Lonely high-school student Peter Parker attends a science experiment. During the experiment, a spider absorbs an uncanny amount of radiation before biting Peter. Soon after, Peter discovers that he has powers similar to that of a spider – he is incredibly strong and can stick to walls. He decides to use his new found power to earn money, creating the identity of ‘Spider-Man’. Spider-Man soon becomes an overnight sensation. Spider-Man selfishly fails to stop a burglar, as he feels it’s not his problem.
However, when Peter returns to his house one night, he discovers that his beloved Uncle Ben has been shot in a botched robbery. As Spider-Man, Peter tracks down the murderer, but is shocked to discover it is the thief he allowed to escape earlier. Racked with guilt, Peter realises that with great power, there must also come great responsibility.
Dr. Otto Octavius was an atomic scientist. His peers gave him the name Doctor Octopus due to the four remote-controlled "arms" he had created to handle radioactive materials. During an experiment, an explosion caused the arms to be fused to Octavius. He also could control them with his mind as a side affect of the radiation blast. Now on the verge of insanity, Dr. Octopus begins his criminal career.
When J. Jonah Jameson's learns of the accident and the havoc caused by Dr. Octopus, he sends Peter Parker to obtain some pictures for the Daily Bugle. As Spider-Man, Peter battles Doc Ock with poor results. Doc Ock is able to escape.
Peter is left feeling down being defeated. Doc Ock returns to the research facility determined to gain control over a great amount of atomic energy. Soon the Fantastic Four are called in to attempt to stop Octavius. They have to decline due to other commitments.
Meanwhile, Peter is left feeling down being defeated. The Human Torch, recovering from a viral illness, keeps his commitment to speak to the students at Peter's high school. Upon hearing his speech, Peter is inspired to take on Doc Ock once again.
Spider-Man is able to defeat Doc Ock.
When J. Jonah Jameson's learns of the accident and the havoc caused by Dr. Octopus, he sends Peter Parker to obtain some pictures for the Daily Bugle. As Spider-Man, Peter battles Doc Ock with poor results. Doc Ock is able to escape. Peter is left feeling down being defeated. Doc Ock returns to the research facility determined to gain control over a great amount of atomic energy. Soon the Fantastic Four are called in to attempt to stop Octavius. They have to decline due to other commitments. Meanwhile, Peter is left feeling down being defeated. The Human Torch, recovering from a viral illness, keeps his commitment to speak to the students at Peter's high school. Upon hearing his speech, Peter is inspired to take on Doc Ock once again. Spider-Man is able to defeat Doc Ock.
The Green Goblin has finished building his flying "broomstick" and goes off to meet with the Enforcers. They have just been released from jail and the Goblin promises that they will be able to get revenge against Spider-Man. Then the Green Goblin pays a visit to a movie producer. He offers to bring in the Enforcers and Spider-Man so he can film them in a movie. The producer enthusiastically agrees.
Some days later at school, Liz Allen is telling Peter Parker that he did a good job on his last test when a news report announces that the Green Goblin is looking for Spider-Man. Spider-Man meets with him and the Goblin offers him a role in a movie. Spider-Man goes to the producer's hotel room and finally agrees to sign a $50,000 film contract. He and Aunt May will never have to worry about money again. The next day, J. Jonah Jameson sends Peter to Hollywood to cover the making of the Spider-Man movie. Peter is able to convince Aunt May that he is old enough to take care of himself on the trip. When he first meets with the Goblin and the Enforcers, he thinks that they are actors portraying the real Enforcers. He soon realizes the truth when they are on location in New Mexico. Spider-Man finds a cave to stop and catch his breath. The Green Goblin finds him there and calls the Enforcers to the cave. They move a large boulder over the entrance of the cave so that Spider-Man cannot escape. Spider-Man ends up taking down the Enforcers one at a time. When it's down to just Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, the Hulk suddenly appears. It turns out that this cave was actually one of the Hulk's secret hiding places. The Hulk believes that Spider-Man is there to attack him and they begin fighting. Spider-Man's punches have little affect against the Hulk. Spidey is able to get the Hulk to smash the boulder at the entrance of the cave. Spider-Man and the Green Goblin begin fighting again. When Spider-Man is left in a pool of water, the Goblin believes that he has drowned. He leaves but it turns out that Spider-Man was simply holding his breath. Spider-Man takes the Enforcers out of the cave where they are picked up by an Army helicopter. When Spider-Man visits with the film producer, he is told that since the movie cannot be completed, he will not pay him the $50,000. He does offer to pay his expenses. Rather than fly back home, Peter takes a bus back to save money. The Green Goblin has already arrived in New York and thinks about how he can come up with another plan to take out Spider-Man.
