Appearing in "Face-to-Face with The Lizard!"Edit
- Aunt May
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Flash Thompson
- Liz Allan
- Martha Connors (First appearance)
- Billy Connors (First appearance)
- The Lizard (Curt Connors) (Origin revealed) (First appearance)
- United States of America
- Spider-Man's Suit
- Spider-Man's Spider-Signal
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Daily Bugle Newspaper
- Connors Formula (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Face-to-Face with The Lizard!"Edit
This story is reprinted from Amazing Spider-Man #6.
When reports of a humanoid-lizard (naturally dubbed "The Lizard") come out of Florida, Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson issues a challenge to Spider-Man: Defeat the Lizard. Hearing about this, Peter goes to see what Jameson's intentions are. He learns that Jameson only issued the challenge to sell more papers.
Later, while at the Natural History Museum with his classmates, Peter takes express interest in the lizard exhibits. When crooks try to rob the museum and take Liz Allan hostage, Peter slips away and changes into Spider-Man and comes to her rescue. Hearing another report of an attack by the Lizard in Florida, Peter decides to take Jameson's challenge. As Spider-Man, Peter pays Jameson a visit to take him up on his challenge, in the hopes that he'd send Peter Parker to Florida to take pictures of the event. The plot works, however it backfires ever so slightly: Jameson himself is going to accompany the boy in order to supervise him.
When they arrive in Florida, Peter makes an excuse of needing to buy film for his camera to get away from Jameson. As Spider-Man, Peter checks out his only lead: Curtis Connors, a resident expert on lizards. However, when he arrives at the Connors home, Spider-Man learns from Curt's wife that her husband is the Lizard: He was trying to find a way to allow humans to grow back limbs. Since Connors had lost his arm in the war, he used himself as a guinea pig on the project. While his arm grew back, the side effects of the serum he created caused him to transform into the Lizard.
The Lizard then attacks the Connors home, and Spider-Man defends them. He then works in Connors' lab to create an antidote for the serum, in the hopes that it can change Connors back to normal. Going into the swamp to find the Lizard, he finds him and his army of obedient reptiles in an old castle. Setting up his camera to take pictures, Spider-Man battles the Lizard and eventually slips him the antidote which changes the Lizard back into his human form.
Connors thanks Spider-Man for his help, and they all decide to keep mum about the fact that Connors was the Lizard, as he had no control over what he did while in that form. Returning to a furious Jameson as Peter Parker, when Peter offers him the pictures (Which he said he bought off a local) Jameson dismisses them as fakes and tears them up. He then tells Parker that this dud of a trip is coming out of his future pay.
Returning back to New York, Peter tries his luck getting a date with Liz Allan, which ends with her hanging up on him because she is expecting a call from that dreamy Spider-Man. As a round-up to his adventure to Florida, Peter sends Jameson a mocking letter to the Bugle.
Appearing in "The Human Torch"Edit
- Johnny's school friends
- Charles Stanton's secretary
- Amusement park owner
- US Navy soldiers
- Fantastic Four (Only in flashback)
- Communist Submarine
Synopsis for "The Human Torch"Edit
This story is reprinted from Strange Tales #101.
Johnny Storm and his sister Sue have taken up residence in Glenville, New York, where nobody is aware that they are members of the Fantastic Four. The town has recently begun construction of a new amusement park which has been the target of sabotage, by somebody who has also been sending threatening letters to the local newspaper, calling himself the Destroyer.
Johnny, as the Human Torch, decides to get to the bottom of things and find out why this is happening. He foils a number of acts of sabotage and saves people from getting hurt. His efforts netted him a challenge being issued by the Destroyer through the newspaper. When the Thing arrives to give the Torch some help thinking that Johnny is in over his head, the Torch refuses.
Going to the meeting place, a cabin in the woods, the Torch has his flame doused with a bucket of water and is easily duped by the Destroyer who manages to escape. Johnny later decides to see why the Destroyer is targeting the amusement park. Upon closer inspection, he finds that there is a Soviet submarine off the coast. With the help of the US military, he captures the spies, and the Torch learns the hide out of the Destroyer.
