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Appearing in "If This Be My Destiny...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #31.

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  • Master Planner's helicopter

Synopsis for "If This Be My Destiny...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #31.

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.

Appearing in "Man on a Rampage!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #32.

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Synopsis for "Man on a Rampage!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #32.

The Master Planner, who has been running experiments and stealing radioactive material, is actually Doctor Octopus. Meanwhile, Peter Parker is delivering new photos for The Daily Bugle when he’s spotted by Betty Brant. Peter is conflicted by the fact that she loves him but hates Spider-Man and he decides the best thing is to make her angry so she forgets about him. Ned Leeds tries to reason with Peter, but he shoves Ned aside and to not burden Betty with his secret.

After this, Peter goes to the hospital where he learns Aunt May is dying because of radioactive material in her blood. He figures that she may have received this from him during a blood transfusion. Feeling responsible for not only Uncle Ben’s death but now perhaps Aunt May’s, he’s determined to save her. He realizes Curt Connors may be able to help and he swipes a vial of her blood and brings it to him for help. Pete raises money to get a serum called ISO-36 which may save Aunt May. As they prepare for its arrival, Dr. Connors is told that it’s been stolen and Spider-Man goes to track it down. Spider-Man tears up countless henchmen hideouts, throwing cars like toys, and finally, finds a trap door in an alley. He follows the Master Planner’s henchmen to an area where the ISO-36 serum sits unguarded.

As he’s shocked off of the ceiling with electricity, he begins a fight with Doctor Octopus who is frightened by the intensity and strength Spider-Man now shows. As he hurls a rock at Doctor Octopus, he destroys a support beam and the entire lab comes crashing down. As he’s trapped underneath a huge and heavy iron unit weighing tons, drops of water come splashing on the canister of ISO-36, with the river slowly flooding the lab.

Appearing in "The Final Chapter!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #33.

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Synopsis for "The Final Chapter!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #33.

Spider-Man is trapped by tons of iron and finds it in himself to raise the giant mechanism trapping him to rid himself of guilt given by Uncle Ben’s death and to save Aunt May. As he exits, his leg is hurt but he grabs the serum and soon the lab is flooded with water. He lets himself be swept along the current, yet as he makes his way to the surface, he finds more henchmen waiting for him. Going ballistic on the henchmen, he makes his way to Curt Connors’ lab with the serum. After testing it successfully on his own blood, he reasons it may be a cure for Aunt May. Connors phones the hospital to approve the serum Spider-Man is delivering.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man goes back to take pictures for The Daily Bugle and phones Frederick Foswell to get the scoop of the year. As Peter delivers pictures to J. Jonah Jameson, Betty Brant is shocked to see Peter bruised and beaten, which he says is from trying to get pictures. She fears that she’d lose an adventurous Peter Parker the way she did with her brother. Peter then barters with Jameson on the pictures to raise money for Aunt May’s hospital bills as well as all the scientific equipment he pawned off last issue to buy ISO-36. After getting the money, he heads to the hospital to find the results on Aunt May and while he’s being looked at, a nurse announces that the results are in. It seems ISO-36 has cured Aunt May after all. After making sure that Aunt may is out of danger, Peter Parker goes home to get some well deserved rest.

Appearing in "The Thrill of the Hunt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #34.

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Synopsis for "The Thrill of the Hunt"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #34.

Kraven the Hunter walks around his trophy room, plotting his revenge against Spider-Man and his return to America. Meanwhile, Betty Brant confronts Peter to reveal his secret, and Peter finally gives in and reveals himself as Spider-Man... but Betty wakes up to realize it was only a nightmare. Peter goes back to college relieved now that Aunt May has a clean bill of health. While trying to go about a normal day, he gets snubbed by Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn for being anti-social.

