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Epic Collection Vol 1 Avengers 3
Published
April, 2017


Appearing in "Let Sleeping Dragons Lie!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #41.

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Synopsis for "Let Sleeping Dragons Lie!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #41.

The Black Widow reaches the East with the stolen plane and meets Colonel Ying and Dr. Yen. He shows her his new invention, the Psychotron, which tortures its subjects with their greatest fears. They trap the Black Widow in it, suspecting (correctly) that she is still working for western forces.

Meanwhile, Goliath and Bill Foster are asked to examine the android body Dragon Man. Diablo lures the Avengers away from Dragon Man long enough for him to reactivate his creation. The Avengers battle Diablo and Dragon-Man and eventually beat them, but they nevertheless escape with an unconscious Goliath and the Wasp as their prisoners.

Appearing in "The Plan --- and the Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #42.

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Synopsis for "The Plan --- and the Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #42.

(Story continues from the last issue) Quicksilver contacts the Fantastic Four for intel on Diablo and Dragon Man. Afterwards, he, Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch and Hercules set out in search of them.

In Diablo's hideout, Goliath awakes and tries to attack Diablo. The Wasp is Diablo's prisoner, however, so Goliath backs down. Diablo "monologues" his plan to generate an entire army of Dragon Men. Captain America arrives by himself and is quickly defeated and is sent to prison.The Avengers arrive. Hercules saves the Wasp from Dragon Man while the rest of the team battles Diablo. Dragon Man is thrown into a pit of lava, prompting Diablo to flee.

Meanwhile behind the Iron Curtain, the Black Widow survives the Psychotron and is placed in a cell. The Avengers receive a letter revealing that the Black Widow was working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and they plan to rescue her.

Appearing in "Color Him... the Red Guardian!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #43.

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Synopsis for "Color Him... the Red Guardian!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #43.

Quicksilver demonstrates his newfound ability to fly. and Captain America has to prove himself to a skeptical Hercules before he will take orders from him. Cap easily wins Hercules' admiration in a duel.

Sometime later, while most of the Avengers are away from the mansion, Hawkeye gets information about the Black Widow's whereabouts. Anxious to help her, Hawkeye cannot wait for his team mates to return. He sets out to rescue her immediately, with only Hercules in tow.

Meanwhile, Colonel Ling shows a general his newest asset: The Red Guardian. He has been trained and conditioned to be the equal of Captain America in every way but to stand for communism.

Hercules and Hawkeye invade Ling's base. Hercules is lured into the Psychotron. Hawkeye is captured by the Red Guardian, who is dramatically revealed to be the Black Widow's husband whom she thought was dead.

Back in the States, The Avengers learn about Hawkye's rescue mission and depart to rescue their compatriots.

Appearing in "The Valiant Also Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #44.

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Synopsis for "The Valiant Also Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #44.

The Black Widow is subjected to a lie-detector test to determine where her true loyalties lie. Although she is really still an ally of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., she beats the test and is set free. Hawkeye and Hercules remain captives though.

The rest of the Avengers arrrive at the base and attack. They gradually make headway through the communist troops. Hawkeye manages to escape and joins in the fighting.

Captain America is separated from his team mates and challenged to a one-on-one fight with the Red Guardian. In the midst of the duel, Cap loses his shield but gains the upper hand, until Colonel Ling electrocutes him. The Red Guardian is unhappy that Captain America was defeated so dishonorably.

While her opponents are distracted, the Black Widow tries to disable the Psychotron, but is caught in the act and shot at by the Colonel. The Red Guardian leaps in the way and takes the shot, however, and the Black Widow completes her task. She is then shot just as Hawkeye runs in and catches her.

With the Psychotron disabled, Hercules breaks free. He, Cap and Hawkeye (carrying an injured Black Widow) follow. United once more, the entire Avengers team retreat from the base.

Colonel Ling tries to kill the Avengers one last time with a rocket launcher but is stopped again by the Red Guardian. The rocket blows up the base and the Avengers barely escape. Back in the U.S., the Black Widow is rushed to the hospital. The Avengers, and especially Hawkeye, are relieved to learn she is expected to make a full recovery.

Appearing in "Blitzkrieg in Central Park!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #45.

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Synopsis for "Blitzkrieg in Central Park!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #45.

