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418: Avengers #25 (v1)

" Enter...Dr. Doom! "
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Avengers #25 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1966
Release Date: December 1965
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 688                 Times Rated: 382
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
The Avengers are used as bait by the nefarious Doctor Doom as Wanda and Pietro receive a summons from a long lost relative calling them to Latveria.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #24 (v1). Captain America next appears in Tales of Suspense #77b (v1).
Hawkeye last appeared in Avengers #24 (v1). Hawkeye next appears in Avengers #26 (v1).
Quicksilver last appeared in Avengers #24 (v1). Quicksilver next appears in Avengers #26 (v1).
  The Scarlet Witch
The Scarlet Witch last appeared in Avengers #24 (v1). The Scarlet Witch next appears in Avengers #26 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #44 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four #44 (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #44 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #44 (v1).
  Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. Doctor Doom next appears in Fantastic Four #56 (v1).
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The Avengers (Roster IV)
The Avengers last appeared in Avengers #24 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Avengers #26 (v1).
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #44 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #24 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Tales of Suspense #77b (v1).
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As the Avengers arrive at their headquarters from their adventure in the future against Kang, the whole scene is viewed by Doctor Doom, who recalls his conversation with Rama-Tut. At the time, it occurred to him that he could be related to Kang, or be the man himself.
In their mansion, Hawkeye's leaving without getting a proper dismissal from his leader degenerates in to yet another fight about Cap's leadership. When he finds some time alone, Rogers indulges in self-pity until he gets to the gym to blow some steam.
A few days later, Wanda and Pietro receive a letter from Latveria announcing that their aunt lives there and wants to meet them. They take the news to the rest of the team and they all decide to come along. When they arrive they are immediately arrested and locked in jail. They easily escape and try to locate the man behind this whole scheme, the monarch of Latveria himself. To make sure they will not leave his country, he closes an impenetrable dome over the whole land.
They meet Doctor Doom at his castle and he explains he has decided a victory against the Avengers will instill fear into the Fantastic Four and make them easy to defeat. The heroes start to fight the villain, but most of their attacks are fruitless until Hawkeye uses an arrow that melts through Doom's armor. The monarch escapes, setting up a barrier to keep the Avengers at bay while he changes into a more appropriate protective suit. Later, while hiding in a cave, the team start losing confidence because of all the odds against them.
Hearing the news of their arrest on the radio, the Fantastic Four attempt to assist the Avengers, but are denied permission to take off, as interference could spark an international incident. Meanwhile, Pietro overhears villagers who are concerned that the dome won't be lifted as long as the Avengers are not arrested and a handicapped child is refused the chance for a cure in a foreign country. He tells the rest of the team who decide to take offensive measures.
The Avengers go back to Doom's castle. While Captain America and Hawkeye attack their foe keep him busy, Wanda is able to tamper with some of Doom's controls and Quicksilver manages to locate the lever to open the dome.
The battle comes to a standstill but Hawkeye releases a sneeze-smog that keeps Doom from going after them as they escape. They cross the border while the tyrant is left raging for being outsmarted.
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  Xythe Says:    
  2011-12-13 07:38:45  
  I can't be the only one irritated by the constant bickering. They're like schoolkids.  

  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-12-13 07:47:02  
  Your not. It is definitely getting old.  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-12-13 08:19:56  
  I think this one way Marvel perceived itself as being different from "Brand Ecch." If you've read any of the letters pages, it's comes up pretty frequently, and the readers at the time seemed to like it, so.... I do agree that at times it's pretty unbearable. It seems to settle down in later issues, though.  

  Duhhaag Says:    
  2012-06-14 05:21:55  
  How many times does the scarlett witch says she has hex power....  

  Uknowitbyheart Says:    
  2012-07-02 12:05:20  
  He encases all Latveria in a "giant plastithene dome". I love Doom.  

  Kokixo Says:    
  2012-12-18 17:48:51  
  I seem to forget the power of the Scarlet Witch. Is it Hex Power? I think it is Hex Power, but i am not sure if it truly is Hex Power. I think it should be refered to more that it is Hex Power. Hex Power. Hex Power.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2013-03-02 10:26:47  
  Anyone who gets irritated by the heroes bickering needs to go read some DC team comics from around this time. They're so chummy that it's ridiculous. No clashing personalities, nothing resembling conflict, they're the best of friends. In the words of Alan Moore, anytime Superman even said a cross word to Batman, he was under Red Kryptonite control.