Spider-Man begins stalking J. Jonah Jameson’s movements and tries to corner him. Jameson flees and Spider-Man is seen as attacking him instead and runs away. However this is not Spider-Man, but his foe Kraven in disguise. Peter hears about the trickster running around, and decides to let him do so for the next few days. To save his reputation, he finally tracks down and chases the impostor to figure out who it is. When he follows him to an abandoned building, he runs into Kraven who sprays a mist canceling out his spider sense. Spider-Man goes around the building, loaded with traps, and finally battles Kraven. They trade blows before a gang of crooks makes them relocate their fight.

Soon enough, Spider-Man gives a final knockout punch and delivers the gang and Kraven in a neat spider web for the police. Kraven then confesses his impersonation of Spider-Man to the police and clears Spider-Man’s name. Jameson learns the news and angrily dismisses a secretary who’s replaced Betty as she has left without warning. Peter is turning over in his mind thoughts of Betty, not knowing her disappearance. Peter realizes he must move on as he’s accepted his fate as Spider-Man but Betty never would.

Appearing in "The Molten Man Regrets...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #35.

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Synopsis for "The Molten Man Regrets...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #35.

Molten Man sees Judge Hizzoner and the Judge takes pity on him and lets him go without any punishment since he has agreed to pay for the damage he has caused. Molten Man goes free and shows he has no intentions of going straight. After some planning, he enters into a jewelry store and asks to see the most expensive items for sale. Once they are outside the safe, the owner tries to stop Molten Man but bullets bounce off and the gun is crushed inside his hand. Spider-Man swings around and notices the theft in progress, and not knowing the thief's true identity, is clobbered around and Molten Man escapes. After some deduction, Spidey figures that only Molten Man could hit him that hard and crush a gun in his bare hand.

Spider-Man tracks down Molten Man's old house and follows him with a Spider-Tracer to the same jewelry shop he initially tried to rob. Spider-Man tries to catch him in webbing and the two trade punches back and forth. Molten Man escapes but Spider-Man catches up with him at Raxton's home. Spider-Man grabs a nearby rope and, similar to their last fight, hog-ties Molten Man together and brings proof to the police tying him to the attempted robbery. Peter goes to sell his pictures of Molten Man to J. Jonah Jameson, but finds out that Betty Brant no longer works there. A replacement secretary hands him a self-portrait he gave to Betty signed "To Betty – Forever! Peter", but it ends up in the trash as he realizes both Ned Leeds and her are gone to the west coast and most likely are married.

Appearing in "When Falls the Meteor!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #36.

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Synopsis for "When Falls the Meteor!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #36.

A meteor comes crashing down and Norton Fester, a scientist, retrieves it and looks for funding in order to research microscopic life on it. After being turned down by a bank and his friends, he cracks it open himself. As he does, a trapped pocket of gas emits and he stumbles backward. When he awakens, he discovers new-found strength and lifts a bookcase as if it were a feather. Meanwhile, Peter Parker is back on campus trying to regain a normal social life. As he tries to socialize, he gets worried about being pegged as an “egghead” and afraid to repeat his mistake with Betty, brushes them off.

Inside a bank, we see Norton Fester is now the Looter. He robs the bank and blinds those inside with a dazzle gun. As he continues to rob banks over the next few days, Looter finds there’s no more gas in his meteor and decides to find another just in case his power diminishes. Coincidentally, Peter Parker is attending a space exhibit and Gwen Stacy happens to show up as well. Gwen becomes frustrated when Peter only notices the exhibits and is completely oblivious to her presence. Looter shows up to steal the meteor and Spider-Man arrives to prevent it. The Looter uses his dazzle gun to blind everyone and escape. Peter returns to try and talk to Gwen but she writes him off as a coward when he ran and changed. Spider-Man figures Looter will be back and is proven correct when another robbery is attempted.

Unsuccessful in his second attempt, Looter tries to fly away with a helium balloon, but Spider-Man springs up a flagpole and catches him. After he knocks him out cold, Spider-Man sails the balloon for the police to arrest Looter before knowing why the meteor was sought after.

