Episode 43: Suddenly…The Sub-Mariner

Avengers #40

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: George Bell
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #40

Plot Summary

Upon returning to Avengers Mansion after defeating the Mad Thinker, the Avengers take some time to clean up after their recent battle. Elsewhere in Arizona, Black Widow makes her escape from a secret military base for her return to her old masters. Deep beneath the sea, Namor, the Sub-Mariner, demonstrates his martial strength and right to rule over Atlantis by competing in the gladiatorial arena. Namor’s revelry is interrupted by the arrival of an American submarine which attempts to blast its way through nearby coral with torpedoes. After dispatching this intruder, Namor sets out for the submarine’s home port in order to destroy any other that may threaten his kingdom. Meanwhile, the Avengers receive a message from Captain America asking the Avengers to help him by searching for the Cosmic Cube. While on their way to search for the Cube, the Avengers see Namor attacking the submarine base and stop to aid in its defense. Hercules inadvertently informs Namor of their mission, and Namor is able to quickly recover the Cube. With the Cosmic Cube enhancing his powers, Namor summons a creature to fight the Avengers, while Namor himself deals with Hercules. Although Hercules is overpowered, Namor decides to give Hercules a more fair fight during which Wasp is able to separate Namor from the Cosmic Cube. With his enhanced powers gone, Namor returns to his aquatic realm. In the end, Mole Man discovers the Cosmic Cube, but discards it, failing to understand its power and bemoaning his desperate need of powerful weapons.

Avengers

Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Namor

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Episode 39: The Ultroids Attack

Avengers #36

Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: Don Heck
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #36

Plot Summary

Upon his return to Avengers Mansion, Captain America is confronted by Scarlet Witch having returned from her Eastern European retreat. The lone Maximoff sibling then relates the story of what happened to her brother and her home town, stating that an unknown flying saucer landed in their town and that Quicksilver was taken captive while investigating. Unable to rescue her brother, Wanda then returned to recruit the aid of her teammates. As the Avengers assemble to determine their path forward, Hawkeye recommends offering membership to Black Widow. This suggestion is generally met with hostility and almost serves to split the team, if not for the protestations of Scarlet Witch. Returning to Scarlet Witch’s home town, the Avengers arrive and make their way into the saucer which has now moved underground, beneath the center of town. To the surprise of the entire team, they find both Quicksilver AND Scarlet Witch imprisoned. With her cover broken, the imposter Scarlet Witch reveals herself to be Ultrana, a creation of Ixar, the super computer that runs the saucer. The Avengers are then beset by Ixar’s Ultroids who intend to capture the Avengers in order to steal and absorb their powers, making them the most power army in the galaxy. One by one the Avengers are split up and captured until only Cap and Black Widow remain. As the pair attempt to free Scarlet Witch from her cylinder, they too fall before the unbelievable might of the Ultroids.

Avengers

Black Widow
Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Ultrana
Ultroids
Ixar