Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Jim Owsley

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Web of Spider-Man #37 (1988)

“When Strikes the Slasher!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: Steve Geiger

A government agent named Dakota North is trying to catch a serial killer named Slasher who has been carving up fashion models. Awesome 80s action movie antics ensue at an amusement park as Spider-Man and Dakota track the killer, who turns out to be a fashion model, just as she’s about to kill Mary Jane.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #7 (1987)

“The Honeymoon”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

A friend of MJ’s gives her and Peter plane tickets to France, and use of his French villa for a wedding present. On their honeymoon in France, they run into different friends of MJ’s who make Peter feel like garbage. Puma’s uncle wants Puma to thank Spider-Man in some way for helping out with the whole Beyonder situation. Puma begrudgingly agrees to do it, though he doesn’t much care for Spider-Man. He finds Peter in France and offers him a job as a scientist at his company, as well as cooperative missions as Spider-Man. He tells him his first mission in France is to recover some valuable stolen golden eggs. Peter begrudgingly accepts, though he doesn’t trust Puma, and then finds out during the mission that Puma staged the whole mission and it was just a test. He tells him off during their post mission meeting and then Puma apologizes and they end on neutral terms.

Web of Spider-Man #30 (1987)

“The Wages of Sin”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: Steve Geiger

Richard Fisk (aka The Rose, and Kingpin’s son) confesses the origins of the Hobgoblin and The Rose to a priest. Ned started out wanting to write a story about Kingpin’s criminal affairs. He tried to get the help of Richard (who hated his father), who refused at first. Ned found The Green Goblin’s old equipment and Richard agreed to work with him to bring down Kingpin’s empire. Ned went more and more off the rails and he gained an obsession with Spider-Man. After confessing that he killed the rookie cop, he says he feels just as low as the crooks that he hated. Richard flees the confessional and goes to Kingpin and tells him he’ll work for him.

Web of Spider-Man #29 (1987)

“Mask”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: Steve Geiger

Ned Leeds dying and the whole Berlin thing happened in Spider-Man vs. Wolverine #1. In THIS issue, which takes place during issue 289 of Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine finds Peter and tries to get him to not give up being Spider-Man and then they beat up a gang of muggers. Also, the new Hobgoblin terrorizes Rose and nearly kills Rose’s friend and colleague. Also, apparently Ned Leeds was informing to Lieutenant Keating, who knew he was the Hobgoblin but looked the other way.

The Amazing Spider-Man #288 (1987)

“Gang War, Part Five: Gang War Rages On!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Jim Owsley
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Kingpin plans to kill all of his lieutenants and get a new crew. He fires Jack O’Lantern. Ned Leeds visits Lance Bannon, who has a bunch of pictures of the Hobgoblin on his wall. Perhaps Lance is the Hobgoblin? Betty Leeds goes out for groceries and comes back to find Hobgoblin roughing up Flash (who’s staying at her place). She sees Hobgoblin unmasked and faints. Daredevil calls Spider-Man and wants to crash the Kingpin’s lieutenant killing party. Spidey’s still pissed at Daredevil. While beating up the Kingpin’s men, Spidey realizes that it was just another trick and Daredevil was using him again. Kingpin never planned to kill his lieutenants. It was just a deal with the police so the police could arrest a bunch of his higher ups. Spider-Man is sick and tired of it and goes ballistic in Kingpin’s office before leaving in a fury. Daredevil is more ashamed of himself than he’s ever been. Guest heroes in this issue include Falcon and Black Cat.

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