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  • Issue #1
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 1
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    All new material. The Avengers face the Mandarin, the Living Laser, the first Power Man, the Swordsman, the Enchantress, and Executioner, and Ultimo in "the Monstrous Master Plan of the Mandarin!' Script by Roy Thomas, pencils by Don Heck, inks by George Roussos (as "George Bell"). Avengers roll call: Captain America, Hawkeye, Goliath, the Wasp, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch. Guest starring Thor, Hercules, and Iron Man, with the Black Widow and Nick Fury. Sub-Mariner cameo. This issue also includes pin-ups of the original Avengers, the new Avengers, the Black Widow, and Hercules (all by Heck/Roussos), a diagram of the Avengers Mansion, and biographies of Heck and Thomas. John Buscema/Roussos cover. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #2
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 2
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    The Avengers battle alternate-universe versions of the original members (Thor, Iron Man, Giant-Man, the Wasp, and the Hulk) in "And Time, the Rushing River!" Script by Roy Thomas, layouts by Don Heck, pencils by Werner Roth, inks by Vince Colletta. Avengers roll call: Hawkeye, Goliath, the Wasp, and the Black Panther. Guest starring Captain America. Appearances by the Watcher and alternate-universe versions of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Sub-Mariner, Doctor Strange, Nick Fury, Daredevil (in his yellow-and-black costume), Baron Zemo, the Black Knight, the Radioactive Man, the Red Ghost, Mr. Hyde, the Mole Man, the Executioner, the Unicorn, the Beetle, the Scarlet Witch, Magneto, the Red Skull, the Sandman, the Enchantress, Quicksilver, Doctor Doom, Electro, and the Mandarin. Whew! John Buscema/George Klein cover. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #3
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 3

    This annual features four reprint stories and a new cover by John Buscema and Frank Giacoia. First story reprinted from Avengers (1st series) 4: "Captain America Joins the Avengers!" Script by Stan Lee. Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by George Roussos. The first silver age appearance of Captain America! With inadvertent aid from the Sub-Mariner, the Avengers find the frozen body of Captain America drifting aimlessly in the North Sea! And at that very moment...the legend of the star-spangled avenger is born! Second story reprinted from Tales of Suspense 66: "The Fantastic Origin of the Red Skull" Script by Stan Lee. Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Chic Stone. The Red Skull tells his origin to his star-spangled prisoner, Captain America. Third story reprinted from Tales of Suspense 67: "Lest Tyranny Triumph!" Script by Stan Lee. Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Frank Ray (aka Frank Giacoia). Under the mental control of the skull, Captain America invades the Allied Headquarters in London! But his loyal partner, Bucky, will try to stop him from accidentally shooting the Allied Supreme Commander! Fourth story reprinted from Tales of Suspense 68: "The Sentinel and the Spy!" Script by Stan Lee. Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Frank Ray. The shield-slinger and Bucky foil the Red Skull's plans...not once but twice! Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #4
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 4

    This annual features two reprint stories and a new cover by Sal Buscema. First story reprinted from Avengers (1st series) 5: "The Invasion of the Lava Men!" Script by Stan Lee. Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Paul Reinman. The Avengers travel to the Southwestern United States to investigate mysterious underground tremors! Who's causing the subsurface vibrations? The Lava Men! And they want to conquer the surface world! But the Avengers stand in their way! Cameo appearance by the Hulk. Second story reprinted from Avengers (1st series) 6: "Masters of Evil" Script by Stan Lee. Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Chic Stone. It's the first epic clash between the Masters of Evil and the mighty Avengers! Baron Zemo, the Melter, Black Knight, and Radioactive Man vs. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man and the Wasp! (Notes: This annual includes an Avengers pin-up gallery featuring the covers of Avengers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. This annual also contains full-page ads for X-Men Annual 1 & Amazing Spider-Man Annual 7 and Thor Annual 3 & Marvel's Greatest Comics 29.) Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #5
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 5
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    This annual features two reprint stories. First story reprinted from Avengers (1st series) 8: "Kang the Conqueror!" Script by Stan Lee. Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Dick Ayers. The first appearance of Kang the Conqueror! The master of time begins his life long quest to destroy the Avengers! Second story reprinted from Avengers (1st series) 11 (minus page 4): "The Mighty Avengers Meet Spider-Man!" Script by Stan Lee. Pencils by Don Heck. Inks by Chic Stone. Kang has another plan to eliminate the Avengers! And this one involves the web-slinger...or at least someone bearing a close resemblance! (Notes: The cover by Jack Kirby and Chic Stone is reprinted from Avengers 11. This is the last reprint Avengers Annual. The next one published 4 years later features a new story.) Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #6
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 6

