Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #25 (1991)

Rating: 4/5

“The Vibranium Vendetta, Part 1: The Spider and the Ghost”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Guang Yap

Roxxon Oil creates a synthetic version of the rare and expensive new element Vibranium. Kingpin hires The Ghost to steal the secrets and destroy the lab. Spider-Man and Black Panther are suspicious of Roxxon and investigate their lab just as The Ghost breaks in. They fight him for a while and then Sunturion shows up to kill all of them for trying to destroy Roxxon property.

“The Origin of the Amazing Spider-Man”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Sal Buscema

A retelling of the origin story.

“Outlaw Justice Part One”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Silver Sable recruits Rocket Racer, The Prowler, and Will-o-the-Wisp to form a new quick-strike team called The Outlaws to help with dangerous missions. Their first mission is to Canadian government official’s daughter back.

“Truckstop of Doom”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Paris Cullins

A story that takes place between Amazing Spider-Man 315 and 316. Eddie Brock is hitching a ride with some folks who stop at a truckstop. While there, some men try to rob the place. Brock takes them outside and beats the crap out of them as Venom to protect all the innocents.

“Second Chance”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Steve Ditko

Raymond Trask “hires” Chance to protect him from assassination. Turns out Trask set a trap to get revenge on Chance for trying to assassinate him before.

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 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #07 (1970)

“Spidey vs. The Chameleon!” & “Duel to the Death with the Vulture!” & “Just a Guy Named Joe!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko

Reprint of some early issues of The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #06 (1969)

“The Sinister Six!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko

Reprint of the first Amazing Spider-Man annual. Dr. Octopus gets out of jail and forms the Sinister Six. The team of villains includes Mysterio, Electro, Kraven, Sandman, The Vulture, and (obviously) Dr. Octopus. They make a plan to take down Spider-Man, but it doesn’t work and Spider-Man beats them all.

The Amazing Spider-Man #038 (1966)

“Just a Guy Named Joe!”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko

A boxer is put into a robotic suit for a movie. An accident makes him go crazy and start causing mayhem. Spider-Man fights him and defeats him. This is the last issue Steve Ditko did the art for.

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