Issue(s): Champions #11, Champions #12, Champions #13
...but then we pick up on plot elements from the canceled Black Goliath series - the glowing box that Stark said had something to do with Al B. Harper. It turns out that the box is actually the Stranger's Null Bomb, and it has been activated. The Stranger shows up to try and defuse it...
...but the Champions don't believe him and attack. When they realize their error, he sends them off to find the device that will stop the bomb, but in a messy plot, it turns out the device is the Rune-staff of Kamo-Tharn - the device that saved Jane Foster's life and merged Sif with Jane in Thor #235. So after a pointless battle with Kamo-Tharn.. .
...the rune staff, in a supply closet in Donald Blake's hospital, is retrieved and the bomb is stopped. Hercules' face-palm is entirely appropriate here.
Meanwhile, mostly off panel, the Black Goliath gets a rematch with the Stilt-Man, and he wins this time.
There's also an ongoing subplot wherein the Champion's equipment seems to be faulty.
John Byrne's art on these three issues is nice.
Issue #12 has a letter from Kurt Busiek, telling the editors to "get rid" of Iceman and Ghost Rider along with other advice. He does have a good handle on the characters.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Issue #12 "takes place before the developments in Ghost Rider #22". It also takes place after the Stranger's appearance in Marvel Team-Up #55.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (3): show
Angel, Bill Foster, Black Widow, Darkstar, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Hercules, Iceman, Kaa, Kamo Tharnn, Possessor, Regina Clayborne, Stilt-Man, Stranger, Two-Gun Kid
Despite Black Goliath clearly defeating the Stilt-Man, Marvel Two-In-One(around issue #82) states that he never won a decisive victory against anyone.
When I first read #12 in the first grade, I thought Black Goliath had ripped Stilt-Man's head off.
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