Like A Death Ray In The Sky

Avengers #64

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Gene Colan
Inker: George Klein
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #64

Plot Summary

After an orbiting space station destroys a mid-western town, the Avengers are left struggling to respond. With the threat of another attack looming, the heroes find themselves grasping at straws when a familiar face arrives, though not in the form they are expecting. The newly minted Goliath explains himself and even goes so far as to break his old bow in order to demonstrate his dedication to this new persona. Just as the Avengers are wrapping their heads around the new reality, Jarvis enters with an unexpected guest, local mobster Barney Barton. After a bumpy introduction, Barton tells the Avengers that he knows where to find Egghead’s lethal satellite. As it should happen, the malevolent madman attempted to recruit Barton and several of his comrades into aiding in his scheme. When the mobsters turned him down, Egghead sent a robot after them and Barton, unlike his friends, was lucky to escape with his life. After that experience, Barton knew he had to go tell the Avengers.

Based on this information, the Avengers are soon blasting their way into orbit in search of Egghead. To their surprise, the space station was exactly where Barton said it would be. With some help from Vision’s phasing abilities, the Avengers dock with the station and quickly board it. But of course Egghead is prepared and his robots immediately throw themselves at the heroes. The battle goes well until Egghead uses a paralysis ray on some Avengers dolls, given to him by Puppet Master. Slowly the Avengers begin to falter, for reasons they can’t explain. Fortunate for the Avengers, Barney Barton decided to join them on the mission, and as Egghead has no doll in his likeness, Barney is able to attack Egghead and destroy the paralysis ray. However, to the sorrow of the Avengers, Barton is killed in the process. Barton dies in the arms of his brother Clint, the man known as Goliath.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Vision
Wasp
Yellowjacket

Villains

Egghead

Till Death Do Us Part

Avengers #60

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Mickey Demeo
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #60

Plot Summary

Though horrified by the thought, Captain America reads the wedding invitation announcing the union of Wasp and the newly arrived hero, Yellowjacket. With this news, he makes his way to Avengers Mansion in order to attend the ceremony, though none of the assembled Avengers are particularly thrill about the situation. Even with the arrival of the happy couple and minister, things don’t improve. Last to arrive are the caterers, though little does anyone know that the real caterers have been replaced by the Circus of Crime. The villainous team hopes to take down as many of the assembled heroes as possible, knowing that most of the superheroes will be present for the wedding. When Hawkeye shows up to call on Wasp, he is chased off by the Inhuman, Crystal. Crystal then goes back in to the room to help Sue Storm with getting Wasp ready. Although Crystal questions Wasp, Janet is more determined than ever to go through with the wedding.

After the ceremony is complete, Hawkeye storms off, only to accidentially run into the Circus of Crime. Having not yet finished their preparations, they attack and capture Hawkeye. When they are ready, the Circus lets loose a giant python, hidden in the wedding cake, which immediately attacks Wasp while the rest of the Circus attacks the assembled heroes. Although Janet is initially freed, the python once again manages to get a hold of her. Immediately, Yellowjacket begins to breakdown at his inability to help his beloved and then without warning, he grows to incredible size, revealing himself to have been Goliath all along. With the return of the oversized Avenger, the Circus of Crime doesn’t stand a chance and they are quickly routed. When Hawkeye is able to free himself and join the fight, he is shocked to find that it is already over and that Goliath has returned. Wasp then explains that she had known it was Goliath for a while and that he was suffering from accident induced schizophrenia, which caused him to create the persona of Yellowjacket.

Avengers

Black Panther
Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Vision
Wasp

Villains

Yellowjacket
Circus of Crime