Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

John Romita

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The Amazing Spider-Man #365 (1992)

“Fathers and Sins” & “How I Created Spider-Man” & “I Remember Gwen” & “A Friend in Need”

Rating: 4/5

“Fathers and Sins”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

The Lizard is no longer under the curse of Kraven’s old girlfriend and comes up with a plan to reverse his Lizard personality permanently. The plan is successful. The mysterious couple from the past few issues visits Aunt May and she faints. She asks Peter to come over and when he does, she says they are Richard and Mary Parker. His parents.

“How I Created Spider-Man”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

A retelling of Spidey’s origin. J. Jonah Jameson dictates notes for a memoir. He guesses at Spider-Man’s high school days inaccurately. Speculates that he must’ve been a ladies man, a trouble maker, popular, felt like a god when he got his powers. And then Jameson says he fears he may have created Spider-Man after the first documented account of taking the law into his own hands and how Jameson launched a smear campaign against him.

“I Remember Gwen”

Writers: Stan Lee & Tom DeFalco
Artist: John Romita

MJ recounts Gwen and Peter’s relationship and how Gwen died.

“A Friend in Need”

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Tod Smith

Hobie Brown overhears suspicious talk at his construction site and comes back later as the Prowler and stops some people from sabotaging the building.

Web of Spider-Man #52 (1989)


Rating: 5/5

Writer: Frank Springer
Artist: John Romita

J. Jonah Jameson tries to escape from the chains Chameleon tied him up with. After all his effort, he gets to the door to find Chameleon, who forgot his briefcase. This story is intercut with one about when Jonah was twenty years old. He was working on a story, trying to expose police corruption. His informant gets shot by the police, Jameson gets beat up, then a kid tagging along accidentally gets killed instead of him. The editor of the Bugle inspires him to keep going. Jameson goes to the police chief’s office and gets on tape his confession of murder. The police chief begs him for mercy. Jameson walks away like a boss.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #121 (1986)

“Eye Witness!”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: John Romita

This issue is a rendition of the movie Roshomon. Peter, MJ, and Jameson were in a bank while it was being robbed and they all tell their very different versions of the story to Robbie Robertson. In MJs version, everybody thinks she’s the most beautiful woman ever. In Jameson’s, he’s a hero, praised by everyone, and Spider-Man is a criminal. Peter’s is much more down to Earth and upsets Jameson for making Spider-Man out to be a good guy.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #012 (1978)

“The Gentleman’s Name is Hulk”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: John Romita

Spider-Man travels to Canada to speak with a lawyer about a telegram to Aunt May. He battles the Hulk. (Reprint of issue #119-120 from 1973)

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #09 (1973)

1973 - _The Goblin Lives!_

“The Goblin Lives”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: John Romita

Reprint of Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #2 (1968).

After Norman Osborn invites his son and Peter to Capt. Stacy’s slideshow of supervillians, Norman Osborn collapses when they get to the Green Goblin. After being rushed to the hospital, Peter walks to Aunt May’s home thinking about the last battle Spider-Man and the Green Goblin had, and the fact that the Goblin knows Peter’s secret identity.
Back at the hospital, Norman remembers that he’s the Goblin and escapes from the hospital. He than goes into one of the city’s slums, to apartment complex where he kept some of his Green Goblin equipment in. Meanwhile, Peter can’t concentrate at Empire State because of his fear over the Green Goblin. Going to Norman’s house, he finds Harry telling him that Norman left the hospital, freaking Peter out.

That night, Peter dreams that the Goblin captured Peter in his Spider-Man guise, sans mask, and showed him to Aunt May. Waking up, Peter decides that he needs to get the Goblin before it’s the other way around. Becoming Spider-Man, he swings , unknowingly, past the Goblin on his glider.

Later, Harry greets his father at Norman’s home, claiming that his brief insanity is over. The next day, Harry calls Peter, telling that his dad is back, and to celebrate his wellness, he’s inviting Peter, MJ, and Gwen to a party he’s throwing. Peter sees right through it as a trap, but picks up Gwen and goes anyway, despite the danger.

When the two arrive, Harry, MJ, and Norman are already there. After a little while, they start dinner. Norman starts to lose his grip and would’ve attacked Peter in front of everyone if dinner had lasted longer. When the guests start dancing, Peter excuses himself to “call Aunt May”. He’s really making a distraction, by making a ball out of web fluid and throwing it into the fire, so that he and Norman can get away.

Changing in to Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, they both meet at Aunt May’s house and begin to fight. During the fight, the Goblin throws a psychedelic bomb towards Spidey, and he begins to hallucinate about the Goblin, his friends, and other enemies. Before it permanently affects him, Spider-Man’s will power shrugs off the effects and comes up with a plan.

Using the bomb, the damage he gave him, and the Goblin’s own insanity, Spider-Man makes Norman so that he won’t want anything to do with the Green Goblin or Spider-Man, making him forget about Spidey’s identity as well. As soon as the Goblin is unconscious, Peter drops Norman off at the hospital.

Harry, MJ, and Gwen meet with Peter there, and Harry meets with his father again while Peter walks out with the girls, still worrying about the Goblin returning.

*synopsis copied from Marvel Wiki because I’m too lazy.

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