So the bickering can get annoying, but it's much better than the alternative.

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-04-17 19:09:06  
  I never understood the whole Doom/Kang confusion. At this point in the order we have seen origins for both. They both remember at least some of their younger years. How could they possibly think they are the same person. Imhated this idea when it came up in the FF, it is worse here. If they were both descended from the other that might be interesting, but this is just unneeded confusion and complexity for no reason.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-06 11:11:25  
  I think the Witch's power is breaking stuff. She has the same power as any toddler.  

  Antifa Says:    
  2013-10-26 14:39:03  
  this barely squeaked in to 2 stars just on the strength of the characters, but for an avengers vs dr. doom story this was dumb.  

  dpaone Says:    
  2014-01-02 08:27:17  
  Come on Avengers. A letter telling you to visit Latveria. How could they possibly ever suspect it is a dr doom plot?  

  MediocreMan Says:    
  2014-03-25 07:34:54  
  So, Dr Doom's Master Plan to defeat the Fantastic Four is to 1) first intimidate the hell out of them by beating some of the Avengers 2) As the FF are cowering in awe at DD having waylaid four of the least intimidating Avengers, he defeats them. Methinks he did not think his cunning plan through.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-04-21 12:45:07  
3 stars as this is a pretty avergae issue for 1965. While I enjoyed the Avengers first meeting with Doom, all in all it was pretty unspectacular.

Hawkeye just comes across as a***in almost every issue. We're still in the era of nice, non-arrogant Quicksilver. I'm interested when the turnabout will occur.

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-05-02 13:25:15  
  "Well, I too can be socially acceptable!"

Does the t-shirt ad with Hulk and Doom count as an appearance for Hulk?

  kaste Says:    
  2014-05-20 21:25:59  

1) Why are they even wondering if Doctor Doom and Kang are the same person? Kang is from the future, so he would.... REMEMBER being Doctor Doom in the past...

2) The whole plot about the FF and the USA not being able to do anything to Doctor Doom or go to Latveria is so ridiculous... The leader of the freakin country is a damn lunatic who attacks people and blows up buildings at will in New York! I am pretty sure if Obama was doing something like that there would be... you know... a WAR!!

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 18:24:39  
  This Cap / Hawkeye rivalry is staring to get on my nerves...they need to fight and end this stupidity.
I liked the intervention of the Government in this...gave a small bit of modern day realism to it.

  gloomyharvester @ kaste (original post):    
  2014-07-24 00:27:51  
  You're right, there probably would be a war. But sadly for Obama, he is not able to seal his entire country up in a giant plastithene dome! Bah! Advantage Doom!  

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-08-03 03:28:00  
  Avengers not realizing Doom is head of Latveria is lame.
Sneezing gas to stop Doom is even more lame.

Weak plot.

Further, Heck's inking of FF makes me appreciate Kirby's art even more.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-15 12:16:02  
  Meh, decent everything. Things I didn't like: Cap getting his shield back without turning off the magnetic machine, the Avengers not knowing Latveria was Dooms country, sneezing powder to defeat him, Doom being able to read the commoners minds, but not anyone else's, Doom constantly saying this will be his final attack. 3 stars.  

  AwesomeSauce Says:    
  2014-08-17 11:14:03  
  I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm really eager for the return of Hank Pym in a few issues. At this point Captain America is the only hero and everyone else is an annoying sidekick.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-08-26 20:04:35  
  Just 2 stars. I like to think that DOOM was on vacation, and that a Doombot was taking his place. I mean just look at the faces he makes throughout the issue....BAH!

The Baxter - If only the Fantastic Four had a another launch pad site....

'Nuff Said - "I, too, have known what it is to be...a cripple!"-Doombot. I mean if Jim Starlin can cry clone for every Thanos appearance that he doesn't like. Then I can claim Doombot for every bad DOOM story!!!

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-19 11:46:16  
  I refuse to believe Latveria is so small that it can be covered by that dome.  

  hawaii Says:    
  2014-11-27 00:23:47  
  This story wasn't worthy for dr. Doom!  

  Imperator Says:    
  2015-01-05 08:04:55  
  I am beginning to think, that any child or even animal could beat Avengers. They are so easy to fool...  

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2015-02-26 03:43:53  
  Yes, the bickering is annoying. And what is worse, it's the same insults over and over. Get some new dialogue!

