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The Amazing Spider-Man #331 (1990)

“The Death Standard”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Punisher and Spider-Man track the immense drug supply to a U.S. military academy. They find a man who tells them the government was preparing just in case of an economic collapse when the gold standard would mean nothing. Drugs are still worth the same. Punisher and Spider-Man evacuate the building and blow it up.

Doctors are doing an autopsy of Eddie Brock when he changes into Venom again. He faked his suicide and the symbiote simulated an extra layer of skin without a pulse to make him look dead. Obviously, Venom kills the doctors and escapes, vowing revenge against Spider-Man.

Jonathan Caesar is released from jail on probation.

The Amazing Spider-Man #330 (1990)

“The Powder Chase”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

There are massive amounts of hard drugs being produced in Columbia and sent to the U.S. Punisher and Spider-Man both investigate. After they raid an incoming ship that supposedly has drugs on it, they find a card with a magnetic strip and crack it to discover that the “drug lord who’s amassing the largest store of illicit substances in world history is…The United States of America!”

Also, Eddie Brock dies in The Vault (the prison for super powered villains) and the alien suit is gone.

And Peter at one point where’s a shirt that has the Batman symbol with a no sign on top of it.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #143 (1988)

“Deadline in Dallas”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Punisher goes to Dallas with Persuader and another Kingpin goon to kill two drug dealers called the Lobos brothers. Spider-Man has been trying to look for Punisher, he sees he’s in Dallas and goes there to find him. When Spidey finds him, they fight, and then when Persuader tries to make Punisher kill Spider-Man, Punisher instead kills the goon and then Persuader. He says he was never fully under his spell. Killing drug dealers is something he would’ve done anyway. Also, the Gwen Stacy clone from a while back is on the run from some people who are trying to kill her and is seeking the help of Peter (though she hasn’t gotten to him yet).

The Spectacular Spider-Man #142 (1988)

“Will”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Mary Jane just has a broken or sprained wrist. Peter has a book signing in Atlanta and Tombstone tells him to meet him somewhere there to give him the tape. Peter shows up as Spider-Man and beats the pants off of Tombstone and hands him over to the cops. The Persuader finally cracks Punisher into working as a hitman for Kingpin. The doctors say Joe Robertson’s back wasn’t broken, but merely bruised and the nerves traumatized. He can walk with a few weeks of physical therapy. Joe decides to give his deposition on Tombstone to the police.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #141 (1988)

“The Tombstone Testament!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man and Punisher talk about Tombstone in Punisher’s boat. Tombstone waits outside. After Spider-Man leaves, Tombstone tells some of his men to go scare the Punisher in about an hour. When they go in, Punisher takes them out and asks what the plan was. He then goes to where he was supposed to follow them and takes out a bunch of goons. But it was all a trap, because he runs into the Arranger and his new super employee he calls Persuader (aka Roland Rayburn). He can make people do what he wants. Punisher tries to refuse, but Persuader unleashes some huge amount of energy. Peter decides to give the tape to Joe Robertson and let him do what he wants with it. Tombstone goes into Peter’s apartment and finds only Mary Jane. He tortures her, asking where Peter is, because he wants the tape. At the hospital, a nurse tells Peter his wife is in the emergency room hurt.

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