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  • Issue #319
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 319

    "The Waterwind Interdiction" Part 1 of 6. Guest-starring Stingray. Script by Fabian Nicieza. Pencils by Richard Levins. Inks by Christopher Ivy. Cover by Paul Ryan and Tom Palmer. Off the coast of Ireland, the Royal Navy submarine, Waterwind, is hijacked by a group of Russian terrorists! And to make matters worse the Waterwind carries a nuclear payload! Suddenly Great Britain and the rest of the free world have an international crisis on their hands! When 10 Downing Street turns to the White House for help, the president turns to the Mighty Avengers! Cap and his quartet pick up Stingray en route to the Atlantic and then dive into the depths of the ocean to find the missing sub! But another country, the Soviet Union, has also sent a group of super-heroes to find the submarine! The People's Protectorate! Fortunately, the Cold War is almost over. However no one's told that to the Crimson Dynamo, Red Guardian, Fantasma, Perun, and Vostok! And in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the American super-team battles the Russian one for underwater supremacy! Cameo appearances by Margaret Thatcher, President George Bush, Meranno (aka the U-Man), Orka, and Tyrak. Avengers Lineup: Captain America, Quasar, Sersi, and the Vision. Second Story: "Rats in the Kitchen" Part 1 of 7. Script by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by James Fry. Inks by Keith Williams. Visions of the Crimson Cowl haunt Jarvis while he's cleaning up the Avengers' kitchen. (Notes: This issue begins the six-part Crossing Line storyline. Jarvis originally encountered the Crimson Cowl way back in Avengers 54. This issue includes a full-page ad for the New Warriors (1st) series.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #320
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 320

    "Underlying Currents" Part 2 of 6. Guest-starring Stingray. Script by Fabian Nicieza. Pencils by Paul Ryan. Inks by Tom Palmer. Cover by Paul Ryan and Tom Palmer. In the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, the international slugfest between the Avengers and the People's Protectorate is interrupted by the Army of Atlantis! Tyrak, Okra, and Merrano lead the charge to expel the super-heroes from their home waters! Will the American and Russian warriors team up to take down the hordes of Atlantis? Meanwhile during the underwater clash, the Waterwind slips away to Newfoundland (with Stingray onboard as a stowaway)! When the submarine surfaces in Conception Bay, the Russian terrorists are ready for war…nuclear war! Cameo appearance by Alpha Flight. Second Story: "Changing of the Guard" Part 2 of 7. Script by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by James Fry. Inks by Keith Williams. While outfitting the Avenger's new headquarters, Michael O'Brien is disturbed by an apparition of his deceased brother Kevin. Are ghosts walking the halls of Avengers HQ? (Notes: Kevin O'Brien, the original Guardsman, died in the classic Iron Man (1st series) 46. This issue includes a full-page ad for the 1990 Spider-Man annuals featuring Spidey's Totally Tiny Adventure. The Avengers series is bi-monthly for the next five issues.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #321
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 321

    "Missing Links" Part 3 of 6. Guest-starring Alpha Flight and Stingray. Script by Fabian Nicieza. Pencils by Rik Levins. Inks by Chris Ivy. Cover by Paul Ryan. In the Canadian province of Newfoundland, Alpha Flight arrives on the scene! And takes control of the international crisis caused by the Russian terrorists onboard the Waterwind! The People's Protectorate and the Avengers recognize Guardian's authority, and working together the three super-groups devise a plan to end the looming nuclear disaster! With stealth and speed; the star-spangled avenger, Red Guardian, Box, Puck, Vision, and Vostok slip inside the dry-docked submarine! As expected the six heroes quickly move through the sub knocking out terrorists along the way! But then the sextet arrives in the missile control room and finds something most…unexpected! Cameo appearances by Tyrak, Okra, and Merrano. Alpha Flight Lineup: Guardian, Box, Diamond Lil, Puck, and Shaman. Avengers Lineup: Captain America, Quasar, Sersi, and the Vision. Second Story: "Mother of Invention" Part 3 of 7. Script by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by Jim Reddington. Inks by Mickey Ritter. In the Avengers sub-level laboratory, Fabian Stankowicz unpacks his favorite mechanical toys. However, Fabian's unpacking is interrupted by a visit from his long departed mother! 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #322
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 322

