Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #367 (1992)

“Skullduggery”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Jerry Bingham

Spider-Man closes in on one of Red Skull’s compounds and notices Solo following him. They go inside together and meet Taskmaster, who presents three goons he trained to be just like their superhero counterpart. A Captain America impersonator named Death-Shield, a Hawkeye impersonator named The Jagged Bow, and a Spider-Man impersonator named The Blood Spider. Spidey and Solo defeat them and Taskmaster gets away. Spider-Man gets info about what Red Skull’s big plan is. It’s an assassination. Spidey and Solo show up at the place where the assassination is supposed to happen and prevent it. Spidey then finds one of Red Skull’s computers confirms the story his parents told him is true and they could be his real parents.

The Amazing Spider-Man #366 (1992)

“Skullwork!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Jerry Bingham

Peter is shocked about his parents. They tell him they were on a spy mission to infiltrate Red Skull’s organization, and when Red Skull put them on a plane, it was hijacked by Russian terrorists and the Parkers taken hostage. They jumped out of the plane. The bodies found in the plane crash rubble were two of the terrorists. Peter decides to do some digging to see if they’re really his parents. He seeks out Red Skull to ask him personally. He fights some goons who give him info, but it turns out it was a set up by Red Skull. And he sends Taskmaster after Spidey.

The Amazing Spider-Man #325 (1989)

“The Assassin Nation Plot, Part Six: Finale in Red!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Captain America and Silver Sable follow up on a lead they got out of Major Weil that they suspect could be false. The military won’t allow Spider-Man to help. Spider-Man disobeys and frees Major Weil and follows him to the National Archives. Terrorists there are trying to wire a bomb to the vault containing the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. Spider-Man is about to fight them when Red Skull comes in through a secret passage. Red Skull explains that the plan is to blame Symkaria for it and start a war and then offers Spidey a million dollars to help. Spidey refuses and stops the bomb, but can’t get Red Skull before he ducks into the secret passage. Peace is resolved between Symkaria and America with the new evidence that America wasn’t behind the murder of their Prime Minister. The military thanks Spidey and apologizes for not letting him help.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #05 (1968)

“The Parents of Peter Parker!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Larry Lieber

Peter learns his parents were working for Red Skull and gets upset. He goes to investigate and finds out they were really spies for the U.S. government.

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