But the conciseness of plot (one issue) and verbiage is such an improvement over the last two issues I'm giving this a 3 star rating.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-03-18 21:03:59  
  2 stars for plot, plus 1 star for Dr. Doom's constant trash talking. I love it.

The artwork seemed way off in this one though... hard to believe it was by the same Heck/Ayers team as the last issue.

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-03-26 06:29:06  
  Captain America wants to work for Nick Fury at S.H.I.E.L.D. yet didn't even do the basic research about Latveria being ruled by Dr. Doom?  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-14 18:29:02  
  Not bad for a single - issue story, but superheroes in 1966 were extremely gullible. The Avengers just finished falling for the Iron Man hologram trick, and now this.  

  edgar987 Says:    
  2015-12-12 12:39:53  
  Won with a sneezing fog??? 😂 bwahahaha

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-03 21:26:29  
  Silly Avengers. Even a bad plot by Doctor Doom is nothing to sneeze at!  

  RobinHoodMtl @ instantdeath999 (original post):    
  2016-12-11 19:21:22  
  I never saw it from this point of view so thanks for sharing this. Yet I believe Marvel is going to the opposite extreme at this point. There is room for moderation somewhere.  

  RobinHoodMtl @ spencer617 (original post):    
  2016-12-11 19:37:56  
  Here's my understanding from what we've seen so far: Doom's past in the present life is where it started as he was a boy, then later he will have found a way to travel to the future, became mad with power, lost his mind and called himself Kang, then after getting bored, went way back to the past where his future self will become Rama-Tut, who went to the future in the present time to save his first self... in a past issue. Get it? 'Cause I won't rephrase! My brain hurts!  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-12-11 19:55:20  
  • That's my line "Hold it, Hawkeye! I don't remember dismissing you yet!" (Tyrant America) What the hell is wrong with the guy? Cap is a great leader during combat, but I think it went right to his big head! And now we're back to square one with this stupid fight for leadership! Geesh!

  • That's my line too "The deadliest villain of all... and we beat him because he didn't think to hold his breath!" (Captain Hysterica)

  • Nice top panel on page 4, with a view from inside the fireplace.

  • If Rogers got all upset when Hawkeye was changing a fuse on Stark's equipment, imagine all the fuss he'll make when he sees that hole the archer made on the control panel!

  • Don't you think it is odd that we still have not learned Hawkeye's real name? It feels a bit off that the Avengers travelling together in civilians keep calling him Hawkeye.

  • I wonder what the security guards thought when they found a bunch of clothes right after their prisoners escaped.

  • During all this trip to Latveria, none of the Avengers made any connection with Doctor Doom? Good Lord!!

  • A Sneeze-Smog? Are you freakin' kiddin' me?? Lost one star right there! Though I comfess it made me laugh!

  • The initial reason for Doom to attack the Avengers is pretty weak. Did he really think that this would impress the Fantastic Four? Nevertheless, it was pure Silver Age material and a fun read despite all the flaws so 3 stars.

  knoke5 Says:    
  2016-12-17 13:50:54  
  I actually love the the whole Rama-tut/Dr. Doom/Kang paradox scenario.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-03-14 13:46:07  
  As far as I know the Quicksilver loves the circus to distraction hasn't stuck with his character which is a shame

Isn't Immortus later found out to be another part of Dr. Rama Kang Doom Tut as well?

Despite all of its problems I still think the original Secret Wars is the best Doom story. "How dare that being have godlike powers and not Doom?"

  Calion @ RobinHoodMtl (original post):    
  2017-05-11 13:28:38  
  >That's my line "Hold it, Hawkeye! I don't remember dismissing you yet!" (Tyrant America) What the hell is wrong with the guy? Cap is a great leader during combat, but I think it went right to his big head! And now we're back to square one with this stupid fight for leadership! Geesh!

Cap is used to military discipline, and that's what he expects to get. Unfortunately he's either unwilling or unable to *enforce* military discipline, so he's stuck between a rock and a hard place.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-19 22:46:12  
  One of the very rare 1 star Avengers so far in the order. I mean seriously, this appearance drops Doom in the Bad Guy sweepstakes, make the FF look horrible and reminds us that Earth's Mightiest Heroes can't be bothered to remember who rules the country they're visiting until they're there. Sorry, Doomsey, Reed and Co. are laughing.  

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