AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #550 Part II:
We’re looking at a monitor of a DNA strand – let’s make it similar to the one seen in the films if possible.
1/ CAPTION: ESU SCIENCE LAB 3, UPTOWN…
Panel (2)[combine this panel w/above if nec.]
We’ve pulled out a little – revealing a keyboard, with Spidey typing on it (ungloved, but the costume begins mid-forearm, which is visible). Same DNA strand is on the monitor, but we can see a slight change from the previous panel…A red circle in the upper corner with some sort of dot encircling it is also now visible. In the center of the circle is: DIAG.
Angle on Peter, unmasked, but still in costume…he’s cradling a phone; it’s connected to a base which is on a nearby wall.
2/ PETER: IT’S THE THIRD DIAGNOSTIC CHECK. I’M NEARLY CERTAIN THERE’S NO ERROR —
3/ PETER: — MY DNA’S BEING ALTERED WITH EVERY PASSING SECOND!
4/ PETER: I’VE DONE ENOUGH BLOOD TESTING ON MYSELF TO KNOW WHAT I’M SEEING, MJ, AND IT LOOKS LIKE I REALLY AM….
Larger panel. A classic half Peter/half Spider-Man face shot….
5/ PETER: …I MEAN, I’M LOSING MY POWERS!
He’s putting his gloves back on, having shut down the computer….
6/ PETER: …THE ONLY POSITIVE OUTCOME IS THAT JUST MAYBE THE LAW WILL BE LENIENT AT MY TRIAL* — THE FACT I’M NO LONGER SPIDER-MAN COULD HELP.
7/ PETER: YEAH. WISHFUL THINKING. WHAT?…NO…NO…I HAVEN’T SEEN THE— ‘SUPERVILLAINS’? GREAT.
8/ CAPTION AT BOTTOM: * Peter made a few stupid mistakes when trying to save his Aunt several issues back.
Back in full costume:
9/ PETER: LISTEN, HON, I’M HEADING BACK DOWNTOWN – SEE YOU THERE?
10/ PETER: GOOD…GIVE ANNA A KISS FOR ME. AND BE CAREFUL.
Small panels, horizontal along top of page…
Spidey is leaping out of the building…
1/ PETER: OKAY, PARKER…THINK….MAYBE IT’S TEMPORARY. YOU INTERRUPTED THE PROCESS…THE ONE THAT DROVE RHINO MAD, MADE GARGAN MORE VENOM AND LESS SCORPION…BUT BOTH REMAINED STRONG—
On an empty street, Spidey’s lifted a grating out of the sidewalk.
2/ PETER: –THEY WERE JUST LESS…ANIMAL. THAT’S IT! IT WAS SAPPING THE SPIDER IN ME!
3/ PETER: I DON’T KNOW IF I SHOULD BE ELATED — OR WORRIED.
Long vertical panel down full side of page…Spidey falling, having jumped down (the grating back in place)…
4/ PETER: NOW I GOTTA FIND OUT WHO THAT WAS THE THUNDERBOLTS HANDED ME OFF TO–
Rest of page – Spider-Man’s landed atop a downtown 2 or 3 train….which speeds along the underground track…
5/ PETER: AND MEET MJ BACK AT THE BUGLE AND HOPE THAT…
1/ J.J.J. is on his cell phone, cradling it on his shoulder uncomfortably:
2/ PETER CAPTION: …JOLLY JONAH’S IN A BETTER MOOD THAN USUAL.
3/ J.J.J.: ARE YOU !%@!$@ KIDDING ME, MARLA? NOT ONLY IS A GIGANTIC NEWS STORY BREAKING OUT ALL OVER THIS CITY…
We see now that J.J.’s in an empty, old store room. Some dilapidated desks and metal shelving are in a corner. J.J.’s got a hammer in hand; it seems he’s just put a curtain up over a grime-covered window.
A cot w/some pillows is also nearby if you can fit it.
4/ J.J.J.: BUT THOSE KIDS NEED A PLACE TO STAY, DANG IT!…I AM NOT YELLING!…I’LL BE HOME…SOON!
JJ’s wiped his fingers along the glass of a window he’s looking out of – we see the streaks which broke the veil of grime…
5/ J.J.J.: YES. I’M SORRY. NO. NO, PLEASE DON’T BE ANGRY, MARLA, I THINK I’VE…
JJ’s noticed something out the window, he’s squinting through the grimy pane…
6/ J.J.J.: …MADE ENOUGH…
JJ’s eyes are wide now…
7/ J.J.J. (small): …ENEMIES.
