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Appearing in "Iron Man: D.O.A."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #12.

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Synopsis for "Iron Man: D.O.A."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #12.

Continued from last issue...

The military is out looking for the Beast in connection with the death of Carl Maddicks, scientist working for the Brand Corporation, and unknown to everyone secretly giving secrets to an enemy organization. While hiding out, Beast reflects back on the events that led to him turning into a hairy beast and how he cannot change back to his normal form. As he is hiding, the Beast is contacted telepathically by Marvel Girl and Professor X who are trying to check in on Hank since the X-Men have gone into hiding due to an increase in anti-mutant hysteria. Hank refuses their probes and hides the truth about his current form from his former comrades. Depressed because of his plight and the fact that he pushed away his only friends, Hank wanders about the Brand compound and realizes that he can continue a somewhat normal life by creating a disguise.

Reading up on make-up effects, Hank takes a day off work and goes out and makes a synthetic mask and gloves to give him an outwardly human appearance when wearing clothes, and building a harness to correct his posture to his formal stature. Exhausted, but satisfied that he can pose as relatively human the Beast retires for the remainder of the night. The next day, Hank returns to work and nobody is the wiser, not even his current romantic interest Linda Donaldson. Retiring to his lab, Hank works like a man possessed trying to find a cure for his condition, shouting at anyone who interrupts his work. However, when Mr. Grant calls Hank to tell him that Tony Stark and his fiancee Marianne Rogers are visiting the Brand Corporation, Hank tries to avoid the meeting, however he cannot convince Mr. Grant to cancel the visit.

Stark explains to Hank that Stark Industries is looking to get into genetic research and has found Hank's work on the subject intriguing. They are interrupted by the arrival of Linda Donaldson who has come to take Hank out for lunch. Linda, who is secretly working for the same subversive organization as Maddicks, curses her luck for being unable to hook-up with Stark and steal secrets from him, and excuses herself. Picking up something with her esper powers, Marianne makes a passing comment that something isn't right about Linda. This causes Hank to get insulted and angry and storms out on Stark and Rogers in order to catch up to Linda and having lunch with her. Deciding to skip lunch to sit on a park bench, Hank has to quickly change his mind when Linda tries to kiss him and he realizes that she might discover his face is really just a latex mask.

That night, Hank takes off his disguise and blows off steam by roaming around the Brand Corporation lot. While out, he spots the arrival of Iron Man, and believes that Stark's "bodyguard" is there to investigate Linda. Hank decides to defend her, not wishing his current love interest to be hounded like he has his entire life, and attacks the golden avenger. While the Beast has the upper hand, Iron Man ultimately manages to knock out the furry mutant. When Linda and the military guards arrive at the scene, they distract Iron Man long enough for the Beast to revive and renew his attack.

When the military attempt to stop the Beast by shooting him only works to make the Beast more angry than ever. Deciding to give into his animal side, the Beast savagely attacks Iron Man. When the hero begs the Beast to stop his attack, Beast refuses and announces that he is going to kill this night. Fighting off the soldiers, he goes back to check on Iron Man. Finding that Iron Man has no heart beat, Hank snaps out of his bloodlust and realizes what he's done. Horrified that he has killed someone, Hank then jumps out of a window and seeks hiding. However, as it turns out Iron Man is alive and well, and that Beast did not kill him as he thought, but merely a hallucination on the Beast's part. Reflecting on the encounter, Iron Man tells all gathered that after getting a close look at the Beast's face he saw a man who is clearly tormented.

Just outside the Brand Corporation are Mastermind, Unus the Untouchable, and the Blob. Mastermind had created the illusion of Iron Man's death in the hopes of manipulating the Beast into joining their new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "We Do Seek Out New Avengers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #137.

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Synopsis for "We Do Seek Out New Avengers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #137.

With the death of the Swordsman, loss of Mantis from their ranks and the Vision and Scarlet Witch on a honeymoon to Rurutu, the Avengers place an open call asking for potential superheroes to join the Avengers, and that they will be at Shae Stadium seeking out recruits. Proposing to past members, the Avengers get full declines from everyone except for Yellowjacket and the Wasp. The Avengers also extend an invitation for membership to Moondragon who accepts the offer. A frustrated Hawkeye seeks to recruit the Black Knight into the Avengers ranks and seeks to use the time machine at the Avengers disposal in order to seek out the Knight.

