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Quote1 There's no way out! She'd never have me as I am--and I just can't give up being Spider-Man! So, she'll end up marrying Leeds--and living the quiet, uneventful life she dreams of! There's only one thing I've got to figure out--how do I forget about--the girl I love?? Quote2
Peter Parker

Appearing in "The Claws of the Cat!"

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Synopsis for "The Claws of the Cat!"

Betty is slowly getting better and Aunt May sounds better, so Spider-Man decides to prowl around the city. He doesn't notice a man scaling a building who calls himself Cat Burglar breaking into an apartment. He breaks a safe open and leaves unnoticed. The apartment belongs to J. Jonah Jameson, who puts a reward of $1,000 for his capture. While swinging around, Spider-Man learns of the reward and goes to Jameson to antagonize and tease him. Jameson, so fearful of paying Spider-Man, assigns Frederick Foswell to find the Cat first.

As Peter Parker goes out, he runs into Liz Allan who is in a hurry and tells Peter that Flash Thompson has been following her trying to learn where she works. Peter stalls Flash and then misdirects him. Peter is still concerned about Betty and calls to meet her. She drops a bombshell saying that Ned has proposed to her. Peter is ready to tell her about Spider-Man when she explains that she wants a stable home life without excitement and danger that an adventurer or a hero like Spider-Man would have. Peter, hurt by her subtle rejection of him leaves her in tears when he storms out. Though Peter returns home, Betty calls so much that he realizes he must clear his head and go out and fight crime.

As he does, police have cornered the Cat Burglar and Spider-Man makes the chase. The Cat gets Spider-Man off balance and tries to bring a water tower crashing down on him. As he flees, the police corner him on the roof, and he throws a smoke grenade to hide inside a chimney where they eventually arrest him. Peter is dejected and cuts short any attempt at conversation by Betty as he sells more pictures to Jameson.


Continuity Notes[]

  • The costumed crooks who rob the truck carrying the uranium state that only the Cat Burglar could have come up with a caper like this. However, they don't actually work for the Cat, but the Master Planner. The identity of the Master Planner is revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #34. However, this doesn't eliminate the possibility that they received some training from the Cat Burglar to commit their crimes.
  • Betty mentions Spider-Man's battle with the Scorpion, that happened last issue.

Chronology Notes[]

Events occur behind the scenes in this story that affect the chronology of the following characters:


  •  Page 1-15  - Spider-Man goes on the hunt for the Cat Burglar, as Peter Parker his romance with Betty Brant begins crumbling.
  •  Page 16-20  - Spider-Man fails to capture the Cat-Burglar. Peter snubs Betty while selling photos to Jameson.

Cat Burglar:

  •  Page 1-15  - The Cat Burglar's crime spree gets the attention of Spider-Man.
  •  Page 16-20  - SThe Cat Burglar faces Spider-Man, manages to escape.

Publication Notes[]

  • Steve Ditko is credited as the plotter for this issue.
  • Credits:
    • Heroically written and edited by: Stan Lee
    • Homerically plotted and drawn by: Steve Ditko
    • Hastily bordered and drawn by: Artie Simek

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