Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Gerry Conway

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The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #11 (1991)

Rating: 4/5

“The Vibranium Vendetta, Part 2: The Ghost and the Machine”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Marie Severin

Sunturion is about to blast everyone when Iron Man comes in and takes him out. Spider-Man hits Sunturion with a microwave beam that turns him back into Arthur Dearborn. Everybody leaves. Ultron-13 wants the Vibranium to make himself invincible and creates an army of androids to steal it. Iron Man, Spidey, and Black Panther reconvene at the Roxxon lab later. Spidey and Panther fight the android army and Ghost fights Ultron-13. Ghost loses. Iron Man stops Dearborn from getting away and downloads data from Roxxon’s computer. Ultron-13 agrees to help Kingpin get the secrets of the synthetic vibranium.

“Outlaw Justice Part Two”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Silver Sable, Prowler, and Rocket Racer show up at the kidnapper’s compound and defeat the guards. Then they run into Sandman who’s working for the kidnapper. But secretly, he’s trying to thwart the kidnapper to get back in the Avengers’ good graces.

“One Track Mind”

Writer: Gerry Conway & Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Ron Wilson

Spider-Man thwarts an attempted bank robbery involving the Rhino.

“With Babysitting Comes Great Responsibility”

Writer: Fred Hembeck
Artist: Fred Hembeck

A very young Petey Parker is put in charge of babysitting a baby. He takes him in a wagon to get a free banana split but has to rush home before his aunt and uncle and the baby’s parents get home.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #174 (1991)

“Dedication (or, “Jonah Goes to Pieces”)”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Gerry Conway & David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh
Artist: Sal Buscema

Jonah unveils the new Daily Bugle. Dr. Octopus breaks in, holds MJ hostage and tells Jonah he wants $20 million or he’ll reduce the building to rubble. Spider-Man is trapped in Ock’s underground lair under a pile of rubble after a fight.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #173 (1991)

“Creatures Stirring”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Gerry Conway & David Michelinie
Artist: Sal Buscema

It’s Christmas and Dr. Octopus returns to check in on Aunt May. Spider-Man struggles with keeping a cool head on his way to Aunt May’s house. Aggravated, he finds Doc Ock looking in the window and starts a fight with him before Aunt May comes out. They cease fighting and decide to reconvene at another time. Nick Katzenberg takes a photo of something that will make him rich.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #172 (1991)

“Savage Showdown”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man fights Puma. They eventually realize there’s no honor in dying if you leave behind loved ones who depend on you. They stop fighting. Puma and Spider-Man resolve their conflict. They are no longer enemies, but also not friends. Mary Jane thwarts the advances of the guy who’s been trying to get her to cheat on Peter with him.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #171 (1990)

“Ordeal”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Puma and Spider-Man agree to settle the debt of honor thing once and for all. Puma invites Spider-Man to New Mexico to settle it. He says it can only end with one of them dying. They go through some rituals first of drinking stuff and overcoming inner demons and whatnot, then they are about to fight when the issue ends.

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