The History of Spider-Man: 1980
The wallcrawler takes on Electro, Kraven the Hunter, The Vulture, and more!
For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this year, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!
Getting stuck without super powers at New Years can never be a good thing, but Spider-Man somehow managed to navigate the world without his abilities—and confront Uncle Ben’s killer—in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #200. Then, after finding his powers again, he worked with Nightcrawler to stop Cutthroat in MARVEL TEAM-UP #89 and fought alongside Beast against Killer Shrike and The Modular Man in MARVEL TEAM-UP #90.
Morbius the Living Vampire finally found a cure for his bizarre condition in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #38, and when the wallcrawler transformed into a Spider-Lizard in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #39, his new form prompted him to seek a cure of his own in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #40. The Punisher showed up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #201 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #202 to accept Spidey’s help in fighting organized crime, but our high-flying hero found his hands full in the immediate aftermath when Ghost Rider joined him in MARVEL TEAM-UP #91, Hawkeye in MARVEL TEAM-UP #92, and a certain Werewolf by Night in MARVEL TEAM-UP #93. Phew!
Giant-Man collaborated with Spidey in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #41, working to take down a giant-sized Meteor Man. Afterward, Electro posed as The Human Torch in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #42 and captured the webslinger for the Frightful Four, The Trapster masqueraded as the young hero in an attempt to trick the Fantastic Four in FANTASTIC FOUR #218.
The luminous Lightmaster returned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #203 to sap the powers of the mutant Dazzler, and Spidey had a return match-up with The Black Cat in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #204 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #205. The Shroud offered some assistance to the web-head in his fight against Dansen Macabre in MARVEL TEAM-UP #94, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bobbi Morse became Mockingbird in MARVEL TEAM-UP #95, and Spidey slugged it out with Status Quo (and used a little bit of Quack-Fu, thanks to Howard the Duck) in MARVEL TEAM-UP #96.
A mysterious new figure named Madam Belladonna then entered the fray in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #43. Spider-Man took on the Vulture’s nephew in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #44 before trying the old flying coot himself in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #45. Following a bout of madness in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #206, the wallcrawler clashed with Mesmero on Broadway in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #207, Fusion the Twin Terror in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #208, and Kraven the Hunter in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #209.
The Maggia reared its ugly head once again in MARVEL TEAM-UP #98, Machine Man revved things up in MARVEL TEAM-UP #99, and Spider-Man met the newest New Mutant in MARVEL TEAM-UP #100. Cobra escaped prison in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #46—but not Spidey’s web. And Belladonna hired a new Prowler to kill Spidey in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #47…before the Prowler turned the tables on her in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #48.
Spider-Man’s introduction to the cryptic Madame Web went south in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #210, and had an impromptu tussle with Namor the Sub-Mariner in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #211. Luckily, his easy win against the Smuggler in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #49 solved a few problems and cured many ills.
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