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Appearing in "Even Heroes Bleed!"

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Synopsis for "Even Heroes Bleed!"

Rescued from the police by S.T.R.I.K.E, an unconscious Captain Britain wrestles on the astral plane with a nightmarish creature as Lance Hunter watches over what appears to be his brain-dead body...

Appearing in "The Monster's Secret!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #125

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  • Humans (Main story and flashback)
  • Quons (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "The Monster's Secret!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #125

Trapped in a flooding cave, Sue Richards is at the risk of drowning. As the cavern fills with water she attempts a desperate gamble: enveloping herself in an invisible force field she hopes that she has enough air for the water currents to push her to the surface. Meanwhile, at a hospital, Reed tries to struggle free from the doctors that are trying to get him to rest after suffering from extreme exhaustion. Seeking to break free and search for his missing wife, Reed struggles with hospital staff until they are able to sedate him.

At the Baxter Building, Johnny and Ben have gone through the Fantastic Four's files and discovered the identity of Sue's kidnapper, the so-called Creature of the Lost Lagoon. The pair recall how they originally encountered the alien not so long ago and, after a misunderstanding, the creature ventured off into space with its mate and unborn children. [3] Ben and Johnny wonder what the creature is doing back on Earth, and why it kidnapped Sue.

Back in the underwater cave, Sue is still trapped and is quickly running out of air, when the creature suddenly finds her. Realizing that she is in grave danger, Sue's kidnapper plugs the floor and the cavern begins to drain of the flood water. This allows Sue to drop her force field, but she is left to wonder why the alien has captured her and what it could possibly want from her. While at the hospital, Reed shakes off the effects of the sedative and more determined than ever to rescue his wife manages to put on his costume and force his way out. Reed only gets as far as the roof before he is struck with another wave of fatigue. But when the hospital staff surrounds him, Reed allows himself to fall off the roof and turns his body into a glider to float away.

Meanwhile, at the Baxter Building, Johnny recalls that the lost the creature near a lake in Central Park and goes for some diving gear. As the Torch rockets off on his own, Ben tries to follow after him in the Pogo Plane only to realize that it does not have any fuel. Rushing down to the parking garage, the Thing then lifts Johnny's sports car out of its parking space and speeds off to the park as well. At that very moment, Reed spots Johnny in the distance and also begins floating to their intended destination. When they all arrive minutes apart from each other, Reed tires to go off after his wife alone, but is held back by both Ben and Johnny. When Reed refuses to stand down, Ben is forced to knock their leader out. While Johnny and Ben dive into the lake, the creature brings Sue aboard his ship, then abruptly leaves her alone with more questions.

Swimming to the outer lake, the creature crosses paths with Ben and Johnny. When the Creature fights back, the Torch uses his powers to heat up the water and force the creature to the surface. There Ben and Johnny pile onto their attacker, but soon Reed gets into the middle of their battle, pointing out that the creature has come for help, not to fight. Convincing the creature that they mean no harm, it brings them to its ship where it reveals that Sue is unharmed. She explains that the creature returned to Earth to get medicine when his mate contracted an illness from their last time on Earth, and desperate for aid, it kidnapped Sue for help. With the explanations out of the way and the creature's mate cured, both aliens blast off in their ship, leaving the Fantastic Four behind.

Appearing in "And Now It Begins"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #4

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Synopsis for "And Now It Begins"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #4

The origin of S.H.I.E.L.D. is recounted as well as it finding its leader: Colonel Nick Fury.

Appearing in "Wolf at Bay"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #12

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  • Moondark (Main story and flashback) (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "Wolf at Bay"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Team-Up #12

Sent on assignment in San Francisco, Peter Parker takes a moment to explore the Golden Gate Bridge as Spider-Man. Thinking this might be what he needed to get his mind off of Gwen Stacy, the wall-crawler is unaware that he is being observed by the Werewolf by Night. Lost in thought, Spider-Man barely notices his spider-sense going off and narrowly avoids the opening attack by the Werewolf. The lunge knocks them both off the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. As they fall, Spider-Man thinks back to how he found himself in this situation, to begin with...

A few days earlier, Peter Parker went to see J. Jonah Jameson for an out of town photo assignment. Jameson complains about having to cover the expense of such a trip, but Joe Robertson tells them that Daredevil and the Black Widow have been very active in California and that they are newsworthy enough to send someone out to San Francisco. Accepting that Peter is likely the best photographer to send to capture photos of the two heroes, Jameson agrees to send Parker out, but warns him that he better take some stellar pictures

...Snapping out of his recollection, Spider-Man manages to break their fall with a net of webbing. However, the Werewolf still comes at the wall-crawler, forcing the hero to toss the monster off the side of the bridge and into the water below. As Spider-Man looks for any sign of his attacker, he is unaware as the spectral face of some strange individual appears behind him. After a brief observation, the face vanishes before Spider-Man can sense its presence. Famished, Spider-Man swings into the city and changes into Peter Parker. Going into a diner, he orders a meal from the waitress. Peter notices that the waitress who took his order was emotionless. Looking around, he notices that everyone else in the diner appears to be in some kind of trance. When the waitress comes back with his food, she suddenly screams, and the Werewolf comes crashing in through the front door. Peter struggles with the Werewolf, but their fight sends them crashing out of the diner's window. With his street clothes shredded, Peter slams the Werewolf's head into the side of a car then leaps onto the roof of the diner to change into his Spider-Man costume. Suddenly, the people inside the restaurant come pouring out and walk off into the streets, still under a trance.

With the sun rising, Spider-Man is shocked to witness the Werewolf revert back to human form. Spider-Man helps the man up, and learns that he is Jack Russell. Russell explains that he came to San Francisco to recover from the effects of the last full moon along with his sister Lissa and his friend Buck Cowan. He explains that they decided to check out a magic show by a magician calling himself Moondark. During the performance, Moondark put the entire audience into a trance, including Jack Russell. When he snapped out of it, he found himself in Moondark's dressing room. The sorcerer then used his magical powers to transform Jack into the Werewolf and teleport him to the Golden Gate Bridge to attack Spider-Man.

Deciding to help, Spider-Man is taken to the theater where Moondark is performing. There, the wall-crawler smashes their way in. However, Jack suddenly turns into the Werewolf and attacks Spider-Man, sending both crashing down the stairs. There Moondark still has Lissa and Buck in a trance. Although Spider-Man struggles with the Werewolf, he realizes his best chance is to stop Moondark. The wall-crawler shoves Moondark through his mists of transportation, sending the two away. Without Moondark's influence, Jack Russel and his friends are returned to normal. They then wonder what became of Spider-Man and Moondark. Meanwhile, on the Golden Gate Bridge, Spider-Man holds on for dear life, after being transported there by the mists. Unfortunately for Moondark, he fell into San Francisco Bay, and seemingly perished. Spider-Man swings off to recover his clothing so he can complete his assignment.

Spider-Man's trip to San Francisco continues in Daredevil #103...

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