Appearing in "Some Say Spidey Will Die by Fire... Some Say by Ice!"
- New York City
Synopsis for "Some Say Spidey Will Die by Fire... Some Say by Ice!"
Spider-Man is swinging past the Queensborough Bridge when he is suddenly attacked by a blast of flame, and then a chunk of ice knocking him out and sending him falling to the water below. Around that time, in the apartment of Janet van Dyne, Janet and her husband Hank Pym are having a romantic interlude when they are interrupted by a bright flash and spot Spider-Man falling toward the water. Racing on the scene as Yellowjacket, Hank manages to save the Wall-Crawler from drowning. As Spider-Man is carried away, his unknown attacker looks on.
Waking up from a nightmare, Spider-Man finds himself in the Wasp's apartment and she and Hank explain what happened to him. When trying to figure out who could have attacked him, Spider-Man recalls a villain named Equinox who was defeated and seemingly destroyed in a battle against the Human Torch and Iceman, thanks to a tip that Spider-Man gave the Torch to put him on Equinox's trail. Spider-Man deduces that Equinox is probably coming after Spider-Man to settle the score. When Yellowjacket offers his help, Spider-Man refuses. However, before Spidey can be on his way, Equinox attacks, blowing open a hole through the apartment. The Wasp, Yellowjacket, and Spider-Man all jump at the criminal, however, his flame and ice powers prove to be too much for them.
Meanwhile, not far away, Margay Sorenson - his mother and a leading scientist who has been trying to cure her son - happens upon the scene. At that moment Equinox is knocked out of the apartment and uses an ice slide to get to safety. Tracking him back to the Queensborough Bridge, there the heroes resume their fight, and Margay gets into the middle of the fight attempting to use a device to restore her son to normal. Having renounced his former human self and considering his mother's attempts to cure him a failure, Equinox attempts to crush her to death by throwing a car at her. Spider-Man swings by and saves her from that fate, however, the exploding car belches debris all over the bridge, one piece striking and knocking out the Wasp.
Furious that his wife has been injured, Yellowjacket attacks Equinox. While Spider-Man checks on the revived Wasp, Margay approaches them and tells them that she might have the cure for her son. Rejoining the battle, Spider-Man and the Wasp arrive just as Equinox shoots a flame blast at a tanker truck full of gasoline, causing a gigantic explosion that seemingly kills Yellowjacket. Surviving the blast, Equinox gloats over his killing of Yellowjacket. Horrified that she witnessed her husband's supposed death, the Wasp vows to get even with Equinox, by killing him.
- Spider-Man is haunted by the guilt of Gwen Stacy, who died in a battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
- Spider-Man recounts the Human Torch and Iceman's encounter with Equinox in Marvel Team-Up #23. Spider-Man had his own brief encounter with the foe in Giant-Size Spider-Man #1.
- In the flashback, Johnny Storm is wearing a red and yellow costume. He wore this alternate costume from Fantastic Four #132 to 159.
- Yellowjacket thanks Spider-Man for helping him rescue Curt Connor's son. That happened in Marvel Feature #4.
- Yellowjacket acquires new powers this issue: he will no longer use his "Disruptor Gun"; a more powerful version of the weapon is now incorporated into his uniform. the Wasp will also manifest similar powers as well as increased strength next issue.
- Letters (story pages): Saladino (uncredited) pages 1 and 2, Patterson pages 3-17.
- This issue contains a letters page, Web-Zingers. Letters are published from Elie Rosenfeld, Scott Welker, Larry Twiss, and Ken Meyer, Jr..
- As seen on page 2, this issue is dedicated to Roy Thomas who gave writer Chris Claremont his first writing job at Marvel Comics years ago.