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Appearing in "Turning Point"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #11.

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Synopsis for "Turning Point"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #11.

When Peter hears that Doctor Octopus is about to be released from prison, he goes to the warden to petition against his release. The warden tells Spider-Man that Octopus served his time and tells him to get out before he has him arrested. Knowing that Octopus will probably go back to a life of crime, Peter develops a Spider-Tracer device which will allow him to track Octopus wherever he goes. When he tags the car coming to pick up Octopus, Spider-Man is shocked to find Betty Brant driving. He also finds that she dropped a map to Philadelphia from the car when she picked up Octopus.

As it turns out, Betty's trouble involves her brother Bennett, who is the lawyer for crime boss Blackie Gaxton. He also owes Gaxton a large gambling debt. In order to clear this debt, Betty has agreed to help Bennett follow through with Gaxton's plan: Use Dr. Octopus to free him from prison.

When Peter travels to Philadelphia, he tracks down Betty and tells her how he feels. Meanwhile, Dr. Octopus frees Gaxton, and they take Betty and Bennett as hostages as they escape by boat. Spider-Man arrives to capture both, but during the altercation Spider-Man sprains his ankle and Bennett is shot by a bullet fired by Blackie that was meant for his sister.

Betty blames Spider-Man for her brother's death, and Spider-Man battles Dr. Octopus around the ship, but Octopus escapes. The police arrive and arrest Blackie and his gang. Later, having changed back to Peter Parker, he learns from Betty that she hopes to never see Spider-Man again, because she couldn't bear being reminded of her brother's death. This hampers Peter's plans of revealing his secret identity to her.

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Appearing in "Unmasked By Doctor Octopus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #12.

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Synopsis for "Unmasked By Doctor Octopus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #12.

Betty Brant has returned to New York and taken back her secretary job at the Daily Bugle. Dr. Octopus has also returned to New York, plotting to get revenge on Spider-Man, and decides to use Betty as bait. Kidnapping Betty from the Bugle building, he tells Jameson to put a call out to Spider-Man to meet him at a nearby amusement park.

With his spider-powers seemingly gone because he's come down with a cold, Peter decides that he has no choice but to save Betty as he is, and so he accepts the challenge. When he tells Jameson (pretending that he just heard it, so his identity isn't compromised), Jameson reports the story himself.

When Spider-Man arrives to battle Dr. Octopus, all his powers have completely faded. Naturally, the powerless Spider-Man proves to be no match for Dr. Octopus. Dr. Octopus publicly unmasks Spider-Man. Octopus theorizes that Parker was simply posing as Spider-Man to save his girlfriend, because Spider-Man would put up a better fight. He flees the scene to find some other way to get the "real" Spider-Man's attention.

Everyone gives Peter grief for the danger he put himself in; however, Liz Allan finds the whole episode romantic, and her opinion of Peter changes and she realizes that she's attracted to him. The next day, Peter finds that the cold has passed and as a result, his powers are back. When Dr. Octopus releases animals from the zoo, Peter goes into action as Spider-Man. He rounds up all the animals, and gets into a fight with Dr. Octopus across the city.

Their fight takes them to an artist's loft, where they inadvertently start a fire; when the flames grow too big, Spider-Man flees and Dr. Octopus is knocked out by inhaling too much smoke. The fire is put out, and Octopus is turned over to the police. Later, Liz Allan asks Peter out on a date. Peter rejects her date, telling her that he's going on a better one with Betty Brant. He tells Liz to go out with Flash Thompson, because they deserve each other.

Appearing in "The Menace of... Mysterio!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #13.

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Synopsis for "The Menace of... Mysterio!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #13.

Reports of Spider-Man robbing various establishments at night hit the news, causing Peter to wonder if he's developed multiple personality disorder and go on crime sprees in his sleep as Spider-Man. He decides to see a psychiatrist, however changes his mind about getting help, as Spider-Man believes that it may compromise his secret identity.

