Avengers (1963 1st Series) Annual #9 VF/NM
Published 1979 by Marvel.
"Today the Avengers Die!" Script by Bill Mantlo. Pencils by Don Newton. Inks by Jack Abel and Joe Rubinstein. Cover by Don Newton and Joe Rubinstein. At the end of Iron Man 114, the powerful Arsenal disappeared without a trace. In the meantime Earth's Mightiest Heroes have been too busy fighting other super-villains to spend time looking for the awesome creature. But there are several overlooked clues that could pinpoint Arsenal's whereabouts! First, rumors have persisted for years that the United States built doomsday robots to continue fighting World War II in the event that the U.S. mainland suffered catastrophic losses. Second, Iron Man's late father, Howard Stark, worked on several high-tech secret projects for the federal government during the war. And third, the Avengers' headquarters was the former townhouse of Howard and Maria Stark. Very interesting! Is it possible...could it be possible...that Arsenal is hiding somewhere in the bowels of Avengers Mansion? Wow! It's a super showdown...the mighty Arsenal vs. the mighty Avengers! Can Iron Man lead the Avengers to victory against one of his father's greatest creations? Win or lose, heartbreak will rule the day for the golden avenger. A sensational story! Cameo appearance by Peter Gyrich. Flashback cameos by Howard Stark and President Harry Truman. Avengers Lineup: Beast, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wonder Man, and Yellowjacket. (Notes: This underrated annual was Bill Mantlo's best Avengers story. Arsenal returns to action in Incredible Hulk 282.) Cover price $0.60.