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Appearing in "The Incredible Hulk"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #231
(originally printed as Prelude!)

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Synopsis for "The Incredible Hulk"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #231
(originally printed as Prelude!)

In the early hours in the morning the Hulk wanders into the town of Gilbert, California. He passes a by a local bar, patron Fred Sloan is tossed out by the bar's owner. Confusing the bartender with a soldier, the Hulk attacks the man. Sloan goes back into the bar and tells people to stop messing with him or his friend will deal with them. The sight of the Hulk sends all the patrons of the bar fleeing into the night. When the Hulk tries to wander off, Fred convinces the Hulk that they are friends and offers to let the brute stay the night at his house.

The following day at Gamma Base, the staff greets the arrivals of Senator Eugene Stivak and Senator Andrew Hawk. Hawk is unimpressed with the way that Doc Samson has been running Gamma Base since General Ross had his nervous breakdown. Although Hawk has taken a hard line on shaking things up, Stivak seems more agreeable and willing to work with Samson. During a meeting with Samson, SHIELD officer Clay Quartermain, and Karla Sofen, they discuss the future of Gamma Base. Samson admits that he hasn't done well running the facility so far, but states that he never wanted the job to begin with. During the discussion, Stivak uses key phrases that tip Sofen off that he is a member of the Corporation, the same organization that she works for. She wonders what is going on and what to do.

Meanwhile, it's daytime in California and the Hulk has woken up in the home of Fred Sloan. He is drawn into the kitchen by smell of cooking. There he puts a fright into Fred's girlfriend, her shrieks wake Fred up. Sloan tries to convince her that the Hulk is safe but the woman flees. Soon the authorities are on their way and when Fred hears their sirens wailing, he convinces the Hulk to load up into his van and they flee the scene.

The Hulk's activities soon reach Gamma Base and Jim Wilson inerrupts the the meetings with the Senators to pass it along. While Hawk is unimpressed that a young boy is on the site of the base, they explain that he is a friend of the Hulk and can help them try and contain the monster. Stivak then suggests that he, Sofen and Jim Wilson venture out to California to try and contain the Hulk. Jim is concerned about this idea as he had recently fled California. His fears are confirmed aboard Stivak's jet when he reveals his affiliation with the Corporation, the very people Jim had fled from. When Jim tries to do something he is gassed.

While in California, Fred and the Hulk come upon a police blockaide. Fred tries to convince the Hulk to keep cool and disguises him. However, this fails when an officer tries to search the car. The Hulk loses his cool and trashes the cordon, sending the police fleeing. The Hulk gets back into the car, and they continue onward, fugitives of the law.

This story is continued in Captain America #230...

Appearing in "The Black Knight"

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Synopsis for "The Black Knight"

Trying to flee the battle between the Black Knight and the Walker, Brian Braddock's path is blocked by Walker's faithful wolf, Lupe. However, before the wolf can attack, Lupe is ambushed by Old Sarah Mumford's cat Greymalkin. The Walker comes out and orders Lupe to stand down. As the frightened Braddock flee into the nearby woods, the Walker utters some mystic words before sitting down on a tree stump. The Black Knight exits the hut and demands answers else his foeman feel the sting of the Ebony Blade. The Walker explains that he has been sent to Merlyn to collect them, but he wasn't aware that he was being sent for a braggart and a coward. The Knight explains that the man formally known as Captain Britain some kind of darkness grips him and that they need to find him. The Walker assures the Knight that they have nothing to fear as he cast a spell to make sure that wherever Brian Braddock went, he found himself back in front of Old Sarah's castle.

As Braddock attempts to flee the area he cannot get away from Old Sarah's cottage. This eventually drives him mad and he collapses into a dream where he sees a cloaked man standing between two stones. However, before he can identify who this person is, Brian is woken up by the Walker. Back in the cottage, the Walker explains that the three men must travel to the realm known as Otherworld. When the Walker goes outside, the Black Knight asks Sarah who their mysterious visitor is. Old Sarah explains that he is one of many Walkers who know the path to Otherworld. She tells the Knight there are five that were seduced into the service of the Dark Gods.

Meanwhile, outside, the Walker spots Mordred outside and witnesses in horror as his foe summons Trolls from below the Earth.

Appearing in "Ant-Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #36
(originally printed as The Challenge of Comrade X!)

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Synopsis for "Ant-Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #36
(originally printed as The Challenge of Comrade X!)

Three bank robbers are trapped within the confines of a time locked bank vault and will suffocate unless the lock can be opened in time. Within the lock mechanism, the Ant-Man manually manipulates the tumblers into place, allowing the lock to be opened and the robbers apprehended by the police.

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, behind the iron curtain, a communist leader hears a news report about the Ant-Man’s latest feat. He orders Comrade X, one of the Soviet Union’s greatest espionage agents, to capture Ant-Man and learn the secret of his size changing ability.

Several days later, in a police station in the United States, a young women is pleading with the desk sergeant to be put in contact with Ant-Man. She claims that it is a matter of life and death that only Ant-Man can help her with. The police explain it cannot be done – they don’t know how to locate the Ant-Man. He just mysteriously appears on the scene whenever there’s trouble. Unknown to the police, Ant-Man has established a vast network of tiny insects planted in police stations and newspaper offices throughout the city to alert him of emergencies.

