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Appearing in "The Incredible Hulk"

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  • Soldiers

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  • Android

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  • An unidentified swamp in America

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  • Truck

Synopsis for "The Incredible Hulk"

A moving truck is stopped along a stretch of road along a swamp somewhere in the United States by a military cordon. The soldier guarding the roadblock tells the driver that some violent man has recently escaped a nearby government research center. When the soldier asks what the trucker is hauling, he explains that he picked up a hitchhiker a few miles back.

This hitchhiker turns out to be Bruce Banner, who upon hearing the soldier saying that he was going to check on the hitchhiker, decides to make a run for it. Banner manages to flee into the swamp, but gets caught in quicksand and begins to sink. By the time the soldiers arrive with tracking dogs, Banner is completely submerged in the mire and is presumed dead.

However, Banner has just transformed into the Hulk, who manages to pull his way out of the muck. The soldiers begin to open fire, but the Hulk piles into them, beating them all into submission. Growing weary, the Hulk wanders off into the swamp again and eventually reverts back into Bruce Banner. No sooner is Banner back to normal is he attacked by the "man" who escaped the government facility, a strange being with a transparent dome in the top of his skull and a complex machine inside for a brain.

Appearing in "The Black Knight"

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Synopsis for "The Black Knight"

Mordred has unleashed an ancient rock monster to destroy his foes the Black Knight and Brian Braddock. As the Black Knight rides his horse Valinor out of the cave they are holed up in, it creates enough of a distraction for Braddock to change into his Captain Britain costume.

The Black Knight is easily knocked off his horse sending his Ebony Blade flying. When the rock monster tries to grab for it, Captain Britain trips up the monster with his Star Sceptre. Britain then recovers the enchanted sword and returns it to the Black Knight. When Captain Britain tries to strike the rock monster, he finds that it is far too strong to be destroyed by hand. Getting an idea, the Captain gets on the back of Valinor and tells the Knight to fly past a certain area. Sure enough, the rock monster follows after them and steps into a patch of quicksand which Braddock had known about. Soon their foe is submerged in the mire and defeated.

Spotting Mordred on the beach, the Black Knight charges at him and tries to strike at him, but his foe suddenly disappears, leaving nothing but his cloak behind. Knowing who their enemy now is, the Black Knight tells Captain Britain that they are now comrades in arms.

Appearing in "Spaceburst"

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Synopsis for "Spaceburst"

An astronaut on a spacewalk outside a space station suddenly farts in his space suit. Realizing that he needs to go to the bathroom it's a race against time to make it back inside the ship.

Appearing in "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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  • President Gomez
  • A Padre

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Synopsis for "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."

While trying to quell a guerilla uprising in the nation of San Miguel, Nick Fury and his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are opposed by the armies of an organization calling themselves Sept. As Fury, Gabe and the Countess try to keep the attacking hang gliders at bay, their radio man is shot dead, cutting off communication to Dum Dum Dugan on the Helicarrier. No longer willing to stand on the sidelines Dugan orders the Helicarrier to plot a course to San Miguel. Gaffer protests this command, but he is ignored.

Wondering how their foes are able to figure out their every move, Valentina discovers that the civilian clothing they are wearing has been bugged by the forces of Sept. Tossing a grenade, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents doff their disguises and flee the scene.

Meanwhile, in the presidential palace, President Gomez comes out of his drugged stupor and learns that he turned over the nation to Garcia Juanilla, the nation's richest businessman and an agent of Sept. Juanilla then begins the process of announcing his transition to power. While back outside, Fury and the other spot a crowd of people trying to seek refuge in a nearby church. Fury manages to convince the Padre to let everyone into the church. As soldiers begin to surround the church, they decide to wait for the church service to end to capture the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Fury, Jones and De Fontaine climb up into the bell tower and wait until nightfall. Under the cover of darkness, Fury and the others manage to escape the church unseen. Fury then tells his agents that they're going to liberate the country by rescuing President Gomez at his palace.

