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The Amazing Spider-Man #348 (1991)

“Righteous Sand!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Peter is feeling lonely and gets a tip from Ben Urich that something might be going down at the trainyard and he should take some pictures. Peter changes into Spider-Man and heads over there. Sandman is now a reserve member of the Avengers and everybody knows who he is. Somebody tells him he saw some people in camouflage loading guns into a truck. Sandman goes to check it out, finds out it’s a plan to steal nuclear waste at the trainyard, and calls the Avengers to help take them down. Spider-Man and Sandman take out a lot of the guys before Thor, Captain America, Sersi, Quasar, She-Hulk, and Black Widow show up to finish the job. Captain America lightly reprimands Sandman because it’s not a global incident and that’s what the Avengers take care of now. Sandman thinks he’s being fired and storms off. Peter returns home and rediscovers that he’s not lonely as long as he’s got MJ. The Black Fox comes back to town for one last big score.

Web of Spider-Man #75 (1991)

“Art Attack, Part 3: Cold Hands Warm Art”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Alex Saviuk

A raging freak snow storm hits New York and causes big problems. Spider-Man, Iceman, Firestar, Marvel Boy, Namorita, Nova, Speedball, Night Thrasher, Hercules, She-Hulk, Thor, and Captain America aid in efforts to help people and stop the storm. The Avant Guard is behind it as some crazy art project. Spidey fights Spark and Bora before Bora causes Spider-Man to be frozen in ice.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #169 (1990)

“The Outlaw Trail”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Spider-Man assembles Puma, Prowler, Rocket Racer, and Sandman to retrieve info about the building the black cloud came out of. Puma and Prowler find info in the office of Kingpin, Racer and Sandman find info in the Building Department office in City Hall. But as they’re leaving, Sandman attacks Racer for the file. Racer bolts and Sandman turns into The Space Phantom. Spider-Man finds the black cloud at the zoo, eating monkeys. The Avengers show up and save him from it. Spidey still thinks She-Hulk is lying and leaves. When he meets back up with his team, Racer and Sandman are squabbling about the attack. Sandman says he was never there. Spidey realizes that he’s probably telling the truth, and She-Hulk was probably telling the truth as well. Kristy (MJ’s cousin) sees MJ with Jason as he kisses her. MJ runs away.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #168 (1990)

“Sleeping Dog”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

She-Hulk asks for Spider-Man’s help. They go to a building Kingpin just bought and open some vault in the floor and She-Hulk tells Spider-Man to open the chest. When he does, a black cloud flies out and She-Hulk drops the vault door, trapping Spidey. He gets out and goes to the Avengers, but She-Hulk denies she left the compound and the other Avengers vouch for her. On his way home, a pigeon triggers Spider-Man’s spider sense but he swings on. The pigeon turns into an evil looking man who reveals to his master that he took the form of She-Hulk and unleashed the black cloud. Mary Jane is worried about her feelings toward Jason.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23 (1989)

“Atlantis Attacks, Chapter Four: Abominations!”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Gerry Conway & David Michelinie
Artist: Rob Liefeld

A story running through all Marvel publications about the Atlanteans and Lemurians attacking the surface world. They’re trying to rebuild a crown that will give them great power and they plan to bring the serpent god, Set, to Earth. They switch Abomination to inhabit the body of Emil Blonsky. She-Hulk and Spider-Man battle Abomination and defeat it. While She-Hulk’s asleep, the leader of the Lemurians marks her to be Set’s wife.

There’s a neat retelling of the origin story that reminded me of Twilight Zone. Also, there’s a few pages that detail what all Spidey’s spider sense can detect. Another short story about sleazy photographer, Nick Katzenberg, trying to move into May’s boarding house. She finds out his scuminess and throws him out.

Spidey counts down his top 30 villains:

30. Red Skull
29. Crimemaster
28. Sin-Eater
27. Hammerhead
26. Chameleon
25. Hydro-Man
24. Shocker
23. Molten Man
22. Silvermane
21. Juggernaut
20. The Fly (really?)
19. Carrion
18. The Jackal
17. The Tarantula
16. Rhino
15. Puma
14. The Lizard
13. Electro
12. Mysterio
11. The Sandman
10. J. Jonah Jameson
09. The Burglar (who shot Uncle Ben)
08. Venom
07. Scorpion
06. The Vulture
05. Dr. Doom
04. Kingpin
03. Kraven the Hunter
02. Dr. Octopus
01. The Goblins (Green and Hob)

There’s also a recount of all of Jonah’s plots against Spidey (Spider-Slayers, Scorpion, Fly, etc).

Ends with a prequel about the Atlantis thing about when Atlantis actually plunged underwater. The emperor started serving the demon Set and wanted ultimate power by creating a serpent crown. Things go awry and the Celestials (the creators of the Atlanteans) destroy the city and submerge it. This story also runs through all Marvel publications.

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