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EARTH-1983

Type: Alternate Earth

Environment: Earth-like

Usual means of access: Presumably vibrational attunement

Dominant Life Form: Humanity

Significant Inhabitants: Firestar (Angelica Jones), Iceman (Robert "Bobby" Drake), Ms. Lion, Spider-Man (Peter Parker); most likely Hulk, Tony Stark (see comments)

Significant Locations: New York City

Visitors: Morlun of Earth-001

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man III#7 (December, 2014)


History: (Amazing Spider-Man III#7 (fb) - BTS) - After becoming his reality's Spider-Totem, young teen Peter Parker began fighting crime as Spider-Man. At an unrevealed point in time, he roomed together with the mutants Bobby Drake and Angelica Jones. Their apartment doubled as their base, outfitted with computer banks and other high tech equipment (see comments).

(Amazing Spider-Man III#7 (fb) - BTS) - Out on his quest to devour all the Spider-Totems in the multiverse, Morlun of Earth-001 was guided to Earth-1983 by the Master Weaver. Arriving in New York City, the villain used his enhanced senses to track down Peter Parker's apartment. However, he didn't encounter Spider-Man there, instead facing his friends Iceman and Firestar. The young mutants proved no match for Morlun, who savagely murdered them and then waited around for Spider-Man to arrive.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#7) - As soon as Spider-Man returned to the apartment, Morlun grabbed the youth, who had no words for the atrocities he'd just witnessed. Morlun commented that this was a world of particular naiveté, calling it gentler and kinder than most, which explained why Spider-Man lacked the appropriate language to describe what had happened to his friends. Morlun then consumed Spider-Man's essence, finding it one of the sweetest he'd ever tasted, almost like a piece of candy. After draining the life out of Peter Parker, Morlun had the Master Weaver teleport  him to the next Spider-Totem, ordering him to locate a morsel that's a little more filling this time. As Morlun vanished, the Spider-Friends' tiny pet dog Ms. Lion was left amongst the smoldering ruins and broken bodies.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#7 - BTS) - The death of Spider-Man and his Earth-1983 friends was witnessed by Billy Braddock, the Spider-Man UK of Earth-833, who used Otherworld's omniversal monitoring equipment to keep track of Morlun and the other Inheritors. Shocked by the murder and brutality, Braddock decided to stop them. 

Comments: Created by Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils) and Cam Smith (inks).

This alternate earth was, of course, based on and named after the 80s cartoon Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends that ran for three seasons between 1981 and 1983. In the cartoon, Tony Stark was the one who funded the Spider-Friends advanced equipment. Also noteworthy is the poster of the Hulk, which suggests he might exist in one form or another as well on Earth-1983.

Why don't the Core Continuum Designation for the two cartoon realities seen in Amazing Spider-Man III#7 and Amazing Spider-Man III#9 match those listed in the Handbooks? Asked on twitter, Dan Slott replied "Unless mentioned in actual stories, designations in Wiki entries & handbooks don't count." We, naturally, beg to differ on that last, though of course, any information is subject to retcons. Amazing Spider-Man III#12 suggests the possibility (but not likelihood) that we say an alternate reality version of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, in an official FAQ that notes "There are a lot of universes out there. So maybe there's a version of the Amazing Friends who are still alive. I wouldn't bank on it, though."

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Earth-1983 has some connections to


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Amazing Spider-Man III#7, p14, pan4 (main image)


Appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man III#7 (December, 2014) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Cam Smith (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)


Last updated: 02/24/15

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