- Come sit, my little one. Lull yourself into a false sense of security. Let your mind relax and your soul become vulnerable.
- -- Calypso
Appearing in "Torment (Part I)"Edit
- Ralph Dill (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "Torment (Part I)"Edit
Spider-Man web-slings across the city and stumbles upon a mugging in progress. He gets the drop on the criminal who turns around and fires at him. Spider-Man easily dodges the bullets then disarms the man. He hangs him suspended from the cornice of a building wrapped up in web fluid.
Elsewhere, a mysterious individual conducts a ritual that summons forth the Lizard. The Lizard rises from the East River and tries to track down the source of a persistent throbbing in his skull. He comes to shore and attacks a group of would-be thieves. He dives into them demonstrating a savage ferocity unlike any he's ever displayed before. One of the punks fires a gun at the Lizard and blood sprays against the wall behind him. This is hardly enough to stop his rampage.
The next morning, Peter wakes up and decides to a little web-slinging before class. Mary Jane bids him good-bye and looks at the front page of the Daily Bugle. The headline reads "3 Killings - men slashed to death". A photograph in the paper shows a wall with the letters "CNNR" written in blood.
As day turns to night, the Lizard claims another victim.
Appearing in "Torment (Part II)"Edit
- Bambi (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "Torment (Part II)"Edit
Two businessmen named Stan and Morley are walking down a busy Manhattan street. Stan goes on about a practical joke he played on his boss, while Morley scans the classifieds looking for single women. Suddenly, the Lizard leaps out from behind them and attacks.
The following day, Peter Parker reads the Daily Bugle headlines, which read, "2 More Dead". In a photograph, the letters CNNR are scrawled on a wall in blood. Despite being distracted by Mary Jane, Peter deduces that CNNR stands for Connors, specifically, Curt Connors – the Lizard. He quickly dons his costume and swings off in search of his old foe.
Elsewhere, Calypso concocts a special potion using a spider, a reptile and body ash as ingredients. The end result is a deadly poison that she uses to coat the Lizard’s claws.
Late into the evening, Spider-Man perches himself on the top of a building cornice scanning the city. His spider-sense goes off, but he is not quick enough to avoid the Lizard's attack. The impact sends Spidey sailing across the street through the window of another building. The Lizard follows him and rakes him across the chest with his poisoned claws. Almost immediately, the drugs begin to take effect and Spider-Man's balance begins to waver. Reflexively, he kicks at the Lizard, sending him crashing through a door. His body impales itself on a splintered piece of steel. Horrified and sickened, Spidey leaves the scene.
Spider-Man scales a water tower in an attempt to get some fresh air and clear his head. He reflects upon the events that first transformed Curt Connors into the Lizard. Surprisingly, the Lizard is still alive and has tracked Spider-Man down. As Spidey turns his head, the Lizard leaps upon him.
Appearing in "Torment (Part III)"Edit
- Ben Parker (Behind the scenes) (Appears in flashback and main story)
- The Burglar (Appears in flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "Torment (Part III)"Edit
Spider-Man and the Lizard continue to fight one another. Spider-Man notices that the Lizard is much more savage than usual, and there is absolutely no evidence of Curt Connors' personality. Spider-Man tries talking to him, but the Lizard is consumed by blood lust. The poison in Spidey's system kicks into overdrive until all he can hear is a thundering "DOOM" reverberating inside his skull. The Lizard prepares to rip out Spidey's jugular vein, but Calypso's influence echoes within the creature's mind. "The Spider must suffer." Rather than tearing into his flesh, the mind-controlled reptile lifts Spider-Man's prone body into the air, and hefts it off the top of the building. Spidey lands in a pile of garbage behind an alley.
Elsewhere, Mary Jane has been dancing the night away at a nightclub called Trixie's. Leaving the club, she sees a copy of the Daily Bugle lying in the rain. The headlines remind her of her husband’s current adventure, but she is confident that Peter can take care of things.
Hours later, Spider-Man awakens. His head is pounding and he has trouble getting his bearings. He looks up only to see the Lizard standing next to the desiccated form of his late foe, Kraven the Hunter.
Appearing in "Torment (Part IV)"Edit
- Kraven the Hunter (as a hallucination)
Synopsis for "Torment (Part IV)"Edit
Calypso's poison is burning through Spider-Man's system resulting in a severe fever and massive hallucinations. Instead of Calypso, Spider-Man believes that he is staring at his late adversary Kraven the Hunter. He recalls one of their more momentous battles, one in which Kraven buried him alive. Closing his eyes, he concentrates on Mary Jane. He regains enough of his sensibilities to focus past the hallucinations. He sees Calypso standing before him with the Lizard haunched next to her ready to spring. Spider-Man tries in vain to reach the mind of Curt Connors, but there appears to be nothing of his old friend's mind inside the snarling Lizard. Spider-Man regains enough strength to break free of his bonds. The coiled Lizard springs at him and the two begin fighting. In the scuffle, Calypso's braziers fall over, their contents igniting the brownstone until a giant explosion tears through the building.
Appearing in "Torment (Part V)"Edit
- George (a police officer)
Synopsis for "Torment (Part V)"Edit
Police cars respond to an emergency taking place on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Mary Jane is returning home in a taxicab as squad cars race past her, their alarms blaring.
Meanwhile, the brownstone that Calypso had been using as her base of operations is a massive pile of burning debris. Spider-Man struggles to free himself from some fallen timbers. The Lizard rises from the wreckage as well and Spider-Man and he resume their fight. Calypso, insane with lust for blood and power, begins dancing through the ashes. Spider-Man pounces on the Lizard, but the creature effortlessly tosses him aside, then leaps on top of him. Spider-Man finds several lengths of chain and uses them to knock the Lizard out. He leaves him wrapped up in the chains, suspended from the rafters. He turns to face Calypso, but there is little he can do now. The building is ready to collapse. Spider-Man makes a hasty exit just as the burning walls come crashing down on top of Calypso.
Later, emergency crews survey the wreckage. They find no trace of either Calypso or the Lizard. Spider-Man, tired and in agony, finally makes it back home to Mary Jane. In the East River, a green scaly hand rises from the water. The Lizard has survived.
- This collection reprints the following issues of Spider-Man.
- 128 pages
- Also shipped with an alternate black background cover.
- Spider-Man image gallery
- Spider-Man fan art gallery
- Spider-Man appearances list
- Spider-Man quotes page
- Spider-Man Supporting Characters
- Spider-Man Villains
- Mary Jane Watson image gallery
- Mary Jane Watson fan art gallery
- Mary Jane Watson appearances list
- Mary Jane Watson quotes page
- Calypso image gallery
- Calypso appearances list
- Calypso quotes page
- Lizard image gallery
- Lizard appearances list
- Lizard quotes page
- Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 1)
- Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 2)
- Spectacular Spider-Man (Volume 1)
- Spectacular Spider-Man (Volume 2)
- Spider-Man (Volume 1)
- Spider-Man Unlimited (Volume 1)
- Spider-Man Unlimited (Volume 2)
- Untold Tales of Spider-Man
- Web of Spider-Man
Links and ReferencesEdit
- Spider-Man article at Wikipedia
- Spider-Man article at Marvel Universe
- Spider-Man article at the Marvel Directory
- Spider-Man article at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
- Spider-Man (Volume 1) series index at Spiderfan
- Spider-Man (Volume 1) series index at Comicbookdb.com
- Spider-Man (Volume 1) series index at the Grand Comics Database
- ↑ First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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