Meanwhile, the Avengers wait for the recruits to show up at Shea Stadium and they are met by the Beast who offers to join the group as well. Their testing of the Beasts abilities is interrupted when they are attacked by the "Stranger" and a number of his alien machines, who has come seeking the location of the Scarlet Witch. During the fight, the Wasp is seriously injured, and the "Stranger" flees leaving the Avengers to rush the injured Wasp to a hospital...

Appearing in "Stranger in a Strange Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #138.

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Synopsis for "Stranger in a Strange Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #138.

Continued from last issue.. The Wasp is rushed to the hospital following an attack on the group by the Stranger who had come seeking the Scarlet Witch. Wanting revenge, Yellowjacket takes a team of Avengers to try and find the Stranger before he can attack again, or find the location of Vision and the Scarlet Witch who are off on a honeymoon.

Taking the fight to the Stranger, the group finds the Stranger's inconsistent abilities a mystery until their final confrontation aboard the Strangers ship where, thanks to the Beasts ingenuity, is revealed not to be the Stranger at all, but the Toad in disguise. Easily defeating the Toad, the Avengers learn that following Toad's last encounter with the Avengers, he traveled back to the Strangers world and stole technology in order to get back at the Scarlet Witch for turning down his advances and never being interested in him.

Appearing in "Prescription: Violence!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #139.

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Synopsis for "Prescription: Violence!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #139.

The Avengers check on a still recovering Wasp following their battle against the Toad. Worried about Hawkeyes' absence, Iron Man and Moondragon travel out to the castle that once belonged to Dr. Doom to see what went wrong with Hawkeye's attempt at using the time machine there to find the Black Knight.

While back in New York, Yellowjacket and Wasp's old foe Whirlwind makes an attempt on Wasp's life, but is caught by Yellowjacket who takes his fight against Whirlwind to the streets of New York. Yellowjacket is able to defeat Whirlwind with the help of the Beast.

Appearing in "A Journey to the Center of the Ant"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #140.

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Synopsis for "A Journey to the Center of the Ant"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #140.

Following his battle against Whirlwind and the Toad, Yellowjacket has found that he has taxed his powers too much and has passed out and is unable to stop growing. While Vision and the Scarlet Witch return from their honeymoon, Beast travels to his old place of employment, the Brant Corporation to steal a formula which could save Yellowjackets life.

Giving the formula to the Vision, the android uses his phasing powers to travel inside the still-growing Avenger and administer it directly to the blood stream. With Yellowjacket cured, he returns to normal and regains consciousness, and just in time to hear from the doctors that the Wasp has just awoken from her coma.

Appearing in "The Phantom Empire!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #141.

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Synopsis for "The Phantom Empire!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #141.

On his way to the hospital to see how Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne are recouping following their last battle, the Beast is attacked by a group of costumed criminals armed with high-tech weapons. However, their attempt to attack the Beast is foiled due to the timely arrival of Captain America, who lends the Beast a hand in the fight. As the crooks flee, Captain America tells the Beast that following his clash against a Serpent Crown controlled Hugh Jones and the Red Skull he's been trailing this group until they attacked the Beast. He then realizes that they were hired out to attack the Avengers. Meanwhile, at Avengers Mansion, the mysterious woman who has come looking for the Beast comes knocking at the door one more time and is told once again by Jarvis that he is not in, after he tells her that the Beast is at the hospital she leaves.

There Captain America and the Beast have arrived to point Thor, Scarlet Witch, and the Vision in their visit with the Pym's who are expected to make a full recovery in days. There Captain America asks the active Avengers there to join him to discuss the most recent attack against the group. After they leave the woman looking for the Beast arrives and is upset when she learns that she just missed meeting him. Although Hank and Janet can't remember the woman's name they recall seeing her at the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm.

After discussing with the group about the tie in between Roxxon Oil and the Brant Corporation, they all agree that the situation bares investigating. Shortly thereafter, Iron Man and Moondragon return to base from their mission to search for Hawkeye. They tell the group that they Hawkeye has been lost in time due to the manipulations of Kang the Conqueror. As the group considers their options on how to deal with both crisis, the woman bursts into the mansion and turns out to be none other than Patsy Walker, come to call the Beast on the promise that he made her. When she blurts out his secret identity, the Avengers tell her that they already know it, but Patsy insists that Hank make good on his promise to make her a super-heroine. Beast instead allows her to accompany the Avengers on their investigation of the Brant Corporation. Although Captain America has issues with this, he allows Hank to continue with the ordeal in the hopes it will dissuade Patsy from any interest in heroics.