The Avengers, including Iron-Man and Thor, assemble in Central Park to attend "Avengers Day", a large celebration held to honor the Avengers' ongoing heroic efforts. Unbeknownst to the heroes, the Super-Adaptoid lurks within the crowd, anticipating a moment to attack them. But he's waiting for the absent Captain America to arrive before he shows himself.

Hercules is asked to be an Avenger and he accepts. After a while, Thor and Iron Man leave but Captain America arrives. The Super-Adaptoid then shows himself and attacks the team. After a long battle, the Adaptoid is beaten when it tries to use all its different powers at once, effectively short-circuiting it.

Appearing in "The Agony and the Anthill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #46.

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Synopsis for "The Agony and the Anthill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #46.

Most of the team are relaxing in the newly refurbished Avengers Mansion lounge. The Scarlet Witch thinks that Captain America has seemed decidedly distracted recently. Cap is distracted by thoughts of a beautiful S.H.I.E.L.D. agent he's recently met whom he only knows as "Agent 13."

Hawkeye arrives with the recovered Black Widow. She announces that she's giving up her costumed identity and retiring from espionage work. The Wasp arrives as well, accompanied by her new chauffeur Charles. Goliath chides her for bringing an unknown person into the Mansion, but she counters that she just wanted to introduce him to the team so they know who he is when he comes and goes. Jan dismisses Charles for the time being.

Hercules makes strides to fit in with modern day society by shaving his beard and wearing a suit and tie. Sporting this new look, he asks Wanda out for a night on the town. Hawkeye and the former Black Widow, now just Natasaha, join them on a double date. As they stroll down the street, the naive Hercules notices stares (from female passerbys) and is concerned that he's doing something wrong. His friends assure him he is doing everything very right.

Elsewhere, Goliath's suspicions about "Charles" are proven correct: He's really the villain formerly known as the Human Top, an enemy of Giant-Man, who used his position as Wasp's chauffeur to get a close-up look at the security parameters at the mansion. Donning a new costume and calling himself Whirlwind, he plots to take revenge on Goliath.

Goliath is working in the mansion's lab, aided by Jan, when Whirlwind attacks. Taking them by surprise, he easily defeats them and shrinks them using Goliath's experimental new size-chaning ray. He then tosses them into a glass anthill (which Hank was using to test new control circuitry on) and sets to work planting a bomb to eliminate the rest of the team.

Without Hank's control helmet, Hank and Jan are viewed by the ants as intruders and attempt to kill them. They flee but Hank is caught. Jan attacks the ant grasping Hank in his mandibles, killing it. As it turns out, this was the hive's queen and without her guidance, the rest of the ants become docile. Using circuits contained in the glass structure, Hank cobbles together a new ant-control helmet and takes over the colony. He instructs the ants to transport him and Jan to the surface.

Meanwhile, Captain America and Quicksilver have returned to the mansion and found Whirlwind in the act of sabotage. They battle him to a standstill, but he escapes. As he retreats, Whirlwind gloats that neither of the heroes are aware of the explosive he planted in the lab.

Aided by the ants, Goliath reaches voice amplification equipment and warns Cap amd Pietro about the bomb. Grabbing it, Quicksilver rushes outside with it and throws it up into the air, letting it explode without causing harm. As he returns to the mansion, though, he overhears a few eyewitness pedestrians remark how they distrust both he and his sister Wanda as they are mutants. Pietro reflects that no matter how much good the twins do as Avengers, the public will never forget their past as Magneto's lackeys.

Goliath determines that his new headband is actually much improved on his old Ant-Man helmet. He decides to resume using the powers of Ant-Man as well as his Goliath abilities to help the Avengers.

Appearing in "Magneto Walks the Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #47.

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Synopsis for "Magneto Walks the Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #47.

On the Stranger's home world, Magneto and the Toad plot their escape as their captor, the Stranger, has lately become disinterested in them and preoccupied with other concerns. Magneto's abilities enable him to sense radio waves emanating from Earth.

The Avengers are stunned when Captain America announces that he's resigning. He curtly tells the Avengers he's leaving to live his own life and wants nothing more to do with any of them. Even as he stalks away, Cap regrets his words and worries about how his now ex-teammates will think of him, but he can't tell them the real reason for his departure.

