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--J. Jonah Jameson


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 "The Painter of a Thousand Perils!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #108.

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Synopsis for "The Painter of a Thousand Perils!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #108.

With the Human Torch cracking down on "Scar" Tobin's crime operations, Tobin has become desperate to find a way of dispose of the Torch once and for all. He ended up hiring The Painter, a former counterfeiter who was caught by the Human Torch when the Torch noticed that his counterfeits had obvious flaws. The Painter has a set of paints that turned whatever he painted into reality.

The Painter explained that when he escaped from prison he had found a secret cavern where he found hieroglyphics from an alien race explaining how the paints left behind work. The Painter then used his paints to create various traps to try and stop the Torch. His final plan involved creating fakes of the other members of the Fantastic Four to lure the Torch into a room where he is seemingly destroyed by a grenade.

However the Torch managed to avoid his fate because he realized that he was dealing with fakes when he noticed several flaws in the Painter's "artwork" including that none of the other FF members had the famous Fantastic Four insignia on their uniforms. Tracking the Painter back to Tobin's lair, the Torch burned all the paints and took all the criminals to jail where the Torch revealed to the Painter how he saw through his traps.

Appearing in "The Gypsy's Secret!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #55.

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Synopsis for "The Gypsy's Secret!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #55.

Interrupting one of Henry's experiments, the Wasp is asked to "buzz off." Insulted, the Wasp asks Henry if he ever considered the idea that once he finally finds what he's looking for, what if he still isn't satisfied. When he doesn't catch her meaning, the Wasp tells Henry one of her stories.

The story begins with an old gypsy who is able to turn lead into gold, however is humble and content enough to travel around using gold to buy only what he needs and complete his task.

One day, the gypsy's wagon gets stuck in a muddy road, so he travels to a nearby castle for assistance. The castle is owned by the prejudiced Baron Radzik, who refuses to help a gypsy. When the gypsy offers to pay him in gold, the Baron assumes that the gypsy stole it, since in his opinion, a gypsy could not earn gold legitimately. The gypsy tells the Baron that he is able to change lead into gold.

Realizing the gypsy is a master of alchemy, he demands that the gypsy tell him the secret, but the gypsy refuses to reveal the formula to somebody so greedy. Angered, the Baron forces the gypsy into his dungeon and refuses to free him until he promises to share his secret. Explaining that the formula is too complicated to remember by heart, the gypsy informs the Baron that the formula is located in his wagon.

Letting the gypsy out, the two travel to his wagon. Upon entering it, the Baron soon finds himself trapped in a cage, and soon the wagon splits open revealing a rocket inside that blasts off into space. The gypsy then reveals that he is an alien, and that his mission was to bring home a human for study. He explains to the Baron that he will be his intended subject because nobody would miss somebody as selfish and cruel as him. The gypsy tells the Baron that he will share his gold formula, however it will do him little good, since gold is a common element on the alien's planet.

Finishing her story, the Wasp hopes that Henry can learn something from it. Henry responds that he has now been inspired to learn the secret formula of turning lead into gold, and tells the Wasp to leave him alone so he can work on it.

Appearing in "The Day Loki Stole Thor's Magic Hammer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #92.

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Synopsis for "The Day Loki Stole Thor's Magic Hammer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #92.

Neri, the hand-maid of Frigga, Queen of Asgard, passes Heimdall the guardian of the Rainbow Bridge that connects Asgard with Midgard (Earth). As he challenges her to identify himself, he remarks that she might be Loki trying to sneak past him. From nearby, Loki watches, chained to a tree by Odin, and snarls that he will yet get vengeance on Thor.

On Earth, as nurse Jane Foster leaves Dr Blake's office for an errand, she passes a wounded jewel thief and his two partners. They enter Blake's office and demand treatment. Distracting them, Blake taps his cane and transforms into Thor. Strapping the criminals to an operating table with surgical tape, he attaches it to his magic hammer and "throws" the criminals to the police station. He returns to the form of Blake just as Jane returns to the office.

One week later, Thor is helping with the filming of a Viking movie. He pretends to defeat a sea serpent while conjuring up a thunderstorm. Loki, watching from Asgard, uses his magic to magnetically attract Thor's flying hammer to his uru chains, breaking them and setting him free.

Thor turns to Odin for help in finding his hammer. Transported to Asgard, Thor sets off in search of his hammer. When Loki uses his magic to attack Thor with giant trees, Thor makes a wooden hammer and fights them back. Next Loki sends a dragon against Thor. The Thunder God uses his finger to etch an imitation of his hammer from a nearby stone and drives back the dragon.

Realizing that the stone from which he made his imitation hammer is uru, the same magical metal used to forge the original, Thor throws the hammer. He hopes the same magnetic forces which drew his real hammer will also draw the imitation. He follows the flying hammer to his own magic hammer, laying in the fragments of Loki's chains.

Informed by Thor of Loki's escape, Loki is quickly recaptured by Odin, Heimdall and Frigga.

Back on Earth, Dr Blake prepares to use a rubber hammer on a patient's knee. As Jane assures the patient Dr Blake is skilled with using a mallet, Blake thinks to himself that she does not know the half of it.

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Footnotes

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



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