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1st Appearance of Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) Aka; Natasha Romanoff

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April 1964
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  • 1st APPEARANCE of "BLACK WIDOW" (Natalia Romanova) AKA; Natasha Romanoff
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 The CRIMSON DYNAMO Strikes Again! 
* 1st APPEARANCE "BLACK WIDOW" (Natalia Romanova) AKA; Natasha Romanoff

In the Stark Industries Main Plant, the reformed professor Anton Vanko dons his Crimson Dynamo armor to test if a "light laser" (a type of laser that which difuses different from ordinary light) ray gun is safe for use. He's about to be blasted by the laser, but Tony Stark swings towards Vanko using a cable and pushes him out of danger. Vanko is disgruntled because his experiments keep failing, thus his way to repay Stark his kindness. Stark consoles him, and suggests Vanko to apply additional lead coating in his armor for protection.

In Moskow, Khruschev orders two of his agents, the Black Widow and Boris to dispose of Vanko and Stark, and Iron Man if necessarily. The two villains later travel to America in a submarine. Once they arrive, Black Widow presents herself as "Madame Natasha" and Boris as his brother and teacher from Ukraine, who has allegedly traveled to America to see Stark's technology. Tony is captivated by Widow's beauty, and offers her to take her to dinner while Boris is allowed to explore the factory on his own. Boris waits for a guard to go on his round and enters a restricted area, using a "special" spray, he corrodes the wall of Vanko's laboratory, and breaks in using his super-human strength, with the intent to kill Anton. After Vanko's refusal to help him sabotage Stark, Boris uses a "jet paralyzer" which incapacitates Vanko and wraps him in a sack, and leaves the factory claiming it's a package being delivered for Professor Vanko.

Boris reunites with other agents, leaves Vanko in the submarine and returns to Stark Industries. He slips back into Vanko's lab and steals the Crimson Dynamo armor. He begins to destroy equipment, in order to both slow down America's defense production, and catch Iron Man's attention. Stark is interrupted in the middle of his date with Black Widow and informed of an explosion in his plant. Tony returns to his factory with Black Widow, who is rejoicing in secret. Tony enters the plant while it's being attended to by firemen, claiming he needed to attend to something. He dons his Iron Man costume and goes to check Anton Vanko, thinking his experiments with "laser light" could have started the chaos.
When he enters Vanko's laboratory, Iron Man finds the Crimson Dynamo, unaware that it's not Vanko inside the suit. Iron Man thinks Vanko has donned his suit to guard his laser light machine, and offers to carry it outside. Once he's off-guard, the Golden Avenger is struck by Crimson Dynamo from behind with an electrical charge that damages his suit's circuits and drains his energy, knocking him out. Under cover of the thick blanket of smoke, Boris flees from the factory with Iron Man, and brings him to the submarine.

Iron Man is kept locked behind a steel door in the submarine, and Boris returns to soil in order to meet up with the Black Widow and finish off Tony Stark. Iron Man wakes up from his slumber, and recharges his suit using a lightbulb as a rudimentary power outlet. As soon as he tears down one of the walls holding him prisoner, Iron Man comes across the captured Vanko, and escapes with him after battering a way through the steel shell of the submarine.

When they return to the factory, Iron Man catches Boris by surprise and easily knocks him down. However, Boris recovers and strikes down Iron Man. Tony recovers and puts Vanko's ray machine out of harm's way before striking back. The Black Widow pretends to have been struck down, and calls for Iron Man's help, distracting the hero, and allowing Boris to blast Iron Man with an electric discharge. Vanko threatens with shooting Boris with his laser light pistol, but the villain thinks he's bluffing. However, Vanko commits to his threat, claiming America has been good to him, and shoots at Boris, causing the machine to explode and kill them both. Black Widow takes advantage of the confusion and escapes.
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