Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Marv Wolfman

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Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #044 (1980)

“The Vengeance Gambit!”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Alan Gordon

Somebody wants to become the new mob boss. A guy named Alfred also wants to become the new mob boss and starts killing the other guy’s men. Spider-Man goes to investigate but gets gassed and chained to a conveyer belt that leads to a furnace when he learns that the new mob boss is the Vulture.

The Amazing Spider-Man #204 (1980)

“The Black Cat Always Lands On Her Feet!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Keith Pollard

The Black Cat robs a museum and steals a ruby from an auction. Spider-Man can’t manage to stop her.

The Amazing Spider-Man #203 (1980)

“Bewitched, Bothered and Be-Dazzled!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Keith Pollard

The Lightmaster comes back from being trapped in “the light dimension” via a woman called Dazzler whose powers are also light based. She’s not a baddie, but Lightmaster tries to use her to make himself more powerful. Spider-Man sends Lightmaster back into the light dimension. Dazzler says, “How can I ever repay you?” and Spider-Man says, “Don’t worry, beautiful, I have a strong hunch we’ll figure out something.”

The Amazing Spider-Man #202 (1980)

“One For Those Long Gone!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Keith Pollard

Peter convinces Punisher that he and Spider-Man have a deal where he takes his pictures and they split the money. Punisher leaves.

Peter’s journalist partner, April, goes undercover to get the dirt on Jacobi, but gets found out and captured. Finds out he’s selling hard drugs to ten year old kids on a playground.

Spider-Man and Punisher find out where Jacobi is and take down his crew. Punisher is about to kill Jacobi for murdering his friend ten years ago when Spider-Man plugs his gun. As Jacobi flees, one of his own men, trying to escape, hit him with his car, killing him.

The Amazing Spider-Man #201 (1980)

“Man-Hunt!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Keith Pollard

J. Jonah Jameson’s had a nervous breakdown and is getting psychiatric help. And…The Punisher’s back! He knows of a plot to break a slimeball named Lorenzo Jacobi from police custody. After seeing a picture of him and Spider-Man in the paper, he suspects the photographer (Peter) to be in on it. Peter is sent on an assignment to take some pictures of Jacobi and the attack happens. Jacobi is taken into an armored car by his goons. Unable to follow, Peter goes back to his apartment where he finds Punisher waiting for him.

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