- Sheesh! This lab looks like somebody really pearled our harbor! If that's what happens when we win a fight, I sure hope we never lose one!
- -- Hawkeye
Appearing in "Suddenly...the Sub-Mariner!"
- Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
- General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
- United States Naval Officers
- Good King Wenceslaus (Referenced)
- Rare seaweed
- New York City
- Caribbean Sea (First appearance)
- Puerto Nuevo (First appearance)
- Mount Olympus
- X-76 Verti-Jet
- Nuclear Sub
- Levitation Ray
Synopsis for "Suddenly...the Sub-Mariner!"
The Scarlet Witch collapses after the battle in the previous issue. Black Widow steals an experimental jet from General Ross. Meanwhile, the Sub-Mariner attacks a submarine destroying underwater wildlife, then decides to attack the base it came from. The Avengers receive a call from Captain America, warning that a dangerous item called the "Cosmic Cube" has been spotted near the base and the Avengers should secure it. Quicksilver stays with the weak Scarlet Witch and the Avengers arrive at the base and battle with Sub-Mariner, where Hercules unwittingly mentions the cube to him. The Sub-Mariner flees, returns with the cube and the battle starts again. He is beaten again however, when he loses contact with the cube, and it is lost down a crack in the ground which seals itself after. The Mole Man finds the cube, but throws it away, dismissing it for a useless bauble.
- Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Hercules, and Black Widow were all seen last issue in Avengers #39.
- The Sub-Mariner was last seen in Tales to Astonish #91, where Namor battled Attuma and Byrrah.
- Page 1: The Damage caused to the Avengers headquarters happened during their battle with the Triumvirate of Terror last issue in Avengers #39.
- Page 2: The "Reverse Whammy" that Hawkeye mentions is a recounting of how Pile Driver of the Triumvirate of Terror manages to redirect Scarlet Witche's Hex powers to her in Avengers #39.
- Page 3: Quicksilver reiterates he and his sisters story to Hercules, about their being chased out of their home town for being mutants (In (Uncanny) X-Men #4) and joining the Avengers (in Avengers #16)
- Although she is stealing a jet, Black Widow is taking part in a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. mission (since Avengers #38) of which she has been branded a traitor for stealing submarine plans (Avengers #39)
- Page 4: General "Thunderbolt" Ross makes an appearance, he was last seen in Tales to Astonish #91 (witnessing the Hulk's battle against the Abomination) he exclaims it's bad enough he has to worry about the Hulk, whom Ross has been hunting since Hulk #1. We see Ross again in Tales to Astonish #92.
- Page 8: Cap radios into the Avengers, who are aware of media reports that he has "joined forces" with the Red Skull (all part of an elaborate plot in Tales of Suspense #90).
- Page 9: Cap warns the Avenger of the potential danger of the Cosmic Cube and tells the Avengers to collect it. The Cosmic Cube was created by AIM and used by Red Skull who tried to use it's powers to rule the world in Tales of Suspense #80, it was lost at sea in Tales of Suspense #81.
- Goliath mentions that Hawkeye used to be Captain America's biggest critic, Cap and Hawkeye had a rivalry from Avengers #18-29.
- Page 11: Goliath's last clash with Namor was back in Avengers #3-4, where they battled Namor and the Hulk (In Avengers #3) and were saved from being turned into stone by Captain America due to one of Namors revenge plots (in Avengers #4)
- Page 13: Namor mentions Triton, son of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea.
- The Cosmic Cube is not seen again until Captain America #114.
- Hawkeye, Goliath, Scarlet Witch and the Wasp all appear next in Strange Tales #156.
- Quicksilver, and Hercules appear next in Avengers #41.
- Namor appears next in Tales to Astonish #92.
- Roy Thomas claims that this single story, more than any other, led him to being editor-in-chief and Don Heck to being the regular artist for the Sub-Mariner in a few years.
- Don Heck takes a break from regular penciler so he can work on the first annual for the Avengers.
- The credits read:
- Stan Lee pontifically presents and presides over...a Roy Thomas-Don Heck majestic maritime masterwork!
- Inked in Sub-Oceanic Splendor by: George Bell
- Lettered in a Brimful Bubble-Bath by: Sam Rosen
- references: Avengers #39, Avengers #38, Tales of Suspense #90, Tales of Suspense #80, Tales of Suspense #81, Avengers #3, and Avengers #4.
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