Comic books in 'The Contest (Marvel)'
"Death and Texas!" Guest-starring the Silver Surfer.
Story by Steve Englehart. Art by Al Milgrom.
The East Coast and West Coast teams have gathered for their annual softball game. Suddenly the Silver Surfer (fresh off the events in Silver Surfer #2) arrives with the warning that one of the Elders of the Universe plans to murder the Avengers. What follows is a contest of Champions.
It's the East Coast Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Wasp, She Hulk, Dr. Druid, Captain Marvel, and Black Knight, vs. the West Coast Avengers, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Wonder Man, Tigra, Moon Knight, Mockingbird, and Hank Pym, and the heroes' very souls are the prize.
Story continues in Avengers (1963-96) Annual #16.
NOTE: This story is also a continuation of the classic Marvel Super-Heroes Contest of Champions mini series. 48 pages.
Cover price $1.25.
"The Day Death Died!" Part 2 of 2. Guest-starring the Silver Surfer.
Script by Tom DeFalco. Chapter 1: Art by Bob Hall (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Chapter 2: Art by John Romita, Jr. (breakdowns) and Bill Sienkiewicz (finishes). Chapter 3: Art by Keith Pollard (breakdowns) and Al Williamson (finishes). Chapter 4: Art by Marshall Rogers (breakdowns) and Bob Layton (finishes). Chapter 5: Art by Jackson Guice (breakdowns) and Kevin Nowlan (finishes). Chapter 6: Art by Ron Frenz (breakdowns) and Bob Wiacek (finishes). Cover by Bob Layton.
Story continues from West Coast Avengers Annual 2.
The Grandmaster stands revealed as the master manipulator of the Avengers! The ancient elder of the universe has captured Death! And now forces Earth's Mightiest Heroes to play a most dangerous game! Five bombs have been scattered across the cosmos with the power to destroy the universe! The Avengers have to find the bombs and disarm them before they explode! But the Grandmaster has stacked the deck in his favor by reviving deceased heroes and villains from days gone by! When the fifteen avengers arrive at the bombs' various locations…so do the Grandmaster's long departed warriors!
All-time classic battles erupt: the Silver Surfer vs. Korvac, She-Hulk vs. Drax the Destroyer, Hawkeye vs. the Swordsman, Captain Marvel vs. Captain Marvel, Moon Knight vs. the Green Goblin, and Iron Man vs. Terrax the Tamer! Wow! When the epic confrontations are over, only two avengers are left standing: Hawkeye and Captain America! Do the star-spangled avenger and the ace archer have a puncher's chance against the awesome Grandmaster?
Perhaps, but only if everything comes down to a simple game of chance!
Flashback cameos by the Collector, Korvac, Black Panther, Thing, Vanguard, and Wolverine to recap the events of Avengers #174 and the Contest of Champions Limited Series.
Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, Hercules, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Mockingbird, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Tigra, Thor, Wonder Man, Henry Pym, and the Wasp.
NOTE: The Grandmaster returns in Silver Surfer (2nd series) #4.
Cover price $1.25.