Thor and Moondragon decide to go searching for Hawkeye and the goddess uses her vast mental powers to summon Immortus. Immortus agrees to help the two Avengers through the time stream to find Hawkeye, however along the way they are attacked by Kang. When Thor redirects Kang's attack on him, it sends Kang hurtling through time to points unknown leaving the two Avengers and Immortus to travel onward in their search for Hawkeye.

Meanwhile, Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Beast and Patsy Walker infiltrate the Brand Corporation building. They are soon picked up by the security systems and Buzz Baxter (Patsy's ex-husband) alert Hugh Jones and he tells Baxter to initiate their new security measures that have been in place since the Beast last visited the Brand Corporation.

The Avengers are caught in a surprise attack by their one-time allies from an alternate dimension: Lady Lark, Whizzer, Dr. Spectrum, Golden Archer and Hyperion of the Squadron Supreme. The Golden Archer battles Cap, Whizzer matches wits with Iron Man, Hyperion goes toe-to-toe against Hyperion, the Vision tackles Dr. Spectrum, and Scarlet Witch takes on Lady Lark. The Avengers seem to have the upper hand at first until the Scarlet Witch is downed by Lady Lark, which distracts the Vision long enough for Dr. Spectrum to handle him. The Whizzer then easily defeats Iron Man, and the Beast fares no better against Hyperion. When Captain America proves to be an even match against the Golden Archer, Lady Lark takes him down with her sonic scream. With the Avengers defeated the Squadron picks up their unconscious bodies as Hugh Jones plots what to do with them next.

While in the year 1873, Thor, Moondragon and Immortus materialize in the American West to find that there is a welcoming party that thinks that they are demons.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Go West, Young Gods!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #142.

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Synopsis for "Go West, Young Gods!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #142.

Thor, Moondragon, and Immortus have arrived in the year 1873 searching for their missing comrade, Hawkeye, however what they find are a group of that era's most well-known crime fighters: Night-Rider, Two-Gun Kid, Kid Colt, and the Ringo Kid. Thinking that the time travelers are enemies, the cowboys are about to attack when they are forced to pull back when Thor calls down a thunderstorm on them. Overhearing that they know Hawkeye, Thor stops the deluge and demands that the group of western heroes answer their questions.

Told that there is something wrong in the town of Tombstone, the cowpokes secretly smuggle the two Avengers and Immortus into the law office of Matthew J. Hawk, where they find Hawkeye alive and well. Hawkeye explains that when he left the Avengers, he decided to check out Dr. Doom's castle and use its Time Machine to travel back to the 12th Century. While traveling through time though, he was attacked by Kang the Conqueror and ended up trapped in the 1800's. There he found that the town of Tombstone had been invaded by Kang who has setup his own citadel in the middle of the city. Realizing the trouble, Hawkeye then assumed a less conspicuous outfit and russelled up all the wild west heroes he remembered reading about in history class. With the explanation completed, Immortus deduces what Kang is intending to do in this time period: To further his goals of conquering the 20th Century, he intends on conquering the 19th first.

While in the present, Captain America, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, Beast and Patsy Walker are prisoners of the Brant Corporation after being defeated by their new super-agents from another dimension: The Squadron Supreme. Hugh Jones the owner of Roxxon Oil, and Buzz Baxter, the former husband of Patty Walker, gloat over their victory over the Avengers. Although the group is trapped in a cage that is specially made to contain them all, including the Vision, the Avengers and Patsy vow to break free and stop them.

Back in the past, the three Avengers and the wild west heroes realizes that Kang will likely be looking at collecting a Uranium shipment aboard the Pecos Train and decide to foil this plot. Sending Thor and Moondragon incognito aboard the trail, Hawkeye, and the others prepare to prevent the robbery of the train. When a team of train robbers attempt to attack the locomotive, Hawkeye and the others rush to stop them.

The would-be train robbers fall right into the Avengers and cowboys trap, and each of them is captured by Hawkeye, Night Rider, Kid Colt, Two-Gun Kid, Rawhide Kid and the Ringo Kid. With the uranium theft foiled, Hawkeye and the others prepare for their final assault on Kang.

