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The Amazing Spider-Man #370 (1992)

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Pt. 3: Life Stings!” & “The Web”

Rating: 4/5

“Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Pt. 3: Life Stings!”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Mark Bagley

Spider-Man suspects Tinkerer is behind the robots that have been attacking him. When he goes to Tinkerer’s workshop, he finds Felicia, who asked Tinkerer to make her some equipment to help her become the Black Cat again. Then Scorpion shows up, having just retrieved a new suit from Tinkerer. Then an amoebic, robotic spider-slayer shows up. Eventually the spider-slayer is destroyed and Scorpion gets away. Spider-Man now suspects Mendel Stromm. Who’s dead.

“The Web”

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Aaron Lopresti

Aunt May visits Ben’s grave and reminisces about when her dad left her when she was a child, and when her and Ben were dating, and up to when Peter’s parents died and they had to raise him. She’s happy they’re back, but is afraid they’ll steal Peter from her.

The Amazing Spider-Man #341 (1990)

“With(out) Great Power…”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Erik Larsen

Spider-Man has his powers zapped away. The scientist bought the machine from Tinkerer, only intending to keep Spider-Man suspended and helpless long enough to be dealt with. The loss of his powers are just a beneficial side effect. La Tarantula wants revenge against Spider-Man and holds a priest hostage until he arrives. Spidey shows up and clumsily fights La Tarantula without his powers. Flash runs in to help Spidey out. Felicia runs in to help Flash out. She actually cares about him now. The scientist decides next he will send Scorpion after the powerless Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man #310 (1988)

“Shrike Force!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Todd McFarlane

Peter starts college again. He notices his spider sense tingle in the lab he’s assigned to. He comes back at night as Spider-Man and finds the Tinkerer in a back room making a weapon enhancer for Killer Shrike, who shows up right then. Killer Shrike attempts a double cross, but Tinkerer added a safeguard for such an event and Shrike is down for the count. Tinkerer escapes but Spidey gets Shrike to jail.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #053 (1981)

“Toys of the Terrible Tinkerer”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Jim Mooney

The Tinkerer is back and Spider-Man finds his hideout and battles his barrage of armed toys and escapes a giant sized claw game trap. Then destroys Tinkerer’s assistant robot called Toy and leaves.

The Amazing Spider-Man #169 (1977)


Rating: 3/5

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Ross Andru

J. Jonah Jameson shows Peter Parker the photos of him disposing of his clone. Jameson believes that the pictures prove that Spider-Man killed Peter Parker, and then began impersonating him. Peter, however (who had broken into Jameson’s office as Spider-Man, and found the photos, using them to create fake pictures) makes Jameson believe that his proof consists of forged photos. Spider-man stumbles on a group of criminals using a laser-gun made by the Tinkerer. Their boss revealed to be Doctor Faustus.

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