    "No Final Victory!" Guest-starring the Whizzer. Story by Gerry Conway. Pencils by George Perez. Inks by Mike Esposito, John Tartaglione, and Duffy Vohland. Cover by Jack Kirby and Dan Adkins. Story continues from Avengers 153. It's an action-packed annual as Earth's Mightiest Heroes face one crisis after another! First, a wounded Scarlet Witch returns to Avengers Mansion following her battle against the Living Laser. Then while Jarvis and the Vision summon a doctor for Wanda, the Whizzer regains consciousness and explains his bizarre behavior to the Wasp and Yellowjacket. Meanwhile, a confused Wonder Man wanders the streets of Manhattan. And furthermore the sinister Serpent Crown remains unaccounted for somewhere in the United States! Wow, where do the Avengers begin? Fortunately, Iron Man is able to track the radio-active aura of the crown to Southern California. And inside a west coast army outpost, six avengers plus Wonder Man and the Whizzer fight to the finish against the Living Laser, a renegade army general, and Nuklo! Back up story: "Night Vision!" Script by Scott Edelman. Art by Herb Trimpe. The Vision battles the Whirlwind one-on-one. (Note: Nuklo previously appeared in Giant-Size Avengers 1.) 48 pages Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #7
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 7
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    "The Final Threat" Part 1 of 2. Guest-starring Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock. Script by Jim Starlin. Art by Jim Starlin (breakdowns) and Joe Rubinstein (finishes). Cover by Jim Starlin. One of the epochal annuals of the bronze age! A stormy night at Avengers Mansion is interrupted by the sudden arrival of Captain Marvel and Moondragon. The duo feels that the universe is in imminent danger! Their fears are confirmed moments later when Adam Warlock also arrives and delivers troubling news: Thanos has a new plan for obliterating the universe! The evil Titan sends a giant space armada to attack Earth, while he prepares to blow up the sun via his massive star gem! However, the mightiest heroes on Earth intercept the fleet and set their sights on destroying Thanos' instrument of stellar genocide! Tragically though, Warlock falls in battle vs. the mad Titan. Leaving the trio of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain Marvel as the final hope of the universe! Can the Kree warrior, thunder god, and golden avenger triumph over Thanos? Story continues in Marvel Two-in-One Annual 2. Deaths of Gamora, Pip, and Warlock. Avengers lineup: Beast, Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Thor, and the Vision. (Notes: First appearances of the Space Gem, the Mind Gem, and the Reality Gem, and the first time all six Infinity Gems were in a story. Thanos previously appeared in Warlock 15. This annual was reprinted in 1993 in the trade paperback: The Greatest Battles of the Avengers.) Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #8
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 8

    "Spectrums of Deceit!" Guest-starring Ms. Marvel and Thundra. Script by Roger Slifer. Pencils by George Perez. Inks by Pablo Marcos and Ricardo Villamonte. Cover by George Perez and Terry Austin. Like a loving husband would, Hank Pym finds a wonderful birthday gift for his wife Janet! It's a beautiful sparkling gem! Dr. Pym isn't concerned that the rare gem once belonged to another doctor...an evil doctor. But he should be! Through an unfortunate sequence of events, Doctor Spectrum (via the body of Janet Pym) walks the Earth again! The rejuvenated Dr. Spectrum swiftly knocks out Quicksilver, Wonder Man, and Iron Man; but the remaining avengers subdue him with ultraviolet radiation! The Avengers think the crisis is over; however, the wicked gem stays grafted to the Wasp's hand. After consulting the Master of the Mystic Arts, Earth's Mightiest Heroes learn that they must locate the former members of the Squadron Sinister to save their teammate! Tracking down Hyperion, the Whizzer, and the prior Dr. Spectrum...is that really a good idea? Let the blockbuster battles begin! First, Ms. Marvel, T'challa, and the Vision vs. Hyperion and Thundra! Then Cap, Wanda, and Hawkeye vs. the Whizzer! And finally Shell-Head and the thunder god vs. Dr. Spectrum! An outstanding annual! Cameo appearances by Doctor Strange, Clea, and Wong. Avengers Lineup: Beast, Black Panther, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man, and Yellowjacket. (Notes: The Squadron Sinister (not to be confused with the Squadron Supreme) previously appeared in Giant-Size Defenders 4. The Whizzer returns in Amazing Spider-Man 222 as the Speed Demon. Hyperion appears next in Thor 280. This story is essentially the final appearance of the Squadron Sinister as a group.) Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #9
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 9