Hercules returns to Greece after discovering a possible way to get back to Olympus. He sets out to traverse the dimensional barriers.

In England, scientist Dane Whitman reflects on his private shame: his uncle was the supervillian known as the Black Knight, a member of the original Masters of Evil. The Black Knight died after falling from his winged horse after a confrontation with Iron-Man; he died in Dane's arms after confessing to his criminal deeds. Dane hopes to make amends for his uncle's misdeeds somehow.

But Dane's traitorous assistant Norris accidentally sabotages his most recent experiment, enabling Magneto and Toad to escape back to Earth from Labworld. After subduing Dane and killing Norris, Magneto plans to revive the Masters of Evil. Although he decides to ignore Mastermind for the time being, he sends a coded message to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. The twins travel to Whitman castle and fall into Magneto's trap. The twins refuse to rejoin the Brotherhood, but Magneto is confident he can persuade them. Magneto, Toad depart with their captives.

Afterwards, Dane is appalled at the unwitting aid he and Norris provided to Magneto. Hoping to make things right, Dane dons the armor and sword of the Black Knight and mounts his winged horse. The new, heroic Black Knight flies off to warn the Avengers about Magneto's capture of the twins.

Appearing in "The Black Knight Lives Again!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #48.

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Synopsis for "The Black Knight Lives Again!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #48.

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are held captive by Magneto, but Quicksilver manages to send a distress signal. Hercules continues to search deserted Olympus for clues. Hawkeye, Goliath and the Wasp receive the distress call. Meanwhile, deciding to use his uncle's inventions for good, Dane Whitman becomes the new Black Knight. He goes to the Avengers to help them, but mistaking him for evil, they attack. Dane becomes angry when they do not believe him, so he flies off on his own.

Appearing in "Mine Is the Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #49.

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Synopsis for "Mine Is the Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #49.

Hercules is attacked by Typhon, the cause of Olympus' desertion. Meanwhile, Quicksilver pretends to ally himself with Magneto, they travel to the U.N. and demand that the mutants of the world should be given a nation of their own. The Avengers attack and the Scarlet Witch accidentally gets shot, driving Quicksilver into a frenzy and making him join with Magneto for real. They then leave. Meanwhile, back in Olympus, Hercules is beaten and sent to another world by Typhon.

Appearing in "To Tame a Titan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #50.

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Synopsis for "To Tame a Titan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #50.

The story opens as the Wasp is intervening in a furious shouting match between Hawkeye and Goliath. Recent events, particularly the disastrous standoff with Magneto at the United Nations, have reduced the Avengers’ active membership to three members and Goliath has seemingly lost the ability to grow larger. The Wasp suggests they search for Hercules, as he has been MIA but never officially resigned from the team as Captain America, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch all have. They take off in a quinjet following his trail to Greece. Each of the three disheartened Avengers secretly wonders if the team should simply disband.

Meanwhile, the Titan known as Typhon has taken control of Olympus and banished Hercules to a limbo dimension. In this netherworld, Hercules finds his father Zeus and the other members of the ancient Greek pantheon, who have all having exiled there as well. (Zeus remarks on Hercules’s clean-shaven appearance with distaste.) Having only enough power to return one of them to Earth, Zeus sends Hercules whom he believes can vanquish Typhon.

Having grown restless ruling over an abandoned Olympus, Typhon has descended to the Mediterranean Sea below where he encounters U.S. naval ships. He attacks them to demonstrate his might and sinks a submarine. The Avengers arrive and oppose him but are seriously outmatched. At one point, Goliath is cornered and unable to grow. He is forced to shrink to Ant-Man size to narrowly elude the Titan’s blows.

Hercules arrives on the scene and combats Typhon one one one, ultimately defeating him. Hercules’s victory enables the Olympians to return from their exile. Typhon is dispatched to Tartarus (the lower depths of the Olympian underworld) while a once banished Hercules is welcomed back to Olympus. Hercules therefore resigns from the Avengers as well. Yet back in his immortal home, he thinks to himself of the pride and respect he has for his fellow Avengers.

Returning to New York, the three remaining Avengers realize that there will still be menaces to confront and that the Avengers must remain active, even if it is only the three of them.

