Episode 48: The Monstrous Master Plan Of The Mandarin

Avengers Annual #1

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

Featured Issue: Avengers Annual #1

Plot Summary

As Tony Stark is at a local prison to show off some new peacekeeping technology, the Living Laser, housed at the same prison, makes a surprising escape only to vanish into thin air. Little does Iron Man know that Living Laser has been recruited by the Mandarin, along with Enchantress, Executioner,  Swordsman and Power Man. With the full Avengers membership assembled, the heroes begin their search for Living Laser before he is able to take his revenge. Just as they are about to depart, the Avengers are contacted by Nick Fury, who warns that there are attacks underway in Asia, Africa and South America. With that new information, the Avengers are off. The Avengers manage to defeat all of the various plots supported by the Mandarin and his assembled villains, but the Mandarin himself seemed to be out of reach until Cap and Quicksilver discover transmissions beaming out into space. With that, the duo rush to a government space craft and head into orbit to confront the Mandarin. As the rest of the team arrive to reinforce their teammates, the Mandarin uses his latest invention to turn the heroes against one another. Unfortunately for him, his weapon also causes Wasp to attack him and the in the resulting chaos, Mandarin is sucked out into space. Although they now have control of his advanced space station, the Avengers realize that they can’t allow it to continue to exist. As the station explodes behind them, the Avengers decide that they should assemble their full membership more frequently.

Avengers

Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Iron Man
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Thor
Wasp

Villains

Enchantress
Executioner
Living Laser
Mandarin
Power Man
Swordsman
Ultimo

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Episode 41: In Our Midst…An Immortal

Avengers #38

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

Featured Issue: Avengers #38

Plot Summary

Having returned from Eastern Europe, the Avengers again begin to squabble amongst themselves over whether or not to offer membership to Black Widow. Widow herself is intercepted and taken captive on her way to Avengers Mansion, making the fight over her membership moot. Elsewhere, Hercules battles Ares over the fact that Ares failed to aid Hercules in his hour of need. Just as the two reach an impasse, Enchantress arrives. Secretly working with Ares, Enchantress tricks Hercules and places him under her control. On Earth, Black Widow is recruited by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. to go spy on her old masters. As a result, Widow tells the Avengers she isn’t interesting in joining them and breaks up with Hawkeye. After Wasp and Hawkeye leave to blow off some steam, Enchantress and Hercules appear within the mansion and attack the Avengers, easily defeating the remaining heroes. Only the eventual return of Wasp and Hawkeye help the Avengers overcome the Son of Zeus. Due to his presence on Earth without his father’s permission, Hercules is banished to Earth for a year as punishment. Luckily for Hercules, he is taken in by the Avengers.

Avengers

Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Enchantress
Hercules