The Avengers Meet The Sub-Mariner

Avengers 3

Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Paul Reinman
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Plot Summary

This issue begins with the remaining Avengers discussing the events of the previous issue and deciding that they cannot let Hulk just run around on his own. Iron Man uses a piece of Stark tech to project an image of himself to various other heroes including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the X-Men, attempting to gain aid in their attempts to locate Hulk. Much to his frustration, none of the other heroes are available to aid the Avengers in their search. Back in New Mexico, Rick Jones manages to find Hulk fishing a jeep out of a lake, the driver having bailed out and run away in fright after seeing Hulk. Rick Jones joins Hulk and convinces him to return to the secret cave lab that Banner has set up. Within the lab is equipment which uses gamma rays to forcibly transform Hulk back into Banner. The equipment works and Rick helps Bruce into bed. Unfortunately, Rick failed to use a high enough dose of gamma rays and while lying in bed, Banner reverts back to the Hulk and smashes through the barred door. Rick alerts the Iron Man who in turn contacts the remaining Avengers and the team converges on Hulk’s location. As the heroes arrive, they each attack Hulk in turn, without much effect. Making use of his superior knowledge of the local terrain, Hulk dives into an old mine tunnel and eventually escapes on a train. After leaving the train, Hulk hides out in a truck hauling dirt and after being dumped into a stream, Hulk makes his way out to sea. Several days go by and Hulk is eventually pulled aboard a passing cargo ship, nearly drowned. Watching all of this is Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Upon regaining his strength, Hulk jumps ship and heads for a deserted island where he can be alone. Much to his surprise and frustration, Hulk finds Namor waiting for him. Namor announces that he wants Hulk’s help in getting his revenge against the surface dwellers that have “ruined” his life (Fantastic Four Annual #1). Hulks only desires to be left alone and so he proceeds to assault Namor. After being defeated by Namor in the water, Hulk agrees to help, though both men secretly plot to betray one another after the Avengers have been dealt with. The duo issue a challenge to the Avengers to fight them in Gibraltar. The Avengers promptly accept the call to battle and vow that this time they won’t be pulling their punches. A significant fight ensues which neither side is winning until Hulk begins to turn back into Banner after being verbally assaulted by Namor. The helpless Banner runs away, leaving Namor to fend for himself. Namor is nearly defeated but is able to get back in contact with water and promptly retreats. The Avengers choose not to pursue Namor because of how valorous he was, but also recognize that they may come to regret their decision.

Avengers

Ant-Man
Iron Man
Thor
Wasp

Villains

Hulk
Namor

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The Coming of The Avengers

Avengers 1Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Jack Kirby
Inker: Dick Ayers
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Plot Summary

Loki, God of Mischief, has decided that he must have revenge on Thor for having him imprisoned on the Isle of Silence. Loki locates Thor’s alter ego Dr. Donald Blake but decides it wouldn’t be satisfying enough to just kill Blake, he instead decides to generate a threat bigger so that Blake will be forced to become Thor. This threat is provided by the Hulk, whom through an illusion provided by Loki, appears to attack a train. Hulk’s friend Rick Jones sees a news story about the “attack” and knowing that Hulk wouldn’t attack innocent people, attempts to send a call to the Fantastic Four, to help prove Hulk’s innocence. The message is diverted by Loki and instead gets sent to Donald Blake, Tony Stark, and Hank Pym. All of these heroes converge on New Mexico and offer to assist in apprehending Hulk. While there, Loki sends a false image of Hulk, which Thor sees and pursues. Thor quickly discovers that this Hulk is an illusion and knows that Loki must be behind this whole plot. He promptly heads to the Isle of Silence to confront Loki and put an end to the mess he has created. Meanwhile, the rest of the heroes chase after Hulk, who has taken refuge in a circus as Mechano, a life like robot. The heroes attempt to capture Hulk, who manages to escape by jumping through the circus tent. While this is going on, Thor is approaching Loki’s island prison and must fight his way past Loki’s traps and illusions. Finally arriving at Isle of Silence, Thor confronts Loki, while Loki springs his ultimate trap, trolls whose grasp cannot be broken attempt drag Thor underground to be a slave in their mines. Thor manages to stop the troll with a lightning blast from Mjolnir which blinds the trolls and captures Loki. Back in New Mexico, the Iron Man, Ant Man and Wasp chase Hulk into a car factory where they continue to fight until Thor shows up and explains the entire thing was just a ploy by Loki. In a final attempt to gain the upper hand, Loki turns himself radioactive. The heroes stop fighting one another and instead deal with Loki, working together to trap him in a lead cask. After safely taking care of Loki, the group decides to form a more permanent team and Wasp suggests naming the new team The Avengers.

Avengers

Ant-Man
Hulk
Iron Man
Thor

Wasp

Villains

Loki