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Appearing in "The Mighty Avengers Meet Spider-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #11.

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Synopsis for "The Mighty Avengers Meet Spider-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #11.

Iron Man is declared on a leave of absence from the Avengers as he is missing, and now that they are weaker, Kang tries to defeat them again. He creates a replica robot of Spider-Man, because of his vast range of powers.

The robot Spider-Man attempts to join the Avengers, claiming he knows the whereabouts of Iron Man. He leads the Avengers to a temple, where he separates them and defeats them all, one by one. However, the real Spider-Man appears on the scene and defeats the robot copy and saves the Avengers.

Appearing in "This Hostage Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #12.

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Synopsis for "This Hostage Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #12.

Giant-Man believes something dangerous is happening beneath the earth, but none of the other Avengers believe him, so he heads underground himself to investigate. Shortly after, he is captured by Mole Man. More damage occurs and the Avengers discover Giant-Man was correct, so they invade Mole Man's underground base.

Meanwhile, the Red Ghost approaches the Mole Man and they make an alliance. The Wasp frees Giant-Man, and the team stops the Mole Man and Red Ghost's plans.

Appearing in "The Castle of Count Nefaria!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #13.

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Synopsis for "The Castle of Count Nefaria!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #13.

The Avengers prevent the Maggia from commiting another crime. Count Nefaria decides he needs to put the Avengers out of action. As no one knows he is the leader of the Maggia, he holds a party in his castle and invites the Avengers. While they sleep after the party Nefaria makes copies of each of the Avengers who he commands to declare war on the United States. When the real Avengers leave the party they are attacked by the Army. They discover what has happened and pursue and battle Nefaria, getting evidence from him that proves their innocence. However, in the battle, the Wasp is critically injured.

Appearing in "Even Avengers Can Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #14.

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Synopsis for "Even Avengers Can Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #14.

The Avengers rush the dying Wasp to the emergency room but there is nothing any of the doctors can do for the Wasp. The only man who may be able to save her is a Dr. Svenson. Thor finds him as quickly as he can only to find out he is an alien impostor. The alien dies when exposed to the atmosphere of Earth because its mask was removed. Giant-Man uses his ants to search all over the world but to no avail, so he concludes that wherever he is there are no ants. This leaves the north and south poles. Heading to the north pole they find an alien base, where Dr. Svenson is being held. The aliens are found to be Kallusians, and they are hiding from other aliens who will destroy them. They are soon discovered and have to flee. Dr. Svenson is brought back to America and operates successfully on the Wasp. No one knows whether the Kallusians survived or not.

Appearing in "Now, By My Hand, Shall Die a Villain!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #15.

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Synopsis for "Now, By My Hand, Shall Die a Villain!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #15.

Zemo decides again to attack the Avengers, and so his agents kidnap Rick Jones. Zemo also contacts the Executioner and the Enchantress and they set free the Black Knight and the Melter. The four villains attack the Avengers while Captain America sets off to the Amazon to rescue Rick. The Avengers and villains in New York fight to a stand still. In the Amazon, Captain America rescues Rick but is then ambushed by Zemo. Captain America is too skilled however, and Zemo accidentally triggers an avalanche which lands on and kills him.

Appearing in "The Old Order Changeth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #16.

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Synopsis for "The Old Order Changeth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #16.

The battle from the previous issue continues but the Avengers are hindered as there are too many civilians lose by for them to let loose. Thor creates a dimensional space warp which transports the Melter, the Black Knight and themselves to another dimension. The Executioner and the Enchantress manage to escape since, as Asgardians themselves, they knew what Thor was attempting. The Melter and Black Knight are easily captured in the other dimension.

Meanwhile Captain America and Rick Jones bury Zemo and escape his troops. They make their way through the rainforest to reach an airport.

When the Avengers hold their next meeting, Thor is MIA (he's gone to Asgard). Wasp remarks that she needs a break from the constant danger of Avengers' missions. Giant-Man and Iron-Man consider disbanding the team.

Just then, an intruder breaks into the mansion and ties up their butler. The intruder is Iron-Man's foe Hawkeye, who applies for membership. He relates how he and the Black Widow were duped into working for Soviet spies but now he wishes to repent by fighting alongside the Avengers. He demonstrates his archery prowess by freeing the butler from his bonds with a trick shot.

Iron Man, Giant-Man, the Wasp and Hawkeye hold a press conference in which they announce they are looking for new members. Afterwards, they journey by sub to Atlantis and ask the Sub-Mariner to join but he refuses. In Switzerland, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver learn the the Avengers are recruiting new members. They write a letter to apply. After traveling by cruise ship to the U.S., Tony Stark picks up the mutant siblings. Quicksilver demonstrates his speed by beating Stark's car to the mansion on foot. He even stops to allow the car to catch up to him.

