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Appearing in "The Man in the Crime-Master's Mask!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #26.

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Synopsis for "The Man in the Crime-Master's Mask!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #26.

Peter’s looking for a Spider-Man outfit to wear and despite trying home as well as The Daily Bugle, he's come up empty. As Peter goes to bed, we see a meeting on the docks between the Green Goblin and a man known as the Crime-Master who apparently knows the Goblin’s secret identity yet the Goblin knows Crime-Master’s identity too. The masked Crime-Master then pays visits to all the big criminal organizations in town stating that he’s taking control immediately. As we see the Crime-Master go home, we see Frederick Foswell hide a set of clothes in a panel behind his clock.

Meanwhile, Peter goes to school, and has heard enough from Flash and attacks him but is seen by the principal Mr. Davis and gets in trouble. Flash does the honorable thing and lets Mr. Davis know what really happened. After getting a Spider-Man outfit from a costume shop, he goes to track down Frederick Foswell but as he goes into his apartment, a gunshot goes off and almost hits him. As Spider-Man follows the figure, he discovers it’s the Crime-Master and before he lays a fist on him, he’s given a gas that suffocates him. As he falls off the side of a building, he’s presumed dead.

Meanwhile, the mob groups have decided to meet and hear the Crime-Master’s deal down by a pier and a character known as Patch tells the cops what’s happening. Yet as Spider-Man does surveillance on the meeting, the Green Goblin swoops down and begins to attack him. A pumpkin bomb stuns Spider-Man and the Goblin goes to unmask him, but can’t since Spider-Man had to use his sticky webbing to keep the cheap store-bought costume together. As the Crime-Master makes his presentation, the Green Goblin presents a limp body of Spider-Man to the crowd of criminals.

Appearing in "At the Mercy of Loki, Prince of Evil!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #108.

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Synopsis for "At the Mercy of Loki, Prince of Evil!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #108.

Our story begins with Thor rescuing a child from being run over by a speeding truck. On his patrol of the city, Thor receives the telepathic summons of Doctor Strange for his aid. Arriving at Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, he finds Doctor Strange passed out on the ground. Reviving him, Thor learns that Strange was severely weakened after stopping Baron Mordo from casting a spell on the city. Strange loses consciousness, prompting Thor to call for an ambulance and resume his mortal guise of Dr. Blake.

At the hospital, Blake preforms surgery on Doctor Strange. At that moment, Odin attempts to contact Thor telepathically, to ask him to aid his fellow Asgardians in battle. Blake chooses to ignore Odin's summons as he is in the middle of a surgery. This prompts Odin's wrath, causing an electrical storm on Earth that knocks out the power to the hospital. Blake is determined to continue the operation, and in Asgard, Odin leads his warriors into battle without Thor's aid. With Odin gone, Loki transforms himself into a bee and flies past Heimdall and crosses the Bifrost Bridge to Earth.

Later, after Doctor Strange's surgery, Blake checks up on his patient, who offers to repay Blake for saving his life. Blake returns to his office, where Jane Foster shows him to an old man with a lame leg. The old man trips when standing up to greet Blake, so that he keels over and the two drop their canes. Getting back up and grabbing one of the canes and handing the other to Blake, the old man suddenly states that he is well, tossing the cane in his hand out a nearby window. The old man then transforms into Loki, who uses a magic mist to put Jane Foster to sleep. Blake attempts to change into Thor, but soon realizes that during the confusion, Loki had switched canes, and the one that would change him into Thor was tossed out the window. Loki grabs the unconscious Foster and leaps out of the window, taking her hostage.

Blake, unable to find his cane, attempts to contact Odin, who doesn't answer his summons. He then enlists the aid of Doctor Strange, who uses his ectoplasmic form and mystic amulet to find the cane. Blake locates it near the harbor, where a bunch of hobos are using it for a fishing rod. Doctor Strange's ghost form scares the hobos into giving Blake back his cane. With Strange gone, Blake turns into Thor and begins his search for Loki. Meanwhile, Odin returns from battle and, feeling he was too harsh on his son, attempts to contact him again. Thor snaps at Odin for not responding to his request for aid, and tells Odin to leave him be.

During his search for Foster, Thor runs into his fellow Avengers Iron Man, Giant-Man and the Wasp, who offer their aid. Thor turns them down, stating his quest is a private matter. He uses his hammer to locate Loki, who is hiding out in the Adirondack mountains.

Before confronting Loki, Thor contacts Doctor Strange mentally and asks him to use his magic to help save Jane from Loki. Confronting the god of mischief, Thor learns that Loki had banished Foster to Limbo and threatens to destroy her, should Thor attack. Thor battles Loki, until his foe knocks him into a pit that he set as a trap. Then Loki casts as spell that will kill Jane Foster and sends it into Limbo. However, his spell is blocked, due to a counter spell conjured by Doctor Strange.

Thor gets out of the pit and fights Loki into submission, forcing him to return Jane from Limbo. Just before Loki can attack again, a soldier from Asgard sent by Odin arrives and takes Loki back to Asgard. Odin contacts Thor and the two make peace. Thor flies back to the city with Jane, leaving Odin to wonder why his son still loves a mere mortal.

Appearing in "The Torch Goes Wild!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #119.

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Synopsis for "The Torch Goes Wild!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #119.

Mad that his girlfriend Doris is dating another man, being left behind from a FF vacation due to school, and his continued rivalry with Spider-Man, Torch is in a foul mood. However, the Torch soon finds himself preoccupied when the man known as the Rabble Rouser has convinced city hall to pass ordinances that prevent the Human Torch from using his flame. The Rabble Rouser has a mechanical wand provided to him by his Soviet employers to create dissent in the States during the visit of a foreign prince.

When the prince is part of a parade, he is captured by the Rabble Rouser, prompting the Torch to go after him. After a quick battle, the Torch grabs the Rouser's wand and uses it to convince him to become a model American, before destroying it with his flame powers. Afterwards, Doris visits Johnny, and tells him that she only dated another man to make him jealous.

Solicit Synopsis

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  • (August) AND STILL ON SALE— Thor — the Human Torch — and Spidey makes three! And, in case you hadn't guessed — we're throwing a sinister super-baddie or two at you, as well! Bargain days are her again!

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