The Vulturians have failed at tackling Spider-Man, but now make a new attempt, equipped with poison blow-darts. Peter picks up a birthday present for Aunt May, a hat, and swings his way across town to deliver it. The Vulturians catch him mid-route, while the Kingpin watches on from his wife's bedside.
Spider-Man wins his fight, but loses the hat. The Kingpin returns it, with a note of thanks to Spidey for foiling Kingpin's enemies. This challenges Spidey's assumption that the Kingpin was the Vulturians's backer.
- Note: having battled the symbiote, Spider-Man is back in his red & blue costume.
- Story written by Louise Simonson, penciled by Greg LaRocque, inked by Jim Mooney, and lettered by Phil Felix.