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Appearing in 1st story

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Captain Britain #1.

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Synopsis for 1st story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain Britain #1.

On Darkmoor, Captain Britain battles for his life against the Reaver's men, and remembers the fateful events that made Brian Braddock into Britain's newest superhero...

Appearing in "From the Holocaust ... a Hero!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain Britain #2.

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  • Reaver (Joshua Stragg) (Main story and flashback)
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    • Harry (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
    • Joe (First appearance) (Only in flashback)

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Synopsis for "From the Holocaust ... a Hero!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain Britain #2.

The cataclysmic conclusion of Captain Britain's origin, as Brian Braddock makes a fateful choice: the Amulet of Right or the Sword of Might? The only problem is, Brian having taken the Amulet leaves the Reaver to claim the sword, leading to Captain Britain's first challenge!

Appearing in "Introducing, Captain Britain"

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Marvel Team-Up #65.

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  • Jean DeWolff's Vintage Roadster
  • Arcade's garbage truck

Synopsis for "Introducing, Captain Britain"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Team-Up #65.

After getting a letter from the Dean of Students telling him to be in his office at 9:30 sharp, Peter Parker finds that his luck is just as bad as ever as he oversleeps and is forced to web-sling across the city to make it on time. Despite his best efforts, Peter ends up showing up an hour late. When he arrives he's introduced to Brian Braddock, a student from Thames University in England who has come to New York on an student visit. The Dean explains that he has come to ask Peter to board Brian at his apartment since he signed the consent form to allow ESU to farm out foreign students to ESU attendees that have their own property. Boxed in, and being offered $50 a week, Peter decides to accept it but is concerned that taking in Brian could possibly compromise his secret identity as Spider-Man. Peter then takes Brian out to meet his friends at the Coffee Bean.

Meanwhile, at London's Heathrow Airport, members of the British branch of the Maggia crime organization have sought the international assassin known as Arcade to carry out an order to kill Brian Braddock, whom (along with a couple dozen others) they suspect is in reality Captain Britain. They are unaware that they are being spied on by a mysterious woman, who remarks that "the Braddock boy is on his own."

Back in America, it is nightfall and Peter Parker checks to see if Brian is asleep before changing into Spider-Man and going into action. However, Brian is restless and unable to sleep and when he's called to the window by the sound of a speeding fire truck he spots Spider-Man swinging out of Peter's bedroom window. Finding Peter's room empty, and not sure if Spider-Man is a hero or a villain, he assumes that Peter may have been kidnapped by Spider-Man and changes into Captain Britain.

He then attacks Spider-Man, catching the Wall-Crawler completely off guard. A fight ensues, with Spider-Man on the defensive and running away from Captain Britain in order to get a measure of the man's abilities. Noticing that his powers are derived from his Star Scepter, Spider-Man tricks Captain Britain into following him onto a skyscraper's construction site and manages to snare the Scepter with a web line. Spider-Man then saves Captain Britain before he can fall to his death. Spider-Man explains that he "works with Peter Parker" by giving him exclusive photos for the Daily Bugle. This (somewhat) false story appeases Captain Britain, and they both chalk up the attack to Britain being a novice super-hero.

Captain Britain explains his origins to Spider-Man, that he was sought out by a criminal known as the Reaver. When trying to escape the Reaver's men on motorcycle he was forced to drive it off a cliff, ending up in a horrible crash. Surviving, he was drawn toward the mystical Siege Perilous. There he was confronted by Merlyn and the Lady of the Northern Skies. They explain that they have come to him as a test of faith, and to see if he is worthy of being a champion against villains such as the Reaver. They gave him the choice of choosing the Sword of Might and the Amulet of Right. Brian chose the amulet and they would transform him into Captain Britain, the champion of the land, and he had many adventures clashing with various super-villains before coming to America.

With the battle over, the two heroes decide to duck into hiding as a police dispatch led by Captain Jean DeWolff is speeding through the area after reports of the fight between Spider-Man and Captain Britain were called into the police. They are however ambushed by Arcade and his minions, who capture the two heroes in a specially rigged garbage truck. After blowing off DeWolff and takes them off to assassinate them.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Murder World"

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Marvel Team-Up #66.

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Synopsis for "Murder World"

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Marvel Team-Up #66.