Appearing in "In the Clutches of... the Collector!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #51.

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Synopsis for "In the Clutches of... the Collector!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #51.

As the story opens, Goliath is strapped into a high-voltage electrical harness in an attempt to jumpstart his size changing ability. But not only does the effort fail, the harness overloads and threatens to kill him. Hawkeye tries shutting the grid down, but the circuits have been fried. The Wasp flies into the machinery and unplugs some connections, saving him in the nick of time.

Some time later and elsewhere, the Avengers’ former opponent the Collector aims to add the entire roster of the Avengers to his menagerie of “pets.” He turns his attention to the three currently active members, who are gathering at Janet’s residence. Hawkeye and Goliath have arrived just as Jan is diving into her new A-shaped swimming pool. As she climbs out, she notices a comb on the floor and picks it up. Suddenly, she is flung into the air. The “comb” was a trap designed to retrieve her and she cannot let go. Both Goliath and Hawkeye grab hold of her, hoping to stop her from being carried away but they too are lifted into the air. The three heroes are carried far above the Earth to the spaceship of the Collector.

As soon as they are brought onboard, the Avengers are shocked to discover that not only are they prisoners of the Collector... but Thor is with him, apparently willingly! The heroes are then shocked into unconsciousness by a “Venusian Retriever-Anemone”. They awaken in adjoining prison chambers to see the Collector, stroking a “Jupiterian Sauro-Beast” like a cat, and accompanied by Thor. The Collector recounts to his prisoners how he came across an unwary Thor (who was not among the Avengers who encountered the Collector previously and hence was unaware of his devious nature). He tricked Thor into drinking a draught of a drug that placed him under his control.

Desiring a “perfect” collection of Avengers, the alien antiquarian attempts to restore Goliath’s size-changing abilities as well. He subjects him to a procedure similar to what Pym attempted earlier, but upping the amplitude by having Thor create a major storm as a source of power. The attempt seems to fail though. Disappointed, the Collector returns Goliath to his prison cell.

The Collector then turns his attention towards gathering up the other Avengers not yet in his possession. Using a video screen, he spies on Captain America who is in the midst of a battle in Africa (alongside the Wakandan superhero the Black Panther) and the Collector chooses to wait before gathering him up. Likewise, he sees that the Hulk is currently crossing the Bifrost rainbow bridge into Asgard and is thus out of his reach for the moment. Instead, he focuses his attention on Iron-Man and dispatches Thor to retrieve him.

Thor accosts Iron-Man in midair, attacking him. Iron-Man is caught off-guard but does his best to fight back.

Onboard the Collector’s ship, Goliath is surprised to discover that Wasp has escaped from her holding cell. She explains that the Jupiterian Sauro-Beast is actually a form of insect life susceptible to her control and she instructed it to free her. Wasp then frees Goliath and Hawkeye and they take on the Collector, who siccs his giant robot, Chumley the Savage, on them. Hawkeye shoots an explosive arrow at its control panel but this only causes it to run wild. It grabs the Collector, who is now unable to control it. He teleports himself away, abandoning his ship, his menagerie, and the three Avengers. They fear they are outmatched, but Goliath feels an odd sensation. He begins growing -- the Collector’s experiment worked after all just with a delayed effect! Goliath grows to 25 feet high, taller than ever before, and tackles the Chumley.

Elsewhere, Thor has overwhelmed Iron-Man with a massive current of lightning bolts that shuts down his armor and incapacitates him. However, as soon as the Collector has fled his ship, he also loses control of the thunder god. Taking the unconscious Iron-Man along with him, Thor returns to the ship to rescue his friends. He arrives just in the nick of time as the damage the giant robot is destroying it. Thor carries all three current Avengers and Iron-Man back to Earth before the ship explodes.

Back at Avengers Mansion, Iron-Man tests out Goliath’s size-changing abilities and deems that not only are they permanently restored, they’ve been expanded (literally) by the Collector’s shock treatment. Just then, the Avengers receive a transmission from Captain America. He apologizes for leaving the team in such an abrupt manner as he did and nominates a new team member to take his place: the Black Panther. Although T’Challa is concerned the team might not want him, Hawkeye radios back that if Cap vouches for him, it’s good enough for them.

Appearing in "Death Calls for the Arch-Heroes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #52.

