Synopsis for “Spidey Strikes Back!”
The Daily Bugle continues its editorials on Spider-Man being washed up, but Spider-Man comes out of nowhere and rounds up bank robbers. As J Jonah Jameson learns the news, he takes his frustration outside where Human Torch is distracted and gets tied up by the Enforcers and smothered out by the Sandman. As Peter goes home from another day at school, he sees Fancy Dan walking down the street. Suspecting something sinister might be afoot, Spider-Man follows him and fights them at their hideout, but as the police show up, The Enforcers flee. Peter then turns up at the Daily Bugle and Betty Brant introduces him to another reporter, Ned Leeds and gives his approval of her seeing him much to her surprise. Meanwhile, at another hideout, we see Human Torch trapped in a glass jar with just enough air to breathe but not enough air to turn his flame on and escape. Sandman plans to use Human Torch as bait to lure Spider-Man in his trap and Spider-Man learns this from a stool pigeon named Louie. As Spider-Man descends he sees The Human Torch and plays ball with Sandman and the Enforcers and finally rolls into the glass jar to set Human Torch free. The Enforcers are rounded up, but Human Torch and Spider-Man get tangled in Spidey’s webbing as Sandman runs away but gets caught shortly after by two policemen. The issue ends with a mysterious figure who’s following Peter Parker home from school and reporting to the surveillance a mysterious figure in a green robe whose face cannot be seen.