Episode 67: Fantastic Priorities (Spider-Man #3) -- July 1963

  
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss Doctor Otto Octavius — yet another super-genius gone bad. The Fantastic Four were called in to help by the governor, but claimed that they were “too busy”. Meanwhile, the Human Torch was seen at a speaking engagement at a local high school. Why couldn’t they make the time to help? Fortunately for millions of Americans, Spider-Man was available and DID save the Eastern seaboard. Was he just a subcontractor for Reed Richards, or was it just good fortune?

In this issue:

Spider-Man casually stops some thugs who were robbing a warehouse. Meanwhile, Dr. Otto Octavious, known as Dr. Octopus, while working at an atomic research centre using his mechanical arms to conduct nuclear experiments, is injured by an explosion at the research centre, leaving his mechanical arms fused to his body and responsive to his very thoughts. Spider-Man runs into Dr. Octopus, who has been keeping his former colleagues hostage, and is defeated handily. Fresh from his victory, Dr. Octopus continues with his mad plans to take over the research facility and increase his power. Spider-Man, in his alter ego, high schooler Peter Parker, is bummed out. He is motivated by the Human Torch, who happens to be giving a lecture to the students as Peter’s high school. Spider-Man decides to take a second crack at Doc Ock, and this time, he is able to beat him by his combination of brains and brawn.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are guessing which super-genius will break bad next.

This episode takes place:

After Doc Ock has been apprehended.