An Overview by Sean McQuaid
Avengers Annual # 1 (1967)
"The Monstrous Master Plan of the Mandarin!"
By Roy Thomas, Don Heck, George Bell and Artie Simek.
The Mandarin recruits other super-villains in his latest attempt to conquer the world, but the Avengers defeat them all and the Mandarin seemingly dies in the final battle.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Iron Man, Goliath, Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Hercules; Swordsman (as adversary).
Other Characters: Mandarin, Living Laser, Power Man, Executioner, Enchantress, Edwin Jarvis, Nick Fury, Ultimo.
This issue includes pin-ups of Hercules; Avengers Mansion (cutaway diagram view); Black Widow, Wasp and Scarlet Witch; and an illustration featuring the original Avengers (Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp and Hulk) and the current Avengers (Goliath, Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch).
Note: This issue marks the first time that Thor and Iron Man worked with the newer members of the Avengers.
Avengers Annual # 2 (September, 1968)
"...And Time the Rushing River..."
By Roy Thomas, Don Heck, Werner Roth and Vince Colletta.
The Avengers are stranded in an alternate timeline where the time-traveling Scarlet Centurion manipulated the original Avengers into remaining together and eliminating all the other superhumans on Earth, supposedly in pursuit of world peace but actually to further the Centurionís own plans of conquest. The current Avengers defeat the "original" Avengers and the Scarlet Centurion, restoring the timeline to normal so that the Scarlet Centurionís conquest never happened.
Avengers Assembled: Goliath, Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Panther.
Other Characters: Scarlet Centurion, Uatu the Watcher and alternate timeline versions of Thor, Iron Man, Giant-Man, Wasp, Hulk, Thing, Human Torch II, Mister Fantastic, Invisible Girl, Spider-Man, Angel, Iceman, Beast, Cyclops, Marvel Girl (behind scenes), Sub-Mariner, Doctor Strange, Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Daredevil, Melter, Baron Zemo, Black Knight II, Radioactive Man, Red Ghost, Mister Hyde, Mole Man, Executioner, Unicorn, Beetle, Scarlet Witch, Magneto, Red Skull, Sandman, Quicksilver, Enchantress, Doctor Doom, Electro, Mandarin and Doctor Octopus.
This issue includes a two-page John Buscema pin-up of all the Avengers members to date except the Swordsman. This issue also includes a short story, "Avenjerks Assemble!", which parodies the creation of this annual by Roy Thomas, Don Heck, Werner Roth, John Buscema and Stan Lee.
Avengers Annual # 3 (September, 1969)
This issue reprints Captain America stories from Avengers (v1) # 4 and Tales of Suspense # 66-68. The only new material is the cover by John Buscema and Sal Buscema.
Avengers Annual # 4 (January, 1971)
This issue reprints Avengers (v1) # 5-6, featuring the Avengersí first battles with the Lava Men and the Masters of Evil. The only new material is the cover by Sal Buscema.
Avengers Annual # 5 (January, 1972)
This issue reprints Avengers (v1) # 8 and 11, featuring the Avengersí first encounters with Kang and Spider-Man. The cover is an altered reproduction of the Jack Kirby-Chic Stone cover to Avengers (v1) # 11.
Avengers Annual # 6 (1976)
"No Final Victory!"
By Gerry Conway, George Perez, Esposito, Tartag and Vohland.
The Avengers defeat the Living Laser and his pawn, Nuklo, with the aid of Wonder Man, who finally returns to full consciousness after years in a death-like coma; and the Whizzer, who returns to super-heroic activity and the Avengers in time to save the team by subduing his son, Nuklo, at the risk of both their lives.
Avengers Assembled: Iron Man, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Vision (II), Whizzer (unofficial), Beast, Wonder Man (unofficial)
Other Characters: Living Laser, Nuklo, Edwin Jarvis.
By Scott Edelman and Herb Trimpe.
The Whirlwind escapes prison only to be swiftly subdued by the Vision.
Avengers Assembled: Vision (II).
Other Characters: Whirlwind.
Avengers Annual # 7 (1977)
"The Final Threat"
By Jim Starlin and Joe Rubinstein.