    "Today the Avengers Die!" Script by Bill Mantlo. Pencils by Don Newton. Inks by Jack Abel and Joe Rubinstein. Cover by Don Newton and Joe Rubinstein. At the end of Iron Man 114, the powerful Arsenal disappeared without a trace. In the meantime Earth's Mightiest Heroes have been too busy fighting other super-villains to spend time looking for the awesome creature. But there are several overlooked clues that could pinpoint Arsenal's whereabouts! First, rumors have persisted for years that the United States built doomsday robots to continue fighting World War II in the event that the U.S. mainland suffered catastrophic losses. Second, Iron Man's late father, Howard Stark, worked on several high-tech secret projects for the federal government during the war. And third, the Avengers' headquarters was the former townhouse of Howard and Maria Stark. Very interesting! Is it possible...could it be possible...that Arsenal is hiding somewhere in the bowels of Avengers Mansion? Wow! It's a super showdown...the mighty Arsenal vs. the mighty Avengers! Can Iron Man lead the Avengers to victory against one of his father's greatest creations? Win or lose, heartbreak will rule the day for the golden avenger. A sensational story! Cameo appearance by Peter Gyrich. Flashback cameos by Howard Stark and President Harry Truman. Avengers Lineup: Beast, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wonder Man, and Yellowjacket. (Notes: This underrated annual was Bill Mantlo's best Avengers story. Arsenal returns to action in Incredible Hulk 282.) Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #10
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 10
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    First appearance of Rogue and Madelyne Pryor in "By My Friends Betrayed!" Spider-Woman, X-Men, Carol Danvers, and New Brotherhood of Mutants guest star. Script by Chris Claremont. Pencils by Michael Golden. Inks by Armando Gil. Cover by Al Milgrom. This action-packed annual has got it all, true believers: the first appearance of Rogue, the spectacular art of Michael Golden, the tragic return of Carol Danvers, and the stupendous struggle between the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the mighty Avengers! Following the events of Uncanny X-Men #142, Mystique & her New Brotherhood of Evil Mutants attempt to break four of their members out of Ryker's Island prison! After Rogue and Mystique take down Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, the rest of the Avengers and Spider-Woman catch up to the villains, and the epic clash erupts! Woven in and around the frantic action at Ryker's Island is the heartbreaking story of Carol Danvers' return to Earth. Her life has fallen apart since leaving for Limbo with Marcus Immortus in Avengers #200, and now, stripped of her powers and memories, Carol begins the long road to recovery. And the first step is an emotional confrontation with her former teammates! Notes: Marvel Super-Heroes #11 (Fall 1992) fills in the details of Carol Danvers' life between Avengers #200 and Avengers Annual #10. The Thing stars in a one-page Hostess ad, "A Lesson to Be Learned!" This issue was reprinted in 1993 in the trade paperback: The Greatest Battles of the Avengers. 48 pages. Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #10DFLEE
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 10DFLEE
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    Dynamic Forces Signed Edition - Signed by Stan Lee - Limited to 5 copies. Includes Certificate of Authenticity. First appearance of Rogue and Madelyne Pryor in "By My Friends Betrayed!" Spider-Woman, X-Men, Carol Danvers, and New Brotherhood of Mutants guest star. Script by Chris Claremont. Pencils by Michael Golden. Inks by Armando Gil. Cover by Al Milgrom. This action-packed annual has got it all, true believers: the first appearance of Rogue, the spectacular art of Michael Golden, the tragic return of Carol Danvers, and the stupendous struggle between the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the mighty Avengers! Following the events of Uncanny X-Men #142, Mystique & her New Brotherhood of Evil Mutants attempt to break four of their members out of Ryker's Island prison! After Rogue and Mystique take down Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, the rest of the Avengers and Spider-Woman catch up to the villains, and the epic clash erupts! Woven in and around the frantic action at Ryker's Island is the heartbreaking story of Carol Danvers' return to Earth. Her life has fallen apart since leaving for Limbo with Marcus Immortus in Avengers #200, and now, stripped of her powers and memories, Carol begins the long road to recovery. And the first step is an emotional confrontation with her former teammates! Notes: Marvel Super-Heroes #11 (Fall 1992) fills in the details of Carol Danvers' life between Avengers #200 and Avengers Annual #10. The Thing stars in a one-page Hostess ad, "A Lesson to Be Learned!" This issue was reprinted in 1993 in the trade paperback: The Greatest Battles of the Avengers. 48 pages. Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #11
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 11
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    "In Honor's Name!" Guest-starring the Defenders. Script by J.M. DeMatteis. Pencils by Al Milgrom. Inks by Jack Abel and crew. Cover by Al Milgrom. Nebulon has been exiled to Earth! And the Celestial Man simply cannot stand it! He needs a new plan to escape from this world...and after a chance meeting with Thor, the long-time foe of the Defenders might just have one! Meanwhile, Supernalia (another alien from Nebulon's homeworld) has detected the Celestial Man's diabolic plan and enlists the Beast, Gargoyle, Valkyrie, and Silver Surfer to stop Nebulon...and the Avengers if necessary! One thing leads to another, and in the majestic Himalayan Mountains, the Mighty Avengers and the Dynamic Defenders throw down just like they did many years ago! The Wasp vs. Gargoyle! Thor vs. Valkyrie! Captain America vs. the Beast! And the marquee matchup: Iron Man vs. the Silver Surfer! As the blockbuster battles rage, a critical confrontation takes place: Nebulon vs. Supernalia! What's the connection between these two extraterrestrial beings? And why do they want to destroy each other? The star-spangled avenger and the Beast discover the truth first! But it may be too late to save the world and the ten souls fighting on top of it. A bittersweet ending for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Death of Nebulon. Cameo appearance by Wong. Flashback cameos by Doctor Strange, the Hulk, Nighthawk, and the Sub-Mariner to recap Nebulon's previous battles vs. the Defenders. Avengers Lineup: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the Wasp. (Notes: This annual was published ten years after the first Avengers-Defenders clash. See Avengers 115-118 and Defenders 8-11. This issue includes a two-page text article featuring the Avengers' charter and by-laws.) 48 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #12
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 12