8/ J.J.J.: MARLA. I HAVE TO GO!
Harvest, on his “glider,” has crashed through the window, swinging his scythe!
JJ’s run for cover…
Harvest crashes out another window on the adjacent wall!
1/ J.J.J.: WHAT THE–?!
Spidey’s leapt through the first window.
2/ SPIDER-MAN: WELL, HIYA, J.J.! HOW’S THINGS?
3/ J.J.J.: COULD BE BETTER — GO GET THEM!
4/ SPIDER-MAN: I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO ‘THEM’ ARE! I WAS JUMPED COMING OUT OF THE—
Close on Spidey, spider-sense ringing!
5/ Spider-man: –WHOOPS! HOLD THAT THOUGHT!
Blue Eclipse has jumped through one of the windows—
Spidey’s ducked under him, fallen either onto his back or backwards onto his hands….
Spidey’s used his feet to toss Blue out the other window – let’s get part of the DAILY BUGLE sign – the one with the big red letters sitting on the outside of the building — in this shot of Blue falling out the window…
Back inside: Spidey’s turned to JJ…
1/ SPIDER-MAN: FRIENDS OF YOURS, JONAH?
2/ J.J.J.: THESE THINGS HAVE BEEN TEARING UP THE CITY ALL NIGHT! WHERE THE HECK HAVE YOU BEEN?! LAST WE HEARD, THE THUNDERBOLTS HANDED YOU OVER TO SOME SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FACILITY, PROMISED TO STRIP YOU OF YOUR—
3/ SPIDER-MAN: POWERS…YEAH. THANKS FOR THE UPDATE.
4/ J.J.J.: WAIT. YOU HAVE NO SUPER SPIDER POWERS OR WHATEVER YOU CALL ‘EM?
5/ SPIDER-MAN: WHEN HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ME USE THE PHRASE ‘SUPER SPIDER POWERS’? AND, NO, I’VE GOT ‘EM, BUT THEY MAY BE DETERIORATING. BUT MY STRENGTH, AGILITY, AND MY SPIDER SENSE—
Trick, sans glider, has tackled Spider-Man. J.J.J. impatient.
6/ SPIDER-MAN: IS APPARENTLY…A BIT…WONKY!
7/ J.J.J.: Hrmph.
Hallow’s Eve diving at Jonah… Spider-Man grappling with Trick…
ARTIST NOTE: First several panels:
Spider-Man and Trick trading blows.
Hallow’s Eve has pinned JJ against a wall somewhere in the milieu…
SFX (around Trick): HEH-HA! HEH HA-HAHA HEH HA-HAHAHAHA!
1/ SPIDER-MAN: SO, WHAT’RE YOU, THE BEIGE GOBLIN?
2/ SPIDER-MAN: J.J., ANY IDEA WHAT THEY WANT?
3/ SPIDER-MAN: J.J.?
Eve is right up in J.J.’s face.
Close on J.J.’s wide, bloodshot eyes…a tear coming from an eye.
J.J.’s doubled-over, crying…Spidey in BG or foreground.
4/ J.J.J. (small): HALLOWEEN GANG? NO…
5/ J.J.J.: NO!! I’M SORRY, JOHN, FOR EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENED! NOOO!
6/ SPIDER-MAN: OK…THAT’S SO NOT GOOD.
Spidey’s got a hold of Trick….
Eve jumps at Spidey…
Harvest and Treat come in on Gliders…
Spidey’s tossed Eve into Blue who’s re-entered.
1/ SPIDER-MAN: SO. YOU GUYS IN TOWN TO CATCH A BROADWAY SHOW? MAYBE DO THE CIRCLE LINE THING?
Trick’s tossed a pumpkin at Spidey – Spidey jumps to the ceiling.
2/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): PUMPKIN BOMB! SO THEY ARE RELATED TO THE GREEN GOBLIN!
The “Pumpkin Bomb” has opened…
3/ PUMPKIN BOMB (electric): SPIDER-MAN…IF YOU’RE HEARING THIS, THEN MY FRIENDS HAVE FOUND YOU. FORMAL INTRODUCTIONS WILL COME LATER…FOR NOW, KNOW THAT THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING…
4/ PUMPKIN BOMB (electric): …BUT FOR YOU— IT’S SIMPLY THE END!
Close on Spidey…
1/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): I KNEW IT – THAT’S THE GOBLIN’S VOICE. AND UNLESS SOMEONE’S IMPERSONATING HIM…NORMAN OSBORN’S BACK IN RARE FORM!…
Close on Spidey…
2/ SPIDER-MAN 2 (thought): AND IF I KNOW THE GREEN GOBLIN…
Quick succession: Spidey’s scooped-up the open Pumpkin Device, bounced off of one of the Halloween Gang and tossed the Pumpkin Device out the window…
The device explodes.
