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Quote1 Years from now, school children will be taught to remember this date! For it marks the birth of... the supremely powerful beetle! Quote2
Beetle (Abner Jenkins)

Appearing in "The Birth of the Beetle!"

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Synopsis for "The Birth of the Beetle!"

On the way to take the girls out to the World's Fair, the Thing and Human Torch soon find themselves dealing with a new costumed villain known as the Beetle: A disenfranchised inventor who wishes to make it rich the easy way. Thwarting the Beetle's thefts, and battling him on the World's Fair playground, the two heroes eventually defeat the Beetle and turn him over to the authorities.

Appearing in "The Challenge of Loki!"

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Synopsis for "The Challenge of Loki!"

In order to get control of Thor's hammer, Loki tricks Doctor Strange into believing that Loki is a helpless prisoner of the "evil" Thor, and the only way to free him is by gaining control of Thor's hammer. Using a spell to draw Thor's hammer to him, Loki reveals his ruse before the hammer can get to them. Canceling the spell and having Thor track its path to his Sanctum, Doctor Strange attempts to fight off Loki. Loki proves to be more adept at magic than Strange; however, Loki is forced to retreat when he sees that Thor is on his way. With Loki gone, Thor continues on his merry way, unaware of the plot against him that almost succeeded.

Appearing in "Strange Mission"

Reprint of the 5th story from
Mystery Tales #45

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Synopsis for "Strange Mission"

Reprint of the 5th story from
Mystery Tales #45

A man with with a toothache mistakes the office of a space scientist for a dentist and ends up discovering a new planet.

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  • "Strange Mission" reprint text story is broken up between this issue and last issue.

Chronology Notes[]

The Birth of the Beetle!

  • This story states that it is taking place during the 1964 New York World's Fair; however, this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  • This story features cameo appearances by Stan Lee and Carl Burgos. Unlike most real life people, Marvel Comics creators are exempt from the Sliding Timescale and appear in the prime of their lives. This creates some difficult continuity on the sake of Carl Burgos, who last appeared in Marvel Mystery Comics #34 as an artist working for Timely Comics in the 1940s. How Burgos could still be depicted in this story as being young and vital in light of the Sliding Timescale rules are not explained.

The Challenge of Loki!

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The Birth of the Beetle! Events in this story occur behind the scenes that affect the chronology of the following characters:

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