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Spider-Man #2 (1990)

“Torment: Part 2”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Todd McFarlane
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Peter sees about the murders in the paper and thinks it might be the Lizard. He goes out and runs into him. Lizard scratches him with poison on his claws. Spider-Man kicks Lizard and he falls onto a plank of wood that goes through his chest. Spider-Man leaves. Somebody is mixing potions and casting spells with spiders and lizards, somehow influencing events. Spider-Man looks up and sees The Lizard coming back and attacking him in some scarier form.

Spider-Man #1 (1990)

“Torment: Part 1”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Todd McFarlane
Artist: Todd McFarlane

The Lizard is back and is attacking people.

The Amazing Spider-Man #313 (1989)

“Inferno: Slithereens”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Peter and Mary Jane fight a giant shark in tunnel to Queens on their way to see Aunt May. When they get there, Mary Jane’s cousin tells them May went to find Peter. Peter runs off to find her. May comes back then, saying that transportation is stopped going into the city. Curt Connors turns into The Lizard again. His family comes to see him at ESU but they’re attacked by demons. Lizard fights them off so he can have the Connors family for himself. After Spider-Man pops a demonized blimp of himself, he goes to ESU and fights the Lizard, eventually managing to change him back to Connors. Connors tells his wife and son to go far away and never tell him where. Jonathan Caesar (previous kidnapper of Mary Jane) hatches some sinister revenge plans for Mary Jane from the prison yard.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #127 (1987)

“Among Us Lurks…A Lizard!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Len Kaminsky
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Owl kidnaps Dr. Connors’ wife and son to make him give him the formula to regrow limbs. Owl’s spine is injured and his legs don’t work. Dr. Connors’ transforms into the lizard again, but this time has control over him. He beats up (and nearly kills) street thugs to find out where his family is. Spider-Man helps him get his family back.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #034 (1979)

“Lizards on a Hot Tin Roof!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Jim Mooney

The Lizard and Iguana fall off the roof and end up in the sewer. Unable to follow, Spider-Man goes to Connors’ lab and makes a portable version of the device Connors was working on. Then he catches up with the reptiles and uses the device to transfer The Lizard’s life force to The Iguana. Iguana can’t handle it and explodes. Spider-Man says Connors shouldn’t turn into The Lizard anymore.

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