Appearing in "The Menace of... Mysterio!"Edit
- Peter Parker's High School Classmates
- New York Policemen
- United States of America
Synopsis for "The Menace of... Mysterio!"Edit
Reports of Spider-Man robbing various establishments at night hit the news, causing Peter to wonder if he's developed multiple personality disorder and goes on crimes sprees in his sleep as Spider-Man. He decides to go see a psychiatrist, however changes his mind about getting help as Spider-Man believing that it may compromise his secret identity.
Later, Peter goes to visit J. Jonah Jameson for a loan so that his Aunt May can make her mortgage payment on time. When there he snaps at Betty when she asks him why he hasn't taken any pictures recently, and Jameson rejects his request for a loan and tells him to go out and take more pictures. When Peter tries to find some crimes to photograph as Spider-Man, he only succeeds in getting an angry mob after him. Later at school Liz Allen tries to impress people with her new hair style, and she snubs Flash Thompson when he comments that her new look is so beautiful that he didn't recognize her.
Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, a new costumed being named Mysterio appears and tells Jameson that he's a crime fighter and that he will bring Spider-Man to justice. He vanishes in a puff of smoke and leaves a note for Jameson telling him to publish a challenge to Spider-Man to meet on the Brooklyn Bridge. Peter decides to meet this challenge, and is easily defeated by Mysterio who appears to have magical powers.
The next day Mysterio is heralded as a hero, and later when he appears at the Daily Bugle building for a photo opportunity with Jameson, Peter tags Mysterio with a Spider-Tracer finding him suspicious.
Tracking Mysterio to his base, Spider-Man is told by Mysterio that he is a special effects artist who has decided to turn his skills to crime and that he reproduced Spider-Man's abilities artificially in order to frame him for the crimes he committed. Spider-Man then reveals to Mysterio that he recorded the whole confession. A battle ensues, and Spider-Man uses his Spider-Sense to his advantage when Mysterio fills the room with smoke.
With Mysterio turned over to the police, Jameson realizes that he's been made a fool of again. However, when he finds that Parker has brought him pictures of Spider-Man's fight with Mysterio, his mood changes. Later Spider-Man pays another visit to Jameson and strings him up from his office's ceiling and mocks him for once again making a fool out of himself with his anti-Spider-Man press.
Appearing in "A God in Chains"Edit
- John Blandings (Only appearance) a Scientist
- Sylvia Blandings (Only appearance) (John's wife)
- Jane Foster
- Colonel Edward Harrison
- a ship
- a Bodavian plane
- a commercial airplane
Synopsis for "A God in Chains"Edit
Five scientists have apparently given up on the American way of life and have defected to Russia, causing the government to exercise grave concern. While in New York, Donald Blake decides to do something in his godly identity of Thor. As part of this plan, Blake travels to Washington D.C. where he meets Colonel Edwards Harrison of the US Army Intelligence and offers himself as bait for the Russians by reporting that he has come up with a new biological weapon. When asked why he wants to help, Blake makes up a story about how his lame leg prevented him from fighting in the Korean War and he wants to do something for his country to make up for it.
When the story about Blake's "discovery" hits the newswire, a Russian agent posing as a photographer for National Magazine visits Blake's office. As expected, the spy's camera is rigged to spray a will sapping gas that puts Donald in a hypnotic trance. The spy then has Blake write a similar defection letter and flies him to Russia where he is put in a cell with the other "defected" scientists.
When left alone in his cell, Donald taps his cane changing into Thor and easily breaks out of his cell. The Russian soldiers have rigged the dungeon with various traps, which Thor easily bypasses. However, the Russians get Thor at a stalemate when their commanding officer threatens to activate a self-destruct device that would destroy the dungeon and everyone in it, including the captured American scientists.
Forced to relinquish his hammer and be shackled in "electronically treated" chains that even Thor apparently cannot break out of, the Russian soldiers leave Thor unattended figuring that he is no longer a threat. As the 60 second time limit that Thor can be away from his hammer runs out, he changes back into Donald Blake, who is lithe enough to limber out of the shackles and recover his hammer changing back into Thor.
The Thunder God then frees the captured American scientists and then gets the drop on his Russian captors and easily destroy their dungeon. Reverting back into Donald Blake, Thor joins the scientists as they smuggle themselves out of the country and are shipped back home to America. Later, Donald recounts the tale (while keeping his identity of Thor secret) to Jane, who once more moons over Thor, leaving Donald Blake to wonder if the woman he loved could ever love him as Donald Blake, and not Thor.
- Due to the time when Journey into Mystery was written, the enemy was originally the Soviet Union these have been retconned in the Marvel UK reprints to be the fictional state of Bodavia.
- This issue also contained Spider-Man's Science Session where Spider-Man gives facts about the Black Widow Spider.
- No trivia.
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