"The Birth of the Beetle!" (X-717) featuring the Human Torch.
Dissatisfied mechanic Abner Jenkins devises a suit that transforms him into the Beetle, and commences a robbery spree, unfortunately starting at a store where Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm are shopping. Luckily the Human Torch has the Thing's help to apprehend the cagey Beetle.
-Guest appearance by Stan Lee and Carl Burgos in the last panel.
-First appearance of the Beetle.
-Story by written by Stan Lee, drawn by Carl Burgos, inked by Dick Ayers, and lettered by Sam Rosen; 14 pages.
"The Challenge of Loki" (X-715) featuring Doctor Strange.
Loki schemes to use Dr. Strange in his attempts to best his brother Thor. Doctor Strange mystically steals Thor's hammer Mjolnir, but discovers Loki’s deceit in time.
-Story written by Stan Lee, drawn by Steve Ditko, inked by George Bell, and lettered by Artie Simek; 9 pages.
-Reprinted in Marvel Collectors' Item Classics #14.
"Strange Mission, Part 2" (K-440) 1 page text with spot illustration, continued from previous issue.
Cover drawn by Jack Kirby.