As a one-time member of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man is friendly with the whole team but things get rocky in Avenging Spider-Man Annual #1. A couple of two-bit crooks get a metal detector and go treasure hunting for alien technology in Central Park, the epicenter of many invasions. There they discover an alien box that can control emotions. It’s initially makes everyone angry, which leads to the Thing clobberin’ Spider-Man over some unpaid debts from their last poker game.


During the fighting, the device is dropped on the floor and switches to love mode. Thing unmasks Spider-Man and declares, “It’s slobberin’ time!” Don’t expect these superheroes to become partners though. Thing smashes the love box. A gagging Spider-Man tells him, “We never talk of this. Ever!”