Letters : Spider-Oracle : 2005 : Spider-Oracle Petitions 01/05/2005

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Here's Oracular Wisdom a-plenty. Note the increasing politeness of supplicants. While we do include as many Oracle responses as possible, it has become clear that the Mighty One showers his Sapient Favours more freely on those whose missives contain due deference to his Superior Status.

If you wish to see your response printed, or wish the Oracle to answer more difficult questions in great detail, you would be well advised to begin your request with a sufficiently submissive introduction. "O Might Oracle" is a good starting point, but don't feel limited in your entreatments.

From bairdy_box

I am currently reading through the Essential Spider-Man collection books. I'm currently reading volume 6 and have gotten just past the death of Gwen Stacy. Now, I was recently at a local UK comic convention when I stumbled across an old "Spider-Man comics weekly" magazine issue no. 73 from the week ending July 6th 1974. I bought it without a second thought and looked inside and read the story in which the green goblin knowing that spider-man and peter parker are the same invites peter over to his house with Gwen Stacy. Peter knows that norman is the goblin and cuts out of the party by creating a distraction by putting a web "smoke" bomb into the fireplace. Okay heres the problem, I cant remember ever reading such a story even though I've read just the first 130 issues and have checked my books and the net to find it and I need to know wether this story is part of Amazing Spider-man vol.1 continuity or was a story developed purely for the UK. Please can you help me this is driving me nuts !!!

It sounds like what you remember, Bairdy B, is the story from the magazine (not the comic) SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 from 1968. It has been reprinted (in abridged form) one time, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #9 in 1973. It's a classic story, and hopefully Marvel will reprint it in its entirety sooner rather than later.

From daveharrison04

I just bought a reprint of an old Spider-Man/Superman team-up where they battle Doctor Doom and Parasite, but I can't seem to find any information on it's original publication on your site. The Hulk, Wonder Woman, the Daily Bugle staff and many of Clark Kents' colleagues are in there too.

That story was originally published in a Treasury-size comic known to comic fans as "SUPERMAN & SPIDER-MAN" but officially known as MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #28. It was published in 1981 and reprinted in regular comic-book size 1996.

From Craiglowrey316

In MK Spidey Eddie Brock killed himself - although Venom's character has been through many interpretations I think killing the original Venom host was a bad idea. What do you think?

I can't agree with you, Craig. I've always thought that Eddie was one of the most ill-conceived characters ever created, with terrible motivation. I'm more than happy to have Mac Gargan be the new Venom. However, rest assured that if enough fans like Eddie as much as you, Marvel will find a way to bring him back.

From thespider-fan


  1. Have Batman and Spidey ever faced off?
  2. Who actually won in the Spidey vs Superman comic (and how can i read it)?
  3. What happened to Madame Web?
  4. Has Peter ever had any pets?
  5. Has there been more then one Black Cat?


  1. They've teamed-up on two separate occasions, but they've never fought each other.
  2. Spidey dominated the fight, but Supes came out the clear winner. The easiest way to get ahold of the story is to get the MARVEL/DC CROSSOVER CLASSICS trade paperback. (Make sure it's volume 1.)
  3. She got amnesia, then she was in limbo, then she was in that stupid "Gathering of Five" ceremony, then she died, then she was back, then she was young, then she was a mentor to Spider-Woman III aka Mattie, then she was old again, now she's back in limbo.
  4. No.
  5. No.

From davidwoo

Is Eddie Brock really dead (I hope not)? And was Carnage (Cletus Kassidy) killed in New Avengers #2?

All I can say, David is that they're both dead "right now". Take from that what you will.

From gustav

Is Marvel Knights a different universe than the original Spider-Man comics? And was Mac Gargan separated from the Venom symbiote?

The Marvel Knights series takes place in the same continuity as AMAZING, SPECTACULAR, and the like. And the Venom Symbiote is still bonded to Gargan.

From GarrettX

I just read the "Lizard's Tale" story (Spectacular Spiderman Vol 2 #11) and Curt Conners calls Spider-Man "Peter". Where/when did Curt Conners learn of Spider-Man's identity?

That was a bit of a gaffe. It was *implied*, but not stated, that Curt knew Spidey's identity in the "Quality of Life" miniseries. So when Paul Jenkins read that story to catch-up on the Lizard's current status for his own story in SPECTACULAR, he made it official. This means that, so far, we have no have no idea when or how Curt learned Spidey's identity.

From The_Toxin

Why does Toxin have a mouth sometimes but other times not?

Sometimes he just doesn't need it!

From ted

Can you please tell me in which issue(s) does Spider-Man learn Iron Mans identity or Iron Man learns Spider-Man's identity because in the comic book "New Avengers" they all show their identities.

Iron Man made his identity of Tony Stark public a few years ago in his own book. As for Spidey, he let his teammates know his identity after joining the Avengers, though we didn't get to see the actual revelation.

From leosutherland

I read a story originally printed in Strange Tales #97 called "Goodbye to Linda Brown" written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko. It features a girl who lives with her Uncle Ben and Aunt May who bare an extreme resemblance to another Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Are these the same May and Ben who are Aunt and Uncle to Peter Parker or are they a completely different couple?

They're a different May and Ben. That particular issue is more valuable than the few issues before or after it, though, cause they are considered Uncle Ben & Aunt May "prototypes". Anybody who wants to read the 5-page story can find it reprinted (and cheap) in MARVEL SELECTS: SPIDER-MAN #5.

From Hayjitter

Harry and Liz have a son, Norman. Later after Harry died, Peter and Mary Jane had a daughter, May, who ended up vanishing. I just wanted to know how many years apart they are.

They would be about 3 or 4 years apart. You can currently find May and Normie in May's own series SPIDER-GIRL.

From jlbullo

Is there a Spider-Man comic where Spidey kicks the tar out of Daredevil?

Peter and Matt are pretty good friends. Sure, there have been occasions where their different views have resulted in some fisticuffs, but neither of them can truly be said to have dominated the other in a fight, except perhaps in the conclusion of the Death of Jean DeWolff storyline, where Spider-Man really does have a full-on bash at DD, though it is Matt who defeats Spidey in the end.

From richardson

Was Gwen Stacy's death brought about because of a personal tragedy that happened in the writer of Spider-Man comics own personal life? I always wondered about this.

Nope, Gerry Conway (and the rest of the Spidey-crew) had no personal interest or influence for Gwen's demise. They simply felt that that Spider-books needed a shake-up, plus the fact that they had gone about as far as they could with the Peter/Gwen relationship angle.

From Yes

I would like to know who wins between silver surfer and the human torch in silver surfer #15.

Well, this doesn't have much to do with Spider-Man but since he does have a cameo in a flashback in this story... here we go.

The Surfer wins.

You want details? The Surfer overhears the Fantastic Four talking to an Army General who tells them to "get the Silver Surfer". When the Torch comes after him, they duke it out. The Surfer zaps the Torch unconscious onto a subway train track but saves him before the train can hit him. He eavesdrops as the Torch comes to and finds out that the Army wanted to "get the Surfer" to help in the space program. Feeling like a prize schmuck (but not volunteering to help with the space program either), the Surfer slinks away whining to himself.