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Essential Series Vol 1 Avengers 2
Published
June, 2000


Appearing in "Enter...Dr. Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #25.

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Synopsis for "Enter...Dr. Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #25.

The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver recieve a letter from their Aunt in Latveria and decide to visit her. They're accompanied by Captain America and Hawkeye. But when they arrive, they are all jailed and discover the letter was to lure them into a trap set up by Doctor Doom, who decides defeating the Avengers will instil fear in to the Fantastic Four, making them easier to defeat.

The Fantastic Four attempt to assist the Avengers, but are not allowed, as interference could spark an international incident. Nevertheless, the Avengers escape and fight Doom to a standstill, when he causes a divertion and escapes.

Appearing in "The Voice of the Wasp!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #26.

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  • Exploration ship
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Synopsis for "The Voice of the Wasp!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #26.

Captain America shows everyone the new system for recieving secret messages, but Hawkeye doesn't pay attention.

Meanwhile, on the ocean Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne are doing research and spot the Sub-Mariner heading for New York. The Wasp flies away to warn everyone that the Sub-Mariner may pose a threat. On the way she is captured by Attuma.

Attuma brags that he has created a Wave Machine that will flood the whole of the surface world. Wasp manages to send a mayday to the Avengers. The Avengers go to help her without Hawkeye, who isn't present.

Captain America, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch battle Attuma's forces but are ultimately captured. Hawkeye returns to the mansion and tries to check his messages but can't remember how to work it. He decides to use one of Tony Stark's inventions: the "subliminal recall inducer" to remember. However, as he uses the machine, an unknown villain approaches him silently...

Appearing in "Four Against the Floodtide!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #27.

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  • Tidal expaunder
  • Aero-sub
  • Attuma's fleet
  • Y-Ray Tank

Synopsis for "Four Against the Floodtide!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #27.

Hawkeye remembers how to work the message machine but is attacked by the Beetle before he gets a chance to use it. He defeats the Beetle, reads the message and sets off to help. After locating a beaten Quicksilver, they help defeat Attuma. Captain America sabotages Attuma's controls and the base collides with his wave machine, destroying it. They return to find the Beetle missing and an important message on the computer involving the Wasp.

Appearing in "Among Us Walks a Goliath!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #28.

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Synopsis for "Among Us Walks a Goliath!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #28.

Henry Pym calls the Avengers, telling them that he is Giant-Man and that the Wasp is missing. The Wasp has been captured by the Collector and the Beetle.

The Scarlet Witch presents Hank with a new costume she'd just happened to have been sewing in the hopes that he might return to the team. Along with the new costume, he renames himself Goliath.

The Avengers enter the Collector's lair and get seperated and captured but Goliath escapes and frees the other Avengers. They rescue the Wasp and force the Collector to escape with the Beetle using a time machine.

Afterwards however, when Goliath tries to shrink down to his normal size, he collapses and faints at 10 feet tall.

Appearing in "This Power Unleashed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #29.

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  • Avengers car

Synopsis for "This Power Unleashed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #29.

The story is continued from the last issue.

The Avengers are unable to revive the fallen Goliath. They seekk medical help, and their doctor informs them that he will recover but must never attempt to shrink any further than his present, 10-foot height. Frustrated, Goliath storms out in anger.

The Black Widow is captured by Russians, brainwashed and sent to destroy the Avengers. She enlists the help of the Swordsman and Power Man. The Avengers are all captured with the exception of Goliath and the Wasp. They free the captive Avengers. After a brief battle, the Black Widow, the Swordsman and Power Man all escape.


Appearing in "Frenzy in a Far-Off Land!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #30.

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  • Avenger's Rocket Powered Air Car
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Synopsis for "Frenzy in a Far-Off Land!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #30.

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch take a leave of absence from the Avengers due to their powers dwindling.

Goliath also sets off to South America to try and find a cure for his condition. He is seeking out his old college professor, Dr. Anton. Meanwhile, the Black Widow is ordered to destroy the Avengers again with the help of the Swordsman and Power Man. The Avengers locate the villainous trio but Hawkeye wants to go after them alone, as it is personal to him.

In South America, Goliath learns that Dr. Anton has been captured by someone known as the Keeper of the Flame. He tries to save his mentor but is overwhelmed. He is brought to safety, however, by Prince Rey, leader of a rebel force against the Keeper.

Hawkeye defeats the Swordsman but is trapped by Power Man. Realizing she loves him, the Black Widow saves him, finding herself unable to harm him.