Adam Warlock leads the Avengers in thwarting the mad Thanosís plan to extinguish all the stars in the universe as a gift to the personification of Death, but not before Thanos kills Adam Warlock, Gamora and Pip the Troll. This story continues in Marvel Two-In-One Annual # 2.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Vision II, Beast, Moondragon and Captain Marvel (unofficial).
Other Characters: Adam Warlock, Gamora, Pip the Troll, Thanos.
Avengers Annual # 8 (1978)
"Spectrums of Deceit!"
By Roger Slifer, George Perez, Pablo Marcos and Ric Villamonte.
The Wasp is possessed by the sentient power prism of Doctor Spectrum, which tries to take on Thor as its new host body but is destroyed through the efforts of Thor and the other Avengers.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Iron Man, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision (II), Black Panther, Beast, Ms. Marvel (provisional), Wonder Man (provisional).
Other Characters: Doctor Spectrum II, Doctor Strange, Wong, Clea, Hyperion II, Thundra, Whizzer III, Billy Roberts, Edwin Jarvis.
Avengers Annual # 9 (1979)
"Today the Avengers Die!"
By Bill Mantlo, Don Newton, Jack Abel and Joe Rubinstein.
The Avengers battle and destroy Arsenal, a doomsday robot designed by Iron Manís father, Howard Stark; and Mistress, Arsenalís controller, a computer intelligence based upon the consciousness of Iron Manís mother, Maria Stark.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Iron Man, Yellowjacket, Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Vision (II), Beast, Wonder Man (provisional).
Other Characters: Henry Peter Gyrich, Arsenal, Mistress, Edwin Jarvis.
Avengers Annual # 10 (1981)
By Chris Claremont, Michael Golden and Armando Gil.
The Avengers defeat Mystiqueís Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, capturing most of them, and learn that Brotherhood member Rogue permanently stripped Carol Danvers (formerly the Avengers member Ms. Marvel) of her super-powers. While investigating this matter, the Avengers discover that Ms. Marvelís "lover" Marcus abducted her away from the team using mind control rather than wooing her, and that Ms. Marvel blamed the Avengers for failing to protect her from Marcus, bitterly estranging her from the group.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Vision II, Beast, Jocasta (provisional), Carol Danvers (as estranged former member), Wonder Man.
Other Characters: Spider-Woman, Maddy Pryor, Lt. Sabrina Morrel, Kitty Pryde, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Edwin Jarvis, Mrs. Arbogast, Mystique, Destiny, Blob, Pyro, Avalanche.
Avengers Annual # 11 (1982)
"In Honorís Name"
By JM DeMatteis, Al Milgrom, Jack Abel and additional inkers.
The alien subversive Nebulon seeks asylum with the Avengers while his estranged wife, Supernalia, enlists the Defenders in an effort to bring Nebulon to justice. The Avengers and Defenders battle each other but, in the end, the two aliens commit ritual suicide in keeping with the traditions of their race to atone for their misdeeds.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Iron Man, Wasp, Captain America, Beast (as Defenders member).
Other Characters: Nebulon, Supernalia, Wong, Silver Surfer, Valkyrie, Gargoyle II.
Cameos in flashback: Doctor Strange, Sub-Mariner, Hulk, Valkyrie, Nighthawk II, Power Man II, Red Guardian III, Jack Norriss, Son of Satan.
The Avengers Charter and By-Laws are printed in this issue.
Avengers Annual # 12 (1983)
By Bill Mantlo, Butch Guice and Rick Magyar.
Earthís governments learn of the existence of Attilan, the Inhumansí city on the moon, and the Avengers are sent to establish diplomatic relations. Renegade Inhuman Maximus the Mad conspires with the human scientists of the Enclave to disrupt the meeting by launching a lunar attack on Earth, but the Avengers and the Inhumans expose and defeat the villains.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Wasp, Captain America, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision II, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel II, Starfox, Mister Fantastic (as non-member ally), Invisible Woman (as non-member ally), Thing (as non-member ally), Crystal (as non-member ally).
Other Characters: Human Torch II, Karnak, Gorgon, Medusa, Triton, Lockjaw, Black Bolt, Maximus, Enclave (Maris Morlak, Wladyslav Shinski and Carlo Zota).
Avengers Annual # 13 (1984)
"In Memory Yet Green!"
