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  • Issue #251
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 251

    "Deceptions!" Guest-starring Paladin. Script by Roger Stern. Art by Bob Hall (breakdowns) and Joe Sinnott (finishes). Cover by Bob Hall and Joe Sinnott. The Vision has been acting strangely since recovering from his injuries several issues ago. In the sub-basement level of Avengers Mansion and with help from ISAAC, the synthezoid avenger builds a device called the Encephalatron Command Chair. This ominous device would give the Vision control of every computer system on Earth! Is the Avengers' chairman thinking about ruling the world? Stay tuned! Meanwhile, the Wasp takes a vacation to the Caribbean and makes a new friend in Paul Denning (aka Paladin)! But she also makes a new enemy in Baron Brimstone! Avengers Lineup: Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Scarlet Witch, Starfox, Vision, and the Wasp. (Notes: Paladin teams up with the Wasp again in Spectacular Spider-Man 105 and 106. Baron Brimstone previously appeared in Marvel Team-Up 99.) 32 pages Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #252
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 252

    "Deciding Factor!" Script by Roger Stern. Art by Bob Hall (breakdowns) and Joe Sinnott (finishes). Cover by Bob Hall and Joe Sinnott. The Vision continues to ponder whether or not he should take control of the world's computer systems. The Encephalatron Command Chair would give him that power. What will the synthezoid avenger decide to do? However, after an arsonist torches the home of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in New Jersey, the decision becomes clear! Meanwhile in the Arizona desert, one of Thanos' secret Earth bases has been discovered! Cap, Wanda, Hercules, and Starfox travel west to investigate! And once inside the base they discover a pair of brothers! The Blood Brothers! These extra-terrestrial beasts usually like to play with Shell-Head, but today they mix it up with four new avengers! Cameo appearances by Doc Samson and Dane Whitman (aka the Black Knight). Avengers Lineup: Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Scarlet Witch, Starfox, and the Vision. (Note: The Blood Brothers previously appeared in Iron Man 91.) 32 pages Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #253
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 253

    "Conquering Vision" Script by Roger Stern. Art by Bob Hall (breakdowns), Ian Akin (finishes), and Brian Garvey (finishes). Cover by Keith Pollard. With encouragement from ISAAC, the Vision makes his move to seize control of every computer system on Earth! The synthezoid avenger slips through the cyber defenses of the Pentagon, NORAD, SHIELD, and the Kremlin! But along the way, the Avengers' chairman bumps into an electronic super-villain also inside the world's computers! It's Quasimodo! If the Vision can fight past Quasimodo, he'll face Earth's Mightiest Heroes next! Wow! Cameo appearances by the Blood Brothers, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Tigra, and Wonder Man. Flashback cameos by the Mad Thinker, Necrodamus, Ultron, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Scarlet Witch, Starfox, and the Vision. Last 60¢ issue. (Note: The Vision's actions will have serious consequences for him beginning in West Coast Avengers 42, part 1 of the VisionQuest storyline.) 32 pages Cover price $0.60.

  • Issue #254
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 254

    "Absolute Vision" Script by Roger Stern. Art by Bob Hall (breakdowns), Joe Delbeato (finishes), and Joe Rubinstein (finishes). Cover by Bob Hall and Joe Rubinstein. Throughout their glorious history, Earth's Mightiest Heroes have made their living stopping the plans of would-be world conquerors. But today the Avengers must stop one of their own! The Vision has good intentions, but does he know where the road paved with good intentions leads? As the synthezoid avenger closes in on world cyber domination, the Avengers along with their west coast counterparts invade the mansion! Can anyone find the Vision? Can anyone talk sense into him? It's a race against time…the Avengers must win! Cameo appearances by Hawkeye, Mockingbird, and Tigra. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Hercules, Scarlet Witch, Starfox, Wonder Man, and the Vision. First 65¢ issue. 32 pages Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #255
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 255

    "The Legacy of Thanos!" Script by Roger Stern. Pencils by John Buscema. Inks by Tom Palmer. Painted cover by Tom Palmer. The Vision's plan to take over the world's computers has been stopped! But the ramifications from the Avengers' chairman's actions are just beginning! The Pentagon is hopping mad and wants some answers! The Vision and the Scarlet Witch depart the team and head to Washington D.C. (and into the pages of the second Vision and the Scarlet Witch Limited Series). Meanwhile during his scheme to deceive his teammates, the Vision sent Captain Marvel to Thanos' old starship on a false pretense. But once the Crescent City avenger infiltrates Sanctuary II, she discovers possible alien activity! Who is prowling around the mad Titan's former command ship? Flashback cameo by ISAAC. (Notes: This issue begins Buscema & Palmer's second run on the Avengers title (thru issue 300). The two artists had previously worked together on the Avengers series during the silver age. Their last collaboration was more than 150 issues ago on Avengers 97.) Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #256
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 256

    "World Power!" Script by Roger Stern. Art by Al Milgrom (breakdowns) and Joe Sinnott (finishes). Additional inks by Ian Akin, Brian Garvey, and Roy Richardson. Cover by Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott. Maelstrom is back (after a short one issue rest)! And the master of kinetic energy has a new plan to destroy the world! Slow down the rotation of the Earth and create a global catastrophe! But the Fifth Avenue Avengers are hot on Maelstrom's trail, and their west coast counterparts are too! In the skies over Tierra del Fuego, eleven of Earth's Mightiest Heroes battle Helio, Phobius, and Gronk! And if the Avengers get past those three lackeys, then Maelstrom awaits! A giant-size Maelstrom! Can the east coast and west coast Avengers knock down the malevolent Maelstrom and save the planet? Avengers Assemble! Avengers Lineup: Captain Marvel, Hercules, Scarlet Witch, Starfox, Vision, and the Wasp. West Coast Avengers Lineup: Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Iron Man (aka Jim Rhodes), Tigra, and Wonder Man. (Note: Maelstrom returns in Quasar 21.) Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #257
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 257
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    "Holocaust in a Hidden Land!" Part 2 of 2. Guest-starring Ka-Zar and Shanna. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Terminus is on a rampage through the Savage Land! And only Earth's Mightiest Heroes stand between the powerful alien and the utter destruction of the bottom of the world! Will the combined might of the Black Knight, shield-slinger, Starfox, Wasp, and Prince of Power be enough to prevent the annihilation of the hidden paradise? Or will Antarctica, centuries later, finally reclaim the Savage Land? A cold and bitter ending for Ka-Zar and the Avengers! Meanwhile light years away in outer space, Captain Marvel meets a new super-villain that will battle the Avengers for years to come! First appearance of Nebula. (Notes: The Savage Land first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (1st series) 10. The High Evolutionary attempts to restore the Savage Land in Uncanny X-Men Annual 12. This issue includes a full-page ad for the Secret Wars II Limited Series.) 32 pages Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #258
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 258

