Quote1 As a leader, you're a joke! Quote2
-- Hawkeye

Appearing in "The Bitter Taste of Defeat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #21.

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Synopsis for "The Bitter Taste of Defeat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #21.

Erik Josten, who worked as an agent for Baron Zemo before his death, returns to the machinery Zemo used to create Wonder Man. There he finds the Enchantress, who tells him she will use the machine to grant him super-strength as well. He agrees and is given the name Power Man.

The Enchantress then creates a number of illusions around the city that make the Avengers seem dangerous when they accidentally destroy property and endanger lives. Captain America tries to subdue Power Man as he attacks men with important documents, only to find out that the men were imposters trying to steal them.

Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are also caught with similar traps. The Avengers believe themselves to be nuisances and are ordered by the authorities to disband.


  • On the cover of this issue, Quicksilver's costume is mistakenly colored "grey/silver". In the story, his costume is green. Quicksilver's costume at the time of this issue's reprinting was "grey/silver".

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