In an alternate reality still in the midst of the Great Depression, the Goblin murdered Ben Parker for encouraging a strike on the local sweatshops. Seeking justice, Peter Parker became an investigative journalist in an attempt to expose the corruption in New York. One evening, Peter was investigating a warehouse where the Goblin's henchmen were housing stolen artifacts. An antient artifact of a spider statue broke open, releasing a swarm of spiders hidden within. One of these spiders bit Peter causing him to pass out and dream of an ancient spider god. When Peter came to, he discovered that he had been gifted with arachnid-like superpowers. Donning a costume using parts of his Uncle Ben's World War I airman uniform, he became the violent vigilante, The Spider-Man.