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J. Jonah Jameson has always been a thorn in Spider-Man's side. Ever since The Amazing Spider-Man #1, the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Bugle was a foil to the wall-crawler, who saw him not as the hero he was but the menace he believed him to be. The two characters had a long, fun antagonistic relationship that didn't exactly pit one against the other, but never on the same side either. Jameson's never been known for his calm demeanor, and he has taken his frustrations out on New York's most dedicated superhero time and time again. But finally, after decades of being kept in the dark, J. Jonah Jameson finally learned Peter Parker's secret identity in last November's Spectacular Spider-Man #6.
However, this wasn't your standard superhero secret identity discovery. After all they had been through together (and apart), Parker entrusted Jonah with this secret, trusting the blogger and journalist enough to keep it to himself. And, over the last few months, Jameson has proved true to his word. Not only has he kept his mouth shut, he's found a new level of respect for Parker, both in and out of the webbed costume.
And then, the Red Goblin arrived. When Norman Osborn bonded with the Carnage symbiote, everything changed. It changed so much, in fact, that it's led Jameson to figure out another long-standing secret that was under his nose for years: The secret identity of Eddie Brock, aka Venom.
In writer Dan Slott's final Amazing Spider-Man storyline, "Go Down Swinging," Peter Parker's life is once again a living hell. Norman Osborn has come into possession of the Carnage symbiote, transforming himself into the Red Goblin, a hybrid creature that combines the strengths of both villains, and none of their weaknesses. To make matters worse, Osborn now knows that Parker and Spider-Man are one and the same, and he is going after literally everyone Spidey loves.
And it's all Jonah's fault. A few issues ago, Jameson was taken prisoner by Osborn, who tortured him into revealing Spider-Man's secret identity.
As the Red Goblin proceeds to attack Parker's friends and family one after the other, a remorseful Jameson attempts to fix his mistake. Considering the threat that is involved, of Osborn's power heightened by the Carnage symbiote, Jameson figures that it would be a good idea to fight fire with fire -- to fight a symbiote with another symbiote. In order to help, he only has to find Venom, and get him to join the fight against the Red Goblin.