    "Moonrise" Guest-starring the Inhumans. Script by Bill Mantlo. Art by Jackson Guice (breakdowns) and Rick Magyar (finishes). Cover by Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott. The Fantastic Four have been hauled before the United Nations Security Council to explain why the Inhumans and their homeland were allowed to relocate to the moon (in Fantastic Four 240) without full disclosure! The U.N. no longer trusts the FF, so they ask the Avengers to journey to the moon and negotiate peace with the Inhumans! The relationship between Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Karnak, Triton, and Crystal goes way back to many previous adventures, so their meeting in Attilan is a pleasant one. But there's another inhuman on the moon that the Avengers also have a past relationship with...a certain madman known as Maximus! And he's ready to commence his next twisted scheme to destroy the Earth and his royal cousins! When massive boulders begin launching towards Earth, the finger-pointing starts! And suddenly the battle lines are drawn between the Mighty Avengers and the Incomparable Inhumans! Will Medusa or Captain America or the Wasp or anyone realize what Maximus has done before time runs out? Cameo appearances by the Fantastic Four, the Enclave, and the Alpha Primitives. Flashback cameos by Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, and Magneto. Avengers Lineup: Captain America, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Starfox, Thor, Vision, and the Wasp. 48 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #13
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 13

    "In Memory Yet Green!" Guest-starring Mr. Fantastic and She-Hulk. Script by Roger Stern. Pencils by Steve Ditko. Inks by John Byrne. Cover by Steve Ditko and John Byrne. Trouble is brewing at the Northwind Observatory! Dr. Bruce Banner (aka the Hulk) has departed the Earth's dimension following the events of Incredible Hulk 300, and he's left behind many amazing scientific inventions! However, those inventions could become very dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands! Particularly Armin Zola's hands! So the Avengers along with Reed Richards, Hank McCoy, and Henry Pym are called into check out and secure Northwind! The inspection is proceeding on schedule, when suddenly the Hulk attacks! And then another Hulk! And a third Hulk! It's raining Hulks! But are these the real Green Goliaths? Or just some kind of bio-mutated creations? The Avengers will have to fight them all to find out! And then locate the mastermind behind this whole mess...Armin Zola! A fun annual! Cameo appearances by the Fixer, the Vision, and Raymond Sikorsky. Flashback cameos by Bruce Banner and the Hulk. Avengers Lineup: Beast, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Thor, and the Wasp. (Note: Armin Zola appears next in Captain America 350.) 48 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #14
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 14