Some days later at school, Liz Allen is telling Peter Parker that he did a good job on his last test when a news report announces that the Green Goblin is looking for Spider-Man. Spider-Man meets with him and the Goblin offers him a role in a movie. Spider-Man goes to the producer's hotel room and finally agrees to sign a $50,000 film contract. He and Aunt May will never have to worry about money again.
The next day, J. Jonah Jameson sends Peter to Hollywood to cover the making of the Spider-Man movie. Peter is able to convince Aunt May that he is old enough to take care of himself on the trip. When he first meets with the Goblin and the Enforcers, he thinks that they are actors portraying the real Enforcers. He soon realizes the truth when they are on location in New Mexico.
Spider-Man finds a cave to stop and catch his breath. The Green Goblin finds him there and calls the Enforcers to the cave. They move a large boulder over the entrance of the cave so that Spider-Man cannot escape. Spider-Man ends up taking down the Enforcers one at a time. When it's down to just Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, the Hulk suddenly appears.
It turns out that this cave was actually one of the Hulk's secret hiding places. The Hulk believes that Spider-Man is there to attack him and they begin fighting. Spider-Man's punches have little affect against the Hulk. Spidey is able to get the Hulk to smash the boulder at the entrance of the cave. Spider-Man and the Green Goblin begin fighting again. When Spider-Man is left in a pool of water, the Goblin believes that he has drowned. He leaves but it turns out that Spider-Man was simply holding his breath.
Spider-Man takes the Enforcers out of the cave where they are picked up by an Army helicopter. When Spider-Man visits with the film producer, he is told that since the movie cannot be completed, he will not pay him the $50,000. He does offer to pay his expenses. Rather than fly back home, Peter takes a bus back to save money.
The Green Goblin has already arrived in New York and thinks about how he can come up with another plan to take out Spider-Man.
#31 - Spider-Man has to stop an organization trying to steal materials for building nuclear weapons. Unfortunately he is distracted by his Aunt May falling Ill. This also keeps him from making friends at college even though a beautiful blonde by the name of Gwen Stacey has shown an interest in him.
#32 - Scene 1 : We finally find out who the "Master Planner" is, he is none other than Doctor Octopus himself. He is getting his men ready for his latest scheme. SCENE 2 : Peter goes to the Daily Planet to sell some Photos but Betty Brant stops him to talk. He wants her to leave him alone knowing she would hate him if she ever found out he was really Spider-Man.So he picks a fight with Ned Leeds going so far as to physically push him, in hopes that Betty would get angry and never want to talk to him again. Scene 3 : Peter is at the Doctors Office, the doctor tells him that Aunt May is sick because of some radioactive particles in her blood. Of course Peter blames himself. He thinks that maybe Curt Conners' ( The Lizard ) can help so he steals a sample of Mays blood and takes it to him. Scene 4 : A serum doctor Connors needed to help analyze the blood, unfortunately Doctor Octopus has his men steal it. Spider-Man tells Connors to keep working, he will retrieve the serum. Scene 5 : In A rage Spider-Man tears up the city looking for the "Master Planner" he finally finds a group of his men and into the laboratory that Dr. Octopus was working in. Scene 6 : The two fight, but Octopus is surprised by the rage he is fighting with. In order to escape Dr. Octopus collapses the room on Spider-Man trapping him under tons of steel and concrete. Scene 7 : Back at Curt Conners' lab, He is worried Spider-Man will not make it before the serum loses it's potency and May can not be saved.
#33 - We see Spider-Man as we left him last issue, His Aunt May is dying in the hospital and the only thing that can save her is the serum known as ISO-36, It is near him but he is in engulfed by water and heavy machinery in the Master Planner's underwater base. He tries to pick it up but he is too exhausted from his fight with Dr. Octop us. There are cracks in the ceiling that are getting bigger and bigger. In any moment the whole river above him can drop below. After resting for a while he succeeds in pushing the weight off and away from him. With his leg badly injured, Spider-Man grabs the serum containing the isotope ISO-36 just as the roof collapses above him creating a huge amount of water that violently sweeps him through a tunnel with henchmen waiting for him. After a beating from the henchmen Spidey knocks them all out without being aware of it. With no time to think about where Doctor Octopus has went, Spider-Man delivers the ISO-36 to Doctor Connors just in time. After long hours and a positive test with May's stolen blood sample, the serum is proven to be a success. He returns to the scene with the out-cold henchmen and snaps a few pictures of them and then Calls Daily Bugle so that Fredrick Foswell can report the story. Back at the Bugle, Peter is there all bruised up and Betty Brant wonders what happened to him. Peter says it was part of his job of getting new photos for Jameson. Peter returns to the hospital to check on Aunt May's condition and the final series of test are in. Good news is reported that the serum is a success. For everything Peter loses in this story, he achieves what mattered the most.
