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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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Reviews: Essential Silver Surfer Vol. 1

Silver Surfer #1.
 

REVIEWS

Silver Surfer #1.
Silver Surfer #1. Marvel Comics.

IN Reading Guides, Lists, Reviews

ESSENTIAL SILVER SURFER STORY

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: ESSENTIAL SILVER SURFER VOL. 1 (1968-1970)

Collects Silver Surfer #1-18.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In comicdom, there are few legendary names. In 1968, two of Marvel comics’ biggest names collaborated on a timeless and favorite story: Legendary writer and editor Stan Lee worked with artist John Buscema to bring the classic Silver Surfer series of the period.

As matter of fact, I gave 5.0 out of 5.0 to Essential Silver Surfer, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) for being a dreamy space (or earth-bound) soap opera about a god-like alien estranged among the mere mortals. Really, it does not get better than this Marvel Essential. Indeed, this is the comic genre at its best for all Marvel-ites to enjoy.

To recommend, the trade paperback format offers some of the biggest 528 pages that fans can enjoy. From the beginning, what separates Silver Surfer from other Marvel heroes is that he has no flaws, except that of human misunderstanding. Indeed, witness Surfer’s titanic battles against the Overlord, the Stranger, Loki, Spider-Man. And yes… the dreamy cover and the dramatic start of the Silver Surfer vs Thor rivalry..

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DIALOGUE

In many respects, Silver Surfer’s first classic story is Shakespearean melo-drama. First, our protagonist is a melancholic character who is comfortable with monologues and long speeches. At the same time, he has the flair for the dramatic and seems to experience events in a passionate way. Indeed, witness Surfer saving a young Latino woman from war only to be rewarded with a kiss. But, lo and behold, his forsaken lover Shalla-Bal witnesses the scene from a flying spacecraft.

PLOT

Volume 1 focuses on Silver Surfer after the events of the Galactus trilogy and Fantastic Four #55-60. In fact, Silver Surfer rebelled against Galactus his master in order to save the Earth from destruction. After, Galactus punished the Sentinel by removing his space-born powers. Now, the Silver Surfer is stranded on Earth which he cannot leave due to a space barrier placed by the Devourer of Worlds. During his time on Earth, the tragic hero attempts to gain humanity’s trust and understanding but with continued failures. The plot progresses quickly and takes him to Asgard, the Netherworld and into space. Really, it does not get better than a space-faring soap opera!

CHARACTERIZATION

Where Stan Lee and John Buscema succeed is in the thrill of adventure and passion. However, what is lacking is true character evolution. In some sense, despite humanity’s hatred, it takes 18 issues for the Silver Surfer to finally change his stance towards humanity. At the same time, though a hero, he initially remains a lone hero, without a regular supporting cast.

ART

Perhaps, the art is the series’ strongest point. John Buscema’s pencils are drawn to perfection and he has produced the most imposing and welcoming Silver Surfer to date. Though a bit embellished, Buscema’s pencils draw distinctive characters. Indeed, the women tend to have curvy physiques, long hair and full lips while the men have strong arms, big hands and very proportionate physiques. Really, Buscema’s classical training appears.

VERDICT

Finally, the Marvel Essentials storyline is high spectacle. Really, Stan Lee and John Buscema make a powerful combination. As matter of fact, they work seamlessly with tight plots, unrelenting action and gorgeous panels to create a work of legend.

Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Marvel stories ever told. Indeed, it belongs in every Marvel-ite’s collection.


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REFERENCES

Silver Surfer Vol 1 (1968–1970) in Marvel Database.

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Marvel Day Series: Respect Doctor Doom!

 
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MARVEL DAY SERIES

In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN SUPERVILLAINS

INTRO

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STAN LEE’S FAVORITE VILLAIN

Doctor Doom was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally, the character first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1962) #5.

Interviewed by leukemia survivor KJ Ricci, Stan Lee revealed Doctor Doom is his favorite supervillain. The legendary writer said he does not see Doom as a villain and would like to clear his name.

RESPECT DOCTOR DOOM!

DESTINED TO RULE THE WORLD

In “Doomwar”, Doctor Doom manages to steal the Vibranium from T’Challa’s Vibranium Vault. Before he can claim what his heart truly seeks, Doctor Doom must pass a test. He must prove to the god Bast that he is truly pure of heart. Uncannily, Doctor Doom does pass the test.

