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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #24 (1990)

Rating: 4/5

“Quark Enterprises, or Honey, I Shrunk the Non-Mutant Super Hero”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Gil Kane

Peter goes to a science convention. Ant-Man (Scott Lang) also goes to the convention. Ant-Man and Peter change into their costumes right near each other. Peter accidentally gets a whiff of Ant-Man’s shrinking gas and becomes ant sized. After a while of battling insect killers, Spider-Man gets Ant-Man’s attention. Ant-Man sprays Spider-Man with enlarging gas but it doesn’t do anything.

“The Mercy Bomb”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Steve Ditko

Solo is going after a terrorist in Barcelona named Mendoza. He kills him.

“A Time to Choose”

Writers: Tom DeFalco & J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Mike Zeck

Sandman watches a hockey game with Ben Grimm (The Thing) but is late because police give him trouble. Sandman doesn’t want to return to his life of crime. Wizard and Trapster break out of prison and have plans to reform the Frightful Four (which includes Sandman).

“Peter and MJ’s New Pad”

Writer: Dan Cuddy
Artist: Eliot Brown

Schematics for Peter and MJ’s new loft apartment.

“Amazing Fantasy”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Steve Ditko

Scott Lang (Ant-Man) is woken from sleep by a mind control command to put on his suit and shrink down. Some ants take him to the Scarlet Beetle who reveals that he wants to use Ant-Man’s helmet to control humans. He can only control one at a time for a short time at the moment. Scott escapes and wakes up back in his bed.

The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (1988)

“Venom”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Venom leaves and Spider-Man arrives home to a rattled Mary Jane. She tells him what happened and he suspects his old alien costume. Mary Jane says they need to move to a new apartment because she can’t stay here any longer after what happened and so they move to a condo at Bedford Towers. Spider-Man sees Venom swinging through the city and goes after him. They fight as Venom explains that he’s Eddie Brock, a reporter who wrote a story about who the Sin-Eater was, only for Spider-Man to reveal somebody else as the real Sin-Eater. He ruined Eddie’s career and Eddie sought solace in a church. Then, Spider-Man’s suit came down and bonded with Eddie. Their hatred for Spider-Man was equal. Venom webs Spider-Man to the inside of the bell of the very same church where it all happened. Spider-Man manages to break free and weakens Venom enough and knocks him out. He then takes him to the Fantastic Four building where The Thing puts Venom in a special chamber that keeps him docile. Mary Jane can’t stand Spidey’s black suit now and he burns it and puts on the old red and blue one.

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