Appearing in "Where Flies the Beetle...!"
- Flash Thompson
- Sam (First appearance)
- J. Edgar Hoover (Mentioned)
- Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Where Flies the Beetle...!"
Abner Jenkins is released from prison after serving his sentence and he plots his revenge on The Human Torch who last sent him there. Johnny Storm reads the newspaper and decides to find him before it's too late but can't find him much to the annoyance of Dorrie, his girlfriend. Johnny then has to promise her not to flame on for 24 hours or else it's over.
After some jealousy and relationship drama ensues, Pete decides to rile up Johnny Storm by making Dorrie swoon over Spider-Man as well. Yet as he reaches her house, he runs into the Beetle and begins to fight when he sees his intentions aren't for good. Dorrie sees the fighting and calls Johnny but Johnny sees it as a trick to get him to flame on. The Beetle snatches Dorrie as bait for The Human Torch and Spider-Man gives chase. Johnny shows up at her house just to humor her and sees the house is a wreck and realizes Dorrie was telling the truth after all.
He chases after Spider-Man figuring that he was involved. The Human Torch decides to fight Spider-Man instead of hearing him out and only realizes the truth when he sees the Beetle flying nearby with Dorrie in his hands. The Torch and Spidey work together in cornering the Beetle in an abandoned housing complex and once wrapped up in webbing is ready for the police.
- The Beetle recounts his last defeat at the hands of the Human Torch. That happened in Strange Tales #123.
- This story takes place during the period when Johnny Storm was dating Doris Evans. The two started dating in Strange Tales #113. She ultimately dumps Johnny in Fantastic Four #45.
- This issue contains a letters page, The Spider's Web. Letters are published from Brian yates, Keith McWalter, Elemr & John Jackson, Harry Hawkins, John Bailey, Walt Clevenstine, John Gilbert, and Charles Harris. The letters page also contains a Special Announcement Section and the Mighty Marvel Checklist.
- This issue also contains a one page Marvel Materwork Pin-up of The Amazing Spider-Man by artist Steve Ditko.
- Deliciously written by: Stan Lee
- Deliriously illustrated by: Steve Ditko
- Delightfully lettered by: S. Rosen
- References: Strange Tales #123
- The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the video game Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro.