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Index to Champions 1-17

Author: Robert Diehl
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Updated: Version 1.0, last modified March 8, 1998

Index to Champions 1-17
Version 1.0, last modified March 8, 1998
by Robert Diehl (rfdiehl@yahoo.com)

Issue:	Champions 1
Date:	Oct-75
Story:	The World Still Needs... The Champions! (19 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), Warren K.
Worthington, III (Angel), Johnny Blaze (Ghost Rider), Robert Drake (Iceman)
Regular Characters:	Ivan Petrovitch, Richard Fenster
Guest Stars:	Venus alias Dr. Victoria Starr
Villains:	Harpies, Amazons, mutates, Pluto, Ares, Hippolyta
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	Angel and Iceman are attending UCLA, realizing they can't fit in
either with the new X-Men or the Avengers. A hole opens before them, and harpies
spring out and demand they hand over Venus. Bobby ices up, and Warren decides to
go public by fighting without a mask.
	Widow has left Daredevil and applied for a job teaching Russian at UCLA. She
and Ivan are attacked by Amazons; she rescues Starr from them, but is forced to
leave Ivan behind.
	Ghost Rider is just driving through when he is attacked by Cerberus in giant
humanoid form and defeats him. Cerberus then shifts to giant canine form, and
Ghost Rider opts for discretion.
	Fenster has invited Hercules to speak at the college, as an expert on
mythology. He is attacked by mutates, and is busy knocking them about when Ghost
Rider teams up with him. Hercules defeats Cerberus, Ghost Rider the harpies, and
Iceman the Amazons. As the villains regroup, Starr reveals herself as Venus and
has Angel fly her up, so she can unleash her power of love on them all. It
incapacitates them, but then Pluto appears. He has come to UCLA to enforce Zeus's
decree: Hercules must wed Hippolyta, and Venus Ares, else the universe dies.

Issue:	Champions 2
Date:	Jan-76
Story:	Whom the Gods Would Join... (19 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Venus, Zeus and various Olympians including Dionysius
Villains:	Pluto, Ares, Hippolyta; the Huntsman, Menoetius
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	Hercules resists marriage with both fists, overcomes Ares and
Hippolyta, but is defeated by Pluto. Angel and Ghost Rider distract Pluto; Widow
and Venus rescue Hercules, and Iceman walls up their foes in a mountain of ice.
	Pluto goes to Olympus to complain to Zeus: he had made deals with other gods
of death, and coerced Zeus into decreeing the weddings. He then plans to attack
Olympus, anyway.
	The Huntsman comes to UCLA and strikes a bolt to paralyze the Champions, but
Ghost Rider's Satanic power protects him, and he fells the Huntsman, who
disappears. Ghost Rider guards the fallen gods, while the rest hunt the Huntsman,
who summons the electrified Titan Menoetius. The ex-X-Men successfully dodge,
while Widow grounds the giant.
	Pluto, Ares, and Hippolyta return and attack Ghost Rider, who fells them all
with one blast, only to realize they were really his teammates, disguised by the
Huntsman, who absconds with Hercules and Venus.

Issue:	Champions 3
Date:	Feb-76
Story:	Assault on Olympus (18 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Venus, Zeus, various Olympians including Dionysius
Villains:	Pluto, Ares, Hippolyta, the Huntsman; Menoetius (in flashback)
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	Iceman beats himself up over failing to save Hercules and Venus (last
iss.). Ghost Rider drives up and says he knows a way to Olympus: through the
portal the Iceman built a mountain over (last iss.), which is still frozen open.
The bust through, and have to fight past the Huntsman and his mutant hordes.
Widow and Iceman fight a holding action, while Angel and Ghost Rider keep going.
	On Olympus, the weddings are announced. Hercules learns that Zeus really
decreed it, and is still defiant. The ceremony is interrupted as the Angel
overcomes the Huntsman, and Zeus releases Hercules, who knocks out Ares, and
Venus, who turn Hippolyta's sword into a plowshare.
	Pluto still stands. Ghost Rider yells at Zeus to stand up for himself, and he
does, banishing Pluto. Venus asks him to pardon the schemers, and Hercules
rejoins the Champions on earth.

