Issue(s): Avengers #56
...and has the Wasp send the rest of them back in time to watch Bucky's death. The time machine is set to have them appear in an immaterial form so that they can't alter history...
...but something causes the Wasp to fall asleep...
...and suddenly the Avengers become solid while Baron Zemo has tied the original Cap and Bucky to the drone plane.
He has them fight a pair of his robots (this time it's Goliath that uses the word "brobdingnagian" )...
...while Cap fights Zemo. Then the Avengers fade out again.
I'm not sure if this issue was meant to explain the variations on Cap & Bucky's last mission in WWII, but it could be (on further consideration, that's almost certainly what Thomas' intention was here). Sometimes they are in their super-hero costumes, sometimes in regular military garb.
Sometimes tied to the plane, sometimes they are racing to it. Here we see that they would have been tied to the plane except for the interference of the modern Cap, who frees them during his fight with Zemo...
...and then they race towards the plane as it is taking off.
So, any variations seen in future flashbacks are due to the temporal anomalies of the time-traveling Avengers.
Having seen what he's seen, Cap decides that Bucky really is dead. Tsk.
I'm a little concerned about Doom's time machine still being in his castle. In Fantastic Four #23, the Fantastic Four have transferred Doom's time machine to the Baxter Building for study, and it is Reed Richards who suggests that Cap check out the time machine in this issue. However, in Fantastic Four #34, they got a replica time machine from Gregory Gideon, so maybe, um, they put the original one back? Or maybe the Reed Richards that Cap talked to was actually the Scarlet Centurion/Kang, posing as Reed?
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Super Action #15
This cover is meant to represent America's anguish over the death of its youth in Vietnam.
Posted by: Steven Printz | August 4, 2013 9:57 PM
Considering I was lead here by the Alpha Flight entry with "brobdingnagian", I was wondering if we could have Goliath's panel mentioning it. (it is a cool robot BTW; I'd say Kirby but more "Kirby-esque" since Buscema drew it. (BTW: thanks for the words on clearing the cache, fnord; I actually was posting here when you put it up so I barely just found out now)
Posted by: Ataru320 | May 16, 2014 8:57 AM
The panel is actually already there; it's the second one on the page. He says it while the Avengers are still insubstantial.
Posted by: fnord12 | May 16, 2014 9:01 AM
Shouldn't Buckeye be a character appearing? Especially since this isn't just a flash back but a time travel adventure? I also think its funny that you went with the Kang posing as Reed version there.
Posted by: Silverbird | July 10, 2014 9:20 AM
Posted by: Silverbird | July 10, 2014 9:21 AM
I generally don't count the "locals" in time travel stories.
Posted by: fnord12 | July 10, 2014 10:25 AM
Is Giant-Man tossing T'Challa the first "Fastball Special"?
Posted by: Cullen | July 10, 2014 10:42 AM
Isn't it possible that Doom made a second time machine to replace the one that was taken away from him while the Fantastic Four now have two time machines of the (relatively) same design, one for actual use and the other for spare parts/experimental enhancements on it?
Posted by: D09 | August 18, 2016 10:37 PM
This was posted on the entry for Fantastic Four 271-273 -
Posted by: Don Campbell | May 18, 2016 3:06 AM"
Posted by: clyde | August 19, 2016 11:56 AM
If I had a time machine I'd go back and try to talk Roy Thomas out of using time machines in Avengers stories.
Posted by: James Holt | October 4, 2016 11:56 PM
The title is from a poem by John Donne.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | February 16, 2018 9:29 AM
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