Show students this cover:
Now, supposing that everything shown on the cover is true for the story inside, how could this happen and Peter Parker still keep his identity secret? We have these characters on the cover:
- Dr. Octopus - his four extra mechanical arms are just as strong as Spider-Man and allows him to reach far away.
- Peter Parker - the true identity of Spider-Man. He has the strength, speed, and agility of a spider and has a nifty spider-sense that warns him of danger (which didn't help as the cover shows).
- Four random police officers
- Betty Brant - she is a secretary for the newspaper The Daily Bugle and Peter Parker's girlfriend at the time of this comic.
- J. Jonah Jameson - a newspaper editor who hates Spider-Man with a passion.
Peter Parker has a cold, so he has lost all his spider powers. Doc Ock, however, wants revenge on Spider-Man. He notices that the Daily Bugle seems to get all the press on Spider-Man, so he breaks into their building, tells the editor, J. Jonah Jameson, that he will print a challenge to Spider-Man to meet him at a certain location. He then kidnaps Jameson's secretary to insure that it gets done. Peter Parker, fearful for his girlfriend's safety, dons his Spidey suit and goes after Doc Ock, even though he doesn't have his powers anymore. Doc Ock beats him easily and unmasks him. When he sees it is a teenager, he exclaims that the real Spider-Man is too scared to fight him and sent this kid in his place. Figuring that was why Spider-Man's punches were so weak and why he was so easily beaten, Doc Ock throws Peter to the ground and leaves. Betty and Jameson both think that Peter is quite the hero, albeit rather stupid, and the police, after toying with what to charge Peter with, finally leave them alone.