By Roger Stern, Steve Ditko and John Byrne.
When the Hulk disappears, the authorities take custody of the laboratory of his human alter ego, Bruce Banner, to analyze and manage his scientific discoveries. The Avengers supervise this procedure, thwarting attempts by the Fixer and Arnim Zola to steal Bannerís technology.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Hank Pym (as retired former member and ally), Wasp, Captain America, Vision (as non-participant), Beast, Captain Marvel II, Mister Fantastic (non-member ally), She-Hulk (as Fantastic Four member).
Other Characters: Fixer II, Raymond Sikorsky, Arnim Zola.
Avengers Annual 14 (1985)
By Roger Stern, John Byrne and Kyle Baker.
While tracking the space pirate Nebula, the Avengers become embroiled in an internal conflict within the alien Skrull empire, a conflict that results in the Skrull race being stripped of their shape-shifting powers.
Avengers Assembled: Wasp, Captain America, Hercules, Black Knight III, Captain Marvel II, Starfox, Mister Fantastic (as non-member ally), Invisible Woman (as non-member ally), She-Hulk (as Fantastic Four member).
Other Characters: Raksor, Prince Dezan, General Zedrao, Firelord, Floyd Donahue, Zabyk, Human Torch II, Myrn.
Avengers Annual # 15 (1986)
By Danny Fingeroth, Steve Ditko and Klaus Janson.
Freedom Force captures the Avengers on behalf of the US government after an anonymous member of the Avengers frames the group for treason. The Avengers are held in the governmentís new prison for superhumans, the Vault, until guilt-stricken Freedom Force member Spider-Woman helps them escape, becoming a fugitive from the law herself. Once free, the Avengers vow to clear their name and track down the member of their group who betrayed them.
Avengers Assembled: Iron Man, Hank Pym (as retired member/WCA employee), Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hercules, Black Knight III, Wonder Man, Tigra, Captain Marvel II, Mockingbird, Spider-Woman II (as non-member ally).
Other Characters: Blob, Mystique, Pyro, Avalanche, Spiral, Destiny, Spider-Woman II, Val Cooper, HP Gyrich, Raymond Sikorsky, Edwin Jarvis, Guardsmen.
Note: This story concludes in West Coast Avengers Annual # 1.
Avengers Annual # 16 (1987)
"The Day Death Died!"
By Tom DeFalco, Bob Hall and Tom Palmer.
The Grandmaster usurps the power of Death and challenges the Avengers to battle his Legion of the Unliving for the life of the universe, a battle that only Captain America and Hawkeye survive; but Hawkeye tempts the Grandmaster into a rigged game of chance, distracting the villain long enough for Death to free herself and expel the Grandmaster from her realm, restoring the Avengers to life as a reward for their efforts. The Grandmaster is secretly satisfied with this outcome, though, since Death has barred Grandmaster and his fellow Elders of the Universe from her realm lest they threaten her again; as such, the Grandmaster and his fellows are at last truly immortal.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Iron Man, Doctor Pym, Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Knight III, Wonder Man, Tigra, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel II, Mockingbird, Doctor Druid, Moon Knight (provisional member).
Other Characters: Silver Surfer, Grandmaster, Death, Legion of the Unliving II (Swordsman, Nighthawk II, Executioner, Terrax, Hyperion II, Green Goblin, Michael Korvac, Death Adder, Dracula, Bucky, Black Knight, Captain Marvel, Baron Blood, Drax the Destroyer, Red Guardian II).
Note: This annual concludes a story begun in West Coast Avengers Annual # 2.
Avengers Annual # 17 (1988)
The High Evolutionary reconstructs and revives the robotic Avengers member Jocasta in hopes of probing her for information on the Avengers, but Jocasta summons the Avengers to help her thwart the Evolutionaryís plot to detonate a genetic bomb that would mutate all life on Earth. Hercules and the High Evolutionary seemingly destroy each other in battle, and Jocasta destroys the Evolutionaryís bomb in an explosion that consumes her as well, though the other Avengers escape.
Avengers Assembled: Hulk II, Captain, Hercules, Beast, Jocasta, Falcon II, Yellowjacket II (honorary).
Other Characters: High Evolutionary, Kro, Attuma.
