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The Spectacular Spider-Man #189 (1992)

“The Osborn Legacy” & “The Night the World Died”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

“The Osborn Legacy”

The gift Harry asks Aunt May to deliver to Peter is a Jack-in-the-Box with a Goblin head. There’s also a stuffed Spider-Man in Peter’s bed that explodes. He goes to check on Liz and the others upstairs, but they’re gone and only a note saying “Gotcha!” remains. Spider-Man goes out and finds Harry at his old house in New Jersey. Harry’s having dinner with his family and Molten Man (Liz’s brother). After failed attempts to convince Harry he needs help, Spider-Man fights him. He knocks him out, webs him up, and calls the police. As they load him into the truck, Goblin says he knows Spider-Man’s secret identity but won’t reveal it just yet. Then he laughs maniacally.

“The Night the World Died”

Aunt May has trouble sleeping as she remembers the night Ben died. She’s blamed Spider-Man for all the death in her life, but is coming to realize that he’s not to blame.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #184 (1992)

“The Child Within: Aftermath”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spidey meets Molten Man and tells him about Harry’s regression back to the Green Goblin and wants him to tells Liz. Harry returns home to tell his son that he has to leave for a bit, then Liz sees him in his costume as he’s leaving. Dr. Kafka is having a lot of progress with Vermin and via chemicals has even managed to transform him back into his human self for a bit. Spidey goes out to find Harry and stumbles upon Frog-Man.

Web of Spider-Man #66 (1990)

“Friends and Enemies”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Jameson prints one of Peter’s photos on the cover of the first issue of his new magazine. Joe Robertson is furious, because he feels the “faked” Spider-Man photos was a breach of journalistic ethics and doesn’t want anything to do with Peter anymore. Tombstone threatens The Molten Man (Mark Raxton) into helping steal something from Harry’s factory. Molten Man tells Spider-Man about it and asks to help set a trap. Joe Robertson gets a tip about where to find Tombstone and get him nailed by the cops. MJ tells Peter about the Green Goblin garb she found at Harry’s. Tombstone shows up at Harry’s factory and Spider-Man and Molten Man fight him and his goons. Green Goblin shows up and helps Spidey and Molten Man. Tombstone gets out and finds the chemical he wants to steal, but Joe finds him and shoots him in self defense and knocks him into a chamber that closes and fills with gas. Spidey, Goblin, and Molten Man show up and pry open the door to find Tombstone gone and a hole in the wall. Apparently the gas was an experimental preservative that bonds to cellular walls and prevents decomposition. It was designed for plants, not animals.

Web of Spider-Man #62 (1990)

“All That Glitters…”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Alex Saviuk

The public loves Spider-Man now that Jameson isn’t at the Bugle printing hateful propaganda about him. The Molten Man is released from prison. He’s meeting his step-sister Liz (Harry’s wife) at their house and wants $10,000. She asks for help from Pete, and MJ takes her out while Pete takes care of it. Peter changes into Spider-Man and waits in her apartment. They fight and trash the place, but it turns out that The Molten Man just wanted a loan to start a new life. He wants to go straight. Harry decides to give him a job at his chemical plant.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #063 (1982)

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“Firebug”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Greg Larocque

Molten Man comes back and tracks down Liz and Harry Osborn to New Jersey. Spider-Man finds out and they fight for a while until Spider-Man knocks him into the pool where all the water evaporates and leaves Molten Man in his original metal skinned form. No longer burning at hundreds of degrees.

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