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First Appearance of Immortus

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November 1964
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  • 1st Appearance of "IMMORTUS" (Nathaniel Richards)
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Immortus appears before the Masters of Evil, wanting to ally himself with them. At first, Zemo is distrusting and offended that Immortus thinks himself superior to them. Zemo sends Executioner to battle Immortus, instead, Immortus sends Paul Bunyan in his stead to fight. After a quick skirmish, They agree to do so one condition:- to destroy the Avengers. Immortus agrees. He puts an advert in a newspaper offering people superpowers. Rick Jones notices the ad as he wants power to increase his chances of being an Avenger, and falls for the trap. Captain America finds the ad and goes to the location of the ad.

Immortus tells Captain America that one of the other Avengers sent Rick here. Cap goes back to HQ to find the traitor, and takes them all back to Immortus. Immortus pits each Avenger to a character picked out of time that is similar to them, Giant-Man is first, and his opponent is Goliath (Biblical) at first, Goliath easily outmatches Giant-Man in terms of strength, and instead, Giant-Man uses intelligence. He shrinks to the size of an ant, and using himself as the ball, Giant-Man hits Goliath in the forehead defeats Goliath as David did before. Iron Man is next- he fights the Wizard Merlin. Merlin traps Iron Man in a cage of tempered steel, to which Iron Man remarks that if he wins the battle, he'll never complain about enemies such as the Mandarin or Hawkeye ever again.

Iron Man easily breaks free, and dodges thunderbolts shot by Merlin. He uses a device which produces flashing lights and irritating sounds, which disorients the much older Merlin, causing him to faint. Immortus sends out Hercules (Not to be confused with the Hercules who appears later on) to battle the Mighty Thor. Surprisingly, the fight was evenly-matched, until Hercules breaks the standstill, dropping his Herculean Club and grapples Thor to which Thor also drops his Hammer. Thor tries to imbalance Hercules, leading them to a window, where Hercules falls out the window, only to be caught by Thor, and Hercules yields to the Thunder God.

Immortus, not wanting to take any more chances, grabs Captain America and sends him back into time to save Rick. The other Avengers are attacked by the Masters of Evil while they are weakened. Iron Man is attacked by Executioner, Giant-Man is shrunk down to normal size and left in a confused state by the Enchantress, and Thor gets shot by a gun which upon contact with living flesh, turns it into solid stone.

As the battle ensues, the Wasp aids Giant-Man by trying to confuse Enchantress. Iron Man trades blows with Executioner, and Thor starts getting turned into solid stone, helpless. as Iron Man's repulsors are destroyed, Giant-Man still normal-sized (Remarking how his growth serum is weaker than the Enchantress' magic) and Wasp still unable to confuse Enchantress enough, an Thor still helpless, Baron Zemo states how he longed for this moment, and prolongs his final shot to Thor, wanting to savor the moment. a familiar voice protests, as a spinning shield destroys Zemo's gun. Captain America then aids fellow Avenger Iron Man against Executioner. As Executioner gets downed by Cap's shield, Wasp has distracted Enchantress enough that the spell wore off, returning Giant-Man to his Giant size, Thor yells "Avengers Assemble" after breaking free of his rock imprisonment, and at the last instant, Enchantress sends herself, Zemo and Executioner back in time, a time before they met Immortus.

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