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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #25 (1991)

Rating: 4/5

“The Vibranium Vendetta, Part 1: The Spider and the Ghost”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Guang Yap

Roxxon Oil creates a synthetic version of the rare and expensive new element Vibranium. Kingpin hires The Ghost to steal the secrets and destroy the lab. Spider-Man and Black Panther are suspicious of Roxxon and investigate their lab just as The Ghost breaks in. They fight him for a while and then Sunturion shows up to kill all of them for trying to destroy Roxxon property.

“The Origin of the Amazing Spider-Man”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Sal Buscema

A retelling of the origin story.

“Outlaw Justice Part One”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Silver Sable recruits Rocket Racer, The Prowler, and Will-o-the-Wisp to form a new quick-strike team called The Outlaws to help with dangerous missions. Their first mission is to Canadian government official’s daughter back.

“Truckstop of Doom”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Paris Cullins

A story that takes place between Amazing Spider-Man 315 and 316. Eddie Brock is hitching a ride with some folks who stop at a truckstop. While there, some men try to rob the place. Brock takes them outside and beats the crap out of them as Venom to protect all the innocents.

“Second Chance”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Steve Ditko

Raymond Trask “hires” Chance to protect him from assassination. Turns out Trask set a trap to get revenge on Chance for trying to assassinate him before.

The Amazing Spider-Man #336 (1990)

“Return of the Sinister Six, Part Three: The Wagers of Sin”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Kingpin hires the Vulture to kill a man named Raymond Trask. Mr. Grouper, an associate of Kingpin’s, hires Chance as backup in case Vulture fails to kill Trask. Peter is photographing an event Trask is hosting when Vulture attacks. Pete changes into Spider-Man and fights him. Chance comes along and tries to kill Trask, but Spidey takes him out and he flies away. Vulture takes Aunt May hostage, but Nathan Lubensky grabs Vulture. Vulture flies up with Nathan hanging on and then drops him. Spider-Man tries to save Nathan, but his heart stops when he’s back on the ground. Dr. Octopus flies by Vulture and gives him a lift.

The Amazing Spider-Man #299 (1988)

“Survival of the Hittist!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Spider-Man finds Chance in some underground city. Chance is beaten up pretty bad. The company Chance was working for was setting up a luxury survival community for rich people in case the world plunged into chaos soon. Spider-Man and Chance then have to fight their way out together. Chance blows up the place. Mary Jane returns home and thinks she sees Peter in the shadows, but it turns out to be some sinister looking brute in his black Spider-Man costume. Of course, we all know him as Venom.

The Amazing Spider-Man #298 (1988)

“Chance Encounter!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Todd McFarlane

A villain called Chance is hired to steal some weapons for a company. Spider-Man tries to stop him, but Chance gets away. The company that hires Chance then knocks him out for their own sinister purposes. Peter worries about getting money, even though Mary Jane makes tons of it. It’s some sort of pride thing. At the end, some mysterious person vows to ruin Spider-Man. Then a copy of Spider-Man’s black suit forms around his hands.

Web of Spider-Man #15 (1986)

“Fox Hunt”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mike Harris

Spider-Man finds Black Fox but it turns out a guy named Chance with an Iron Man-like suit was the one responsible for the corpse Spider-Man found. Chance and Spider-Man fight for a while, and eventually Spider-Man defeats him. Black Fox returns the ruby he stole for a reward and heads to Europe. Peter sells his solid gold notebook for a mere $3,000 and pays for Aunt May’s fiance Nathan’s hospital bills anonymously. MJ fixes the damage to Peter’s apartment while he’s away so he doesn’t get kicked out.

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