The Coming Of The…Wonder Man

Episode 10

Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: Dick Ayers
Letterer: Art Simek

Plot Summary

We find The Avengers in the midst of an epic battle with Baron Zemo! Unfortunately, this battle is only in the mind of Captain America, and his fellow Avengers remind Cap that he is dwelling on Zemo far too much. Meanwhile, Zemo and his Masters of Evil are contemplating their fate while they continue to travel through various dimensions, still stuck in Thor’s Space Warp. As tensions rise, Enchantress uses all her available powers and manages to return The Masters to Zemo’s hidden jungle fortress. Upon arriving, Zemo reveals his newest plan to destroy The Avengers.

Several weeks later we find Enchantress in Manhattan, bailing out businessman Simon Williams. Williams is charged with embezzling money from his company to prevent a personal bankruptcy. His troubles stem from the fact that Tony Stark’s inventions have made his company’s products worthless. Because of this Williams blames Stark, and Enchantress is more than willing to help Williams achieve his revenge.

Enchantress takes Williams to Zemo’s secret fortress to undergo a series of radical experiments. As a result, Williams is turned into the Wonder Man and is granted incredible strength and invulnerability, though the cost is high. After demonstrating his new skills for the assembled Masters of Evil, Wonder Man is horrified to find out that the same experiment that gave him his powers will kill him within a week unless he is supplied with a treatment from Zemo. Thus, Wonder Man is completely at the mercy of The Masters of Evil.

After a few days The Avengers respond to a bank robbery in progress find themselves face to face with The Masters of Evil. Shortly after engaging in battle however, The Avengers find themselves being aided by a costumed hero who makes quick work of The Masters. Quick introductions are made, and Wonder Man expresses his interest in joining The Avengers, an idea which most of the team jumps on. Captain America is skeptical, a feeling which is only magnified when he discovers that Wonder Man owes his amazing powers to the work of Baron Zemo. Only a quickly enacted spell by Enchantress manages to placate Cap.

Thanks to the effects of Enchantress’ spell, The Avengers all begin to investigate ways in which they can save Wonder Man from his impending death. Despite all of their combined knowledge The Avengers fail to find a cure for Wonder Man’s condition.

As the week draws to a close, Wonder Man and Wasp journey to South America where Wonder Man shows his true colors, betraying Wasp to imprisonment by Zemo. To further The Masters’ plans, Wonder Man then uses a radio to call the remaining Avengers, requesting a rescue for himself and Wasp. All of the Avengers quickly make their way to Zemo’s jungle fortress.

Upon their arrival, The Avengers make early gains against The Masters of Evil, but the tide quickly turns once Wonder Man makes his loyalties known by attacking The Avengers. In quick succession Thor, Giant Man and Captain America are all subdued by Wonder Man. Iron Man nearly frees Thor from his imprisonment in a boulder covered pit, but Enchantress places him under a spell, ending all hope for The Avengers.

Things begin to look even more grim and Zemo orders Wonder Man to bring Wasp so that the Masters can execute the heroes once and for all. For Wonder Man, this is a bridge too far and he refuses to kill defenseless people. Wonder Man disrupts Zemo’s preparations and manages to free Thor before Executioner engages him. With the remaining Avengers quickly recovering, The Masters realize that they are no match for The Avengers plus Wonder Man and they flee. Zemo has one final trick up his sleeve though, collapsing the cave behind himself. Only the actions of Giant Man and Wasp prevent Iron Man and Captain America from being crushed beneath the falling rock.

As the team regroups to reflect on what has just happens, they become aware that time has run out for Wonder Man. As he dies, The Avengers lament the fact that they didn’t have more time in which to help save Wonder Man and reflect on the actions of a complex, but ultimately noble man.

Avengers

Ant-Man
Captain America
Iron Man
Thor
Wasp

Villains

Masters of Evil
Baron Zemo
Enchantress
Executioner
Wonder Man

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Kang The Conqueror

Avengers #8

Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Dick Ayers
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Plot Summary

As The Avengers make their way to Avengers Mansion, the team is greeted by a crowd of adoring fans. Regrettably, The Avengers have little time for the adoring masses, as they have been summoned urgently by the Pentagon. After making their way inside, our heroes make contact with an Army general who informs them that a UFO has landed in northern Virginia. After systematically destroying all of the tanks that arrived on the scene, a man emerges from the vessel, introduces himself as Kang, and demands to speak with world leaders. Upon seeing the footage of the encounter, The Avengers rush to the airport and are whisked away to Virginia.

On arrival, The Avengers find Kang relaxing, waiting for the world leaders to come and treat with him. When it is clear however, that The Avengers are here for a different purpose, Kang quickly demonstrates his superior technology, hoisting most of the team with an anti-grav ray and sending Mjolnir hurtling through subspace. Just as The Avengers begin to recover from their initial encounter with Kang, the Under Secretary of Defense arrives on the scene and begins questioning Kang. Although reluctant at first, Kang eventually tells the assembled persons that he is from the year 3000 and has travelled into the past and future before arriving where he is now. He also reveals that he was once known as Pharaoh Rama-Tut, who battled the Fantastic Four (Fantastic Four #19) and who met Doctor Doom (Fantastic Four Annual #2).

Unfortunately, Giant Man quickly bores of Kang’s tale, and attacks him, only to be immediately rebuffed. The rest of The Avengers join in the battle, but are once again bested by Kang’s advanced technology. This time The Avengers are taken prisoner inside Kang’s ship and held in place by a paralysis ray. The ray causes Thor to transform back into Donald Blake and begins to interfere with Iron Man’s life saving chest piece. Kang then delivers an ultimatum to world leaders, requiring their submission within twenty-four hours!

Although most of her team members have been captured, Wasp managed to avoid imprisonment and works with Rick Jones to plan a rescue of the captured Avengers. While Wasp travels to Giant Man’s lab to obtain a ray gun of their own, Rick and his Teen Brigade rush past the military cordon towards Kang. Once they arrive at his side, the Teen Brigade pledge to serve Kang and are immediately welcomed aboard Kang’s ship. A few moments later the Teen Brigade busies themselves with trying to locate The Avengers. Shortly thereafter Kang tasks several of his new servants with bringing him a canister of pure energy force. The wily teens intentionally drop the canister, causing a distraction and buying their compatriots time to finally located The Avengers.

With the team finally free, Wasp arrives just in time so that Giant Man can use the gun to spray Kang with an acid based solvent, rotting his armor and all the technology contained on his person. Undeterred, Kang summons a neutrino missile to finish off his foes, only to have it deflected by Iron Man. Giant Man makes quick work of Kang’s remaining weapons with his gun, and the team rapidly surrounds Kang. In a last ditch effort, Kang’s mask emits a massive concentration of deadly radiation. Unbeknownst to Kang, Thor’s hammer Mjolnir is capable of absorbing the radiation and fires it back at Kang. Though he is from the future and immune to most radiation, this concentrated blast is more than even he can handle and Kang is forced to retreat before he is killed. Boarding his ship, Kang disappears into time.

Avengers

Ant-Man
Captain America
Iron Man
Thor

Wasp

Villains

Kang