Appearing in "If This Be My Destiny...!"
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Aunt May
- Flash Thompson
- Gwen Stacy (First appearance) (See chronology)
- Harry Osborn (First appearance)
- Dean Corliss (First appearance) (Shadow only) (Unidentified)
- Professor Miles Warren (First appearance)
- Dr. Bromwell
- United States of America
- Master Planner's helicopter
Synopsis for "If This Be My Destiny...!"
Spider-Man is swinging around town when he notices a group of masked men escape by helicopter from a plant that produces atomic devices. As he swings on board and fights the men in the helicopter, they dump the stolen cargo into the water below. Spider-Man doesn't notice this as he’s assaulted by sleeping gas and has to swing out before he falls prey. As he looks underwater, the men and the gadgets have disappeared. Meanwhile, in an underwater base, a person sends a task force to retrieve the cargo from the water. Spider-Man leaves and goes to register for his first year of college. Peter comes home and Aunt May suddenly faints.
After Dr. Bromwell visits, he decides to send her to the hospital. As Aunt May lies sick, Peter goes through with school but being in such a depressed state of affairs, gives everyone the cold shoulder including new classmates Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy. Unfortunately for Peter, everyone sees him as selfish because of his science scholarship. News at The Daily Bugle is slow so J. Jonah Jameson assigns Frederick Foswell to stir up a story and, disguised as Patch, finds out that nuclear devices are to be loaded on board a ship later that night. Unsure of the tip, Patch gives it to Spider-Man to investigate and as he arrives, he sees the same masked men from before. He fights them only briefly before they dive in the water.
Spider-Man stops the theft (without pictures) and we learn that he has foiled the plans of someone called the Master Planner. The Master Planner is plotting his revenge as well as his research on an atomic ray in an underwater base. Meanwhile, two doctors finish up tests on Aunt May and come to the conclusion that she may not live much longer.
Appearing in "The Power of the Thunder God!"
- Hardol The Healer (Only appearance)
- other unnamed Asgardians
- unnamed mortal woman (Only in flashback)
- United States of America
- Sword of Balder
Synopsis for "The Power of the Thunder God!"
Continuing the story from last issue, Thor battles Mister Hyde and the Cobra, who have him and a mortally wounded Jane Foster trapped. Thor's time is running out, as he cannot maintain the Time Warp that he created to prolong Foster's life, and he must defeat the two foes who have had their strength doubled by Loki.
Thor escapes from his two foes with the unconscious Foster, and breaking through the many traps in the house, he finds a safe place to keep Jane's body until he can defeat his foes.
Meanwhile, the whole display is being watched by Odin, who feels that he should not interfere. Balder, hearing this, offers to play a ballad for the troubled Odin, and sings a song about Odin's own rebellious youth and a forbidden romance. Loki stops the song.
Back on Earth, Thor finds Mister Hyde and the Cobra and battles them again. During the battle, Thor redirects some of the Cobra's poison pellets back at him, causing him to seek refuge in the air ducts, and smashes Mister Hyde through a wall.
While in Asgard, Odin is moved enough by Thor's battle to get involved and instructs Loki to see Hardol the Healer, who can create a potion that would cure Jane Foster. Knowing that Loki will not do this, the warriors of Asgard stop him. Balder takes Odin's written request and travels to find Hardol. On his way, he travels across the Swamps of Endless Flame and is confronted by the Phantom of Asgard.
On Earth, Mister Hyde and Thor duke it out. Thor pushes Mister Hyde into one of his own traps, a ray-beam that knocks Hyde out. Thor sends an electrical surge through the house, the shock forcing the Cobra out of the vents, weakened enough for Thor to capture. Knowing that he cannot maintain the time warp, Thor returns to Jane's unconscious body and laments over her condition.
Meanwhile back in Asgard, Balder destroys the Phantom with his sword, travels across Forest of the Eternal Nightmare Plants, crosses the Valley of Swords and survives the Valley of Avalanches to finally arrive at the home of Hardol the Healer and present Odin's request.
On Earth, Thor finally decides to face the impending death of his love and dissipates the Time Warp. At that moment, Balder's sword falls from the sky and lands in the room with the potion for Jane attached. Thor gives the potion to her, curing her of her fatal injuries. Balder's sword then returns to its owner.
With Jane healed and revived, Thor thanks Odin for his aid and carries the sleeping girl away from the house.
Appearing in "3 Against The Torch!"
- Doctor Doom's Armor (Recap)
- Terrible Trio's trailer
- Johnny Storm's modified Sting-Ray
Synopsis for "3 Against The Torch!"
Following Doctor Doom's last defeat, the Terrible Trio decide that it's best to defeat the Fantastic Four for their master before his return. The group decides to take out each member of the FF one by one, starting with the Human Torch. Tricking the Torch into thinking he's going to be interviewed by an automobile magazine, he is instead attacked by the Trio and left bound up in a fire-proof trailer. Using his flame powers to generate smoke to bring firemen, the Torch is freed from his trap.
Drying himself off, the Torch goes after the Trio who are preparing to defeat their next target: Susan Storm. However, this time the Torch defeats them and turn them over to the authorities. When Susan gets home, she is not impressed with the mess that Johnny made of the place.
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