Episode 50: The Agony And The Anthill

Avengers #46

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Vince Colletta
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #46

Plot Summary

Taking some much deserved time off in their newly renovated den, the Avengers welcome home the recovering and reformed Black Widow as well as Wasp, showing off her newly inherited wealth. While several of their teammates are off on a walk about town, Wasp and Goliath are attacked by the Whirlwind, who has been undercover as Wasp’s limo driver. Turning one of Goliath’s inventions against them, Whirlwind shrinks the couple and throws them into a nearby anthill to be killed by the inhabitants. While the Cap and Quicksilver battle with Whirlwind, Goliath and Wasp fight for their lives against the ants that they were once able to control. Finally able to extricate themselves, Goliath and Wasp warn their fellow Avengers just in time for Quicksilver to dispose of the bomb which Whirlwind had covertly planted. Although the team is saved, Quicksilver can’t help but notice the anti-mutant sentiment the public casts upon him in the execution of his duties.

Avengers

Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Whirlwind

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Episode 47: The Valiant Also Die

Avengers #44

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Vince Colletta
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #44

Plot Summary

After Red Guardian destroys Hawkeye’s world with the revelation the he is Black Widow’s husband, Red Guardian takes a few moments to mock Hawkeye in order to further to crush his spirit. As all of this is happening, Hercules, the Scion of Olympus is still trapped within the Psychotron, fighting for his life against nightmare versions of his great works. Meanwhile, Colonel Ling and General Brushov discuss how they might use the Psychotron to conquer the Western powers. When the other Avengers arrive at the hidden communist base, they are immediate attacked by the troops stationed there, and when Captain America is separated from his teammates, he quickly confronts Red Guardian. Although Red Guardian initially takes the initiave, Cap makes a comeback and is only defeated when he is stunned from behind. Just as he begins to protest, Red Guardian, along with his handlers are knocked down as Hercules breaks out of the Psychotron. As the base is consumed by fire, Red Guardian sacrifices himself in order to save Captain America. The issue ends with a recovering Black Widow telling Hawkeye the truth about her past with Red Guardian and how it led to her becoming Black Widow.

Avengers

Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Colonel Ling
General Brushov
Red Guardian