…and Only One Shall Survive!
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Artists: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Marie Severin
Originally published: July 1977
And now, the exciting conclusion of this battle with Morbius, the Living Vampire!
Spidey actually manages to knock Morbius out pretty easily. Unfortunately, the Empathoid takes this as a cue to merge with Spider-Man’s body. When this happens, Spidey gets a bunch of memories that aren’t his own. It turns out Morbius wasn’t on the moon, but some other world, and it was there that he came into contact with the Empathoid. This creature fed off Morbius’s emotions, and forced him to come back to Earth to continue feeding.
Naturally, it all works out in the end, and Pete uses a pretty clever ruse to defeat the Empathoid. The whole thing was a little too fightey for me, but it was entertaining.
We also get some resolution to the whole Flash / Sha Shan thing – the restaurant owner guy is actually Sha Shan’s husband. When Flash learns, he leaves dejectedly.