Issue(s): Avengers #11, Avengers Classic #11
Poor Rick tries to second a motion made by Giant-Man at an Avengers meeting granting Iron Man a leave of absence, only to get smacked down by Cap since Rick is not a member of the team (because Cap won't let him be, even though he brings him along on all the missions and makes him sit through the meetings).
Kang creates a duplicate of Spider-man to attack the rest of the Avengers.
The Spidey-clone tricks the Avengers into following him (note the proto Avengers Assemble cry in the second image below)...
...leading them to a booby trapped pyramid in Mexico. He defeats the Avengers one by one.
Here's a nice use of Giant-Man's powers. Unfortunately, using his powers like this is what destroys his body (and mind?) later on.
Then the real Spidey shows up and beats the clone in a crazy Spidey Wing Glide battle.
Interesting story because the Avengers never actually meet Spider-Man or Kang this issue.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place in the time period between Tales Of Suspense #61, when Iron Man goes missing after the 'death' of Tony Stark, and his return to America in Tales Of Suspense #63. Some nice inter-book continuity here.
I've been covering the Avengers Classic back-ups in the corresponding Avengers issues, but the back-up for this issue can't take place circa the main story, so i've given it its own entry.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Avengers annual #5
Inbound References (2): showCaptain America, Henry Pym, Kang, Rick Jones, Spider-Man, Thor, Wasp
So, the clon stuff comes from long ago..
Posted by: Spanish Jay | January 12, 2013 8:14 AM
The Spider-Man robot from this story makes a very odd return appearance decades later in Spider-Man Team-Up #4.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | October 17, 2015 8:29 PM
Heck's Spider-Man looks like the 60s animated one in all the memes.
Posted by: squirrel_defeater | January 16, 2018 12:01 AM
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