Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Mike Esposito

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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 #156 (1989)

“The Search for Robbie Robertson”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artists: Sal Buscema & Mike Esposito

Spider-Man searches the Appalachians in Pennsylvania for Joe Robertson. Of course he comes across a small town of hicks with two mutants named Banjo and Bugeyes who try to kill him. After a while, they realize Spider-Man isn’t a threat and let him go look for his friend. Joe Robertson washes up on a bank of the Susquehanna River and an Amish man finds him. Tombstone is there also and asks the man to help his friend. Kristy continues to deny she has an eating disorder. The Black Cat spies on Mary Jane and her friends. She seems enamored by Flash Thompson.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22 (1988)

“Drug War Rages”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Mark Bagley & Mike Esposito

Spider-Man takes down some drug dealers in a warehouse, but gets blamed for murder when a rival drug gang comes in after he leaves and slaughters the bunch. Daredevil and Spider-Man look for the perps, but get misdirected to a bunch of high tech creeps who have plans to make New York sleep. Speedball helps take them down.

There’s an additional story about just Speedball versus some creep who wants to kill his mom.

And another story about the High Evolutionary turning animals into humanoids.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #035 (1979)

“Labyrinth”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artists: Lee Elias & Mike Esposito

The Mindworm comes back. After their last battle, he was taken to a hospital. The Mindworm has extreme telepathic abilities. He and Spider-Man share a dream, well nightmare, and Spider-Man helps Mindworm overcome his feelings of alienation. Mindworm learns the Spider-Man mantra “With great power comes great responsibility.” Spider-Man and Mindworm part ways on good terms.

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