    "Pyrrhic Victory!" Guest-starring Firelord. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. In a depressing development, the Savage Land is gone. Earth's Mightiest Heroes could not save it. Where does Ka-Zar go from here? Back to the concrete jungles of New York City with the Avengers for the time being. After the heroes return to Avengers Mansion, a distress call comes in! The Amazing Spider-Man is battling Firelord in the South Bronx! Wow, can the web-slinger beat the former herald of Galactus? If the spectacular one cannot, Hercules is ready to help! Also in this issue, Captain Marvel finds herself caught in a war between Nebula and the Skrulls in the Andromeda Galaxy! Cameo appearances by Ka-Zar and Spider-Man (in his black costume). Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Starfox, and the Wasp. (Notes: The plot of this issue crosses over briefly with Amazing Spider-Man 270. Ka-Zar appears next in Iron Man 202.) Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #259
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 259

    "Duty Over All!" Guest-starring Firelord. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. In the depths of the Andromeda Galaxy, Nebula and her band of mercenaries score a major hit on the remnants of the Skrull empire! However during the attack, Captain Marvel is finally able to relay a message back to Avengers Mansion! And shortly thereafter five avengers plus Firelord blast off into space and then through subspace to reach the galaxy next door. Fortunately, the Avengers quickly locate Captain Marvel, and meet the crescent city avenger's new allies: the Skrulls! Hold on…teaming up with the Skrulls, is that allowed in the Avengers' playbook?! But adversity makes strange bedfellows, and the Skrulls and the Avengers join forces to challenge Nebula! Cameo appearances by She-Hulk and Wyatt Wingfoot. Flashback cameo by Galactus to recap the events of Fantastic Four 257. Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #260
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 260

    "Assault on Sanctuary II" Secret Wars II crossover. Guest-starring Firelord. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Byrne. With Nebula threatening the entire universe, Captain America, the Wasp, and General Zedrao plan the assault on Thanos' former starship! Earth's Mightiest Heroes have not visited Sanctuary II, since the classic Avengers Annual 7, but now alongside the sinister Skrulls, the six avengers attack! Nebula has the awesome weaponry of Sanctuary II at her disposal, but the Skrull armada, Hercules, Captain Marvel, and Firelord are charging hard! Who will win the savage outer space shootout? And could unexpected help be coming somewhere from beyond? Story continues in Avengers Annual 14. Cameo appearances by Queen Adora, the Beyonder, and Thanos (General Zedrao in disguise). Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Starfox, and the Wasp. (Note: The first issue of the West Coast Avengers regular series was published this month.) Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #261
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 261

    "Earth and Beyond!" Secret Wars II crossover. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Story continues from Avengers Annual 14. After their epic adventure in the Andromeda Galaxy, the Avengers finally return to their Fifth Avenue Mansion. However, according to Jarvis the mansion had a visitor while they were gone...the Beyonder! One thing leads to another…and the shield-slinger and the Wasp confront the Beyonder in the nation's capital; and the next day Hercules and the Black Knight battle him at Project Pegasus! The Avengers can't beat the Beyonder, so they're going to ask him to join them. Really? A very interesting approach! Meanwhile after destroying Sanctuary II, Starfox announces his departure from the Avengers in order to pursue Nebula across the universe. Cameo appearance by Firelord. Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #262
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 262

    "Many Brave Hearts…" Guest-starring the Sub-Mariner and Stingray. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the Avengers' quinjets! The majestic aircraft cannot take off or land in Manhattan anymore. Upon hearing of the Avengers' plight, Dr. Walter Newell (aka Stingray) offers the use of Hydro-Base. During the Wasp, Cap, and the rest of the team's visit to the floating island, the Prince of Atlantis stops by. The Sub-Mariner seems somewhat depressed, so Hercules gets an idea to lift his spirits! Pick a fight with the Avenging Son! Look out! After tempers calm down, the Sentinel of Liberty makes an offer to his former World War II ally…join the Avengers! Will Prince Namor accept the challenge? Meanwhile the Enclave (last seen in Avengers Annual 12) is back in business! With a new plan to create the perfect human! Flashback cameos by Adam Warlock, Black Bolt, and Karnak. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, and the Wasp. (Note: This issue includes a half-page ad for Hulk Hogan's Saturday morning TV show. Art by Gil Kane.) 32 pages Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #263
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 263
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    Return of Jean Grey: Part 1 of 3 - "What Lurks Below?" X-Factor tie-in. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. While attempting to escape from the police, the Enclave's charter jet skids off the runway and crashes into Jamaica Bay! The plane erupts into a giant fireball, but one piece of cargo safely sinks to the bottom of the bay. Captain Marvel is the first avenger on the scene and finds a strange energy cocoon half-buried in the bay floor. Did the cocoon come from the Enclave's plane or has it been resting at the bottom of the bay for several years? The Avengers investigate further and discover that a sentient being is inside the sunken capsule! After bringing the capsule back to Avengers Mansion, the mystery grows! Story continues in Fantastic Four 286. Cameo appearances by Jean Grey, Scourge, and the Melter. Flashback cameos by Adam Warlock and Her (aka Kismet). Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Sub-Mariner, and the Wasp. Last 65¢ issue. (Note: Jean Grey (aka Marvel Girl) previously appeared in Uncanny X-Men 100.) Story acontinues in Fantastic Four (1961-1996 1st Series) #286. Cover price $0.65.