Note: This story is the concluding chapter of "The Evolutionary War", a crossover storyline running though all of Marvelís 1988 annuals. This issue also features "Beyond Life" (by Mark Gruenwald, Ron Lim and Tony DeZuniga), the eleventh and final chapter of a history of the High Evolutionary printed in Marvelís 1988 annuals.
Avengers Annual # 18 (1989)
Atlantis Attacks Chapter 8: "Avengers Assembled"
By Michael Higgins, Ron Wilson and Mike Gustovich.
The Atlantean warlord Attumaís armies mount a massive attack on the surface world, but they are defeated and driven off by the Avengers.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Iron Man, Doctor Pym, Wasp, Hulk II, Rick Jones (honorary), Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Vision II, Black Widow II, Moondragon, Wonder Man, Tigra, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel II, Mockingbird, Thing, Sub-Mariner (operating solo), Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Quasar III, Human Torch, Sersi
Other Characters: Ghaur, Llyra, Attuma, Tyrak, U-Man, Lord Arno, Krang, Orka.
Note: This story was the eighth chapter of "Atlantis Attacks", a crossover storyline running through Marvelís 1989 annuals. Tigraís presence in this story was later dismissed as a continuity error since she was supposed to be inactive at this time.
"The Initiation of Quasar"
By Mark Gruenwald, Mark Bagley and Christopher Ivy.
After helping the Avengers defeat Supernova, Quasar is invited to join the team and does so after performing his initiation tests under the supervision of Captain America.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Doctor Pym, Captain America, Hawkeye, Wonder Man, Tigra, Thing (as member of Fantastic Four), Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Gilgamesh, Quasar III. Falcon II and Swordsman appear in portraits on the walls of Avengers Mansion.
Other Characters: Firelord, Human Torch II.
Note: This story takes place between Avengers # 303 and 304.
By Fabian Nicieza, Paul Ryan, Kevin Maguire, Christopher Ivy, Kieron Dwyer, Lee Weeks, Mark D. Bright and Donald C. Hudson.
Captain America compiles profiles of his fellow Avengers detailing their service records, abilities and personalities.
Avengers Assembled: Captain America. Thor, Iron Man, Doctor Pym, Wasp, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Vision II, Black Knight III, Moondragon, Falcon II, Wonder Man, Tigra and She-Hulk appear in computer profiles compiled by Captain America.
Other Characters: Peggy Carter, Michael OíBrien.
This issue also contains "Manifest Destiny" (by Peter Sanderson, Mark Bagley and Keith Williams), Chapter 8 of a history of the Serpent Crown running in Marvelís 1989 annuals.
Avengers Annual # 19 (1990)
"Beat Me in Saint Louis!"
By Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe and Jeff Albrecht.
The Avengers destroy the rampaging alien giant Terminus before he can carry out his mission to destroy the Earth.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Iron Man, Doctor Pym, Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hercules, Vision II, Wonder Man, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel II, Starfox, Mockingbird, USAgent, Quasar III, Human Torch, Sersi, Machine Man (as non-member ally) and Great Lakes Avengers members Mister Immortal, Flatman, Big Bertha, Dinah Soar and Doorman.
Other Characters: Terminus.
Note: This story was the concluding chapter of "The Terminus Factor" storyline running through several 1990 Marvel annuals.
By Dwayne McDuffie, Jim Reddington and Andy Mushynsky.
Commentary by Andy Rooney on the state of super-heroes.
"Acts of Vengeance Epilog"
By Mark Gruenwald, Vince Melcarek and Bob Downs.
In the aftermath of the "Acts of Vengeance" crisis, Thor, Captain America and the Vision try to piece together what happened, how and why. This story consists principally of flashbacks to the events of the "Acts of Vengeance" crossover storyline, though some of the events shown were not depicted prior to this story.
Avengers Assembled: Thor, Captain America, Vision II. Appearing in flashback and/or on videotape: Hawkeye, Iron Man, Quasar III, Stingray, Thor, Captain America, Moondragon, Hellcat, Black Widow II, Falcon II, Firebird, Sub-Mariner, Captain Marvel II, Scarlet Witch, Wonder Man, Human Torch, Spider-Man, She-Hulk, Wasp, Doctor Pym, Hercules, Vision II, Mockingbird.
