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It’s time to THWIP! with Marvel’s The Pull List!

On the podcast, Ryan and Tucker preview June 20’s new comic releases, including their Picks of the Week AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801, PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1, X:MEN GOLD #30, and all the other books that’ll be waiting for you in stores tomorrow!

Watch the video version of Marvel’s The Pull List above as Ryan and Tucker highlight the Spider-centric stories on offer before jumping into the full audio episode below.

Here’s the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:


  • CABLE #158
  • DAREDEVIL #604
  • RUNAWAYS #10
  • WEAPON H #4
  • X-MEN: GOLD #30






  • QUASAR (1989) #26-27  
  • SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK: CEREMONY (1989) #1-2             
  • SPIDER-MAN: GET KRAVEN (2002) #1-6   




  • CABLE #152
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL (2000) #26-35
  • DAKOTA NORTH (1986) #1-5
  • DAREDEVIL #596
  • FALCON #3
  • FORCE WORKS (1994) #1-5, 8-22
  • JEAN GREY #10
  • ROYALS #12
  • SHE-HULK #160
  • SPECIAL EDITION: X-MEN (1983) #1
  • STAR WARS #40
  • WEAPON X #12
  • X-MEN: BLUE #17
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We wrap up our look at Spidey's story so far with the Clone Conspiracy and much more!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger is now back on the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present our final installment of Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story so far…

The Jackal revealed his resurrected dead villains to Spider-Man in DEAD NO MORE: CLONE CONSPIRACY #2, while Carrion attacked Peter Parker’s clone Kaine in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21. Spidey dodged the bad guys in DEAD NO MORE: CLONE CONSPIRACY #3 and a returned Ben Reilly swung in to help and to illustrate his amazing recovery in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #23

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #23

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Doctor Octopus and the Lizard ramped up their violence in DEAD NO MORE: CLONE CONSPIRACY #4, and the Gwen Stacy clone began to decay when Ock set wheels in motion to hurt his foe as much as possible. Gwen tried to convince Spidey to join with Jackal in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23, but when he refused she ran interference for him before she disintegrated completely in DEAD NO MORE: CLONE CONSPIRACY #5. Ben Reilly took on Jackal directly in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24, and gained a new life for himself in DEAD NO MORE: CLONE CONSPIRACY OMEGA #1.

Spider-Man witnessed the return of Kang the Conqueror in AVENGERS #1, learned the truth behind it in AVENGERS #2, watched as Wasp attempted to fix the problem in AVENGERS #3, learned of Kang’s history in AVENGERS #4, found himself lost in time in AVENGERS #5, and helped to bring about Kang’s ultimate defeat in AVENGERS #6.

Avengers (2016) #1

Avengers (2016) #1

  • Published: November 02, 2016
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 08, 2017
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Mark Waid
  • Cover Artist: Alex Ross
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Comedian-magicians Penn and Teller helped Spidey and Deadpool battle Tarot in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #11, then the wallcrawler and the Merc with a Mouth tried to save Christmas in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #12, and somehow ended up in Weirdworld in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #13. Spidey made it a major mission to seek out Norman Osborn for capture in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25, leading to he and Silver Sable invading her home nation of Symkaria in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #26.

In Symkaria, the wallcrawler learned of Osborn’s plan to gas citizens with Goblin Serum in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27 and disabled the missile that would carry it in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28. Doctor Doom sought the Avenger’s help in AVENGERS #7, and Avenger X made a surprising reappearance in AVENGERS #8. Nightcrawler manifested in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #14, while Itsy Bitsy planned more mischief. The underground Monster Metropolis rose up in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #15, and Dracula made his presence known to Spidey and Deadpool in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #16.

Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016) #15

Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016) #15

  • Published: March 08, 2017
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 11, 2017
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Penciler: Scott Koblish
  • Cover Artist: Reilly Brown
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Otto Octavius joined with the Hydra Captain America in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #29 and began to destroy Parker Industries. Cornering Spidey in Shanghai in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30, the “Superior Doctor Octopus” saw his plans crumble when Peter Parker tore down his own company and fortune to halt his enemy’s march to victory in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31. Later, the webslinger joined with other rebel heroes at the Washington Monument to battle Hydra in SECRET EMPIRE #9, and cheered on the real Captain America as he confronted his corrupt doppelganger  in SECRET EMPIRE #10.

