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Appearing in "The Incredible Hulk"

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  • Anti-Men

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Synopsis for "The Incredible Hulk"

The Hulk has convinced the First Ones created by Dr. Scarabeus to revolt against their master. As the creatures run amok in his lab, Scarabeus and his minions Felix and Fangor flee outside. When the monsters follow them outside, the Doctor orders Felix and Fangor to shoot them. However, the two Anti-Men consider the First Ones to be brothers and refuses to kill them.

Diserted, Scarabeus flees into the jungle where he crosses paths with his daughter. As he tries to cross over a log that is standing over water, he tells Tisha to get out of his way, reminding her that he cannot swim. The Hulk arrives and hearing this, tosses Scarabeus into the ocean where he threatens to drown him. Instead, the Hulk leaves the mad doctor on a small island where he could potentially be rescued.

The Hulk then swims back to the main island where he reverts back into Bruce Banner. Banner runs into Tisha just as her father's lab explodes. When Banner asks how they are going to get off the island, Tisha leads him to a helicopter.

Appearing in "Captain Britain"

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  • Doomwraiths (First appearance)
  • White Rider Next Appearance of White Rider (First appearance)

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  • Various unnamed Elves

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Synopsis for "Captain Britain"

Captain Britain has been brought to the island by a company of Elves, the gateway to Otherworld and Merlyn. When they arrive, the Captain spots some figures standing on a nearby hilltop. One of the Elves tells him that they are figures from the Neitherworld that border the portal to Otherworld and to pay them no mind as they intend to put fear and doubt into the minds of those who quest here.

However, they are soon visited by the Doomwraiths who warn Captain Britain that death surrounds him. They warn him to turn back before disappearing. But despite this warning the Captain and the Elves push onward. They arrive at the portal to Otherworld and find the gate locked. However examining the structure they find runes on it that match that of Captain Britain's Star Sceptre and he quickly discovers that it works as a key to open the portal to Otherworld.

However, as soon as they open the portal a massive wing blows outward forcing to push them out. Suddenly, from within the portal comes the White Rider, the agent of the Doomwraiths and the embodiment of Death. The White Rider vows to slay Captain Britain where he stands.

Appearing in "Ant-Man"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #44
(originally printed as The Creature from Kosmos!)

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Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #44
(originally printed as The Creature from Kosmos!)

Pym swearing revenge.

Returning from another mission, Ant-Man dwells on his loneliness and the loss of his late wife: Maria Pym. Flashing back to the past we learn that on their honeymoon, Henry and Maria Pym visited Maria's native Hungary, in spite of Henry's fears that her history as a political prisoner would make her a target. Shortly upon arrival in Hungary, Maria is captured by armed men and Henry is knocked out by the butt of one of their guns. Recovering at the American Embassy, Pym is informed that his wife has been murdered, as a lesson to those who wish to leave the Iron Curtain. Angered, Pym attempts to track down his wife's killers but only lands himself in jail. He is freed by Embassy officials and sent home. There, Pym uses his late wife's uncle's old saying "Go to the ants, thou sluggard!" as the inspiration for devising his size-changing formula and becoming Ant-Man.

His reflection over, Ant-Man realizes that he cannot continue his crusade against crime alone and needs a partner to aid him in his work. He begins working on a new set of abilities for his future partner utilizing wasp biology, but is interrupted by the arrival of Professor Vernon van Dyne and his young daughter, Janet.

Pym immediately realizes that Janet bears a striking resemblance to his late wife, Maria, but dismisses any attraction due to her age and apparent ditzy personality. Meanwhile, Janet also dismisses any attraction to him, due to the stereotype that scientists are boring individuals. Vernon asks Pym to look at his Gamma Ray Beam device which would allow him to make contact with another galaxy. While Pym finds it interesting, he explains to van Dyne that his area of expertise is in biology, not astronomy. Realizing Pym isn't interested in the project, van Dyne and his daughter leave.

Arrival of Pilai

Later that day, van Dyne attempts to use his Gamma ray beam and inadvertently transports a creature from the planet Kosmos. The creature states that it is an escaped criminal. It uses its powers to kill Dr. van Dyne and then flees. Janet stumbles upon her father's body. In a panic she calls Henry Pym, who dismisses her once again as a bored ditzy girl and hangs up, but later learns his error when he finds out the truth from his ants.