  • Issue #264
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 264
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    "Stings & Sorrows!" Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. A new super-villainess steals Hank Pym's old Yellowjacket costume from Avengers Mansion! And then quickly moves on to her next target… Dr. Pym's former research lab at Janet Van Dyne's estate! However, when Rita DeMara is confronted by the lady of the house, wasp stings and disruptor blasts fill the air! The winsome Wasp is none too pleased about someone else donning her ex-husband's costume and breaking into her home! The rookie Yellowjacket vs. the veteran Wasp! Who will win the battle of the flying insects? First appearance of Rita DeMara (aka the second Yellowjacket). Cameo appearances by Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, Franklin Richards, and the Beyonder. Flashback cameo by Doctor Strange. First 75¢ issue. Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #265
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 265

    "Eve of Destruction" Secret Wars II tie-in. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Story continues from Secret Wars II Limited Series issue 8. The Beyonder has captured Captain America and spun up a tornado to trap the remaining avengers! But the mighty Prince of Power blows away the twister and saves his teammates! After getting reorganized Captain Marvel leads Hercules, the Black Knight, and the Sub-Mariner to the Colorado Rockies to rescue the star-spangled avenger! But the Beyonder is enraged! And beyond reasoning, beyond understanding, and perhaps beyond humanity. Will the universe survive, much less the Avengers? Story continues in Secret Wars II Limited Series issue 9. Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #266
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 266

    "And the War's Desolation!" Secret Wars II epilogue. Guest-starring the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer. Script by Roger Stern and Jim Shooter (additional dialogue). Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Story continues from Secret Wars II Limited Series issue 9. The mightiest super-heroes on the planet have stopped the Beyonder! But the victory may be a pyrrhic one as the Earth's crust has sustained major damage! The massive chasm in the Colorado Rockies threatens to cause a geophysical catastrophe! However, some of the most powerful beings in the universe including the Silver Surfer and the Molecule Man are on hand to try to prevent global disaster! But first Reed Richards and Captain America must convince Owen Reece to risk his life for the rest of mankind. And then it's up to the power cosmic! Can the Molecule Man and the Silver Surfer rebuild an entire mountain range? They must! Otherwise it's rebuild another Earth! Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Sub-Mariner, and the Wasp. (Notes: There are not any advertisements in this issue. 32 pages of story and art plus letters. The letters page contains a statement of ownership: average print run 408,705; average paid circulation 241,966.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #267
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 267
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    "Time--And Time Again!" Part 1 of 3. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Conqueror is back! Wow, where has he been? Or perhaps the better question…When has he been? After a 10-year absence Kang the Conqueror returns to the pages of the Avengers! But it's not just one Kang, it's many Kangs! And rest assured…the Kang from the 41st century (that Earth's Mightiest Heroes know and love) is front and center! Meanwhile in the sub-basements underneath Avengers Mansion, Hercules, the Black Knight, and the Wasp work on boring a new tunnel to Hydro-Base. The tunneling is going great until the Hulk attacks! Then Giant-Man! Then the old Iron Man! It's like a rerun of the battle in Avengers issue 2 vs. the Space Phantom! Who could take the Avengers back in time? Who else, but the Master of Time! Cameo appearances by Iron Man, Storm, Colossus, and President Reagan in an alternate reality. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Sub-Mariner, and the Wasp. (Note: Kang previously appeared in the Avengers title in the classic Avengers 143.) Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #268
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 268

    "The Kang Dynasty!" Part 2 of 3. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The star-spangled avenger, Prince Namor, and Captain Marvel comb Avengers Mansion looking for their missing teammates! Where did they disappear to? The Black Knight, Hercules, and the Wasp are trapped in timeless limbo trying to catch the "chief council" Kang! However, an army of Dire Wraiths stands in their way! After battling through the savage beasts, the three avengers finally reach castle Kang! Inside the castle walls, the heroic trio finds the Growing Man, the 41st century Kang, the chief council Kang, and Ravonna! Help is on the way from Captain America, Captain Marvel, and the Sub-Mariner! But will they get there in time? Cameo appearance by the Space Phantom. (Notes: The Growing Man previously appeared in Iron Man 108. This issue features a full-page ad for the ongoing Hobgoblin saga in the Amazing Spider-Man title.) Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #269
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 269

    "The Once and Future Kang!" Part 3 of 3. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. In timeless limbo Earth's Mightiest Heroes and their long-time foe, Kang the Conqueror, are captives of the chief council Kang! However, the Lion of Olympus cannot be held for long in a simple paralysis beam! When Hercules breaks free, chaos breaks loose! The Avengers assemble to battle the chief council Kang, while the 41st century Kang also attacks his Kang-brother! Confusing indeed! But in the land of limbo things are seldom what they seem. And eventually the true orchestrator of events is revealed! With Ravonna by his side, Immortus stops the fighting and makes everything all right. Or does he? The Avengers aren't so sure, but of course only time will tell. Flashback cameos by the Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom, and the Pharaoh Rama-Tut. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Sub-Mariner, and the Wasp. (Notes: Immortus appears next in Avengers West Coast 48. The significance of this three-part story was the return of Kang the Conqueror as a major villain for the Avengers. This issue sets the stage for many great future encounters.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #270
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 270

    Avengers: Under Siege: Part 1 of 8 - "Wild in the Streets!" Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The word is out! Prince Namor has joined the Avengers! And many in the general public are not happy about it! The super-villainess, Moonstone, sees an opportunity and incites a riot among the demonstrators outside Avengers Mansion! Captain Marvel and Captain America quell the civilian uprising, while the Wasp attacks Moonstone! After a quick battle in the sewer system, Earth's Mightiest Heroes hand Moonstone over to the police. Or at least two people that look like the police! When did Crusher Creel start working for New York's finest? Perhaps a foreshadowing of evil things to come! Cameo appearances by the Absorbing Man, Titania, and Byrrah. (Notes: The plot involving the Sub-Mariner crosses over into Alpha Flight 36. The initial sub-plot of the Masters of Evil storyline takes place in this issue.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #271
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 271

