Appearing in "The Claws of the Cat!"
- Aunt May
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Flash Thompson
- Liz Allan
Races and Species:
- United States of America
Synopsis for "The Claws of the Cat!"
Betty is slowly getting better and Aunt May sounds better, so Spider-Man decides to prowl around the city. He doesn't notice a man scaling a building who calls himself Cat Burglar breaking into an apartment. He breaks a safe open and leaves unnoticed. The apartment belongs to J. Jonah Jameson, who puts a reward of $1,000 for his capture. While swinging around, Spider-Man learns of the reward and goes to Jameson to antagonize and tease him. Jameson, so fearful of paying Spider-Man, assigns Frederick Foswell to find the Cat first.
As Peter Parker goes out, he runs into Liz Allan who is in a hurry and tells Peter that Flash Thompson has been following her trying to learn where she works. Peter stalls Flash and then misdirects him. Peter is still concerned about Betty and calls to meet her. She drops a bombshell saying that Ned has proposed to her. Peter is ready to tell her about Spider-Man when she explains that she wants a stable home life without excitement and danger that an adventurer or a hero like Spider-Man would have. Peter, hurt by her subtle rejection of him leaves her in tears when he storms out. Though Peter returns home, Betty calls so much that he realizes he must clear his head and go out and fight crime.
As he does, police have cornered the Cat Burglar and Spider-Man makes the chase. The Cat gets Spider-Man off balance and tries to bring a water tower crashing down on him. As he flees, the police corner him on the roof, and he throws a smoke grenade to hide inside a chimney where they eventually arrest him. Peter is dejected and cuts short any attempt at conversation by Betty as he sells more pictures to Jameson.
Appearing in "The Thunder God Strikes Back"
Synopsis for "The Thunder God Strikes Back"
In the last issue, Thor had chased Mr. Hyde and the Cobra into a "Heavy Machine Show" that exhibited various large devices, one of which Cobra had used to grab Thor's hammer. This issue picks up mere moments after last issue's story, where Thor's 60-second time limit is rapidly running out. Causing a quick distraction, Thor hides in the fleeing crowd of bystanders, just as he is forced to change into Dr. Blake. As police surround the show building, Blake is unable to retrieve his walking stick from the machine, and thus cannot change back into Thor. When Mr. Hyde threatens to attack the crowd if Thor doesn't reappear, Blake offers to find Thor for them, if they will retrieve his walking stick from the machine.
When the Cobra fails to retrieve it, Mr. Hyde rips open the machine and gives Blake his cane. Blake charges into the crowd again, and uses their fleeing panic for cover as he changes back into Thor.
During his battle against both the Cobra and Mr. Hyde, the police storm the building, just as Thor has his foes on the ropes. Mr. Hyde escapes by changing into his alter ego of Calvin Zabo. After the Cobra is apprehended by the police, Thor searches for Mr. Hyde, little knowing that Hyde (as Zabo) is following him.
Zabo changes back into his guise of Mr. Hyde and attacks Thor when he least expects it, knocking Thor's hammer from his hand. Thor decides that he can defeat Mr. Hyde with his bare hands before the 60-second limit on his powers runs out. Thor takes advantage of Mr. Hyde's temper to defeat him, and then turns him over to the police.
Changing back to Donald Blake, Thor returns to his office to spend time with Jane Foster. Jane storms out on Blake, after hearing on television the story of how Blake "betrayed" Thor, by "aiding" Mr. Hyde and the Cobra. Slamming the door behind her, Foster leaves Blake wondering about the price he paid in order to defeat his foes.
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