#39 - Our story opens with the sinister Green Goblin gleefully planning his next attack on his arch-enemy Spider-Man! It has been some time since his last altercation with the web-slinger, and thus he feels Spidey will be taken unaware. He has also modified his existing weapons and created a few new ones as well, all concocted to bring his latest plan to fruition!
The Goblin has teamed himself up with various villains in the past, and each time, the alliance has proven his downfall. This time he knows if he is to succeed, he must do it solo. His new plan is a diabolical one, indeed- find out what Spider-Man’s real identity is and reveal it to the world after he publicly defeats him!
Oblivious to the pending doom the Goblin has in store for him, Pete makes his way to Dr. Bromwell’s office to check up on a nasty head-cold that he is developing. The doctor gives him a prescription and then takes the teen aside to inform him that his Aunt May is rather weak at the moment, and any sudden shock might prove fatal for her. This bit of news brings Peter down to earth, and he becomes depressed.
Making his way to school, pretty girl Gwen Stacy is determined to have the guys befriend Peter, but with his mind on Aunt May’s condition, he rudely rebuffs them. In the front of the school , Harry Osborn is having an argument with his dominating Businessman father, Norman. Pete comes up to Harry , and despite their prior differences, they manage to have a heartfelt talk, and relieve some of the depression each other is feeling.
After school classes end, Peter becomes Spider-Man and takes to the sky, swinging around town to clear his head after a full day at college. He happens upon a hold-up occurring in broad daylight, on top of a building. He cannot believe how unprofessional the thieves are to pull a robbery right in plain view, but what he doesn’t know is that the robbery has been staged by the Green Goblin in an attempt to lure Spider-Man out and begin phase one of his plan!
Spidey has the boys on the run when one of them throws a gas bomb at him. The bomb explodes, but doesn’t seem to have any adverse effect on him that he can see. What he doesn’t realize is that the bomb is an invention of the Goblin’s that will SUPPRESS PETER’S SPIDER-SENSE! And so it is that the Green Goblin manages to follow Spider-Man after the battle without Pete having the slightest idea that he’s being watched!
The Goblin shadows Peter down to an abandoned alley, where the addled Spider-Man removes his costume and changes back into Peter Parker! Now the Goblin knows what Spider-Man looks like, surprised and impressed how young he is. Following him on to the Daily Bugle, he overhears someone calling out to Peter…Now the Goblin Knows Spider-Man’s name! The Goblin is beside himself –the plan is working perfectly!
Peter leaves the Daily Bugle with a light heart. Although J. Jonah Jameson has skimped as usual on payment for Peter’s terrific photographs, it is money in his hand that can go to Aunt May’s treatment, and he hurriedly makes his way home to take care of her.
As he steps up to the lawn of the Parkers’ Forest Hills home, however, he is interrupted by the voice of a most unexpected visitor- The Green Goblin has arrived! As he hears the Goblin call out “Peter Parker”, he realizes the Goblin has somehow found out his secret identity, but before he can worry about that, he realizes there is a more urgent issue at hand- He has to get the Green Goblin away before he can get closer to the house where his ailing Aunt May is resting!
Shocked by the confrontation, Pete’s first instinct is to web up the Goblin, but as he prepares to shoot the webbing, he realizes he’s OUT OF COSTUME! With no chance to change into Spider-Man, Pete has no choice but to tackle the Green Goblin using only his agility and bare hands, and hopefully, he can lure the villain way from the house!
The Goblin suffocates Peter with exhaust from his bat-glider, and has Pete on his toes dodging the crackling beams from his fingertips and the sharp bat blades, but it is too much for Peter to dodge forever, and he gets taken out by an asphyxiation grenade!
