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162: Amazing Spider-Man #11 (v1)

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Amazing Spider-Man #11 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1964
Release Date: January 1964
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Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.12
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After serving his prison term Doctor Otto Octavius has been released! Meanwhile Peter Parker is dealing with his feelings over the disappearance of Betty Brant. Will this affect him as Spider-man when he may have to stop Doctor Octopus for the second time?!
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Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Strange Tales #119a (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1).
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  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #10 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1).
  Betty Brant
Betty Brant last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #10 (v1). Betty Brant next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1).
  Bennett Brant
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This is the first appearance by Bennett Brant in the mainstream continuity. Bennett Brant next appears in Venom #2 (v2).
  Doctor Octopus
Doctor Octopus last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). Doctor Octopus next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1).
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NYPD last appeared in Strange Tales #119b (v1). NYPD next appears in Daredevil #1 (v1).
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Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #10 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1).
Doctor Octopus' Tentacles
Doctor Octopus' Tentacles last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). Doctor Octopus' Tentacles next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1).
Spider-Tracer next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1).
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   April 21, 2014
This is how comic book deaths of the Sixties worked. Re-tread a character history, adding some bit character that is troubled. Then, that character is accidentally killed by the end of the comic book - either SAVING the hero, or the hero making a mistake. This example is the latter.

I love comics - but this is overhashed. Dr. Octopus is a great character, but he's almost relegated to the sidelines here -getting helped from a silly villain, and making some crazed trust.

WHY do we focus on these sideline characters? No idea.
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  juanito Says:    
  2011-10-24 15:10:23  
  Spiderman - Marvel's series with the best outline and development of it's supercharacter. Doc Octopus is one of Spidey's best villains.  

  Shark Says:    
  2011-10-25 17:14:48  
  Such a cold ending, but the thrill that goes before and during the action scene in the boat is well worthy! The way Spiderman develops his personality with every plot, priceless.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-25 22:36:19  
  King of Crime King of Crime…doesn’t any criminal want anything original?

Not the best Spidey issue, but definitely better than the last one.b

  fragsel Says:    
  2011-12-23 01:02:18  
  What is wrong with Earth-616 penal system? They keep releasing those criminals after only months of prison (First EEL, Now Octopus). No wonder Frank Castle had to take matters in his own hands.  

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-06-27 06:42:35  
  Welcome to the 60's, back when "dramatic" was a compliment.

When will Stan Lee learn that women do not always faint under pressure?

Is it just me or did Octopus' shirt change color?

But anyway, Doc Oc is one of the best Spidey villains so far, and this issue was pretty good.

  Safis Says:    
  2012-07-02 11:57:26  
  WOW... just wow. This issue blew me away. The characterization, the plot, the drama, the action, the art, heck, even the writing was better this time around. Definitely one of Spider-Man's best stories so far.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2012-07-30 05:03:19  
  Ah, I see why Spider-man wasn't in on the Hulk action in the previous FF issues... he was in Philadelphia!

Anyway, I really like that last panel.m

  saschavikos Says:    
  2012-08-10 13:17:54  
  first spider tracer. awesome  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-09-16 01:31:35  
  Great Spider-Man issue yet again, which isn't a huge surprise. Doc Ock is my favorite villain from Spider-Man's early rogue gallery so it's nice to see him again. But seriously, isn't Betty at least a tad suspicious of the fact both Peter and Spider-Man just happen to be in Philadelphia at the same time?  

  pik.asso Says:    
  2012-09-20 15:16:40  
  Wow! Did I count wrong or is this the first person, who actually DIES in a Marvel comic?! coooool!  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-24 18:57:49  
  I never get tired of thugs named "Blackie."

Doc Ock bitch slapping Bennett was pure joy.

Betty blaming Spidey for Bennett's death was really dumb, and a perfect example of Stan trying to create BS, unearned drama. Glad she at least admitted she was wrong about that at the end of the story.

  Bob Says:    
  2012-11-21 00:04:32  
  LOL @ "Didn't notice that rope". It has the size of a truck-wheel...

Also the tracking device seemed rather pointless after finding the map and then searching the area first from air and then wandering around.

And nice conclusion with Betty and her secret established in an earlier issue. I think the panel with Doc meeting with Betty was the first real [needles to say: positive-)'wtf'-moment of The Order.

