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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 #075 (1983)

“Ferae Naturae (Wild Beasts)”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Al Milgrom

Spider-Man officially decides to “go steady” with The Black Cat. Then, back at The Black Cat’s hotel room, Doctor Octopus breaks in and kidnaps Black Cat.

Spider-Man finds out from Kingpin that the device Doc Ock wants that Owl has is a neutron bomb. Octopus plans to destroy all of New York. No money. He just wants to destroy it and prove he’s the most dangerous man alive.

Soon, Spider-Man, Doc Ock (carrying Black Cat) meet up with Owl at his hideout. Doc Ock and Owl fight. Ock defeats Owl by ripping off his talons, cloak, and braces on his legs (that allow him to walk). Spider-Man, angry ever, beats the living daylights out of all the Owl and Octopus goons and goes to fight Doc Ock. And Spider-Man, sick and tired of all Doc’s crap and angry at him for laying his tentacles on Black Cat, rips all four mechanical arms out of Doc Ock’s body.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #074 (1983)

“Fantasia!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Bob Hall

The Owl steals some device (the uses of which aren’t made known). Doctor Octopus tries to steal the component device from Kingpin, but it turns out to be a fake.

Peter agrees to help Deb. The psychiatrist asks Peter to dress up like Spider-Man and Peter refuses, but says he’ll try to help her a different way. He talks to her kind of boyfriend Biff Rifkin and finds out she had a husband back in college who beat her and she had the typical abused wife mentality that “he’s really a nice guy” and couldn’t grasp the reality. Biff knocked out her husband once and took her to the hospital. He says that she sees people as they aren’t. Peter feels overly responsible for her current state of mind because of his neglect and complete lack of concern and attention. He decides to reveal his identity to her to show her that she’s not crazy.

He climbs onto her balcony and enters her room where he tells her he’s Spider-Man and Peter Parker. She takes off his mask and starts laughing and thanks him for putting on the absurd costume and shocking her back to her senses. She moves back to the Midwest to finally divorce her husband and move on.

The Black Cat shows up again to Spider-Man with the actual component device which she stole from Kingpin.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #073 (1982)

“Peter Parker–You Are the Spectacular Spider-Man!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Al Milgrom

Deb’s psychiatrist asks Peter to pretend to be Spider-Man to help her.

During his hearing, Boomerang tries to escape. Being there taking pictures, Peter changes into Spider-Man and stops him. He then follows some Spider sense tingling gentlemen to a museum where he finds The Owl plotting to take over as overlord of crime in New York. His partner in this, Doctor Octopus, won’t have a partnership and betrays The Owl. Spider-Man breaks up the party and fights both The Owl and Doc Ock. Both of them escape as he’s fighting their goons.

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