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Appearing in "The Coming of the Scorpion! OR: Spidey Battles Scorpey!"Edit

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #20.

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Synopsis for "The Coming of the Scorpion! OR: Spidey Battles Scorpey!"Edit

As Peter walks home from school, his Spider-Sense tells him that someone is following him home and he tries to figure out who, but comes up empty. Meanwhile J. Jonah Jameson is at The Daily Bugle and sees an article about a scientist who can create artificial mutations in animals. Jameson realizes he can use this to get rid of Spider-Man. We learn that the person following Peter actually is private investigator Mac Gargan, hired by J. Jonah Jameson to figure how he gets pictures of Spider-Man. Both Gargan and Jameson visit the laboratory of Dr. Farley Stillwell as Jameson offers the doctor $10,000 to mutate Mac Gargan stronger than Spider-Man. After the transformation, the doctor outfits Mac with a scorpion outfit, complete with an incredibly deadly tail. As Spider-Man decides to revisit The Daily Bugle to investigate, as he leaves, he's attacked by Scorpion. Back at the lab, we see Dr. Stillwell realizing the awful mistake he's made, and figures out that Mac Gargan will lose himself and become more evil as time goes on. Spider-Man and Scorpion are fighting, and Spider-Man gets his own webbing thrown back at him and lays defeated. Scorpion elated with his victory, defies Jameson and runs away to start his money-making crime spree. Dr. Stillwell catches up with Scorpion and tries to cure him , and in desperation climbs up a building after him but loses his grip and falls to his death. Scorpion and Spider-Man continue to trade blows when Spider-Man gets knocked down again and hears Betty Brant scream. Scorpion knows that J. Jonah Jameson is the only person alive to know his true identity and realizes he must kill him as well. Spider-Man defeats Scorpion but J. Jonah Jameson comes out as the hero for catching Scorpion in his office with no one knowing his true origin.

Appearing in "Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin!"Edit

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #96.

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Synopsis for "Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin!"Edit

Thor overheard a shore crew state that they are unloading the sarcophagus of the legendary Merlin. He wonders what it would be like if Merlin were alive today. Then entering his office window, Thor returns to his identity of Dr Don Blake. He emerges from his office to be scolded by his nurse Jane Foster because he has been ignoring his patients for over an hour. He can not tell her he was busy saving a bus load of people who fell off a bridge into the river.

At the museum, Merlin's sarcophagus is opened to reveal his body still in perfect condition. As soon as the workers leave, Merlin awakens and recalls how he use to use his mutant powers of telepathy, levitation and teleportation to fake magic. Reading a newspaper he learns of missile test at Cape D'or and uses his powers to send the missile off course.

Alerted by a radio broadcast, Thor arrives and corrects the missile's course. He then goes to Asgard to see if the imprisoned Loki is behind the mishap. Loki reveals that Merlin is the one responsible. Thor heads to the museum to check out Loki's claim.

But Merlin has teleported himself to Washington DC, where enters the White House to try to take the country from President Kennedy. Thor arrives, and a battle follows with Merlin using the Washington Monument as a super-lance and animated the statue from the Lincoln Memorial.

Their powers evenly matched, Thor decides to take a gamble. He strikes his hammer, returning to the form of Blake. He then convinces Merlin that he is a shape shifter and able to became thousands of more powerful forms. He orders Merlin to return to his sarcophagus for another 1000 years.

Later, in the operating room, Jane comments that when it comes to the operating table, Dr Blake is a magician.




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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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