Appearing in "The Wings of the Fearsome Fly!"Edit
Synopsis for "The Wings of the Fearsome Fly!"Edit
Yesterday's rain has turned to snow flurries as Spider-Man web-swings high above the snarled traffic to the Daily Globe building. Two questions burn in his mind: When he was unconscious and shackled to J. Jonah Jameson, did the publisher lift his mask and discover his secret identity? And if he did, what does he plan to do with this information? Spider-Man ponders his situation and recalls yesterday's battle against the Fly as he alights on the wall outside Jameson's office. inside, Jameson tells Joe Robertson that he wants a full-page banner head-line on the next edition that reads, "How I Stopped Spider-Man." When Robertson protests that the headline is false, Jameson says that it does not matter: Spider-Man killed his son, and Jameson wants revenge. Gloria Grant buzzes Jameson's intercom to tell him that Peter Parker is there to see him. Jameson wonders why no one has told Peter that he has been fired, and Robertson explains that he gave Peter one last chance to bring in a photography assignment. Of course, Peter does not have the pictures (because he was shackled to Jameson as Spider-Man). Jameson is furious with Robertson for countermanding his direct order, and he is even more furious that Peter has nothing to illustrate the sensational story of the Fly's robbery of the Egyptian delegate. Jameson tells Peter he is fired and slams the door on him. Peter tries to apologize to Robertson, but the city editor is also angry. He tried to help Peter, and now he is in trouble with his boss. Dejected, Peter departs. As Peter changes into his Spider-Man costume, his thoughts turn to why the Fly might have stolen just one ticket to the King Tut exhibit. Surely the Fly will not try to rob the museum. it is far too well guarded. When Spider-Man arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he sees the long line of people waiting to view the exhibit. His spider-sense tingles, indicating the Fly's presence, but Spider-Man does not recognize him standing in line in disguise. As Spider-Man waits in the cold, the Fly enters the building and leaves a small package behind a large golden statue. It is too bad, he thinks, that he is not there to steal the Egyptian treasures. He will Just have to leave that to someone else. The man who rented Aunt May's Forest Hills house has been busy during the past several weeks methodically tearing apart its interior, looking for something. After ransacking the whole building, he concludes that he must locate May Parker and force her to tell him where it is. Spider-Man enters the museum through a skylight to look around. Guards are everywhere. Suddenly a bystander sees him clinging to the ceiling, and a guard opens fire. As Spider-Man dodges the bullet, the package behind the statue explodes, filling the gallery with smoke. All the security guards but one, O'Neil, rush to the King Tut exhibit. The Fly then strips off his disguise and knocks out O'Neil. The smoke bomb is a diversion; the Fly is out to loot the Art of Dresden exhibit, not the King Tut exhibit. He quickly shoves everything worth stealing into a large sack. The guards think Spider-Man is responsible for the smoke and that he is trying to rob the museum. They chase him, but he breaks out of the building through a window. As the guards cover him with guns, Spider-Man points at the sky, where the Fly, laden with valuables, is escaping. The guards finally comprehend what is happening as Spider-Man makes a tremendous leap from a lamppost and attacks the winged criminal in midair, the Fly fends off Spider-Man with the sonic backlash from his wings, but he has to drop his load. Both combatants fall in a heap, with Spider-Man on the bottom, stunned. The Fly throws Spider-Man at the guards, grabs the sack, and takes off. Then Spider-Man manages to stick a web-strand to the Fly and blinds the Fly with web fluid. Burdened by Spider-Man's extra weight, the Fly has difficulty maintaining his altitude, but he soon gets rid of the web fluid and carries Spider-Man away. As they pass above Cleopatra's Needle, a stone obelisk in Central Park near the museum, Spider-Man snags its tip with another web-strand and anchors them to it. They battle until the Fly smashes Spider-Man into the obelisk and flies away. The guards rush up to praise Spider-Man, but he resentfully tells them he is through being everyone's "fall guy" and departs. Peter comes home and phones Mary Jane Watson to apologize for not showing up for their date yesterday, but Mary Jane tells him off and hangs up. Then Betty Brant walks through the door. Worried when Peter failed to pick up his diploma the day before, she is glad to see he is all right. All of a sudden Ned Leeds appears, fighting mad. He tells Peter to take his hands off his wife and then punches Peter in the jaw. As Peter recovers from the shock, Ned pulls Betty out of the apartment. Peter slams the door behind them. Rejected by Mary Jane, annoyed by Ned and Betty, and angered by his recent unsuccessful battle, Peter quickly changes into his Spider-Man costume. He needs to find someone to vent his rage on, and the Fly is the perfect choice. Spider-Man spends the next few hours searching the underworld. Finally he finds Gravis Fletcher, a criminal who once ran errands for the Fly. As he hauls Fletcher out of a bar for questioning, an undercover SHIELD agent telephones his superiors to report that Spider-Man is after the Fly. And at the same time at the Daily Globe, Barney Bushkin tells his secretary, Sandy, to go to Peter's apartment with a job offer and his first assignment. Still angry, Spider-Man heads to where Fletcher said the Fly would be. He cannot wait to get his hands on the criminal and work off his frustrations. But when he arrives, he finds the Fly being hauled away by the police in special shackles. The police were tipped off by SHIELD, which provided the police with the device that stopped the Fly. From his vantage point on a building high above, Spider-Man silently fumes about how unfair everything is. At the same time, at the Restwell Nursing Home, Ludwig Rinehart is questioning Aunt May about how she likes the place. Satisfied that May is happy, Rinehart enters his office and is startled to see a gunman—the person who rented May's house—seated at his desk aiming a pistol at him. The gunman identifies himself as the person who killed May's husband, and with Rinehart's help, he says, he will do away with her, too.
Consultant: Jim Shooter
- No trivia.
Links and ReferencesEdit
- The Fly appeared last in Amazing Spider-Man #192