Captain America and the Wasp leave for South America to help Goliath.

Appearing in "Never Bug a Giant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #31.

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  • Avengers Rocket Plane

Synopsis for "Never Bug a Giant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #31.

The story is continued from the last issue.

Captain America, The Wasp and Hawkeye leave for South America to help Goliath. Meanwhile, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch realise how badly they liked being Avengers and hope their powers return soon.

Goliath and Prince Rey escape to Prince Rey's rebel hideout. He explains how the Keeper controls a powerful cobalt flame capable of destroying the world. Goliath realises Prince Rey only wants the flame for his own desires and leaves him.

Goliath attacks the Keeper and gets captured. The other Avengers attack and also get captured with the exception of the Wasp. Prince Rey's forces attack the Keeper's, while at the same time, the Wasp frees all the Avengers. Hawkeye smothers the flame with explosive arrows, destroying it.

The Avengers free Dr. Anton and leave. Unfortunately, Dr. Anton can do nothing to help Goliath's condition.

Appearing in "The Sign of the Serpent!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #32.

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  • Sons of the Serpent's helicopter
  • Sons of the Serpent's Air Shuttle

Synopsis for "The Sign of the Serpent!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #32.

Captain America encourages Goliath to keep looking for a solution to his size-changing dilemma. Goliath finds a new assistant, Bill Foster.

The Sons of the Serpent attack foreign people, including General Chen, the dictator of a communist country, while he visits the United Nations.

The Black Widow provides information to Hawkeye to prove herself to him.

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch discover they will regain their full powers.

Bill Foster, an African-American, gets attacked by the Sons of the Serpent. Captain America goes to Nick Fury for more information about this new villainous group and the Avengers vow to defeat them. But Captain America is kidnapped and the Avengers are warned that he will be killed if they oppose them. They have no option but to refuse to fight against the Sons of the Serpent.




Appearing in "To Smash a Serpent"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #33.

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Synopsis for "To Smash a Serpent"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #33.

With Captain America being held hostage, the Avengers can't attack the the Sons of the Serpents. Because of this, Bill Foster storms out of Goliath's lab.

Captain America seems to have been brainwashed by the Sons, turning him into a fascist. The Avengers attend a Sons of the Serpent meeting while Hawkeye and the Black Widow attempt a rescue mission to save Captain America. During the meeting, Goliath argues with the Sons of the Serpent, but is attacked by a brainwashed Captain America.

After a brief battle, Goliath follows the escaping Serpents to their ship. The Black Widow finds the real Captain America captive and rescues him. They capture the Sons of the Serpent and their leader turns out to be General Chen.

Appearing in "The Living Laser!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #34.

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  • Aero-car
  • Jet-scooter

Synopsis for "The Living Laser!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #34.

The Living Laser, a villain using powerful hand-mounted laser projectors, robs a bank and the Avengers investigate the scene of the crime. Whilt they are there, an incognito Living Laser is on the scene and is smitten with the beautiful the Wasp is, developing an obsessions with her.

Bill Foster returns to work for Goliath. The Living Laser then attacks. He is beaten by Goliath before the rest of the Avengers arrive, but manages to escape. In his hideout, he works to make his laser beam even deadlier.

The Avengers, excluding Goliath, attack the Living Laser again. Hawkeye and Captain America get captured in a deadly trap and the Wasp is kidnapped by the Laser.

Appearing in "The Light That Failed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #35.

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Synopsis for "The Light That Failed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #35.

Goliath arrives to save Hawkeye and Captain America from the Living Laser's trap. The Living Laser creates a huge powerful laser cannon and decides to save Costa Verde from dictatorship for fame and money. The Avengers attack the Living Laser but they are defeated by the Laser's huge cannon and captured. Goliath escapes by dangerously willing himself to shrink even though it is unsafe, and sabotages the Laser's cannon. It explodes and defeats the Laser. The issue ends with an unknown person reaching a shocked Captain America.

Appearing in "The Ultroids Attack!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #36.

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  • The Burgomeister

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  • UFO
  • Jet
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Synopsis for "The Ultroids Attack!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #36.