Appearing in "The Eternals"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Eternals #1
(originally printed as The Day of the Gods)

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  • Eternals (First appearance)
    • Ikaris (First appearance)
    • other unnamed Eternals (Only in flashback)

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  • Unnamed Pilot
  • Dawn Ape

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Synopsis for "The Eternals"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Eternals #1
(originally printed as The Day of the Gods)

The doctor Daniel Damian, his daughter Margo and his assistant Ike Harris are discovering the God Chamber. Harris is revealing his true name is Ikaris. He's explaining to the Damians that the gods[1] came to Earth to create from a common ancestor three species of Hominidae : the Deviants, the Humans and the Eternals. Ikaris, as an Eternal, was searching this God Chamber since a thousand years to activate the Cosmic Beacon.

Over the Pacific waters, a human plane is destroyed by Kro to protect the secret of the undersea Lemuria. Tode is ordering him to find the God Chamber and to destroy the Cosmic Beacon before the Eternals.

Appearing in "Ant-Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #37
(originally printed as Trapped by the Protector!)

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Synopsis for "Ant-Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #37
(originally printed as Trapped by the Protector!)

A jeweler named Gerald Marsh staggers to his feet. Outside, the screaming wail of an approaching police car can be heard. The police siren is detected by the tiny antennae of countless ants, dispersed throughout the city and relayed via electronic impulses to the secret laboratory of Henry Pym. Pym dons his Ant-Man costume and triggers his reducing gas, quickly shrinking to ant-size. Using his catapult, he launches himself towards the general area of 523 Elm Street. As the tiny warrior flies over the city, he uses his cybernetic helmet to contact the ants below, causing them to converge on the awning at 523 Elm Street and create a cushion for him to safely land.

As he lands, Ant-Man notices that the police are leaving. Seconds later, he makes his appearance known to Mr. Marsh, who tells him that it was the Protector who beat him up. He explains that the Protector is an inhumanly powerful criminal who has been terrorizing all of the jewelers in town and makes them pay for “Protection." The Protector came into Marsh’s store that day wanting money. Business had been bad, so Marsh couldn't pay. The Protector then yanked Marsh over the counter with one hand and then used his Electronic Disintegrating Ray to reduce his jewelry into dust. The Protector then knocked Marsh unconscious before leaving to ensure he would be obeyed. When he recovered, Marsh called the police, but like the other store owners, was too scared to sign a complaint.

As Ant-Man leaves, a large figure observes him through a pair of binoculars. When he reaches the curb, he takes out a lasso of thread and skilfully tosses at the bumper of a passing car and hitches a ride. The shadowy figure observing him muses that he got away, but next time would be different.

Later, back in his laboratory, Henry Pym uses his cybernetic devices to station ants in front of all the jewelry stores in the city and instructs them to respond to verbal stimuli such as the words “Protector" and “Disintegrating Ray". For two days, nothing happens. On the third day he receives a message.

Part 2: Face-to-Face with the Protector!

The Protector is at 600 Harley Avenue extorting money from a jeweler. Ant-Man uses his catapult to launch himself through the air towards Harley Avenue, but finds the street crowded, blocking his path to his cushion of ants. He manages to maneuver in mid-air in order to land in a baby carriage.

Safely on the ground, Ant-Man gathers a swarm of ants and rushes into the jewelry store where he finds the Protector attempting to extort money from the owner. Ant-Man commands his ants to climb the display case from where he confronts the Protector. As the menacing Protector comes towards the Ant-Man, the ants move a necklace from the display case and drop it on the floor. The string of pearls breaks and the pearls scatter when they hit the floor, causing the Protector to slip and fall. Ant-Man decides to lead the fight outside where he can find more ants to help him. As the Protector steps from the store, he grabs a water pistol from a passing boy and nearly manages to wash Ant-Man down a nearby storm drain. Ant-Man saves himself by commanding some nearby ants to drop a stick across the sewer grate. By the time Ant-Man recovers, the Protector has escaped.