After standing alongside his teammates in the aftermath of Hydra’s defeat in AVENGERS #11, Spidey investigated a criminal tech ring in Chicago in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1. Peter’s long-lost sister Teresa, now a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, sought his aid in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2, helped him confront the Kingpin in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #3, and then fight the Vulture in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #4 and PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #5.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #1

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #1

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Our hero’s hackles rose over Itsy Bity’s and Patient Zero’s killing spree in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #17, and he subsequently believed Itsy destroyed in a “plasma breeder” in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #18. Spidey and Deadpool decided to get serious about crimefighting in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #19, but the presence of Slapstick during a brouhaha with El Tenor in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #20 put Peter back on the laugh-track.

Norman Osborn traveled to Tibet to find a way to reactivate his goblin powers in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #32, and Peter Parker found himself once more down on his luck and hated by everyone around him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #789, including his old friend Johnny Storm in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #790. Things grew worse when Arcade kidnapped him for a new Murderworld in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #21, prompting Deadpool to make a hard choice over whether to rescue him or not in SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #22.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #789

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #789

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Elsewhere, a mystery meteorite fell to Earth and demanded the attention of Spider-Man and Earth’s Greatest Heroes in AVENGERS #672

Now that we’re (mostly) caught up through the end of last year and Spidey’s more recent adventures, this is the last installment of History of Spider-Man for now. Thank you for following along with us! If you’ve missed any previous entries, click on the History of Spider-Man archives to read more at

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PETER PARKER writer Chip Zdarsky on updating an old enemy's threat.

It takes a lot to be a top tie super villain: a cool name, a great gimmick, a flashy costume, and the skill to hang with a hero in combat. Essentially, everything the Tinkerer has never had. Nonetheless, one Chip Zdarsky still believed in the gentleman and with that belief Tinkerer has blossomed into a real threat in the pages of PETER PARKER :THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN.

On January 17, his threat really explodes in PETER PARKER :THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #299, as the Tinkerer brings on a cadre of super villain types to take the fight right to the Webslinger. Chip Zdarsky let us into his workshop despite us not knowing the password to give us the nuts and bolts on Tinkerer’s revamp. As a writer, what attracted you creatively to the Tinkerer as a villain for Spider-Man?

Chip Zdarsky: I liked the idea of a villain whose real superpower is knowledge. Tinkerer’s been aiding villains for so long that he’s privy to a lot of secrets, both personal and technical. Also, there’s a real focus these days on tech being the calling of the young, so it’s fun to explore somebody who’s been around a long time dealing with the questions raised by technology. What was challenging and rewarding about subtly updating Tinkerer to make him a bigger threat to Spidey than he had been in some time? What was the key, for you, to making that happen?

Chip Zdarsky: Just really recognizing the breadth of his intelligence. If you’re working on the level Tinkerer is, you’re going to have a proper plan, so I worked a lot on that part of things—his goals and how to achieve them. As you know a lot of perception of a villain can come from how they are portrayed in the art. How did your collaborator Adam Kubert’s approach to Tinkerer help the book further realize the goal of making him a bigger threat to Spider-Man?

Chip Zdarsky: Ha! By making him smaller! I wanted to make sure Tinkerer was portrayed small and old, to contrast the enormity of his inventions, which I knew Adam would go to town on.

Also, to provide a stark physical difference with his brother, Hophni. Adam went and gave him a real Andre the Giant look, which I love!

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #299

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #299 For a character like Spider-Man who has so many villains and often sees them fit into patterns, how has this encounter with Tinkerer changed his perception of the criminal? What has proven most challenging for the Wallcrawler about adapting to Tinkerer this time?

Chip Zdarsky: I think the planning. They’ve had some run-ins over the years, but Tinkerer’s never planned anything is big and final as this before. His outlook has changed and that’s throwing Spidey for a loop. Can you offer any hints on who Tinkerer is tapping in #299 to aid him in his assault on Spider-Man and the Mason?

