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277: Avengers #12 (v1)

" This Hostage Earth! "
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Avengers #12 (v1)
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Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Cover Date: January 1965
Release Date: November 1964
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 828                 Times Rated: 462
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales of Suspense #64a (v1)
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Issue Blurb
The Mole Man prepares another attack on the surface world.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Tales of Suspense #64b (v1). Captain America next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #113b (v1). Thor next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #64a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
Giant-Man last appeared in Avengers #11 (v1). Giant-Man next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Avengers #11 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Rick Jones
Rick Jones last appeared in Avengers #11 (v1). Rick Jones next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
  The Mole Man
The Mole Man last appeared in Fantastic Four #31 (v1). The Mole Man next appears in Avengers #16 (v1).
  The Red Ghost
The Red Ghost last appeared in Fantastic Four #29 (v1). The Red Ghost next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #3.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Monk in the mainstream continuity. Monk next appears in Daredevil #10 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster III)
The Avengers last appeared in Avengers #11 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
Moloids last appeared in Fantastic Four #31 (v1). Moloids next appears in Avengers #17 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Tales of Suspense #64b (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
Iron Man Armor, Model 2
Iron Man Armor, Model 2 last appeared in Tales of Suspense #64a (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 2 next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
Mjolnir last appeared in Journey into Mystery #113a (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Avengers #13 (v1).
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Issue Synopsis
Warned by his ants, Giant-Man believes something dangerous is happening beneath the earth. Since the other Avengers dismiss the alarm, believing there is no real threat, he decides to investigate by himself.

Meanwhile, it turns out Giant-Man's apprehensions were true, for the Mole Man has rebuilt his empire and constructed a machine that can speed the Earth's rotation on its axis. Giant-Man finds the Mole Man's location and is attacked by the villain and his subterranean creatures. Caught by surprise, he is shot from behind by Mole Man's stun gun and captured.

After the Mole Man has activated his machine, reports of catastrophes force the Avengers to admit their mistake. Using one of Tony Stark's devices, the Wasp sends a projection of herself to investigate. After she identifies the enemy, the Avengers decide on a method to travel to the center of the Earth and stop the mad man. However before they can act, they are attacked by a horde of Subterraneans. The Avengers manage to neutralize them, but before they can do anything, the creatures vanish.

Sent to get some transistor tubes at a warehouse, Captain America and Rick catch some thugs who are trying to steal Stark's supplies. A huge man dubbed Monk knocks Rick out, but Cap easily overpowers him and the thugs are left to the authorities. The duo comes back with the tubes and the Avengers fly to a location where their digger will be the most efficient.

Meanwhile, the Red Ghost approaches the Mole Man and explains he's the one who took the Subterraneans back to him. They both decide to join forces. The Wasp manages to free Giant-Man and the team stops the Mole Man and Red Ghost's plans. Giant-Man shrinks to ant-size and disables the terrible machine by short-circuiting its components. Thor finishes the job and completely destroys it.

Back at their headquarters, Wasp tells the Avengers that an apology to Giant-Man is in order. Meanwhile, underground, the two villains blame each other for their failure.
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  vanhornluke Says:    
  2012-04-21 21:41:53  
  Interesting note: this issue contains a letter from George R.R. Martin.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-07-17 00:35:51  
  All Marvel heroes have a huge ego, how long will this put misunderstandings between them?  

  Gym1963 Says:    
  2012-07-31 16:47:58  
  "We've got a shield... courage... and skill! No weapons are greater!" God, but Captain America can be so irritatingly arrogant and full of himself!  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-08-05 15:09:10  
  Exciting cover illustration, but boring story. It certainly was Mole Man's weakest outing yet. I have to say, though, I did NOT see the surprise team-up with Red Ghost coming!  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-10-07 09:01:54  
  Nice seeing Thor being an absolute dickhead to Ant-Man for no reason. Mole Man's always great. The Red Ghost without his apes is POINTLESS.  

  cmp_doctor Says:    
  2012-12-28 21:20:34  
  It was an odd plot line since the avengers knew that Ant-Man listened to the ants before and didn't believe him when they were in danger.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2013-02-11 22:45:03  
  Nice to see Wasp playing leader, it's still stupid but I didn't expect them to consider Jan capable enough for chairman.  

  saschavikos Says:    
  2013-02-28 20:52:18  
  Wait...so Iron Man has no idea who the Red Ghost is, but he uses a sound gun on him that works "whether his body is unsolid or not..." How does Iron Man know what the Red Ghost's Powers are? Good going stan.  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-04-10 13:23:56  
  The Red Ghost... What? Where did he come from. It felt really out of left field to me. Not horrible, but a weak issue.  

  sputnix Says:    
  2013-05-13 18:14:02  
  so if they can become 'unsold' how will sealing the tunnels lock them away from the surface world forever?  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-03 07:45:45  
  Heh heh-After all this time, the rest of the superhero world finally tells Ant Man they think his powers are stupid. "But...but... the ants told me!!!"
George Martin was quite the letter hack back in the day. this is the 4th or 5th one I've seen from him.