Returning to his laboratory, Ant-Man devises a plan to defeat the Protector by baiting him. One week later, Henry Pym rents a store front and sets up a jewelry store. The days pass slowly until one afternoon the Protector finally shows up. He lifts up a display case and then blasts it with his disintegrating gun, reducing it and its contents to dust. As he leaves, he tells Pym that if he doesn’t want these awful things to happen, he had better pay him three hundred dollars a week, and if he tells the cops about this, he would use his disintegrator on him.

As soon as the Protector leaves, Henry Pym rushes to the back of the shop, changes into his costume and uses his reducing gas to become ant-size. As he runs to the door, he passes drops of machine oil too small to be noticed by a normal-sized person, on the ground, right where the Protector had stood. Ant-Man says that “Now it all fits together!" and muses that it was a good thing that he was prepared. When the Protector had entered the shop, Pym had pressed a button which sent electronic impulses to all of the ants in the area. Following prearranged instructions, a few ants climbed onto the Protector’s boots as he left the store. While the Protector drove away, the ants emitted signals through their antennae, which were picked up by other ants in the street, allowing Ant-Man to follow the Protector’s trail using his cybernetic helmet.

An hour later, Ant-Man has tracked the Protector to a vacant, old tenement. Sending out another electronic message, he gathers together a few ants and enters the building. Suddenly he hears a loud Whirrrrrrr from above and is sucked up by a vacuum cleaner. Peering down into the vacuum bag, the Protector gloats about his success and seals up the opening of the bag with glue to prevent Ant-Man from escaping. Using his normal-sized strength, Ant-Man punches through the paper vacuum bag and escapes. Seeing a fan on a nearby table gives Ant-Man an idea. Moments later, the Protector returns and notices the hole in the vacuum bag. He removes his goggles so he can look for the ant-sized hero. Just then, Ant-Man turns on the fan, blowing all the dust from the vacuum bag into the Protector’s face.

A moment later, the police have arrived and apprehend the Protector. Ant-Man had sent an electronic message to the ants stationed at the nearby police station, commanding them to spell out a message leading the police to the vacant tenement. Ant-Man instructs the police to remove the Protector’s outer clothing, revealing him to be the jeweler Gerald Marsh. Wearing platform shoes and an mechanical exoskeleton that allowed him to perform his feats of strength.

Ant-Man states that he first suspected Marsh when he told him that the Protector had beaten him up even though his business was poor. He had guessed that the Protector would be too smart to try and shake down someone who didn’t have the money to pay. Later, when he found machine oil where the Protector had been standing, he guessed the secret of his great strength. As for the Disintegrating gun, it created a puff of dense smoke, under the cover of which the Protector would steal the jewels and replace them with grains of sand. Ant-Man tells the police that they would find the “disintegrated" jewels in Marsh’s safe.

Appearing in "Night-Raven"

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  • Fat Freddie

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  • Ace Diamond Next Appearance of Ace Diamond (First appearance)
  • Irate gamblers

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  • Fat Freddie's Pool Hall

Synopsis for "Night-Raven"

At Fat Freddie's Pool Hall, Ace Diamond, a local card sharp, is caught cheating at a card game. Freddie tells a man playing pool that he should head out because there is going to be trouble. The pool player is the vigilante known as Night Raven, and he is not afraid of a little trouble.

When the gamblers start trying to rough up Ace Diamond, the Night Raven interrupts, telling them that three-to-one odds are hardly fair. The vigilante leaps in and starts fighting the men. The whole time, Freddie is freaking out because they are wrecking his newly felted pool tables.

After the Night Raven defeats the irate gamblers, he finds that while Ace is greatful, he's hardly an upstanding citizen. Holding Night Raven at gun point, he takes the gambling money and the key to the pool hall and leaves, locking Night Raven inside with the others. Trying the door in vein, Night Raven turns around and finds that his sparring partners have recovered from his initial bout, and are looking for a rematch.

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Continuity Notes

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • Dum Dum Dugan's appearance here is complicated as he's not in the flesh. He was mortally wounded decades ago as revealed in Original Sins #5. He has since been operating in sophisticated LMD bodies as revealed in New Avengers (Vol. 4) #17.

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Footnotes

  1. We'll learn they are the Celestials.
  2. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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