    Avengers: Under Siege: Part 2 of 8 - "Breakaway!" Guest-starring Paladin. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Wasp receives a visit from an old friend and invites him to go on a date with her…to the local lockup! While the Avengers' chairwoman and Paladin are grilling Rita DeMara (aka the second Yellowjacket), her lawyer and legal assistant barge in! Rita's lawyer closely resembles a former foe of the Avengers! Has the Grey Gargoyle taken up the legal profession? The Wasp and Paladin don't have time to ask as the battle is quickly joined! And once the Black Knight jumps into the fray, the three-on-three tussle gets underway in the New Jersey countryside! Three avengers vs. the Grey Gargoyle, Screaming Mimi, and Yellowjacket! Meanwhile, some heavy duty super-villains are being sprung from prisons across the United States! Is there a master plan in work somewhere? Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Sub-Mariner, and the Wasp. (Note: The Grey Gargoyle previously appeared in Amazing Spider-Man 219 and appears next in Iron Man 235.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #272
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 272

    Avengers/Alpha Flight Crossover: Part 1 of 3 - "Assault on Atlantis" Guest-starring Alpha Flight. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Story continues from Alpha Flight 39 (part 1). Attuma rules Atlantis! And with a special prisoner under his control…Marrina! The Sub-Mariner tried to overthrow Attuma earlier and failed. So now the Avenging Son has called upon his mighty friends to help! In the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Earth's Mightiest Heroes attack Attuma's legions! After defeating the first wave of defenders and linking up with Alpha Flight, total victory appears close at hand! The battle ends after Prince Namor pummels Attuma and Northstar frees Marrina! Everyone should be happy, but tragically something changed inside of Marrina during her captivity. And as a result more adversity lies ahead for the Prince of Atlantis! (Note: The Sub-Mariner's pursuit of Marrina continues in Alpha Flight 40.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #273
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 273

    25th Anniversary cover - Avengers: Under Siege: Part 3 of 8 - "Rites of Conquest!" Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by Tom Palmer. The forces of evil are gathering! Baron Zemo II has assembled a team of powerful super-villains to accomplish something his late father never could: Destroy the Avengers! With Earth's Mightiest Heroes out on the town, Zemo's Masters of Evil attack Avengers Mansion! Goliath, Blackout, Moonstone, Yellowjacket, Mister Hyde, Tiger Shark, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball, and the Wrecker run roughshod over the Fifth Avenue Mansion! Perhaps it's a good thing that the Avengers weren't home during the attack. But it's definitely a bad thing that Jarvis was. The situation looks grave indeed. Cameo appearance by Paladin. (Note: Baron Zemo sends Whirlwind and the Trapster to ambush the star-spangled avenger in Captain America 324.) Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #274
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 274

    Avengers: Under Siege: Part 4 of 8 - "Divided We Fall!" Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Baron Zemo II stands triumphant in the hallowed halls of Avengers Mansion! And now it's time to divide and conquer the Avengers themselves! Unfortunately, the Black Knight is the first avenger to return to the mansion and fall victim to the Masters of Evil. Next Captain Marvel goes down at the hands of Blackout! Meanwhile in New Jersey, the star-spangled avenger and the Wasp realize that something is amiss inside their Fifth Avenue headquarters. After locating the Prince of Power, the three avengers storm the mansion! But Cap is knocked out and the Wasp is repulsed by the darkforce! So that leaves Hercules to stand alone against the combined might of Goliath, Mister Hyde, Tiger Shark, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball and the Wrecker! However in his twelve labors, the Lion of Olympus slew the 9-headed Hydra and captured the mighty Cerebus! Can Hercules all by himself stem the tide against the Masters of Evil? Or will the Avengers' downward spiral of defeat continue? Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, and the Wasp. Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #275
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 275

    Avengers: Under Siege: Part 6 of 8 - "Even a God Can Die!" Guest-starring Ant-Man. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. In horrific fashion the Masters of Evil have savagely beaten the Lion of Olympus into a near death state. The Wasp rushes the comatose Hercules to the emergency room for life-saving surgery! Unbelievable! Could the immortal avenger's life actually be in jeopardy? Meanwhile inside Avengers Mansion, Baron Zemo II basks in the glow of his triumph! The son of the Third Reich's top scientist sends the Absorbing Man and Titania to the hospital to finish off Hercules and the Wasp! Janet Van Dyne will need a miracle to survive this fight! And surprisingly she gets one…flying on a tiny ant! The Wasp and Ant-Man (aka Scott Lang) vs. Crusher Creel and Titania! It looks like a mismatch of epic proportions! Can the pint-sized super-heroes pull off a most improbable victory? Ants assemble! Flashback cameo by Mother Superior to recap Baron Zemo's prior encounter with the star-spangled avenger in Captain America 299. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, and the Wasp. 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #276
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 276

    Avengers: Under Siege: Part 7 of 8 - "Revenge" Guest-starring Ant-Man. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. In one of the most inspiring battles in Avengers' history, the Wasp and Ant-Man score a major victory against Zemo's minions and preserve the Prince of Power's life! However, the next big challenge awaits! Taking back their Fifth Avenue headquarters! Before embarking on that mission though, the Wasp has to find more avengers! Fortunately, Captain Marvel escapes from the darkforce, the mighty Thor arrives, and the mysterious Doctor Druid appears! Are Earth's Mightiest Heroes finally on the comeback trail vs. the Masters of Evil? Yes or no the Avengers must hurry! Because the situation inside the mansion is deteriorating for the captives left at the mercy of Mister Hyde…who has no mercy! Cameo appearance by the Shroud. 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #277
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 277