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-02-19 10:49:17  
  @pic.aso - Nope, Uncle Ben was before this  

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-03-28 11:40:26  
  A Doc issue without a bitch slap is like a day without sunshine.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-30 19:02:53  
  Solid issue. With the time scale of these stories, Doc Ock couldn't have spent more than a month in prison with a trial and all. Spidey inadvertently gets one of his girl's relatives killed. I'm sure that's a one-in-a-million instance we won't see again. 'wink, wink"  

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2013-07-31 01:49:50  
  Interesting development of Betty's character. I wonder if she'll be on J.J.J.'s side of hating Spidey in subsequent issues.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2013-08-06 19:54:45  
  Sooo much melodrama in this one. Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of Days of our Spider-man!  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-13 06:29:59  
  Really enjoyed this issue/ S-M and his supporting cast are developing nicely issue by issue.

Nice to see a sublot continued across issues.

The Doc Ock/S-M fight chase sequence was well done and quick thrilling.

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-12-12 11:09:26  
  Really good issue once again... It's cool that the stories continues develloping on Betty Brant. Doc Ock is a great villain too. And it's also cool how Spidey was ready to tell his secret to someone just not to be able... the art was awersome especially the last panel  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-01-01 20:53:54  
  Introduction of the Spidey Tracer!!! Decent little story. It seems Spidey just can't beat Doc Ock in a fight. Doc Ock is a lot tougher then I thought.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-01-29 05:21:52  
  An enjoyable issue. I like the twist in Betty and Peter's relationship.  

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-03-03 19:11:27  
  @pik.asso @Robareid Also: both the squadron commander and The Executioner in JiM #84, and Professor Zaxton in JiM #95. The latter one is REALLY startling, because Thor "disposes of the body" before going back to rescue Jane Foster.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-03-20 05:59:09  
  4 stars for the return of Doc Oct!

Cover Me - The way Doc Oct looks on the cover; Spidey could easily distract him with a Twinkie!

Bug - I think in later issues; Spidey doesn't need the receiver; in that his Spider-Sense picks up the tracer.

Nervous Tic - Notice how one of Doc Oct tentacles is always messing with a button?

Dick Tracy - Is that Pruneface working for Blackie?

Objectivism - Ditko does it again! What a great fight scene on the ol'dingy tramp steamer!

'Nuff Said - "No masked adventurer dictates the law while I'm warden here!"-The Warden

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-04-27 21:23:41  
  1. Parker's carrying a king-sized torch for Brant....that's a euphemism right?
2. The one time that a magnet would make sense and Stan goes with adhesive
3. Very deep development on Brant...its good to see a supporting character getting an interesting background story.
4. Excellent fight on the boat with a good dramatic twist...not your usual slug-fest
5. Good stuff...4 stars

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-05-15 21:57:28  
  Nice to see Doc Ock back in action, and once again he bitch-slaps some dude in the face. That should be his signature move in every appearance.  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-01-24 01:07:49  
  Second appearance of Otto. Classic and quite good.  

  Big Frank T Says:    
  2015-03-14 09:03:25  
  This could've been my favorite book of the order so far. Impressed!  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-11-07 14:40:31  
  Looks like Doc Ock was going to add Rapist to his moniker after that apartment encounter with Betty  

  Carlo @ pik.asso (original post):    
  2015-11-16 21:51:16  
  Junior Juniper previously died in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, but Sgt. Fury isn't part of the Order.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-12-03 12:13:50  
  Best plot, best action, and the darkest story in the order so far. Fantastic.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-24 12:41:06  
  Doc Ock was at it again but this time even darker!  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-26 09:59:30  
  Good comic all around, and definitely still enjoying Spider-man more than the other comics in the order. Good character development, good story and plot development, Ditko on art.

He didn't seem quite as smart as his previous encounter with Spidey though. Seemed much more evenly matched (whereas he was easily smarter in the previous).

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-04-24 11:34:38  
  • That’s my line – “Anyway, you might find it kind of tough keeping up with Spider-Man in the next few days!” (Peter to Aunt May)

  • Spider-Tracer, yay! This is one of the first time transistors are used exactly as they should. Stan could have even made the tracking device “magnetic”, and it would have been even better. So why “adhesive”, Stan?

  • As a non-American, it never occurred to me that Philadelphia actually means “brotherly love”, so thank you Stan for making me look!

  • Call me crazy, but I was really moved to see Aunt May back on her feet!

  • In terms of artwork, I’m still disappointed in the human proportions of the characters. However it was nice and fresh to set the story in Philadelphia with a notably different urban décor. And some of the action panels were plain excellent.

  • With all the bad experience we had with cliffhangers and mini story arcs, I considerably lowered my expectations with the Betty Brant subplot. Yet this time, Stan surprised me and wrote a very decent conclusion to the intrigue. OK, it‘s not a great intrigue, but compared to what we’re used to, it’s quite an improvement. C’mon! Who wasn’t surprised to see Betty with Doc Ock? Because they are not just Bad-Guy-of-the-Month oriented, Spidey really has the best stories in the order right now. 5 stars!