Captain America and Rick return just as Wanda and Pietro are being inducted. He is devastated to hear that Iron Man, Giant-Man and the Wasp have all decided to take a leave of absence. Cap will be the full-time leader of the new team. Iron-Man's last piece of advice to Cap is that the new team ought to track down the Hulk and convince him to rejoin the team as they could use his sheer strength.

Iron-Man and (separately) Giant-Man and the Wasp all depart. The new Avengers team of Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch reveal themselves to the public while the world (including many villains) wonder if the Avengers will become a weaker or stronger force.

Appearing in "Four Against the Minotaur!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #17.

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Synopsis for "Four Against the Minotaur!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #17.

The new team is uncertain about the future. Rick Jones is upset that three "Johnny come lately" heroes have already been made official Avengers while he is still just Cap's sidekick. The cocky Hawkeye takes a dim view of some old "Methuselah" (Cap) leading the team and suggests they vote on who should be leader. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch both support Cap as leader.

Before heading out on a mission to locate the Hulk (whom Cap wants to convince to rejoin the team), Cap leads the new team in a training session in the Mansion's underground combat simulation room. In the middle of the training session, a robot breaks in. After disabling it, it informs them that the Hulk is in the desert.

The robot was sent by the Mole Man, and the Avengers are lured to his subterranean underworld and into his trap.

Coincidentally though, the Hulk IS indeed nearby although in the midst of combatting his adversary the Leader.

The Avengers are attacked by the Minotaur, a creature belonging to the Mole Man. Quicksilver is separated from the team and captured by the Moloids. The three remaining Avengers trap the Minotaur and then search for Quicksilver. Upon freeing him, the team escape the Mole Man's underground caverns. Captain America says that he's convinced the new team were effective enough without the big green giant -- they don't need the Hulk on the team.

Elsewhere, it appears that Bruce Banner (following the end of the Hulk's battle with the Leader) has died.

Appearing in "When The Commissar Commands!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #18.

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Synopsis for "When The Commissar Commands!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #18.

The Avengers receive a distress call from the communist state of Sin-Cong, which is being ruled by the cruel Commissar. They leave to help but are attacked by the Commissar's troops on arrival. The troops are defeated but the Scarlet Witch falls into a trap and is taken captive.

The other Avengers have to fight one on one with the Commissar to save her. Captain America, Hawkeye and Quicksilver are all bested. The Scarlet Witch then insists that the Avengers aren't defeated as she hasn't fought him yet. Using her hex power, she reveals that the Commissar is a robot and short-circuits him. Sin-Cong is then liberated.

Appearing in "The Coming of... The Swordsman!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #19.

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Synopsis for "The Coming of... The Swordsman!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #19.

The Swordsman infiltrates the Avenger's base and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver attack him. He then admits he was testing them and wants to apply for membership.

Captain America intervenes, saying the Swordsman is a wanted man. He escapes, however. Hawkeye explains that the Swordsman used to be his tutor when he was in the circus.

Meanwhile, in Nick Fury's office in Washington D.C., HYDRA agents find a letter from Captain America, explaining how Captain America wanted to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. They discard it as trash. A mobster finds it and gives it to the Swordsman.

A trap is laid for Captain America. He leaves the Mansion, thinking he is going to meet with Nick Fury. Hawkeye finds out about the plan and gathers the other Avengers to help him.

Captain America battles the Swordsman and gets captured before the others can arrive to help. The Swordsman then holds him captive on a scaffolding, threatening to hurl Cap to his death if the other Avengers interfere. But Captain America jumps off the scaffolding so the Avengers don't have to surrender.

Appearing in "Vengeance Is Ours!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #20.

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Synopsis for "Vengeance Is Ours!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #20.

This story is continued from last issue.

After jumping from the scaffolding last issue, the Avengers have very little time to rescue Captain America. But with quick thinking, they manage it. The Swordsman is outraged and attacks them. During the battle, he mysteriously vanishes.

When he awakens, the Swordsman is in the lair of the Mandarin, who allies himself with the Swordsman and gives him a more powerful sword. He then creates an image of Iron Man which he sends to the Avengers, vouching for the Swordsman's membership. Deceived by the image, the Avengers accept him onto the team.

Once in Avengers Mansion, he plants bombs to destroy them. Later, however, he has a change of heart and tries to remove the bombs but is caught by Captain America, who believes he is attaching them. After a brief battle the Swordsman escapes again. The Swordsman regrets having botched his chance to join such a team of noble heroes.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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