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Enchantress
Now, we need an impressive name for you--!
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Power Man
I've got a name! It's Erik Josten!
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Enchantress
Surely you jest! That is hardly calculated to strike terror to the hearts of the Avengers! We must call you something worthy of your new-found power!
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Power Man
Just as long as it isn't anything as childish as Wonder Man!
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Enchantress
Of course! That's it! It will be the ideal name! It will make you a worthy successor to Wonder Man! Your name shall be Power Man!
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Power Man
Aww, so what! It's corny as all get-out, but who cares? All that matters is that I need fear nothing now!
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Appearing in "The Bitter Taste of Defeat!"

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  • Power Man (Erik Josten) Next Appearance of Power Man (Erik Josten) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||First appearance}}
  • Previous Appearance of Enchantress Enchantress Next Appearance of Enchantress {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Main story and flashback}}
  • Monster {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Illusion}}

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Synopsis for "The Bitter Taste of Defeat!"

Erik Josten, who worked as an agent for Baron Zemo before his death, returns to the machinery Zemo used to create Wonder Man. There he finds the Enchantress, who tells him she will use the machine to grant him super-strength as well. He agrees and is given the name Power Man.

The Enchantress then creates a number of illusions around the city that make the Avengers seem dangerous when they accidentally destroy property and endanger lives. Captain America tries to subdue Power Man as he attacks men with important documents, only to find out that the men were imposters trying to steal them.

Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are also caught with similar traps. The Avengers believe themselves to be nuisances and are ordered by the authorities to disband.

Notes

  • The Avengers last appeared in {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|comic| | }} where they defended the Richards wedding from an army of super-villains that were manipulated by Dr. Doom into crashing the reception.
  • Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch made a brief cameo appearance in {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|comic| | }}, where Thor journeyed to Avengers Mansion seeking aid only to find the new members whom he wasn't familiar with.
  • This is the first appearance of Erik Josten, who takes on the mantel of Power Man during this time.
  • Although there is a Captain America story in {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|comic| | }}, It is a flashback tale from World War II.
  • The Enchantress was last seen in {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|comic| | }} where she was manipulated by Dr. Doom into crashing the Richards' wedding, she was defeated by a number of New York's heroes who were attending the wedding.
  • Josten's recounts the end of his employment and death of Baron Zemo as well as the destruction of his base in South America at the hands of Captain America, this is from {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|comic| | }}.
  • References to Zemo's creation of Wonder Man are from {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|comic| | }}. The device used on Josten to turn him into Power Man is the same device that turned Simon Williams into Wonder Man. There is no mention, however, of how the device made Wonder Man reliant on being administered an antidote every 24 hours. The lack of this antidote was what ultimately led to his "death" in that same issue.
  • The Avengers, Power Man and Enchantress are all seen again in {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|comic| | }}.
  • Credits:
    • Written with the Usual Stan Lee Madness!
    • Drawn with the Usual Don Heck Magnificence!
    • Inked with the Usual Wally Wood Magic!
    • Lettered with the Usual Artie Simek Mistakes!

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