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Appearing in "The Space Phantom"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #2.

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  • Bill (First appearance)

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  • Anthony Stark's Moon Vehicle

Synopsis for "The Space Phantom"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #2.

Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk are awaiting Ant-Man and the Wasp in Tony Stark's library so they can begin their meeting. There is already tension among the ranks of this new super-team as Thor and Hulk bicker. Before anything can come of it, Ant-Man and the Wasp make a sudden entrance, seemingly appearing out of nowhere. Ant-Man, (now using the name Giant-Man) explains by showing the team his new size-changing capsules.

Elsewhere, the eerie Space Phantom arrives on Earth, under the guise of a fragment of meteorite. He plans to destroy the Avengers so that his race can invade the planet. He takes the appearance of a passerby, sending him to Limbo.

Later, the Space Phantom (under the guise of the passerby) approaches the Avengers Mansion. He is spotted by the team and the Hulk goes to investigate. The man takes the Hulk off-guard and assumes his form, sending him to Limbo in place of the man. The Phantom (this time under the guise of the Hulk) returns to the team and taunts Iron Man and Thor, causing a miniature brawl and heightening the tensions in the team before leaving. Outside, he spots the man he replaced earlier trying to warn everybody and decides to cause more havoc as the Hulk. "The Hulk" is approached by his friend Rick Jones, who convinces him to escape before the police arrive. Rick realizes something is wrong with the way "Hulk" is acting and the Phantom reveals himself, before leaving. He arrives at one of Tony Stark's operations plants and, still posing as the Hulk, destroys a new experimental anti-missile defense weapon. Iron Man is told the news and faces off against the "Hulk". Iron Man proves to be too much for him however and the Phantom flees by taking the form of a passing wasp, leaving a confused and dazed Hulk behind. Iron Man and the Hulk continue to battle.

Meanwhile, Rick Jones communicates with Giant-Man and explains the situation to the Wasp and him. They catch up with Iron Man and Hulk and break up the fight. The Phantom, still in the form of a wasp, attacks the Wasp and flees to a nearby factory. After aiding the Wasp, Giant-Man is taken by surprise by the Space Phantom and replaced. This time the Wasp and the Hulk saw it happen and know this "Giant-Man" is fake. They battle and Iron Man eventually catches up only to be replaced. Hulk catches the Space Phantom in the act yet again and the newly-returned Giant-Man teams up with the Hulk to fight the fake "Iron Man".

Across town, it is revealed that the Wasp left to search for Thor. She finds him with the help of Dr. Donald Blake and the duo race back to the factory to assist the rest of the team. The Wasp shrinks down and damages the mechanism of the Iron Man suit and Thor creates a thunderstorm, causing the armor to rust. In a final desperate attempt to succeed, the Space Phantom decides to take Thor's form. Unfortunately for the Phantom his power only works on mortal beings and it backfires, sending him to Limbo instead. After the battle, the Hulk expresses his sadness at his recent treatment in the team and decides to quit.

Appearing in "The Traitor's Revenge"

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Synopsis for "The Traitor's Revenge"

Reprinted text story from Captain America Comics #13.

Appearing in "The Origin of Daredevil"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #1.

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  • Fixer (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and flashback)
  • Porky (Main story and flashback)
  • Sam (Main story and flashback)
  • Slade (Main story and flashback)

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  • Humans (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "The Origin of Daredevil"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #1.

One night at Fogwell's gym, a number of the bruisers that work there are enjoying a game of cards, when they're interrupted by the arrival of Daredevil, who has come looking for their boss, the Fixer. Fighting them, Daredevil reflects back to his past, and the events that led to his becoming this new costumed hero:

Daredevil is Matthew Murdock, son of "Battling" Jack Murdock, a prize fighter past his prime, who wants his son to get a real education instead of fighting. While his father tries to find honest work, his son is taunted by his peers and so begins training in secret.

One day, while Jack has no choice but to sign up with the Fixer, a shady fight organizer, Matt saves a blind old man from being run over in the street, but gets run over himself. The chemical truck spills its radioactive waste on Matt, blinding him. Matt soon realizes that all of his other senses have been heightened from this accident and continues his training.

Meanwhile, "Battling" Jack is experiencing a comeback that restores his self-esteem. Matt goes to law school and befriends Foggy Nelson. One night, the Fixer orders Jack to throw a fight, but when he refuses and instead wins the match, the Fixer has Jack killed.

After his father's funeral, Matt graduates from law school and opens his own law firm with Foggy, and they hire a secretary named Karen Page. Meanwhile, Matt decides to avenge his father by taking up the identity of Daredevil, creating a costume and converting his walking stick into a billy club weapon to fight crime.

Returning to the present, Daredevil continues to fight the Fixer's men, while across the city, Foggy goes to find Matt to help him to work, but he doesn't find him either at home or at the office. When he asks Karen, she shows tender sympathy for Matt's condition.

Back where the action is, Daredevil finds the Fixer and tracks him down to the subway with his keen senses. Switching back to his Daredevil guise, he chases the Fixer down the subway terminal until the Fixer suffers a severe heart attack. After the police round up the rest of his crew, Daredevil returns to his civilian guise and shows up for work, his co-workers worried about his well-being.

Appearing in "The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Mystery Comics #8.

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Synopsis for "The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Mystery Comics #8.

Continued from last issue...

Unimpressed with warnings that the Human Torch would seek to stop his rampage in New York, the Sub-Mariner would leave his base of operations at the Statue of Liberty to cause more chaos in the city. Stealing a depth charge from a naval ship he would set it off above the Hudson Tunnel flooding it. He would then head to the Brooklyn Zoo, after downing an airplane, he would set the animals free. However, when rampaging elephants would threaten the life of an abandoned baby, the Sub-Mariner would go to the child's rescue and deliver it to a nearby hospital.

Resuming his rampage, the Sub-Mariner would go to the Brooklyn Bridge where he would begin wrecking it until the Human Torch would catch up to him. The Torch's flame powers would prove to be too much for the Sub-Mariner to handle and he would dive into the water below. As he would swim away, he would vow to the Torch that he would return.

This story continues next issue...

Notes

  • This was a 25 cent 'Special' from October 1966 that featured two complete stories (Avengers and Daredevil), a two page text story written by Stan Lee from the 40s, and the first-ever meeting between the original Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner.
  • The title Marvel Superheroes will revive replacing the title of Fantasy Masterpieces in Marvel Super-Heroes #12.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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