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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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Marvel Day: In The “Avengers: Emperor Doom” Graphic Novel, Doctor Doom Turns Conventional Morality On Its Head, Takes Over The World And Surprisingly Brings Peace

 

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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.

PEACE ON EARTH

DOCTOR DOOM HAS AN UNCONVENTIONAL PLAN TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD

In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, turns conventional morality on its head and takes over the world. Doctor Doom has long dreamed to rule the world and has used the political and the technological means at his disposal in order to bring about this end. The Prologue begins with Doctor Doom kidnapping the Purple Man for a nefarious purpose.

We are then introduced to Namor walking the streets of Manhattan. The winged Atlantean comments on humanity’s pettiness and its conflicts with Atlantis and the sea world. He is noticed by a police officer who calls reinforcements. Finally, Namor arrives at the location of his rendez-vous, a restaurant.

In "Avengers: Emperor Doom" (1987), Namor walks towards his rendez-vous with Doctor Doom in Manhattan.
In “Avengers: Emperor Doom” (1987), Namor walks towards his rendez-vous with Doctor Doom in Manhattan. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Namor enters the restaurant. He is asked by one of the attendants whether he has a reservation but he says “No.”1 At that moment, Namor’s coat is destroyed by a power blast. Angered, Namor asks who attacks him and finds Doom motioning at a table to welcome him. Namor sits at the table and vociferates to hear about Doom’s proposition to free Atlantis from “the tyranny of surface-dwellers forever!”1 Doctor Doom draws Namor’s attention to the fact no one has paid attention to them nor Doom’s power blast. He unveils a technological marvel called a psycho-prism.

It was created from a strand of the Purple Man’s hair and Doom is using it to control the will of the people at the restaurant. He informs Namor that he plans to use a giant psycho-prism under construction to subjugate the will of the entire Earth! When he rules the world, he plans to establish Namor as ruler of the sea. Namor is among the strong-willed and three other mechanicals that can resist the effects of the psycho-prism. Before they part, Namor is tasked with implanting adhesive refractory discs to make those individuals susceptible to the Prism’s influence.

In "Avengers: Emperor Doom" (1987), Doctor Doom shows Namor his psycho-prism.
In “Avengers: Emperor Doom” (1987), Doctor Doom shows Namor his psycho-prism. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

CAN DOOM MAKE IT WORK? DOCTOR DOOM CONQUERS THE AVENGERS AND THE WORLD, BECOMING EMPEROR

Doctor Doom constructs his giant psycho-prism with Purple Man inside. Namor goes on his missions, and implants the discs on Vision, Machine Man and Ultron. During his visit at Avengers Mansion, Vision is able to send a recording of Namor’s visit to the West Coast Avengers. They realize Doom’s plan and realize the East Coast Avengers are compromised. Mockingbird is able to trace the attack to Doom Island in the Caribbean. Quickly, they board the Avengers Quinjet and depart for their destination.

The West Coast Avengers arrive on Doom Island and soon, skirmishes begin. They are attacked by turrets then hundreds of robots. The battle is fierce. Suddenly, forming two separate lines on each side, the robots pave the way for the Avengers to enter the base. Surprised, they go in and find Doom! His construction is complete and he is about to launch the psycho-prism. Unfortunately, Hawkeye does not draw his arrow on time. The psycho-prism is launched. Doctor Doom has finally conquered the Avengers who depart without resistance.

In "Emperor Doom" (1987), Doctor Doom conquers the Avengers.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom conquers the Avengers.. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

DOCTOR DOOM CONQUERS, RULES AND BRINGS PEACE TO THE WORLD

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.

WONDER MAN WAKES UP FROM HIS FLOATATION MEDIUM, ALONE AND OPPOSES EMPEROR DOOM’S REIGN

A month later, Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device. He speaks to Tony and finds out the latter is re-designing the Stark space shuttle as Emperor Doom’s private transport. Heading to another compound, Wonder Man finds Captain America and Wasp directing re-designs. Heading to Tigra’s quarters, he finds a warm welcome. As Tigra heads out, he sees a parade in New York on the television monitor for Doctor Doom. Wonder Man frantically warns Wasp and Captain America that Doctor Doom has taken over New York City. The Avengers have to stop him!