Appearing in "Once Upon A Time, There Was A Robot...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #37.

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Synopsis for "Once Upon A Time, There Was A Robot...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #37.

Professor Stromm is released from prison and is picked up by ex-con Max Young. Frederick Foswell watches as his ex-cell-mate is up to something and tries to follow. Someone tries to shoot Foswell, and Spider-Man stops it and follows Foswell. After he loses him, Pete returns to The Daily Bugle for his whereabouts. He arrives and explains that Stromm has threatened revenge on the man who set him up for prison. Back at school, Pete tries to talk to Gwen and her temper flares up, but as she begins to slap him, he stops her hand. Gwen notices Flash threaten Peter and not flinch and notices she’s defending Pete. Meanwhile, Stromm has created a remote-control robot and sends it to Oscorp.

As it destroys the labs, the robot latches onto Spider-Man and is destroyed when he jumps into a fire. Professor Stromm begins another robot with a destruction beam. Osborn arrives at Oscorp and knows it’s Stromm but can’t say since he double-crossed him. Spider-Man goes to follow Patch and he leads him to the Professor’s hideout when Patch is grabbed. The robot is set loose so Spider-Man attaches a tracer to the robot to save Patch. Both are trapped as the robot reaches Osborn and begins to destroy his office. As Spider-Man enters to save Osborn, he’s upset about ruining his plans.

As Spider-Man fights the robot, Osborn knocks him out and the robot leaves him for dead, returning home. Spider-Man follows and destroys the robot in Stromm’s lab. As Stromm surrenders, he begins to tell his story but is killed by a rifle. As J. Jonah Jameson gives the news to Osborn about Stromm’s death, he leaves and Osborn is seen cleaning his rifle. Pete starts to question how the rifleman disappeared so suddenly without a trace.

Appearing in "Just A Guy Named Joe!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #38.

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  • Mary Jane Watson's car

Synopsis for "Just A Guy Named Joe!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #38.

Joe Smith has dreams of becoming a boxing champ and after begging Tommy Tomkins to let him fight, the older man becomes his manager. Unfortunately for Joe, he’s a poor boxer and is ridiculed by others. Taking pity on Joe, Tomkins gets him a job as an extra on a science-fiction movie. While shooting the scene, an arc light falls in a puddle of chemicals and shocks Joe. As he rests, Peter Parker visits The Daily Bugle and runs into Ned Leeds. Both ask each other where Betty yet neither has an answer. Joe is shooting another scene where he has to attack stuntmen. As he fights them, he begins to lose it as a result of the shock and goes on a rampage, with debris flying everywhere, getting the attention of Peter.

Spider-Man emerges and Joe gets angrier seeing another person trying to keep him down. They fight, and after a pause in the action, Joe regains his senses and runs away with Tomkins. Meanwhile, Norman Osborn is disguised and offers $20,000 to criminals to get rid of Spider-Man. Back at Empire State University, Gwen again sees Pete in a positive light, admiring his strength and courage. As word gets out that Spider-Man has a bounty on his head, he’s busy fighting crooks coming at him left and right. As he fights, he hears a commotion at a gym, seeing Joe Smith pounding on the other boxers.

After a few punches to Joe, he’s knocked out of his delusion and Tomkins runs in before he’s arrested. Tomkins says the charges have been dropped and that the movie company wants to give Joe a large starring role for his impressive display. Spider-Man fights more criminals and is angry that Ned has the possibility to marry Betty, because he doesn’t have to hide Spider-Man, and misses another visit from Mary Jane Watson.

Appearing in "How Green Was My Goblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #39.

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Synopsis for "How Green Was My Goblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #39.

The Green Goblin is plotting his revenge against Spider-Man and plans to reveal his secret identity to the world. Meanwhile, Pete feels he’s coming down with something and visits Dr. Bromwell. During the visit, the doctor tells Pete that Aunt May must not have any sudden shock or excitement to her or it could be fatal. As he goes to school, we see Harry Osborn being dropped off by his dad. When Harry asks if anything is wrong, his dad snaps angrily at him and Harry begins to worry.

