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Marvel Day: After Their First Defeat By Enchantress and Power Man, Cap’ Leaves The Avengers Kooky Quartet

Power Man (Erik Josten).
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Stan Lee


Penciler(s)

Don Heck


Inker(s)

Wally Wood


Colorist(s)

Stan Goldberg


Cover

Jack Kirby and Wally Wood


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

August 10, 1965

IN SQUADS, TEAMS AND LEAGUES

“CAP’S KOOKY QUARTET” FORMS

In Avengers (1965) #16, the Avengers defeat the Masters of Evil. Originally, the villain team consists of Melter, Black Knight, Executioner, Enchantress and Baron Zemo. Apparently, Baron Zemo dies and is buried by Cap’ and Rick Jones. To end, Thor transports Melter, Black Knight and the Avengers to another dimension. There, Melter and Black Knight are captured. However, the Asgardians Enchantress and Executioner escape. At the next Avengers meeting, Thor is MIA.

In addition, Wasp decides to leave because of the team’s dangers. When Iron Man and Giant Man debate disbanding the Avengers, Hawkeye infiltrates the mansion. To this end, he wants membership. Soon, the Avengers announce they are accepting new members. After Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver submit their request by letter, they are accepted. Before the media, Cap’s Kooky Quartet is announced though questions remain about their level of power.

In 'Avengers' (1965) #16, Cap's Kooky Quartet is introduced.
In Avengers (1965) #16, Cap’s Kooky Quartet is introduced to the media. Marvel Comics.

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*Power Man’s first appearance.

ENCHANTRESS AND POWER MAN DEFEAT THE AVENGERS

In Avengers (1965) #21, Erik Josten is in the Amazon jungle. There, the former Baron Zemo agent is digging through rubble for the entrance through his lab. Since he is a wanted criminal in Europe, he hopes to repeat the experiment that created the super-powered Wonder Man. In this way, he hopes to change his fate. As fate would have it, the mischievous Enchantress views Erik in a vision and departs to his aid. There, she appears to him in the lab. Mischievously, she promises to work the machine for him.

When he gains super strength, Enchantress seduces the newly-christened Power Man to destroy the Avengers. Soon enough, Enchantress creates illusions around the city of the Avengers destroying property. When Cap’ learns of their plot, he fights Power Man. But he is no match for the super strong enemy. Afterwards, each Avenger is defeated except for Scarlet Witch. In humiliation, the Avengers are caught for trespassing and soon disband.

Power Man (Erik Josten).
Power Man (Erik Josten). Marvel Comics.

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AFTER CLEARING THEIR NAMES, CAP’ LEAVES THE AVENGERS

After disbanding, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join a circus. But it turns out to be the Circus of Crime. Deceptively, they pose as a normal circus and call the police. In addition, they claim the Avengers attempted to rob them. Panickingly, the Avengers flee.

Meanwhile, Captain America poses as a publicity man. Successfully, he records Power Man on tape admitting his crime. Finally, the Avengers band together and defeat Power Man and Enchantress. With the tape, the Avengers clear their names. However, Cap’ leaves the Avengers at the end of the issue.

'Avengers' (1965) #22.
Avengers (1965) #22. Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Avengers Vol 1 16 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 21 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 22 in Marvel Database.
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Battles Of The Week: Black Panther vs. Captain America

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

In 'Captain America #100' (1968), Captain America attacks Black Panther's men in Wakanda.
In ‘Captain America #100’ (1968), Captain America meets Black Panther in Wakanda. Photo/Marvel Comics

An encounter for the ages! The Protector of Wakanda vs. The Super-Soldier. We present to you, the second encounter in Earth-616 continuity between Captain America and Black Panther!

Enter the two contestants! Let’s look at the stats!

On the left side, is T’Challa, the King of Wakanda and its Protector as the… Black Panther.

BLACK PANTHER (EARTH-616)

Black Panther. Photo/Marvel Comics

SUPER-STRENGTH: CAPTAIN AMERICA-LEVEL

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SUPER-SPEED: SPIDER-MAN-LEVEL

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DURABILITY: CABLE-LEVEL

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ENERGY-PROJECTION: SPIDER-MAN-LEVEL

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FIGHTING SKILLS: CAPTAIN AMERICA-LEVEL

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INTELLIGENCE: IRON-MAN-LEVEL

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PARAPHERNALIA:

  • Kimoyo Card
  • Vibranium Panther Habit
  • Vibranium Armor

On the right side, is Captain America, the Super-Soldier and the symbol of American freedom.

CAPTAIN AMERICA (EARTH-616)

Captain America. Photo/Marvel Comics

SUPER-STRENGTH: BLACK PANTHER-LEVEL

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SUPER-SPEED: DAREDEVIL-LEVEL

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DURABILITY: SPIDER-MAN LEVEL

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ENERGY-PROJECTION: DAREDEVIL-LEVEL

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FIGHTING SKILLS: BLACK PANTHER-LEVEL

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INTELLIGENCE: NICK FURY-LEVEL

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PARAPHERNALIA:

  • Captain America’s Uniform.
  • Utility Belt.
  • Captain America’s Shield.
  • Energy Shield.

The winner gets to take down Baron Zemo.

THE FIGHT

In ‘Captain America #100‘ (1968), Captain America responds to a distress call from T’Challa boarding a ship. He lands in Wakanda and is immediately attacked by the Black Panther and his men.

A battle ensues where each combatant tests each other’s strengths.

In 'Captain America #100' (1968), Black Panter tests Captain America in a fight in Wakanda.
In ‘Captain America #100’ (1968), Black Panter tests Captain America in a fight in Wakanda. Photo/Marvel Comics

It turns out that the fight is actually a test! Black Panther explains he recruited Captain America due to a threat: “destructive heat rays from an orbiting satellite that Wakandan rockets have failed to destroy.” The two heroes take off to investigate.

OUTCOME: DRAW

BLACK PANTHER IN COMICS

The issue marked the first appearance of Black Panther outside the ‘Fantastic Four’ series and leads to Black Panther joining the Avengers afterwards in Avengers #51 (1968).

In ‘Avengers #51’ (1968) titled “In The Clutches Of… The Collector!”, the Avengers face the Collector. Photo/Marvel Comics

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