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Avengers #15: Review

Apr 1965
Stan Lee, Don Heck

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Now, By My Hand, Shall Die a Villain!

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3 stars

Avengers #15 Review by (February 11, 2012)
When in civilian clothes, Cap carries his shield in an artist's portfolio case. Much later it will be revealed that Steve Rogers had artistic tendencies in his youth, and he will become an artist in CA#237. Could he actually have been dabbling in art back here? Giant-Man wears the new costume he donned in Tales to Astonish #65. Zemo combines 2 sets of Masters of Evil here. Black Knight and Melter are from his 1st army in #6. Melter has presumably been in jail since then, but Black Knight had an outing in the Iron Man story in Tales of Suspense #59. The other Master, Radioactive Man, has gone his own way. After #6 Zemo teamed up with Enchantress and Executioner for #7,9,10. Zemo was too good a character to be left dead. His pilot in this issue will reappear impersonating him in the Captain America story starting in ToS#98. And Zemo's son will eventually take his place in CA#275.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #15 Synopsis by Kevin Hollander
Synopsis by Mark Toy

Baron Zemo
enlists the aid of The Executioner and Enchantress, who in turn break The Melter and Black Knight out of jail, to bring some hurt to the Avengers by kidnapping their teen assistant Rick Jones. While most of the Avengers battle the villains in New York, Captain America pursues Baron Zemo to his jungle lair, which results in a very deadly confrontation.

Synopsis by Kevin Hollander

Deep within the Amazon jungle, Baron Zemo decides that after months of inactivity, the time is right for revenge against the Avengers. He sends his henchmen to New York on a secret mission and contacts the Enchantress and the Executioner, telling them to prepare for his latest strike. They abduct Rick Jones and bring him aboard their custom jet despite the Avengers' efforts to stop them.
Iron Man secures the use of Tony Stark's XL-750 plane to follow the jet. Following Zemo's orders, the Enchantress, Executioner, and Melter attack the Avengers, separating Captain America from his teammates. While the other Avengers battle their assailants, Cap continues on their course to save Rick Jones.
Cap arrives at Zemo's Fortress in the Amazon and is immediately attacked. When Cap returns fire, he realizes that Rick has been placed in a clear dome in the line of fire. Cap ejects from the ship and parachutes down to free Rick, which is exactly what Zemo wanted.
As Zemo orders his henchmen to attack, Cap causes a rockslide, separating Zemo from his men. As Zemo aims his disintegration ray, Cap reflects the sunlight off his shield, blinding him. In desperation, Zemo fires blindly causing another rock slide that crushes him.

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Don Heck
Mickey Demeo
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Knight
Black Knight

(Dane Whitman)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)


(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Giant-Man (Scott Lang), Melter (Bruno Horgan).

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