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2016-04-29 02:53:55  
  None but Stan Lee could have written the epic tale!

None but Steve Ditko could have drawn such gripping scenes!

Lettered by S. Rosen


  StrictSnow @ StrictSnow (original post):    
  2016-04-29 02:55:24  
  Also the first period so far that I've seen.  

  Calion @ Dark_Knight93 (original post):    
  2016-06-01 21:16:18  
  >isn't Betty at least a tad suspicious of the fact both Peter and Spider-Man just happen to be in Philadelphia at the same time?

Why? Peter's there for her, Spidey's there for Doc Ock. Makes perfect sense.

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-01 21:20:57  
  1. Prison terms in the Marvel Universe work on Reverse Marvel Time.
2. P. 2, panel 5: What is his web attached to? A passing helicopter?
3. Um…"full prison term" and "time off for good behavior" don't go together.
4. It takes a few minutes to go from his house in Queens to the airport, buy tickets, board a plane, and fly to Philly? Aah, the good old days…
5. "I've got enough on you to send you back for a long, long time!" Only if you testify, Spidey ol' pal, which you won't.

How are these always so much better than everything else? Not perfect, no, but so darned good, with weaknesses, actual suspense, character development, and pathos. Loved the classic final panel.

  Johnny Darkness @ Calion (original post):    
  2016-06-02 02:34:56  
  Calion, I've been enjoying your comments!  

  RobinHoodMtl @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2016-07-11 15:36:57  
  Cover Me - The way Doc Oct looks on the cover; Spidey could easily distract him with a Twinkie!

I guess we could call that a litteral 'Twinkie defense'!

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-11-01 21:27:39  
  The introduction of the spider tracer. Doc Ock is back. He becomes one of my favorite villains when the Sinister Six forms.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-14 19:08:05  
  Spidey's first two-parter absolutely blows the proverbial storytelling doors right *off* this series, earning it the magazine cover sobriquet "Amazing" for good and for all!

If there'd been any doubt beforehand, this thriller settles the question once and for all: with the villainous Doctor Octopus, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko have well and truly captured lightning in a bottle. The character simply dominates every scene he's in, even while simply standing menacingly off to one side. The writer/artist pairing also did admirable work in fleshing out Bennett Brant, rendering his here-he-is-and-there-he-goes appearance an almost achingly sympathetic one.

Five stars. Not even debatable.

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-18 10:08:40  
  5 stars, one of the top stories to date. Art, inking, and color feels like it's 1974, not 1964.

What a sad story!

For those questioning Doc Ock's release date, there is no sliding time scale, it's real time. There are time gaps between issues.

  UncannyAddiction Says:    
  2018-02-01 06:35:44  
  Great story but I just have to say, Spidey has a weak ankle.  

  Calion @ Johnny Darkness (original post):    
  2018-03-27 08:00:58  
  Well, darnit, now I have to go back and comment on all those comics I neglected.  

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Dear Stan and Steve,

      In all my days of comic buying, I have never beheld a finer edition of any comic than SPIDER-MAN #8. Wow, what a way to kick off the 1964 season of comics. I can say that if all the rest of your different publications are at least half as good in story, plot, art and quality as this issue, then you can call all your mags what you call the FF . . . the greatest comic magazines in the world! What a list of surprises you've dumped on us poor unsuspecting fans. First we see Spider-Man battle a menace with no heart, feelings, or sense of justice. Just one mass of walking brain. You go on to present that classic event . . . the inevitable fight between Flash Thompson and Peter Parker. And while he didn't give his secret identity away, he still had the satisfaction of having beaten Flash. The way this was presented was brainpower . . . one thing that your company is famous for. But do you stop here? No! You go on with yet another shocker . . . another classic meeting between our hero and the Torch. Well, if this isn't the best issue you can come up with, I surely don't know what is. But as we all know, this issue is just another average example of why the MARVEL AGE OF COMICS is here!

Paul Feola
1050 Waverly Ave.
San Antonio 1, Texas

Paul, you took the words right out of our mouths!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      I just bought SPIDER-MAN #7 and I find it greater than ever! My Mom and Dad do not approve of most comics sold today, but they heartily approve of all of your comics. Did you ever consider putting Spider-Man in the AVENGERS book?

Richy Mastro
329 Hamilton St.
Bound Brook, N. J.

