- You'd think I could come up with some way to get my life in order so that I'm not always just scraping by. Why can't things ever work out for me the way they do for everyone else?
- -- Spider-Man
Appearing in "Setup!"
- Dr. Marla Madison-Jameson
- Colonel John Jameson
- Aunt May
- Senator Robert Kelly
- Senator Stewart Ward
- Susan Strong (First appearance)
- Daily Bugle Building
- Randy's apartment
- Washington, D.C.
- Spider-Man's Red and Blue Suit
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Spider-Slayer Mark XIX (First appearance)
- Daily Bugle newspaper
Synopsis for "Setup!"
- Synopsis not yet written.
Appearing in "Captured By J.Jonah Jameson!"
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Captured By J.Jonah Jameson!"
As Peter goes to sell pictures of a crime to J. Jonah Jameson, an inventor named Smythe comes in with a robot guaranteeing the destruction of Spider-Man. Since Peter needs money bad, he eggs Jameson on to hear out the wacky inventor. Smythe shows how his robot instantly shoots out steel tentacles at the hint of a spider's presence and grabs a hold of Peter much to his surprise. Jameson is given a remote control and they agree to a deal. Betty is furious with Peter for trying to trap Spider-Man, not understanding his true reasons. Peter shows up at school and has Flash Thompson waiting to fight him as he hangs around Liz Allan too much to his liking.
As Peter exits school, he sees the robot and begins to run. Flash, thinking he's running away from a fight runs after Peter. Peter turns and fights the robot and tries to put webbing on the robot, but it slides off and avoids its steel tentacles until he can come up with a plan. Meanwhile, Liz is concerned for Pete's safety due to Flash Thompson and Betty is concerned since the robot is attacking Spider-Man and both head to his house. Both are in for a shock as a humble Mary Jane Watson is waiting for Peter Parker to come home. Although we can't see her face, Betty thinks that she looks as beautiful as a movie star. When fighting the robot, Spider-Man is caught by the steel tentacles and can't escape.
Both Smythe and Jameson rush off to locate the robot and unmask Spider-Man but Spider-Man undoes the power box so when Jameson goes to unmask him he comes up empty-handed. Peter goes home, happy that he lives another day but is in trouble when Aunt May has discovered his extra Spider-Man outfit and demands an explanation. She accepts it but now Peter Parker has no Spider-Man costume.
Appearing in "To Kill A Spider-Man!"
- United States of America
- Police Cars
- Green Bus. Inc.
- Professor Smythe's car
Synopsis for "To Kill A Spider-Man!"
Continued from last issue..
Having defeated Spider-Man in battle, Ka-Zar takes Spider-Man to the rooftops to learn the truth about why Jameson hired him to capture the wall-crawler. When Spider-Man revives, he finds that his memory has been restored, and so he tells the whole story. Ka-Zar believes Spider-Man but soon departs when Zabu is threatened by police officers in the area, Spider-Man slinks away during this altercation between the police and Ka-Zar.
Meanwhile, Spencer Smythe has contacted J. Jonah Jameson because he has created a new Spider-Slayer robot for Jameson to use in his quest to capture Spider-Man. They send the robot out, which tracks Spider-Man down to his apartment where he is about to change back into Peter Parker. When he notices the robot, he battles it across the city. When Jameson proves unable to capture Spider-Man, Smythe takes control and sends the robot after Spider-Man determined to kill the wall-crawler. This is more than what Jameson wanted and calls Smythe on the fact that he intends to kill Spider-Man for his own revenge, instead of turning him over to the police. However, Spider-Man manages to defeat the robot by luring it to a spider exhibit where it's spider-detecting device overloads and causes the robot to explode. With yet another failure with one of his Spider-Slayer robots, Smythe is thrown out of Jameson's office.
Spider-Man returns to his apartment where he changes back to Peter Parker, on his way out to find out what happened to Aunt May in his absence. On his way out the door he bumps into Ka-Zar and Zabu, Ka-Zar tells the young man not to be afraid that they are only on an evening stroll.
