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

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And Deliver Us From – The Masters Of Evil

Avengres #54

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: George Tuska
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #54

Plot Summary

As the Avengers test out their latest security measures, their butler Jarvis makes a suspicious phone call. When the team wraps up, Jarvis leaves the mansion, though he is obliged to walk part of the way to his destination with Wasp, as she goes out for a walk. Instead of heading uptown to see his sick mother, Jarvis heads downtown to an abandoned set of tenements where he makes his way into the secret base of the newly reformed Masters of Evil. Original members Melter and Radioactive Man are joined by the new Black Knight as well as Whirlwind and Klaw. More importantly, the team of supervillains is lead by the mysterious Crimson Cowl. Jarvis then proceeds to betray his employers by giving the Masters the blueprints to the new security systems the Avengers have just installed. However, the faithless butler is double crossed and knocked out by Crimson Cowl. With this the Masters make their way to Avengers Mansion though they too are double crossed by the Black Knight. Unfortunately for Black Knight, Crimson Cowl had foreseen this outcome and the rest of the Masters are waiting to ambush him on the roof of Avengers Mansion. With the element of surprise lost, the Masters of Evil waste no time in attacking the Avengers in force and in short order they have managed to capture all four of them. When the Masters of Evil report back to Crimson Cowl, a second Cowl reveals the first to be a decoy robot. The real Crimson Cowl then proceeds to reveal himself as none other than the Avengers’ butler, Jarvis.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Hawkeye
Wasp

Villains

Black Knight
Crimson Cowl
Klaw
Melter
Radioactive Man
Whirlwind