Sure! In fact, we've considered putting him everywhere from MODELING WITH MILLIE to THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      How do you do it? I have just finished reading the latest SPIDER-MAN and I am puzzled. You guys keep going great. I have read every issue of SPIDER-MAN except #1 and this tops them all. It was absolutely great! The art has never been better; the plot of the story was one of the best I have ever read. How Stan thinks of a different plot for every story is beyond me.

Jeff Brenner
8648 Balboa Drive
Cincinnati 31, Ohio

You say that Stan makes up these plots?? Good heavens! He almost had us convinced the stories were TRUE!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8 was certainly a change (for the worse.) The whole story takes place in a school and I do not think that is fair, for the artist cannot show his talent. When I first saw Steve Ditko's art I did not like it, but now I think it's pretty good. But I still like Jack Kirby's art the best. The cover of SPIDER-MAN #8 was poorly done (but it was better than I could do!). The yellow color made it look cheap. I think the insignia of Spider-Man at the top of the cover should show him standing. In my last letter to you I asked you if you would print my letter saying I wanted to start a Spider-Man Fan Club. In a nice round-about way you said "no" (but nicely). But I still want to start a club! I liked the F. F. #22 very much. I also liked the Invisible Girl's newly discovered powers. I would like to see the F. F. travel in time again soon (like they did in #19). TALES OF SUSPENSE #40 was pretty good, but I would like to see your heroes fighting villains - not themselves! JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #99 was good. But when Mr. Hyde pushed Dr. Blake out of the window and he stamped his hammer on the building wall, didn't anybody see him change into Thor? I do not like the two-part stories you have started publishing. If I wanted a continuous story, I would read the comics in the paper - for free! I do not like the Tales of Asgard. I cannot understand anything that is going on!

Joseph Shea
114 Arbour Lane
Buffalo 20, N. Y.

So what else is new?

Dear Stan and Steve,

      The cover of #8 showed Ditko at his best with superb inking on Spider-Man. This cover is sure to sell extra copies. Action covers modified by sidelighted features are always good. I knew it was going to be excellent when I saw the ad in one of your other mags. The first story was Stan's best-written so far and Ditko was also above par. All the little trick surprises helped loads. Spider-Man's tackling the Human Torch was also good, though not as well planned as the other. In this second story, Spider-Man acted a little snobbish and somewhat of a fink. Don't get me wrong, I like all this "realistic" personality biz, but it can get out of hand if over-exaggerated. Spider-Man is in for trouble if he intends to date Sue. What with Namor, Reed and Parker dating her, or at least considering her a better-than-average friend, there's bound to be a rumble sooner or later (idea!). Glad to see you decided to keep the Spider's Web around. Every top-notch super-hero needs one. Each issue of SPIDER-MAN tops the last! Dr. Strange, in STRANGE TALES, was above average this ish. Ditko at his best. The story came closer to giving me a weird feeling than any other S-F story has in years. I've been reading comics for about 10 years now and it takes a pretty good story to get a good rise from me. Your recent Doc Strange and Spider-Man did this. When I read Spider-Man it seems like I can't get to the next panel fast enough. It's so exciting that it's impossible to read slowly!

Dan Fleming
430 Beach St.
Ottawa, Kansas

Good! The faster you read it, the sooner you'll be ready to buy another Marvel mag!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      I like the way you put two stories in one mag in your last issue SPIDER-MAN - #8!

Harlan Reckner
150 Hickory Rd.
Akron 13, Ohio

What do the rest of you web-spinners say? More issues with two stories, or keep the one book-lengther each month?

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Your issue #8 of the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was simply priceless. I liked the part where Peter decked Flash. The ending to the second tale was very heartwarming. Yes, I would like to see similar issues appear from time to time. But you made a mistake in the Special Announcements section of the Amazing Spider-Man. You said that Iron Man, the Angel, the F. F., and Spider-Man are in issue #49 of TALES OF SUSPENSE. It should have been Iron Man, the Angel, the X-Men and the Avengers.

John F. Lebar
305 N. Jordan St.
Allentown, Pa.

Our apologies, Johnny boy. We've got so many characters to keep track of that we must be getting groggy! But, we'll be more careful with names from now on, Joe - we mean, Tom - no - John!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Can't you fellas do anything normal? SPIDER-MAN #7 is a wonderful example! Usually a sequel story's not supposed to be as good as the original, but "The Return of the Vulture" has surpassed the original as well as #s 3 through 6! As for this idea of Spider-Man's speaking spider lingo - don't do it! In the past 25 years or so, comics, science-fiction, and pulp magazines have hurled a horde of "something" controlling enemies of evil. Plants, cats, birds, fish, insects, mammals, and animals have all served as foils and stooges for various emirs of justice and freedom. In your comics, let Namor and Henry Pym talk to lower forms of life, (fish and ants) - but keep Spider-Man away from spiders! Don't try to cheapen Spider-Man just to appease, what I believe is, a very small minority.

