Episode 58: …And Deliver Us From – The Masters Of Evil

Avengres #54

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

Featured Issue: Avengers #54

Plot Summary

As the Avengers test out their latest security measures, their butler Jarvis makes a suspicious phone call. When the team wraps up, Jarvis leaves the mansion, though he is obliged to walk part of the way to his destination with Wasp, as she goes out for a walk. Instead of heading uptown to see his sick mother, Jarvis heads downtown to an abandoned set of tenements where he makes his way into the secret base of the newly reformed Masters of Evil. Original members Melter and Radioactive Man are joined by the new Black Knight as well as Whirlwind and Klaw. More importantly, the team of supervillains is lead by the mysterious Crimson Cowl. Jarvis then proceeds to betray his employers by giving the Masters the blueprints to the new security systems the Avengers have just installed. However, the faithless butler is double crossed and knocked out by Crimson Cowl. With this the Masters make their way to Avengers Mansion though they too are double crossed by the Black Knight. Unfortunately for Black Knight, Crimson Cowl had foreseen this outcome and the rest of the Masters are waiting to ambush him on the roof of Avengers Mansion. With the element of surprise lost, the Masters of Evil waste no time in attacking the Avengers in force and in short order they have managed to capture all four of them. When the Masters of Evil report back to Crimson Cowl, a second Cowl reveals the first to be a decoy robot. The real Crimson Cowl then proceeds to reveal himself as none other than the Avengers’ butler, Jarvis.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Hawkeye
Wasp

Villains

Black Knight
Crimson Cowl
Klaw
Melter
Radioactive Man
Whirlwind

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Episode 57: In Battle Joined

Avengers #53

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

Featured Issue: Avengers #53

Plot Summary

Picking up from the events of X-Men #45, the Avengers find themselves confronting Cyclops, who having attempted to reason with Quicksilver was instead forced to knock him unconscious. The Avengers attack the young mutant who, realizing he is out matched, makes a break for safety. In flashback, the winged mutant Angel makes his way safely to the Avengers after a long journey and informs them where their wayward teammates are. With this new information, the Avengers and Angel head back to Magneto’s secret Atlantic island base. As they approach, the Avengers realize that there is a strange transmission being sent from the aircraft and they discover a tracking device hidden among Angel’s feathers. With this, the Avengers tie up the youth and investigate the island. As Magneto observes the situation developing on his island, he once again takes out his frustrations on Toad. Turning his attention back to the Avengers, Magneto witnesses the team breakdown into infighting and takes this moment to manipulate the weakened X-Men into attacking the Avengers. As the dueling heroes are about to finish one another off, Magneto’s loses control as Angel smashes his way into the control room, followed by the Avengers, who left Angel loosely tied up so that he might escape and aid them. Realizing that he can’t win against the combined might of the Avengers and X-Men, Magneto sets the self-destruct on his island base. As Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver escape with Toad, Magneto attempts to board the craft, but is stopped by Toad who has had enough abuse. Stomping on Magneto’s hand as he clings to the edge of the open door, Toad causes his former master to plummet to the rocks below, presumably killed in the ensuing explosion.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Hawkeye
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Magneto
Toad