The Scarlet Witch returns, and she explains that Quicksilver has been kidnapped by a UFO. Hawkeye tries to apply Black Widow for membership, but Goliath refuses. The Avengers fly to the Balkans, accompanied by the Black Widow. There they discover a huge computer, named Ixar, draining information from the village's Burgomeister. Ixar's plan is to extract the powers from the Avengers and use it to make special Ultroids. They also discover Scarlet Witch to be a fake Ultroid called Ultrana. Ultrana and the Ultroids attack the Avengers, capturing them. As the Black Widow is not an Avenger, she is sent to be destroyed.

Appearing in "To Conquer a Colossus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #37.

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Synopsis for "To Conquer a Colossus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #37.

The Avengers are captured by the Ultroids, but Black Widow, not being an Avenger is sent to be destroyed. The spaceship takes off. Goliath changes shape and escapes, setting free the rest of the Avengers. They fight to a stalemate, as if they go any further, Ixar will kill the burgomeister of the village. Ixar then absorbs the power of all the Ultroids, giving him a huge body. The Avengers attack but are all defeated except for Hawkeye and the Black Widow, who believe the life of Ixar is related to the life of the burgomeister, and so threaten to kill him. Ixar speculates that Hawkeye can't as he is bound by Avengers code to never take a life. Black Widow reminds Ixar that she is not an Avenger, and he is forced to release all the Avengers.

Appearing in "In Our Midst... an Immortal!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #38.

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Synopsis for "In Our Midst... an Immortal!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #38.

Hercules is overcome by a love potion made by the Enchantress, accompanied by Ares. Under her control, he attacks the Avengers. With the Avengers help, he is brought back to his senses, but because he left Olympus, he is exiled on Earth by Zeus. The Avengers decide to house him for the duration in an act of friendship. Also, the Black Widow is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. while going at attend an Avengers meeting and asked to act as a double-agent behind the Iron Curtain. She agrees but is unhappy to leave Hawkeye again.

Appearing in "The Torment...and the Triumph!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #39.

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  • Sky-cycle



Synopsis for "The Torment...and the Triumph!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #39.

The newspapers write how Black Widow stole secret plans and escaped to Russia with them. Hawkeye is upset and walks into a trap, set by the Mad Thinker. Hawkeye is attacked and captured by Hammerhead, one of his "Triumvirate of Terror". Goliath and the Wasp go to help but are captured by Piledriver, another member. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are captured by Thunderboot, the last member. The Mad Thinker then carries out his plans to steal all of Tony Stark's inventions. Hercules returns to the HQ, discovers them, frees the captive Avengers and together they defeat the Triumvirate of Terror. The Mad Thinker escapes, however.


Appearing in "Suddenly...the Sub-Mariner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #40.

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  • X-76 Verti-Jet
  • Nuclear Sub
  • Levitation Ray

Synopsis for "Suddenly...the Sub-Mariner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #40.

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.


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 plane. There she meets Colonel Ying and Dr. Yen. He shows her his new invention, the Psychotron, which can trap enemies and fight them with their greatest fears. They trap Black Widow in it, believing she is still traitorous to them. Meanwhile, Goliath is sent Dragon Man, to conduct tests on it. Diablo lures the avengers away from Dragon Man long enough to reactivate him. The Avengers go into battle with them, and eventually beat them, but Diablo escapes with the Dragon Man.

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

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

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  • Avenger's aero-vehicle



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

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

Quicksilver contacts the Fantastic Four for info on Diablo, and Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch, Hercules and himself go to find him. Meanwhile, Goliath awakes and tries to attack Diablo, but the Wasp is held prisoner so he backs down. Diablo plans to generate an army of Dragon Men. The Avengers arrive and Hercules saves the Wasp while the rest battle Diablo. The Dragon Man is thrown into a pit of lava and Captain America arrives to battle Diablo. He is quickly defeated and is sent to prison. Meanwhile, Black Widow survives the Psychotron, and is put to sleep. The Avengers receive a letter saying Black Widow was working for SHIELD, and they go to rescue her.

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

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

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  • Aero-car

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

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

Quicksilver shows everyone his new ability to fly and Captain America has to prove himself to Hercules before he will take orders from him. Hawkeye gets information about the Black Widow's whereabouts, and Hercules and himself travel to rescue her. Meanwhile behind the bamboo curtain Colonel Ling shows a general his newest asset: The Red Guardian. He is to be the equal of Captain America in every way but is to stand for communism. Hercules and Hawkeye attack the complex, but Hercules is lured into the Psychotron and Hawkeye captured by the Red Guardian. Red Guardian is revealed to be the Black Widow's husband who she thought was dead. The Avengers leave to rescue Black Widow, Hawkeye and Hercules.

