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Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 236


Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 236

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Jackson Arvad (Earth-616)
Will O' the Wisp
Do not interfere Spider-Man! I do not wish to harm you!
Conversation Tail
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 1.6 Textless
Well, that's mighty big of ya Wispy -- But you know me! I'm just a natural born Buttinsky!
Conversation Tail

Appearing in "Death Knell!"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Geraldo Jiminez - Reporter (Only Appearance)[1]
  • Ernie - Camera Man (Only Appearance)[1]
  • NYPD Officers
    • unnamed members




  • WYDY News Van

Synopsis for "Death Knell!"Edit

Roxxon President John Gamelin watches from home as the transformed Tarantula, mentally controlled by Wisp, threatens James Melvin. Tarantula devolves beyond Wisp's ability to control him and wants to eat Melvin. However, Spider-Man grabs Melvin and escapes. Gamelin contacts Roxxon Chairman of the Board D'Angelo for help. After stashing Melvin safely away. Spider-Man leads Wisp across the city's rooftops. TV reporter Geraldo Jimenez spots Tarantula and he and Ernie, his cameraman, chase down the story. Spider-Man lures Wisp to a MTA power plant and subdues him in one of the generators, then hustles back to Melvin who is being threatened by Tarantula. Jimenez and Ernie film the Tarantula and it airs live on TV but Roxxon jams the signal. Wisp revives and confronts Melvin, deciding to turn him over to the authorities instead of killing him. Tarantula, horrified that he has now become a fully morphed giant spider, commits suicide by leaping off the building, forcing the police to shoot him. Wisp hypnotizes Melvin into confessing all of his misdeeds, then departs. Later, Gamelin, on TV, repudiates all knowledge of Melvin's illegal doings and shuts down all Brand plants. Pete thinks this means the good guys won. Robbie is not so sure. After all, "your energy friend" Roxxon Oil, sponsors the 11 o'clock news.

  • The Brand Corporation is shut down. Tarantula, a long standing villain, dies.
  • This issue contains a letters page, The Spider's Web. Letters are published from Kathryn Newman, Evan Dorkin, Bill Manson, Eric Stenstrom and Ricck S. Jones.

  • No trivia.

See AlsoEdit

  • None.

  • None.


  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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