Saturday, April 7, 2012

Avengers #193 (March 1980)

Title: Battleground: Pittsburgh!
Cover: Frank Miller, Bob McLeod
Writer: David Michelinie
Plot Assist: Pittsburgh Comix Club
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Inker: Dan Green
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterers: Joe Rosen
Editor: Jim Salicrup
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Continuing from Avengers #192, this issue starts with Iron Man and Wonder Man standing toe-to-toe with Inferno. As Inferno battles the heroes, he recalls the events that led to his murder by fellow foundry worker Tim Turpin and rebirth as a molten monster, turning from the heroes to pursue Turpin and his boss Vince Paretta. Inferno pursues Turpin, who meets his unfortunate death crushed between a barge and a bridge piling. Having received a distress call, the rest of the Avengers arrive in their Quinjet and soon engage Inferno in battle. The monster overwhelms the team and continues his dogged pursuit of revenge on the man responsible for ordering his murder. Paretta flees the steel mill in a taxi and heads to his home. Inferno bursts in and when Paretta sees the shard of Uru metal in his hand, he realizes that the monster is in fact Joe Conroy, the man he ordered Turpin to kill. Begging for his life, Paretta reveals that the steel mill was just a front for the Maggia, a confession overheard by the Avengers as they arrive on the scene. Inferno is satisfied that justice will be served and shambles off to his presumed end in the river.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

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