Web of Spider-Man #2
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #2
Actually, it's a cute sub-plot which began in Louise Simonson's first issue of this "series" (which was Marvel Team-Up #149, before it was renamed and re-focused as Web of Spider-Man). In this issue, Peter Parker actually has enough money to buy the hat for his Aunt. But on his way to give it to her, he's attacked again by the Vulturions.
The Vulturions have personal reasons for going after Spidey (they were all low-level criminals who were put in jail by him in the past), but they're also attacking him in a bid to become the Kingpin's super-assassins.
Unfortunately for them, the Kingpin doesn't appreciate that their unsolicited audition disturbs his sick wife, so he doesn't lift a finger to help them, and also has his minions restore the hat to Spider-Man when he loses it during the battle.
Louise Simonson has an expository style of scripting that causes everyone to say and think way too much about what they are doing...
...but generally her writing isn't bad.
There is a somewhat funny line where Spider-Man is thinking about the fact that Mary Jane knows his secret identity, and he thinks, "I'm just surprsid that other people haven't figure out my secret I.D. too!".
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: An opening scene with the Vulturions takes place a week earlier than the rest of the series, but that shouldn't really have an affect on anything.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (1): show
Bambi, Candy, Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Kingpin, Liz Allan, Mary Jane Watson, Nate Lubenski, Normie Osborn, Randi, Spider-Man, Vanessa Fisk
The Kingpin's fixing up the hat will come back to haunt Peter in Amazing Spider-Man Annual 19, where we learn that unknown to the Kingpin, Smythe placed a tracking device in the hat.
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