Appearing in "Right Between the Eons!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #143.

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Synopsis for "Right Between the Eons!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #143.

Continued from last issue...

1873: After busting up a group of train robbers hired by Kang the Conqueror, the three time-displaced Avengers and the heroes of the old west learn how to break into Kang's citadel. Hawkeye, Two-Gun Kid, Moondragon, and Thor (in his mortal guise of Donald Blake) disguise themselves and attempt to enter Kang's base.

However, Kang is waiting for them and when they enter the citadel he appears before them on a giant screen and explains that he had lured them there hoping to get revenge on the entire group of Avengers for foiling his attempt to win the Celestial Madonna. Willing to settle for the few Avengers that have shown up, he attacks them with his high-tech machinery.

While back in the present, Captain America, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Beast, Iron Man, and Patsy Walker are still trapped in the cage that they have been imprisoned in by Roxxon Oil owner Hugh Jone's super agents the Squadron Supreme. Realizing that the Vision cannot phase through, let alone stick his hand through the cage, the Avengers try having the synthazoid phase his head through Captain America's shield while it's pressed up against the cage. This work's and allows the Vision to use his solar energy beams to destroy the cages controls and free the Avengers.

While back in the 19th Century, Kang unleashed a genetically mutated coyote (which has been changed into a gigantic creature thanks to Kang's 41st Century technology) he sicks it against Hawkeye, Two-Gun Kid, and Moondragon. While the heroes are occupied, Donald Blake manages to sneak into Kang's control room. When Kang realizes that the "bearded stranger" that was with the others is missing, Blake reveals himself and transforms into Thor. As the God of Thunder battles Kang, the other heroes continue to struggle against the monster the time master has unleashed upon them. It's ultimately downed by Moondragon's superior mental powers. However to be rescued at the hands of a weird woman is a major blow to Two-Gun Kid's ego.

Thor meanwhile continues to battle Kang until Kang unleashes a dissolution beam. However, as Thor continues to resist it Kang continues to increase the power and seemingly overloads the weapon and is apparently obliterated. With Kang's supposed death, the citadel suddenly vanishes. Suddenly Immortus appears before them and explains that he, Kang and Rama-Tut are all the same being, and with the destruction of Kang, the future Rama-Tut and Immortus no longer exist, with the cycle of between Kang and Immortus seemingly broken, Immortus fades from existence, much to the sadness of Moondragon.

Appearing in "Claws!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #144.

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Synopsis for "Claws!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #144.

At the Brand Corporation complex, the five Avengers, accompanied by Patsy Walker, who had been captured by the Squadron Supreme, have broken free, but their movements are monitored by Hugh Jones, head of Brand's parent conglomerate, Roxxon Oil, and his security chief. Patsy's ex-husband, Colonel Buzz Baxter. Attacked by guided missiles. Iron Man, Captain America, and Patsy take refuge in a storage area, where they find the costume once worn by the masked heroine called the Cat Inspired, Patsy dons the outfit and takes on the identity of the Hellcat. The trio is rejoined by the Vision, the Scarlet Witch, and the Beast, but then the Squadron Supreme attacks once more. When the police arrive to investigate the disturbance, Hugh Jones presses a button, and Avengers and Squadron alike are transported to the Squadron's alternate Earth.

Appearing in "The Taking of the Avengers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #145.

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Synopsis for "The Taking of the Avengers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #145.

The mysterious masked Assassin has been hired by a man who is a representative for many of the Avengers former foes. After showing the Assassin a series of recordings of various Avengers in action as a team, or in their solo careers he asks the Assassin if the masked killer will take the job. After some consideration, the Assassin takes the job and vows that the Avengers will all be dead in a year.

A year later, Captain America happens upon a group of thieves robbing a store, all wearing Captain America masks. The Star Spangled Avenger battles these common thugs completely unaware that they are in the employ of the Assassin, and this is all part of the killer's plan. Captain America makes short work of most of the crooks, but one flees down the street, luring Captain America into firing range of the Assassin's special weapon. The blast seemingly kills Captain America, and the Assassin then calls one of the local residents who's window overlooks where Captain America has fallen and ask her to call the police.

