Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #365 (1992)

“Fathers and Sins” & “How I Created Spider-Man” & “I Remember Gwen” & “A Friend in Need”

Rating: 4/5

“Fathers and Sins”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

The Lizard is no longer under the curse of Kraven’s old girlfriend and comes up with a plan to reverse his Lizard personality permanently. The plan is successful. The mysterious couple from the past few issues visits Aunt May and she faints. She asks Peter to come over and when he does, she says they are Richard and Mary Parker. His parents.

“How I Created Spider-Man”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

A retelling of Spidey’s origin. J. Jonah Jameson dictates notes for a memoir. He guesses at Spider-Man’s high school days inaccurately. Speculates that he must’ve been a ladies man, a trouble maker, popular, felt like a god when he got his powers. And then Jameson says he fears he may have created Spider-Man after the first documented account of taking the law into his own hands and how Jameson launched a smear campaign against him.

“I Remember Gwen”

Writers: Stan Lee & Tom DeFalco
Artist: John Romita

MJ recounts Gwen and Peter’s relationship and how Gwen died.

“A Friend in Need”

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Tod Smith

Hobie Brown overhears suspicious talk at his construction site and comes back later as the Prowler and stops some people from sabotaging the building.

Web of Spider-Man Annual #6 (1990)

Rating: 4/5

“Up From Slavery”

Writers: Gerry Conway & Stan Lee
Artists: Gil Kane & Sal Buscema & Mike Esposito & Alan Kupperberg

Psycho-Man tries to get Spider-Man’s Enigma energy, but can’t because Spidey lost it months ago. Spider-Man is put in a cage next to a bunch of other captives. They work together and break free. Spider-Man fights Psycho-Man and eventually shrinks Psycho-Man until he can’t see him anymore. Spider-Man grows back to normal size and goes home to MJ. The other captives shrink themselves so they can live in a universe that Psycho-Man shrank and captured.

“Salesday for a Shootout”

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artists: Ross Andru & Mike Esposito

Aunt May and MJ are shopping in a mall when terrorists break in and start shooting customers. Punisher arrives and shoots the terrorists. The lead terrorist opens her jacket to reveal a bomb. Aunt May fakes a heart attack as a distraction and Punisher takes the rest of the terrorists out.

“Eleven Angry Men…And One Angry Woman”

Writer: Peter David
Artists: June Brigman & Stan Drake

MJ is on a jury and the defendant’s story condemns Spider-Man as the criminal and all the jurors declare him not guilty except for MJ. It’s a hung jury, so the judge dismisses the case and the defendant settles for a plea bargain after he sees Spider-Man out the window.

“Star Child”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Steve Ditko

A yuppie couple draws a pentagram on their floor to summon demons that will make them rich. When the pentagram is broken and the demons get free and start terrorizing the town, the couple’s baby is endowed with the Uni-Power and stops the demons.

The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 (1990)

Rating: 4/5

“Into the Microverse”

Writers: Gerry Conway & Stan Lee
Artist: Rich Buckler

Spider-Man returns home, small as a bee, and explains to MJ what happened. She takes him to Harry’s lab where they try something, but Spider-Man just keeps getting smaller. He eventually becomes smaller than the smallest nuclei and lands on a microscopic world where they try to capture him. He continues getting smaller and lands in some kind of spaceship where he’s captured by Psycho-Man.

“Pale Reflection”

Writer: Glenn Herdling
Artist: Todd McFarlane

The Prowler is hired by Silver Sable. She puts him through some tests to prepare him for future tasks.

“The Choice”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artists: Ross Andru & Alan Kupperberg

Wizard and Trapster try to recruit Sandman. Sandman refuses and then later meets up with them and shoots them with Trapster’s gun and calls the police.

“What I Did On My Summer Vacation”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Rocket Racer is now a bounty hunter and goes after some rednecks in Ohio who’re stealing and selling weapons. With the help of the local sheriff, he catches them.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #09 (1973)

1973 - _The Goblin Lives!_

“The Goblin Lives”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: John Romita

Reprint of Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #2 (1968).

After Norman Osborn invites his son and Peter to Capt. Stacy’s slideshow of supervillians, Norman Osborn collapses when they get to the Green Goblin. After being rushed to the hospital, Peter walks to Aunt May’s home thinking about the last battle Spider-Man and the Green Goblin had, and the fact that the Goblin knows Peter’s secret identity.
Back at the hospital, Norman remembers that he’s the Goblin and escapes from the hospital. He than goes into one of the city’s slums, to apartment complex where he kept some of his Green Goblin equipment in. Meanwhile, Peter can’t concentrate at Empire State because of his fear over the Green Goblin. Going to Norman’s house, he finds Harry telling him that Norman left the hospital, freaking Peter out.

That night, Peter dreams that the Goblin captured Peter in his Spider-Man guise, sans mask, and showed him to Aunt May. Waking up, Peter decides that he needs to get the Goblin before it’s the other way around. Becoming Spider-Man, he swings , unknowingly, past the Goblin on his glider.

Later, Harry greets his father at Norman’s home, claiming that his brief insanity is over. The next day, Harry calls Peter, telling that his dad is back, and to celebrate his wellness, he’s inviting Peter, MJ, and Gwen to a party he’s throwing. Peter sees right through it as a trap, but picks up Gwen and goes anyway, despite the danger.

When the two arrive, Harry, MJ, and Norman are already there. After a little while, they start dinner. Norman starts to lose his grip and would’ve attacked Peter in front of everyone if dinner had lasted longer. When the guests start dancing, Peter excuses himself to “call Aunt May”. He’s really making a distraction, by making a ball out of web fluid and throwing it into the fire, so that he and Norman can get away.

Changing in to Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, they both meet at Aunt May’s house and begin to fight. During the fight, the Goblin throws a psychedelic bomb towards Spidey, and he begins to hallucinate about the Goblin, his friends, and other enemies. Before it permanently affects him, Spider-Man’s will power shrugs off the effects and comes up with a plan.

Using the bomb, the damage he gave him, and the Goblin’s own insanity, Spider-Man makes Norman so that he won’t want anything to do with the Green Goblin or Spider-Man, making him forget about Spidey’s identity as well. As soon as the Goblin is unconscious, Peter drops Norman off at the hospital.

Harry, MJ, and Gwen meet with Peter there, and Harry meets with his father again while Peter walks out with the girls, still worrying about the Goblin returning.

*synopsis copied from Marvel Wiki because I’m too lazy.

The Amazing Spider-Man #118 (1973)

“Countdown to Chaos!”

Rating: 5/5

Writers: Stan Lee and Gerry Conway
Artist: John Romita

The story concludes. Disruptor’s identity revealed as Richard Raleigh.

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