Tales of Suspense #64, Apr. 1965
Powerful script by: Stan Lee
Poignant art by: Don Heck
Punchy inking by: Chic Stone
Polite lettering by: Sam Rosen
Plenty of kibitzing by: The Bullpen Gang!
Stan Lee: Writer
Jack Kirby: Illustrator
Frank Ray: Delineator
S. Rosen: Letterer
Just like it says, this is the return of Hawkeye and the Black Widow, who are both still bad guys at this point. I think Hawkeye joins the Avengers pretty soon after this point, and it’s just kinda weird to see him as a villain for Iron Man. Not because I’m super attached to him being a hero, but because Iron Man is just honestly so far out of his league it’s ridiculous.
The Black Widow returns from Communistania with a new outfit, Spider-Man powers, and an edict from the glorious leader to get rid of Iron Man once and for all, or he’ll kill her parents. She meets up with Hawkeye, since she knows he’ll do anything she asks, and they go hero hunting. It’s somewhat successful, as one of Hawkeye’s new arrows melts part of ol’ Shellhead’s armor, and he’s forced to flee before the battle is really finished.
Back in WWII, Steve Rogers and his buddy Bucky Barnes go to see a show where two psychic guys predict catastrophes that come true. Of course, it turns out that “Sando” is actually a Nazi agent (who wears a monocle, the most evil of all accessories), so Cap springs into action to beat the crap out of everybody.
The funny part of this Cap adventure is that he doesn’t actually wait to find out that these guys are Nazis before he busts on stage and starts attacking the entertainers. I mean, basically there’s no proof that they’ve DONE anything. Of course they’re just making stuff up and it’s a fake act, but that doesn’t mean that they’re Nazis, Cap.