Chip Zdarsky: He’s helped a LOT of bad guys over the years, so we have villains like Vulture, Whiplash and Beetle showing up, amped-up for a massive battle. Technically there’s six big bads banding together, but I couldn’t figure out a good name for them.

Sinful Six? Six Bad Guys? In any case, they’re more than Spidey can handle on his own.

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Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones get the band back together!

Some team-ups end at just the right time. Others leave you wanting more. Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones have become the rare team that exists as both. When they concluded their collaboration on HOWARD THE DUCK, the timing proved perfect. But, come on, we all knew we needed more of Zdarsky’s words and Quinone’s lines bringing sweet comic book storytelling to our eyes.

In PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #301, we all get our wish as the duo reconnect for the three-issue arc “Amazing Fantasy.” We pulled them away from planning their new treehouse just long enough for them to talk about how happy it makes them to be together again. How different is it to collaborate with each other on a book like SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN versus HOWARD THE DUCK? What unique challenges did PETER PARKER present you both with?

Joe Quinones: Well so far he doesn’t cry nearly as much.

Certainly there are through-lines with both series in Chip’s writing style, which balances a combination of humor and heart, but it’s a question of degrees. The jokes are there, but where with Howard the gags were more front and center, here we pull the punches a little. Chip’s Spider-Man is very self-aware and funny but it’s delivered with some amount of restraint, offset by more drama and super-heroic flair.

Chip Zdarsky: I mean the big thing is having more eyeballs on a Spider-Man book than you would a Howard the Duck book! So, there’s some pressure there. Joe’s work is really fun and light, so we also needed to make sure the story being told would suit his style, while being decidedly more serious than a standard HOWARD issue. I think people are going to dig it. To rejoin with someone you already had an established relationship with must, I imagine, carry a fair amount of comfort to it. Does working with each other again make you feeling free to take risks that you might have been more hesitant to do with someone you were less familiar with? If so, where might readers notice that in the book?

Chip Zdarsky: I think it’s less about taking risks and more about knowing your co-creator’s strengths and being able to play to them. [Artist] Adam [Kubert] is the king of big action scenes, Joe is the king of facial expressions and body language. So, writing for Joe, I tend to do more scenes where I push those abilities, by writing scenes like “okay, he’s sad, but not too sad, more wistful, but there’s also an underlying anger.”

Joe loves it when I do that!

Joe Quinones: Of course! I really loved working with Chip on HOWARD. I think we complement each other well. While it seemed like a good place to end the book where we did, boy once it was gone, I really missed the collaboration. It’s been fun teaming up again.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #301 cover by Joe Quinones

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #302 cover by Joe Quinones You both are taking Spider-Man, along with Teresa and J. Jonah Jameson, back in time. From what you’ve seen and discussed, how do you try to realize the look of the Marvel Universe from several years earlier?

Joe Quinones: Well we’re at once literally traveling back to the early aughts and spiritually to the 1960’s, so it’s a fine line of fedoras and Nickelback posters, of low-rise jeans and double-breasted suits. It’s a fun balancing act of two very different eras, but essentially we’re transplanting classic [Steve] Ditko [art] into the 21st century. Chip, as a writer, did you feel the need to change anything about your approach to scripting to make that time period come to life?

Chip Zdarsky: With Marvel books we’re dealing a lot with the sliding timeline, so I wanted to make sure young Peter looked like he would in, say, 2004-2005, while not cementing it too much in that period, y’know? The big thing was to make him look awkward and different enough from our Peter that it’s a bit of a shock how young he is. I mean, he’d be 15-16 at this point. We’re used to older guys playing teen Peter in the movies, so I wanted to make sure this Peter actually felt young. Joe’s designs for young and old are so perfect, it just inspires me to write them forever. Were there any characters you were particularly thrilled to take on? Any that proved to be an unexpected treat or challenge?

