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Appearing in "The Return of the Vulture"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #7.

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  • Bobby
  • Unnamed Prison Guards
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  • An unnamed doctor
  • An unnamed jeweler
  • Peter Parker's High School Classmates
  • New York policemen

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Synopsis for "The Return of the Vulture"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #7.

Following his defeat at the hands of Spider-Man, the Vulture has been spending his time in prison secretly smuggling parts from the prison machine shop into his cell so that he can recreate his flying technology, this time correcting the flaw which caused his defeat last time. Perfecting the device, the Vulture breaks out of prison.

When Peter Parker hears about this break-out, he goes after the Vulture as Spider-Man. Hoping to use the same device that defeated the Vulture before, Spider-Man is shocked to find that the Vulture corrected the flaw in his device. The Vulture easily defeats Spider-Man, and Spidey injures his arm in the process and has to come up with an excuse for it as Peter Parker.

Later when Peter is trying to sell his Vulture pictures to J. Jonah Jameson, the Vulture arrives demanding that Jameson gives over the company's payroll. While Jameson argues with the crook, Peter slips away and changes into Spider-Man. He then battles the Vulture all over the Daily Bugle building. When Spider-Man attaches a web line to the Vulture, the Vulture takes him high above the city.

There Spidey uses his webs to pin the Vulture's wings and the two begin to fall. However, Spidey weaves a web parachute and saves them from harm. He then turns the Vulture over to the police. When Jameson yells at Spider-Man for causing chaos in his newspaper, Spider-Man shoots webbing in his mouth before leaving to change back into his civilian guise. He then sneaks back into the office and "hides out" with Betty Brant as Jameson storms through the office, trying to get the webbing off his mouth.

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Appearing in "Prisoner of the Wizard"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #102.

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  • Atomic Drill

Synopsis for "Prisoner of the Wizard"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #102.

The Wizard, a famous inventor and escape artist, is finding his popularity is waning. With the Human Torch's adventures making headlines, the Wizard blames the Torch for his loss in popularity and so plans to ruin the Torch's reputation.

Planning a stunt which involves drilling deep into the Earth, the Wizard plans to get trapped in order to earn the Torch's trust. Being "rescued" by the Torch, the Wizard invites the Torch to his state-of-the-art home. Trapping the Torch in a room and dousing him with water.

Part 2: Wizard's Wiles

The Wizard dons a suit that allows him to mimic the Torch's abilities and goes on a crime spree in order to ruin the Torch's reputation.

Johnny manages to escape and when the Wizard gets home, he offers the Torch a challenge: Having taken pictures of himself putting on the suit that mimicked the Torch's powers, the Wizard will fight him, one-on-one with no powers for the photos. However, the Torch refuses to play the Wizard's game. When the Wizard is about to burn the pictures, they suddenly float out of the air and into the Torch's hands.

With the evidence in hand, the Torch has the Wizard arrested after proving the Wizard's guilt. After all is said and done, Johnny's sister Sue turns visible, revealing that she was the cause of the pictures flying out of the Wizard's hand.

Appearing in "On The Trail of The Tomorrow Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #86.

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  • Mjolnir - Thor's Enchanted Hammer
  • a Time-Scope
  • a C-Bomb

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  • Zarrko's Time Macine

Synopsis for "On The Trail of The Tomorrow Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #86.

Three centuries in the future mankind knows peace and technological perfection, however one man is not happy with the state of the peaceful world. This man is the mad scientist known as Zarrko, who has built a time machine to travel into the past in the hopes of procuring humanity's powerful atomic weapons so that he might use them to conquer his future.

In the present day, Thor has agreed to aid the US Military in missile tests, flying along with test missiles to review their efficiency. Hoping to test the effects of their new Cobalt bomb on human beings by studying how it effects Thor, the army has the Thunder God strapped to measuring devices and have him stand in close proximity of this new experimental bomb. However, the test does not go as planned, as Zarrko appears in his time machine and pilfers the device and escapes into the future before Thor can stop him.

Part 2: Flight to the Future

Promising to recover the bomb, Thor summons his father Odin and asks how he might travel into the future. Odin guides him to using his hammer to time travel by tying a fragment of Zarrko's craft (broken off in the brief battle between Thor and Zarrko) and spinning his hammer faster than the speed of light and its magic will transport him to the future. The spell works and Thor is sent into the future year of 2262, where he finds that Zarrko has used the C-Bomb to take over the future Earth.

When Zarrko learns of Thor's arrival in his time, he sends his newly established guards after Thor. Thor quickly finds someone from the future to act as a decoy, putting on a costume like Thor, while Thor dons a black robe and the two storm Zarrko's citadel. Inside, the fake Thor is captured lulling Zarrko into a false sense of security when he is suddenly ambushed by the real Thor. When Zarrko's weapons fail he flees and sics an army of robots against Thor, who grab his hammer.

Using a water pipe to short circuit the robots, Thor manages to make them drop his hammer before the sixty second time limit would have him change back into Donald Blake.

Zarrko meanwhile has escaped in a ship and is planning to drop the C-Bomb on the city, however Thor summons up a storm which causes Zarrko's ship to fly erratically enough for Thor to recover the dropped bomb. When Zarrko's ship crashes, the villain survives but has suffered amnesia and is taken into custody. Praised as a hero, Thor then returns to the present where he returns the C-Bomb back to the military.

Later, back in his guise of Donald Blake, Thor returns to his office where he finds Jane Foster marveling over the stories about Thor's recent escapade.

Appearing in "The Vengeance of the Scarlet Beetle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #39.

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Synopsis for "The Vengeance of the Scarlet Beetle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #39.

Receiving emergency impulses on his devices from his ants, Ant-Man decides to investigate what appears to be problems in the insect world. There he finds an irradiated beetle, able to communicate telepathically. The Scarlet Beetle, mutated by exposure to radiation, plans to destroy the human race with the help of all the insects in his thrall (beetles, wasps, grasshoppers, etc.).

Seeing Ant-Man as a potential obstacle in this plot, Scarlet Beetle orders his insects to capture him, remove his helmet and toss him in a pit that he cannot climb out himself. Stealing Ant-Man's size-changing gas, the Scarlet Beetle exposes itself to Ant-Man's growth gas and grows to human size. He then orders the insects on a campaign of terror, attacking humanity at all levels: knocking down hydro poles, stealing dynamite, and striking people ill with spider bites.

Meanwhile, although not on Ant-Man's head, his helmet sends out a signal that alerts his ants of his location. The ants arrive and help Ant-Man out of the pit. Regaining his helmet, he and his army of ants face off against the Scarlet Beetle's army of assorted insects, defeating them with honey, a water fountain and DDT spray.

Furious that his army was so easily defeated, the Scarlet Beetle is goaded into chasing Ant-Man into a nearby toy store. Inside Ant-Man manages to fight off the Scarlet Beetle long enough to secure a javelin from a toy knight and use it to pierce the shrinking gas canister that the Beetle wore around its body. Exposed to the gas once more, the Scarlet Beetle reduces back to his original size and is easily defeated by Ant-Man who traps the Beetle inside a deflated balloon.

The Scarlet Beetle, decontaminated of radiation, resumes its normal intelligence and abilities. Hank Pym releases it back into his back yard.

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