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Web of Spider-Man Annual #07 (1991)

Rating: 4/5

“The Vibranium Vendetta, Part 3: The Machine and the Man”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Guang Yap

Ultron-13 steals a box of the synthetic vibranium. Iron Man and Sunturion follow him into the sewer, defeat him, and get the vibranium back. The synthetic vibranium in its raw form turns into antarctic vibranium and melts metal. Iron Man figures out a way to get it all safely away before it melts all of New York.

“Fast Feud II: Speed Demon’s Revenge”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Paris Cullins

Speed Demon wants revenge against Rocket Racer, says he has 10 minutes to live. After a chase, Rocket Racer manages to knock Speed Demon out.

“The Origin of Venom”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Don Hudson

The origin of Venom.

“The Origin of the Green Goblin: Sins of the Father”

Writer: Peter Sanderson
Artist: Don Hudson

The origin and history of The Green Goblin.

“The Origin of the Hobgoblin: The Price of Power”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Don Hudson

The origin and history of The Hobgoblin.

“Outlaw Justice Part Three”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Silver Sable, Rocket Racer, The Prowler, and Will-o-the-Wisp fight Sandman. Sable slips inside and finds the kidnapper and the girl. The kidnapper nearly gets away with the girl, but Sandman takes him out. Sable offers him a contract to be part of the Outlaws team.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #25 (1991)

Rating: 4/5

“The Vibranium Vendetta, Part 1: The Spider and the Ghost”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Guang Yap

Roxxon Oil creates a synthetic version of the rare and expensive new element Vibranium. Kingpin hires The Ghost to steal the secrets and destroy the lab. Spider-Man and Black Panther are suspicious of Roxxon and investigate their lab just as The Ghost breaks in. They fight him for a while and then Sunturion shows up to kill all of them for trying to destroy Roxxon property.

“The Origin of the Amazing Spider-Man”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Sal Buscema

A retelling of the origin story.

“Outlaw Justice Part One”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Alan Kupperberg

Silver Sable recruits Rocket Racer, The Prowler, and Will-o-the-Wisp to form a new quick-strike team called The Outlaws to help with dangerous missions. Their first mission is to Canadian government official’s daughter back.

“Truckstop of Doom”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Paris Cullins

A story that takes place between Amazing Spider-Man 315 and 316. Eddie Brock is hitching a ride with some folks who stop at a truckstop. While there, some men try to rob the place. Brock takes them outside and beats the crap out of them as Venom to protect all the innocents.

“Second Chance”

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: Steve Ditko

Raymond Trask “hires” Chance to protect him from assassination. Turns out Trask set a trap to get revenge on Chance for trying to assassinate him before.

Web of Spider-Man #50 (1989)

“1,000 Words”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Jameson prints a photo of Spider-Man stealing jewelry leading the public to believe he’s a thief. Of course, it turns out he was actually working with Silver Sable to bring a money launderer to justice. They have the help of the Sandman. Other people from Spider-Man’s past show up to fight him as well. These people are The Prowler, Rocket Racer, Will O’ The Wisp, and Puma. At the end, it’s revealed that Chameleon has taken Jameson hostage and is impersonating him at the Bugle as the first step in his plan to overthrow the U.S. government.

The Amazing Spider-Man #236 (1983)

“Death Knell”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: John Romita Jr.

Tarantula is under Will o’ the Wisp’s command. As Tarantula and Will o’ the Wisp squabble about something, Spider-Man slips out with Melvin. Wisp goes after him. Followed shortly after by Tarantula. Spider-Man webs Melvin up on a rooftop and then takes Wisp on a wild goose chase and beats him down a bit. Then takes him to Melvin. Tarantula’s already there, about to eat Melvin when Spider-Man attacks him. Wisp takes Melvin down to the street and hypnotizes him into confessing everything to the police.

The Amazing Spider-Man #235 (1982)

“Look Out There’s a Monster Coming!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: John Romita Jr.

Will o’ the Wisp and Tarantula fight their way into East River. Everybody thinks they drowned. Peter’s thought he would have great photos to sell to Jameson, but they’re all ruined. The government wants Jameson to kill the expose he’s doing on the Brand corporation, because it might give them a chance to cover things up before the government can get evidence on them. Spider-Man goes to James Melvin’s house (the head honcho at Brand) to investigate. Will o’ the Wisp shows up and tries to kill Melvin for turning him into Will o’ the Wisp. Spider-Man stops him. Melvin gets away. But then he comes back in in the arms of the Tarantula beast.

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