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- 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 II of V)"Edit
Synopsis for "Torment (Part II of V)"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.
- This issue is reprinted in the Spider-Man: Torment trade paperback.
- The events from this issue take place on July 26th-27th, 1990.
- First and final appearances of Stan and Morley, two businessmen; both die in this issue.
- Contains a flashback to the Lizard's origin as first presented in Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 1) #6. The Lizard appeared last in Spider-Man #1. He appears next in Spider-Man # 3.
- The tagline for this issue is "Blood Lust for the Lizard!"
- A classified advertisement on a newspaper references someone named Bambi. It is possible that this may be the same Bambi that occasionally sun-bathed on the roof of Peter Parker's apartment.
- The letters column for this issue is tentatively called "Spider Mania". It includes a short editorial by Jim Salicrup.
- The cover of this issue is one of the 21 that appears in the comic gallery from the Sega CD version of the video game The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin.
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- Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 1)
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- 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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