Other Characters: Edwin Jarvis. Appearing in flashback and/or on videotape: Wizard, Loki, Titania II, Mister Hyde, Klaw, Wrecker, Venom, Electro, Scarecrow, Whirlwind, Orka, Kingpin, Doctor Doom, Magneto, Mandarin, Red Skull, Sleeper, Adaptoid, Tess-One, Kree Sentry, Awesome Android, Michael OíBrien, Fabian Stankowicz, Avengers Crew, Controller, Juggernaut, Absorbing Man, Boomerang, Ironclad, Vapor, X-Ray, Arkon, Enchantress, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Goliath III, Graviton, Ultron, Rock, Cloak & Dagger, Fenris Twins, Hydro Man, Jester II, Gargantua.
"The Day the Strangers Came"
By Kurt Busiek and Richard Howell.
The Avengers defeat a new reorganization of the racist terrorists known as the Sons of the Serpent with the reluctant aid of young Avengers fan Hubie Green, whose brother Luke leads these new Serpents.
Avengers Assembled: Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Sersi.
Other Characters: Hubie Green, Luke Green, Sons of the Serpent.
By Gary Barnum, Steve Buccelato and Mickey Ritter.
Several Avengers inspect the reconstruction work being done on their headquarters, but when several super-criminals attack the construction workers take it upon themselves to capture the villains before the Avengers see them, preventing a destructive super-battle.
Avengers Assembled: Captain America, Falcon II, She-Hulk, Quasar III, Sersi.
Other Characters: Jack Bale, Plantman, Water Wizard, Stilt Man and Wrecker.
Avengers Annual # 20 (1991)
"Of Moles and Mutates"
By Roy & Dann Thomas, Kevin West and Fred Fredericks.
When a small army of Subterranean humanoids come above ground and go on a rampage on Broadway, the Avengers drive them back underground and go underground themselves to investigate, learning that the Subterraneans were actually fleeing a hostile Deviant-Mutate army devoted to confiscating stolen Deviant technology from the Subterranean civilizations. The Avengers agree to help the Subterranean tyrants defend themselves, but are captured by Brutus in the ensuing battle.
Avengers Assembled: Captain America, Hercules, Vision II, Black Widow II, She-Hulk, Quasar III, Sersi, Rage, Sandman.
Other Characters: Lava Men, Moloids, Tyrranoids, Tyrannus, Mole Man, Grotesk, Kala, Brutus.
Note: This story is the first chapter of "Subterranean Wars", a crossover storyline running through several 1991 Marvel annuals and concluding in Avengers West Coast Annual # 6. .
"The History of Subterranea"
By Peter Sanderson, Jeff Moore and Bud Larosa.
Like the title says, this feature is a history of Subterranea, the underground realms of the Marvel Universe.
By Eric Fein and Michael Bair.
The Vision rescues a young man from a burning building.
Avengers Assembled: Vision II.
"A Wing and a Prayer"
By Michael Higgins, Ed Murr and Mike Bair.
The Absorbing Man attacks Thor but flees in terror after accidentally absorbing cancer from a bystander.
Avengers Assembled: Thor.
Other Characters: Absorbing Man, Edwin Jarvis, Odin.
This issue also features a one-page origin of and introduction to the Avengers featuring Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Hulk, Loki, Mockingbird, Hawkeye, Quasar, Thor II, Wonder Man, Captain Marvel II, Captain America, She-Hulk, Rage, Vision II, Doctor Pym and Scarlet Witch. Ron Lim drew this feature. This issue also includes a Mike Mignola pin-up of Loki and the Avengers founders (Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp and Hulk).
Avengers Annual # 21 (1992)
By Mark Gruenwald, Herb Trimpe, Charles Barnett & Brad Vancata.
The Avengers are captured by their old foe Kang in his kingdom, Chronopolis, but escape while Kang battles his rival and estranged lover, Ravonna then Terminatrix. The Avengers attack Kang and Ravonna, and Kang pushes Ravonna to safety, sustaining a fatal hit from Thorís hammer in the process. Ravonna then takes over Kangís kingdom in his stead, keeping Kang himself in suspended animation while she seeks a means of reviving him.
