Episode 43: Suddenly…The Sub-Mariner

Avengers #40

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: George Bell
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #40

Plot Summary

Upon returning to Avengers Mansion after defeating the Mad Thinker, the Avengers take some time to clean up after their recent battle. Elsewhere in Arizona, Black Widow makes her escape from a secret military base for her return to her old masters. Deep beneath the sea, Namor, the Sub-Mariner, demonstrates his martial strength and right to rule over Atlantis by competing in the gladiatorial arena. Namor’s revelry is interrupted by the arrival of an American submarine which attempts to blast its way through nearby coral with torpedoes. After dispatching this intruder, Namor sets out for the submarine’s home port in order to destroy any other that may threaten his kingdom. Meanwhile, the Avengers receive a message from Captain America asking the Avengers to help him by searching for the Cosmic Cube. While on their way to search for the Cube, the Avengers see Namor attacking the submarine base and stop to aid in its defense. Hercules inadvertently informs Namor of their mission, and Namor is able to quickly recover the Cube. With the Cosmic Cube enhancing his powers, Namor summons a creature to fight the Avengers, while Namor himself deals with Hercules. Although Hercules is overpowered, Namor decides to give Hercules a more fair fight during which Wasp is able to separate Namor from the Cosmic Cube. With his enhanced powers gone, Namor returns to his aquatic realm. In the end, Mole Man discovers the Cosmic Cube, but discards it, failing to understand its power and bemoaning his desperate need of powerful weapons.

Avengers

Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Namor

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Episode 42: The Torment…And The Triumph

Avengers #39

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: George Bell
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #39

Plot Summary

The Avengers are stunned to discover that their one time ally, Black Widow has chosen to steal classified submarine plans and once again defect behind the Bamboo Curtain. Little do they know that Widow is in fact working for Nick Fury as part of an undercover operation. Meanwhile, Hercules looks for ways to blow off some steam while he adapts to the reality of his banishment. As Hawkeye attempts to clear his mind, he accidentally stumbles into an ambush carefully planned by the Mad Thinker and executed by his allies, the Triumvirate of Terror. Soon Wasp, Goliath, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver have all fallen victim to similar attacks. Only the timely arrival of Hercules is able to throw a wrench in the Mad Thinker’s plans and the Lion of Olympus makes quick work of the Triumvirate. With the Avengers freed, the Mad Thinker is forced to flee and once again recalculate his plans, only this time he will be sure to account for the presence of an immortal.

Avengers

Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Mad Thinker
Triumvirate of Terror