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Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 31


Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 31

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Quote1 But, I shall tolerate no further meddling by Spider-Man! Even he has not the power to stop me! Though he and I have met before, if he crosses my path again, our next encounter will be his last! Quote2
-- Master Planner

Appearing in "If This Be My Destiny...!"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:




  • Master Planner's helicopter

Synopsis for "If This Be My Destiny...!"Edit

Spider-Man is swinging around town when he notices a group of masked men escape by helicopter from a plant that produces atomic devices. As he swings on board and fights the men in the helicopter, they dump the stolen cargo into the water below. Spider-Man doesn't notice this as he’s assaulted by sleeping gas and has to swing out before he falls prey. As he looks underwater, the men and the gadgets have disappeared. Meanwhile, in a underwater base, a person sends a task force to retrieve the cargo from the water. Spider-Man leaves and goes to register for his first year of college. Peter comes home and Aunt May suddenly faints. After Dr. Bromwell visits, he decides to send her to the hospital. As Aunt May lies sick, Peter goes through with school but being in such a depressed state of affairs, gives everyone the cold shoulder including new classmates Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy. Unfortunately for Peter, everyone sees him as selfish because of his science scholarship. News at The Daily Bugle is slow so J. Jonah Jameson assigns Frederick Foswell to stir up a story and, disguised as Patch, finds out that nuclear devices are to be loaded on board a ship later that night. Unsure of the tip, Patch gives it to Spider-Man to investigate and as he arrives, he sees the same masked men from before. He fights them only briefly before they dive in the water. Spider-Man stops the theft (without pictures) and we learn that he has foiled the plans of someone called the Master Planner. The Master Planner is plotting his revenge as well as his research on an atomic ray in an underwater base. Meanwhile, two doctors finish up tests on Aunt May and come to the conclusion that she may not live much longer.

  • This story is reprinted in Marvel Masterworks #16.
  • In Steve Ditko's final year of work on Amazing Spider-Man, this is the only issue in which he is not given a plotter's credit. It is possible this was an oversight.
  • First appearance of Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn, 2 of the biggest characters in the series.
  • Credits:
    • Masterful script by: Stan Lee
    • Magnificent artwork by: Steve Ditko
    • Mellifluous lettering by: Sam Rosen

See AlsoEdit

  • None.


  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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