In a secret room in Henry Pym’s laboratory, an electronic impulse is detected originating from the 14th precinct. Using his cybernetic helmet, Ant-Man translates the signal into an intelligible form and receives the girl’s plea for help. As he puts on the rest of his costume, Pym explains that he has developed his reducing and growth serums in a gas form to make them easier to carry with him. He releases the reducing gas and inhales it through his helmet’s filter, causing him to shrink to ant-size. Ant-Man exits the lab through a secret panel to a room containing a miniature electronically controlled catapult, which he uses to propel himself through the air to an alley near the police station, where he summons a horde of ants to catch him and break his fall.

Outside the police station, Ant-Man spots a girl getting into a cab and deduces that she must be the one who wanted to contact him. Using one of his ants, he sneaks into the cab and slips unnoticed into the girl’s purse. Minutes later, the cab arrives at the its destination, the girl's apartment. Once inside, Ant-Man slips out of the purse and reveals himself.

The girl explains her story to Ant-Man. Last year, while in Europe, she fell in love with a man, who she later learned was the deadly Red master spy known as Comrade X. At first, she didn’t care who he was, until he jilted her for another woman. Now she wants revenge on him for breaking her heart. That's why she contacted him, to warn him that Comrade X is in the United States on a secret mission to capture him and learn the secret of his size changing ability. She knows that he is hiding on a freighter docked at pier 89. Ant-Man mentions that he has heard of the mysterious Comrade X and races off to confront him.

That evening, Ant-Man arrives at pier 89. As he leads his small army of ants up the gang plank to the freighter, Ant-Man triggers a hidden electric eye that alerts the crew to his presence, allowing them to entrap him in a glass box with tiny pinholes that allow him to breath but are too small for an ant to escape through. Using his cybernetic helmet, Ant-Man summons more ants from the shore, who use bits of wood to traverse the harbor and board the ship. Once onboard, they attack the crew, causing one to drop his weapon, smashing the glass box entrapping Ant-Man.

Once free, Ant-Man evades the remaining crewmen and locates the ship’s radio room, where he uses his full-human strength to hurl a lamp at the radio operator, knocking him unconscious. He then uses his enlarging gas to return to normal-size and uses the radio to contact the authorities on shore. Meanwhile, his ants lock the red seamen in a room and crawl away with the key.

With his message sent, Ant-Man returns to ant-size and hunts down Comrade X. He soon comes upon Comrade X sitting at a desk with his back to him, but it is the Ant-Man who is surprised by Comrade X, who points a spray gun loaded with diluted DDT at him. Before Comrade X can fire, Ant-Man commands his ants to cover the ceiling light, plunging the room into darkness. Ant-Man uses the momentary distraction to tie Comrade X’s bootlaces together, causing him to trip and fall to the floor. His ants then uncover the light and pull a mask off of Comrade X, revealing “him" to be the girl from the police station.

Ant-Man reveals that he knew Comrade X was a woman all along. Earlier, while hiding in her purse, he discovered her rubber face mask and an instrument to make her voice sound masculine. Comrade X threatens Ant-Man, stating that he will never make it off this ship alive, but is subdued by the arrival of the US Coast Guard. Minutes later, Comrade X and her gang are taken into custody.

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

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

Nick Fury and his agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been attempting to liberate the country of San Miguel that has been taken over by Garcia Juanilla and the Sept organisation. However, they were find themselves trapped by their foes when suddenly some S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter jets arrive and begin bombing the city and destroy the defences that were set up as the Sept.

Wondering where the fighter jets came from, Nick Fury looks out the nearby window, he is surprised to see that Dum Dum Dugan has brought the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier to San Miguel. Fury then has President Gomez lead them to Juanilla's control room. There they get the drop on the man staging to take over the country. With his plan in shambles, Garcia regreats that he will not live to see Nick Fury's downfall and detonates bombs that are hidden on his body, killing himself instantly.

Soon Dum Dum Dugan enters the room and is happy to see that Nick is okay. The feeling is not mutual, because Dugan not only broke international law coming here, but also disobeyed his orders. However, because Dugan did save their lives, he thanks his old friend for their help.

Appearing in "The Eternals"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Eternals #2
(originally printed as The Celestials!)

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Synopsis for "The Eternals"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Eternals #2
(originally printed as The Celestials!)

A massive ship from outer space hovers above the so-called "City of the Space Gods". Kro openly challenges the power of these beings and quickly finds himself fleeing from a blast of cosmic energy projected by the ship. The structure begins to quake from the blast and the walls start collapsing around Ikaris, Margo and Doctor Damian. Ikaris races to a chamber called the Resurrection Crypt and awakens one of the Eternals - Ajak, he who is also known as Tecumotzin. Ajak and his followers quickly prepare the coming of their gods - the Celestials. He activates a ceremonial pylon to receive the first of these galactic beings. A giant alien descends from the space ship and comes to rest on the pylon. This is Arishem, leader of the Fourth Host of the Celestials.

Appearing in "The Night-Raven"

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  • Captain Doyle

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  • Mr. Big's Secret Hideout
  • Police Precinct

Synopsis for "The Night-Raven"

In a secret hideout the mobster known as Mister Big hires a man called the Assassin to eliminate the costumed vigilante known as the Night-Raven. After seeing the Assassins marksman skills, Mister Big is impressed. Meanwhile, at the police presinct, Captain Doyle is making it his mission to undcover the identity of the Night Raven and stop his lawless activities.

Later that evening, a drunk man is jumped by some thugs who try to mug him. Sure enough, the scuffle attracts the Night Raven who comes to the man's rescue. However, this is not a drunk man at all, as the Night Raven has walked into a trap. No sooner as he had knocked out the attackers, the "drunk" removes his mask revealing himself to be the Assassin in disguise, who manages to get the drop on the masked vigilante.

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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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