    "Fifth Column" Secret Invasion Tie-in. Guest-starring the Fantastic Four. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Byrne (breakdowns) and Kyle Baker (finishes). Cover by Kerry Gammill and Kyle Baker. Story continues from Avengers 260. The Avengers have successfully blocked Nebula's plan to destroy the Andromeda Galaxy. But due to interference from the Beyonder, the self-described granddaughter of Thanos has escaped! However, General Zedrao permits Starfox and his teammates to use the imperial power asteroid to pursue Nebula. On the way to the power asteroid, the Avengers make a pit stop in the 1930's…skrull-style! While visiting with the "gangster" Skrulls, Earth's Mightiest Heroes discover that a major power struggle is underway on the asteroid…centering around a device called the hyperwave bomb! Can the Avengers separate the good skrulls from the bad skrulls? Maybe the Fantastic Four will help! But either way, it's going to be a red-letter day for the Skrull empire! Story continues in Avengers 261. Cameo appearances by Firelord and Raksor. Flashback cameo by Galactus. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Starfox, and the Wasp. (Note: This issue's plot converges with Fantastic Four Annual 19 and many years later ties into New Avengers 43. The 1930's gangster Skrulls first appeared in Fantastic Four 91-93. The Skrulls of Kral mimic American culture from the prohibition era.) 48 pages Cover price $1.25.

  • Issue #15
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 15

    "Betrayal!" Part 1 of 2. Guest-starring Spider-Woman.

    Script by Danny Fingeroth. Art by Steve Ditko (breakdowns) and Klaus Janson (finishes). Cover by Alex Saviuk and Klaus Janson.

    It's the Avengers' first annual east coast vs. west coast baseball game at Royals Stadium in Kansas City! The score is tied with Iron Man in the batter's box when suddenly Freedom Force appears! Hold on, Freedom Force sure looks a lot like the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from Avengers Annual 10. And lo and behold, it is Mystique's old gang plus Spiral and the new Spider-Woman! Apparently Freedom Force works for the federal government now and wants to arrest the Avengers! But Earth's Mightiest Heroes aren't going quietly! In fact they aren't going at all!

    The blockbuster battle begins: eleven avengers vs. the Blob, Avalanche, Destiny, Pyro, Mystique, Spiral, and Spider-Woman! Unfortunately, Spiral's strange powers tip the battle in Freedom Force's favor! And the Avengers are transported to the Vault to stand trial in Peter Gyrich's kangaroo court! Shockingly, the ad hoc tribunal has damaging testimony from a former avenger!

    Wow, which avenger has betrayed his teammates? Once the Avengers break out of the Vault with Spider-Woman's help, they swear to find the traitor in their midst!

    Story continues in West Coast Avengers Annual 1.

    Flashback cameos by the Beast, Daredevil, Grey Gargoyle, Ms. Marvel, and the Vision.

    Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Mockingbird, Tigra, Wonder Man, Henry Pym, and the Wasp.

    48 pages

    Cover price $1.25.

  • Issue #16
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 16

    "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.

    48 pages

    Cover price $1.25.

  • Issue #17
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 17

    "Prometheus Mutans!" Part 11 of the Evolutionary War storyline. Script by Walt Simonson. Pencils by Mark Bright. Inks by Mike Gustovich and Valerie Gustovich. Cover by Sal Buscema. Story continues from Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 8. The High Evolutionary puts the final touches on his master plan to send mankind back to the beginning! While preparing for the final stage, the purifiers reconstruct Jocasta inside a former Stark International plant. However, the Avengers' former member briefly escapes and sends a desperate call for help to Avengers headquarters on Hydro-Base. But due to ongoing events in the Avengers title, no one from the active roster is home! So the call goes out to the reserve avengers! A very diverse group responds including: The Captain, Falcon, Beast, Hulk, Hercules and the second Yellowjacket! This assorted collection of super-heroes begins a globe-hopping journey to stop the High Evolutionary's genetic bomb! After rescuing Jocasta in Long Island, the Avengers plunge into the depths of the Pacific Ocean to locate Lemuria! Earth's Mightiest Heroes successfully find Kro's undersea kingdom, but also discover Attuma and his Atlantean forces attacking it! Fortunately, the Captain convinces both leaders to stop fighting and join the search for the master geneticist's underwater base! When the seven heroes finally chase down the High Evolutionary (and his genetic bomb) near the volcanic island of Krakatoa, time has almost run out! Inside the genesis chamber, the Avengers battle the High Evolutionary for the life of the world! Can the Prince of Power, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and Hank McCoy dash this demigod's dream of destiny? Or will the High Evolutionary succeed in taking mankind from madness to mud…and back again? Backup story: "Beyond Life" Script by Mark Gruenwald. Art by Ron Lim and Tony DeZuniga. The 11th chapter of the history of the High Evolutionary includes confrontations with the race of Beyonders and the Incredible Hulk. (Notes: The High Evolutionary returns in Thor 407. The first issue of What If (2nd series) explores an alternate reality in which the Avengers lost the Evolutionary War. The crossover plot involving the Hulk continues from Incredible Hulk 350.) 64 pages Cover price $1.75.