Later, Peter goes to visit J. Jonah Jameson for a loan, so his Aunt May can make her mortgage payment on time. While there, he snaps at Betty when she asks him why he hasn't taken any pictures recently. Jameson rejects his request and tells him to go out and take more pictures. When Peter tries to find crimes to photograph as Spider-Man, he only succeeds in getting an angry mob after him. Later, at school, Liz Allan tries to impress people with her new hair style, and she snubs Flash Thompson when he comments that her new look is so beautiful that he didn't recognize her.

Meanwhile, a new costumed being named Mysterio appears at the Daily Bugle and tells Jameson that he's a crime fighter, and he will bring Spider-Man to justice. He vanishes in a puff of smoke and leaves a note for Jameson, telling him to publish a challenge to Spider-Man to meet on the Brooklyn Bridge. Peter meet this challenge, but Mysterio, who appears to have magical powers, easily defeats him.

The next day Mysterio is heralded as a hero, and later, when he appears at the Daily Bugle for a photo opportunity with Jameson, Peter tags him with a Spider-Tracer.

Spider-Man tracks Mysterio to his base, and Mysterio reveals that he is a special effects artist who has decided to turn his skills to crime. He reproduced Spider-Man's abilities artificially, in order to frame him for the crimes. Spider-Man reveals to Mysterio that he recorded the whole confession. A battle ensues, and Spider-Man uses his spider-sense when Mysterio fills the room with smoke.

With Mysterio turned over to the police, Jameson realizes that he's been made a fool of, again. However, when he finds that Parker has brought him pictures of Spider-Man's fight with Mysterio, his mood changes. Later, Spider-Man pays another visit to Jameson. He strings Jameson up from his office ceiling and mocks him for once again making a fool out of himself with his anti-Spider-Man press.

Appearing in "The Grotesque Adventure of the Green Goblin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #14.

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Synopsis for "The Grotesque Adventure of the Green Goblin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #14.

There's a new costumed villain in town, the Green Goblin. After he's perfected his flying broomstick, he visits the recently released Enforcers and offers them the opportunity to get revenge against Spider-Man. He travels to California to visit B.J. Cosmos, a film director who made it big with his last film "The Nameless Thing From the Black Lagoon in the Murky Swamp." The Goblin offers him his next cinematic spectacular: A movie about Spider-Man.

Returning to New York City, the Green Goblin circles around the city until he gets the Spider-Man's attention. He makes a film offer to Spider-Man, who agrees to participate. With the announcement that Spider-Man is going to be in a film, J. Jonah Jameson sends Peter to Hollywood to cover the story. This worries Betty Brant, because she believes that Peter might fall for some silver screen starlet while he's in California.

Arriving in California, Peter reports to B.J. Cosmos' studio as Spider-Man, and he, the Green Goblin, and what he believes to be actors resembling the Enforcers are taken to New Mexico for a desert fight sequence.

The Green Goblin reveals his true motives, and Spider-Man battles him and the Enforcers across the desert. Their fight takes them into a cave, where Spider-Man easily defeats the Enforcers. However, they stumble upon the Hulk's hiding place. Spider-Man is forced to defend himself from the jade giant. He uses the Hulk's strength to his advantage, tricking the Hulk into smashing a boulder blocking the cave exit.

Spider-Man fails to prevent the Green Goblin's escape, and hides until the Hulk leaves the area. He leaves the Enforcers to be collected by the police. Returning to Hollywood, Spider-Man finds that B.J. Cosmos has canned the Spider-Man movie idea, in favor of a Hulk movie. When Spider-Man demands payment, Cosmos refuses, citing the contract: Spider-Man would only get paid if the movie was completed. Peter is forced to use the rest of his money to bus back to New York. Meanwhile, somewhere in the city, the Green Goblin resumes his mysterious civilian guise and begins plotting his next scheme against Spider-Man.

Appearing in "Kraven the Hunter!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #15.