    Avengers: Under Siege: Part 8 of 8 - "The Price of Victory!" Guest-starring Ant-Man and Doctor Druid. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. This is it! The Mighty Avengers vs. the Masters of Evil! Time to live free or die in Avengers Mansion! The Black Knight, Ant-Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, Thor, and the Wasp vs. Goliath, the Wrecker, Blackout, Moonstone, Yellowjacket, and Baron Zemo! The spectacular slugfest rages through the mansion and reaches its fateful climax on the rooftop! The star-spangled avenger vs. Baron Zemo! Years ago the Sentinel of Liberty stopped the father's mad quest to destroy the Avengers! And now years later can Captain America do likewise and stop the son's? A powerful ending! Death of Blackout. Cameo appearances by Bulldozer, Piledriver, and Thunderball. (Notes: Baron Zemo II returns in Captain America 357. The Masters of Evil storyline is widely considered the masterpiece of Roger Stern's 5-year run on the Avengers title. This five-part story along with issues 270 and 271 were reprinted in 1998 in the trade paperback: Avengers Under Siege. This issue includes a one-page reprint of miscolored panels from issue 271.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #278
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 278

    "Pressure" Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The colossal confrontation with the Masters of Evil is over. The Avengers have won, but the losses are staggering. Avengers Mansion, the team's home since day one, has been destroyed. Hercules remains in a coma and Jarvis is slowly recovering from his injuries in the hospital. In the meantime the Black Knight and Doctor Druid relocate to Hydro-Base for combat training while the mansion is closed. However, their training session is dramatically interrupted by Tyrak! The giant Atlantean is still tough, so Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and the Wasp join the fight too! After the battle Janet Van Dyne realizes that she's ready for a vacation and resigns as chairwoman. So once again the old order changeth! The new Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and Thor! (Note: Tyrak previously appeared in Avengers 172.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #279
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 279

    Command Decision" Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. After the departure of the Wasp last issue, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are in need of a new leader! In a surprising development, the popular choice among the team is Captain Marvel! Is the Crescent City avenger ready to lead? Monica Rambeau is not so sure! But after she helps Captain America pull off a daring underground rescue of trapped children, Captain Marvel says bring it on! Retelling of Captain Marvel's origin from Amazing Spider-Man Annual 16. Cameo appearances by Hercules, Hermes, and Moonstone. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and Thor. (Note: The letters page contains a statement of ownership: average print run 412,900; average paid circulation 237,241.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #280
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 280

    "Faithful Servant" Script by Bob Harras. Art by Bob Hall (breakdowns) and Kyle Baker (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Jarvis lies in a hospital bed while he recovers from his severe injuries sustained at the hands of the Masters of Evil. Once his body heals, the Avengers' long-time butler has a big decision to make! Permanently retire or return to the Avengers? Before Jarvis makes up his mind, he takes a walk down memory lane from the earliest days of the Avengers to the present time. The loyal butler reflects upon his first meetings with Thor, the Wasp, the Hulk, and Hawkeye; his first conversations with Captain America, the Vision, and Mantis; and his first encounter with Ultron. Jarvis also recalls some of the Avengers (who like himself) fell upon hard times such as Henry Pym, Quicksilver, the Swordsman, and Iron Man. But when the time of reflection is over, Jarvis reaches a decision! What will it be? An inspiring story! Cameo appearance by Tony Stark. (Notes: This issue provides an excellent recap of the history of the Avengers from Jarvis' perspective. This issue also contains new behind-the-scenes details of events that took place inside the mansion.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #281
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 281

    "By Gods Betrayed!" Part 1 of 5. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Someone in a very high place is very upset with Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Enraged that his son was beaten into a coma, the mighty Zeus sends his fellow gods to punish the Avengers! Artemis, Dionysus, and Hermes attack the Avengers in Manhattan, while Ares and Hephaestus battle Thor in majestic Olympus! Unfortunately, these battles are complete mismatches. And the Avengers suddenly find themselves standing before Zeus in the royal court of Olympus! But Earth's Mightiest Heroes won't be there for long…after Zeus gives them a one-way ticket to Hades! Ready or not, the Avengers are about to embark on their very own Greek odyssey! Cameo appearances by Hercules and Zeus. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and Thor. 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #282
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 282

    "Captives" Part 2 of 5. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Lord of Olympus has banished the Avengers to Hades! And now the Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and Thor are prisoners of Pluto! The situation looks bleak inside the castle dungeon especially with the thunder god suffering from crippling injuries. However in the Atlantic Ocean (and under orders from Zeus), Neptune grabs the Sub-Mariner and throws him in Hades too! But that could actually be a stroke of good fortune for Earth's Mightiest Heroes! If Prince Namor can navigate the River Styx, slip past watchful Cerberus, and bust into Fortress Tartarus; the Avengers might just have an opportunity to escape! Cameo appearances by Marrina and Prometheus. (Note: The letters page includes a letter from comics writer Roland Mann.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #283
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 283

    "Whom the Gods Would Destroy!" Part 3 of 5. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Trapped on the Pathway to Infinity, Earth's Mightiest Heroes face Pluto and the hordes of Hades in a desperate life-and-death struggle! But thanks to the awesome power of Captain Marvel and the Prince of Asgard, the Avengers dramatically escape the Netherworld and return to Olympus! Hold on though, that's like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire! Are the seven avengers ready to battle Zeus again? Wisely the crescent city avenger decides on a different course of action…diplomacy! And with great success the Sub-Mariner and Thor recruit Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, and Hephaestus to their side! But the treacherous Ares is still pushing his father to crush the Avengers! Will the four Olympians be able to calm the rage of Zeus? Cameo appearances by Artemis, Hercules, Prometheus, and the Wasp. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, Sub-Mariner, and Thor. (Note: Ares previously battled Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the classic Avengers 100.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #284
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 284

    "Battleground: Olympus" Part 4 of 5. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. All efforts of diplomacy with Zeus have failed! And now Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the gods of Olympus are ready to rumble! On the undercard: the Sub-Mariner, Captain Marvel, and She-Hulk vs. Ares, Artemis, and Dionysus! And the main event: The Lord of Olympus vs. the Prince of Asgard! Wow! Zeus vs. Thor! A once-in-a-generation clash of the immortals! Can even the Son of Odin quell the fury of the Lord of the Lightning? In spectacular fashion the mighty thunder god tries his best! Meanwhile elsewhere in Olympus, the Wasp convinces Hera and Hermes to help the Avengers, while Prometheus attempts to revive Hercules! A sensational action issue! Cameo appearances by Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Thor, and the Wasp. 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #285
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 285

