Appearing in "Preeeeeesenting...the Clown, and his Masters of Menace!"Edit
- Masters of Menace
- New York policemen
- Avengers (Mentioned)
- Doctor Henry Pym (Mentioned)
- Human Torch (Johnny Storm) (Mentioned)
- Doris Evans (Mentioned)
- United States of America
- Spider-Man's Suit
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Spider-Man's Spider-Signal
- Ringmaster's Hat
Synopsis for "Preeeeeesenting...the Clown, and his Masters of Menace!"Edit
This story is reprinted from Amazing Spider-Man #22.
Spider-Man pays a visit to the Ringmaster and his cronies giving them a warning and subtly placing a Spider-Tracer on the Ringmaster's hat before leaving. Seeing their current trick no longer works, the gang decides to give Ringmaster the heave-ho and elect the Clown as their new leader. Meanwhile, Betty Brant invites Peter to join her at an art exhibit that J. Jonah Jameson is sponsoring.
Outside though, the Clown and his cronies are breaking into rob the place, using the Cannonball to break down a door and the Clown distracting the art exhibit visitors. Peter recognizes the Clown from the Ringmaster's gang and Jameson sees Cannonball stealing a picture off the wall. While trying to stop the theft, Jameson gets knocked out cold by a headbutt from Cannonball. Spider-Man, not knowing the split-up of the gang, follows his Spider-Tracer to the Ringmaster to see him leaving a police station as an innocent man, but uses the Ringmaster's hat to hypnotize him and find out where the real crooks are. Yet, as the newly-named Masters of Menace celebrate their heist, Spider-Man finds them and while kept off balance manages to fight them all off.
One of the members, Princess Python runs away and Spider-Man tries to be a gentleman, not fighting a woman and instead pleads with her to surrender. While Spider-Man is knocked into her snake pit, the Ringmaster decides to get revenge and knocks the Clown out cold making his way out with the treasure. The Ringmaster is caught red-handed with paintings and the rest of the gang (including Princess Python) is rounded up by the police.
Appearing in "Giants Walk the Earth"Edit
- Executioner (Skurge)
- Skagg (Storm Giant) (Only appearance)
- Surtur the Fire Demon
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Giants Walk the Earth"Edit
This story is reprinted from Journey into Mystery #104.
This story starts out with Loki berating his underlings, the Enchantress and the Executioner, for not defeating Thor, claiming that his plan was "perfect." After he dismisses them, he talks to Odin, who is feeling troubled about his son Thor, who has fallen in love with a mortal, Jane Foster. Loki's advice to the Allfather is to go to Midgard and "assert your authority in person." This idea appeals to him, so he instills a little of the Odin Power into Loki, leaves him in charge of Asgard, and leaves for Earth.
On Earth, Dr. Blake sends his nurse Jane Foster home, to rest, because she is very tired after the encounter with the Enchantress and Executioner. After she leaves, Blake notices that is too quiet, and does a quick patrol of the city, for any more "telltale signs of danger."
In Asgard, Loki is relishing in his new power and vowing that he will never give up Odin's throne. In an effort to keep Odin from returning to Asgard, he uses his new power to free Odin's two most fearsome enemies ("they shall defeat Odin for me!"), Skagg (Storm Giant), and Surtur the Fire Demon. The loyal Heimdall hears the incantations, but since he cannot and will not leave his post, guarding the Rainbow Bridge, he sends for Balder the Brave, to go to Earth and alert Odin.
Balder quickly reaches Earth and finds Thor, giving him the message about Odin. Thor realizes that the only reason for his visit is to see his mortal, alter-ego of Dr. Don Blake. Thor enters Blake's office through the window and alerts his father to the danger that Loki has set loose. "Then, at a gesture from the monarch of Asgard's hand, the very fabric of time itself stands still, as the entire human race, under an irresistible spell is instantly transported to a dimension beyond the ken of the human mind!"
At the next moment, the foes that Loki summoned appear on Earth. Balder the Brave is the first to charge forth on his winged steed at the Storm Giant, and makes quick work of the ten-ton club with his Asgardian sword. Just as Thor is about to help, a firebolt strikes his hammer, throwing him off balance, and out of the fight for a moment. Odin steps in, saying, "no longer can I remain merely a witness . . . ", and causes the seabed beneath the Storm Giant's feet to soften, and Skagg starts to sink, calling on Surtur for help.
Once Skagg is saved from sinking, Surtur moves to destroy the deserted Earth by melting the polar ice caps, while Skagg creates a storm to distract the heroes. Thor begins the battle with Skagg while Odin, on his winged Battle Steed, places a protective barrier over the deserted city. Thor's attack weakens and stuns the Storm Giant, allowing Odin to use the magic of his "Shining Sword" to drain the evil power from him. Even though Loki tries to support Skagg from Asgard by replenishing his power, Odin is finally defeats him.
This effort weakens the Wise One, leaving Thor and Balder to take care of Surtur. Thor realizes that they "cannot reach him in time, [and] there are other ways to stop him!!" Since Surtur is an older immortal than Thor, and his hammer Mjolnir "might not prevail", he takes his father's magic sword, since "it is older than all" and "only his son can wield it!" Using the Odinpower, he draws Surtur away from the ice caps and Earth itself, toward a special asteroid made of "magnetic particles!" This holds Surtur in a magnetic pull "which will last for ages to come!"
With the threats to Earth neutralized, Odin leaves for Asgard once again, bidding Balder and Thor to join him for a well deserved rest. Thor declines, saying that Earth is his home now, and he shall remain there always. Once back in Asgard, Odin punishes the tricky Loki, sending him to "serve the trolls" until Odin sets him free. Odin muses over a foreboding of the future, that his son is the most worthy and brave in the universe, yet "his heart weakened by love!"
Appearing in "The Human Torch meets... Captain America"Edit
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Photo in vision)
Races and Species:
- "Captain America's" Aerial Platform
Synopsis for "The Human Torch meets... Captain America"Edit
This story is reprinted from Strange Tales #114.
After a training session with his sister, the Human Torch learns of an antique car show which boasts that Captain America will make an appearance. While there seeing his childhood idol, some thieves steal the box office receipts for the show, and Torch and Captain America manage to stop them, however Cap tells the Torch to go away, and steals all the glory.
Later that night "Cap" springs the crooks out of jail. When the Torch learns of this he goes after the criminals who admit that "Cap" planned the whole thing. After a chase across the city, the Torch manages to catch "Captain America" and unmasks him, revealing him to be the Torch's old foe the Acrobat. Afterwords, the Torch wonders what became of the real Captain America.
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