As planned, Captain America is taken to the hospital which brings in the rest of the Avengers. Thor and Iron Man arrive at the hospital first to learn that Captain America's life is slowly dwindling away, when the two contemplate if Thor should try to aid the doctors as Donald Blake, Iron Man decides it's better for them to go to his Long Island research lab. Hawkeye, having heard the news as well rushes into the hospital and toward Captain America's room. There he finds two strange creatures about to enter the Captain's room. Hawkeye fights them off however they manage to escape when they fill the hallway with gas. When he arrives outside Cap's room he finds Beast, Scarlet Witch and Vision all waiting for him. Hawkeye relieves them from watch duty, however, the Vision stays behind with Hawkeye to continue to watch forward. As the night carries on both Hawkeye and Vision reflect on their relationships with Captain America.

The Avengers are completely unaware that even now the Assassin is watching their every move and is going to strike again very soon. This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Assassin Never Fails!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #146.

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Synopsis for "The Assassin Never Fails!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #146.

Continued from last issue...

Captain America, having been bombarded by the Assassin with lethal radiation, hangs between life and death. As the Avengers and Falcon await news of his condition, Donald Blake works tirelessly to heal his comrade. To cover Thor's absence while Blake works, Iron Man creates a Thor LMD to assume his place. Meanwhile, the Assassin sends hired minions in to kill the Avengers on behalf of their many enemies.

Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision, watching over Captain America, are given tea, though the Vision doesn't take any. Hobbled by the drugs hidden within, the Avengers struggle to hold off the Assassin's minions but are gassed into submission; the minions then shoot the LMD, rendering it lifeless and convincing them they have killed the real Thor. The Vision tries to hold his own, but the Assassin, attaching a device to his back, deactivates him, then laughs, for the drugs that the Avengers drank will kill them.

Upon investigating the Thor LMD, the Assassin realizes the truth and that Thor and Donald Blake are the same person. Figuring that Donald Blake would make an easier target in his mortal guise, the Assassin is about to attack when Vision, Hawkeye, and Iron Man revive. Both Hawkeye and Iron Man claim to have thrown up the drugs though Iron Man's new synthetic heart seems to have been immune to it. The three Avengers then attack.

During the battle, Iron Man's repulsor rays shred the Assassin's costume, revealing the nurse who served them the drugged drinks. Mocking them for their surprise at her gender, she distracts them long enough for her to toss a gas bomb and escape out a window, but when she tries to warn her troops, they, no longer recognizing her, gun her down, fearing their cover is blown. The remaining troops are easily defeated by the Avengers and turned over to the authorities. Donald Blake later manages to cure Captain America, who is soon released from the hospital.

The Assassin's employer is approached by Angelo, furious that his sister, Maria, was sent to take on the Avengers, a task beyond her limits. The employer shoots Angelo, then removes his mask, revealing he's their father and kills himself.

Appearing in "Crisis on Other-Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #147.

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Synopsis for "Crisis on Other-Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #147.

Continued from Avengers #144...

The Avengers and the Squadron Supreme have been transported to the Squadron's Earth after a battle at the Brant Corporation in their own reality attracted the attention of the police, leading Roxxon Oil owner Hugh Jones to transport the two warring super-groups there. There the battle resumes in earnest. The Squadron makes the opening salvo and easily defeat the Avengers just as the military and the President of the United States arrives.

The President, Nelson Rockefeller, appears before them wearing this reality's version of the Serpent Crown and demands their immediate surrender. Captain America recognizes the Serpent Crown from his previous encounter with the cursed item and it goes to explain why the Squadron Supreme is fighting against them as they are under the Crown's evil influences. While the other Avengers are held at gunpoint, the Vision uses his phasing powers to render himself completely invisible so that he can get close to Rockefeller and take the Serpent Crown. Tossing it to Wanda, she threatens to destroy the Crown if they are not let free. Rockefeller, not wishing the Crown to be destroyed, allows the Avengers to flee. Needing a plan, Rockefeller uses his mental link with Hugh Jones' on the Avengers' world to figure out what to do next. As the Avengers flee, the Scarlet Witch begins to succumb to the influences of the Serpent Crown, and while the other Avengers are not looking, passes out in the streets. The Vision is the first one to notice and goes to her rescue, followed by Hellcat and the others.

Meanwhile, back on the Avengers' home world, Hawkeye, Thor, Moondragon and the Two-Gun Kid return to the present following their battle against Kang in the year 1873. Sure enough Hawkeye quits the group and he and Two-Gun Kid race off to rustle up some wild horses.

