Spider-Man is getting bored of run-of-the-mill crooks who pose little challenge to him. Nearby at the Atomic Research Center, Doctor Otto Octavius is using remote controlled arms of his own design to handle dangerous materials from a safe distance, and is known to his co-workers as Doctor Octopus. He is a well adjusted researcher until a tragic accident hospitalizes him. When he awakes, he finds the arms bonded to him and have a semi-autonomous life of their own, and the Doctor has developed anti-social tendencies. Jameson is hankering for shots of Octavius for the paper, but so far, nobody has gotten close enough. He goes to his ace, Peter Parker, who will rely on his alter ego to get him the shots. When they meet, the victory clearly goes to Doctor Octopus, and Peter is disheartened. Johnny Storm visits Midtown High and delivers an inspirational speech that rallies Peter spirits, and he goes for a rematch.
First appearance of Doctor Octopus.
Collectd in Spider-Man: Doctor Octopus.