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The Amazing Spider-Man #360 (1992)

“Death Toy!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Chris Marrinan

Spider-Man saves Cardiac and the security guard in the toy factory. The toy factory is manufacturing dolls that are dangerous. Spidey and Cardiac find out that the parent company is Stane International and it is manufacturing weapons and testing them on humans. They show up at Stane Int. headquarters and fight the security detail. The man in charge runs outside but is caught by police who say they’re shutting him down for an investigation. Also, the first appearance of Carnage. He kills a random guy and says he chose him to be Carnage’s first victim because his name was stupid.

The Amazing Spider-Man #359 (1992)

“Toy Death!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Chris Marrinan

Ben Urich is writing articles exposing scammers who find legal ways to rip people off. After each article is published in the Bugle, Cardiac finds the scammer from the article and gives them a whooping. Spider-Man tries to stop him. They end up in a toy factory and Spidey has seconds to save both Cardiac and a security guard. Also, Cletus Kasady (Eddie Brock’s old cell mate) is talking to an unseen friend and escapes from prison.

The Amazing Spider-Man #345 (1991)

“Gun From the Heart”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Spider-Man is hired by Sapirdyne through Silver Sable to neutralize Cardiac. Spider-Man agrees. They set up a sting. But Sapirdyne also plants Boomerang on the boat to take out Spider-Man. Spidey and Cardiac fight. Boomerang tries to take out Spidey but Spidey sends him into the water. Cardiac manages to blow up the barrels and escape.

The symbiote climbs in the window and attaches to Eddie and they break out the wall. Some of the symbiote is left behind and drips next to Cletus Kasady’s hand after Eddie leaves.

The Amazing Spider-Man #344 (1991)

“Hearts and Powers”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Spider-Man is investigating a chemical company called Sapirdyne who’s supplying cocaine processing chemicals to South America. Cardiac keeps showing up and destroying the chemicals before Spidey can find clues of the bigger picture. They’re both trying to do good but in different ways. Hammer gives Rhino a new suit and he fights Cardiac and Spidey at one of the plants. Cardiac blows up the factory.

Eddie Brock is sharing a jail cell with a serial killer named Cletus. Cletus sees some Venom-like eyes out the window.

The Amazing Spider-Man #343 (1991)

“War Garden”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Black Cat helps a powerless (literally!) Spider-Man find Scorpion via spider tracer. Scorpion is with La Tarantula, Knockout, Whiplash, Mindblast, Bloodlust and the scientist who took away Spider-Man’s powers. The scientist reveals himself to be Chameleon. Black Cat fights all of them while Spider-Man uses the machine to restore his powers. Black Cat is down for the count and Spidey finishes off all the bad guys. Chameleon gets away. Somehow, Spider-Man using the machine made Black Cat’s powers go away. And he destroyed the machine. She seems to be okay with it.

There’s a doctor who wants to “show the world’s death merchants what is means to deal with Cardiac”. He’s Cardiac.

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