Episode 62: The Audition; or, the first Spidey-Human Torch Team-up! (Strange Tales Annual #2) -- June 1963

  
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In this episode:

In this episode, Mike and Ed talk about the ongoing drama of Spider-Man potentially joining the Fantastic Four. They discuss how dangerous and inappropriate it was for Spider-Man and the Human Torch to be sparring on public streets. Also: how easy is it to impersonate Spider-Man?

In this issue:

Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, loses his cool at all the great press that Spider-Man is getting. That is, until Spider-Man is framed for a museum theft in Johnny’s town of Glenville. Spider-Man, obviously unimpressed that he has been framed for a crime he did not commit, heads to Glenville and tries to talk to Johnny about teaming up and proving his innocence. Johnny, believing that Spider-Man is the criminal the papers now say he is, flies off the handle, flames on, and battles Spider-Man. They battle over the streets of Glenville to a standstill. Johnny eventually learns that Spider-Man has been framed, and decides to work with him to capture the actual thieves, which they eventually do.

Assumed before the next episode:

The public is not entirely sure if Spider-Man is a good guy or a bad guy.

This episode takes place:

After the museum thieves have been caught, and Spider-Man’s kinda good name is restored.