema

Hitman is hired to kill Spider-Man and take away Vulture’s revenge. After several encounters, Spider-Man defeats Vulture and Hitman runs away.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #004 (1977)

“The Vulture is a Bird of Prey!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Sal Buscema

The Vulture comes out of hiding to get revenge on Spider-Man. A rising mob boss is made a fool by the Vulture and seeks revenge. He hires somebody called The Hitman.

The Amazing Spider-Man #150 (1975)

“Spider-Man…or Spider-Clone?”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artist: Gil Kane

Spider-Man goes to Dr. Connors to do tests to see if he is the Clone. He is attacked by Vulture, Sandman and the Kingpin, but these are just robots created by Dr. Spencer Smythe who attacks with a new Spider-Slayer. Spider-Man defeats him and proves to himself that he is not the Clone because, despite he and the clone having the same memories, he has feelings for Mary Jane which could only be based on shared experiences after the death of Gwen Stacy. Thus, he must be the real thing. Spider-Man decides to not read Dr. Connors’ lab report.

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