Donning his Ant-Man identity, he travels to the van Dyne house and finds that Professor van Dyne was killed by pure fear. He tells Janet to report her father's death to F.B.I. agent Lee Kearns, and tells her to go see Henry Pym right after. On his way back to his lab, Ant-Man learns from his ants that there were large traces of an alien form of formic acid, which frightens his ants.

Origin of the Wasp

Janet van Dyne arrives at Dr. Pym's lab, where Henry reveals to her his identity as Ant-Man and asks her to become his sidekick, the Wasp. Agreeing, Janet is implanted with wasp wings and antenna that she can use while shrunken down by Ant-Man's shrinking gas. As Ant-Man and Wasp, the duo arrive on scene where the creature from Kosmos is on a rampage. Before going into battle, Janet announces that she's in love with Hank, which he immediately dismisses, due to her age and his fear of a second tragedy in his love life. Even with the aid of the military, and Ant-Man's army of ants they are unable to stop the monster's rampage.

Pilai fading away

Realizing what he must do, Ant-Man and Wasp return to base where Ant-Man devises a compound to counteract formic acid. He then puts the compound into shotgun shells and, with the aid of his ants, succeeds in dispersing the creature by shooting it with a number of shells of the compound.

With the monster defeated, Ant-Man and Wasp return home, where Ant-Man calls F.B.I. agent Kearns to tell him that the menace has ended. When Kearns asks to be Ant-Man's partner, Ant-Man declines, telling the F.B.I. agent that he already has a partner. Janet thinks to herself that she'll certainly soon make him fall in love with her, and will stay with him so that he does.

Appearing in "Night Raven"

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  • Chinatown

Synopsis for "Night Raven"

On the roof of the car of Yi Yang, leader of the Dragon Tong, the Night Raven holds on for dear life. With the car increasing in speed, Night Raven jumps up and grabs onto a lamp post to get off the vehicle.

Inside, Yi Yang tells her driver to stop but he loses control of the car and crashes into a brick wall. The masked vigilante goes to check on the wreck and only finds the driver inside. Yi Yang bailed out at the last minute and begins shooting at him. The Night Raven dodges the shots and flees into a dark alley.

When Yi Yang follows after him, the Night Raven ambushes her. The two fight it out, but her fury and determination put the vigilante at a disadvantage. When Yi pulls out a knife the two begin to struggle, but the woman's strength is far more superior.

In a final ditch effort, the Night Raven places his hand on the woman's brow burning his brand into her forehead. This shocks the woman backward and giving up on her battle, Yi Yang vows that while she dies, a hundred more will take her place. With that said, Yi Yang plunges her dagger into her heart. With his foe dead, the Night Raven leaves his trademark note behind.

Appearing in "The Eternals"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Eternals #8
(originally printed as The City of Toads)

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Synopsis for "The Eternals"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Eternals #8
(originally printed as The City of Toads)

Kro attempts to rekindle his love for Thena and takes her to Lemuria, home of the Deviants. Thena and Kro are the guests of the Deviant leader Tode for the purification ritual: a combat to the death between Karkas and the Reject.

Appearing in "What If Rick Jones Became the Hulk? Part One: Out of the Holocaust a Hero!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
What If? #12
(originally printed as What If Rick Jones Had Become the Hulk?)

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  • Rick's car
  • Army Jeeps

Synopsis for "What If Rick Jones Became the Hulk? Part One: Out of the Holocaust a Hero!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
What If? #12
(originally printed as What If Rick Jones Had Become the Hulk?)

Rick pushes Bruce Banner into the ditch first, causing his transformation into the Hulk. While Banner dedicates his life to curing the boy, Rick goes on to join the Avengers, become Cap's second Bucky, and swap atoms with Captain Marvel. Eventually, Banner manages to separate Rick from the Hulk while they're in the middle of a battle with Annihilus in the Negative Zone. Rick is rescued, and Hulk beats Annihilus into submission, becoming the new respected ruler of the Zone, admired and loved by the residents there.

Rick and Captain Marvel are also separated, causing Mar-Vell to live freely without having to return to the Negative Zone.

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Night Raven

  • Although Yi Yang seemingly dies here, it is revealed in Marvel Super-Heroes (UK) #390 that she is immortal and survives to plague Night Raven again.

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