Avengers Assembled: Captain America, Hercules, Vision II, Black Knight III, Thing (as member of Fantastic Four), Doctor Druid, Mister Fantastic (as member of Fantastic Four), Invisible Woman (as member of Fantastic Four), Sersi, Crystal, Thor II.
Other Characters: Human Torch II, Anachronauts (Sssith, Apocryphus, Deathunt 9000, Sir Raston, Tyndar the Trojan, Raa, Wildrun the Red Wolf), Terminatrix, Kang.
Note: This story is the concluding chapter of the "Citizen Kang" storyline running through several 1992 Marvel annuals. The subsequent Avengers: The Terminatrix Objective limited series was a sequel of sorts to this storyline.
"The Anachronauts" Pin-Up
By Dan Panosian.
By Mark Gruenwald, Herb Trimpe and Charles Barnett.
"The Avengersí Top Ten Villains"
By George Caragonne, Karl Altstaetter and Dave Sharpe.
Black Knight and Captain America engage in a training program using robot facsimiles of their deadliest foes.
Avengers Assembled: Captain America, Black Knight III.
Other Characters: As robot simulations: Zodiac (androids), Arkon, Grim Reaper, Space Phantom, Collector, Masters of Evil, Immortus, Kang, Ultron, Thanos.
"Secrets of the Avengers Communicard"
By Mark Gruenwald and Eliot Brown.
This feature is a guide to the form and functions of the Avengersí communicards.
Avengers Assembled: Captain America, Black Knight III, Sersi, Crystal, Thor II.
Other Characters: Peggy Carter.
"Boysí Night Out"
By Scott Benson, Ron Lim and Dan Panosian.
Hercules and Black Knight enjoy a night on the town.
Avengers Assembled: Hercules, Black Knight III.
By Peter Sanderson, Rich Yanizeski and Fred Fredericks.
An account of Kangís history, as researched by his successor, the Terminatrix. Alternate timeline incarnations of Immortus and Ravonna observe Terminatrixís progress.
Avengers Annual # 22 (1993)
By Glenn Herdling, Mike Gustovich and Ariane Lenshoek.
An alliance of wizards seeks to steal the Black Knightís ebony blade, attacking Avengers Mansion and the Knightís own home, where the Knightís squire Sean Dolan draws the ebony blade in defense of Victoria Bentley and is transformed by the bladeís curse into the murderous Blood Wraith. The Wraith battles the Black Knight and the other Avengers before fleeing, taking the Knightís horse Valinor as his own.
Avengers Assembled: Hercules, Vision II, Black Knight III, Black Widow II, Sersi, Crystal.
Other Characters: Luna Maximoff, Mongu, Maha Yogi, Marilla, Lockjaw, Taylor Madison, Le Sabre, Chandu the Alchemist, Sean Dolan (AKA Blood Wraith), Victoria Bentley, Catherwood, Valinor.
This issue includes pin-ups of Crystal (versus the evil Vision from Avengers # 360-363) and Magdalene by Michael Deming; and the Anachronauts by Dan Panosian. This issue also includes "A Gamble With Time" (by Roy Thomas, RJM Lofficier, Al Milgrom and Mark Stegbauer), a short story featuring Terminatrix and the Anachronauts as they eliminate a time anomaly. Professor Gamble and Merlin guest-star. This issue comes polybagged with a Blood Wraith trading card.
Avengers Annual # 23 (1994)
"Strangers on an Astral Plane"
By Roy Thomas and John Buscema.
Loki conspires to destroy Hercules on behalf of Pluto, using Typhon as a pawn, but Hercules and the Avengers defeat Typhon and Lokiís scheme is thwarted.
Avengers Assembled: Giant-Man, Captain America, Hercules, Vision II, Crystal, Thunderstrike.
Other Characters: Loki, Pluto, Typhon, Harpies, Kottus the Furious, Arges, Yellow-Crested Titan, Zeus, Hera, Momos, Kratos, Bia, Persephone.
"Master of his Own Density"
By Al Milgrom.
Gliitch, an artificial intelligence accidentally created on the Internet, invades the Visionís electronic brain and takes it over, but he is expelled and ceases to exist.
Avengers Assembled: Giant-Man, Vision II.
Other Characters: Gliitch.