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Spider-Man’s a Giant Spider! No, Wait, Never Mind

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Spider-Man’s a Giant Spider! No, Wait, Never Mind

This is “And Of Course,” where I spotlight particularly outlandish/convoluted comic book plot resolutions.

Today we look at the bizarre first encounter between Spider-Man and the villain known as The Queen.

It all began in “Spectacular Spider-Man” #15-16 by Paul Jenkins and Michael Ryan. In the first issue, a mysterious woman calling herself the Queen shows up in New York City and soon she has a whole pile of subjects. At the end of the issue, she captures Spider-Man and guest-star Captain America. She then kisses Spider-Man on national television.

The next issue, he is still her captive…

Later, after they break free, Captain America seemingly deals with the Queen permanently…

She shows up alive the next issue (the regular art team on the book, Humberto Ramos and Wayne Faucher, take over on art duties)…

Unluckily for Spider-Man, that kiss of hers had some nasty side effects…

The following issue, the mutation continues…

Until finally, in the next issue (with art now by Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco), the transformation is complete…

In the conclusion to the story, though, it turns out that the transformation was NOT complete, as Peter was sort of using that giant spider body as a cocoon, of sorts. He emerges…

This, of course, makes no sense. So, what, exactly, happened here? He mutated, but only to the point where he became a giant spider, at which point an exact duplicate of his body grew within his own body? What the fork?

And really, the whole thing was just so that he could now have organic web shooters…

This takes bonkers to a whole new level. He mutates into a giant spider, but not really a giant spider, but a giant spider that is a cocoon for a new body for him that is exactly the same as his old body, but has organic web shooters? Why does this story exist? Is this real life? Is this really happening?

That’s it for this installment. Please send in ideas for other comics with convoluted or bizarre resolutions to brianc@cbr.com!

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