Doctor Doom opens his soul and shows Bast he has faith. With his sorcery, he has peered into millions of possible futures and has seen that the only future where humanity is at peace, is Doomworld. Perhaps, Doctor Doom is pure evil.

 

In 'Doomwar' (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler.
In ‘Doomwar’ (2010) #3, Doctor Doom tells Bast he has gazed into a hundred thousand futures, and the only one where humanity survives is with Doctor Doom as its ruler. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SORCERER SUPREME CONTENDER

Few beings on Marvel Earth are equally adept at science and magic. Using sorcery and tech, Doctor Doom lives in both world. A super-genius, Doctor Doom once contended for the title of Sorcerer Supreme against Doctor Strange.

In ‘Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph & Torment’, Genghis tests the most powerful sorcerers on Earth for the title of Sorcerer Supreme. In the trial, it comes down to a final showdown between Doom and Strange. Ultimately, Doctor Doom fails the trial and only for Doctor Strange to use his astral form free Genghis’ spirit from his crystal and to be declared Sorcerer Supreme.

In "Doctor Strange And Doctor Doom: Triumph And Torment", Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom contend for the title of Sorcerer Supreme.
In “Doctor Strange And Doctor Doom: Triumph And Torment”, Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom contend for the title of Sorcerer Supreme. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

SUPREME BEING OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom stole Galactus’ and Taa II’s power in order to battle Beyonder. In the Beyonder’s Realm, it was a hopeless battle. Finally, Doctor Doom was defeated.

Miraculously, in a contest of willlpower, Doom resisted the Beyonder’s dissection, overpowered him, and stole his power. For a short while, Doctor Doom became the Supreme Being of the Marvel Universe.

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In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #10, Doctor Doom becomes the Marvel Universe’s Supreme Being. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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FAVORITE DOCTOR DOOM MOMENT: DOCTOR DOOM STEALS THE POWER COSMIC

In 'Fantastic Four' (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1968) #57, Doctor Doom steals the Power Cosmic in order to challenge Galactus. Photo/Marvel Comics

In a classic story from the ’60s, Doctor Doom proves his grandiloquence by trapping Silver Surfer and stealing the Power Cosmic.

In great Jack Kirby’s style, Doctor Doom utters his grandiloquent speech to challenge the Devourer of Worlds and world domination.

Respect Doctor Doom!

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SOURCES

Marvel Graphic Novel: Emperor Doom — Starring the Mighty Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Doctor Doom in Comic Vine.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Stan Lee Says Doctor Doom Is Not A Villain in Comicbook.
Doomwar Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 57 in Marvel Database.

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Battles Of The Week: Daredevil vs The Kingpin (Hero vs Villain)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “IN THE KINGPIN’S CLUTCHES”

Kingpin has risen among the ranks of Hell Kitchen’s criminal organizations. Now, it is up to Daredevil to find information about the crime-lord, or else, Kingpin will take over crime in New York.

In one of the most sensational fights, Daredevil fights Kingpin!

IN SUPERVILLAINS

DAREDEVIL GOES UNDERCOVER TO INVESTIGATE KINGPIN.
In 'Daredevil' (1981) #171, Matt Murdock goes undercover to investigate the Kingpin.
In ‘Daredevil’ (1981) #171, Matt Murdock goes undercover to investigate the Kingpin. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants at Kingpin’s Headquarters in New York. On the left side is Daredevil, the Man Without Fear and on the right side is Kingpin.

Let’s look at the stats.

DAREDEVIL – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: PEAK HUMAN
SUPER SPEED: METAHUMAN
DURABILITY: METAHUMAN
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: EXPERT COMBATANT
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Daredevil’s Suit.
  • Lock-picking Set.
  • Billy Club.
WEAKNESSES
  • Blindness.
  • Superhuman Sense Disruption.
  • Radar Sense Disruption.
  • Water Immersion.
KINGPIN – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: PEAK HUMAN
DURABILITY: METAHUMAN
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: STREET FIGHTER
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Walking Stick.
WEAKNESSES
  • Devotion to wife.

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THE FIGHT

As Matt Murdock goes undercover to investigate Kingpin, he is met with a foe of gigantic strength! Matt has to use his radioactively enhanced physiology in order to take down Kingpin.

The battle to decide who rules the streets of New York!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Kingpin trying to find Matt in his safe. Daredevil hits Kingpin with his Billy Club, causing Fisk to drop his flashlight.