Issue:	Champions 4
Date:	Mar-76
Story:	Murder at Malibu (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman
Regular Characters:	Ivan Petrovitch
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Dr. Edward Lansing and his mutates including Billy
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	Hercules and Widow walk on the beach when Billy attacks them.
Hercules defeats him, and finds that he is just an old man. Armed guards come to
take him, and they capture Hercules and Widow, as well.
	They are captives of mad Dr. Lansing, who runs experiments with the
super-soldier serum out of San Marino State Hospital.
	Lansing's mutates and the brain-washed Hercules and Widow attack Angel's beach
house. Ghost Rider arrives just in time to help Iceman and Angel hold back
Hercules. Widow, about to kill Ivan, snaps out of it. She attacks Lansing, and
destroys his control box. His mutates, now mindless animals, kill him.

Issue:	Champions 5
Date:	Apr-76
Story:	The Economy Is So Bad That... (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Iceman; Ghost Rider (in
flashback)
Regular Characters:	Emerson Bale, Ivan Petrovitch, Richard Fenster
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Rampage (Stuart Clarke), Amos Crawley
Other Characters:	Rose, Anna
Synopsis:	Bale is Angel's lawyer, helping him fight his relatives over his
parent's will. He is stunned to see how much he stands to inherit.
	Crawley is Clarke's lawyer, telling him he is bankrupt. He storms out in
anger.
	Ivan reminds Widow that she has a bad history with super-hero groups, but she
reassures him that this collection of loners is for her.
	The UCLA football team teaches Hercules to play. He wins.
	Fenster wan an agent for the school and has been fired. Angel hires him to
administer the Champions, and officially establishes the Champions as a team, to
help the ordinary man.
	Clarke dons his Iron-Man-like experimental armor and goes on a bank-robbing
Rampage. Iceman happens on him and is quickly overcome. Angel, Hercules, Widow,
and Ivan come to the rescue and get what-for, too. Rampage takes Angel hostage.

Issue:	Champions 6
Date:	Jun-76
Story:	Mad Dogs and Businessmen (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Iceman
Regular Characters:	Ivan Petrovitch 
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Rampage, Amos Crawley
Other Characters:	Conners, Dunn
Synopsis:	Rampage has Angel hostage and forces the rest to walk away. Iceman
summons his coldest temperature, spins, and holds Rampage long enough to Hercules
and Widow to rescue Angel. Rampage gets away and decides it was crazy to become a
bank robber. He removes his suit, and walks right past the police.
	Angel makes Widow team leader. Iceman plans to quit.
	Crawley recognizes Rampage on the news and reports him. The police arrive, and
Rampage reluctantly dons his suit again and battles them. The Champions arrive
and together defeat him, Angel borrowing Hercules's mace. He explodes his jet
pack, trying to suicide, but Iceman shields him with ice and saves his life. He
is going to prison; Crawley plans to sell his business and take his money.

Issue:	Champions 7
Date:	Aug-76
Story:	The Man Who Created the Black Widow (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman
Regular Characters:	Ivan Petrovitch, Richard Fenster, Emerson Bale
Guest Stars:	the Commissar (Alexi Bruskin)
Villains:	Rampage, Griffin, Darkstar (Laynia), the Titanium Man (Bullski), the
new Crimson Dynamo (Yuri Petrovitch, the Outcast)
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	A guided missile crashes through the window of the Champions' new
office, and gives them a time of it before Hercules can catch it.
	Angel is unable to convince Rampage to use his lawyer. He and Ghost Rider are
unable to stop Griffin and Darkstar from flying off with him.
	Fenster has arranged a public gala to announce the Champions, and he, Iceman,
and Hercules search the building the night before as a security precaution. They
find a child, who saw their ad and wants their help, and overlook Ivan's vengeful
son.
	Ivan and Widow realize that Commissar sent the missile, and she meets with
him. He was her superior as a Soviet agent and wants to warn her, but is attacked
by the Titanium Man.

