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Quote1.png So soon, Spider-Man? I didn't think you'd be in such a rush–- to face your final Waterloo! Or do you have to rush because you rent that corny costume by the hour? Quote2.png
Mysterio

Appearing in "The Madness Of Mysterio!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man #66

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  • Peter Parker's Motorcycle

Synopsis for "The Madness Of Mysterio!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man #66

Mysterio has managed to break out of prison and is using his special effects prowess to prepare another plot to get revenge against Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Spidey recovers his clothes and camera left in the debris following his fight with the Vulture. The next day he tries to sell the pictures to Jameson. Furious that Parker "abandoned" him when he was supposed to be taking pictures of Spider-Man's battle with the Vulture, he throws Parker out of the building telling Peter that he doesn't need him to take pictures. However, when he gets the pictures some other photographer took for him of the battle, they are very poorly taken.

Short on money, Peter is forced to sell his motorcycle in order to have money. He then is shocked when he sees Mysterio boldly walking the streets before he vanishes in a wisp of smoke. Shortly he is met by Gwen Stacy who has come to make up with him now that she knows the truth about the Kingpin's control over her father. They run into Harry who is worried about his father Norman who has disappeared. Nobody can figure that Osborn has been hiding out because his Green Goblin persona is returning, as well as his memories of Peter Parker's secret identity.

Going to visit his Aunt May, he bursts in when he hears her cry out. He then sees that she was upset over a Mysterio appearing on television. Mysterio issues a challenge to Spider-Man to meet him to a fight to the finish or he will start destroying the cities bridges. Peter leaves his Aunt and changes into Spider-Man. He then goes to the first place that he fought Mysterio and the two are locked in a battle. During this fight, Spider-Man is knocked out by a blast. When he revives it appears that he has been shrunk down in size and put on the set of a miniature amusement park with a giant Mysterio looming over him.

Appearing in "Nothing Can Stop... the Sandman!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man #4

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Synopsis for "Nothing Can Stop... the Sandman!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man #4

Spider-Man sees a few punks casing a jewelry store and webs them up before they can rob it. However, the thugs threaten to sue Spider-Man for assault and battery! Spider-Man must flee when they call the cops, since all the evidence makes him look guilty. Spider-Man blames Jameson for this treatment and leaves him a little souvenir in his office. After leaving Jameson's office, Spider-Man runs into the Sandman on a rooftop. Sandman gets the best of Spider-Man, and Spider-Man's mask is torn in the process, so he must flee before his identity is revealed. While at home sewing up his mask, Peter Parker learns the identity of the Sandman during a news bulletin. Originally an escaped convict, Sandman hid on a beach at a radioactive testing facility. During one of the tests, he was exposed to radioactivity, and his body gained the power to act as if it were made of sand. The bulletin also shows Sandman robbing a bank and fleeing the police.

The next morning, Peter decides to try to ask Jameson for an advance before he heads to class, but the newspaperman angrily throws him out of the office. Peter heads off to school, and overhears Flash asking Liz about going on a date with Peter. Peter had forgotten all about it and has to cancel, so that he can capture Sandman. Of course, Liz does not take this too well. Meanwhile, Sandman starts to realize that he can't keep on the run and must hide out. As fate would have it, he decides Midtown High looks like a good place. Sandman barges into a classroom to hide. This classroom, however, is full of students getting a lecture from the principal. Sandman demands a diploma and threatens to teach the principal a lesson when the diploma demand is rejected. Peter, running errands in the hallway, overhears the dispute.

Peter quickly changes, and Spider-Man bursts in, knocking Sandman back. They battle it out before Spider-Man tricks Sandman into turning into sand and vacuums him up with an industrial vacuum cleaner. Spider-Man realizes that he should have gotten pictures for the Bugle, so he uses a bucket of sand and some acting to stage photos. Spider-Man hands the vacuum bag with Sandman in it to the police, while Jameson tries to convince the Captain to arrest Spider-Man as well. Spider-Man ducks back into the school and, after another quick costume change, bumps into Jameson as Peter and gives him the film of the Sandman battle. Peter finds Liz to let her know that he can still take her out, but she has made other plans with Flash. Flash makes one too many insults, and Peter finally has had enough and threatens to wipe the smile off Flash's face. Before he throws a punch, Peter realizes that his super-strength could seriously injure Flash. Peter lets him go and walks away, making everyone think he's chicken. As Peter walks home from school, he hears everyone agreeing with Jameson's opinions of Spider-Man. Alone in his room, Peter searches his soul for the reason he decided to be Spider-Man.

Appearing in "The Return of the Gorilla-Man"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #30

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  • Professor Stuyvesant

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  • Romanian Gendarmerie (Only in recap)
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  • Earth (Main story and recap)
    • Europe (Main story and recap)
      • Transylvania (Main story and recap)
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  • Personality Swap Device (Only in recap)

Synopsis for "The Return of the Gorilla-Man"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #30

Despite the end of the story in Tales to Astonish #28 seemingly indicating Gorilla-Man's mind regressing to that of a beast, in this issue Gorilla-Man's mental facility seems to be completely unimpaired. While locked in a cage at the zoo, a young boy throws a box of crayons at him and he uses the crayon to write a message promising a reward if the cage attendant will free him. The shocked zoo official opens the cage, and the wily gorilla quickly brushes him aside. He reasons that his old equipment will have been dismantled and thus he will need the help of another scientist to transfer back into a human body. When he reaches the estate, he burns his hands on the electric fence and can no longer write or speak, yet he manages to convey the impression to the scientist that he is intelligent. They put him through several tests before placing him into the back of a van and he hopes that he's being taken to a laboratory where his mind can be transferred, but what they want to use him for instead is to take the place of a human volunteer that would otherwise have to be sacrificed on a space capsule launch.

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