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Synopsis for "Death Calls for the Arch-Heroes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #52.

The Black Panther travels to the Avengers HQ, passes through the security systems and finds the Avengers dead. He is then caught by the bodies by SHIELD agent Jasper Sitwell and arrested. It is shown that the Avengers were attacked by the Grim Reaper, and put in a special type of coma, that only he can undo. He wishes revenge for the death of his brother: Wonder Man. The Panther breaks free of the police and returns to the Avengers HQ to find the Reaper. They fight and the Black Panther steals the Reaper's coma weapon. He rushes to the hospital, battling policemen, and revives the Avengers. He is then cleared of any charges and joins the team.

Appearing in "In Battle Joined!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #53.

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Synopsis for "In Battle Joined!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #53.

Cyclops has just defeated Quicksilver in battle within Magneto's fortress when the Avengers arrive. Apparently unaware that their former comrade has rejoined Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Avengers attack Cyclops. As he flees, Cyclops wonders what happened when he sent the Angel back to New York to seek the Avengers' aid.

A flashback to several hours earlier depicts the Angel arriving at Avengers Mansion where he is cornered by its security system. After being freed by the Avengers, Angel informed them how Magneto had the X-Men prisoner and that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch had rejoined the Brotherhood. Agreeing to help Angel free the X-Men, the Avengers returned to the island with him aboard one of their aircrafts. Along the way, the Wasp spotted a spy recorder hidden in Angel's wing, making them believe that Angel must have been in league with Magneto and prompting Goliath to restrain the protesting mutant. This was the situation when the Avengers arrived and encountered Cyclops.

As it turns out, Magneto had the Toad plant the device on the Angel and allowed him to escape so that he might bring his other foes, the Avengers, to his base. He hopes to trick them into a battle against the X-Men. While explaining this, Magneto is both physically and verbally abusive toward his loyal minion. The Scarlet Witch sees Magneto slapping him and silently wishes she still had her hex powers so that she could defend him. She dares not reveal that she's lost her abilities as she fears Magneto's reaction if and when he finds out.

Meanwhile, the Avengers are searching the island for Cyclops when Goliath and Hawkeye briefly get into fisticuffs. The Wasp and Black Panther break up the scuffle and get them to focus on their true enemy: Magneto. But spying on the Avengers via a closed-circuit camera, Magneto is pleased to see that his enemies' tempers are already strained. He hopes to use their own internal strife to his advantage. Magneto then uses a special device to amplify his powers and direct them into mentally dominating the X-Men.

Cyclops has found the rest of the imprisoned X-Men and freed them. But just then, they are overwhelmed by Magneto's mind-control device that turns them into rampaging killing machines. They encounter and immediately attack the Avengers. A battle ensues in which the X-Men seem to be triumphing. But the Black Panther realizes that he and his team-mates are unconsciously holding back against the X-Men (whom they know to be heroes) while their opponents are not. The Avengers stop pulling their punches and quickly subdue the X-Men, all of whom are performing sloppily in battle as Magneto's "rage" machine has caused them to forget their meticulous Danger Room training.

As Magneto and his allies watch the events unfold, they are startled by the appearance of the Angel. He reveals that the Avengers had caught onto the ruse concerning the bug. They had put on a ruse of their own, pretending to turn on the Angel so that Magneto would be caught off-guard. Goliath tied up the Angel, but made sure the knots were loose enough for him to easily escape while the Wasp approached him in miniature size, so as not to be seen by the cameras, and she whispered the team's plan into his ear. Even Goliath and Hawkeye's quarrel was a ruse to confuse the master of magnetism.

Magneto holds the Avengers at bay and then once more lashes out at Toad, slapping him as he curtly orders him to activate the base's defense system. The Toad, however, has had enough of Magneto's abusive behavior. He sets the defense system to self-destruct the entire island flees the base along with the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

Magneto tries to board their escape craft, but his magnetic abilities cannot affect the ship. The Toad reminds him that Magneto, in his hubris, built a non-metallic ship just to prove he could still control it. Magneto desperately grabs hold of the ship as it rises, but Toad steps on his hand, causing him to fall back into the base as the ship flies off.

The Avengers take the X-Men onboard their own ship and escape just as the base explodes, seemingly killing Magneto in the process.

