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Quote1.png Even a mountain, you fool, can be dismantled... stone by stone! Quote2.png
--Whizzer (Squadron Sinister)


Appearing in "Let the Game Begin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #69.

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Synopsis for "Let the Game Begin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #69.

The Avengers have made a special visit to Tony Stark, who is in the hospital near death (Following the events of Iron Man #18) they are soon joined by fellow Avengers, Captain America and Thor. During their visit, the Wasp comes across a tiny figurine, which is actually one of Kang's Growing Men. The creature grows in size and battles the Avengers, capturing Tony Stark and transporting all involved away to a distant place. They soon find themselves in the 4000 A.D. throne room of Kang the Conqueror.

After a brief battle against Kang's guards, the Avengers are informed that Kang has enlisted their aid in helping him best a cosmic being known as the Grandmaster. Kang explains that he was visited by the Grandmaster who offers him the opportunity to restore his comatose lover, Ravonna, if he were to win a "chess" game which pits champions of Kang's choosing against those selected by the Grandmaster. However, should Kang loose, not only will Ravonna not be awakened, but the Earth would be doomed to oblivion.

The Avengers agree to helping Kang, on the condition that Tony Stark is returned to Earth, upon Stark's return (Whose story continues in Iron Man #19) the Grandmaster appears and selects Captain America, Goliath and Thor, who are to be joined by a fourth comrade on Earth to battle his champions: Hyperion, Nighthawk, Dr. Spectrum and the Whizzer.

Appearing in "When Strikes the Squadron Sinister!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #70.

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Synopsis for "When Strikes the Squadron Sinister!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #70.

Continuing from the last issue...in the year 4000 A.D. the Avengers and Kang await the arrival of a fourth Avenger to aid their comrades Captain America, Thor, and Goliath in their battle against the Squadron Sinister. Kang's men attempt to assassinate the Grandmaster, but to no avail.

While in the present, Cap and the others are joined by Iron Man who has been summoned to be the fourth member of their team. Upon his arrival, the Avengers are told by the Grandmaster each of the Squadron Sinister members' abilities before transporting them to different parts of the world. Grandmaster then explains that his minions are attempting to capture four national monuments: The Statue of Liberty, The Taj Mahal, Big Ben, and the Sphinx. Thor then uses his hammer to transport each Avenger to each of the monuments.

At the Statue of Liberty, Captain America battles against Nighthawk and manages to stop the villain from stealing the statue with his Hawk-plane. In India, Iron Man battles Dr. Spectrum for the Taj Mahal. At first, Dr. Spectrum has the upper hand, but Iron Man eventually defeats him.

In Egypt, Thor battles against Hyperion, who explains that he comes from a Micro-World which was destroyed when the first atom was split by Earth scientists. Thor manages to defeat Hyperion by using his enchanted hammer Mjolnir to shrink Hyperion in size and trap him a sphere of glass.

In England, Goliath runs into Black Knight before taking on the Whizzer, Goliath tells Black Knight to not get involved, however, the Black Knight interferes. This causes the Grandmaster to abruptly end the first phase of the contest, and whisk the combatants away for the second part, leaving the Black Knight behind who vows to help the Avengers.

Appearing in "The World Is Not for Burning!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #85.

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Synopsis for "The World Is Not for Burning!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #85.

On the Arkon's world, the Avengers get ready for Thor to use his hammer to send them back to their own world. While the Black Knight is returned to Britain, only Thor and Black Panther appear in New York City. Before the two heroes can begin searching for their missing friends, they end up getting stuck helping Captain America and Spider-Man in a Toys For Tots campaign.

Elsewhere, the other Avengers appear on Earth as ghost-like wraiths and witness the entire world set ablaze from the increasing heat of the sun. Finding a newspaper, they notice that the date is a month in the future, and in an attempt to free themselves, Wanda attempts to use her hex powers. The group then finds themselves transported back to their proper point in history. They walk to what they think is Avengers Mansion, to find that Nighthawk is inside. Thinking he is the Nighthawk of the Squadron Sinister, the Avengers attack him, but Nighthawk manages to getaway. Finding the whole situation suspicious, the Avengers decide to proceed with caution and enter the war room of the mansion. There they run into other members of the Squadron Supreme: Lady Lark, Hawkeye, Tom Thumb, and American Eagle.

After a brief battle, the Avengers soon realize they aren't on their own world when the Squadron gets a message from their other teammates Dr. Spectrum, Hyperion, and Whizzer, explaining that they are launching a satellite called "Brain-Child One" into space. Realizing that the satellite is possibly what will doom this world, the Avengers try to explain the situation but soon find themselves in yet another battle with the Squadron, a battle that the Avengers quickly win.

They take one of the Squadron's ships and take Nighthawk with them to warn the other Squadron members of the danger that the satellite they're about to launch may pose their world.

Appearing in "Brain-Child to the Dark Tower Came...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #86.

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Synopsis for "Brain-Child to the Dark Tower Came...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #86.

The Avengers and Nighthawk from the Squadron Supreme are rushing to Atomic City to stop members of the Squadron from launching the satellite Brain-Child One into space because it may well destroy the entire Earth.[1] The Avengers rush onto the scene, the Scarlet Witch using her powers to halt the launch which causes a brief battle with Hyperion, Dr. Spectrum, and the Whizzer before Nighthawk arrives to break up the fight.

When inquiring about who built the shuttle, Dr. Spectrum explains that it was created by a being named Brain-Child. The Brain-Child's parents were exposed to excessive amounts of radiation, that caused their child to have a great capacity for knowledge, and soon became the smartest being on the planet and was the mastermind behind the satellite that was supposed to defend the United States. Deciding that Brain-Child is a threat, the combined forces of the Avengers and the Squadron Supreme decide to stop the boy before he can attempt to destroy the Earth again.

Meanwhile, on the Avengers home reality, Thor and Black Panther seek the aid of Iron Man to help them locate their missing comrades, using the combined effort of Thor's hammer, and one of Tony Stark's machines.

While on the Squadron's Earth, the heroes attack the Brain-Child's citadel and find their attack countered by a bunch of creatures created by the Brain-Child's own mind. During the fight, Hyperion is knocked out, but Goliath uses him as an "arrow" to knock Brain-Child out of his control chair, causing his constructs to disappear. With the Brain-Child defeated, Dr. Spectrum uses his power spectrum to change the Brain-Child back into a normal boy.

Just as the Squadron and the Avengers claim victory, the Avengers have transported back to their own world thanks to Thor. There they explain their story to Thor and the Black Panther and leave to celebrate. The Vision stays behind to contemplate the idea of parallel worlds.

Solicit Synopsis

Meet the mightiest heroes of a very different Earth as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel's most impressive talent from the past eight decades. When the Avengers come face-to-face with Hyperion, Nighthawk, Doctor Spectrum and the Whizzer in AVENGERS (1963) #69-70 by the legendary Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema, this powerful quartet is actually the villainous Squadron Sinister — deadly pawns in a cosmic game! But then, with John Buscema joining the fun in AVENGERS (1963) #85-86, the Avengers find themselves in the world of the real, heroic Squadron Supreme — all eight of 'em! Can these two rival super teams stop trading blows long enough to thwart the mad schemes that flow from the massive mind of Brain-Child? Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #69-70 and #85-86.

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