Double Shots



Even the most nefarious of Marvel's villains needs a break from time to time, and Norman Osborn is no exception.  The successful businessman even makes an attempt to gather around some of his super villain colleagues at a local bar from time to time.  One of those instances is featured as a single shot story in Spider-Man's Tangled Web #13 entitled Double Shots.

 

This offbeat Spider tale begins when a mysterious figure walks into a bar that happens to be the local watering hole for super villains.  The first guest to join the unknown man is the Adrian Toomes (aka the Vulture).  Adrian begins discussing his week, when a second guest joins the party, Alyosha Kravinoff (aka Kraven II).  After some bickering between Vulture and Kraven, they then share the stories of their recent encounters with the webspinner.  Their conversation eventually evolves toward the villians’ mutual disgust over the jokes/insults Spider-Man issues during their fights.  Kraven rationalizes that “everything is ultimately personal” and the two request that the mystery character discuss his week.  The shady character describes his relationship with Spider-Man to be quite different than the others, and that he sees a more emotional side of the hero, as opposed to the quip-happy upbeat side.  Kraven and Vulture don’t understand why his relationship is so different.  The mystery man reveals himself to be Norman Osborn and Norman states that their relationship is so personal because, in an effort to show Spider-Man “exactly what he means to [him]” he kidnapped his girlfriend and killed her right in front of him.  Norman than exits the bar, changes into his Goblin attire, and flies off on his glider, now that's an exit.



 In terms of where this story takes place in the Osborn timeline, it is certainly “post-resurrection” since Kraven II is operating, other than that there really isn’t much else to reference.  An interesting nugget from this story occurs when Norman is asked if he was a super villain, his response is that he would be lying if he wasn’t “green with envy” in regards to a criminal’s “exciting lifestyle”.  Vulture and Kraven seem to be perfectly complementary villian’s from Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, Vulture the aged, bumbling, ugly old man to Kraven’s suave, confident, young man.  From the group conversation we can gather that these are weekly meetings aimed at the villains getting together and sharing some laughs, how nice!



 

 


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Vulture and Osborn meet to discuss their weekly highlights, 
as seen in Spider-Man's Tangled Web #13 


Norman opens up to both Adrian and Alyosha, 
as seen in Spider-Man's Tangled Web #13 


Osborn gloats about his defeat of Spider-Man, 
as seen in Spider-Man's Tangled Web #13 


Norman reveals himself to his peers much to their surprise, as seen in Spider-Man's Tangled Web #13