Issue:	Champions 8
Date:	Oct-76
Story:	Divide and Conquer! (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman
Regular Characters:	Ivan Petrovitch, Richard Fenster, Emerson Bale
Guest Stars:	the Commissar, Gov. Jerry Brown
Villains:	Rampage, Griffin, Darkstar, the Titanium Man, the Crimson Dynamo/the
Outcast
Other Characters:	Pierre
Synopsis:	Rampage shows the Champions photos of Widow and Commissar, who are
captives of the Outcast. He attempts to attack and instead blows himself up: his
teammates sabotaged his suit to get rid of him. The Champions get him to a
hospital for a second time.
	Fenster makes the team clean up the ravaged office; Angel replaces his
costume.
	The Dynamo plans to send the Widow, the Commissar, and his father Yuri back to
Russia as traitors.
	Ivan and Iceman track the Commissar through the black pearls he always
carries.
	Angel and Hercules publicly announce the Champions as L.A.'s first super-hero
group, and are interrupted by the Dynamo, Griffin, and Titanium Man.

Issue:	Champions 9
Date:	Dec-76
Story:	The Battle of Los Angeles (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman
Regular Characters:	Ivan Petrovitch, Richard Fenster, Emerson Bale
Guest Stars:	the Commissar, Gov. Jerry Brown; Daredevil, Hawkeye (in flashback)
Villains:	Griffin, Darkstar, the Titanium Man, the Crimson Dynamo
Other Characters:	Pierre
Synopsis:	Angel tries in vain to calm the panicked crowd, while the governor
flees and calls out the National Guard. Angel, Hercules, Ghost Rider, and even
Fenster fend off the attack. Angel bashes Titanium Man, making him crash into
Hercules, which distracts Ghost Rider, leaving him open to Griffin, who also
blasts Angel.
	Iceman and Ivan arrive at the villains' base in Venice, CA, just as they
return with the fallen Champions. Iceman is quickly defeated, and Ivan runs off
to rescue Widow. She has already freed herself, and is battling Darkstar.
	The villains all arrive, with the fallen Champions as hostages. The Dynamo
reveals himself to be Ivan's son.

Issue:	Champions 10
Date:	Jan-77
Story:	One Man's Son Is Another Man's Poison (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman
Regular Characters:	Ivan Petrovitch, Richard Fenster, Emerson Bale
Guest Stars:	the Commissar, Gov. Jerry Brown; Daredevil, Hawkeye (in flashback)
Villains:	Griffin, Darkstar, the Titanium Man, the Crimson Dynamo; Brackett,
Medvedev (in flashback)
Other Characters:	Boris, Capt. Andreyivich
Synopsis:	Darkstar has Angel, Iceman, Ghost Rider, and Hercules captive in her
energy field, but can't maintain it, so she ports away with her teammates,
leaving the Champions in a vault beneath the San Andreas fault. If they break
out, they cause an earthquake. Ghost Rider has to restrain Hercules from trying.
	The Dynamo has the rest on a plane, and tells his tale:
	Ivan was a scientist who refused to defect; he sent wife and son away for
safety, but they were gunned down in their car, the woman killed, the boy
captive.
	The boy assumed his father arranged this, to be rid of them. He was raised by
American agents, but resisted and arranged to be rescued. The Commissar reveals
that in reality, he set the whole thing up, to make the boy a loyal tool.
	The U.S. Air Force intercepts the plane; Titanium Man flies out and destroys
them.
	Darkstar frees the captives, both in the plane and in the vault, because the
Dynamo refuses to listen to the truth. He subdues the Widow and Darkstar, and
flies to a waiting sub. The Champions arrive, fight, and subdue their foes. The
Commissar uses a grenade to damage the sub and is shot by its captain. Darkstar
and Ivan let the Dynamo go free, and he vows to return. Ivan keeps his secrets
from the team.

