Two short stories in one issue. In the first one, Peter dons boxing gloves and knocks out Flash Thompson.
To be fair, Flash kinda deserves it. He’s a jerk.
It’s also the one where Pete stops wearing glasses, because the spider-powers are improving his vision. I suppose some people might say this is the beginning of major changes for the character, as he breaks from being a nerd and becomes someone who actually has multiple girlfriends at the same time. But if you think about it, it makes sense. Dude has mad power, and that’ll change a guy.
It’s a rare issue that ends with Peter Parker smiling.
Quite a high school they go to.
The second story is a Spider-Man/Human Torch tale. There’s a lot of these. But what makes this one, “Spider-Man Tackles the Torch,” special is that it’s pencilled by Jack Kirby, who we rarely got to see drawing Spider-Man.
Storywise, there’s not much here. Spidey “fights” with Human Torch and meets the FF. And awwwwww he leaves Sue a little valentine. This story is actually pencilled by Jack Kirby! It’s fun, but inconsequential.
Creators: Lee, Ditko (story one)/Lee, Kirby, Ditko (story two)