Color Him…The Red Guardian

Avengers #46

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: George Bell
Letterer: Jerry Man

Featured Issue: Avengers #43

Plot Summary

As Quicksilver demonstrates a newly discovered ability, Captain America and Hercules finally meet. Although both men attempt to gain the measure of one another, they eventually come to a pleasant understanding. Meanwhile, a lawyer arrives to inform Wasp that she has come into the inheritance from her late father, making her exceedingly wealthy. Unfortunately, things are not as rosy for Hawkeye as he searches for information about the location of Black Widow. Hawkeye is eventually successful and the bowman drafts Hercules to aid him in his efforts. Behind the Bamboo Curtain, Black Widow’s captors introduce their latest creation, the Red Guardian, a communist counterpart to Captain America. When Hawkeye and Hercules arrive at the secret communist base, they make short work of the henchmen lying in wait, but soon the pair face off against the Red Guardian. With Hawkeye quickly out of the picture, Red Guardian tricks Hercules into entering the dreaded Psychotron, where he is forced to unsuccessfully relive the fights against his greatest foes. Red Guardian’s minor detour allowed Hawkeye enough time to rejoin the fight, but he is unfortunately no match for the communist stooge. After falling before his foe, Hawkeye is captured and adding insult to injury, the Red Guardian is revealed to be the husband of Hawkeye’s love, Black Widow.

Avengers

Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Colonel Ling
General Brushov
Red Guardian

The Plan And The Power

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

Featured Issue: Avengers #42

Plot Summary

Tempers run high as the Avengers return to their mansion in order to regroup and recruit Hercules’ aid in rescuing Goliath and Wasp from the clutches of Diablo and Dragon Man. Eventually, and with the aid of the Fantastic Four, the Avengers make their way to Diablo’s castle in Transylvania. Within the castle, Diablo forces Goliath to help him bring an entire army of Dragon Men to life. When Goliath initially refuses, Diablo threatens to have Dragon Man kill Wasp. As the Avengers arrive, Hercules parts ways with the team and heads underground to faceoff with Dragon Man. When the rest of the team break into the castle, they are confronted by their own teammate, Goliath. While Hercules battles with Dragon Man, the scene cuts to Black Widow suffering the effects of the Pyschotron, making a desperate, yet ultimately futile escape attempt. Eventually the Avengers are able communicate to Goliath that Hercules is saving Wasp, and the entire team turns against Diablo. Unfortunately, the villain is prepared and erects a barrier between himself and the Avengers. Only the timely arrival of Captain America prevents Diablo from destroying the entire castle. With Dragon Man and Diablo defeated, Diablo is taken into custody by the Avengers, and the castle is destroyed. As the Avengers gather after the mission, Hawkeye makes a determined statement that he is going to save Black Widow, or die trying.

Avengers

Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Diablo
Dragon Man