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The Avengers (1963) - #196
"The Terrible Toll of the Taskmaster"

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David Michelinie

George Pérez

Jack Abel - 'Gary Michaels'

Carl Gafford - 'Gaff'

John Costanza

Bob Budiansky
Jim Salicrup
Jim Shooter

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George Pérez
Josef 'Joe' Rubinstein

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Cover Date: June 1980
Cover Price: US $ 0.40

Issue Tagline: He's Looking For Men Who Like To Kill! Introducing The Treacherous Taskmaster!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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The Avengers (1963) #196 Marvel Legends Reprint

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Letters Column: Avengers Assemble!

Wasp, Yellowjacket, and Ant-Man have been captured by the Taskmaster, He plans to use them as target practice for his trainees. He explains how he has photographic reflexes, allowing him to do anything, without practice, having only seen it once. He decided to start a training academy for villains, as it paid better than being a hero, and was less risky than being an active supervillain. Ant-Man had been able to send a signal via ants to the Avengers waiting outside, and they burst in on the Taskmaster. A battle ensues between the Avengers and the Taskmaster with his well armed recruits. The Avengers defeat the recruits, but the Taskmaster escapes, as he was unable to defeat Jocasta, whom he has never seen before. Jocasta is offered membership to the Avengers.

Reprinted/Collected in:
40 Years of the Avengers (2006) DVD-ROM
Ant-Man: Scott Lang (2015) TPB
The Avengers United (2001) #93
Avengers Visionaries: George Pérez (1999) TPB
The Avengers (1963) TPB
The Avengers (1963) TPB
The Avengers (1963) #196 (Marvel Legends Reprint)
Essential Avengers (2000) TPB vol. 09
Hulk (1981) 1985-07

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