    "Twilight of the Gods!" Part 5 of 5. Script by Roger Stern. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The senses-shattering slugfest rages on! The Avengers have knocked out the other Olympians and now turn their full attention to the King of Olympus…Zeus himself! Can the Lord of the Lightning withstand the combined might of the Sub-Mariner, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Black Knight, and Thor? Surprisingly the mighty Zeus begins to waver under the onslaught from the five powerful avengers and the mystic enchantment of the knight's ebony blade! Unbelievable! Could the Lord of Olympus actually fall in battle to mortal men and women? However, the Son of Cronus and Rhea hasn't ruled Olympus for eons, because he was a lightweight! And even when Hercules joins the fight, Zeus will not yield! Can anyone or anything break the stalemate? It's a truly momentous outcome for the pantheon of Olympus! Cameo appearances by Apollo, Ares, Athena, Dionysus, Hera, Hermes, Neptune, Prometheus, and Marrina. (Notes: This five-part story blends magnificently with the classic Greek mythology. This issue completes Roger Stern's outstanding 5-year run as the writer of the Avengers series.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #286
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 286

    "The Fix is On!" Part 1 of 5. Plot by Roger Stern. Script by Ralph Macchio. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. After the epic encounter in Olympus, Earth's Mightiest Heroes enjoy rest and relaxation on Hydro-Base. And while they do, Doctor Druid takes time to eavesdrop on his teammates' whereabouts. Is Doctor Druid's monitoring of his fellow avengers a warning sign of future trouble? In the meantime a call for help comes in from the heartland of America! The Avengers plus Marrina fly to Ohio to check on the Mad Thinker's awesome android that has stood inactive for a long time. However the big gray android is active now! And apparently working for the Fixer! The Mad Thinker's featureless and pudgy creation has battled the Fantastic Four to a standstill in the past! How will the Avengers fare against the rambunctious robot? Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and the Sub-Mariner. (Notes: The Mad Thinker's awesome android previously appeared in Captain America 311. This issue began a difficult stretch for the Avengers series as many of the fan-favorite characters were either starring in the West Coast Avengers series or absent from the east coast lineup due to major events in their own titles. This issue includes a full-page ad for the Fall of the Mutants storyline in the X-Titles.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #287
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 287

    "Invasion!" Part 2 of 5. Plot by Roger Stern. Script by Ralph Macchio. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Avengers are hot on the trail of the Fixer! And the twisting trail leads to a warehouse complex in suburban Ohio! Prince Namor spearheads the attack on the Fixer's headquarters, and shortly thereafter all five avengers are dealing with a dozen or so deadly devices! But under the direction of Captain Marvel, Earth's Mightiest Heroes survive the Fixer's traps and rescue Mentallo! Usually the Fixer and Mentallo work together, but not this time. Why not? The mystery only deepens after the Avengers return to Hydro-Base, interview Mentallo, stow the awesome android, and discover the comatose Fixer! Who or what is pulling the strings behind the scenes? Cameo appearances by the Fixer, Machine Man, and the Super-Adaptoid. Flashback cameos by Captain America and Hercules. (Notes: The Super-Adaptoid previously appeared in Marvel Two-in-One 75. Mentallo's prior appearance was in Marvel Team-Up 118. The two-panel subplot involving Dan Smallwood and Marrina was never further developed.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #288
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 288

    "Heavy Metal!" Part 3 of 5. Script by Ralph Macchio. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Super-Adaptoid and Machine Man fly to Texas to round up another ally! The infamous Kree Sentry 459 (last seen in Captain Marvel 49)! After reviving the alien behemoth, the three robots make tracks to the Midwest to add a fourth powerful robot to their heavy metal horde! But Doctor Druid and the Black Knight arrive at the military base first and scoop up Tess-One! However, during the duo's' flight back to Hydro-Base; the Super-Adaptoid, Machine Man, and Sentry 459 attack! The three robots beat the two humans and add Tess-One to their team! So now the remaining avengers plus Marrina have four mechanical marauders to find! But the Super-Adaptoid makes it easy for Earth's Mightiest Heroes to locate his cast iron crew! The ferrous foursome just invade Hydro-Base themselves! And set up the super showdown for next issue! Cameo appearance by the Doomsday Man. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and the Sub-Mariner. (Notes: Kree Sentry 459 previously battled Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers (1st series) 89-91. Tess-One previously appeared in Captain America Annual 8. The letters page includes commentary from Mark Gruenwald concerning the change in writers for the Avenger series.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #289
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 289

    "The Cube Root!" Part 4 of 5. Guest-starring Machine Man and Stingray. Script by Ralph Macchio. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Avengers and the Super-Adaptoid's heavy metal horde battle from cover-to-cover on Hydro-Base! The Sub-Mariner, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Marrina, and Stingray vs. Tess-One, Sentry 459, Machine Man, the awesome android, and the Super-Adaptoid! Wow, will Hydro-Base stay afloat with all this action? The blockbuster battle swings back and forth in each team's favor until Machine Man comes to his senses and switches sides! When Stingray and Machine Man attack the Super-Adaptoid inside the Avengers' communications complex, an Avengers' victory looks just seconds away; but the resourceful Adaptoid summons the mysterious being called Kubik...and absorbs his cosmic powers! And now an Avengers' defeat looks imminent! 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #290
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 290

    "The World According to the Adaptoid!" Part 5 of 5. Guest-starring Machine Man. Plot by Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio. Script by Ralph Macchio. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Supreme-Adaptoid rules Hydro-Base! And after banishing Kubik to another galaxy, the former creation of A.I.M. sets his sights on world domination! The Adaptoid has a very simple plan…create five billion copies of himself and dispatch them to replicate every human being on Earth! Oh my, where are the Avengers? Unfortunately, trapped and helpless to stop the new robotic master of reality! But Kubik is still the original cosmic cube! And the awesome manipulator of reality transports the Captain (aka Steve Rogers) from California to Hydro-Base to battle the Supreme-Adaptoid! When the Adaptoid see his first foe from many years ago, he engages the Captain in hand-to-hand combat! But that might be the robot's first and last mistake! With the entire planet at risk, can Earth's Mightiest Heroes adapt and overcome the Supreme-Adaptoid? Cameo appearance by Stingray. Flashback cameos by the Fixer and Mentallo. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, the Captain, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and Sub-Mariner. Last 75¢ issue. (Notes: Kubik appears next in Fantastic Four 319. The Super-Adaptoid returns to action in Fantastic Four 336.) 32 pages Cover price $0.75.

