Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Gerry Conway

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Web of Spider-Man Annual #6 (1990)

Rating: 4/5

“Up From Slavery”

Writers: Gerry Conway & Stan Lee
Artists: Gil Kane & Sal Buscema & Mike Esposito & Alan Kupperberg

Psycho-Man tries to get Spider-Man’s Enigma energy, but can’t because Spidey lost it months ago. Spider-Man is put in a cage next to a bunch of other captives. They work together and break free. Spider-Man fights Psycho-Man and eventually shrinks Psycho-Man until he can’t see him anymore. Spider-Man grows back to normal size and goes home to MJ. The other captives shrink themselves so they can live in a universe that Psycho-Man shrank and captured.

“Salesday for a Shootout”

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artists: Ross Andru & Mike Esposito

Aunt May and MJ are shopping in a mall when terrorists break in and start shooting customers. Punisher arrives and shoots the terrorists. The lead terrorist opens her jacket to reveal a bomb. Aunt May fakes a heart attack as a distraction and Punisher takes the rest of the terrorists out.

“Eleven Angry Men…And One Angry Woman”

Writer: Peter David
Artists: June Brigman & Stan Drake

MJ is on a jury and the defendant’s story condemns Spider-Man as the criminal and all the jurors declare him not guilty except for MJ. It’s a hung jury, so the judge dismisses the case and the defendant settles for a plea bargain after he sees Spider-Man out the window.

“Star Child”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Steve Ditko

A yuppie couple draws a pentagram on their floor to summon demons that will make them rich. When the pentagram is broken and the demons get free and start terrorizing the town, the couple’s baby is endowed with the Uni-Power and stops the demons.

The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 (1990)

Rating: 4/5

“Into the Microverse”

Writers: Gerry Conway & Stan Lee
Artist: Rich Buckler

Spider-Man returns home, small as a bee, and explains to MJ what happened. She takes him to Harry’s lab where they try something, but Spider-Man just keeps getting smaller. He eventually becomes smaller than the smallest nuclei and lands on a microscopic world where they try to capture him. He continues getting smaller and lands in some kind of spaceship where he’s captured by Psycho-Man.

“Pale Reflection”

Writer: Glenn Herdling
Artist: Todd McFarlane

The Prowler is hired by Silver Sable. She puts him through some tests to prepare him for future tasks.

“The Choice”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artists: Ross Andru & Alan Kupperberg

Wizard and Trapster try to recruit Sandman. Sandman refuses and then later meets up with them and shoots them with Trapster’s gun and calls the police.

“What I Did On My Summer Vacation”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Rocket Racer is now a bounty hunter and goes after some rednecks in Ohio who’re stealing and selling weapons. With the help of the local sheriff, he catches them.

Web of Spider-Man #70 (1990)

“A Hulk by Any Other Name…”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Gerry Conway & David Michelinie
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Spider-Man takes the doohickey that zapped him back to New York and puts it in a storage locker. Betty and Jameson are furious for him leaving Betty like he did. He leaves the office, not feeling so well, and turns into Hulk on the roof. He calms back down and makes his way to the scientists lab and figures out what the device does. He retrieves it from some punks who stole it from his locker and zaps himself to suck the Hulk energy back out. He becomes normal again.

Web of Spider-Man #69 (1990)

“The Subtle Shade of Green”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Alex Saviuk

There are reports of some wild animal causing trouble in Connecticut. Peter goes there to take photos and Betty goes as his reporter. Peter changes into Spider-Man at a police barricade and follows his spider sense to find Bruce Banner and his wife. Some scientist zaps Banner, sucking out his massive energy. Banner turns into Hulk and beats on him. Spider-Man starts fighting Hulk. Banner’s wife accidentally activates the scientist’s device and hits Spider-Man with some kind of energy beam. Hulk beats Spider-Man to a pulp and leaves with his wife.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #170 (1990)

“The Final Calculation”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man and his team wait at the Avengers building. Spidey attacks Captain America and instructs the rest to do likewise. Eventually, Spider-Man turns into The Space Phantom and when the real Spider-Man returns from Limbo, he tries to call a truce. Puma finds the Space Phantom and the fighting stops. Space Phantom tells them what happened. Quasar locks him in an energy prison cell and they all go review the files on the building that the cloud came out of. Space Phantom’s master comes and sends him back to Limbo. Spidey and the Avengers find out that the building was once owned by a mystic who brought a locked chest back from the Amazon. And mysterious murders began popping up shortly after. Spidey and the Avengers fight the black cloud. Spider-Man says it might not be a single being and they come up with a plan to lock it back in the chest and throw it into space. Turns out it was a swarm of microscopic cannibal insects and the young god Calculus organized this whole thing to make sure the swarm didn’t fall into the hands of Kingpin.

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