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The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 (1990)

Rating: 4/5

“Into the Microverse”

Writers: Gerry Conway & Stan Lee
Artist: Rich Buckler

Spider-Man returns home, small as a bee, and explains to MJ what happened. She takes him to Harry’s lab where they try something, but Spider-Man just keeps getting smaller. He eventually becomes smaller than the smallest nuclei and lands on a microscopic world where they try to capture him. He continues getting smaller and lands in some kind of spaceship where he’s captured by Psycho-Man.

“Pale Reflection”

Writer: Glenn Herdling
Artist: Todd McFarlane

The Prowler is hired by Silver Sable. She puts him through some tests to prepare him for future tasks.

“The Choice”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artists: Ross Andru & Alan Kupperberg

Wizard and Trapster try to recruit Sandman. Sandman refuses and then later meets up with them and shoots them with Trapster’s gun and calls the police.

“What I Did On My Summer Vacation”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Rocket Racer is now a bounty hunter and goes after some rednecks in Ohio who’re stealing and selling weapons. With the help of the local sheriff, he catches them.

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 Spectacular Spider-Man #158 (1989)

“Acts of Vengeance: The Paste and the Power (or a Very Sticky Situation)”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Sal Buscema

Trapster (a villain who shoots grease and cement-like paste) attacks Spider-Man, defeats him, and leaves him for dead. Spider-Man manages to get free of the paste after Trapster leaves. Turns out that a group of villains (Wizard, Magneto, Dr. Doom, and Kingpin) got together and are trying to kill each others enemies. During an experiment in the lab at school, something goes wrong with a machine and Peter gets hit with some kind of extra-dimensional energy. Weird things start happening. He grabs a power line and doesn’t get electrocuted and his senses are extremely heightened. He hears Trapster talking about him from miles away and goes to him and fights him. Spidey makes a giant hand out of his webbing and crushes a rocket then shoots energy out of his fingers and defeats Trapster.

The Amazing Spider-Man #214 (1981)

“Then Shall We Both Be Betrayed!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Denny O’Neil
Artist: John Romita Jr.

Spider-Man manages to rescue the last person from the burning building. Wizard and his mysterious partner free Sandman and Trapster from prison to reform the Frightful Four.

Sub-Mariner hassles the Peter’s new neighbor lady, and Spider-Man saves her and fights Sub-Mariner. Sub-Mariner tries to tell Spidey that the girl is not what she seems. She’s actually an old enemy of his named Llyra in disguise as a normal woman and is the mysterious person who broke Wizard from jail and is now working with him. Wizard shoots Spider-Man and Sub-Mariner with some device as they’re fighting and some kind of great pain comes over them.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #042 (1980)

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Mike Zeck

The Frightful Four, a villain team made up of Sandman, Electro, The Wingless Wizard, and the Trapster lure Spider-Man to the Statue of Liberty by posing as the Human Torch. They get the better of him and bind him with a paste. Then they set off to do the same thing with Fantastic Four by posing as Spider-Man. They really hate Spider-Man and Fantastic Four and want to kill them both.

Story continued (after Spider-Man is captured) in Fantastic Four #218. (from what I read on the Marvel Wiki) Trapster poses as Spider-Man and infiltrates FF’s Baxter Building. Him and the rest of the Frightful Four defeat all but Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic). Spider-Man frees himself and helps Reed Richards and Fantastic Four defeat Frightful Four.

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