  • Issue #18
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 18

    "Avengers Assembled" Part 8 of the Atlantis Attacks storyline. Guest-starring the Fantastic Four and the Hulk. Script by Michael Higgins. Pencils by Ron Wilson. Inks by Mike Gustovich. Cover by John Byrne. Story continues from Daredevil Annual 5. Lord Ghaur and Llyra have succeeded in resurrecting Lord Set and the Serpent Crown! And now it's time for the next step in their diabolical plan! An all-out attack on the surface world by the legions of Atlantis! Attuma, the ruler of Atlantis, send his armies to attack four military bases on the east coast of the United States! But an awesome collection of super-heroes stands ready to oppose Attuma and his Atlantean hordes! First, the Black Panther, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, and She-Hulk battle Lord Arno and Orka on Long Island! Second, the Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Human Torch, Sersi, and Wonder Man attack Tyrak in Virginia! Third, the Black Widow, Wasp, Hawkeye, Hank Pym, Tigra, and Thor clash with U-Man and his forces at Fort Hamilton! And in the final engagement, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Mockingbird, and the Vision fight Warlord Krang and his oceanic invaders at Cape Canaveral! Thanks to great teamwork, four battles equal four victories for the Avengers and their friends! So does this mean the threat of the Serpent Crown is over? Or have the Avengers inadvertently done exactly what Lord Ghaur and Llyra wanted them to? Story continues in New Mutants Annual 5. Cameo appearances by the Sub-Mariner, Moondragon, Rick Jones, Viper, and the Thing. First backup story: "The Initiation of Quasar" Guest-starring Firelord. Script by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by Mark Bagley. Inks by Chris Ivy. Story continues from Avengers 303. After the defeat of Super-Nova, the shield-slinger offers Quasar membership into the Avengers. During his tryout Quasar gets into an impromptu fight with Firelord. Cameo appearance by the Fantastic Four. Second backup story: "Cap's Avengerability Analysis" Script by Fabian Nicieza. Art by Paul Ryan, Mark Bright, Kieron Dwyer, Don Hudson, Kevin Maguire, Chris Ivy, and Lee Weeks. The star-spangled avenger reviews the pluses and minuses of his long-time teammates. Third backup story: "Manifest Destiny" Script by Peter Sanderson. Pencils by Mark Bagley. Inks by Keith Williams. The 8th chapter of the history of the Serpent Crown recaps how Paul Destine found the crown and subsequently fought Prince Namor in Sub-Mariner (1st series) 7. (Note: What If (2nd series) 25 explores an alternate reality in which Lord Set triumphed over the heroes in Atlantis Attacks.) 64 pages Cover price $2.00.

  • Issue #19
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 19

    "Beat Me in St. Louis" Stage 5 of the Terminus Factor storyline. Guest-starring Machine Man. Script by Roy Thomas and Dann Thomas. Pencils by Herb Trimpe. Inks by Jeff Albrecht. Cover by Tom Morgan. Story continues from Avengers West Coast Annual 5. The time is now! The final showdown vs. Terminus to save the planet Earth! The ultimate Terminus flies to St. Louis, Missouri to absorb the energy of the entire world! However, Earth's Mightiest Heroes from the east coast, west coast, and great lakes rush to the Gateway to the West to stop the gigantic alien! Led by Captain America, Henry Pym, and the Vision; the Avengers try everything to defeat the powerful giant! But nothing works! The only hope for victory lies with the Asgardian avenger in the depths of outer space! Can the Mighty Thor topple Terminus with just the power of prayer? (Note: Terminus returns in Captain America 416.) First backup story: "Media Watch: A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney" Script by Dwayne McDuffie. Pencils by Jim Reddington. Inks by Andy Mushynsky. The famous 60 Minutes correspondent breaks down the battle against Terminus. Second backup story: "Acts of Vengeance Epilog" Script by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by Vince Mielcarek. Inks by Bob Downs. Captain America, Thor, and the Vision meet at Avengers Mansion to piece together what exactly took place during the Acts of Vengeance storyline. Flashback cameos by all the major players. Third backup story: "The Day the Strangers Came" Script by Kurt Busiek. Art by Richard Howell. A young Avengers fan in Iowa is thrilled that his heroes are in town to fight the Sons of the Serpent. Avengers Lineup: Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Sersi, and the Wasp. Fourth backup story: "Clowning Around" Script by Gary Barnum. Pencils by Steve Buccelato. Inks by Mickey Ritter. A group of construction workers take on Plantman, Stilt-Man, the Water Wizard, and the Wrecker; so the Avengers won't accidentally destroy their construction site. 64 pages Cover price $2.00.

