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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"No man can perpetrate evil without paying the price! If destiny could speak, it would say...'By my hand, shall always die--a villain!' ”

-- Captain America, page 20

Looks like Cap is done for...he's had it...we'll miss you Cap. See you on heaven's bright shore! Oh..wait! What's that? You mean, it's not Cap that gets it?!?!?

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Avengers #15
April 1965 • 20 pages

Script: Stan Lee
Letters: Sam Rosen
Layouts: Jack Kirby
Pencils: Don Heck
Inks: Mike Esposito

Lineup: Captain America • Giant-Man • Iron Man • Thor • Wasp

Title: “Now, By My Hand, Shall Die A Villain!”

Villain: Masters of Evil: Baron Zemo, Enchantress, Executioner, Melter, Black Knight

Guest Appearance: Rick Jones

Gadgets & Technology: XL-750 Hunter Plane, Black Knight's handguard buzz saw blade

Letters Page: Page One • Page Two

House Ad: Page One

Synopsis: The Avengers adjourn from their meeting (Thor presiding) and the team goes their seperate ways. Meanwhile, in the Amazon jungle, Baron Zemo plots revenge against the accursed Avengers. He sends some of his operatives to America to begin his next assault. Back in America, Steve Rogers is composing a letter to Nick Fury, trying to go back to work for America's defense as a counter-espionage agent. On his way to mail his letter, he spots the Enchantress and the Executioner in the back seat of a taxi cab. He chases after them, but is spotted by the Enchantress, who casts a spell that stops his pursuit. Later, at their home, they are contacted by Baron Zemo, who enlists their aid to fight the Avengers. They readily agree.

Cap calls together an emergency meeting to fill in his teammates that he has spotted the Enchantress and the Executioner. As they formulate a battle plan to fight the enemies, they hear a great noise outside. When they check it out, they see Rick Jones floating up high in the air towards a plane. Iron Man and Thor give chase, but the plane drops a concussion bomb at them, knocking them back. Giant-Man tosses Cap's shield at the plane that kidnaped Rick, but the plane has a force field which knocks it away. Inside the plane, Zemo's men have Rick in their clutches, but little do they know the Wasp is along for the ride!

Down on the ground, Iron Man calls on Tony Stark's new XL-750 Hunter Rocket Plane, which they will use to follow the enemy plane. At a local jail, the Melter and the Black Knight sit and rot in their jail cell, but suddenly, they are sprung by the Enchantress and the Executioner, who bring with them the Black Knight's horse and lance. They tell the two villains that Zemo wants them to attack the Avengers plane. The Black Knight sends his lance's buzz-saw blade towards the plane, but Thor leaps out and smashes it with his hammer. As they continue to fight, the Melter attacks Iron Man, and manages to trap Iron Man on the roof of a building with his melting ray. Giant-Man and the Wasp locate the Executioner and the Enchantress and take the battle to them.

As Cap pilots the Stark rocket plane, he realizes that only Zemo could have orchestrated this attack. He heads immediately down to the Amazon, where he is fired on by Zemo's artillery. He spots Rick held captive in a cage and fires at it, breaking the glass cage wide open, freeing him.

Back in New York, the fight between the Avengers and the rest of the Masters of Evil continues, leading to a final showdown in the middle of the crowded city streets, neither side backing down. In the Amazon, Cap makes sure Rick is okay, then presses his attack against Zemo. He races at him with his shield held high, and Zemo fires his ray gun at Cap, with the blast being deflected above and hitting the side of the hill, causing a massive rockslide which completely covers him. Zemo lays there, dead, and Captain America has finally avenged the death of Bucky.

(continued in AVENGERS #16)

-- synopsis by Gormuu

-- panel images and letters pages provided by Avengers Assemble

Issues Reprinted
Avengers #11-20

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.

AVG #11 AVG #12 AVG #13 AVG #14 AVG #15
AVG #16 AVG #17 AVG #18 AVG #19 AVG #20


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