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Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #052 (1981)

“The Day of the Hero Killers!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: Rick Leonardi

The White Tiger is thrown out of a car onto the sidewalk in front of the Daily Bugle with a note pinned to him that says “This is the first.” He goes to the hospital and they remove about 12 bullets from him.

Spider-Man goes after the gang responsible. Spider-Man beats the crap out of everybody and then Mace is shot by his own men, by his own orders, in an attempt to try and hit Spider-Man. Spider-Man sends him to the hospital and knocks out the remaining men.

The White Tiger takes off the amulets that give him power and decides to move far away and stop being a superhero altogether.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #051 (1981)

“Aliens and Illusions!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: Marie Severin

As it turns out, the aliens aren’t aliens at all. Just some unemployed extras who wear alien costumes for their schemes. In fact, they are from issue number 2 of Amazing Spider-Man. And reveal that one of the “aliens” from that issue is actually the guy who became Mysterio. Peter’s put in a holding cell, changes into Spider-Man, finds out he’s in a movie sound stage and finds the master control room where he torments Mysterio with holograms of many Spider-Men. Mysterio is holding Deb Whitman (Pete’s date) hostage in hopes to make Peter talk about the mobster’s hidden loot. Deb cracks Mysterio in the dome and Spider-Man sends him packing.

White Tiger gets the best of the people who overpowered him earlier and goes on a rampage, beating the crap out of tons of people in the warehouse. But the leader (called Mace) corners him and shoots him with his machine gun, hitting him several times.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #050 (1981)

“Dilemma!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: John Romita Jr.

Spider-Man decides to carry Smuggler to jail. Smuggler breaks free and fights Spider-Man, but gets defeated.

Then, during a dinner with Aunt May and the man she’s engaged to, some aliens break in and kidnap Pete and take him onto their spaceship where he meets Mysterio, who reveals plans to obtain money supposedly hidden in Aunt May’s house.

There’s a continuation of the White Tiger mini-series that started at the end of the last issue. White Tiger looks for the people who killed his family, but ends up getting overpowered by them.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #049 (1980)

“Enter: The Smuggler!”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: Jim Mooney

Spider-Man finds a new villain in town called The Smuggler and busts up his operation. The issue ends with Smuggler being webbed up and Spider-Man holding him over his head wondering what to do with him.

Short story about White Tiger. First a recap of his life, then we find out his family has been murdered. Continues next issue.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #028 (1979)

“Ashes to Ashes!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Frank Miller

Spider-Man stops the bomb and Daredevil defeats Marauder. Spider-Man’s sight starts coming back. Peter returns to his apartment to find that his friends have gathered because he hasn’t been seen for days and now his apartment has been wrecked by somebody. He goes to the school library to meet Hector/White Tiger and finds Carrion there waiting for him. Carrion apparently knows that Spider-Man is Peter Parker and claims Peter murdered somebody.

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