  • Issue #20
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 20

    "Of Moles and Mutates" Part 1 of the Subterranean Wars storyline. Plot by Paul Ryan and Peter Sanderson. Script by Roy Thomas and Dann Thomas. Pencils by Kevin West. Inks by Fred Fredericks. Cover by Tom Morgan. Hercules and Sersi's afternoon stroll down Broadway is interrupted by an explosion from down below! Suddenly a large hole has opened up in the pavement and hordes of Lava Men, Tyrannoids, and Moloids are pouring out! Where are these strange creatures running to? Or perhaps the better question…what are they running from?! In a matter of minutes, Earth's Mightiest Heroes arrive on Broadway and send the subterraneans scurrying back down their hole! Is this adventure over for the Avengers? Not quite. Quasar guides the team underground where in the shadows…the Mole Man, Tyrannus, and Grotesk lurk! Oh my, that's all-star collection of subsurface super-villains! Avengers Assemble! But not against that subterranean trio! Rather against Brutus and his hard-charging Deviants! Story continues in Incredible Hulk Annual 17. Cameo appearance by Kala. Avengers Lineup: Black Widow, Captain America, Hercules, Quasar, Rage, Sandman, Sersi, She-Hulk, and the Vision. Second story: "The History of Subterranea" Script by Peter Sanderson. Pencils by Jeff Moore. Inks by Bud LaRosa. The Watcher narrates the long history of Subterranea. Flashback cameos by the Celestials, Tyrannus, Black Knight (aka Sir Percy), Mole Man, Grotesk, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, the original X-Men, and the Hulk. Third story: "Burning Vision" Script by Eric Fein. Art by Michael Bair. The Vision rescues a young boy from a burning building. Fourth story: "A Wing and a Prayer" Script by Michael Higgins. Pencils by Ed Murr. Inks by Mike Bair. A terminal cancer patient intervenes in a battle between Thor and the Absorbing Man…and is miraculously cured! Cameo appearance by Odin. Fifth feature: One-page retelling of the Avengers' origin. Sixth feature: One-page pin-up of the original Avengers by Mike Mignola. (Note: Grotesk previously appeared in Ms. Marvel 8.) 64 pages. Cover price $2.00.

  • Issue #21
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 21
    Published 1992 by Marvel.

    "Kang's World" Part 4 of the Citizen Kang storyline. Guest-starring the Fantastic Four. Script by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by Herb Trimpe. Inks by Charles Barnett and Brad Vancata. Cover by Dan Panosian. Story continues from Fantastic Four Annual 25. In Timely, Wisconsin (the secret portal to Chronopolis), the Fantastic Four and Earth's Mightiest Heroes come face-to-face with the Anachronauts! Kang's powerful warriors that have been plucked from various time streams to defeat the combined might of nine 20th century super-heroes! During the timeless clash, Mr. Fantastic realizes that the best strategy is to let the Anachronauts win! That's definitely a new tactic! As expected the Anachronauts prevail and then proceed to haul the FF and the Avengers before the Conqueror! Once Kang encases the heroes in a hypercube, the Master of Time's conquest appears complete! But in the land where time stands still, a traitor arrives just in time! Ravonna (now calling herself Terminatrix) attacks Kang! And suddenly Chronopolis turns into chaos! With Terminatrix' timely diversion, will the Avengers finally close down Kang's time-consuming conquest? Flashback cameo by the Grandmaster. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Crystal, Doctor Druid, Hercules, Sersi, Thor, and the Vision. Second feature: "The Anachronauts" One-page pin-up by Dan Panosian. Third feature: "Chronopolis" Concept by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by Herb Trimpe. Inks by Charles Barnett. Two-page layout of Chronopolis. Fourth story: "The Avengers' Top Ten Villains" Script by George Caragonne. Art by Karl Altstaetter. The Black Knight walks through the list of the Avengers' top ten foes. Cameo appearance by Captain America. Fifth feature: "Secrets of the Avengers Communicard" Script by Mark Gruenwald. Art by Eliot Brown. Sixth story: "Boy's Night Out!" Script by Scott Benson. Art by Ron Lim (breakdowns) and Dan Panosian (finishes). Hercules and the Black Knight's evening out on the town turns into a learning experience for both of them. Seventh story: "The Puzzle" Part 4 of 4. Script by Peter Sanderson. Pencils by Rich Yanizeski. Inks by Fred Fredericks. Terminatrix tries to make sense of everything she's learned about Kang. Cameo appearance by Immortus. Flashback cameos by the Avengers, Fantastic Four, original Human Torch, and Dr. Phineas T. Horton. (Notes: Splash page art by Mark Pacella and Dan Panosian. The Anachronauts and Terminatrix appear again in Avengers Annual 22. The plot involving Kang and Terminatrix continues in the Avengers Limited Series: The Terminatrix Objective.) 64 pages. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #22
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 22