Spidey outside – taunting the Halloween gang.
3/ SPIDER-MAN: OKAY, KIDS! YOU’VE DELIVERED THE MESSAGE…SHAME YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO REPORT BACK TO GOBBY – ‘CAUSE I’M GONNA WIPE THE STREET WITH YOU MUGS!
4/SPIDER-MAN: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!
ARTIST: Lay out as you see fit:
Spider-Man battles the Halloween Gang!…with no webbing, he’s doing this while either sticking to The Daily Bugle building or jumping onto the individual gliders of The Gang…
4/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): WHAT ARE THESE GUYS MADE OF – EACH ONE’S STRONGER THAN THE NEXT!
5/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): WHAT I NEED IS MY WEBBING…AND WHILE MY STRENGTH EBBS AND FLOWS…IT LOOKS LIKE THOSE ARE GONE—
6/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): –FOREVER!
He’s able to keep them at bay—until…
Treat grabs him from behind! Gets him in a bear hug!
They’re in mid-air. Spider-Man being squeezed tight; his costume shredding where Treat has him. Harvest is approaching with his scythe…
1/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): GREAT. SPIDER SENSE STILL ON THE FRITZ!
SFX (from O.P.): CLANG! CLANG!!
Harvest has the point of his scythe right at Spidey’s neck…Hallow’s Eve approaches….
2/ SPIDER-MAN: YOU FUN FELLAS DON’T SEEM TO CHAT MUCH – MAYBE WE CAN JUST GO BOWLING?
SFX (from O.P.): CLANG! CLANG!!!
Angle on Spidey’s reflective lenses – Hallow’s Eve visible in them.
SFX (from O.P.): CLANG!!!
3/ SPIDER-MAN: The Halloween Gang! What’re you—what… NOOOOO!!
SFX (from O.P.): CLANG!!!!
Peter’s still trying to get a hold of himself…
4/ J.J.J. (OP): PARKER! SPIDER-MAN! Snap the !%# Out of it!
SFX (from O.P.): CLANG!!!!
J.J. is swinging a hammer at some kind of metal girder, knocking the crap out of it…
1/ J.J.J. (sfx): Ti-i-i-i-i-i-mber-r-r-r!
Splash Panel (hence the insets above):
The “L” and the “E” from the word “BUGLE” are falling onto The Halloween Gang—Spidey’s diving out of the way, toward the Bugle building…
A crowd below is being held back by police.
J.J. looking down off the ledge at the good work he’s done…
1/ J.J.J.: ‘BUGLE PUBLISHER SAVES SPIDER-MAN’…NOT BAD…
Spidey’s crawled up, joining him…
2/ SPIDER-MAN: I WAS JUST ABOUT TO MAKE MY…
3/ SPIDER-MAN: …MOO-O-V-WHOH!
J.J.’s grabbed Peter’s wrist.
Pulls him up. Spidey’s looking down over his shoulder…
4/ SPIDER-MAN: GREAT, NOW I’M SLIPPING OFF WALLS!
5/ J.J.J.: ‘BUGLE PUBLISHER SAVES SPIDER-MAN – TWICE!’ *HERMPH* THAT HALLOW’S EVE. SHE LOOKED INTO YOUR EYES TOO, PETER. I—I KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM. AND SHE SAW MY – OUR – DEEPEST FEARS.
6/ SPIDER-MAN: NO, IT CAN’T BE…
7/ J.J.J.: PLEASE, PARKER, DON’T BE SO PROUD, IT–
8/ SPIDER-MAN: NO, JONAH….NOT THAT…
The Halloween Gang is pulling itself out of the wreckage below them!!
9/ SPIDER-MAN 6 (O.P.): …That!
Spider-Man about to leap off…
1/ SPIDER-MAN: GOTTA GO, J.J.
2/ J.J.J.: PARKER, THEY’RE TOO–
3/ J.J.J.: –WELL TRY TO GET A FEW PUNCHES IN THIS TIME, WOULDJA!?
Horizontal panel. Long shot of J.J. on the ledge.
WE SEE that the Bugle’s sign now reads: THE DAILY BUG
4/ J.J.J. (small): GET ‘EM, SPIDEY!
