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Published June 22, 2017

The History of Spider-Man: 1970

A crime war ignites and Doctor Octopus returns with fatal consequences!

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For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this summer, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of his storied history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

After exposing the wily Chameleon at a gala event in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #80, Spider-Man took the bounce out of The Kangaroo before he released deadly bacteria into the city in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #81. Later, the web-slinger battled The Silver Surfer for a young boy’s life in SILVER SURFER #14, and turned the lights out for Electro on the set of a TV talk show in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #82.

A new criminal in town called The Schemer challenged The Kingpin to be the head of the city’s crime cartel in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #83, so when the battle reached the latter’s home in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #84, our hero swung in to insert himself between the two titans. In the aftermath of the tussle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #85, he learned the Schemer’s true identity as Richard Fisk, the Kingpin’s long-lost son.

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #80

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #80

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The Wall Crawler started to feel sick in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #86, just in time for a challenge from Black Widow. Believing his spider-powers fading away, Peter revealed himself as the webbed wonder in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #87, but after discovering he only suffered from the flu, asked the former Prowler to masquerade as his costumed alter-ego to put his friends off the scent.

A Zodiac force-field kept Spidey from entering Manhattan in AVENGERS #82, but that didn’t stop him from going after an escaped Doctor Octopus in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #88. Ock seemed to die in a fiery plane crash, but the web-spinner refused to believe his demise and proved the eight-armed maniac still lived in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #89.

Then, the unthinkable: Gwen’s father Captain Stacy died in the fallout from the pitched battle between Spider-Man and Octopus in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #90, leaving his daughter to proclaim her hatred for the hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #91 and a candidate for District Attorney to build a campaign around taking Spidey once and for all.

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