Captain America phones the White House on the hotline. Speaking to Emperor Doom, he is ordered to take down the enemy. Wonder Man fights the Avengers and realizes he has become an outlaw. Taking Hawkeye‘s sky-cycle, he escapes the Avengers base. However, Wasp damages the sky-cycle and Wonder Man ends up tumbling down the streets. People watching the news, recognize the outlaw and take him down. However, Wonder Man escapes in the underground system. Finding a make-up van, Wonder Man adopts a disguise. Weeks later, after an encounter with a blind woman in the woods, he decides to oppose Emperor Doom and his subversion of conventional morality.

In "Emperor Doom" (1987), Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device and finds the world is ruled by Emperor Doom.
In “Emperor Doom” (1987), Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device and finds the world is ruled by Emperor Doom. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SHOWDOWN: WONDER MAN VS CAPTAIN AMERICA

Wonder Man has uncovered the truth about Emperor Doom’s subjugation of the Avengers. He decides to oppose Emperor Doom. But he needs help.

He visits the one man who might have a will strong enough to overcome the power of the psycho-prism. Wonder Man must fight Captain America in order to free him and the Avengers!

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Is It Conventional Morality To Take Over The World In Order To Bring Peace?

The graphic novel questions conventional morality. In the end, the Avengers come out on top. But this is due to Doctor Doom’s hubris. As the Avengers and a freed Namor prepare to free Purple Man, Doctor Doom has the finger on the button to trigger nerve gas canisters. However, conflicted over the blandness of world management as opposed to his thirst for conquest and glory, Doctor Doom relents. Ultimately, Doctor Doom was more excited at the battle lust for conquest over the daily meetings of managing the world.

At the same time, his plan succeeded and he was an efficient ruler as he brought peace and ended poverty on Earth. As the graphic novel ends, the Avengers are uneasy about ending Emperor Doom’s reign over the Earth because of its benefits. It is certain that Emperor Doom’s reign brought some good, but with questionable means that turned conventional morality on its head. We can say it is not right, to do evil that some good may come out of it. But, is this the price of freedom?

In "Emperor Doom" (1987), the Earth is freed from the influence of the psycho-prism.
In “Emperor Doom” (1987), the Earth is freed from the influence of the psycho-prism. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FOOTNOTES

Marvel Graphic Novel: Emperor Doom — Starring the Mighty Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
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Power Level Explained: Wonder Man Topples Goliath

 

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In ‘Wonder Man’ (1991) #1, Wonder Man performs a super strength feat. In a fight in Los Angeles with Goliath, Wonder Man lifts and topples Goliath. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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Feat: Wonder Man, ‘Wonder Man’ #1

 

WONDER MAN (SIMON WILLIAMS)
EARTH-616

In ‘Wonder Man’ (1991) #1, titled “Making It Big,’ Wonder Man performs a super strength feat. In a fight in Los Angeles with Goliath over Wonder Man’s joining of the West Coast Avengers, Wonder Man lifts and topples Goliath.

How much super strength does it take to topple 60-foot Goliath?

In 'Wonder Man' (1991) #1, Wonder Man performs a super strength feat. In a fight in Los Angeles with Goliath, Wonder Man lifts and topples Goliath.
In ‘Wonder Man’ (1991) #1, Wonder Man performs a super strength feat. In a fight in Los Angeles with Goliath, Wonder Man lifts and topples Goliath. Photo/Marvel Comics

WONDER MAN LIFTED 99.790 TONS WITH 978943.052934 NEWTONS OF FORCE TOPPLING THE 60-FOOT GOLIATH .

WONDER MAN GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF 150757230.152 JOULES OF WORK OR 0.03589 TONS OF TNT ENOUGH TO SHATTER A ROOM, 150.75 TIMES THE ENERGY TO POWER 100 HOMES.

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LINKS

Wonder Man Vol 2 1 in Marvel Database.
Erik Josten in WeirdSpace.