Pete sees what’s wrong and Harry starts confides in him his concerns much to the delight of Gwen Stacy. As Spider-Man web slings to clear his head cold, he finds a robbery in progress and starts to fight the gang of crooks. The longer he fights, the more suspicious he gets and finally is proven right when they hit him with a gas. This gas that Green Goblin has concocted prevents his Spider-Sense from working. As he exits the scene, he goes to change back to Peter Parker and the Goblin watches without being noticed.

As the Goblin follows him home, he picks up his name on a microphone and learns his true identity. The Goblin confronts him outside and begins his attack on Peter Parker. Pete fights to prevent Aunt May from knowing the truth but Goblin soon knocks Pete unconscious and wraps him in a steel alloy cable. As he has taken to the Goblin’s lair, Pete struggles against his bonds and since he’s confident in destroying Spider-Man, the Goblin reveals himself to be none other than Norman Osborn himself.

Appearing in "Spidey Saves the Day! Featuring: The End of the Green Goblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #40.

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Synopsis for "Spidey Saves the Day! Featuring: The End of the Green Goblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #40.

Pete is trapped by Norman Osborn who’s revealed himself to be the Green Goblin. Pete stalls him, mentioning Harry and playing with his emotions to get him to talk. Norman tells how he worked constantly to provide and always paid more attention to work than to his son.[Continuity 1] He reveals how Professor Stromm only borrowed money from a shared account, but Norman called the police reporting it as theft, leaving the company in his hands. Norman continues, saying Stromm had left formulas behind, and he decided to research them. As he was working on one, it exploded and hospitalized him.[Continuity 2]

This transformation changed him and he planned to use his company’s resources to become a super-criminal. At home, Aunt May is worried sick over Pete not calling her and Anna Watson calls in Dr. Bromwell. Meanwhile, Betty Brant is in a train station realizing she must return to New York and face everyone but unsure how.[Continuity 3] Pete is still working on the steel bonds and the Goblin recounts when Spider-Man has fought him and skews them as victories.[Continuity 4] He finishes his story and frees Pete to fight him on even terms. As they fight, the Goblin pulls out stun bombs, an electrical whip, and finally a Goblin Cannon. As Spider-Man delivers a kick, the Goblin goes into a mixture of live wires and chemicals and a fire starts.

Spider-Man rushes over not wanting to kill him, but Norman doesn’t know where he is or why he’s in costume.[Continuity 5] Not wanting to destroy his reputation or Harry’s feelings, he’s quickly changed out of his costume for the police to take him to a hospital. Pete rushes home and Dr. Bromwell has just sedated Aunt May. Aunt May begins to take care of Pete’s “fever” and Harry visits his dad in the hospital.[Continuity 6]

Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. Here, Norman states that his wife, Emily had died when Harry was still young. However, unknown to Norman at this time, Emily actually faked her death. This will not be revealed until many years later in Amazing Spider-Man #700.
  2. The Green Goblin explains how he got Mendel Stromm arrested. Hence why he wanted revenge against Norman Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man #37.
  3. Betty Brant returns to New York after leaving in Amazing Spider-Man #34. She is torn between her turbulent romance with Peter Parker that has been ongoing since Amazing Spider-Man #4 and Ned Leeds marriage proposal in Amazing Spider-Man #30. She finally gives her answer in Amazing Spider-Man #43.
  4. The Green Goblin recounts his past battles with Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #14, 17, 23, and 27. However, he omits his battle they fought in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #25. However, this is a technicality as Untold Tales of Spider-Man was published decades later.
  5. Although Norman Osborn is stricken with selective amnesia here, his memories ultimately return in Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #2.
  6. Aunt May suffers from a weak heart following a surgery she received in Amazing Spider-Man #33.

See Also

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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