Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual comic books 1985
"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.