Leonard J. Tirado
182½ Regent St.
Saratoga, N. Y.

Don't be silly, Len! Nobody can talk to spiders! Next, you'll be suggesting that Spider-Man swings thru the city by shooting out a web!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      I think the first and second issue of the Vulture were the best ones out yet. I have a suggestion to make. I think that you should write an issue with a Spider-Man Jr. in it. If you did, I think that it would be an exciting issue. I'm looking forward to your next issue.

Gunter Nautsch
676 Crawford Place
Peterborough, Ontario

Holy smoke, fella - at least let Pete get married first!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      I'm glad that you finally let Peter give it to Flash in ish #8! The whole story was great - the way you had Spider-Man's identity threatened, the fight, the way the kids called Pete unfair, and especially the end. That was really a clever switch having the kids thinking Flash is Spider-Man. I'm glad he didn't brag that he was. Now get set. You ruined him in the other story. Aren't you getting Spider-Man and Torch mixed up? The party-crashing was what I'd expect from Torch. When you started, Spider-Man was nice and friendly. Now he acts too much like the Torch. You should keep him like he was. I think he should want to make friends with the Torch. Also, that web-heart at the end for Sue - really now, wasn't that silly! At least Torch sticks to flirting with girls his own age. Sue is too old for him, and how old is Jameson's secretary? Well, anyway, your good points still outnumber your bad ones in my book. You'll be hearing from me again soon.

Christine Cassello
8017 S. Muskegon
Chicago, Ill.

Thanks for the warning!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      The Ditko art for years has been my favorite type of illustration. (The flat out-of-shape feet, the oversized glasses, and the unfilled-in ears.) This weird style that I like above any artist makes him appear young. By his drawings I can imagine how he looks. He no doubt is rather thin and wears glasses. I'd like to see how close I came!

Ken Landgraf, Jr.
1405 Geele Ave.
Sheboygan, Wisc.

Fairly close, Ken - but just between us, what's so unusual about flat, out-of-shape feet, oversized glasses, or unfilled-in ears?


We've got a surprise for you! Every so often we like to introduce a brand-new mag unexpectedly, without the usual fanfare! We do this when we feel that the new title is so terrific that it needs no previous ballyhoo! And so we proudly announce, for the first time, a great new super-hero whose off-beat exploits will hit the stands very soon (Feb. 4th, to be exact)! His name is DAREDEVIL, and we believe he will have the same human appeal that Spider-Man has! See if you don't agree! Written by the ol' master, Stan Lee, and drawn by the man who created Sub-Mariner in the Golden Age of Comics - Bill Everett! DAREDEVIL, on sale everywhere - Feb. 4th!

Now back to the usual biz -

Have you seen the latest ish of FANTASTIC FOUR yet? It features the precedent-shattering battle between THE THING and THE INCREDIBLE HULK! The demand for this one is sure to be heavy, as the word has gotten around that Jack "Action-King" Kirby really let himself go with the epic battle scenes! The whole Marvel bullpen is proud of FF #25, and we feel we can truthfully say that you've never before seen anything like it!

For those of you who have thrilled to the meetings between Spider-Man and the Human Torch, we have another treat in store. STRANGE TALES #120 (on sale Feb. 11), features the first meeting between the Torch and one of the X-MEN's most popular characters - the frozen ICEMAN! This one's a beaut!

And for two of the most thrilling new super-villains you've ever seen, don't dare miss JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #103 (at your stands Feb. 4), which has mighty THOR menaced by the ENCHANTRESS and the startling EXECUTIONER!

Seen SGT. FURY #6?? (It's on sale now.) Besides the usual battle action, this story introduces one of the most daring new themes ever presented in a comic mag - as timely and provocative as today's headlines! We don't want to spoil your enjoyment by tipping it off in this column, but a 12¢ investment at your dealers will put you in the know! Dig?

And now - what you've been waiting for! A hint of next month's SPIDER-MAN thriller! Wait'll you see it! Spider-Man actually gets UNMASKED - his identity revealed to J. Jonah Jameson - Betty Brant - the police - everyone! No, it's not an imaginary tale, or a dream episode! It happens! But wait'll you see the twist! And, as is that isn't enough, Doc Ock returns - more dangerous than ever! We won't say any more because as you know - we hate to brag!!! So, till we meet again, keep healthy, keep happy, keep watching for "National Be Kind To Spiders Week"!

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