Appearing in "...And Deliver Us From--The Masters of Evil!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #54.

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Synopsis for "...And Deliver Us From--The Masters of Evil!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #54.

Jarvis betrays the Avengers, to the new Masters of Evil, by explaining the layout of the HQ and traps. The Black Knight tries to warn the Avengers but is captured in a trap. However, his horse Aragorn escapes to complete the message. The Avengers do not receive the message in time, and they are attacked and captured by the Masters of Evil. The Crimson Cowl they were taking orders from turns out to be a robot, and the true Crimson Cowl is Edwin Jarvis himself!

Appearing in "Mayhem Over Manhattan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #55.

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Synopsis for "Mayhem Over Manhattan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #55.

The Avengers are held captive, and it is shown that the Crimson Cowl isn't the Edwin Jarvis at all, but the robot Ultron-5. Jarvis is supposedly killed, but he escapes and finds the Black Knight, who helps him. The Black Knight then attacks the Masters of Evil and frees the Avengers. Together they defeat the Masters. Although Ultron and Whirlwind escape, the rest are imprisoned. The Avengers decide to give Jarvis a second chance.

Appearing in "Death Be Not Proud!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #56.

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Synopsis for "Death Be Not Proud!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #56.

The Avengers meet Captain America in an old castle. Inside they find Doctor Doom's Time Machine. The Wasp stays behind to operate it and the rest of the Avengers go back in time to Bucky's death in order to see if he actually survives. They appear in the past in spirit forms, unable to do anything but watch.

They see Baron Zemo with a humanoid he created. Captain America and Bucky smash through the window and attack. They are beaten and strapped to a bomb.

Meanwhile the Wasp falls asleep in the future, causing the Avengers to appear in a solid form in the past. They battle Zemo and the Humanoids for a while, and Captain America severs the bonds holding the past Captain America and Bucky. The Wasp then awakes and the Avengers turn into spirit form again.

The old Captain America and Bucky try and stop the V2 from launching, but just as Captain America remembers, he slips and Bucky dies destroying it. They then return to the future.

Appearing in "The Monstrous Master Plan of the Mandarin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Annual #1.

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Synopsis for "The Monstrous Master Plan of the Mandarin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Annual #1.

PART ONE: THE MONSTROUS PLAN OF THE MANDARIN
The Living Laser attempts to escape from prison but Iron Man (who, in his civilian identity as Tony Stark has been inspecting security tech that Stark supplied to the prison) stops him. But then, the Living Laser vanishes suddenly. Concerned that other past Avengers foes may be "escaping" in such a manner, Iron Man calls a meeting of all Avengers -- much to the surprise of his team mates since he is not an active member of the team at the time.

It is revealed that the Living Laser had been teleported away by the Mandarin. He has gathered together the Swordsman, Power Man, the Executioner and the Enchantress. They are instructed to aid his master plan by attacking a variety of locations all over the world. To ensure his lackies stay in line, the Mandarin pretends to teleport the Sub-Mariner to his base as well. When Namor refuses to obey orders, the Mandarin summarily destroys him. It's all an illusion meant to frighten the villains into behaving, but it works; they all fall in line.

When Iron-Man arrives at Avengers Mansion, he's attacked by Hercules who doesn't know him and mistakes him for a villain. Their brief skirmish is halted by Thor's arrival, who introduces the two heroes and assures them both that they are all on the same side. Nick Fury contacts the Avengers and relates how several of their past opponents are staging attacks around the world in what appears to be a concerted effort. The Avengers break up into teams to confront the villains.

PART TWO: TO PERISH BY THE SWORD
Iron Man, Goliath and the Wasp deal with Power Man and the Swordsman. Iron-Man prevents the Swordsman from crushing a city with a colossal sword.

PART THREE: STRUGGLE IN A STRANGE LAND
Hercules and the Scarlet Witch stop the Executioner and Enchantress.

PART FOUR: AND A MONSTER SHALL STALK THE LAND
Thor and Hawkeye deal with Living Laser who is aided by Mandarin's giant robot Ultimo. But they defeat him as well.

