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Quote1.png It was just a grudge fight, that's all! Personally, I can't stand anyone who carries a grudge! Quote2.png
J. Jonah Jameson about the Spider-Man/Vulture battle

Appearing in "The Impossible Escape!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man #65

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  • Escaping prisoners

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Synopsis for "The Impossible Escape!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man #65

Having passed out in the middle of the street following his fight with the Vulture, Spider-Man is taken into police custody, but George Stacy ensures that Spider-Man's mask is not removed, to protect his civil rights. Gwen looks for Peter, but can't find him and assumes the worst.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is transported to the local prison and put in the infirmary where he will be questioned when he revives. However, this never happens because the prisoners take over the prison and hold George Stacy hostage. Spider-Man revives and fights through all the cons and frees Stacy.

Afterward, Stacy tries to appeal to Spider-Man to stay for questioning and to reveal his identity and try and prove that he is not a criminal. Spider-Man refuses, because of his concern over his Aunt May's safety should his identity become public knowledge. Spider-Man then leaves, and when a furious J. Jonah Jameson visits the prison after wanting to know why they let Spider-Man escape, the answer is straightforward: He stopped a prison break and diffuse a hostage situation.

Appearing in "Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man #3

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Synopsis for "Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man #3
Quote1.png Now there's my idea of a hero! The Human Torch -- and a guy like Spider-Man! Too! Why don'tcha watch and see what a real man is like, bookworm? Quote2.png
--Flash Thompson

Spider-Man catches Charlie and his two pals robbing a warehouse. Surprising them with his Spider Signal light, he quickly overcomes them and webs them up for the police. Meanwhile, atomic scientist Otto Octavius, known to his colleagues as Doctor Octopus because of the unique set of four remote-controlled "arms" he invented for handling radioactive material, is hard at work at the U.S. Atomic Research Center. Suddenly his experiment goes awry. In the ensuing explosion, Otto Octavius's mechanical arms fuse to his body, and the excess radiation alters his brain. When he awakens at Bliss Private Hospital, he discovers that he can make his mechanical arms move by thought alone, just as if they were his real arms. With his brain unbalanced, Dr. Octopus forcibly takes over the hospital as his first criminal act.

J. Jonah Jameson learns of the strange events at the hospital and sends Peter Parker to take some photographs. Peter sneaks into the hospital as Spider-Man and discovers the hospital staff held captive by Dr. Octopus. Spider-Man is badly beaten in their battle, but Dr. Octopus's captives manage to escape.

Dr. Octopus returns to the U.S. Atomic Research Center and takes over its computer, soon gaining possession of the greatest source of atomic power in the nation. Meanwhile, Peter Parker is dispirited following his defeat. The government asks the Fantastic Four to retake the laboratory from Dr. Octopus, but they decline because of other commitments. The Human Torch, unable to use his flame because of a virus, nevertheless appears at Midtown High School to address the student body. The speech he gives is so inspiring that Peter Parker regains his self-confidence. He decides he can defeat Dr. Octopus after all.

Spider-Man soon enters the laboratory, where he builds two devices from chemicals and wire. When Dr. Octopus finds him, Spider-Man tosses one of the devices around two of the criminal's mechanical arms, melting them together. Then he squirts web fluid all over Dr. Octopus's glasses. Temporarily blinded with two of his arms stuck together, Dr. Octopus is easily knocked out and left helpless for the police. When Spider-Man later thanks the Human Torch for his inspiring speech, the Human Torch, cured of his illness, is perplexed.

The next day, the Human Torch gives the Midtown High School students another demonstration of his newly restored powers, while Peter Parker smiles, finding new confidence in his young career as a super-hero.

Appearing in "The Scorpion Strikes!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery #82

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  • Mutated Scorpion

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  • Radiation Research Facility
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  • Lord (Invoked)

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  • Bismuth Isotope

Synopsis for "The Scorpion Strikes!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery #82

A high level of accidents at an atomic research facility calls in a trained hypnotist to relax the lab workers. During one of the accidents, a scorpion is bathed in radiation which makes it grow and gain sentience which it communicates hostile brain waves. The hypnotist attempts to soothe the creature's anger but fails. The scorpion goes about gathering its brothers in order to subject them to the same procedure so that they can assault humans everywhere and take over. Suddenly, it is doubled up in terrible pain, and the soldiers speculate that it is due to the radiation bombardment. The monster pleads for release, even if it means death. They subject it to a second dose which finishes it off and express relief that the creature developed pain. The hypnotist reveals that there never was any pain. He failed in his first attempt because the creature was on guard, but later he succeeded with the hypnosis in his second attempt to implant the suggestion of burning pain.

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