Spider-Woman, Vol. 1 #7

July 4, 1978...

Rel: 1978 - Pub: 1978
Action, Adventure, Super-Heroes
Bronze Age | Color | USA | English
Comic | 32 pages | $0.35

After an outing at a zoo, Jerry Hunt informs Jessica Drew that they can use SHIELD's computers to try and figure out who killed her father. Consulting the devices (in spite of her friend Magnus's reservations about the idea) the computer comes up with the answer: Pyrotechnics. While at a Pyrotechnics meeting that night, Senator James Wyatt tells the other members of the board that Spider-Woman must be destroyed, unaware that the building is being staked out by both Spider-Woman and Jerry Hunt. When Wyatt leaves the building, Spider-Woman follows after him while Jerry infiltrates the Pyrotechnics building to try and learn what the company is up to.

Spider-Woman follows Wyatt's car to a nearby military base, where she overhears Wyatt talking to one of the commanding officers about an injection of some kind. She decides to leave the scene to follow up with Jerry, believing that she will get caught if she hangs around for too much longer. Meanwhile, Jerry, having successfully broken into the Pyrotechnics building, begins to snoop around. Taking on the guise of a security guard, Jerry manages to take pictures of Pyrotechnic's files and hear a bit more about the company's plans as well before departing back to home base.

Back at the boarding house where Jessica stays with Magnus, the trio compare notes. They deduce that shortly after Jonathan Drew abandoned Jessica and left her in the care of Herbert Wyndham, he would travel to London, then on to America where he would work for Pyrotechnics. When Magnus deduces that perhaps he was being held against his will and later murdered by the company when his usefulness ran out, Jessica pieces it together and abruptly leaves the two men behind.

She attacks Senator Wyatt at his home and demands answers, revealing that Jonathan Drew was her father. She learns that the chairmen of Pyrotechnics are planning some kind of attack on July 4th. When she confronts the board members at the Pyrotechnics' office, she's knocked out by Brother Grimm, who has arrived to collect money. When Jessica revives, she finds herself sealed in a armored truck. Wyatt gloats about how they had her father's perfect serum that would make their soldiers immune to radiation so that they can deploy a neutron device and seize control of the United States.

Before they can launch their scheme, Wyatt's compound is raided by a SHIELD unit led by Jerry Hunt. Fighting his way into the control room (where Jessica frees herself) Jerry guns down Wyatt before he can activate the device and kill both of them. As Wyatt dies, he tells Jerry and Jessica that he wanted power and wealth, he also admits to murdering Jonathan Drew. Before dying, he pushes the self-destruct button on the base, forcing Jerry and Spider-Woman to flee as quickly as possible.

Escaping, they return to the SHIELD outpost, where they inform Nick Fury of Senator's Wyatt's plot. Fury explains that they are rounding up the rest of Wyatt's men. When Fury asks Jessica how she feels now that she has learned who killed her father, she explains that she is happy because she also found a man she loves at the same time.

Creators View all

Writer Marv Wolfman
Penciller Carmine Infantino
Inker Steve Leialoha, Al Gordon
Colorist Glynis Oliver-Wein
Letterer Rick Parker
Cover Penciller Carmine Infantino
Cover Inker Steve Leialoha
Editor Marv Wolfman
Editor in Chief Jim Shooter

Characters View all

Nicholas 'Nick' Fury Sr.
Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)
Charles Magnus
Jerry Hunt