The Avengers (1963) - #209
"The Resurrection Stone"
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John Marc 'J.M.' DeMatteis
Daniel 'Dan' Green
Allen 'Al' Milgrom
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Cover Date: July 1981
Cover Price: US $ 0.50
Issue Tagline: The Resurrection Stone! Will it save the Universe -- Or Destory It?
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages
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Letters Column: Avengers Assemble!
The Beast's girlfriend, Vera, is at Avengers Mansion with Beast, Wonder Man, Vision, and the Scarlet Witch. A skrull, disguised as Jarvis, gives her poisoned tea. He tells the Avengers that the only way to bring her back to life is to find a powerful gem called the resurrection stone, which can bring the dead back to life. Grudgingly, the Avengers agree to bring the skrull this valuable gem in order to bring back Vera. The gem has been split in two and both halves sent back into earth's past. The Avengers travel to 14th century Europe and recovered one half of the gem from a boy who found it, his mind having been twisted by it. They go to 1945 Germany and recover the second half from a concentration camp inmate, whose mind has also been twisted by the gem. They return to the 20th century. The skrull says the Beast must come to his ship alone to deliver the gem. The Avengers agree that it is Hank's decision as to whether or not to give the skrull the gem. He goes aboard the skrull's ship, but as he's about to give him the gem, he thinks of how it corrupted its possessors, and decides the gem is too powerful and too corrupting to give to the skrull. So, the Beast destroys the gem, shocking the skrull. Just then the other Avengers board the ship, and take back Vera. They take her to Mr. Fantastic, who discovers that the poison is a very rare skrull poison, which hasn't truly killed Vera yet, unbeknownst even to the skrull. Reed says he can keep her barely alive, in a state of suspended animation, and attempt to search for a cure for her. This at least gives the Beast some hope.
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