    "Blood Wraith" Script by Glenn Herdling. Pencils by Mike Gustovich. Inks by Ariane Lenshoek. Cover by Steve McDaniel and Hector Collazo. An invasion by 6th century marauders interrupts a peaceful evening at Avengers Mansion! Out of the blue medieval warriors attack Crystal, Hercules, and the Vision! What do these men from the Middle Ages want? Only the most important object from their time…the Black Knight's ebony blade! But the bloodthirsty blade is not to be found at the Avengers headquarters! It's at Whitman Manor near the nation's capital! Once Sersi and the Black Widow repel the invaders in New York, the Avengers rush to Washington D.C. to protect the dangerous artifact! However another pair of 6th century robbers are already there! When the menacing duo subdues Victoria Bentley and Seth Dolan, the Black Knight's squire has no choice but to brandish the ebony blade himself! And in that split second the Bloodwraith is born! Can Earth's Mightiest Heroes contain the savage Bloodwraith? Or will the cursed ebony blade begin a new rampage in the 20th century? First appearance of the Bloodwraith. Appearances by Lockjaw, Luna, Marilla, Chandu, Le Sabre, Maha Yogi, and Mongu. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Black Widow, Crystal, Hercules, Sersi, and the Vision. Second feature: One-page pin-up of Crystal vs. the Anti-Vision by Michael Avon Oeming. Third feature: One-page pin-up of Magdalene by Michael Avon Oeming. Fourth feature: One-page pin-up of the Anachronauts by Dan Panosian. Fifth story: "A Gamble With Time" Script by Roy Thomas, Jean-Marc Lofficier, and Randy Lofficier. Pencils by Al Milgrom. Inks by Mark Steckbauer. Terminatrix and the Anachronauts travel back to the 6th century to correct an anomaly in the time-space continuum involving the ebony blade. Flashback cameos by Merlin and Kang the Conqueror. (Notes: Elements of the plot continue from the Black Knight Limited Series (1990). The Bloodwraith returns in Avengers 366 (second story). Splash page art by Mark Pacella and Dan Panosian. The polybagged version includes a Bloodwraith trading card.) 64 pages. Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #23
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual 23

    "Strangers on an Astral Plane" Script by Roy Thomas. Art by John Buscema. Cover by John Buscema. Two eternal enemies of the Prince of Asgard and the Lion of Olympus join forces! The ancient gods, Pluto and Loki, devise a new scheme in which each one will destroy the other's long-time foe! So Zeus won't be able to blame Pluto, and Odin won't be able to blame Loki for the deaths of their beloved sons! A brilliant plan! And the god of lies and mischief is up first! Loki descends into Tartarus and frees Typhon, the immortal enemy of the Olympians! And without wasting any time, Typhon (and his helpers from Tartarus) ambush Hercules in a Manhattan restaurant! By the time Earth's Mightiest Heroes arrive, Typhon has already defeated Hercules and taken him to Hades! But they don't stay for long as the banished Olympian (with Hercules in tow) moves onto to his final destination…majestic Olympus! With a bold stroke, Typhon extinguishes the Promethean flame and the gods of Olympus disappear! Is that it? Have Loki and Typhon triumphed? Not quite! Once Thunderstrike transports the Avengers to home of the gods, the donnybrook among the deities begins! Can the star-spangled avenger and the Prince of Power overcome Typhon? While Crystal and Thunderstrike try to relight the Promethean flame? For the sake of Olympus…they must! Cameo appearances by Zeus and Persephone. Avengers Lineup: Captain America, Crystal, Giant-Man, Hercules, Thunderstrike, and the Vision. Second story: "Master of His Own Density" Script and art by Al Milgrom. While sitting on monitor duty and surfing cyberspace, the Vision accidentally exposes his synthezoid mind to an internet virus! And this virus is actually a super-villain called Glitch! So Giant-Man helps the Vision eliminate the Glitch! (Notes: Elements of the story continue in Thor Annual 19. Typhon previously appeared in Avengers 163. This is the final annual associated with the 1st series of the Avengers title (1963-1996). Splash page art by John Buscema.) 64 pages. Cover price $2.95.