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2013-08-19 15:52:37  
  I like how the artist places some of the speech bubbles & characters outside of the panels. It's the first time I notice this in 60's Marvel comics. About time they brought this back. Really enjoying how Don Heck is evolving the Marvel Universe art style.  

  Garfieldicus Says:    
  2013-09-06 09:30:54  
  Well, I'm happy to admit I was wrong about Stan letting us see Wasp as chairman. It's a step in the right direction, but there's obviously still a ways to go before the writing becomes uncringeworthy.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2013-09-30 04:19:58  
  Since when did they start continually calling each other "Avenger". I swear they called each other Avenger like 5 times on a single page. It almost had a Monty Python quality to it. Avenger!  

  Antifa Says:    
  2013-10-04 21:38:30  
  good art + bad dialogue + sexism = 2 stars.

i did kinda like giant man in this one. little more personality. good to have a badass in the group since the other guys are so vanilla.

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2013-10-13 08:43:30  
  When you have pages of Tony Stark inventing things and other Avengers running errands for him (that happen to come across a robbery out of the blue) you know Stan and Jack are winging it. When the Red Ghost shows up out of nowhere you know you're in for it.

Basically a nice character issue, i.e. all the characters displayed some depth of personality, that had zero plot. I'd give it 2 stars if the cover weren't so cool! And nice to see Jan is considered man enough to be chairman for her week.

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-12-01 06:43:17  
  @spencer617 - I just assumed it was Tony Stark being smart: "Hmm... we can't touch him, but he can apparently hear us, therefore, sound gun FTW!" I mean, he's supposed to be a genius, and it wasn't THAT smart a move...  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-05-04 19:59:25  
  This story kinda sucked...but for some reason I still like the Avengers. Maybe it's just because I get to see all these powerful, colorful heroes in action together as a team.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-06-01 21:23:18  
  2 stars for the Mole Man and the Red Ghost!

Cover Me - Agree with above comments about the sweet cover!

Bunch Of Jerks - Also agree about Thor and Wasp being Asshats to Giant Man. Must be a Space Phantom!

Cheesecake - But, I do love the pinup poses that the Wasp is doing!

Moloids - I always feel sorry for those little guys. They're just Superhero punching bags!

The Bodyguard - On page 14, panel 1 Cap will always love Rick!!!

Backtrack - Couldn't the Avengers just follow the route that the Moloids came up in?

Travels - I guess we'll never know how the Red Ghost returned in the first place?

Details - @saschavikos: It was Thor who said he didn't know who the Red Ghost was, not Iron Man!

Dud - The Mole Man has some great weapons, but a fly swatter tank!!??

Convenient - Also, the Mole Man just happens to have a anti-cybernetic ray machine!

'Nuff Said - "Aw, let her relax, pal! That little gal's earned it!!"-Iron Man

  Domin8 Says:    
  2014-06-22 16:47:02  
  Does anybody else just HATE the image projector or is it just me? I mean I actually can appreciate the vague super mega nuclear atomic molecular death rays (with magnets) because they don't brag on themselves. They're there to pose a potential threat and have scary names. But I think this is the third time they've used the projector ray, and every time they do, it seems to make even less sense and it's like Stan actually believe the science was there... And how does the blind Mole man sense the wasp's projection at all, much less that she's female. Even if it were possible for light to travel through solid matter, all it could do is show up. It can't sense its environment or communicate with nearby entities. Yes I know, rant rant rant, but gah!  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-07-29 20:03:11  
  Pretty good story, although I was upset the monkeys are gone. The Mole-Man is pretty bad arsed! Can't wait to see him in other issues. Other than that, I thought the Avengers knew Ant Man could talk to ants. Pym is becoming more and more unstable every issue, or at least it seems that way to me.  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-08-10 12:36:57  
  1. I still have a soft spot for Mole Man
2. Red Ghost appearing just seems odd and out of place
3. Really not a great book but it had its moments. The ending was abrupt but it came after a nice final fight, and it was nice to see Giantman actually carry the battle. Also, the threat was a consistent Mole man ploy

  hawaii @ Domin8 (original post):    
  2014-08-10 19:41:21  
  I hate t too* :D  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-08-21 18:31:48  
  The Mole Man and Red Ghost are almost as good a team as Mr Hyde and Cobra.

Then again...