Spider-Man and Captain Britain wake up to find themselves trapped in gigantic transparent spheres that act as pin-balls for part of Arcade's Murderworld, a gigantic and lethal amusement park that he uses to murder the hits that he has been hired to carry out. Inside his control room, Arcade boasts to his assistants Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers about how the Maggia offered to pay him a million dollars to eliminate Captain Britain as he sets the balls in motion in a gigantic pinball machine with electrified bumpers and a spike pit at the bottom. As Spider-Man and Captain Britain are jostled around, Spider-Man almost gives up but finds renewed strength by thinking about Mary Jane.

Smashing himself free, Spider-Man then breaks Captain Britain out of his ball just before he can roll into the death pit. Arcade next unleashes his "doom-ball," a giant pinball that protrudes giant spikes. As the two heroes are rooted to the spot the ball suddenly disappears and trap doors open beneath them sending them down slides into two separate rooms. While Spider-Man has to face off against a cowboy-themed robot called "Kid Cyborg", Captain Britain finds himself in a more elaborate trap. At the end of a hall of mirrors, the Captain sees a gigantic treasure-scoop game with Courtney Ross trapped inside a clear cylinder. Rushing to the controls to save her, the Captain finds that the mirrors create robotic duplicates of himself fashioned after the distorted reflections. He fights off these robots and continues his way to the controls.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man makes short work of the Kid Cyborg robot then finds himself attacked by a holographic projection of a war zone. Finding the room's wall, Spider-Man rips his way through the metal panels and crawls his way through Murderworld's inner workings. Unsure how to sabotage Murderworld, Spider-Man takes some advice he got from the Thing and just starts tearing the place apart. Captain Britain finally gets to the controls and notices that Courtney is running out of air. Just then, the door then slams shut and the room begins to fill with water, tactics that Arcade has implemented to make the rescue more of a challenge.

Spider-Man manages to get himself into the main hallway, and Arcade, not wishing to get caught, opens a sliding panel revealing Captain Britain's plight. Spider-Man rescues him from the flooded room and they both work together to free Courtney. Arcade then attempts to gas them, but the damage that Spider-Man has done to the controls causes the control room to short out and explosions all over the facility. With Arcade's threat over, Spider-Man, Captain Britain, and Courtney Ross make their escape and wind up pulling themselves out from a New York City sewer. They are spotted and picked up by Jean DeWolff, who explains that they learned from Interpol that some top men in the Maggia put a hit on Captain Britain. She explains that someone killed the Maggia bosses afterward and after they learned of the plot against Captain Britain, Interpol contacted the New York police. After all the explanations are made, Jean then allows Spider-Man to go free.

Meanwhile, back in Murderworld, Arcade, Miss Locke, and Mr. Chambers assess the damages. When Chambers asks what they are going to do next, Arcade simply laughs it up and tells them that they're going to rebuild a new, more elaborate Murderworld and have a rematch against Spider-Man.

Appearing in "Warwolves of London"

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

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Synopsis for "Warwolves of London"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Excalibur #1.
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Tweedledope and Widget

In a deserted factory complex near Loch Daemon in the Scottish Highlands, Tweedledope plays around with a small metallic gadget. He fills it with various stuff such as beans, trash and metal and misuses it as a cocktail shaker. When his eyes fall on a wanted poster of the Crazy Gang, he suddenly looses interest in his toy and throws it away. The metallic object opens its eyes and comes to live - it is Widget.

In the meanwhile, Excalibur and the police encounter a hostage situation in London. While Dai Thomas is reluctant to send in young girls like Kitty Pryde or Rachel Summers, Captain Britain reassures him that Excalibur will handle the situation. In the meantime, Kitty and Rachel talk to police officer Ray Mulholland on the rooftop of the building, impressing him with their mutant powers.

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Kitty Pryde terrifies the hostage-takers by pretending to be a ghost

The two women then phase through the roof to check out the hostage situation while Mulholland is attacked by a warwolf who kills him and strips him from his skin.

Kitty and Rachel move into a storage room adjacent to the larger room where some hostage-takers hold about 20 people as hostages. Kitty phases her face through the wall, telepathically reporting details about the layout of the room. Suddenly, Rachel suffers a seizure and looses her consciousness - exactly in the same moment as Ray Mulholland gets killed by the warwolf. Her scream alarms the hostage-takers and they search the storage room for any intruders, discovering the unconscious body of Rachel and dragging her into the main room. Kitty utilizes a white blanket to dress up as a ghost and phases through the main room ceiling, howling and threatening the confused hostage-takers. One of the men shoots at her with a pump gun but doesn't hit her due to her phased status.