Joe Quinones: J.J! No, Doc Ock! No, Green Goblin! These were all fun to work on, really. I particularly enjoyed designing 15-year-old Spidey vs. 28-year-old Spidey. Adolescence is such a great, funny, horrible time, where we’re all in this transitional period and haven’t quite figured ourselves out yet, awkwardly inhabiting our own skin. There’s an implicit misery in it, and who better [encapsulates] misery than Spider-Man? One of the fan favorite issues of your run so far has definitely been #6 which focused on JJJ and his relationship to Spidey. With the changes that occurred in that story, how might we see that echoed in this “team-up”?

Chip Zdarsky: Yeah, Jonah’s been thrown in the deep end of the pool. There hasn’t been a lot of down-time to process everything, so he’s pretty discombobulated by everything that’s happening. What he sees though, is that Peter lacks structure and guidance, which Jonah is more than willing to provide. On the subject of Jameson, it seems everyone is going to have to do their best to keep him from altering the past. Does he have something in particular he wants to see changed or is it more of making sure he does not mess things up by accident?

Chip Zdarsky: Like anyone, he has things he wants to change. But time travel’s a complicated thing. How will Jonah of the past react to our Jonah showing up on his doorstep? What chain of events does that set in motion? Any moment or sequence of the art either of you can’t wait for fans to see? Can you tease it a bit for us?

Joe Quinones: Wow what a joy it is to draw Spidey and Spidey bouncing off of Ditko-era Spider-Man villains like Doc Ock and Green Goblin. They’re so fun to draw and Chip writes their interactions perfectly.

Chip Zdarsky: Oh man, it’s all so good. But seeing our two Spideys teaming up to take down classic rogues through Joe’s gorgeous illustrations is worth the price of admission.

“Amazing Fantasy” reunites Chip Zdarsky with Joe Quinones and kicks off in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #301 this March!

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Old pals Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones reunite to task Peter Parker!

There’s reunions going on all over in the pages of PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN come March! Already you’ve got Pete and his maybe-sister Teresa trying to figure out their relationship, but as of issue #301, that family drama takes a backseat to the triumphant return of the Chip ZdarskyJoe Quinones team! That’s right, the writer-artist duo that wowed you on HOWARD THE DUCK hooks back up to chronicle the adventures of everybody’s favorite Wallcrawler!

“I’m a big fan of stealing creative teams off other editor’s books, so as soon as Chip signed on to PETER PARKER, I knew we had to get Joe Quinones to come too.” shares Executive Editor Nick Lowe.

As Zdarsky welcomes Quinones to SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, so does Peter Parker continue to initiate J. Jonah Jameson in the ways of arachnid adventure, now that this avid Spidey-hater possesses knowledge of the Webslinger’s secret identity. The unlikely team–along with Teresa–tumbles back in time to try and deal with a problem spinning out of the series’ landmark 300th issue.

“The story that Chip has for [issues] #301-303 is perfect for the character acting and wonderful madness that Joe brings to the table,” concludes Lowe.

This March, book some time with Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones, Peter Parker, and J. Jonah Jameson for a trip through time you won’t soon forget! It all starts in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #301!

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The on-the-run Wallcrawler joins Marvel Legacy!

On November 15, Spider-Man finds himself on the wrong side of the law once again…as the Web-Head joins the Marvel Legacy era in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #297!

Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Adam Kubert get the blame for Spidey’s latest woes—they instigated the emergence of his “sister” Teresa, his run-in with Kingpin and The Tinkerer, and his failing attempts to maintain a normal life. And now Parker has to deal with the NYPD heading up a spider-hunt for the so-called “A-Wreck-Nid.”

Looks like Peter will need more than a few cool gadgets and a quick Thwip-quip to keep his web from unraveling this time…

United States District Court – Warrant of Arrest

Case: The State of New York vs. Spider-Man
Date: Nov. 15, 2017
Case Number: 297 

Defendant: Spider-Man
Known affiliates: Teresa Durand, The Human Torch, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert

Description: Suspect stands at approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds. Age unknown—though his attempts at humor, which might suggest a boy in his teens, likely put him in his mid to late 20s.

