Marvel Day: In A Comedic Adventure, Spider-Man’s Luck Strikes Out As The Avengers Attempt To Recruit The Web-Slinger Into The Team

MARVEL DAY

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN TEAM-UPS

THE AVENGERS WANT TO RECRUIT SPIDER-MAN

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man embarks on a comedic adventure in order to join the Avengers. In the opening pages, the Avengers debate whether to offer him membership. Hawkeye is immediately elated, while the other members find Spider-Man to be “an unknown quantity” and Wasp does not like Spider-Man.1 In order to conduct the meeting, Thor commands for there to be an acting chairman. The acting chairman is Captain America.

The Avengers decide to learn more about Spider-Man. Hawkeye proposes to consult Daredevil. Captain America says he is “hyper-sensitive to sounds and impulses.”1 Captain America and Goliath work on sending high-frequency radio signals. Daredevil soon arrives at Avengers Mansion. He gives Spider-Man the highest recommendation stating that in his recent battle with the web-slinger, Spider-Man “was stronger, and more skillful than ever!”1 Thor, Iron Man and Hawkeye soon depart to contact Spider-Man.

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers debate whether to offer Spider-Man membership. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WELCOME SPIDER-MAN, TO AVENGERS MANSION!

Spider-Man is being recruited by the Avengers. Spider-Man arrives at Avengers Mansion. Soon, the Avengers must decide what kind of test to give Spider-Man.

Unfortunately, Spider-Man is hot-tempered and Hawkeye is loud-mouthed. And when Iron Man attempts to silence Spider-Man, Spider-Man gets upset by his concern about Aunt May. He starts thinking that the test is the Avengers want him to get mad.

 

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN LOSES IT!

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SPIDER-MAN IS UP TO THE TEST AND STAGGERS THE HULK

The test for Spider-Man to join the Avengers, is for the web-slinger to find the Hulk and bring him back to the Avengers. After Spider-Man leaves, Captain America does not have enough time to state mission objectives or why they want the Hulk. Thor declares “the test is begun!”1 Spider-Man heads to the Daily Bugle and hears news about the Hulk spotted near the Gamma Ray Research Center. Spider-Man heads there. Spider-Man finds the Hulk and tells him the Green Goliath is coming with him.

A battle ensues where Spider-Man uses a combination of spider-speed and spider-strength to fight the Hulk. By accident, Hulk attempting to land a punch on Spider-Man, who evades, breaks the Gamma Ray Shielding Wall. This results into Hulk changing back into Dr. Bruce Banner. During their conversation, Spider-Man realizes Dr. Bruce Banner needs help not punishment and begins to question the Avengers. As Dr. Banner begins to change into Hulk, he tells Spider-Man he doesn’t reach his full strength “for first few minutes.”1 Sensing an opportunity, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength.

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN BLOWS IT!

Spider-Man changes his mind about joining the Avengers. Questioning the Avengers’ motives, Spider-Man attempts to set Hulk free. However, Hulk is at full strength and easily busts through Spider-Man’s webbing.

Good ol’ Spider luck, failing him again! Spider-Man returns to the Avengers’ Mansion and resigns from their membership offer. He tells the Avengers he could not find the Hulk. After Spider-Man departs, the Avengers are disappointed and have mixed feelings. Captain America says the Avengers actually wanted to help Hulk.

In the end, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers' membership offer.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers’ membership offer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.


SOURCES

Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.

Marvel Day Series: Spider-Man Discovers The Origin Of The Alien Symbiote From Mister Fantastic

MARVEL DAY SERIES

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1984) #258, Spider-Man learns about the alien symbiote from Mister Fantastic. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

IN MARVEL COMICS

SPIDER-MAN HAS BEEN SLEEP-WALKING THROUGH NIGHTMARES

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1984) #258, Spider-Man is sleep-walking through nightmares. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1984) #258, Spider-Man learns about the origin of the alien symbiote.

Spider-Man’s life has gotten more complicated after his time on Battleworld. He is divided between Mary Jane who just found out about him being Spider-Man and the Black Cat.

At night, Spider-Man is having nightmares and is sleep-walking above the rooftops of New York City.

SPIDER-MAN LEARNS THE ORIGIN OF THE ALIEN SYMBIOTE FROM MISTER FANTASTIC

Spider-Man slept through the day and wakes up from his nightmare sleep-walking with the symbiote. He decides to get some answers about his costume and heads to the Baxter Building, the base of the Fantastic Four. There, Spider-Man is greeted by H.U.B.E.R.T., the security robot. He is escorted to a room with advanced machinery and is greeted by the Human Torch. Spider-Man quickly explains that he wants his costume examined and Mister Fantastic agrees.

