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Invaders, The #29: Review

Dec 1977
Don Glut, Alan Kupperberg

Story Name:

Attack of the Teutonic Knight!

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Invaders, The #29 Review by (December 31, 2018)

Review: Another German stereotype for a villain, three flashback scenes which are all basically the same story, no action until the final page. These add up to a rather bland issue; presumably there will be more excitement next time.

Comments: Part one of two parts. “The Almost-Origin of the Invaders!”--Cover. First appearance of the Teutonic Knight. Issue includes a one-page tribute to the late Marvel staffer John Verpoorten. Ernie Chan and John Romita (Sr.) are credited with alterations to the cover.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invaders, The #29 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

With Bucky and Toro staying in the US as part of the Kid Commandos, the rest of the Invaders (Captain America, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, Spitfire, Union Jack) head off on their next mission via Namor's flagship. On the way, Union Jack fills them in on the mission: to battle a bad guy called the Teutonic Knight. Cap, Subby, and Torch all react; each of them has faced this villain before....

Cap relates how he and Bucky were assigned to guard a warehouse where some government secrets were being stored. One of these was the blueprints for a “flying arsenal,” a heavily armed saucer-shaped aircraft. One night a Nazi plane landed off shore disguised as an aircraft in distress. The Teutonic Knight led a raid on the warehouse and set it aflame, escaping with the plans for the flying arsenal while Cap and Bucky were rescuing soldiers from the fire....

Human Torch explains how he and Toro were aboard a train, guarding top scientist Dr Barrow and his plans for a new type of engine when the Teutonic Knight boarded the train and seized the doctor and his plans, knowing that the heroes flaming on would threaten the rest of the passengers. The T-Knight escaped in his plane with Torch and Toro in pursuit when the villain bombed the railroad tracks, forcing the two heroes to let the baddie go so they could save the train....

Namor reveals how he had been on a tanker ship carrying the rare element Radium-X with his friend, war correspondent Betty Dean, when the ship was attacked by a submarine. Namor sank the sub only to find it was a diversion while Teutonic Knight and his men could take Betty and the ship's captain and crew hostage to steal the Radium-X. The baddies escaped by plane, releasing a gas that dried out Subby's skin forcing him to abandon the chase....

The Invaders discover that the Teutonic Knight has built the flying arsenal, installed Dr Barrows' engine, and fueled it with Radium-X and is now attacking England aboard his Fliegentod (Flying Death)....


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Alan Kupperberg
Frank Springer
Francoise Mouly
Alan Kupperberg (Cover Penciler)
Ernie Chan (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)
Spitfire
Spitfire

(Jacqueline Falsworth)
Toro
Toro

(Thomas Raymond)
Union Jack
Union Jack

(Brian Falsworth)

Plus: Betty Dean, Invaders, Teutonic Knight (Franz Gerhardt).