Episode 68: And In This Corner…Goliath

Avengers #63Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Gene Colan
Inker: George Klein
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #63

Plot Summary

On their return from Wakanda, the Avengers find themselves in a damaged aircraft hurtling towards the New York skyline. As the heroes deftly work to avert catastrophe, Hawkeye attempts to anchor the aircraft using an electromagnetic arrow. At the last minute however his bowstring breaks and only the quick action of Vision manages to save the aircraft and prevent a disaster. Although Hawkeye is feeling down on himself, his pity party is put on hold when the returning Avengers run into their teammates Wasp and Yellow Jacket, recently returned from their honeymoon. After explaining that he would not be returning to his Goliath persona, Yellow Jacket places an unused costume and his newest growth serum in to storage, so they can be safely destroyed later. Moments later, their reunion is interrupted by Nick Fury calling to inform them that Black Widow has been captured and needs rescue. The Avengers readily agree to help, but as the Avengers chairman, Black Panther insists that Hawkeye stay behind due to his personal connections to Black Widow.

With his teammates gone and the woman he loves in danger, Hawkeye spends his time moping around Avengers Mansion until he receives a message from Black Widow. Widow tells Hawkeye that she is being held somewhere in New York, far away from the location Nick Fury provided the Avengers. Hawkeye quickly realizes that he is the only one who can save Black Widow, but doubts his abilities. So to compensate, Hawkeye takes the costume and growth serum, transforming himself into the new Goliath. The newly minted hero quickly makes his way to Coney Island where Black Widow’s captors, Puppet Master, Mad Thinker and Egghead have her hidden away. Unable and unwilling to confront the supersized Goliath, the villains release a like sized android to face off against Goliath. The two titans pound each other nearly senseless, but when the android attempts to climb an observation tower with Black Widow, Goliath finishes the fight by knocking him to the ground where the creature creates its own grave deep in the ground.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Hawkeye
Vision
Wasp

Villains

Egghead
Mad Thinker
Puppet Master

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Episode 67: The Monarch And The Man-Ape

Avengers #62

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: George Klein
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #62

Plot Summary

While it appears the Avengers are trapped on a snowy mountain top in Antarctica, the team is rescued by the arrival of Black Panther’s personal aircraft. Wanting to check in on his home country after the attack by Ymir, the Avengers travel with Black Panther to Wakanda. Although they are initially attacked when the arrive, the guards stop immediately upon seeing their sovereign. On further questioning, the guards report they were only acting on the orders of Black Panther’s regent, M’Baku. Meanwhile, when M’Baku is informed of Black Panther’s return, he begins to plot a coup with the help of his seneschal, N’Gamo. At the welcome home feast, M’Baku springs his plan, drugging Black Panther and his teammates. When Black Panther wakes, he finds M’Baku not in his normal regalia, but in the mantle of the forbidden white gorilla and calling himself Man-Ape. The Man-Ape then challenges Black Panther to a trial by combat for the leadership of Wakanda, using his enhanced strength to quickly gain the upper hand. Knowing that he’ll never survive the fight at the rate it’s going, Black Panther changes tactics and lures Man-Ape into a temple when he is able to knock Man-Ape out. Or so it seemed. Little does Black Panther know, but Man-Ape was just stunned and as Black Panther walks away, he is ambushed and forced out on to a narrow beam at the mouth of an atomic furnace. Although Black Panther manages to defeat Man-Ape, his good hearted nature betrays him when Man-Ape shocks him into unconsciousness when Black Panther tries to save Man-Ape’s life. When Black Panther again awakens, he is tied to an alter before his giant panther statue. Meanwhile, as Man-Ape attempts to topple the statue, it’s base crumbles, causing it to fall backwards on to Man-Ape. As the Avengers arrive on scene to free their teammate, they find Man-Ape crushed beneath the ruins of the panther statue.

Avengers

Black Panther
Hawkeye
Vision

Villains

Man-Ape