Super-genius science nerd Peter Parker is doing dishes in a diner which isn't going to make it easy for him to pay his rent. Which is why he's also homeless. To get by, he goes back to his poor Aunt May's house and takes money from her. Can't he see she needs it to fix that bizarre haircut she has?
OK, quiz question: Which of the following does Aunt May head look like?
a) a lampshade from a charity shop
b) a zombie version of Toad from the Mario games
c) a disturbing, withered bellend
Peter makes his way to the Daily Bugle where he accepts a 'bonus' from Joe 'Robbie' Robertson. Now, Peter's meant to be a smart guy. He should be able to figure out that a major newspaper doesn't give bonuses to people for no reason. It's not like they're even buying his Spider-Man photos, lately. So he's taking Joe's money now, too. The guy's a scab.
So it must be about time the Green Goblin came back, right? The webs come on and the kid-gloves come off as the two go at it like two opposing members of the animal kingdom. But who is this new Goblin?
Leaving Spider-Man to deal with an unsolvable problem we never see the end of, the Goblin departs before any answers emerge.
With no home to go to, Peter hits a new low when he sleeps in a doorway, leaving his satchel containing his costume and web-shooters next to him, unprotected. When he wakes up, his bag is gone! Along with his costume! *gasp!*
Smart move, science boy...
The Green Goblin makes his second attempt to kidnap Liz Osborn. With no costume, Peter puts on a dust-sheet with holes for eyes and gets all up in the Goblin's face. During their confrontation, the Goblin reveals Norman Osborn cloned his own son, Harry Osborn, to create him and help prove Norman wasn't the Goblin. But what if the Goblin had been caught and unmasked as Harry during the Spiderhunt? Why didn't Norman just pay Sir? Or clone anyone else, as long as they had no obvious connection to him?
Either way, clone degeneration kicks in and the Harry Goblin melts. But not before warning that Norman is coming back...
Turns out some kid stole Peter's bag. To make a few bucks, he sells the costume to J Jonah Jameson.
And with that, John Byrne leaves the Spidey titles. There's a relief.
Follow the story in:
Amazing Spider-Man #18
Peter Parker, Spider-Man #18
- Spider-Man, Aunt May and Randy Robertson next appear; Peter goes back to wearing his black costume and moves in with Randy in Amazing Spider-Man #19 (2000)
- Joe Robertson, Anna Watson, Glory Grant, Ben Urich and Betty Brant next appear; Peter sews a new red and blue costume together and finally accepts Mary-Jane's death in Peter Parker, Spider-Man #19 (2000)
- J Jonah Jameson is being blackmailed by Alistair Smythe, explaining his recent odd behaviour in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (2000)
- Norman Osborn returns as the Green Goblin during Revenge of the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Revenge of the Green Goblin #1 (2000) 2000-253
- It's revealed that Peter moved out of Randy's apartment in Peter Parker, Spider-Man #30 (2001)
- Flash Thompson next appears in Peter Parker, Spider-Man #31 (2001) 2001-116
- Liz Osborn next appears in Peter Parker, Spider-Man #45 (2002)
- The real Harry Osborn comes back from the dead during One More Day in Amazing Spider-Man #545 (2007)
- It's revealed that Harry never actually died in Amazing Spider-Man #581 (2009)