Appearing in "24 Hours till Doomsday!"
- Curt Connors
- District Attorney Blake Tower
- Betty Brant
- Mary Jane Watson
- Harry Osborn
- Liz Allan
- Flash Thompson
- Sha Shan
- Mister Donaldson - Daily Bugle employee (Only appearance)
Synopsis for "24 Hours till Doomsday!"
Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson are shackled to a bomb together by Spencer Smythe, this bomb is primed to go off in 24 hours. Smythe, who is dying gloats that he will destroy the two men he figures destroyed his life. Spider-Man, not wishing to be blown up leaves the scene when he can't convince Smythe to disarm the bomb.
While in the city, the Fly has returned to New York in order to commit a crime involving an Egyptian delegation. At the Daily Bugle, Robbie Robertson tries to get a hold of Peter Parker after hiring him for an assignment after Jonah fired him, and hopes he hasn't made a mistake. However, Peter won't be taking and snapshots of an Egyptian display anytime soon, because he is too busy trying to get across the city with J. Jonah Jameson strapped to his arm, and Jonah being uncooperative and trying to unmask Spider-Man.
Spider-Man takes Jameson to Curt Connors to see if his old ally can help them, however, the police spot Spider-Man and Jameson entering through a window and burst into Connor's lab to investigate just as Connors is examining the device. While the police have a bomb squad investigate the bomb that Spider-Man and Jameson are strapped to, the Fly attacks an Egyptian delegate in order to steal his invitation to a King Tut.
When Blake Tower decides that Spider-Man and Jameson should be taken somewhere safe, Spidey refuses to accept letting Smythe win and escapes with Jameson. Meanwhile, Betty Brant is trying to gather Peter's friends together to be on hand when Peter gets his diploma and even calls Mary Jane. MJ misses the call by moments as she leaves her apartment to go and meet up with Peter for a scheduled date.
As Spider-Man and Jameson bound across the city to try and find a way to free themselves, they are spotted and attacked by the Fly. Because Spider-Man is shackled to Jameson, and more concerned about the newspaper editor's safety, the Fly makes short work of the wall-crawler and tosses him off a building. Spider-Man manages to lessen their fall and uses his body to blunt the impact with the ground, knocking Spider-Man out, and leaving Jameson an opening to unmask his longtime foe.
Meanwhile, Mary Jane grows impatient of waiting for Peter to show up for his date, and calls another date, deciding that Peter has had his final chance with her.
When Spider-Man has revived, he finds that Jameson had dragged the wall-crawler back to Connor's lab. There Connors tells them that he cannot disarm the bomb. Suddenly, Spider-Man realizes that there might be a way to stop the bomb back at Smyth's hideout and so with 4 hours to spare, they cross town to get there. They arrive to find that Smythe had died due to his terminal illness, however, a video of his final moments begins to play mocking their final fate and boasting over his posthumous victory.
With a moment to spare, Jameson begs Spider-Man to save his life, and the wall-crawler deduces that there must be some central control computer for the bomb if Smythe could track their progress. He finds the computer and deduces that if he could freeze it, it would stop the bomb. Finding John Jameson's discarded cryogenic container in the room, Spider-Man uses it's freezing gasses to freeze the computer into inoperation. This causes the shackles to release freeing them. With a few seconds left, Spider-Man tosses the bomb out the nearest window where it goes off harmlessly.
Finally free, and having cheated death, J. Jonah Jameson goes from being a coward begging Spider-Man for help to berating the wall-crawler and accusing him of his involvement in the whole plot. Spider-Man, fed up with dealing with Jameson for one day jumps out the window and escapes, leaving the emotionally unstable Jameson to lament over the fact that he hates Spider-Man for making him feel inferior.
The 100-Page Monster strikes again - and so do the sinister Spider-Slayers!
It's a brand new story, plus three of the wall-crawler's most wild battles against those rowdy robots!
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