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Appearing in "Where Flies the Beetle...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #21.

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Synopsis for "Where Flies the Beetle...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #21.

Abner Jenkins is released from prison after serving his sentence and he plots his revenge on The Human Torch who last sent him there. Johnny Storm reads the newspaper and decides to find him before it's too late but can't find him much to the annoyance of Dorrie, his girlfriend. Johnny then has to promise her not to flame on for 24 hours or else it's over.

After some jealousy and relationship drama ensues, Pete decides to rile up Johnny Storm by making Dorrie swoon over Spider-Man as well. Yet as he reaches her house, he runs into the Beetle and begins to fight when he sees his intentions aren't for good. Dorrie sees the fighting and calls Johnny but Johnny sees it as a trick to get him to flame on. The Beetle snatches Dorrie as bait for The Human Torch and Spider-Man gives chase. Johnny shows up at her house just to humor her and sees the house is a wreck and realizes Dorrie was telling the truth after all.

He chases after Spider-Man figuring that he was involved. The Human Torch decides to fight Spider-Man instead of hearing him out and only realizes the truth when he sees the Beetle flying nearby with Dorrie in his hands. The Torch and Spidey work together in cornering the Beetle in an abandoned housing complex and once wrapped up in webbing is ready for the police.

Appearing in "The Serpent Strikes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Astonishing #5.

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Synopsis for "The Serpent Strikes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Astonishing #5.

When a series of incidents at the local zoo involving poisonous snakes getting out and killing zoo staff, the Amalgamated Insurance Company sends Robert Grayson to investigate. Although Grayson admits to his colleagues that he does not like snakes he takes on the job. Grayson goes to the zoo and picks up the claims and rules the deaths as accidental. However on his way out he runs into a police Sargent who is investigating the possibility that the deaths were a homicide. Following the officer into the reptile building Grayson notices an Indian woman looking at the snakes. The officer explains that she is a potential suspect since she was the last person seen in the building prior to the death. Grayson goes to talk to the girl and she tells him that the snakes on display are considered sacred in her home country of India. Grayson finds this suspicious and decides to follow the woman home.

Robert follows the woman to her apartment and finds that she has somehow disappeared. Inside the apartment, Grayson finds snake cages and books about a snake cult. The following morning, Grayson is visited by the homicide detective informs him that there were more snake bite deaths at the zoo. Grayson decides that it is time for Marvel Boy to investigate and changes into his costume.

Marvel Boy then spends the night at the zoo-keepers quarters at the zoo, convinced that the murderer will return to the scene of the crime. That night, Marvel Boy is awoken by the sound of a snake sliding in under the door. He leaps out of bed just before the snake can strike. Blinding the creature with his light ray he follows it as it slithers back out from under the door. He delivers it a fatal kick, but the snake still makes it outside. Opening the door he is shocked to find the Indian woman and finds that she has been injured. When he offers her help she refuses and chastises him for attacking a sacred creature. Marvel Boy explains it was in self defense and the woman slips away. However after seeing the woman collapse in the street, Marvel Boy calls for the homicide detective. When they go to recover the woman's body, they find a dead snake instead. Marvel Boy is left wondering if the woman got away, or if she had some ability to transform into a snake.

Appearing in "The Coming of the Plantman!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #113.

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Synopsis for "The Coming of the Plantman!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #113.

Late again for one of his dates with Doris Evans, Johnny arrives to be witness to Dorry's father firing his gardener for wasting his time on a device that stimulates plant growth. Vengeful, and after his device is struck by lightning giving it the ability to make him control plants totally, the gardener becomes the criminal known as Plantman.

As Plantman, Smithers tries to frame Dorry's father with robbing the store in which he works and planting evidence pointing blame to Mr. Evans. Johnny vows to clear Mr. Evans' name and ends up battling with the Plantman.

The two are at a match until the Torch begins to gain the lead. The Plantman then escapes by hiding in a tree, planning to strike again with a more devious plan. Afterward, Doris thanks Johnny for clearing her father's name.

Appearing in "Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #102.

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  • Loki
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Synopsis for "Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #102.

Thor, his powers halved by an angry Odin, has agreed to travel to the 23rd century with the criminal scientist Artur Zarrko in order to prevent him from destroying 20th century Earth. The Thunder God has pledged to obey Zarrko until he has conquered his century.

Arriving in the future, the Tomorrow Man has Thor create havoc until the police of that time arrive to stop him. Thor uses his hammer to enthrall the officers, and orders them to take him and Zarrko to the ruling World Council. Zarrko orders them to give him directions to the Master Machine which runs the planet. When they refuse, Zarrko has Thor begin searching for the Master Machine. Thor leaves a note behind for the Council.

The Council activates a protector Octi-Robot, but Thor destroys it. A Councilman then gives them the location.

Flying to a lonely isle, Thor and Zarrko enter the Master Machine's chamber and are attacked by a C-Bomb (short for "Cell-Bomb" because it creates a prison to hold intruders). But Thor overcomes the increased gravity with the cell and destroys it. Zarrko takes possession of the Master Machine, making him the ruler of 23rd century Earth.

Having fulfilled his vow, Thor now turns on Zarrko, and they battle. Zarrko grabs control of the Master Machine and threatens to destroy the Earth if Thor does not halt. But before he can throw any switches, the Master Machine captures Zarrko in a ball of semi-energy, ending his threat.

An official scout ship arrives moments later and arrests Zarrko. Thor's note had asked the Council to let him handle Zarrko, and based on Thor's reputation they had decided to trust him.

Twirling his hammer, Thor creates a time warp and returns to the 20th century, while Loki and Odin watch from Asgard, and Loki muses that, sooner or later, he will defeat Thor forever.

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Footnotes

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



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