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Synopsis for "Kraven the Hunter!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #15.

Spider-Man swings down and catches a group organizing a bank robbery and upon dropping in unexpectedly, a man escapes in a puff of smoke and changes his costume until he can hide. The criminal actually was The Chameleon in disguise and he plots to rid the world of Spider-Man. The Chameleon comes up with the idea of contacting his friend Kraven the Hunter. Parker finds this out firsthand when taking photographs for The Daily Bugle as Kraven arrives by boat.

Kraven studies Spider-Man's fighting style by organizing a robbery for Spider-Man to stop. He finally comes out of hiding and fights Spider-Man. Spider-Man realizes the true strength of Kraven and also realizes that Kraven cheats by infecting his opposition with drugs that weaken them. Spider-Man retreats to fight another day. Pete, however, begins to get the shakes so bad that he can't hold a test tube or shoot a web straight. He tracks Kraven's future location by attaching a Spider-Tracer and is led into a nearby forest, where he faces Kraven.

After a few tricks and traps, Spider-Man finally catches hold of what appears to be Kraven, but is actually The Chameleon in disguise. After learning this, Spider-Man hunts down and finds the real Kraven, and intimidates and overpowers him with his agility and strength. After fighting, Kraven ends up running into a giant sticky web to be picked up by the police. Kraven and The Chameleon are then deported, with Kraven swearing revenge upon Spider-Man.

Appearing in "Duel with Daredevil"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #16.

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Synopsis for "Duel with Daredevil"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #16.

Peter is given a hard time for not calling Mary Jane Watson and setting up a blind date with her. In order to get some peace and quiet, Pete heads out as Spider-Man. When swinging around, he notices a gang of criminals escaping with bags of money who decide to attack a nearby bystander who might place them at the crime scene. That witness is none other than Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), but Spider-Man sees a poor blind man in need of help and rounds up the criminals. Foggy Nelson (Murdock's partner) and Karen Page (his secretary) are waiting on Matt in the office and invite him to go to the circus (despite his blindness) to have a good time.

At the circus, The Ringmaster and his crew prepare the final touches, falsely claiming that Spider-Man himself will show up for charity, to lure more people into their trap. The show begins and Spider-Man (feeling obligated because it's charity) appears, much to the crowd's delight, and gives off an acrobatic show like no other. The Ringmaster uses his hat to hypnotize not only the audience, but also Spider-Man, so he can rob them. Matt Murdock (not affected by the hypnosis) senses the disturbance and becomes Daredevil to take on the crooks.

The Ringmaster uses his hat to get Spider-Man to fight and protect him as he takes on Daredevil himself. After a brief fight, Daredevil grabs the hat with his cane and removes the spell on Spider-Man, then returns to the crowd as Matt Murdock. Spider-Man cleans up the rest of the carnival crooks by riding the Human Bullet and tying up the crooks. After the hypnosis is removed from the crowd, Matt naturally offers his services as a defense attorney to the now arrested Ringmaster.

Appearing in "The Return of the Green Goblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #17.

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Synopsis for "The Return of the Green Goblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #17.

Flash Thompson announces to his classmates that he's forming the Spider-Man Fan Club and everyone (except Peter Parker) is invited. As Peter is walking home, he notices three mysterious figures getting into a helicopter making some sort of getaway. As Spider-Man leaps up into the helicopter, the film's director is furious for him ruining the shot of the movie, and Spider-Man is ridiculed by The Daily Bugle and others for his mistake. While walking Betty Brant home, Liz Allan sees Peter and shows him an ad in the newspaper about the Spider-Man Fan Club and it promises an appearance by Spider-Man himself.