While back on the Squadron's Earth, the Vision checks on the Scarlet Witch to find that the Serpent Crown's influence is starting to have an effect on her. Just then Hyperion, Lady Lark and Golden Archer round the corner and walk right into the Scarlet Witch. When Hyperion grabs the hex-powered mutant, it sends the Vision into a fury and although he has the upper hand, the Squadron's greater numbers soon outmatch him.

As Wanda battles the Serpent Crown's influences, the Squadron underestimates the Vision's density powers and he soon takes down Golden Archer, and then Hyperion. When Lady Lark attempts to use her sonic powers against the Vision, she is hit from behind by the Scarlet Witch who has managed to fight off the Serpent Crown's control and come to the rescue of her husband. With the battle over and their love reaffirmed, the Vision and Scarlet Witch travel off to reunite with their comrades.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "20,000 Leagues Under Justice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #148.

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Synopsis for "20,000 Leagues Under Justice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #148.

The remaining Squadron Supreme members set out to track down the Avengers and retrieve the Serpent Crown. The Beast and Hellcat team up to defeat the trio of Amphibion, Tom Thumb, and Cap'n Hawk, however while Iron Man and Captain America best the Whizzer and Dr. Spectrum. Then the Avengers invade the White House itself and locate the device which can return them to their own world. The Beast, disguised as the President, keeps the Squadron occupied, while forcing them to face the fact that their world has been taken over and that, by never questioning their elected officials and corporate leaders, they have been aiding the enemy. Thus, when the Avengers make their escape, the Squadron members decide not to follow them.

Appearing in "The Gods and the Gang!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #149.

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    • Amphibian (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Tom Thumb (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Lady Lark (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Dr. Spectrum (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
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Synopsis for "The Gods and the Gang!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #149.

Continued from last issue...

As the Avengers and Hellcat return to their home reality following their clash with the Squadron Supreme, Thor and Moondragon also return to Avengers Mansion. There Moondragon continues to question why Thor spends his time living among "mere mortals" and accuses him of "slumming". Thor once more brushes off this assertion and learns from Jarvis that the other Avengers had gone to the Brant Corporation to investigate their involvement with Roxxon Oil, sending both Thor and Moondragon to see how the others are doing.

The others have rematerialized at the Brand Corporation headquarters and are facing off to an army of troops hired by Hugh Jones. As the Avengers fight through these foes, Hugh Jones makes a mental link with Nelson Rockefeller on the Squadron Supreme's Earth to find out what had happened, and learns the Squadron Supreme had turned on him and deposed him as President of the United States. With no other choice, Hughes unleashes his newest super-powered agent, Orca. He knocks out all the Avengers present and they are taken into Hughes' custody.

Thor and Moondragon arrive, and the two battle Orca. Moondragon keeps Orca at bay with her mental powers and tells Thor to rescue the others, however, the Thunder God is forced to turn back when Orca manages to shake off the mental attack and strike Moondragon. In a fury, Thor unleashes all his godly might in fighting Orca. As Thor and Orca fight on the other Avengers are hooked up to an Electro-Incinerogram device that will incinerate them into ashes. When Hughes leaves the Avengers under the supervision of Buzz Baxter, Hellcat revives and breaks free. After a brief fight with her ex-husband, she manages to have him at her mercy and she demands that he lets the Avengers free.

Just then Thor manages to defeat Orca in battle, landing a blow powerful enough to knock the mutated Atlantean out. In the climax of the battle, Thor begins to realize that there is perhaps some truth in what Moondragon has been saying all along. Watching the battle on his monitor, Hugh Jones orders Baxter to kill the Avengers, however when he gets no response he rushes to the other room to find that the Avengers have been freed.

With the battle over and Hugh Jones turned over to the authorities, Hellcat comes to terms with her failed marriage and Thor tells the others that he has realized that he is destined for bigger things. Realizing that they need to secure a new roster of Avengers, the group heads back to Avengers Mansion to come to a conclusion on who should be in the next line-up of Earth's Mightiest Heroes...

Appearing in "A Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Treasury Edition #7.

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Synopsis for "A Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Treasury Edition #7.

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Footnotes

  1. According to Avengers: Forever #9, this divergence of Kang did not die, his consciousness was sent back in the 41st Century in a new cloned body.
  2. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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