Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Bob Hall

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The Amazing Spider-Man #237 (1983)

“High & Mighty!”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: Bob Hall

A villain called Stilt Man wants to revitalize his reputation by defeating Spider-Man. He goes to Stark international to retrieve his stilt suit, but Spider-Man saves his life by taking a blast from some defense gun while inside and Stilt Man decides to not kill him.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #074 (1983)

“Fantasia!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Bob Hall

The Owl steals some device (the uses of which aren’t made known). Doctor Octopus tries to steal the component device from Kingpin, but it turns out to be a fake.

Peter agrees to help Deb. The psychiatrist asks Peter to dress up like Spider-Man and Peter refuses, but says he’ll try to help her a different way. He talks to her kind of boyfriend Biff Rifkin and finds out she had a husband back in college who beat her and she had the typical abused wife mentality that “he’s really a nice guy” and couldn’t grasp the reality. Biff knocked out her husband once and took her to the hospital. He says that she sees people as they aren’t. Peter feels overly responsible for her current state of mind because of his neglect and complete lack of concern and attention. He decides to reveal his identity to her to show her that she’s not crazy.

He climbs onto her balcony and enters her room where he tells her he’s Spider-Man and Peter Parker. She takes off his mask and starts laughing and thanks him for putting on the absurd costume and shocking her back to her senses. She moves back to the Midwest to finally divorce her husband and move on.

The Black Cat shows up again to Spider-Man with the actual component device which she stole from Kingpin.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #065 (1982)

“The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Bob Hall

Kraven again seeks to defeat Spider-Man with the help of his love Calypso. While Kraven and Spider-Man are fighting, Calypso shoots a drugged dart into Spider-Man’s ankle that causes him to hallucinate and see terrifying imagery. Kraven is upset that his defeat of Spider-Man is only due to drugs and scolds Calypso. Spider-Man jumps off the roof, still disoriented. Kraven doesn’t want Spider-Man to die like this because he wouldn’t feel honorable. He jumps off after him. A police car comes by and Kraven is arrested. Spider-Man flees and the drugs begin wearing off.

The Amazing Spider-Man #222 (1981)

“Faster Than the Eye!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Bob Hall

Speed Demon, who can run incredibly fast, starts robbing department stores. In their first encounter, Spider-Man can’t beat him. But during their second encounter in a big department store, Spider-Man is more prepared and it turns into more of a Home Alone situation and Spider-Man ends up beating and humiliating Speed Demon.

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