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

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Episode 66: Some Say The World Will End In Fire…Some Say In Ice

Avengers #61

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: George Klein
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #61

Plot Summary

With Wasp and Goliath away on their honeymoon the rest of the Avengers spend some time pursuing an experiment. That is, until they are interrupted by the astral form of Doctor Strange. The Sorcerer Supreme requests that the Avengers follow his astral form and aid him in saving the world from a threat greater than he alone can handle. When they arrive, the Avengers find their occasional ally, Black Knight, lying wounded in a crypt. Doctor Strange explains that Black Knight had been aiding him in his fight against the Sons of Satannish and stepped in front of an attack intended for him, saving his life. Strange then goes on to say that the only thing that matters is saving the world. Hearing this, Black Panther cuts Strange short and the Avengers demand he help save Black Knight’s life. Although he was a gifted surgeon before his accident, Strange has not operated on a patient since and is understandably concerned about the outcome. Fortunately, the Doctor is more than up to the challenge and Black Knight is saved. With their ally saved, the Avengers return their attention to the bizarre happenings. Vision reports that a volcano is erupting in Antarctica, while Black Panther’s African home of Wakanda is under a storm of snow and ice. Splitting up, Vision and Black Panther head to Wakanda and Hawkeye and Black Knight head to Antarctica. Both groups are in for a surprise as they find the giants Ymir and Surtur respectively. Although grossly overmatched, the Avengers fight on bravely until Doctor Strange is able to harness the power of the Crystal of Conquest and transport Surtur to Ymir exact location. When the two inadvertently hit one another, their elemental natures cancel each other out, saving the day just in time.

Avengers

Black Panther
Hawkeye
Vision

Villains

Ymir
Surtur