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Appearing in "The Claws of the Cat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #30.

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Synopsis for "The Claws of the Cat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #30.

Betty is slowly getting better and Aunt May sounds better, so Spider-Man decides to prowl around the city. He doesn't notice a man scaling a building who calls himself Cat Burglar breaking into an apartment. He breaks a safe open and leaves unnoticed. The apartment belongs to J. Jonah Jameson, who puts a reward of $1,000 for his capture. While swinging around, Spider-Man learns of the reward and goes to Jameson to antagonize and tease him. Jameson, so fearful of paying Spider-Man, assigns Frederick Foswell to find the Cat first.

As Peter Parker goes out, he runs into Liz Allan who is in a hurry and tells Peter that Flash Thompson has been following her trying to learn where she works. Peter stalls Flash and then misdirects him. Peter is still concerned about Betty and calls to meet her. She drops a bombshell saying that Ned has proposed to her. Peter is ready to tell her about Spider-Man when she explains that she wants a stable home life without excitement and danger that an adventurer or a hero like Spider-Man would have. Peter, hurt by her subtle rejection of him leaves her in tears when he storms out. Though Peter returns home, Betty calls so much that he realizes he must clear his head and go out and fight crime.

As he does, police have cornered the Cat Burglar and Spider-Man makes the chase. The Cat gets Spider-Man off balance and tries to bring a water tower crashing down on him. As he flees, the police corner him on the roof, and he throws a smoke grenade to hide inside a chimney where they eventually arrest him. Peter is dejected and cuts short any attempt at conversation by Betty as he sells more pictures to Jameson.

Appearing in "Every Hand Against Him!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #110.

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Synopsis for "Every Hand Against Him!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #110.

While patrolling the city, Thor gets the ominous feeling that evil is waiting for an appropriate time to strike, little knowing that Loki has once again traveled to Earth, seeking revenge on the thunder god. Disguising himself as a mortal, Loki pays the bail for both the Cobra and Mr. Hyde.

Meanwhile, Thor returns to his mortal guise of Dr. Donald Blake and resumes his daily routine of tending to his patients, little suspecting his three most sinister foes are organizing together. In a hotel room, Loki reveals his true form to Mr. Hyde and the Cobra and orders them to defeat Thor on his behalf, using his magic to double their strength. Loki sends the two goons out to kidnap Jane Foster, telling them that this will aid in defeating Thor.

The duo tear a path to Donald Blake's office, where the Cobra snatches Jane Foster, prompting Blake to change into Thor and pursue his opponent. He finds the Cobra with Mr. Hyde and is about to attack when Hyde threatens to harm Foster. The two villains escape with Foster in a cab, telling Thor to return to that street corner in 24 hours to surrender his hammer, if he wants to see Foster alive again.

Meanwhile, Loki returns and directs Odin's attention to Earth, where he watches Thor allow the Cobra and Mr. Hyde to escape. Angered that his son has once again allowed his love for a mortal to interfere with his duties, Odin banishes Thor from Asgard.

Realizing that Loki has something to do with the events, Thor travels to Asgard and fights his way past Heimdall and the entire Asgardian army to confront Loki. He forces the whereabouts of Hyde and Cobra from Loki, when suddenly Odin enters the room and scolds Thor to disobey him. Thor apologizes and explains his situation. He asks Odin to help him save Jane by transporting him to her location. Odin does so, suspending his judgment over Thor's insubordination until his mission is accomplished.

Arriving at Mr. Hyde and the Cobra's hideout, he finds that the entire house is decked with numerous traps. Thor fights his way through them and gets into a battle with the now twice as strong Mr. Hyde and Cobra. At the battle's climax, Mr. Hyde causes an explosion that he believes finally kills Thor and leaves his body behind. Thor is merely stunned and revives shortly after and continues his search for Jane. He finds her in another room and finds that she has been mortally wounded in the explosion.

While Thor is distraught that Jane will soon die, Mr. Hyde is on his way to the very room with the Cobra to prove that he finally defeated Thor.

In a last attempt to keep Jane alive, Thor uses his hammer to create a time warp around the building to keep her alive, just as he is found by his two foes.

Appearing in "Prisoner of the Plantman!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #121.

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Synopsis for "Prisoner of the Plantman!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #121.

While dreaming about his last battle against the Plantman, Johnny is rudely awakened by a bucket of water being thrown on him by the subject of his dream. After locking the soaking wet Torch in his closet, Plantman robs a nearby hotel and escapes before the Torch can get free and stop him. At the hotel, Torch is met by his girlfriend Doris, who is afraid that Plantman might target her father for revenge once more.

While waiting for Plantman's next move, the Torch receives a letter challenging him to a one-on-one duel against Plantman. Battling the villain, the Torch uses weed killer against Plantman's plant attacks. When the Torch finally has Plantman caught, Plantman boasts that he has Doris hostage. The Torch, having guessed Plantman's, informs him that he had put Doris under the protection of the Thing, who would prevent any plants from capturing her. Soon the authorities arrive and Plantman is arrested.

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