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Quote1.png I did what I could that night to protect my adopted home. I thought of old Matt Hawk and the stories he'd told me so many times... How he said it would all begin here in New York City. Was this the beginning? I wondered if he knew that it would begin in flames and destruction. And I wondered, not for the first time...why it seemed he'd known me even better than I knew myself. I had always valued knowledge more than action, but clearly that was changing. Because I had acted almost without thinking. seemed clear that morning...that nothing would ever be the same again. Quote2.png
Thomas Halloway

Appearing in 1st story

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  • President Roosevelt's Yacht (First appearance)
  • A Nazi Germany's ship (First and only known appearance)


Synopsis for 1st story

It all begins in New York City in the year 1938 with Dr. Tom Halloway visiting one of his patients who he believes to be senile old man named Matt Hawk. Unknown to Halloway is that Matt Hawk was actually the Two-Gun Kid. Through Tom's visit Hawk tells him of all the heroes he meets in the future, and how they sent him back to New York where the Marvel heroes all began, when he got "too old" to fight crime anymore. He hopes he'll live long enough to see it. The next day Halloway returns to see Hawk again only to be told he passed away in his sleep. After looking at the body a nurse hands him a small wooden box and tells him that Hawk wanted to give him this but had a feeling he wouldn't be waking up again. Tom returns home and opens the box and inside are the Two-Gun Kid's mask and guns. Halloway realizes that the man was his childhood idol, and also inside the box he finds a note saying "From one hero to another."

Solicit Synopsis

  • The centerpiece of Marvel's 70th Anniversary celebration! Who is the mysterious old man who lies on his deathbed in a hospital in 1939, and how does his passing mark the beginning of the first heroic age of the Marvel Universe — and signal the rise of the superhumans? Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting unveil the defining story of the origin of the Marvel Universe, revealing the hidden connections that unite the earliest costumed champions, and whose reverberations are felt dramatically into the present day! It’s a world on the brink of war, and the race is on to create the world's first super-soldier! Witness the first days of the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, and many more-- how they shaped the world to come, and how the future they would create in turn shaped them! The must-read event of the season for any Marvel fan from the Award-Winning creators who redefined Captain America for the modern audience!


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A flashback in this story affects the chronology of the following characters:

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