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Brian Braddock meets his old love, Courtney Ross and is immediately attracted to her

Alarmed by the shot, Captain Britain, who waited on the outside, decides to storm the building. Rachel, suddenly awakened, releases the Phoenix and disarms the hostage takers, rendering them unconscious by smashing them against a wall. When Captain Britain enters the scene, Kitty and Rachel already dealt with the situation. Merchant Banker Nigel Frobisher approaches Rachel and offers her to "express his gratitude more privately" - an offer which disgusts Rachel. She is still confused about her seizure and tells her teammates that she felt a despairing psychic scream of a person who seems to be entirely erased from existence without even leaving a mind trace.

Back in Merlin Mews, Rachel feels the same sensation again when Jacko Petrie is killed and skinned by a warwolf disguised as police officer Ray Mulholland.

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Kitty, disguised as Rachel, is attacked by Warwolves

One night later in Merlin Mews, Kitty mourns over the pictures of the X-Men and her friend Doug Ramsey who are supposed to be dead after the Mutant Massacre. She remembers some of the fiercest enemies she and the X-Men opposed over the years and is interrupted by Captain Britain who tries to cheer her up. He invites her to join her on a trip into town, but she refuses because she is working on a secret device she calls the "Doppelgänger Module".

On the west coast of England, Meggan and Nightcrawler fly to Brian Braddock's lighthouse. Meggan suggests that Excalibur could use it as a secret Headquarter and shows Nighcrawler around in a kind of sightseeing tour. He is impressed by the location. While Meggan makes some tea in the kitchen, he encounters a strange vision in a storage room where he is attacked by alien species. In the nick of time, he teleports out of the room and back into the kitchen, but when he wants to show Meggan what he just saw, the storage room is empty.

In London, Rachel accompanies Captain Britain to Fraser's Bank at Thameside where she is approached by Nigel Frobisher again. She is distracted by a telepathic message from Meggan and Kurt, announcing that they will return to London tonight, and Frasier uses this moment to touch her. Rachel pushes him away with her Phoenix power, watched by an amused Captain Britain. He is startled by the entrance of a blonde woman he immediately recognizes as Courtney Ross, his former girlfriend, who is now the vice president of the bank. They sit down and talk about old times.

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The Warwolves abducted Kitty Pryde!

In Merlin Mews, Kitty finishes her Doppelgänger Module which will allow her to mask herself as Phoenix by sending out her unique energy pattern. She dresses as Phoenix as well, somewhat uncomfortable with the skintight suit and the high heels, and moves out into the streets of London, planning to draw the warwolves' attention. The warwolves want to capture Phoenix in order to take her back to Mojo, so she hopes they will be lured to her. Meggan and Nightcrawler return to the Mansion, not aware of her departure. Nightcrawler is taking a bath and startled by Meggan who fixed him a mug of hot chocolade.

Returning from the bath, Nightcrawler discovers Kitty's invention in Captain Britains lab. He is immediately alarmed and telephatically calls Rachel, who is currently visiting the Shakespeare Company in London. She leaves the theater and starts searching for Kitty who just met police officer Mulholland and some companions. Mulholland mistakes her for Rachel Summers and he and his companions reveal that they are warwolves. Kitty phases when the first warwolf strikes her, but then her powers get scrambled and she cannot phase back from solid state. The warwolves capture her and drag her away. Phoenix, Meggan, Captain Britain and Nightcrawler appear at the scene, but they cannot stop the warwolves from abducting Kitty. Together they decide that they must rescue her teammate before the enemies turn her into a warwolf.

Solicit Synopsis

A legendary hero flies the flag for the United Kingdom as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with the era-spanning MARVEL TALES! In Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe’s incredible CAPTAIN BRITAIN (1976) #1-2, Brian Braddock must choose between the Sword of Might and the Amulet of Right. Only one will transform him into Captain Britain, champion of Albion! Then, Brian takes a trip across the pond and ends up in Spider-Man’s neighborhood — but their first meeting turns downright murderous, courtesy of Arcade, in MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #65-66 — by the fan-favorite team of Claremont and John Byrne! Then, the sword is drawn in EXCALIBUR (1988) #1 as Claremont joins artist Alan Davis to team Captain Britain and his girlfriend Meggan with a trio of ex-X-Men — Nightcrawler, Shadowcat and Phoenix — to form the UK’s most offbeat super team! Collecting CAPTAIN BRITAIN (1976) #1-2, MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #65-66 and EXCALIBUR (1988) #1.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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