Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Bill Mantlo

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Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #120 (1986)

“A House is Not a Home”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Keith Giffin

The new landlord of a building is trying to jack up the rent and force the old poor tenants out by hiring a gang to strike fear in them. After an old man gets killed by the gang, Spider-Man beats the gang up and scares them into confessing and implicating the landlord.

Web of Spider-Man #11 (1986)

“Have You Seen…That Vigilante Man!”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Danny Fingeroth & Bill Mantlo
Artist: Bill McLeod

In a laundromat, Peter roughs up some punks who are about to rob and rape the girl working the cash register. Word spreads quickly and people think of Peter as a hero. The gang then begins harassing Peter and breaking into his apartment to leave him warning messages. He visits them as Spider-Man to scare some sense into him, but this just makes them set his apartment on fire.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #104 (1985)

“The Last Race”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artists: Vince Giarrano & Pat Redding

A corrupt bounty hunter is chasing Rocket Racer to kill him for skipping bail. Spider-Man defeats the bounty hunter and saves Rocket Racer, who decides to turn himself in because he’s done with the criminal life.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #04 (1984)

“Memory Lane!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artists: Kerry Gammill & Sal Buscema

Aunt May has been receiving letters from an old love that makes her go out at night. She meets up with him and he’s still in love. She isn’t and brings him to his senses. Also a mini story about Spider-Man and Black Cat having a quiet night at home that leads to antics when the Black Cat an old burglar friend steals a present Black Cat just got from Spider-Man.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #089 (1984)

“Power-Search!”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Al Milgrom

The Black Cat goes on a search for super powers so she can assist Spider-Man instead of hindering him. The Kingpin agrees to help her. He just enhances her cat abilities using Stillwell’s devices. She acquires cat-like swiftness and whoever tries to harm her is dealt bad luck. Because she’s the Black Cat. Kingpin wants her to destroy Spider-Man, but doesn’t ask her to. I assume her bad luck is supposed to befall him. This issue ends the same as 251 of Amazing Spider-Man. Leading into Secret Wars.

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