Flash figures that if he says it's so, Spider-Man won't disappoint his fans, and Peter realizes he ought to show, but doesn't know how. As the discussion continues, his Spider-Sense goes off from a mysterious figure in a purple hat whom he doesn't recognize. Finally, Spider-Man goes to the fan club meeting and as he swings in, his web line is snapped by an electronic frog. Johnny Storm sees this and realizes that the acrobatic maneuver Spider-Man just did to land to save his life wasn't part of the show. His suspicions are confirmed when Green Goblin enters on his new improved glider. The crowd, thinking it's part of the show goes along with it, cheering Spider-Man in the fight. Realizing it's not an act, Johnny becomes Human Torch and battles Green Goblin.

Spider-Man fights alongside Human Torch when he hears someone on the phone say Aunt May has suffered a heart attack. Panicked, Spider-Man flees the scene, leaving Human Torch to handle Green Goblin, but the Goblin flies away for another day. Spider-Man is ridiculed for being yellow and a coward for running away, and Peter is upset that, despite all his superpowers, he still can't protect Aunt May or do anything to help her.

Appearing in "The End of Spider-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #18.

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Synopsis for "The End of Spider-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #18.

Spider-Man is still being ridiculed over his escape from a fight with The Green Goblin and it's been the talk of all his previous super-villains, as well as other super-heroes. Peter Parker spend his time taking care of his Aunt May at home, and when at school, his concern for Aunt May is consuming most of his thinking. Pete, desperate to earn money to buy more medicine for Aunt May, goes out as Spider-Man to see what he can do. He tries a trading card company as well as a pair of scientists to sell his adhesive webbing, but in both instances, he strikes out, with neither showing any interest.

As he heads home, he runs into the Sandman, but being so concerned about Aunt May living alone, he runs away and hides. The public sees this, writing off Spider-Man as a coward once again. As crime continues, Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) begins to suspect something is wrong and writes a message in the sky for Spider-Man to meet him at the Statue of Liberty, but Spidey doesn't show. Flash is so desperate about clearing Spider-Man's name, he dresses as Spidey and tries to fight criminals, but gets beat up instead. As Pete gets ready to quit as Spider-Man, the doctor says Aunt May is in the clear and won't have to take any more medicine. After reading yet another editorial about a weak and phony Spider-Man, Pete decides to go out as Spider-Man and fight back.

Appearing in "Spidey Strikes Back!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #19.

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Synopsis for "Spidey Strikes Back!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #19.

The Daily Bugle continues its editorials on Spider-Man being washed up, but Spider-Man comes out of nowhere and rounds up bank robbers. As J Jonah Jameson learns the news, he takes his frustration outside, where Sandman and the Enforcers capture the Human Torch. As Peter Parker walks home from another day at school, he sees Fancy Dan. Suspecting something sinister might be afoot, Spider-Man follows him and fights them at their hideout, but as the police show up, The Enforcers flee.

Peter turns up at the Daily Bugle and Betty Brant introduces him to a reporter, Ned Leeds. Peter approves of Ned, much to her surprise. Meanwhile, at another hideout, Human Torch has been trapped in a glass jar with just enough air to breathe, but not enough to flame on and escape.

Spider-Man learns from Louie the stool pigeon that Sandman plans to use Human Torch as bait to lure Spider-Man into his trap. As Spider-Man descends, he sees The Human Torch and plays ball with Sandman and the Enforcers, and finally rolls into the glass jar, setting Human Torch free.

The Enforcers are rounded up, but Human Torch and Spider-Man get tangled in Spidey's webbing. Sandman runs away, but gets caught shortly after by two policemen.

Later, a mysterious figure follows Peter home from school and reports on the surveillance to a second mysterious figure in a green robe.

Appearing in "The Coming of the Scorpion! OR: Spidey Battles Scorpey!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #20.

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Synopsis for "The Coming of the Scorpion! OR: Spidey Battles Scorpey!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #20.

As Peter walks home from school, his Spider-Sense tells him that someone is following him home and he tries to figure out who, but comes up empty. Meanwhile, J. Jonah Jameson is at The Daily Bugle and sees an article about a scientist who can create artificial mutations in animals. Jameson realizes he can use this to get rid of Spider-Man. Gargan and Jameson visit the laboratory of Dr. Farley Stillwell, where Jameson offers the doctor $10,000 to make Mac Gargan stronger than Spider-Man. After the transformation, the doctor outfits Mac with a scorpion outfit, complete with an incredibly deadly tail.