The Torch easily defeats the Destroyer this time and reveals him to be Charles Stanton, editor of the newspaper company which published the Destroyer's letters. He was working for a newspaper to learn what he could about the goings on in America to report back to his superiors, and he targeted the amusement park because its construction near the waterway would have made the Soviet sub visible to others.
Appearing in "The Mighty Thor vs. The Executioner"Edit
- Executioner (San Diablo Dictator) (Only appearance; dies)
- Stone Men from Saturn (Recap)
- Mrs. Jones (patient) (First appearance)
- South America
- North America
- Norway (Recap)
- Dr. Blake's car
- Communist jet fighters
- an "American ship of mercy"
- Communist tanks
Synopsis for "The Mighty Thor vs. The Executioner"Edit
This story is reprinted from Journey into Mystery #84.
While Blake is in Europe, a revolution starts in San Diablo between a Communist faction and a democratic faction. Because of the fighting, there is a shortage of medical help in San Diablo, and several American doctors, including Dr. Donald Blake (with his trusty sidekick, nurse Jane Foster), agree to go there to help. However, the evil Executioner, leader of the Communist faction, does not want the peasants to be treated. He wants them to remain ill so that they will be too weak to oppose the Communists. He sends five fighter planes to blow up the ship carrying the doctors and medical supplies from America. Blake turns into Thor and destroys the planes, which prompts the Executioner to send the commander of the pilots to the firing squad.
The Executioner then sends his armed forces to hunt down and kill the doctors. Thor fights off all attackers, but the soldiers capture Jane Foster, forcing Thor to stop his attack. The Communists fawn over Jane, until Blake arrives, demanding her release. Angered over Blake's commands, The Executioner steals his walking stick and orders Blake in front of the firing squad. However, Blake goads the Executioner into fighting him man to man, snatches back his stick, and transforms into Thor. As Thor fights off the attacking communists, the army of the democratic faction arrives, causing the Communists to flee. Realizing his defeat is imminent, the Executioner steals the gold from the treasury and attempts to flee. The other Communists recognize him as a traitor and place him in front of their own firing squad. They then realize that the Americans were their friends all along, and the war comes to an end. Blake then treats and cures all of the sick peasants, and no one suspects any connection between he and Thor. Jane, however, wishes Donald could be as handsome and brave as the super-hero.
Appearing in "Betrayed By the Ants!"Edit
- Egghead (Elihas Starr) (First appearance)
- New York Policemen
- US Government Atomic Energy Board
Synopsis for "Betrayed By the Ants!"Edit
This story is reprinted from Tales to Astonish #38.
A group of mobsters, afraid to commit crimes in fear of getting captured by Ant-Man come to the realization that they don't have the intelligence to defeat their foe. Days later they learn of a scientist known as "Egghead" who was discharged from the U.S. Government Atomic Energy Board under allegations that he was selling government secrets to the highest bidder. The mobsters then hire Egghead to find a way to defeat Ant-Man. Egghead agrees to do so for the price of ten grand.
Egghead begins by learning everything he can about ants and constructing a device that could communicate with ants via electrical impulses (much like Ant-Man's helmet). Using this device on a nearby ant hill, Egghead commands the ants there to lure Ant-Man into a trap that he has set for the hero.
Returning to the mobsters' hide out, he reveals to them that he plans on trapping Ant-Man on fly paper and tells them that while Ant-Man is being lured to the trap they can conduct the jewel heist they were planning.
Ant-Man, being led to the scene of the crime by his ants, is blown into a box lined with fly paper by Egghead using a bellows. Surprisingly, Ant-Man is not stuck on the paper and uses spring-loaded boots to hop out of the trap and attack the mobsters, whom he easily defeats with his human sized strength.
While the crooks are distracted, Ant-Man commands his ants to trap them by dropping a large sheet of fly paper that the ants carried up the ceiling and dropped on them from overhead. The escaping crooks find that their getaway vehicle has had the tires flattened and the keys stolen and are quickly rounded up by the police. Egghead manages to escape.
Overhearing Ant-Man's explanation to the police, Egghead learns that the ants did not betray Ant-Man and told him of Egghead's plot, allowing him to prepare for the trap by instructing his ants to sabotage the crooks' escape car and having the necessary equipment to overcome Egghead's traps.
Although Egghead escapes, his defeat causes him to go into hiding until he finally becomes a rambling derelict in a Bowery flophouse.
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