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Appearing in "Man on a Rampage!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #32.

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Synopsis for "Man on a Rampage!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #32.

The Master Planner, who has been running experiments and stealing radioactive material, is actually Doctor Octopus. Meanwhile, Peter Parker is delivering new photos for The Daily Bugle when he’s spotted by Betty Brant. Peter is conflicted by the fact that she loves him but hates Spider-Man and he decides the best thing is to make her angry so she forgets about him. Ned Leeds tries to reason with Peter, but he shoves Ned aside and to not burden Betty with his secret.

After this, Peter goes to the hospital where he learns Aunt May is dying because of radioactive material in her blood. He figures that she may have received this from him during a blood transfusion. Feeling responsible for not only Uncle Ben’s death but now perhaps Aunt May’s, he’s determined to save her. He realizes Curt Connors may be able to help and he swipes a vial of her blood and brings it to him for help. Pete raises money to get a serum called ISO-36 which may save Aunt May. As they prepare for its arrival, Dr. Connors is told that it’s been stolen and Spider-Man goes to track it down. Spider-Man tears up countless henchmen hideouts, throwing cars like toys, and finally, finds a trap door in an alley. He follows the Master Planner’s henchmen to an area where the ISO-36 serum sits unguarded.

As he’s shocked off of the ceiling with electricity, he begins a fight with Doctor Octopus who is frightened by the intensity and strength Spider-Man now shows. As he hurls a rock at Doctor Octopus, he destroys a support beam and the entire lab comes crashing down. As he’s trapped underneath a huge and heavy iron unit weighing tons, drops of water come splashing on the canister of ISO-36, with the river slowly flooding the lab.

Appearing in "The Birth of the Beetle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #123.

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Synopsis for "The Birth of the Beetle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #123.

On the way to take the girls out to the World's Fair, the Thing and Human Torch soon find themselves dealing with a new costumed villain known as the Beetle: A disenfranchised inventor who wishes to make it rich the easy way. Thwarting the Beetle's thefts, and battling him on the World's Fair playground, the two heroes eventually defeat the Beetle and turn him over to the authorities.

Appearing in "The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #112.

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  • Numerous unnamed New Yorkers
  • Numerous unnamed Asgardians (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #112.

While flying through the city, Thor happens upon two groups of children arguing over the who is the stronger between Thor and Hulk. Interested in the debate, Thor lands to see what all the commotion is about, and the children ask him if he knows who is the stronger of the two.

Thor recounts for them his last encounter with Hulk. However, he goes into a part of the story that was not previously recorded.

In Thor's recounting of the events, he and Hulk are separated from the Avengers and Sub-Mariner during their battle. Realizing Hulk's strength, Thor asks Odin to lift the enchantment that forces Thor to change to Donald Blake after being kept from his hammer for sixty seconds, so he can pit his strength against Hulk.

Odin grants Thor's wish, giving him five minutes free of the enchantment. However, Thor's hammer is now vulnerable to damage, and can be picked up by anybody. Hulk to attempts to destroy the hammer, keeping Thor on the defensive during the battle.

During their combat, the integrity of the cavern is compromised, and the cave-in covers Hulk with tons of rock. Soon, the five minutes Odin granted Thor expire. Thor smashes through the rubble to continue the fight, but discovers the Hulk has escaped.

Thor attempts to follow Hulk, but cannot pick up the trail. The test to see who is the strongest is inconclusive. Thor rejoins his comrades and battle Namor, until Hulk arrives again.

Thor stops his story, and explains that he has no proof that he is stronger than Hulk; therefore, he won't make such a claim, and flies off. Elsewhere, Hulk turns his thoughts to Thor as well, wondering when next they'll clash.

Solicit Synopsis

The web-spinner—the thunder god—and the battling, blazing fireball! Together again in one mag—and terrific!

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