Mister Fantastic runs some tests and notices that the costume can mimic any shape that Spider-Man thinks of. After refreshments, Spider-Man and the Human Torch meet Mister Fantastic. Mister Fantastic explains his original theory was that Spider-Man’s costume was an alien material. In reality, his costume is a highly evolved symbiote that has attached to Spider-Man mentally and physically. Spider-Man exclaims: “You mean… It’s alive!”1

 

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1984) #258, Spider-Man learns about the alien symbiote from Mister Fantastic. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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MISTER FANTASTIC SEPARATES SPIDER-MAN FROM THE SYMBIOTE

Mister Fantastic suggests Spider-Man remove the symbiote immediately. Spider-Man agrees. Spider-Man tries with all his might to remove the costume, but the harder he tries, the stronger the symbiote attempts to attach to Spider-Man.

The Human Torch asks Mister Fantastic if he should burn off the symbiote. But Mister Fantastic says it might be too dangerous for Spider-Man. Stretching his hand through corridors, Mister Fantastic retrieves a sonic blaster. He blasts Spider-Man, the sonic waves remove the symbiote then Human Torch encircles the symbiote in a wall of flame. Then, Mister Fantastic traps the symbiote in a special container.

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1984) #258, Mister Fantastic separates Spider-Man from the alien symbiote with a sonic blaster. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

PREVIOUS: SPIDER-MAN GETS A NEW BLACK COSTUME IN THE ‘SECRET WARS’ EVENT ON BATTLEWORLD. JANUARY 12TH.

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SOURCES

Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 258 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #258.

Marvel Day Series: Spider-Man Gets A New Black Costume In The ‘Secret Wars’ Event On Battleworld

MARVEL DAY SERIES

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #8, Spider-Man creates the black costume using a device that creates things by thought. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

IN MARVEL COMICS

SPIDER-MAN IS KIDNAPPED BY A MASSIVE ALIEN STRUCTURE IN CENTRAL PARK

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1984) #251, Spider-Man fights the Hobgoblin. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1984) #251, Spider-Man is transported to Battleworld.

In a battle with Hobgoblin, Spider-Man and Hobgoblin are trapped in a building on fire. Hobgoblin awakens first and attempts to finish off Spider-Man who evades the attack. As the whole structure is about to collapse, Hobgoblin evades pursuit in his battle van. Spider-Man is in hot pursuit.

Writhing in pain and agony, Spider-Man evades certain death when Hobgoblin crashes through a bar. Spider-Man finally crushes open the top of the battle van and enters. A man-to-man confrontation ensues where Spider-Man is at a disadvantage since Hobgoblin previously suppressed Spider-Man’s spider-sense. As Hobgoblin is about to land in the final blow, Spider-Man’s spider sense returns. Spider-Man evades the attack.

Hobgoblin set the battle van on auto-guidance system and it is headed for Pier 83. The battle van crashes into the Hudson River with Spider-Man and Hobgoblin locked in battle. As Spider-Man attempts to save Hobgoblin, the battle van’s self-destruct mechanism engages and the battle van explodes later. Swimming to the surface, Spider-Man borrows a lamp from a frogman and plunges back into the waters. He searches for Hobgoblin amidst the debris and only finds “a ruined mask.”1

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1984) #251, Spider-Man fights the Hobgoblin. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

A day later, Peter Parker parts with Harry Osborn after consoling him for his father’s death. Suddenly, his spider-sense goes wild, “like a bomb exploding within [his] head.”1 Spider-Man says it’s the third monster tingle he has experienced in the last three days and he puts on his costume.

He states the danger is coming from Central Park. Web-swinging across trees, he arrives at Sheep Meadow. He finds a massive alien structure. Moved by a superior force, he enters the alien structure and vanishes.

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1984) #251, Spider-Man is kidnapped by a massive alien structure in Central Park. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

SPIDER-MAN, THE HEROES AND THE VILLAINS MEET THE BEYONDER IN SPACE!

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #1, Spider-Man and the heroes are transported to Battleworld. The heroes and the villains are kept in separate life-support environments. The heroes are the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men and Magneto. Wasp, a member of the Avengers suggest they make introductions. Then, Captain America orders to notice the other life-support environment at four o’clock.

Reed Richards asks Professor X to scan the construct. He recognizes the aura of evil from the villains. Dr. Doom makes the introductions of the villains who are Enchantress, Ultron, Absorbing Man, Wrecker and the Wrecking Crew, Thunderball, Piledriver, Bulldozer, Kang, Galactus, the Lizard, Molecule Man, Dr. Octopus and himself. Dr. Doom recognizes the construct of the heroes and concludes it is for war. As the heroes wonder why Magneto is in their midst, Professor X motions to pay attention to what is happening in space.

