Cover Date: November 1964
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Sol Brodsky
“The Black Knight”
Plotters: Stan Lee, Don Heck
Scripter: Stan Lee
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: Chic Stone
Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Scripter: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Chic Stone
What’s Going On?
In “The Black Knight,” the Black Knight wants to defeat the Avengers, and decides to pick on Iron Man first.
In “Captain America,” Captain America defends Avengers Mansion from some random thugs.
In “The Black Knight”:
- The Black Knight has broken out of prison, and wants revenge on the Avengers!
- The Black Knight decides to attack a Stark Industries factory, because he doesn’t know where the Avengers are. He does, however, know that Iron Man is Tony Stark’s bodyguard, and an attack on the factory should get Iron Man’s attention.
- As (bad) luck would have it, Tony’s chestplate chooses this moment to malfunction.
- After a quick recharge, Iron Man is ready for battle…but not at full strength.
- Even when he’s not at 100%, Iron Man is able to knock the Black Knight from his mount and end the fight.
- After the fight, Tony realizes that his heart needs more than his chest plate to keep beating. He needs to wear his Iron Man armor…at all times!
- He makes a decision. He will tell Pepper and Happy that Tony Stark has left town indefinitely. Pepper and Happy don’t believe him, but how can they prove he’s lying?
In “Captain America”:
- Thinking that defeating Captain America would somehow be the first step to defeating the Avengers, some hooligans break into Avengers Mansion and open fire.
- The bad guys manage to graze Cap’s skull with a bullet, and then tie him up.
- The baddies find the Avengers’ safe and start cracking it. Before they can get far, though, Cap breaks free.
- Freed from his bonds, Captain America handles the villains with ease.
- In the end, Cap defeats the bad guys and calls it a night.
Is It Good?
The Iron Man story was pretty bad. The Black Knight is an obnoxious villain with an arsenal of random weapons that changes, depending on the story. I really don’t like the worsening of Tony’s condition; these stories are already hamstrung by the recurring need to charge Tony’s chest plate, so making that a larger plot point is not exciting. I definitely dislike setting Pepper and Happy at odds with Iron Man, too.
The Captain America story was fine. It’s pretty generic, but it’s got nice art from Jack Kirby and Chic Stone.
- New corner cover box alert!
- The Black Knight last appeared in Avengers #6. He now has a “dissolvo ray” in his arsenal, to go along with his itching ray and paralysis ray guns. And his lance, of course, which has an acetylene torch and can fire bullets. Oh, and I guess he now has rockets and steel coils.
- Iron Man had to charge his armor (again).
- Last month, in Avengers #9, there was a reference to Pepper and Happy not trusting Iron Man and wondering where Tony was. Now we know what that was all about; it’s weird that these were published out of sequence, though.
- This is Captain America’s first leading feature in the Silver Age.
- Tony Stark has officially donated his East-Side mansion to the Avengers.
- This is the first appearance of Edwin Jarvis, Tony Stark’s (and the Avengers’) butler. His first name is not given here.
- When does the Marvel universe start to see Captain America as someone with super-anything?
- Cap is still using magnets to guide his thrown shield back to him.
- Check out this knock-off Iron Man wannabe:
Comics Are Goofy:
- This sure seems like a useful tool that the Black Knight should have used before now.
- I want more stories where Giant-Man and the Wasp are hanging out in Thor’s luxurious mane.
- “One Avenger must be near at hand, in case of emergencies. Anyway, I’m going to drive to my Long Island factory, which certainly isn’t that close to Avengers headquarters!”
- When the lights go out, it doesn’t mean that the power is out. It apparently means that the next room over will have lights and electricity.
- How high up were they when the Black Knight started to fall? This is a surprisingly long conversation!
- The bad guys have a “karate team”?
Well, That Aged Poorly:
- “The trouble with girls is —- they all act like females!” – Captain America
- It’s weird that Marvel is poking fun at their own comic, Millie the Model, right?