Appearing in "To Die a Hero!"
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Mary Jane Watson
- Harry Osborn
- Gwen Stacy
- Flash Thompson
- Frederick Foswell (Death)
- United States of America
Synopsis for "To Die a Hero!"
Knocked out by the Kingpin, Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson are brought into the villain's basement. The Kingpin decides they should both be eliminated and has them placed in a giant water tight chamber and begins to have the chamber filled with water. Jameson pleads to be let free but to no avail. As the water rises, Spider-Man finally awakes and manages to break free from his bonds. However, there is no way to break free in time.
Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Ned Leeds and his fiancee Betty Brant discover that their boss has gone missing as well. They are joined by city editor Joe Robertson. Joe tells them that he discovered the damage and called the police already. Joe tells Ned to get ready to cover the story. Betty pleads to him to not go, but Ned says this story is important. As he and Joe take off, Betty worries that her relationship with Ned will turn out like the same as her failed romance with Peter Parker. Back at the Kingpin's hideout, Spider-Man creates an airtight web bubble so that he and Jameson can breathe while the rest of the room floods.
Figuring his captives to be dead, Kingpin has the water drained, and Spider-Man goes on the attack. After defeating the Kingpin's goons, Spider-Man then frees Jameson and they try to find a way out of Kingpin's base. As they make their exit, more of the Kingpin's men arrive. Spider-Man tells Jameson to run for it while he takes care of these new attackers. Jonah complies but ends up knocking himself out when he runs into an overhanging pipe. Thinking that Jameson got away safely, Spider-Man webs up the crooks and goes looking for the Kingpin. Upstairs, his enemy informs Frederick Foswell that Spider-Man and Jameson are dead. Foswell is unhappy to hear this, as this was not his style. The Kingpin doesn't take kindly to being called a murderer and is about to eliminate Foswell as well when Spider-Man suddenly bursts into the room.
Meanwhile, back at the Silver Spoon, Gwen and Harry are happy to see that Flash Thompson has returned on leave from the military. He is warmly greeted, and when he asks where Peter and Mary Jane are, he learns that neither has been seen in a while. Flash is surprised to hear that Mary Jane is still dating Peter. As he begins telling them of his experiences in the military, Mary Jane arrives. The group then decides to throw a party to celebrate Flash's return. Back at the Kingpin's, Spider-Man is surprised to discover how powerful his foe really is. While the two men struggle, Foswell steals a gun from a nearby desk drawer and tries to escape. Seeing that this is a losing battle, the Kingpin makes his retreat through a secret escape tube hidden behind a bookshelf. When Spider-Man tries to follow after him, he just narrowly avoids getting a blast of toxic gas used to prevent people from following the Kingpin. Spider-Man decides to make his departure. Elsewhere, Jameson wakes up and panics when he thinks he is bleeding and flees down the hallway. His cries for help alert the Kingpin's men, but Jameson is found by Foswell before they can catch him.
Trying to defend his former employer, Frederick is shot by one of the Kingpin's goons. It's then that Spider-Man arrives and takes the thugs out. Although Jameson is safe, Foswell's wound proves fatal and soon dies from blood loss. Jameson can't understand why Foswell betrayed him to the Kingpin but vows to let the world know that he died a hero. Later, when the authorities arrive, Jameson informs Ned and Joe what happened. He becomes determined to continue crusading against organized crime in the city, as well as Spider-Man. Hearing this from the rooftops, Spider-Man is upset to hear that Jameson still intends to carry on his crusade against him. The wall-crawler has had enough, but he checks his temper, as he would do everything the same way all over again, and thinks that he and Jameson aren't really all that different.
Appearing in "To Become an Immortal!"
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Synopsis for "To Become an Immortal!"
Following their encounter with the High Evolutionary, Thor explains to Jane Foster that Odin has consented that they can be wed and that he is going to take her to Asgard. When transporting Jane to Asgard she is almost overwhelmed by the teleportation process and even more so when they materialize on the Bifrost Bridge just as a warrior party is returning home with a Troll as their prisoner.
After an encounter with Heimdall (which further startles Jane), Thor takes his love to meet Odin. The encounter has Jane completely in awe. Odin, in honour of Thor and Jane's impending marriage, uses his powers to transform Jane into a god just like they are. As well as being imbued with immortality, Jane also learns that she can fly, however she lacks the necessary skill to stay aloft and Thor must come to her rescue.
As a final test of her worth, Jane is locked in a room to face the Unknown to see if she has the courage to be among the gods. However, Jane is horrified by the creature and cowers away from it in utter fear, forcing Thor to come to her rescue and fight the monster off. Finding everything too much, Jane demands to be changed back to normal and return to her normal life with no memory of Asgard. Odin complies with her wish, in spite of Thor's protests, and Jane is shunted back to Earth.
When Thor continues to protest Odin's decision, the All-Father exerts his will upon his son who ultimately accepts Jane's fate. Odin then sends Thor to the realm of Gundershelm to protect the Glade of Crystals from attack. Thor is transported there where he defends the Glade from an attack by Trolls, while back on Earth, Jane Foster suddenly appears in a hospital.
She has been restored to human form, and has no memory what happened in Asgard, however Odin had manipulated events so that Jane would soon be hired on as a nurse for Dr. Kincaid, whom Jane instantly finds attractive.
As Thor finishes his battle with the Trolls he is confronted by Sif, his old lover from ages ago. The two instantly reconnect and their old romance once more begins to flourish. Watching this Odin feels satisfied that his son has once more found love.