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Appearing in "The Enforcers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #10.

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  • NYPD
  • Mr. and Mrs. Abbott (First appearance) (May Parker's Neighbors)
  • Peter Parker's High School Classmates
  • Various Crime Bosses and other Criminals

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Synopsis for "The Enforcers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #10.
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The crime boss Big Man has gathered a group called the Enforcers in order to strong arm all the other gangs in New York to work for him. When the other mobsters refuse, they are beaten into submission by Ox, Montana and Fancy Dan. Meanwhile, Peter visits his Aunt May in the hospital and is told that she needs a blood transfusion. He's worried that his radioactive blood would have an adverse effect on his aunt, but he is pressured into participating in the transfusion.

Later as Spider-Man, Peter busts some crooks working for the Big Man. When Jameson is on the scene, he demands that the police also arrest Spider-Man, because he suspects that Big Man and Spider-Man are the same character, and Spider-Man's aiding the law is just to throw the police off. Returning to the Bugle, he demands writer Frederick Foswell say as such in the Bugle's paper. Foswell reminds Jameson that the last time the Bugle reported that Spider-Man was doubling as a costumed villain (Electro), the Bugle ended up looking bad when it turned out to be false.

When Betty Brant gets off work, she is confronted by the Enforcers who are coming to collect a loan from her. Peter tries to get involved and allows the Enforcers to push him around, not wishing to reveal his identity. When Peter tries to find out what was going on, Betty flees.

Deciding to deal with the Enforcers and Big Man, Peter constructs a giant spider's web, complete with a giant spider in order to scare a crook stool pigeon into revealing the location of Big Man's secret hideout.

His battle with the Enforcers ends with the Enforcers retreating. When Spider-Man sees J. Jonah Jameson on the scene, he begins to suspect that Jameson might be the Big Man. Peter finds that Betty is not answering her phone, and later at the Bugle, he learns that she has quit her job.

Peter deals with the Big Man with a new plan: The next day at school, he brags about how he's figured out the Big Man's secret identity, hoping that word would get back to the Big Man. Sure enough, it does and the Big Man sends the Enforcers to capture Peter. Locked in a cell, Peter changes into Spider-Man and breaks out. He then battles Big Man, the Enforcers, and their hoods.

The Big Man escapes during the fight, but Spider-Man is more than convinced that Jameson is really the Big Man. Going to the Bugle to expose Jameson, he finds Jameson yelling at Foswell about the story he wrote when the police burst in and reveal the Big Man is Foswell, who shows that he pulled off the identity with padded clothing that made him look bigger. After the police take Foswell away, Jameson admits to himself that he hates Spider-Man because he represents everything that he is not. While Peter returns home to find that there is still no word from Betty Brant, Betty sits alone in a small town in Pennsylvania, wishing there was some way she could get Spider-Man's help.

Appearing in "The Return of the Wizard!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #105.

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  • Police Officers
    • Smithy
    • Joe

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Synopsis for "The Return of the Wizard!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #105.

In prison, the The Wizard is allowed to work in the prison hospital due to his good behavior. However this plays into the Wizard's plan as he collects a series of chemicals that allow him to melt a hole in his jail cell and escape from prison.

When he hears news of the Wizard's escape, Johnny wants to go after him but his sister Sue won't let him. Johnny creates a duplicate Torch out of flame to trick his sister while he goes after his old foe. Johnny is able to easily fight off the Wizard's weapons. Realizing what Johnny has done, Sue goes after him and ends up getting captured by the Wizard, and Johnny is also captured shortly after.

The two work together and free themselves from the Wizard's trap and capture him, and take him back into custody. Later Sue scolds Johnny for going off on his own.

Appearing in "Not What They Seem!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #52.

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  • Human Criminals

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  • Unnamed Alien Race

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  • Earth
    • A "Local Orphanage"
    • The Year 3,000

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  • Space Patrol Spaceship

Synopsis for "Not What They Seem!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #52.

The Wasp arrives at a local orphanage to entertain the children with a story. She tells them of a world in outer space where a bunch of alien criminals have escaped prison and their planet in a space craft. Deciding to seek refuge on another planet, one of the prisoners cautions the others that they have to choose the planet they land on wisely, because while certain planets may appear harmless, they are actually very dangerous.

After losing a patrol ship, the criminals find a planet where the male and female members of the dominant race are fighting amongst one another. Seeing this as an opportunity to be granted refuge, the criminals land and help the males of the planet defeat the females.

Unfortunately, this doesn't work to their advantage because they soon find that the men of this planet have a custom in which they capture and put visitors from other planet on display in cages, and that the women were against the ritual. The criminals are then rounded up and put into a cage.

Finishing her story, the Wasp concludes by telling the children that crime never pays, and leaves them to ponder on that thought.

Appearing in "The Thunder God and the Thug"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #89.

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  • Thug's car

Synopsis for "The Thunder God and the Thug"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #89.

Returning to the office of Donald Blake, Thor notices some of his alter ego's patients watching and in order to protect his secret identity enters another office where mannequins are stored and makes a mock up of himself which he throws out into the ocean, securing his secret identity. Changing back into Donald Blake, he begins his daily routine as the renowned doctor and surgeon. As he works, he laments over his apparent unrequited love for Jane Foster, unaware that she loves him to a degree -- as she loves his alter ego Thor, and fantasizes about being married to the Thunder God.

As fate would have it, captured criminal Thug Thatcher is being taken from a court house by the police when the paddy wagon is attacked by Thatcher's men. In his bold escape attempt Thatcher takes a bullet and needs instant medical attention. Spotting Blake's office, Thatcher and his men burst in and take Jane and Donald prisoner, threatening to harm Jane if Donald doesn't treat Thatcher.

Forced to treat the criminal, Donald attempts to contact his father Odin telepathically to get aid. Sympathetic of his son's plight, Odin causes a lightning strike to hit one of Thatcher's men causing enough confusion for Blake to recover his walking stick and strike it on the ground changing himself into Thor. Thor makes short work of Thug Thatcher's men, however Thug and his girlfriend Ruby (who is starting to reconsider her life of crime) make an escape and head straight to Donald Blake's office where he hopes to use Jane Foster as a hostage to escape recapture.

Thor arrives and is ordered to drop his hammer, as Thug is threatening to kill Jane. Thor complies but then kicks the hammer at Thatcher causing him to drop his gun. Thor then takes Jane to safety allowing for Thug and Ruby to once more flee the scene. Ruby however wishes to give up, but Thug has no such compunctions and escapes up the elevator of a sky scraper construction site. Thor's attempt to use lightning to stop Thatcher doesn't work out so well as the metal girders of the building attract the bolts of lightning, however the heat from the lightning strikes compromises the girders integrity, and when Thatcher tries to dump a bucket of hot rivets on the crowd below they give way and he falls.

Thor however captures the crook and turns him over to the authorities, and is granted the request to eliminate all Ruby's memories of her involvement with Thug Thatcher so that she might start a new life before returning to his civilian guise of Donald Blake.

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