Known to swing from trees, streetlights, and other city dwellings wearing a red and blue spider-suit. Officers should keep their ears tuned in for the distinguishing “Thwip” sound created by his web shooters. Gunshots, explosions, and destruction of property act as a likely signal of his presence. Suspect has no problem leaving cops hanging; approach with caution.

Cause for arrest: This warrant has been issued in response to the widespread local terror and property damage caused by the well-known Wallcrawler. Damages to the city during his acts of “heroism” have been measured in millions of dollars.

This masked-mayhem has also been photographed cavorting with a known enemy of the state, Teresa Durand—believed to have stolen top-secret information from S.H.I.E.L.D.

Suspect faces charges of breaking and entering, as well as assault, pending against him by respected New York businessman Wilson Fisk. The mouthy menace also seems to be wanted for questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This section will remain open for the addition of inevitable future infractions.

Witness the action on November 15 in writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Adam Kubert’s PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #297!

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Learn about everyone's favorite hot-headed editor.

Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson have always had a relationship that’s…complicated to say the least. In the upcoming PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #5, written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Adam Kubert, the friendly neighborhood hero and the media mogul will meet up for what will surely go down as one of Triple J’s most noteworthy interviews. With that in mind, we wanted to take the opportunity to offer a little background on everyone’s favorite hot-headed editor.

Military History

Most of us know Jameson for his temper, and his domineering personality. This probably served him in the past, because before his days at the Daily Bugle, he was as an army officer. These days, he still seems to have the leadership style of a drill sergeant.


But Triple J has found himself on the receiving end of other people’s less than friendly attitudes, as well. In high school, three of his school’s top athletes began bullying him — but he fought back, ultimately succeeding in beating up all of them. This impressed his future wife Joan, and the two began dating. So while Jameson and Peter don’t necessarily have a lot in common, he may be able to relate to Peter’s history with Flash Thompson.

Mayor of New York

Believe it or not, Jonah once got elected as mayor of New York City. During this storyline, we get to see him interacting with his dad, Triple J Senior, who tries to convince him to put an end to his crazy feud with Spidey.

On Again, Off Again

As we mentioned, Spidey and Triple J have always had a complicated relationship. Jameson has published a lot of articles accusing Spidey of various misdeeds, but has quickly retracted them. And he’s famous for always wanting photos of Spidey to run in the paper. So he clearly has a fascination with the super hero on some level, even though he might not fully trust him. And of course, Jameson learned Spidey’s identity during CIVIL WAR. The fact that Peter had worked right under his nose for years infuriated him. So we can expect to see some tension between the two during their interview.

Secret Empire

Like basically everyone in the Marvel U, Jameson felt the impact recently of the events of SECRET EMPIRE. During that story arc, Kraven the Hunter raided the Bugle’s offices, looking for information on Spider-Man. He attacked Jameson, but was ultimately defeated by Spider-Woman.

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Stan Lee and Steve Ditko invent The Tinkerer in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

When it comes to super geniuses per capita, no place compares to the Marvel Universe! Some use their powers to help keep the world safe while others try to rule the world. And some just want to make crazy weapons to sell to nutcases! The Tinkerer – newly returned in this week’s PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #4 – fit into that last category for most of his villainous career. 

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #4

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #4

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First debuting back in 1963’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, The Tinkerer made quite an impression on his first page. The old man with glasses propped up on his forehead wearing a plaid sweater and green slacks might have seemed like no problem at all had he not blasted Spidey with a ray gun right then and there! 

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #2

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #2

  • Published: May 10, 1963
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
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In the Mighty Marvel tradition of the day, the next page flashed back to Peter Parker working hard in the chemistry lab at Midtown High where his teacher introduced him to electronics expert Professor Cobbwell who needed some weekend help. Peter’s first duty included stopping to pick up a radio from The Tinkerer Repair Shop on the way over the next day.

After arriving at the business the next day, Peter’s Spidey Sense went off, but he chalked it up to electrical impulses from the nearby machines. However, we learned that he should have listened to it as the Tinkerer and his apparently alien cronies hid something sinister inside Cobbwell’s  radio!