Spidey’s bounding from building to building to reach the street…
On the street, amongst the mess, the police, and the crowd (behind wooden police barriers), we see The Halloween Gang is not in great shape: the crash has torn off limbs and/or severely dislocated their limbs…one or two of them might even have pieces of street or metal piercing straight through their body or head.
5/ SPIDER-MAN: WELL NOW, THIS IS JUST DISGUSTING! YOU GUYS…AREN’T GUYS AT ALL!…YOU’RE SOME KIND OF…CREATURES!
6/ VOICE (O.P.): TIGER!…
7/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): MJ?
Spidey’s spun, and a Tiger’s jumped at him!
8/ Lady: A TIGER!!
9/ SPIDER-MAN: NOT…EXACTLY…WHAT I WAS…HOPING FOR!
Spidey’s quickly gotten the upper-hand…
10/ SPIDER-MAN: HM. YOU’RE PRETTY SMALL FOR A–
11/ M.J. (O.P.): TIGER!
ANGLE ON MJ, Aunt Anna nearby in BG. MJ’s tossed Spider-Man something metallic but indiscernible in this shot…
12/ M.J.: THOUGHT YOU COULD USE A LITTLE SOMETHING, LOVE O’ MY LIFE!
Spidey’s leapt towards the objects, avoiding a swing by the Tiger’s paw and a swing by the scythe of Harvest. (I really like that Harvest guy!)
Medium-close on Spidey, one hand grasping his opposite wrist…(ARTIST: do we get a peek at what she’s tossed to him? [see next page])
13/ SPIDER-MAN: ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY— AS AUNT PETUNIA’S NEPHEW LIKES TO SAY…
1/ SPIDER-MAN: IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIIIIME!!
Shot of Spider-Man in mid-air, sleeves rolled up: his old WEB SHOOTERS very visible and webbing up the Tiger and Harvest – let’s have Blue Eclipse wrapped-up as well. One of Spidey’s feet kicking Trick back toward the reader? Treat and Hallow’s Eve coming from other directions at Spider-Man!
J.J.’s making his way though the newsroom…Robbie’s nearby…
1/ ROBBIE: FROM BAD TO WORSE, JONAH…
2/ J.J.J.: WHAT NOW?
ANGLE ON: Robbie, turning up the volume on a nearby TV where we see Norman Osborn. The BG behind Norman should be what we saw in Harry Osborn’s big, dark room earlier – in other words, this is the shape-shifter as Norman. And should thus be dressed as he was earlier.
Oh, and Norman is not of a calm demeanor as he’s been seen lately…this Norman that we’re seeing is in the middle of an angry, loud, rant….
3/ ROBBIE: PLAYING IT OVER AND OVER…S.H.I.E.L.D.’S HAD NO RESPONSE SO FAR…HE’S LOST IT, J.J.
4/ J.J.J. (dripping balloon): OSBORN.
5/ OSBORN/SHAPE-SHIFTER (electric, from TV): …S.H.I.E.L.D. HAS PROVEN THEMSELVES UNABLE AND UNWORTHY TO THE TASK!
6/ OSBORN/SHAPE-SHIFTER (electric, from TV): SPIDER-MAN ESCAPED THE GRASP OF MY RESEARCH GROUP AND OF THE THUNDERBOLTS… HE IS THE BIN LADEN OF NEW YORK. AND I AM THE IRON FIST OF THE WEST!
7/ OSBORN/SHAPE-SHIFTER (electric, from TV): MY MERCENARIES ARE OUT THERE NOW TO APPREHEND HIM! THE SPIDER MUST DIE! BUT WE MUST ALL JOIN THE FIGHT… FIGHT OR FRIGHT I ALWAYS SAY!
8/ J.J.J.: MY GOD, ROBBIE…HE IS TRULY A LUNATIC.
9/ OSBORN/SHAPE-SHIFTER (electric, from TV): WHILE S.H.I.E.L.D. LAY DORMANT, I BUILT GGI INDUSTRIES WITH MY PARTNERS DOING MY BIDDING. A PAPER TRAIL EXISTS — I CRIED FOR ATTENTION: ‘SOMEONE COME FOR ME, SOMEONE NOTICE ME!’ FOR WHAT ELSE COULD GGI STAND FOR?
10/ OSBORN/SHAPE-SHIFTER (electric, from TV): PREPARE NEW YORK – PREPARE WORLD — THE GREEN GOBLIN IS COMING!! AND I MAKE THIS PROMISE TO MY OLD FRIENDS, TO SPIDER-MAN, AND TO ALL WHO WATCH THESE WORDS COME FROM MY GRINNING MAW.