DAREDEVIL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.




On the following page, Daredevil deals Kingpin one kick to the face and two kicks to the back.

DAREDEVIL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK(x3): 3 DAMAGE PTS.


Daredevil then hits Kingpin with three Billy Club hits to the head. However, Daredevil is tired by the fight. So, Kingpin knocks him out with a punch.

DAREDEVIL CONCUSSION ATTACK (x3): 9 DAMAGE PTS – 3 DAMAGE PTS KINGPIN DURABILITY = 6 DAMAGE PTS
KINGPIN CONCUSSION ATTACK = 3 DAMAGE PT.

At the end of the battle, Daredevil is knocked out.

TOTAL


DAREDEVIL’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Metahuman Strength = 1 ton.
Daily Energy Expenditure Of An Elephant = Durability = 236171737.6 J/day.

-(3 DAMAGE PTS * 9810 N * 1 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.00000700714 DAMAGE PTS * Ton of TNT.

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DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

WOLVERINE’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-10 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Strength = 750 kg.
Daily Energy Elephant = Durability = 236171737.6 J/day.
Calories Burned In Martial Arts/Hour = 3686536 J.

-(10 DAMAGE PTS * ((7357.5 N * 1 m) + 3686536 J)) * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.0008847538 DAMAGE PTS * Ton of TNT.

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DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

OUTCOME: KINGPIN WINS BY KNOCKOUT

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DAREDEVIL IN COMICS

‘Daredevil’ (1964) #1, titled “The Origin of Daredevil,” marks the first solo appearance of Daredevil in Marvel continuity. The comic tells the origin story of Daredevil told in flashbacks and his attempt to take down the Fixer.

The issue was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett.

'Daredevil' (1964) #1, marks the first appearance of Daredevil in Marvel continuity.
‘Daredevil’ (1964) #1, titled “The Origin of Daredevil,” marks the first appearance of Daredevil in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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SOURCES

Daredevil Vol 1 171 in Marvel Database.
Matthew Murdock (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Wilson Fisk (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Daredevil Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
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Battles Of The Week: Thor vs Exitar The Celestial (Hero vs Villain)

In Thor (1988) #388, Thor performs the godblast.
 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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OUR REVIEW RATING SCORE:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, Brett Breeding.

SYNOPSIS FOR “ALONE AGAINST THE CELESTIALS!”

In an attempt to protect Pangoria, Thor has to battle the awesome power of the Celestial Exitar the Executioner. Thor manages to crack the Celestial’s armor. In the fearsome battle, Thor is tested to the limits of his power!

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

THE MIGHTY THOR FACES THE AWESOME POWER OF EXITAR THE CELESTIAL!
In ‘Thor’ (1988) #388, Thor faces the awesome power of Exitar the Celestial in order to save Pangoria. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants in Pangolia. On the left side is the mighty Thor, the Prince of Asgard and on the right side is Exitar the Executioner, the awesome Celestial.

Let’s look at the stats.

THOR – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Planetary 50%
Super Speed: Stellar 67%
Durability: Stellar 58%
Energy Projection: Universal 83%
Fighting Skills: Cosmic 92%
Intelligence: Leader 33%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Mjolnir.
  • Megingjord.
  • The Odinship.
WEAKNESSES
  • Warrior’s Madness.
EXITAR – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Universal 83%
Super Speed: Universal 83%
Durability: Universal 83%
Energy Projection: Nigh Omnipotence 100%
Fighting Skills: Extra-Dimensional 100%
Intelligence: Nigh Omniscience 100%
WEAKNESSES
  • Thor’s Jarnbjorn.

THOR PLACES IN THE TOP 10 OF THE BATTLE RANKER COMPETITION

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THE FIGHT

Thor has to protect the planet Pangoria from being destroyed by Exitar the Executioner.

The battle to decide who is the cosmic god!

OUTCOME: DRAW

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THOR IN COMICS

‘Journey Into Mystery’ (1962) #83, marks the first appearance of Thor in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Thor and his alter ego, Dr. Donald Blake.

The comic was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

CHECK OUT THOR’S SPECTACULAR FIRST APPEARANCE IN MARVEL CONTINUITY!
‘Journey Into Mystery’ (1962) #83, marks the first appearance of Thor in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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SOURCES

Thor Vol 1 388 in Marvel Database.
Thor Odinson (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Journey into Mystery Vol 1 83 in Marvel Database.