  • Issue #291
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 291

    "Shadows of the Future Past!" Part 1 of 3. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Avengers and Marrina attend a gala affair at the Lincoln Center in New York City! But when Earth's Mightiest Heroes step out on the town, trouble is usually not far behind! During the high class party, Marrina samples a small fish and is suddenly transformed into a wild raging beast! And then Namor's wife jumps into the East River and swiftly swims away! What just happened? Captain Marvel and her teammates aren't sure, so they return to Hydro-Base to plot a course of action. Meanwhile over the next several days, a series of oceanic disasters occurs all over the world! Apparently a leviathan of biblical proportions is rampaging across the seas! Could there be a connection to Marrina? The Avengers hope not, but the Sub-Mariner fears so! Cameo appearance by Kang the Conqueror and Ravonna. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, Thor, and the Sub-Mariner. First $1.00 issue. (Notes: Kang previously appeared in Avengers 269. Walt Simonson begins his 1-year stint as the writer for the Avengers series.) Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #292
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 292

    "The Dragon in the Sea!" Part 2 of 3. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (breakdowns) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. To the horror of her friends, teammates, and husband; Marrina has indeed become the Leviathan that is ravaging the eastern seaboard! And now the Avengers have to find a way to stop the Leviathan without killing Marrina! The Prince of Atlantis tries to reason with the undersea behemoth, but to no avail. When Marrina capsizes another cargo ship and sinks a U.S. Navy battleship, the heroes realize that lethal force may be necessary. Meanwhile, Dr. Druid continues to have strange visions about a mysterious woman offering him great power and riches. Cameo appearances by Kang the Conqueror, Ravonna, and Henry Pym. (Notes: This issue includes a full-page ad featuring the Avengers and proclaiming that the current storyline will possibly be the end of the team. Pin-up art by John Buscema and Tom Palmer.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #293
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 293

    "And Flights of Angels" Part 3 of 3. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (layouts) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Leviathan's rampage continues unabated across the Atlantic Ocean! The scheming Doctor Druid thinks that Marrina (aka the Leviathan) should be killed, but the Avengers with help from Henry Pym make one final attempt to save her! Incredibly Dr. Pym's plan seems to work after the Black Knight fires a special dart down the Leviathan's throat! But sadly Marrina transforms back into the giant sea serpent several minutes later. And then the Avengers finally accept the reality that all means necessary must be used to stop her! To that end the Mighty Thor brings down the thunder and lightning from the heavens, but again to little effect! Thus leaving Earth's Mightiest Heroes with only one weapon left to use…the Black Knight's ebony blade! Will Dane Whitman stab Marrina and invoke the blood curse of the blade? Or will the Avenging Son use the blade to slay the Leviathan himself? A poignant ending to one of the Avengers' saddest tales. Death of Marrina. Cameo appearances by Kang the Conqueror, Ravonna (disguised as Nebula), and Henry Pym. Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, Thor, and the Sub-Mariner. (Notes: The Sub-Mariner appears next in Marvel Comics Presents 7 and searches for Marrina's progeny in Solo Avengers 17. This issue includes a full-page ad for the Evolutionary War storyline set to run through Marvel's 1988 annuals. The letters page includes a letter from comics publisher Charles Novinskie.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #294
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 294

    "If Wishes Were Horses" Part 1 of 4. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (layouts) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The cataclysmic clash with the Leviathan is over! But Earth's Mightiest Heroes have suffered staggering losses. Marrina has tragically perished. Prince Namor has left the team in anguish. Captain Marvel is badly emaciated. And the Black Knight begins suffering from the curse of the ebony blade. Needless to say morale is near an all-time low as only Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and Thor can answer the call to duty. Right now the Avengers would be extremely vulnerable to an attack from one of their long-time foes! And inauspiciously Ravonna and about a half dozen Kangs have something in the works! The beautiful time traveler's instrument of deception is none other than…the Avengers' new chairman, Doctor Druid! Cameo appearances by Frank Rambeau and Maria Rambeau. (Notes: Captain Marvel's serious medical condition ends her long service on the Avengers' active roster dating back to Avengers 227. Her recovery takes place in Captain Marvel (2nd series) 1.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #295
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 295

    "Beggars Would Ride!" Part 2 of 4. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (layouts) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. Ravonna plucks a giant mechanical dinosaur from the time stream and sends it to attack Washington D.C.! Once Doctor Druid becomes aware of the Mechanisaurus Rex in the nation's capital, he sends the Mighty Thor to intercept it! But the good (and conniving) doctor doesn't want the thunder god to destroy it, he wants the dinosaur to destroy the thunder god! Who put this guy in charge?! During the battle against the futuristic dinosaur, Thor sends a call for help back to Hydro-Base! Dr. Druid stops She-Hulk from leaving for Washington, but the nearly immobile Black Knight manages to escape! Can the knight's 12th century ebony blade carve up a 41st century dinosaur? Meanwhile the council of Kangs finally realizes what Ravonna (aka Kang Nebula) is planning! And begin mobilizing to prevent her from acquiring the most powerful weapon in the universe! Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and Thor. (Notes: In a situation similar to Captain Marvel's plight, the blood curse of the ebony blade eventually ends Dane Whitman's time on the Avengers' active roster for several years. The knight's story continues in the four-part Black Knight Limited Series (published in 1990) and Avengers Spotlight 39. The letters page includes a letter from comics publisher Charles Novinskie.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #296
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 296