    "Bombs Away!" Part 4 of 6. Guest-starring Alpha Flight and Stingray. Script by Fabian Nicieza. Pencils by Paul Ryan. Inks by Chris Ivy. Cover by Paul Ryan and Tom Palmer. Captain America and the Red Guardian have battled their way into the Waterwind's missile control room! But to their shock, the last two remaining terrorists have cybernetically wired themselves to the sub's atomic warheads! Will the Vision and Vostok be able to break the mental link and prevent nuclear disaster? In the meantime, Fantasma, Sersi, and Shaman desperately try to evacuate the civilians to the other side of the island! While their remaining teammates have their hands full with a new problem…the attacking Atlanteans! The Crimson Dynamo, Guardian, Quasar, and Perun square off against Tyrak, Merrano, and Okra to stop them from setting off the Waterwind's nuclear weapons! Can anything else possibly go wrong? Second Story: "Into the Fire" Part 4 of 7. Script by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by Jim Reddington. Inks by Mickey Ritter. Someone is terrorizing the Avengers support staff! First Jarvis, then Michael O'Brien, later Fabian Stankowicz, and now Peggy Carter! While testing new communications equipment, Peggy encounters the image of her late sister Sharon. Who is making the Avengers' helpers relive their worst nightmares? (Notes: Sharon Carter's tragic death was confirmed in Captain America 237. This issue includes a full-page ad for the 1990 Avengers annuals featuring the Terminus Factor storyline.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #323
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 323

    "One World's Not Enough for All of Us" Part 5 of 6. Guest-starring Alpha Flight and Stingray. Script by Fabian Nicieza. Art by Rik Levins (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by Paul Ryan and Tom Palmer. Disaster strikes! In unbelievable fashion the atomic warheads on the Waterwind explode! And in a matter of seconds the deadly radiation and intense heat sweep over Newfoundland! Is this beautiful province destined to become a nuclear wasteland? Sadly, it appears so. But thanks to Shaman's incredible power not all hope is lost! By inverting his mystic pouch, Shaman opens multiple dimensions to temporarily hold the lethal radiation! However, his actions also send the heroes, villains, and civilians into those same dangerous dimensions! Under the guidance of Sersi and Fantasma, the members of the People's Protectorate, Alpha Flight, Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and the Atlantean Army scratch and claw their way to the dimensional nexus! The nexus is the only way back home! But it's thoroughly contaminated with nuclear fallout and guarded by the Combine! The Avengers need a miracle! Otherwise it's going to be a long winter in Newfoundland…a long nuclear winter! Alpha Flight Lineup: Guardian, Box, Diamond Lil, Puck, and Shaman. Avengers Lineup: Captain America, Quasar, Sersi, and the Vision. Second Story: "The Man and the Wolf" Part 5 of 7. Script by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by Brad Vancata. Inks by Mickey Ritter. After test driving the Avengers' new shuttle car, John Jameson see a shiny stone laying on the floor. And when he picks it up, his personal demon appears…the Man-Wolf! Cameo appearance by Mother Night. (Notes: The cover incorrectly identifies this issue as part 4 of the Crossing Line storyline. Avengers 323 is part 5.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #324
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 324

    "Imaginary Borders" Part 6 of 6. Guest-starring Alpha Flight and Stingray. Script by Fabian Nicieza. Pencils by Paul Ryan. Inks by Chris Ivy. Cover by Paul Ryan and Tom Palmer. This is it! The cataclysmic conclusion to the Crossing Line storyline! No less than 15 super-heroes and 3 super-villains are trapped in the dimensional nexus…with enough radiation to make eastern Canada uninhabitable for the next 50 years! But that's not their biggest obstacle at the moment! It's getting past the Combine! The two Russian terrorists that have become fused together by the nuclear explosion on the Waterwind! The mightiest heroes including the Crimson Dynamo, Guardian, Perun, Quasar, and the Vision tackle the Combine; while Shaman, Fantasma, Puck, and Captain America try to keep the nexus portal open and aid the dying civilians! The situation is so dire that even Tyrak, Orka, and Merrano pitch in to help! Will the Avengers, Alpha Flight, and the People's Protectorate find the path to salvation? Or will North America suffer a nuclear catastrophe of historic proportions? A pulse-pounding finale! Second Story: "Armies of the Night" Part 6 of 7. Script by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by Rik Levins. Inks by Fred Fredericks. Mother Night stands revealed as the tormentor of the Avengers' support staff! With help from Machinesmith and Minister Blood, the close ally of the Red Skull plots the downfall of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! And Jarvis, Michael, Fabian, Peggy, and John will be her instruments of vengeance! (Notes: Mother Night previously appeared in Captain America 370. Per the letters page in Avengers 327, Tom Palmer is erroneously credited as the inker of this issue.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.