In The Clutches Of…The Collector

Avengers #51

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

Featured Issue: Avengers #51

Plot Summary

In preparation for their upcoming mission, the Avengers work on an experiment to restore Goliath’s powers to their full extent. Unfortunately the experiment goes awry and Wasp is forced to disable the equipment from inside in order to save Goliath. Afterward, the Avengers decide to take a break by the pool, only for Wasp to be pulled into the sky by a trap laid by the Collector. Trying to save Wasp, the remaining Avengers grab a hold of her and are pulled along with her. To their horror, when their captor reveals himself the Avengers also discover that their former teammate Thor is working for the Collector. All is not as it seems though, as it is revealed that Thor is an unwilling participant, having drunk the Collector’s obedience potion. Not wanting a damaged set of Avengers, the Collector attempts to fix Goliath’s powers, with no noticeable change. Impatient as he is, the Collector sends Thor off to collect other Avengers, starting with Iron Man. While Thor and Iron Man battle it out in a New York gym, Goliath and the rest of the Avengers fight for their freedom from a metal automaton. When the creature destroys its own controls, Goliath is forced to push himself and he finally regains the full use of his powers, saving his teammates. The Collector defeated, the Avengers return home to find a message from Captain America, telling the Avengers to expect his replacement, the Black Panther.

Avengers

Goliath
Hawkeye
Iron Man
Thor
Wasp

Villains

Collector

The Black Knight Lives Again

Avengers #48

Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: George Tuska
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #48

Plot Summary

Having been taken prisoner by Magneto, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch fear for their lives at the hands of their former compatriot. When Quicksilver is able to make a break for it, he quickly attempts to contact his Avengers teammates, reaching only their butler Jarvis who promises to issue to the alert. Meanwhile, Wasp and Goliath are forced to deal with a casino cheater that is threaten to ruin their well-earned vacation. After completing their civic duty, they return to New York in order to answer the alert along with Hawkeye. Back at the castle, Dane Whitman makes his way through back passages in order to equip himself and resume his ancestral mantle as Black Knight. Unfortunately for Whitman, the Avengers are unaware that Whitman is not his villainous uncle, and confront him as an enemy. Although he suffers a series of mishaps, which almost lead to disaster, Black Knight is able to gain the apprehensive trust of the Avengers when he escorts them to Garrett Castle. Alas, by the time the Avengers have arrived, Magneto and their allies have already departed to a destination unknown.

Avengers

Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Magneto
Toad