The Goblin ties Peter up and flies the beaten teen out to the waterfront docks, where he has a secret hideout within one of the huge warehouses. Securing Peter to a chair, the Goblin begins preparing his diabolical plans for Peter’s fate, and while Peter struggles to get free, the Goblin reveals the final shocker of the night- He unmasks himself in front of Peter-
#40 - At the start of this issue, Spidey is tied up and has been unmasked by the Green Goblin, as seen last issue. The Green Goblin has also revealed his identity, taking off his mask to show that he is Norman Osborn, father of Harry Osborn, one of Peter's classmates. Peter says to Norman that he should have guessed that he was the Green Goblin since he has a son like Harry. The Green Goblin tells him not to remind him of Harry, because he thinks Norman is a simple businessman, and must never learn the truth. He reminds Peter that that's a reason why he must die: so that he can never tell anyone who the Green Goblin is. Peter thinks that he is just as worried about Aunt May learning his secret as Norman is of Harry learning his. The Green Goblin taunts Peter by saying that his efforts to break the steel coils he's tied up with are futile, whilst Peter thinks that its fine by him if the Green Goblin teases him since it gives him more time to break the bonds. The Green Goblin says that it is time for him to kill Spidey, but Spidey thinks that he must stall him. He sarcastically mentions that Harry will be pleased to have a murderer for a father, making the Green Goblin stop and tell Spidey that he'll tell him why he became the Green Goblin so that he'll "understand".
In a flashback, the Green Goblin explains that Harry's mother passed away when he was a baby, and that he tried to bring him up as best as he could. He had tried to be a good father, but often worked late, so Harry was alone a lot. As he rambles on and on Peter realises that he has forgotten that he (Peter) is even there. Norman goes on about how he even sent his partner Mendel Stromm to jail so that he wouldn't hinder his work. Peter has managed to get one finger free by now, but doesn't have enough leverage to free himself.
Continuing his story, the Green Goblin tells Spidey that one night he had found some notes of Stromm's in his desk which contained new formulas. He decided to check them out and see if they were worth anything. However, Harry burst in at that moment to tell Norman that he had to go to Parent's Night at his school. Norman told him to forget it and that he might consider going. Instead, all night, Norman worked on one of the formulas. Near dawn, the solution started to turn green and to froth. A second later, the formula exploded. For weeks Norman was in the hospital whilst the best doctors in the state worked on him, trying to save his life. However, he had brain damage which couldn't be fixed. Not even Harry suspected that the accident had actually made Norman smarter than before, and Norman started treating him more meanly. Norman's brain damaged brain decided that since he's smart and has various scientific devices in his company, that he could become the greatest costumed criminal of all time. After months, he finished making the mask, and decided to make the rest of the costume his favourite colour: green. And so, the Green Goblin was born!
The Green Goblin had chosen to fight Spidey since he knew that the underworld would respect anyone who could defeat him. Spidey thinks that he's nowhere with the steel coils, and wonders how much longer he can keep the Green Goblin talking. The Green Goblin puts on his mask, and prepares to kill Spidey. Peter thinks that he's not afraid to die, but is worried since he'll never be able to see Betty Brant or explain to Aunt May about his secret.
Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Anna Watson has come over since Aunt May is worried about Peter not coming home yet. Anna tries to calm Aunt May by saying that Mary Jane even comes home late, but Aunt May can't help but worry. At that point Anna Watson reminds Aunt May that Peter could be at the Daily Bugle , and so she calls up to see if he is. At the Daily Bugle, Jonah yells down the phone that he doesn't know where Peter is, then hangs up. Back at Aunt May's house, Aunt May starts worrying more, so Anna Watson decides that she needs a sedative, and goes to call Dr. Bromwell.
Over at a railway station in the Midwest, Betty Brant is preparing to leave and head back to New York. Betty Brant overhears a radio presenter mention Spider-Man, and she wonders if J. Jonah Jameson will give her her job back. As the train conductor calls out for everyone to go on the train, Betty heads onto it and wonders what the future will hold for her.
Back at the Green Goblin's hideout, Peter is looking away from the Green Goblin, who's annoyed that Peter will rob him of the satisfaction of killing him. Peter mocks him by saying that he beat him every time they fought, and the Green Goblin shows mental pictures of their previous fights using a "Retro-Scope Helmet".
First of all he shows their very first fight, where he hired the Enforcers. Peter points out how easily he beat the Enforcers, but the Green Goblin says that he himself wasn't beaten. That lesson taught him that no one can fight for the Green Goblin, and that he shouldn't rely on others.
Next he shows Peter their second fight, and claims he was saved by he appearance of the Human Torch. However, as he only wanted to fight Spidey, he left the fight, leaving Spidey.
