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Quote1 Eat your heart out, Gwendolyn! This time little Mary Jane's in the spotlight! Quote2
Mary Jane Watson

Appearing in "The Brand of the Brainwasher!"

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Other Characters:

  • NYPD
  • Police Commissioner
  • Assistant D.A. (Mentioned)

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Synopsis for "The Brand of the Brainwasher!"

Spider-Man is on his way to go see his Aunt May in the hospital, when the police attempt to apprehend him, but he manages to get away. Finding out which room his Aunt May is in and switching back to his civilian guise, he goes and visits her. When the doctor reminds him that he's been a missing person for days, Peter goes to the police station to tell them what happened. There he explains that Spider-Man took him hostage while the hero was suffering from amnesia. When his memory returned, Peter was let go. This partially true explanation is accepted by Captain Stacy who reunites Peter with Gwen. Gwen is so happy to see him, that she kisses Peter on the lips, much to his surprise. The pair then meet up with the rest of their friends at the Coffee Bean.

They decide to go and check out Gloom Room A-Go-Go, the new nightclub where Mary Jane works as a dancer. They are unaware that this club is secretly a front where a criminal scientist Gerhard Winkler is using brainwashing technology to get control of the most influential people in New York. To this end, his employer has Mary Jane snap photographs of people with a special camera that makes them return to the club later where Winkler brainwashes them to be subservient to his employer. That evening, Mary Jane uses the camera on a local councilman, as well as Captain Stacy.

Stacy tells everyone that he is going out for fresh air, but Gwen begins to worry about her father when he doesn't return. Peter, also finding it suspicious decides to go look for him -- but as Spider-Man. Spidey goes in back and catches Winkler in the process of brainwashing George Stacy, but before Spider-Man can stop him, he's grabbed by Winkler's employer: The Kingpin.


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Chronology Notes[]

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


Captain George Stacy:

Gwen Stacy:

Harry Osborn:

Publication Notes[]

  • Credits:
    • Produced by Stan (The Man) Lee and Johnny (Ring-a-Ding) Romita
    • Enchantment by......Don Heck
    • Embellishment by...Mickey Demeo
    • Lettering by......Artie Simek
    • Peter's Wardrobe......Forbush Fashions. Inc.

See Also

Links and References

Official Marvel Index to Amazing Spider-Man #3