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Web of Spider-Man #68 (1990)

“Tombstone Territory”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Nick Katzenberg narrates this story about how Joe Robertson goes to a meeting with Tombstone and Spider-Man follows close behind. Hammerhead is tied up when Joe gets there and Tombstone says because of how Joe helped him gain some super powers that all debts are forgiven. Spider-Man busts in and fights Tombstone but Tombstone has the upper hand. His skin is hard as marble and as cold as ice. Hammerhead breaks free and shoots Tombstone but accidentally hits a munitions supply and it explodes. Joe, Spider-Man, and Katzenberg are still alive. The others, who knows.

Web of Spider-Man #67 (1990)

“With Friends Like These!”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Gerry Conway & Ben Trovato
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Spider-Man asks Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) what he’s up to, and Green Goblin says he wants to put on the suit again but be a good guy. Spider-Man convinces him that with a wife and son it’s not such a good idea. Harry doesn’t reveal it to Spider-Man, but he remembers now that Spider-Man is Peter.

Tombstone stumbles back to Hammerhead’s headquarters and he’s now indestructible. Bullets have no effect on him and he has super strength.

Web of Spider-Man #66 (1990)

“Friends and Enemies”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Jameson prints one of Peter’s photos on the cover of the first issue of his new magazine. Joe Robertson is furious, because he feels the “faked” Spider-Man photos was a breach of journalistic ethics and doesn’t want anything to do with Peter anymore. Tombstone threatens The Molten Man (Mark Raxton) into helping steal something from Harry’s factory. Molten Man tells Spider-Man about it and asks to help set a trap. Joe Robertson gets a tip about where to find Tombstone and get him nailed by the cops. MJ tells Peter about the Green Goblin garb she found at Harry’s. Tombstone shows up at Harry’s factory and Spider-Man and Molten Man fight him and his goons. Green Goblin shows up and helps Spidey and Molten Man. Tombstone gets out and finds the chemical he wants to steal, but Joe finds him and shoots him in self defense and knocks him into a chamber that closes and fills with gas. Spidey, Goblin, and Molten Man show up and pry open the door to find Tombstone gone and a hole in the wall. Apparently the gas was an experimental preservative that bonds to cellular walls and prevents decomposition. It was designed for plants, not animals.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #161 (1990)

“Pardoned!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Joe Robertson is pardoned by the president and released from jail. Spider-Man asks Reed Richards for help in finding a cure for the genetic virus that created Carrion out of an ESU student. Hobgoblin, now with demon powers and a face more horrifying than his mask ever was, is hired by Hammerhead to kill Joe Robertson for causing disgrace to Tombstone. During a celebration, Puma (as Thomas Fireheart) promotes Joe to president and publisher of the Bugle. Hobgoblin attacks the party. Fireheart changes into Puma and attacks him back. Spider-Man comes along and gets involved. Hobgoblin can now fly and materialize a new glider is his gets away from him. Tombstone saves Spidey and Puma from a distance with a sniper rifle because nobody kills his pal Joe but him. Hobgoblin leaves, blinded and with notes about Carrion that Spider-Man had.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #157 (1989)

“Shakedown”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Electro tries to rob some places, but is beaten to the punch both times by Shocker. Joe Robertson and Tombstone are on a farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania while Joe’s leg heals. Joe and Tombstone fight, and Joe eventually stabs him with a pitchfork. Tombstone flees to New York where he meets with his new associates Chameleon and Hammerhead.

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