In their next fight the Green Goblin explains that he made another mistake by teaming up with Lucky Lobo and his gang, and so they were more of a hindrance than a help.
In the penultimate fight, the Green Goblin had completely defeated Spidey. However, since he wanted to fight Spidey by himself, and not with the help of the Crime-Master, he left Spidey, and started preparing to fight him for the final battle.
Spidey has finally got one hand free, and so is can be free in a moment. The Green Goblin realises that he will be free in a second, so frees Spidey and claims that there's no reason in beating a helpless prisoner. He tells him that he wants to fight him as he always has in the past, and forces him to put on his costume. However, the Goblin throws pumpkin bombs at Spidey since he won't make it hand-to-hand. Spidey flings a bomb back at the Goblin, but the Goblin jumps onto his Glider since he'll be more maneuverable on it.
Pretending to be clumsy, Spidey clumsily swings at the Goblin, who then grows careless and flies close enough to Spidey to be knocked off the Goblin Glider. Spidey approaches the seemingly knocked out Goblin, unsure what to do since he knows that he's Spider-Man. However, the Goblin leaps up and throws an electric cable at Spidey, who only narrowly avoids it. Spidey keeps fighting the Goblin, until he manages to knocks him into some chemicals which have electric wires in them. Unsure what to do next, Spidey finds out that the Green Goblin has lost his memory, and gets him out of the building, telling the fire department that Norman Osborn helped him defeat the Green Goblin.
He then heads home to see Aunt May, who stops worrying and starts looking after him, thinking that he's sick.
Peter Parker quits being Spider-Man because he gets no respect no matter how many people he saves. When he throws his costume away in the garbage, some kid finds it and brings it to Jameson chief of the Daily Bugle. While Parker is enjoying life not being Spider-Man, a new crime lord called Kingpin rises. When Peter is walking around, he finds a guy being robed and decides to save him. After when he does that, the guy reminded him of Uncle Ben and why he became Spider-Man. Then he decides to get his costume from Jameson, and becomes Spider-Man once more. [This issue had one of the best and famous covers of all time.]
Spider-Man faces off against Dr.Octopus all over New York And when Spidey manages to defeat Doc Ock, Doc Ock hits a part of a building and the part goes down.
And when the people run for their lives, Captain George Stacy sacrifices his life to save an boy. And when spidey gets Stacy, he reveals to spidey that he knew his secret identity all along. He then tells him to take care of his daughter and then dies in Spider-Mans arms.
Harry Osborn had become a drug addict and his father secluded him to the Osborn mansion so this does not go public and possibly ruin Norman. When Peter, Gwen, and Mary Jane go to visit Harry who is still ill due to his drug addiction, Norman blamed the three of them for Harry’s condition. Norman had lost his memories of the Green Goblin and the identity of Spider-Man due to amnesia. Later Norman would soon discover that he was going to face financial ruins anyways. This caused him to suffer a breakdown, which results in him unlocking the lost memories. Norman remembers the Green Goblin and the identity of Spider-Man again. He becomes obsessed over making Spider-Man pay for ruining his life and Harry’s life. Norman would use Spider-Man’s identity to his advantage by abducting the girlfriend of Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy. He was able to kidnap Gwen and took her hostage to lure Spider-Man to him. Goblin lures Spider-Man to the Brooklyn Bridge, where the two began to fight. While they fought each other, Gwen is unconscious the whole time. Spider-Man seemed to have the upper hand in the fight, until Goblin grabs Gwen and throws her off the bridge. Spider-Man frantically shoots his webbing to catch and he does. Upon catching her though was a “snap” sound effect next to her neck. After Spider-Man reels her back up to the bridge, he realizes that she is dead. Whether Gwen died because of whiplash or if the Goblin had already killed her to begin with was never explained. Spider-Man still blames himself for Gwen’s death and swears revenge against the Green Goblin. Spider-Man starts looking for the Green Goblin soon and was able to track him down to a warehouse. Spider-Man proceeds to beating Norman to near death, but he tells himself he can’t kill him. While Spider-Man hesitated, Goblin remote controlled his glider to try and impale Spider-Man from behind. Spider-Man is alerted by his Spider-Sense that enabled him to jump out of the glider’s path right before it hit him. The glider continues to go towards Goblin which stabs him and kills him instead. Peter is finally at home when he is confronted by Mary Jane, at first Peter thought Mary Jane would not know how he feels because she is a “party girl,” but when MJ cried, that was the first time the two connected so deeply.
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