While working in Cobbwell’s lab, Peter realized that his Spider Sense continued to react in the same way. When his new boss left to give a lecture, Peter inspected the radio and found something extra inside. To investigate, he ditched his civvies and swung his way back to the shop!

Having descended into the Tinkerer’s underground lab, our hero learned that the radios all now hide secret spy equipment so that he could learn about Earthly weaknesses and attack with his alien cohorts. After being discovered by one of the potential invaders, Spidey fought hard, but fell to the Tinkerer’s blast seen on that first page.

The Wall-Crawler used his own considerable intelligence and skill to get himself out of the Tinkerer’s death trap. In the ensuing battle, much of the equipment got destroyed and caught fire, engulfing the entire place in flames. Spider-Man tried saving The Tinkerer, but he refused to be touched and they both escaped through the smoke.

Much later on down the line, The Tinkerer returned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #159 and 160 where he designed a Spider-Mobile to kill the Wall Crawler himself! From there he went on to update and create weapons for many a masked marauder and even played a huge part in SECRET WARS. Now he’s back to cause more trouble for Spider-Man! 

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #160

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #160

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Flash Forward

One of the most interesting parts of Tinkerer’s history remains the fact that, for the more-than-15-year gap between his first and second appearance, Spidey and the readers believed him an alien! Much of that came from Peter walking away from that first confrontation with a human mask, but also a bio published in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 which clearly labeled the Tinkerer as “the first, and the only alien menace Spider-Man has ever fought!” He explained the mask in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #160: “That mask I left you holding was merely a ruse – a simple ploy to deter pursuit that, I must say, worked exceptionally well!”

The aliens themselves reappeared in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #50 and 51, but the Wall Crawler learned that are and were out of work actors posing as aliens that Tinkerer hired. One of that actually turned out to be the future Mysterio who got the gang back together for the job seen in these issues.

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Peter Parker picks allies like Ironheart with help from Chip Zdarsky!

There’s no place like home and for Peter Parker, that’s New York City. Thanks to writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Adam Kubert, Spider-Man’s back in town, but he can’t just put his feet up and relax; it’s the city that never sleeps after all.

As if a tech-crime ring didn’t provide enough of a challenge, Spidey will also be facing an unlikely foe in issue #2 of PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN—Riri Williams, aka Ironheart! Why would two such heroes spar with one another instead of joining forces? Luckily, you won’t have to wait for the next edition of the Daily Bugle to get the inside scoop because we already spoke with Chip about pairing up these characters for the first time in Marvel history. Peter is already facing threats from both villains and heroes, the latter being in the form of Ironheart in PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 on July 19. Why is she beating up on Spider-Man and more to the point, what’s driving her in this series?

Chip Zdarsky: I don’t want to spoil anything, but Riri has information Peter needs as he unravels a mystery. Unfortunately, his interrogation tactics leave a lot to be desired. So right now what’s driving her is Spider-Man: Threat or menace? I’m getting a buddy cop comedy vibe of two do-gooders with similar end games who don’t initially see eye-to-eye. Not to mention that Peter just got back to New York. What’s going through his head and how will the two complement one another once they get past their differences?

Chip Zdarsky: The beauty of writing Spider-Man is that every team-up is like a buddy cop comedy! Riri’s in a situation reminiscent of a teenaged Peter: a young super hero tech genius dealing with the loss of loved ones. But, unlike Peter, she has a maturity to her that he may still be lacking, at least superficially. I think he’s super pleased with this new batch of teen heroes, as it kind of symbolizes his position as well, not as one of the wise elders of the Marvel [Universe], but at least somewhat of an authority figure.

Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #2 cover by Adam Kubert What was it like being able to introduce these characters for the first time?

Chip Zdarsky: Great! You only get to introduce characters like these once, so I’m really happy I got to do it before [INVINCIBLE IRON MAN writer Brian Michael] Bendis did. Riri is a fairly new face to the Marvel Universe while Spidey’s been around for a while. Do you explore this dichotomy between them either literally or sub-texually?

