Appearing in "If This Be My Destiny...!"
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Aunt May
- Flash Thompson
- Gwen Stacy (First appearance) (See chronology)
- Harry Osborn (First appearance)
- Master Planner (Voice)
- Dean Corliss (First appearance) (Shadow only) (Unidentified)
- Professor Miles Warren (First appearance)
- Dr. Bromwell
- United States of America
- Master Planner's helicopter
Synopsis for "If This Be My Destiny...!"
Spider-Man is swinging around town when he notices a group of masked men escape by helicopter from a plant that produces atomic devices. As he swings on board and fights the men in the helicopter, they dump the stolen cargo into the water below. Spider-Man doesn't notice this as he’s assaulted by sleeping gas and has to swing out before he falls prey. As he looks underwater, the men and the gadgets have disappeared. Meanwhile, in an underwater base, a person sends a task force to retrieve the cargo from the water. Spider-Man leaves and goes to register for his first year of college. Peter comes home and Aunt May suddenly faints.
After Dr. Bromwell visits, he decides to send her to the hospital. As Aunt May lies sick, Peter goes through with school but being in such a depressed state of affairs, gives everyone the cold shoulder including new classmates Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy. Unfortunately for Peter, everyone sees him as selfish because of his science scholarship. News at The Daily Bugle is slow so J. Jonah Jameson assigns Frederick Foswell to stir up a story and, disguised as Patch, finds out that nuclear devices are to be loaded on board a ship later that night. Unsure of the tip, Patch gives it to Spider-Man to investigate and as he arrives, he sees the same masked men from before. He fights them only briefly before they dive in the water.
Spider-Man stops the theft (without pictures) and we learn that he has foiled the plans of someone called the Master Planner. The Master Planner is plotting his revenge as well as his research on an atomic ray in an underwater base. Meanwhile, two doctors finish up tests on Aunt May and come to the conclusion that she may not live much longer.
- The cause of Aunt May's illness is revealed next issue.
- The identity of the Master Planner is revealed next issue.
Events occur behind the scenes in this story that affect the chronology of the following characters:
- Page 1-14 - Spider-Man clashes with the Master Planner's minions, Peter enrolls at ESU, Aunt May goes to the hospital.
- Page 15-20 - Peter snubs his classmates, battles Master Planner's minions. Aunt May could die.
- Page 1-9 - Gwen's first day at ESU, is snubbed by Peter Parker.
- Page 10-14 - Gwen is put off by Peter's dismissive behavior pulls a prank on him.
- Page 15-20 - Is annoyed again when Peter ignores her attempt to have conversation.
- This story is reprinted in Marvel Masterworks #16.
- In Steve Ditko's final year of work on Amazing Spider-Man, this is the only issue in which he is not given a plotter's credit. It is possible this was an oversight.
- First appearance of Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn, 2 of the biggest characters in the series.
- Masterful script by: Stan Lee
- Magnificent artwork by: Steve Ditko
- Mellifluous lettering by: Sam Rosen
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