Appearing in "To Serve and Protect?"Edit
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Appears in flashback and main story)
- Scorcher (Steven Hudak) (First appearance)
- Strike squad
- Burglar (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) (Only in flashback)
- Vulture (Adrian Toomes) (Only in flashback)
- Lizard (Curt Connors) (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) (Only in flashback)
- Sandman (Flint Marko) (Mentioned)
- Human Torch (Johnny Storm) (Mentioned)
- Uncle Ben (Only in flashback)
- Gwen Stacy (In a photograph only)
- N.Y.P.D. officers
- Norman Osborn (Appears in shadow only)
- Dr. Bromfield (Mentioned)
- Patrol cars
Synopsis for "To Serve and Protect?"Edit
This series about the early years of Spider-Man kicks off when a teenage Peter Parker, after hearing of a new criminal named the Scorcher, decides this would be a good opportunity to get some pictures he could sell to the Daily Bugle. The Scorcher (who has been stealing electronics plans from various companies and also possesses a state-of-the-art flame-throwing device) spots Spider-Man, and he and his henchmen turn their attentions to getting rid of the wall-crawler. During the battle a crowd gathers and, having been manipulated by J. Jonah Jameson's editorials in the Daily Bugle, assume Spider-Man is at fault. Some members of the crowd even try to attack him, and by the time Spidey gets back up to the scene of the fight the Scorcher and his strike squad are gone.
Peter thinks back on all the problems in his life as of late (the bills that Aunt May can not pay, the kids at school who would not leave him alone, and J. Jonah Jameson's borderline-libelous headlines), and wonders how his life got to be this way. Things almost make a turn for the better when Peter tries to ask out Betty Brant, but he is interrupted by the announcement that there is now a warrant out for Spider-Man's arrest. This, however, gives Peter an idea.
As Spider-Man, he swings over to a local police station, and there tells George Stacy that he would like to be a police officer. Captain Stacy tells Spidey that this would not work. After the web-swinger leaves, Stacy gets an idea of his own. He calls his sergeant to bring him the file on Spider-Man, as well as the file on the murder of Ben Parker.
Hearing a radio call that the police are in pursuit of the Scorcher, Spider-Man once again swings into action. From his high vantage point, he can see that the cops have tracked the Scorcher to a warehouse where he had intended to meet his boss and hand over the plans he stole. After a brief battle, Spider-Man defeats the Scorcher and his henchmen, and takes the Scorcher to the police. Expecting gratitude, Spider-Man is instead ridiculed for ruining the policemen's strategy. The police had intentionally left an opening for Scorcher to get away, as they expected him to lead the police to whoever the Scorcher was working for. Because of Spider-Man's interference, the Scorcher is in custody but his boss is still on the loose. As the cops continue to harangue Spider-Man, Norman Osborn hides in the shadows of a building labeled Osborn Chemical Inc, now holding the plans which the Scorcher was to have delivered.
- Aunt May mistakenly refers to Dr. Bromwell as Dr. Bromfield in this issue.
- This issue is part of a Marvel "flip book" which also contains Fantastic Four: Unplugged #1.
- There is a message to the readers from assistant editor Glenn Greenberg about Untold Tales, located in what will become the letters page. This page also features cover reproductions of the next two issues.
- No trivia.
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