11/ OSBORN/SHAPE-SHIFTER (electric, from TV): MY REIGN WILL BE PAINFUL…BUT IT WILL BE FRUITFUL!
The TV’s been shut off.
1/ J.J.J.: FORGET LOOSE SCREWS, THE WHOLE CONTRAPTION’S BUSTED IN THAT GUY’S HEAD.
2/ ROBBIE: THIS RANT LASTS FOR THREE MINUTES… HE’S HOLED UP IN THUNDERBOLTS HQ and HE’S CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE LAST 48 HOURS — AND THESE FLYING…THINGS–
3/ J.J.J.: THE HALLOWEEN GANG…
Make this panel very soap opera-y, John Romita style. Robbie in BG, J.J.J. extreme close in foreground and shadowy…
4/ ROBBIE: HOW DO YOU—
5/ J.J.J.: I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT IT. JUST TRUST ME. THAT’S WHO THEY ARE…IT’S A BUGLE EXCLUSIVE. AND…THEY’RE THE UNDEAD.
Classic six-panel layout – Spidey on the left, Harry Osborn on the right-side panels…
The Tiger has turned into an orangey snake…the webbing slipping off of it…
Spider-Man is giving Blue a wallop…
1/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): MY PUNCHES BARELY GET A REACTION FROM THESE THINGS!
2/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): AND THIS SHAPE-SHIFTING ANIMAL IS JUST BIZARRE! RHINO’S DE-RHINO’D, VENOM’S LOST HIS STING…AND THIS THING COMES OUT OF NOWHERE!
Harry talking to his Lawyer (shape-shifter) and to the PR Guy outside the damaged GGI building. There’s some kind of panel on the wall nearby…
3/ HARRY: …YOU BOTH WILL DISAPPEAR UNTIL NEEDED AGAIN. YOUR PROMISED REWARDS AWAIT YOU…
4/ PR GUY: THEY NEVER…FOUND HER, SIR.
5/ HARRY: IT’S…IT’S FINE. IT JUST MEANS SHE’S LEFT THE CITY. SO HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF EVERYONE…
Spidey’s webbing the snake (which sounds like it should be a euphemism for something – but it’s not!)…and swinging at Trick!
6/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): I’M NOT SURE HOW MUCH LONGER I CAN HOLD THEM OFF…I’M STARTING TO FEEL WEAK AGAIN…AND MY SPIDER SENSE HASN’T GONE OFF THIS WHOLE TIME…
The PR Guy is taking off. Shape-shifter is changing….
7/ HARRY: DON’T FORGET A THING THAT HAS HAPPENED HERE, BEAST! YOUR… ‘PEOPLE’ LEFT YOU FOR DEAD…I BROUGHT YOU BACK. GO…JOIN THEM. BUT REMEMBER YOUR DEBT!
8/ SHAPE-SHIFTER: INDEED I WILL, OSBORN….BUT I AM NO BEAST, I AM MERELY WHAT HE MADE ME TO BE.
Harvest is seen, his hands holding his scythe…but both hands and scythe have been webbed to his head – his eyes are also covered with webbing. Spidey is swinging from the staff of the scythe, kicking Trick into Treat, both have tumbled over the orange snake. (Whew!)
9/ SPIDER-MAN (thought): ONLY GOOD THING IS THAT THE VILLAIN BEHIND THIS MAY NOT HAVE SHOWN HIMSELF YET…BUT AT LEAST HE CAN’T HAVE MUCH ELSE UP HIS SLEEVE!
The Shape Shifter has changed into a Skrull (for those not in the know: in the Marvel Universe, Skrulls are an alien race who can shape-shift and are currently trying to take over the Earth!)…
10/ SHAPE-SHIFTER: …YOU, HOWEVER, ARE SOMETHING…TERRIBLE AND UNGODLY!
Harry, is facing the audience here – the panel on the wall behind him is opening…His face looks somehow aged and pained…
11/ HARRY: HEHEH…YES…YES, I JUST MIGHT BE! AND I THINK IT’S TIME FOR ME TO BRING MY HORROR UPON THE MASSES…OH, YES…HEEHEE…IT IS TIME FOR THE RISE OF…
Harry, fully transformed here – he is a grotesque monster…most definitely of the Marvel GOBLIN variety!
He has jumped atop a Goblin Glider – this one has a flat round base with swept-back wings, serrated edges on the front. It’s popped out of the panel in the wall – and the building it came out of is now in flames…
1/HARRY (SFX): …THE TERROR GOBLIN!
SFX: WAHH HA HA HA HA HA AHHH-HA HA HA HAAA!!