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Appearing in "Mayhem at Midnight!"

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Synopsis for "Mayhem at Midnight!"

Captain Britain and Captain America track down the Red Skull but are forced to surrender when they discover that he is holding the Prime Minister hostage. Meanwhile, Lance Hunter takes a desperate gamble after tranquilizing Nick Fury to ensure that he does not interfere...

Appearing in "The Horror That Walks on Air!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #120

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Synopsis for "The Horror That Walks on Air!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #120

Mister Fantastic has the Human Torch test out his new fireproof plastic when an alarm suddenly goes off. Reed and Sue check it out, and they soon learn that a gang of thieves is trying to break into their Baxter Building headquarters in order to steal Reed's various inventions. They manage to shoot their way through the lobby and up the private elevator. But when they attack the Fantastic Four, Sue uses her invisibility powers to make their arms disappear. This makes the masked thugs disoriented long enough for Ben, Johnny, and Reed to incapacitate the trespassers. When the cables of the elevator suddenly snap, Ben lunges out and catches them before the elevator can crash down to the ground floor and kill the hostages inside. After they get the people to safety, the Thing is approached by their landlord, Walter Collins, who is unimpressed by this recent incident and damage to his building and once again demands that the Fantastic Four pack up and leave. When Collins blows cigar smoke into Ben's face, the Thing begins to lose his temper. When Johnny starts trying to hold Ben back, a very frightened Walter Collins makes an abrupt exit.

The amusement is short lived when the Fantastic Four is suddenly contacted by Agatha Harkness through her mystical powers. She warns the Fantastic Four that there is a great danger coming to Earth from space but cannot tell them anymore before her image vanishes. Reed and the rest of the team make a run for the communicator to scan for any sightings. At that moment all around the world, people spot a strange man with a flaming cape that appears to be walking on the very air itself. With this strange visitor heading toward New York City, the Fantastic Four climb aboard the Fantasti-Car to go and meet him. When they spot the alien, Reed orders, Johnny, to get the mysterious man's attention with a fireball. The ploy works, and the strange visitor follows them back to the Baxter Building. Reed then tells his team to keep them distracted while he goes down into his lab. Sue, Ben, and Johnny then begin to try and impress the alien by showing off their various super-human powers. When this fails to impress the stranger, Ben tries to rattle him by lifting up the Fantasti-Car. This also fails, but the strange alien does react to a passing Air Force jet, easily blowing it up. Seeing this from his lab, Reed calls General "Thunderbolt" Ross and has him fire missiles at their strange intruder. The mysterious alien is able to deflect the missiles with a gesture, sending them tumbling into the Hudson River. He then lands on top of the Baxter Building and shows he has equal strength with the Thing by lifting up the Fantasti-Car one-handed.

The alien then flies down to the ground below, and, when a crowd of people begins to try and rush him, he holds them back as well. When the Army arrives with tanks, the powerful alien is also able to destroy those weapons. Finally, the alien speaks, telling all gathered that the entire world is doomed. Seeing this as a threat, Johnny tries to attack, but the alien makes short work of him. As the rest of the Fantastic Four come to the aid of their youngest member, the mysterious alien then pulls a trumpet from his belt that grows to regular size. Announcing himself as Gabriel, the alien figure then begins to blow his horn, announcing the end of the world.

Appearing in "A Hitch in Time!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #7

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Synopsis for "A Hitch in Time!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #7

Walking through the streets of Manhattan, Peter Parker is lost in thought until he hears the screams of a woman being mugged. With no time to change into Spider-Man, Peter kicks off his shoes and leaps into action. He easily incapacitates the muggers and is surprised to see that the woman involved is trying to flee the scene. When Peter tries to stop her, she tells him that she doesn't want to get involved. Peter is frustrated but allows the woman to leave. This entire exchange is observed by Thor who tries to encourage the youth not to get too upset. Peter is glib with the thunder god, testing his patience. Suddenly, the sky begins to change, inverting to a negative color. Quick thinking, Thor begins swinging Mjolnir creating a protective vortex around the pair. When the vortex dissipates, Thor and Peter are the only two unaffected in a now inverted world.

While Thor takes in the scene and questions what mystical force was responsible, Peter changes into Spider-Man. Just as Spider-Man finishes changing into costume, they spot a group of strange armored soldiers walking about the city. Thor finds them familiar and identifies them as foes, leading Spider-Man into battle. As they battle the warriors, Thor recognizes their leader as the troll known as Kryllk. As the two heroes battle Kryllk's army, the troll explains that what he has done to Earth is merely the staging grounds for an attack on Asgard. The heroes are restrained, and Kryllk shows off his means of accomplishing this goal, the Dark Crystal. When Thor and Spider-Man tries to strike back, Kryllk and his minions suddenly teleport away. Spider-Man asks Thor who their foe is, and the thunder god explains that Kryllk attempted to conquer Asgard centuries ago, only to be stopped by his father Odin.

Their next move takes them to Avenger's Mansion, where the team is also frozen like everyone else in the city. They quickly use the Avenger's computers to track the energies of the Dark Crystal to Asgard. Since he has been exiled from his home, Thor sends Spider-Man to stop the crystal, while he goes to Kryllk's hideout. Traveling through a vortex created by Thor, Spider-Man quickly arrives in Asgard. He discovers that it is in the same situation as Earth. Meanwhile, Thor arrives on a planetoid near Jupiter where Kryllk has set up operations. Feeling vibrations emanating from beneath his feet, Thor uses Mjolnir to smash down below. There he finds Kryllk and his army standing guard before the Dark Crystal. The thunder god fights through the soldiers, but when Thor tries to attack Kryllk himself, but the villain is protected by the aura of the crystal. Kryllk explains that he found the Dark Crystal deep below Asgard and that it told him the secrets of the universe, secrets that Kryllk intended to use against his hated enemy Odin.

While back on Asgard, Spider-Man has also found a Dark Crystal, as well as more of Kryllk's minions and Kryllk himself. Spider-Man begins fighting his the soldiers, and takes note that Kryllk is not even paying attention to him, as though he has having a conversation with someone. When Spider-Man tries to strike Kryllk his fist passes right through his foe. Although it has no apparent effect on Kryllk in Asgard, his physical form near Jupiter suddenly screams in pain and vanishes. Suddenly, the Watcher appears with Spider-Man, and explains that the Dark Crystal belonged to him and that Kryllk had stolen it to tamper with the time continuum in an attempt to destroy Asgard. With the threat now over, the Watcher teleports Spider-Man and Thor back to Earth. Returning to his observatory on the moon, the Watcher ponders how fate allowed Spider-Man and Thor to combat this threat.

Notes

  • Published by Marvel UK
  • The 2nd story is a reprint of the first half of Fantastic Four #120 in black and white.
  • The 3rd story is a reprint of the second part of Marvel Team-Up #7 also in black and white.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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