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 #088 (1984)

“Hyde and Seek!”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Al Milgrom

Mr. Hyde wants to kill Cobra. Spider-Man tries to fight them. But Black Cat gets in the way and Spider-Man nearly dies. As long as she doesn’t have super powers, she’ll be a liability and will only make things more difficult for Spider-Man during his fights.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #087 (1984)

“Mistaken Identities!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Al Milgrom

Synopsis found here: PPTSS #087

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #086 (1984)

“Bugs!”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Al Milgrom & Fred Hembeck

Spider-Man is still wary of letting the Black Cat share his nighttime adventures due to the fact that she could die. But he decides to let her into his life completely. No secrets. He takes her to Daily Bugle to show her where he works, but the Fly swoops in and attacks Jonah for turning him into a bug. Something which happened in an annual long ago. Spider-Man rushes in and fights him and beats him. He then swings off with Black Cat to show her where he lives.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #17 (1983)

“Heroes and Villains”

Rating: 3/5

Writers: Roger Stern & Bill Mantlo
Artist: Ed Hannigan

Peter goes to a high school reunion and discovers some of his former classmates have gotten mixed up with the mob. As Spider-Man he helps out a guy who helped him out back when he was Puny Parker who got picked on.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #085 (1983)

“The Hatred of the Hobgoblin!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Al Milgrom

The Hobgoblin submerges himself in Osborn’s strength enhancing liquid and then decides to go after Spider-Man to test his new strength. The Black Cat is allowed to go home from the hospital. Her and Spider-Man go out at night on the rooftops for some webslinging thrills. They meet up with Hobgoblin and Black Cat’s interference with Spider-Man’s actions and just her general presence being in danger causes Spider-Man to realize that it’s probably not a good idea for them to crime fight together. After Black Cat mucks up one of Spider-Man’s plans, Hobgoblin sees they’re their own worst enemies and flies away to fight on another day.

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