PART FIVE: SHOWDOWN IN SPACE
Captain America and Quicksilver confront the Mandarin in his space station. Soon enough, they are joined by the rest of the Avengers. The Mandarin uses a hate ray on them, causing them to fight whoever they are closest to. The Wasp, however, is closer to the Mandarin. She attacks him and the hate ray is deactivated. The Mandarin tries again to defeat them with another ray, but it blows a hole in the wall and sucks him out into space. The Avengers plant a bomb and destroy the base after leaving.

As the team returns to Earth in a shuttle, Iron-Man remarks on how the entire team of Avengers ought to assemble more often. The Scarlet Witch chimes in that she hopes it doesn't have to take a villain such as the Mandarin to unite them all in the future.

Appearing in "...And Time, the Rushing River..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Annual #2.

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Synopsis for "...And Time, the Rushing River..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Annual #2.

Part 1:

Returning from their adventure back in time to World War 2 (In Avengers #56 Cap felt the need to use Dr. Doom's time machine to go back in time to ensure that his partner Bucky had died during their final battle against Baron Zemo) the Avengers find that their Aerocar is missing. Walking back to their headquarters they find that the place looks oddly different, yet familiar and set with defenses that they had changed years ago. Entering the briefing room they come face to face with the original Avengers: Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, and the Hulk. Although both parties are confused a battle erupts when Goliath tries to unmask Giant-Man and is shocked to find it isn't an impostor -- it's really him. The original Avengers manage to force the "new" members into retreat, and they seek refuge in a nearby subway tunnel to try and figure out what's going on. They deduce that perhaps their accidental tampering of history during World War II had caused a time paradox that has caused their current predicament.

Meanwhile, the original Avengers are paid a visit by the Scarlet Centurion, apparently somebody whom they owe a great debt too. The Centurion informs the Avengers that the five super powered beings that had shown up were the ones he said were the evil beings he foretold would come one day. He instructs the original Avengers to stay at Avengers Mansion to await further orders.

Back in the subway tunnel, Goliath considers the possibility that a device called a Herodotron might still exist. In their own timeline, Goliath helped construct this device, which would record all historical data. Figuring they have nothing to lose in checking, they go to the building on Long Island which housed the Herodotron in their own time. They break into the facility and find that it does indeed exist in this alternate reality. They decide to wire Captain America into the device because he has the will power to handle all the incoming information.

Searching through the recorded history, Captain America finds the truth: Back during the early days of the Avengers, following their battle with the Space Phantom (Back in Avengers #2) before the Hulk could leave the group they are visited by the Scarlet Centurion. The Centurion offers them knowledge of the future so that the group may conquer famine, plague, and pestilence from the world and bring on a golden era of peace. The Avengers decide to hear out the Centurion who tells them that the world's problems are the result of so many super-powered beings running loose.

The Avengers then go on a mission to capture all the super-beings, starting with the Fantastic Four, then Spider-Man, the X-Men, Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange. They prevent SHIELD from ever forming by capturing its founding members, and defeat Daredevil. With all the world's heroes captured, the Avengers then take down every super-villain in the world. Not even the combined efforts of Dr. Doom, Electro, the Mandarin, and Dr. Octopus can stop the Avengers. After all the super-powered beings on Earth were defeated by the Avengers, they then declare control of the world and order the stop of all atomic tests and scientific inquiry in an attempt to halt the advent of new super-beings.

Stopping the history playback, Cap informs his fellow Avengers that their counterparts in this new timeline have turned the world into a dictatorship under their complete control. The group decides that the only way they can stop this reality's Avengers is by correcting the divergence they made in time. They decide the best thing to do is to recollect Dr. Doom's time machine, which they learn has been disassembled and all its parts have been spread out around the city. The Avengers split into groups to find each part.

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Hawkeye and Black Panther travel to the construction site of a new office building to locate the first piece of the time machine. There they get into a battle with the Hulk and Iron Man. Hawkeye easily defeats Iron Man with acid arrows (in this reality, there was no Hawkeye for Iron Man to battle and come up with defenses to Hawkeye's arrows) and while Black Panther has the Hulk distracted, somehow one of Hawkeye's sonic arrows causes the Hulk to change back into Bruce Banner. Hawkeye and Black Panther recover the first part of Doom's time machine.