Spider-Man revisits The Daily Bugle to investigate, and as he leaves, he's attacked by Scorpion. Back at the lab, Dr. Stillwell realizes the awful mistake he's made, and figures out that Mac Gargan will lose himself and become more and more evil as time goes on. At the Bugle, Spider-Man and Scorpion fight, and Spider-Man gets his own webbing thrown back at him and lays defeated. Scorpion, elated with his victory, defies Jameson and runs away to start his money-making crime spree. Dr. Stillwell catches up with Scorpion and tries to cure him. In desperation, he climbs up a building after Scorpion, but loses his grip and falls to his death. Scorpion and Spider-Man trade blows until Spider-Man gets knocked down again and hears Betty Brant scream.

Scorpion knows that J. Jonah Jameson is the only person alive who knows his true identity, and realizes he must kill him, as well. Spider-Man defeats Scorpion, but Jameson comes out as the hero for catching Scorpion in his office, with no one knowing his true origin.

Appearing in "The Sinister Six"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.

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Synopsis for "The Sinister Six"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.

Having broken out of prison, Dr. Octopus gathers Mysterio, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, the Vulture and Sandman to get revenge against Spider-Man as the Sinister Six. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has once more found that his spider powers have faded and has to exercise more caution getting back home, lest someone take advantage of his lost powers to find out his secret identity.

As Peter wanders the city lost in thought over all the stress caused because of his Spider-Man identity, he doesn't go to school. This prompts the school to call his Aunt May. Worried about Peter, she goes to Betty Brant for help, and they, in turn, see if J. Jonah Jameson has seen Peter recently. This makes them a target for the Sinister Six, who have decided to use Betty Brant as bait to lure Spider-Man, and so they kidnap both Betty and Aunt May.

Peter arrives at the Bugle just in time to see the Vulture delivering a message to Jameson. The Vulture tells him that the Sinister Six has gone to six different locations and at each location has a clue to the whereabouts of Betty and May. While super-heroes all over the city try to find Spider-Man, Peter decides that powers or no powers, he's going to save his Aunt May and Betty from his enemies.

At the first location, the local power plant owned by Stark Industries, Peter faces Electro. During the fight, he realizes that his powers have returned. He easily defeats Electro and learns the next location. When Iron Man arrives to offer help, Spider-Man refuses.

His next fight is with Kraven the Hunter who attacks Spider-Man in Central Park with three tigers. Spider-Man easily fights off the attackers and secures the next clue. Along the way, the Human Torch offers help, but once again, Spider-Man refuses. His next location is controlled by Mysterio, who sends robots based on the X-Men to attack the wall-crawler. Spider-Man easily defeats the robots and Mysterio. The next clue is set ablaze, but Spider-Man recovers its contents with his web-fluid.

His next battle is against Sandman, sealed in an airless room. Spider-Man defeats Sandman with his superior lung capacity. Next, he battles the Vulture high over the city and defeats him as well, gaining the location of Dr. Octopus, who has been holding Betty and May hostage. May, completely oblivious to her situation, believes they are Octavius' houseguests.

Spider-Man battles Octopus and his mechanical arms. Their fight takes them to a giant fishbowl, where Octopus battles Spider-Man in his "natural habitat." Spider-Man defeats Octopus by filling the tank with his webbing and tangling Octavius up. Spider-Man frees Aunt May and Betty Brant. Returning to his civilian guise, he meets up with them as Peter Parker. Aunt May remains upset with Peter over his skipping class. Jameson is once more made a fool, when he has to publish a story about how heroic Spider-Man is, and as for the Sinister Six? Forced to share a prison cell, the villains squabble among themselves.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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