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-10-22 05:10:17  
  Wow, this one seemed more like an Annual instead of a regular issue. It's like a little bit of everything AND the kitchen sink was in this one. I actually like how the Red Ghost makes an appearance out of nowhere, because it was the last thing I expected.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2015-01-07 11:23:27  
  First Hyde and Cobra now Mole Man and Red Ghost lame villains united!  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2015-04-14 11:25:02  
  Need better villains than this.  

  rook420 Says:    
  2015-06-15 23:31:13  
  I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit, and I didn't think I would because of it being Mole-Man. True, many of the criticisms above are valid, but they're just typical silver-age cheese, at this point, and nothing was really horrendous or over the top. I like how there was so much in this one and it felt like the Avengers were developing more distinct personalities. It had more of a sense of continuity and it really had the feeling of a tale told in a now well-established world. I enjoyed the side adventure with Cap and Rick Jones. I enjoyed how the Avengers underestimated Ant-Man's sense of urgency and importance. I even enjoyed the out-of-left-field appearance of the Red Ghost and how he had now eschewed his dopey apes. I enjoyed their sense of urgency searching for Ant-Man and the attack by the subterraneans. I liked a lot of Don Heck's art. A previous commenter said it almost felt like an annual and I can agree with that. I can tell I'm in the minority with my opinion, but I thought this was a really fun issue and it felt a bit more established than the previous ones.  

  knoke5 Says:    
  2015-08-14 17:16:13  
  "Once again Mighty Marvel leads the way! (we don't where we're going, but we're out in front!)  

  mushroommunk Says:    
  2015-08-25 20:06:51  
  I don't know why but page 7 panel one reminds me of gullivers travels. This whole issue felt strangely familiar, like journey to the center of the earth meets gullivers travels or something.  

  Carlo Says:    
  2016-02-03 20:23:46  
  Mole man can speed up the earth's rotation? And people notice because the Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning too much, and not because a day is suddenly 23 hours?

Things I learned: Thor's hammer can used as a divining rod.

  Urgat @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2016-05-31 03:57:09  
  Me neither, really caught me by surprise! I love it when they do that...reminds me why I love comics !  

  Urgat @ Carlo (original post):    
  2016-05-31 03:59:28  
  as seen in X-Men #9...where the Hammer leads the way to the evil Lucifer!  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-09-05 12:41:59  
  • That's my line "I know he's dead serious, but I can't help feeling there's something ridiculous about having a heart-to-heart talk with some ants!" (Wasp)

  • That's my line too "Once again, Mighty Marvel leads the way! (We don't know where we're going, but we're out in front!)" (Narrator) Typical Stan Lee humor everyone loves!

  • I do agree with everyone, this is a great cover.

  • Iron Man admitting he looks silly with the roller-skates made me laugh!

  • Thor acted like a pompous jerk with Giant-Man in the beginning of the story. The Avengers could have investigated a bit before dismissing the alarm. I was kind hoping for a told-you-so dance when Giant-Man got set free!

  • I find it hard to believe the Mole Man would be able to rebuild everything in just a few months, and even more so, that he designed a machine that can spin the Earth faster, no less! So Silver Age!

  • I thought we'd never see the day when the Wasp would act as the chairman of the week. I guess I underestimated Stan's open-mindedness!

  • Err... why the hell didn't they put the digger on the jet and save Iron Man's transistors?

  • The Red Ghost appearance surprised me, but his pointless intervention brought nothing significant to the story.

  • The artwork was plain awesome! And indeed, this story feels like an Annual issue. Despite the above details, I found it quite entertaining with a few good one-liners. 4 stars.

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2016-10-27 03:58:26  
  Who needs a utility belt of tricks when you have an Uru Ex Mjolnir? Or even better, "a shield... courage... and skill!"

Good ol' campy 60's comics. This one isn't too bad. I admit, I have a soft spot for Wasp and Mole-Man. Seeing Wasp in a sort of leadership role for like half a panel was kinda nice.

Also, the smart panel feature on Unlimited halfway works for the first time in forever. That's nice.

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-02-17 11:29:55  
  Don Heck is no Jack Kirby  

  gonzo Says:    
  2017-03-11 23:17:46  
  Note to self... if you're ever lost in the desert and Thor is with you, you're good, because the hammer is a divining rod.  

  Jobbertrev @ leisch (original post):    
  2017-07-27 22:58:10  
  I feel only he wrote his own books as often as he wrote letters to Marvel. We would have been done with the entire Song of Ice and Fire 10 years ago.  

  mvaughn16 Says:    
  2017-08-29 18:53:09  
  Alright, I'm not even three pages in, and I've gotta acknowledge the self-awareness from Hank that he "doesn't embarrass easy".

Being the Ant-Man, you really don't, do you, Hank? Well done. This is a minor thing, sure, but it struck me for some reason.

  UncannyAddiction Says:    
  2018-02-10 20:47:51  
  This could have been so much better had it spanned a few issues. There was a good story here but it felt rushed.  

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