Peter Parker (not Spider-Man) prevents some kids from raping a woman and becomes a symbol to New Yorkers—not unlike Bernie Goetz or the civilian patrol groups like the Guardian Angels who rose in real life to respond to the state of NYC in the early ‘80s.
Eventually, street criminals set fire to Parker’s apartment in retaliation. He changes into Spider-Man, finds them, and gets them arrested, but then as Peter Parker decides they’ve learned their lessons and he doesn’t want to press charges. Uh, Pete? They were about to rape a woman and they committed arson on your house. Then he develops compassion for them.
This is a two-issue story and the only consistent person on both issues is inker bob McLeod, which does make it all feel a little disjointed.
Creators: Danny Fingeroth (plot #11), Bill Mantlo (script #11), Bob McLeod (art #11), Peter David (script #12), Sal Buscema (pencils #12), Bob McLeod (inks #12)