 

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #1, Spider-Man and the heroes are kidnapped in space. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

The heroes watch as the entire galaxy in their vicinity is being wiped away. Thor and Iron Man are in awe. Then, from the remains, a planet is created. Battleworld is created. Then, light erupts in space. The Beyonder introduces himself: “I am from beyond! Slay your enemies and all you desire shall be yours! Nothing you dream of is impossible for me to accomplish!”2

Galactus sensing the Beyonder’s power flies out of the construct in the intent to have Beyonder rid him of his hunger. Dr. Doom is in pursuit. Galactus and Dr. Doom are swatted away like flies to the bewilderment of Captain America and Professor X. The heroes and the villains are transported to Battleworld.

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1984) #1, Beyonder promises the heroes and the villains their hearts' desire if they battle on Battleworld.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #1, the heroes and the villains are introduced to Battleworld. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SPIDER-MAN DEFEATS THE X-MEN AMIDST A STORM ON BATTLEWORLD

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, a storm is raging on Battleworld. The heroes lament their homes as factions are forming and the villains are preparing for war. At the heroes’ base, in the communications chamber, Hulk, Captain America and Mister Fantastic are monitoring the storm, Galactus and Doombase. Mister Fantastic laments his pregnant wife and asks Captain America to be excused. Spider-Man follows Mister Fantastic and notices how depressed he is. Then he arrives at X-Men HQ.

Spider-Man overhears the X-Men’s discussion. They lament that even on Battleworld, they are not accepted by the Avengers and the heroes. They decide to put their plan in action. They are going to join Magneto. At that moment, Spider-Man storms through the window and swats Professor X and Cyclops. He exclaims he is going tell others about their plans. He webs Colossus and evades Rogue’s attack. He webs Rogue and Nightcrawler and also swats away Wolverine attempting to sneak behind him. Then he escapes evading, Cyclops‘ optic beam. As Spider-Man finds Mister Fantastic attempting to tell him of the X-Men’s plans, Professor X wipes his mind!

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, Spider-Man defeats the X-Men as a storm rages on Battleworld. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

DURING THE ASSAULT ON DOOMBASE TO SAVE SHE-HULK, SPIDER-MAN CREATES THE ALIEN SYMBIOTE

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #8, the heroes rescue She-Hulk in danger at Doombase on Battleworld. An all-out battle commences. During the battle, Spider-Man intercepts Titania attempting to land a steel girder on top of the heroes. Spider-Man kicks her in the back.

Spider-Man evades two punches that break through the wall and the ground. He then avoids a block of stone thrown at him. As Titania is about to slam a block of stone on Spider-Man pinned on the floor, Spider-Man evades with lightning speed. Then, with a flurry of a kick and punches, Spider-Man throws Titania through the concrete wall, outside Doombase, she falls to the ground and passes out.

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #8, Spider-Man defeats Titania. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

After the battle is over, Captain Marvel finds a battered She-Hulk on the floor. Mister Fantastic places She-Hulk in a pod to regenerate. Meanwhile, Spider-Man finds Thor (and Hulk) exiting a room with his cape reconstituted. Spider-Man asks Thor and Thor tells him that Hulk found a “wondrous device.” Hulk tells Spider-Man it’s in a room where Spider-Man can just think to produce any clothing he wants.

Spider-Man heads into the room and is able to find the device. He concentrates then a black sphere is created on the device. Spider-Man’s spider-sense tingles and as he attempts to evade, the alien symbiote grafts itself onto Spider-Man’s costume. Then, Spider-Man’s black costume is produced on Battleworld. Spider-Man wonders why the costume came out black and says that maybe he was “subconsciously influenced by that new Spider-Woman’s suit!”3

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #8, Spider-Man creates the black costume using a device that creates things by thought. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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SPIDER-MAN AND THE HEROES LEAVE BATTLEWORLD

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #12, Spider-Man heads back to Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

At the ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #12, the heroes have triumphed and prepare to leave Battleworld. As they prepare to return to Earth, they head to the same room where Spider-Man created his costume. Spider-Man asks the heroes if their costumes respond to thoughts. Human Torch responds “No–They’re just–Just clothes!” Spider-Man wonders to himself why his costume does.

Finally, the heroes are set to be transported back to Earth. Mister Fantastic explains the heroes are going to be beamed to the construct that transported them, then they will be transported back to Earth to Central Park or to whatever location the heroes concentrate on. Mister Fantastic says they will be sent by groups.

First are Spider-Man, Dr. Connors, Spider-Woman, Hulk and Magneto.

NEXT: SPIDER-MAN DISCOVERS THE ORIGIN OF THE ALIEN SYMBIOTE FROM MISTER FANTASTIC. FEBRUARY 2ND.


SOURCES

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 8 in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 251 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #251.
  2. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1.
  3. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8.