Next Captain America battles Thor by himself. Cap ends up defeating Thor by separating him from his hammer longer than 60 seconds and knocking out Thor's mortal guise of Donald Blake. Cap secures his part of Doom's time machine.

Goliath and Wasp square off against their own original Avengers counterparts at the docks. Goliath defeats Giant-Man underwater due to Goliath's stronger lung capacity, and the Wasp uses her counterpart's anger against her. With their opponents defeated, Goliath and Wasp capture the final piece of Doom's time machine.

The Avengers bring Doom's time machine and their opponents back to Doom's stateside castle in order to repair the device and return history back to normal. In reassembling the time machine the Scarlet Centurion appears and reveals that the whole ordeal, beginning with implanting the idea that Bucky may have lived in Cap's mind, was orchestrated by the Centurion to take over this era. His reasoning was that if he pitted the time-displaced Avengers against a version of the original team that had never met any of them, he'd be able to swiftly dispose of the Avengers for good.

While the other Avengers distract the Centurion, Goliath shrinks down to Ant-Man size and activates the time machine, sending the Centurion into the far future, and the Avengers back to their own version of history.

The Watcher appears and explains to the leader that the Scarlet Centurion was formerly known as the time traveler Rama Tut, and after his meeting with Dr. Doom became the Centurion. Having defeated the Centurion, the Avengers sent him to the year 4,000 where he would become Kang the Conquerer.

The Avengers rematerialize in Doom's castle in their own era, with no memory of the events that transpired. When Jan mentions she dozed off at the controls while the Avengers were back in time during World War 2, the group dismisses it and returns home.

Appearing in "When Mutants Clash!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #45.

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Synopsis for "When Mutants Clash!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #45.

Continued from last issue....

The X-Men are prisoners of Magneto, and while Angel has been sent off to get the aid of the Avengers, Cyclops has been trying to break free of his restrains. Using his optic blast, he manages to break the shield that has been put over his visor and manages to blast off his shackles. Rushing off to find the other X-Men, he finds Jean locked in a cell but finds that she is in a trance of some kind and is of no use to her, so he begins searching for the other X-Men. Spotted by the Toad, Cyclops attempts to stop the evil mutant, however he manages to flee the scene to warn Magneto, leaving Cyclops to rush and find Beast and Iceman.

As Angel arrives in New York, while recounting his encounter with the old World War II hero the Red Raven, Cyclops continues to search for his captive friends. Cyclops is spotted and approached by Quicksilver, who attempts to talk to Cyclops, however Cyclops attacks instead. Meanwhile Toad is reporting back to Magneto about Cyclops' escape. Magneto blasts Toad with a magnetic jolt and is about to kill his useless minion when the Toad's pleas for mercy disgusts Magneto into deciding that the Toad is not worth killing in order to focus on other matters.

The battle between Quicksilver and Cyclops takes a brief pause and Pietro attempts to convince Scott to join the Brotherhood and see the error in defending the humans. When Cyclops refuses to give up Xavier's teachings, the two resume their fight when Quicksilver resumes the attack on Cyclops.

Witnessing the battle through his control monitor, Magneto bellows over Quicksilver's inability to destroy Cyclops. When Wanda enters the room and sees the battle happening she asks Magneto to intervene, a request that Magneto refuses. The battle quickly ends when Cyclops knocks out Quicksilver with his optic blast. Trying in vain to revive the mutant speedster so he might learn where his fellow X-Men are, he is interrupted by the arrival of the Avengers.

This story is continued in Avengers #53...

Appearing in "The Revengers Vs. Charlie America"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Not Brand Echh #5.

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Synopsis for "The Revengers Vs. Charlie America"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Not Brand Echh #5.

Satirizes the events of Avengers #4 when the four remaining original Avengers discovered Captain America floating in a block of ice.

Appearing in "This Fan-- This Forbush!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Not Brand Echh #8.

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Synopsis for "This Fan-- This Forbush!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Not Brand Echh #8.

First he tries to join the Revengers, who are having their own problems both with the departure of Charlie America and an attack by their enemy from the future, Dang the Conqueror. They eagerly accept Forbush-Man but it all goes wrong when Golightly, Hogeye, the Wisp and Black Panter are blasted into eternity in Dang's time machine.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Mighty Avengers: Most Wanted Files #1; Olympians' entry



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