Chip Zdarsky: A bit, yeah. Peter’s been doing this for a while so there are some things he’s forgotten about being a new hero. And it’s true that there’s over a half century gap between their first appearances, but in terms of the Marvel Universe it’s just over a dozen years, so it’s not like Spidey is ancient! How will Peter’s repartee with Ironheart be different from with Iron Man? Any jokes in particular that we should expect?

Chip Zdarsky: Luckily we also have Tony’s A.I. in the mix, so we can see how the three of them interact! Spidey can be an acquired taste for some heroes, and A.I. Tony’s had some artificial time to acquire it. How will Riri’s involvement in issue #2 set the stage for future guest appearances by other heroes?

Chip Zdarsky: Issue #2 definitely sets the stage for a whole host of heroes and villains. Things are going to get pretty complicated for Spidey really soon.

Web-swing your way into excitement with PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 from Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert, coming July 19!

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Writer Chip Zdarsky takes us downtown for the brand-new Spidey series!

The Webhead in the Big Apple! The Wall-Crawler in The City That Never Sleeps! The kid that lives with his aunt in the place that has really good bagels!

Spider-Man in New York City!

On June 21, Spidey returns to his Friendly Neighborhood roots with the brand-new series PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN! Led by the all-star creative team of writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Adam Kubert, this Spidey story returns to where it all began: a high school kid living—and fighting crime—in New York, New York.

We spoke with Chip about the Spider-Man books that he read growing up, the dynamic that New York contributes to a story, and the real-life inspirations for this new take on an old favorite. Hey Chip! Tell us, what are a few of your favorite Spider-Man runs? Have you drawn inspiration from any of them for the new series?

Chip Zdarsky: I don’t want to play favorites with Spider-Man runs! They’re all precious children to me, beautiful in their own way. I will say that the period that imprinted on me the most was when I first got into comics: the mystery of the Hobgoblin’s identity! I loved it so much, especially that it featured a Peter very much down on his luck, trying to make ends meet, which felt so different to me as a kid, thinking that adults all had it together. The feel of those issues really imprinted on me, I think.

I followed Spidey after that, through his marriage to MJ, all the way to the infamous Clone Saga, before I went to college and ran out of money, never actually finding out who ended up being the actual clone—don’t tell me! But a few years after college ended I got sucked right back into the books.

So, it’s hard to pinpoint direct inspirations, really. There have been so many great runs, including now with [writer] Dan Slott on [AMAZING SPIDER-MAN], that you can’t help but be inspired by all the takes on the character. Do you have a favorite Spidey story that takes place in New York? What’s the most enjoyable part of the dynamic that NYC brings to a classic Peter Parker/Spider-Man story?

Chip Zdarsky: It’s the smaller moments in comics featuring New York that stick with me, really. His interactions with its jaded citizens, half of whom see him as a hero, half of whom see him as an annoyance.

Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #1 cover by Adam Kubert

I love the stories where he’s up against an unbeatable foe, trying to save the city and himself simultaneously. Two notable ones for me are his encounter with Firelord in the mid-80s, which has Spider-Man up against a herald of Galactus! He enlists help from citizens, saves citizens, uses the city against Firelord, and then manages to eke out a win just barely, proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with.

There’s a similar feeling when he encounters Morlun in the early 2000s. A truly unstoppable being who has one goal: to feed off of Spider-Man. A desperate Spidey is my favorite Spidey as Morlun lays waste to New York City, endangering people in order to get what he wants. It’s so big and crazy and beautiful, especially thanks to John Romita Jr.’s art, that it feels like the damage to New York is damage to Spider-Man and vice-versa. Are there elements of your own life that have inspired you with this new series? High school Chip? Newspaperman Chip?

Chip Zdarsky: I think everyone, when writing Spider-Man, taps into their own sense of guilt and responsibility. And in the [Free Comic Book Day] issue I tapped into my relationship with my ex, who’s my best friend in the whole world, to write Peter and MJ. Besides that, my dozen years working for a national newspaper is coming in handy when writing “Daily Bugle“ scenes, and especially J. Jonah Jameson! He’s one of the greatest fictional creations of all time as far as I’m concerned.

PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 by Chip Zdarsky and artist Adam Kubert, goes on sale in your neighborhood on June 21!

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