Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel ) #388
"The Sadness of Truth" Life theft Part 3 of 3. Double-sized issue. Direct Edition. Script by David Michelinie. Pencils by Mark Bagley. Inks by Randy Emberlin. Blue foil cover by Mark Bagley and Randy Emberlin. Shock follows shock as Peter Parker learns the painful truth about his parents!Inside the Chameleon's New Jersey hideaway, the faceless villain reveals that Richard and Mary Parker are artificial simulacrums (aka life model decoys). The web-slinger is stunned. But there's no time for sorrow as the wall-crawler must stop his "parents" from revealing his secret identity!Once the Chameleon morphs Richard into a killing machine the battle lines are drawn: the Vulture, the Chameleon, and the Richard LMD vs. the Amazing Spider-Man! As the fight progresses, could a mother's love -- even the love from an artificial mom -- propel her web-spinning son to victory? A heartbreaking ending for all. Final appearances of the Richard Parker and Mary Parker life model decoys. Cameo appearances by Aunt May and Mary Jane Watson. Elements of the story continue in Spider-Man 45. Second story:"The Lost Days" Script by David Michelinie. Art by Ron Lim (breakdowns)and Tom Palmer (finishes). This story provides details of Venom's activities prior to Amazing Spider-Man 300. Flashback cameo by Peter Parker. Third story: "My Enemy's Enemy" Script by David Michelinie. Art by Larry Alexander. Cardiac and Chance attack the same corrupt corporation with different ideas about how to put it out of business! (Note: This issue completes David Michelinie's unparalleled 7-year run as the writer of the Amazing Spider-Man title -- highlighted by Peter and Mary Jane's wedding, the co-creation of Venom, and the introduction of Peter Parker's parents.) 64 pages. Cover price $2.95.