Death Be Not Proud

Avengers #56

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

Featured Issue: Avengers #56

Plot Summary

The Avengers arrive at what appears to be an abandoned castle, answering a summons by their former teammate, Captain America. Little do the Avengers realize that this is in fact Castle Doom. Cap has brought them here so that they may use Doom’s time machine and travel back to the day Bucky died in order to prove once and for all that Bucky is really dead. The team leaves Wasp behind to man the controls and ensure they remain undetectable by those in the past. While in the past, the Avengers witness Cap and Bucky face off against Baron Zemo and his automatons. Everything goes as it had before until, back in the present, Wasp falls asleep. Without her constant input to the controls, the Avengers become visible and are forced to step in and fight Zemo and his creatures. In spite of their interference, the time line continues on just as it previously had and as Captain America and the other Avengers disappear back to their time, Cap once again watches those fateful events, proving with certainty that Bucky is in fact dead.

Avengers

Black Panther
Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Wasp

Villains

Baron Zemo

Mayhem Over Manhattan

Avengers #55

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

Featured Issue: Avengers #55

Plot Summary

Having captured the Avengers, the Masters of Evil return to their hidden base, though all is not well as the villains begin to squabble amongst themselves. When Goliath attempts escape while being moved by Klaw, he is quickly brought down by a gas pellet from Crimson Cowl. Klaw then decides to turn on his leader, but even his most powerful blast leaves Crimson Cowl untouched and Klaw begging for his life after his mistake. The Avengers are then lowered into a specially designed atomic bomb which the Crimson Cowl intends to hold New York hostage with. Elsewhere, we find Jarvis being confronted by the Crimson Cowl. In yet another twist, it is revealed that Jarvis was never the real Cowl, but that the decoy robot was in charge the whole time and that Jarvis was his unwitting pawn. Beaten and left for dead, Jarvis makes his way towards Avengers Mansion, and is found by Black Knight. After Jarvis explains the situation, Black Knight rushes off to rescue the Avengers by attacking the Masters of Evil’s aircraft. With the Avengers freed, the remaining Masters have no chance and are quickly defeated, though theĀ  Crimson Cowl, whose real name is Ultron 5 escapes. When Black Knight explains how he managed to find the Avengers, the team accepts Jarvis’ apology and once again embrace their misguided friend.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Hawkeye
Wasp

Villains

Black Knight
Crimson Cowl
Klaw
Melter
Radioactive Man
Ultron
Whirlwind