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 passes a lie-detector test and is set free. Meanwhile, the other Avengers attack the base. They gradually make headway, and Captain America is trapped and made to fight one-on-one with the Red Guardian. Hawkeye manages to escape and joins in the fighting. Captain America loses his shield but gains the upper hand, and Colonel Ling electrocutes him. The Red Guardian is unhappy that Captain America was defeated so dishonorably. Black Widow tries to disable the Psychotron, but is shot at by the Colonel. The Red Guardian leaps in the way and takes the shot and the Black Widow completes her task. She is then shot just as Hawkeye runs in and catches her. With the Psychotron disabled Hercules is free again and breaks out the base, with Hawkeye and Captain America following. Colonel Ling tries to kill Cap 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 America, the Black Widow is rushed to the hospital and 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.

A large celebration is held in honor of the Avengers, but the Super-Adaptoid waits in the crowd. Hercules is asked to be an Avenger and he accepts. Thor and Iron Man leave after a while and Captain America arrives and the Super-Adaptoid shows himself and attacks. 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.

Black Widow is out of the hospital and recovering from her injuries. She has decided to give up her Black Widow persona. The Wasp has a new chauffeur, called "Charles". In reality, it is the villain formerly known as the Human Top, now with a new costume calling himself Whirlwind, planning revenge on Goliath. Whirlwind attacks Goliath and the Wasp. They are beaten and Whirlwind shrinks them with Goliath's ray and places them in the anthill. Without their helmets, the ants see them as prey and they try to escape. Whirlwind plants a bomb in the room. Captain America passes by and finds him. The two battle him to a stand-still. Goliath warns them about the bomb and Quicksilver rushes outside with it and throws it up into the air, letting it explode without causing harm. From this moment on, Goliath vows he will use the powers of Ant-Man and Goliath to help the Avengers.

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.

Living Laser attempts to escape prison, but Iron Man is about to stop him when he vanishes suddenly. Iron Man calls a meeting of all Avengers. Living Laser had been teleported by the Mandarin, as well as the Swordsman, Power Man, the Executioner and the Enchantress. They are told to attack places all over the world. The Avengers are informed about this by Nick Fury. Iron Man, Goliath and the Wasp deal with Power Man and the Swordsman, Hercules and the Scarlet Witch stop the Executioner and Enchantress, Thor and Hawkeye deal with Living Laser but Ultimo appears, and they also had to defeat him. Captain America and Quicksilver rush to defeat the Mandarin in his space station and are joined by the rest of the Avengers. The Mandarin uses a hate-ray on them and causes them to fight the person closest to them, so they fight each other, the Wasp, however, is closer to the Mandarin and the hate ray is turned off. The Mandarin tries 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.


Appearing in "The Man in the Ant Hill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #27.

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  • Henry Pym (First appearance) (Origin revealed)

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Synopsis for "The Man in the Ant Hill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #27.
Tales to Astonish Vol 1 27 Title

Doctor Henry Pym declares success! He has successfully used his reducing serum to shrink a chair to doll size and used his enlarging serum to return it to normal size. Pym had been ridiculed months ago by his peers for his outlandish theories but has now perfected a pair of serums capable of changing the size of any object. Confident that his serums work, Pym tests them on himself.

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Placing a few drops of reducing serum on his arm, Henry Pym quickly shrinks. Now ant-sized, he realizes that he left the enlarging serum on the window sill; it might as well be on the moon. He goes out into the yard. Ants sense his presence and move toward him. Pym, still not thinking clearly, runs into an ant hill. Fleeing blindly through the tunnels, he falls into a shaft and lands in a pool of honey. Hopelessly trapped, he spots an ant crawling towards him. To Pym’s surprise, the ant pulls him free from the honey and lets him go unharmed. More ants appear. Pym notices a matchstick set in the ground and, hoping to create a diversion, throws a pebble at it. His aim is true, and the match lights.

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Pym fashions a lasso and climbs up to a ledge. There, another ant grabs him in its mandibles. Pym uses judo to flip the ant over the ledge and scrambles upward. Once out of the ant hill, with the colony in hot pursuit, he sees the friendly ant who saved him earlier. He points upward to tell the ant where he needs to go. The ant climbs the wall with Pym aboard. He wades into the test tube with the serum and immediately returns to normal. Convinced that his invention is dangerous, he dumps his serums down the drain.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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