Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Tom DeFalco

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Spider-Man #26 (1992)

“With Great Responsibility–!” & “These Great Powers!”

Rating: 3/5

“With Great Responsibility–!”

Writers: Tom DeFalco & Ron Frenz
Artist: Mark Bagley

Some thug brothers have stolen a weapon that they plan on using to rob banks and jewelry stores. Spider-Man stumbles upon them and stops them.

“These Great Powers!”

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Mark Bagley

Peter explains all his powers to MJ.

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.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22 (1988)

“Drug War Rages”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Mark Bagley & Mike Esposito

Spider-Man takes down some drug dealers in a warehouse, but gets blamed for murder when a rival drug gang comes in after he leaves and slaughters the bunch. Daredevil and Spider-Man look for the perps, but get misdirected to a bunch of high tech creeps who have plans to make New York sleep. Speedball helps take them down.

There’s an additional story about just Speedball versus some creep who wants to kill his mom.

And another story about the High Evolutionary turning animals into humanoids.

The Amazing Spider-Man #285 (1987)

“Gang War, Part Two: The Arranger Must Die!”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Tom DeFalco & Jim Owsley
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Hammerhead decides to assassinate The Arranger. Meanwhile, Rose stays neutral in the whole gang war. The Punisher hears about the hit and goes to the meeting of the crime bosses in an attempt to kill all of them and end the war, as well as cripple the crime industry on the northeastern seaboard. Spider-Man stops him, but Punisher gases him and gets away. The hit also goes wrong, with Hobgoblin and Jack O’Lantern killing Hammerhead’s hitman. Rose and The Arranger agree to an alliance of sorts. Also, Ned Leeds explains his secrecy and lies about the “undercover assignments from Joe Robertson” that he told Betty about. Ned tells Joe he’s working on a story that’ll win him the Pulitzer Prize and give him more notoriety since Ben Urich’s articles have been getting all the front page headlines.

The Amazing Spider-Man #284 (1987)

“Gang War, Part One: …And Who Shall Stand Against Them…?”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Tom DeFalco & Jim Owsley
Artists: Ron Frenz & Brett Breeding

Due to his repeated failings in trying to kill Daredevil, Kingpin takes a vacation. With Kingpin no longer gripping New York’s criminal underworld, all the rival gang leaders Rose, Hammerhead, and Silvermane rise up and begin fighting one another for supreme control. While combing New York for Flash Thompson, Spider-Man stumbles upon a few of these fire fights but keeps reminding himself that it’s not his war and he needs to keep out of it. Eventually he says his mantra, “With great power comes great responsibility” and goes out again to put an end to the violence. Also, Peter runs into Ned Leeds at the Bugle and he triggers his spider sense. Also Ned is becoming more angry and violent. In Kinpin’s place, the Arranger sends Jack O’Lantern to kill Silvermane and nearly takes out Hammerhead with a bomb. In an epilogue, Flash shows up at Betty Leeds’ house. In a second epilogue, Hobgoblin runs into The Punisher, who shoots him with an uzi.

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