    "Hearts of Oak…and Heads to Match!" Part 3 of 4. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (layouts) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. With the Avengers as her helpless pawns, Kang Nebula makes her move! Ravonna (calling herself Nebula) and Earth's Mightiest Heroes depart Hydro-Base in a quinjet…and fly into the time stream! Their destination? An ominous time bubble in the present day space-time continuum! Will the Avengers be able to penetrate the magnificent time bubble? And if yes, what will they find inside? Therein lies the mystery! Meanwhile, the three Kangs from the council of Kangs follow the quinjet in hot pursuit! Will they catch Nebula in time? The whole space-time structure of the universe is at stake! (Note: Possible cameo appearances by Clark Kent and Lois Lane on pages 2 and 3.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #297
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 297

    "Futures Imperfect!" Part 4 of 4. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (layouts) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. It's the cataclysmic conclusion to the Avengers' space-time encounter with Ravonna! Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Kang Nebula (aka Ravonna) streak towards the time bubble in their specially-modified quinjet! But unbeknownst to the evil leader of this mission…three stowaway Kangs are onboard too! With Ravonna on the verge of success and the universe on the verge of disaster, the Kangs finally free the Avengers from the mindbenders that were controlling their actions! And inside the quinjet's crowded cabin; the Black Knight, She-Hulk, and Thor battle Ravonna and Doctor Druid for the life of the universe! Can the three avengers beat Kang Nebula and save all of time? They must! But even if the Avengers win, they still might lose everything! Avengers Lineup: Black Knight, Doctor Druid, She-Hulk, and Thor. (Notes: She-Hulk leaves the Avengers and appears next in Fantastic Four 321. Thor and the Black Knight's next adventure takes place in Thor 396. The mysterious time bubble, Ravonna, and Doctor Druid return in Fantastic Four 337 and 338.) Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #298
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 298

    "Disaster!!!" Inferno crossover. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (layouts) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. The Avengers have disassembled! Due to injuries, treachery, and villainous time travelers; Earth's Mightiest Heroes are now defunct (on the east coast). What a sad day for the legions of Avengers fans! However just because the heroes are gone, that doesn't mean evil takes a vacation! And when crazy things start happening in New York City, one avenger (or pseudo-avenger) answers the call…Edwin Jarvis! In courageous fashion the Avengers' butler performs several heroic rescues of his fellow New Yorkers! But when a giant robot begins stalking him, Jarvis requests help from a long-time friend…Steve Rogers! With his classic poise and precision, the Captain rebuffs the robot! But can the Sentinel of Liberty rebuild the Avengers? His quest to do so begins in Avengers Annual 17. Cameo appearance by Peter Parker. Avengers Lineup: Jarvis and the Captain. (Note: This issue includes a full-page ad for the Inferno storyline that will run through many Marvel titles in the next 3 months.) 32 pages Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #299
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 299

    "I (love) NY" Inferno crossover. Guest-starring Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, and the New Mutants. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (layouts) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. As best he can, Steve Rogers battles the demons of Inferno! But the Captain can only do so much by himself, so after briefly teaming up with the New Mutants, he begins looking for other super-heroes to help! To that end the shield-slinger rides to Connecticut to visit Reed and Sue Richards! But someone else has already visited the Richards' home in the constitution state and kidnapped young Franklin! So now the Captain and one-half of the Fantastic Four have two crises on their hands! In Central Park the shield-slinger, Invisible Woman, and Mister Fantastic catch up to the abductors of Franklin…Nanny and Orphan-Maker! What a strange pair! The veteran super-heroes should be able to beat the egg-shaped Nanny and the blue-armored Orphan-Maker easily, but Nanny has a special twist in store for Franklin's parents! Meanwhile in Olympia, the home of the Eternals, Thena sends Gilgamesh (aka the Forgotten One) to New York City to fight the Inferno monsters! Cameo appearances by Thena, Sprite, S'ym and N'astirh. Avengers Lineup: The Captain. (Note: Orphan-Maker and Nanny previously appeared in X-Factor 35.) Cover price $1.00.

  • Issue #300
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 300

    "Inferno 2" Inferno crossover. Giant-Sized Anniversary Issue. Script by Walt Simonson. Art by John Buscema (layouts) and Tom Palmer (finishes). Cover by John Buscema and Tom Palmer. It's the tricentennial issue of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! And the all-out action begins in Central Park as Nanny places Franklin Richards in a red suit of armor and orders him to attack his parents! However with the recent arrival of Gilgamesh in Manhattan, the four heroes on the scene make short work of Nanny and Orphan-Maker and end their first crisis! But in the afterglow of victory, the demon lord N'astirh swoops in and grabs Franklin! So now Reed and Sue have to find their son all over again (and battle the Inferno demons wreaking havoc in New York City along the way)! During the search for Franklin, the emerging team of Avengers gains three allies! The Mighty Thor, the Growing Man, and Kang the Conqueror! Is Kang going to help his long-time foes? Yes, but only to ensure his own survival! Once the Growing Man leads the quintet of super-heroes to the World Trade Center, the final fight for Franklin takes place! The Captain, Gilgamesh, Thor, Mr. Fantastic, and the Invisible Woman vs. N'astirh and his demon horde! Atop the twin towers, will a new team of Avengers rise up from the ashes of Inferno? And restore the glory of days gone by? Avengers Assemble! Cameo appearances by the Black Knight, Goblin Queen, and S'ym. First backup feature: Three-page gallery of everyone who has been an avenger from issue 1 to issue 300; and a listing of the issues in which they appeared. Second backup feature: One-page gallery of the new support staff of Avengers Island. Third backup feature: Two-page biography of Jarvis. Fourth backup feature: One-page layout of Avengers Park (at the former site of Avengers Mansion). Second story: "The Coming of the Accursed Avengers!" Script by Ralph Macchio. Art by Walt Simonson. The origin of the Avengers as told from Loki's perspective. New Avengers Lineup: The Captain, Gilgamesh, Thor, Mr. Fantastic, and the Invisible Woman. (Notes: The Avengers' cover logo returns to the classic bronze age style. This issue completes John Buscema's outstanding 4-year run as the primary artist (breakdowns & layouts) for the Avengers series.) 64 pages Cover price $1.75.