Issue:	Champions 11
Date:	Feb-77
Story:	The Shadow from the Stars (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman, Darkstar
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Black Goliath (Bill Foster), Hawkeye (Clint Barton, also in
flashback as Giant Man II), The Two-Gun Kid (Matt Hawk); Giant Man I (Henry Pym,
in flashback)
Villains:	Warlord Kaa and shadow soldiers; Stilt-Man
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	The Champions test drive their new sky car, and nearly crash, but its
designer, Black Goliath, catches them. He introduces himself as Tony Stark's West
Coast representative, and fixes the car, which he says was built with
sub-standard metal.
	Darkstar joins them, having defected. Widow is a bit peeved at not being asked
first.
	In Arizona, Ghost Rider is nearly trampled by stampeding cattle. He finds
Hawkeye and the Two-Gun Kid teamed up to help some local ranchers, and together
they investigate a flying saucer. The rest of the Champions see it on TV and come
running.
	Shadows move across the rock; they possess the ranchers through their shadows.
Hawkeye illuminates them, and they identify themselves as the alien Kaa and his
shadow soldiers.
	Darkstar's power is ineffective against such beings; Iceman saves her (he has
a crush on her). Hercules is possessed, but overcomes it. Kaa tries to possess
Angel, but he flies so high that his shadow disappears, killing Kaa.
	Ghost Rider puts one of Hawkeye's arrows aGhost Rider; he shoots it into the
mother ship, illuminating and destroying all the shadows.
	Black Goliath calls with an emergency: Stilt-Man has attacked, wanting the
Stranger's box that had been stolen from Stark's lab.

Issue:	Champions 12
Date:	Mar-77
Story:	Did Someone Say... The Stranger? (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman, Darkstar
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Black Goliath; Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Adam Warlock (in
flashback)
Villains:	Stilt-Man, the Stranger, Kamo Tharn
Other Characters:	Regina "Reggie" Clayborne
Synopsis:	The Champions return from Arizona in time to fight Stilt-Man. Angel
knocks the Z-Ray out of his hand, and Darkstar destroys it. He beats off Black
Goliath, Hercules, and Angel. Ghost Rider melts the tar beneath his stilts,
gluing him, but he detaches his pods and walks away. Black Goliath chases him.
	Reggie's boyfriend stole a box from Stark; she came to the Champions for help
when he disappeared and it started glowing.
	The Stranger appears, warning them that it is a null-life bomb. They don't
trust him enough to give it to him, and fight him when he tries to take it.
	A silver structure emerges from the box and swallows Reggie, then the
Stranger. He explains that it will expand and swallow the earth, unless the
Champions can retrieve the one thing that will disarm it. He ports them to Kamo
Tharn's world, who attacks them, having previous history with Hercules.
	Meanwhile, Black Goliath has walloped Stilt-Man, live on TV.

Issue:	Champions 13
Date:	May-77
Story:	The Doom That Went On Forever (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman, Darkstar
Regular Characters:	
Guest Stars:	Black Goliath
Villains:	the Stranger, Kamo Tharn, Mechanoids
Other Characters:	Reggie Clayborne
Synopsis:	Black Goliath is sucked into the null-life bomb, meets the Stranger
and Reggie, and is defeated by the bomb's Mechanoid defences.
	Kamo Tharn wants his runestaff back, which Hercules and Sif had taken to help
Thor. His creatures attack the Champions.
	Darkstar tries to keep the Stranger's portal to earth open, and she and Iceman
go through it into deep space. They form spheres (of Darkfield and of ice) to
save their lives and make it to the other end of the portal. Darkstar ignores
Iceman, and tells the Stranger that Kamo Tharn's staff is on earth (in a broom
closet). He helps her use it to make the bomb simply expand forever, which
negates it as a threat.
	The Champions realize that Kamo Tharn is battling them with illusions, and
break out of it, then Angel breaks his face, then the Stranger brings them home.

Issue:	Champions 14
Date:	Jul-77
Story:	The Creature Called... Swarm! (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman, Darkstar
Regular Characters:	Ivan Petrovitch
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Swarm (Fritz Von Meyer, see next iss.)
Other Characters:	Frankie
Synopsis:	The Champions' automated defences attack Hercules. Iceman dons his
new, mature, full-body costume and comes to the rescue, and is attacked himself
by Rampage's armor. He gets the armor to knock out the building's generator,
shutting down all systems. He finds the problem was faulty wiring.
	Ivan says goodbye to Widow, Darkstar, and Ghost Rider and returns to Russia,
on a secret mission for Nick Fury. On the same dock, giant mechanical bees attack
an Interpol agent, and the Champions come to his rescue. Swarm kills him; he is
composed of a swarm of bees. He flees when the Champions approach, and they take
the dead man's briefcase.
	Angel flies in with a warning: a huge swarm of killer bees is about to attack.

Issue:	Champions 15
Date:	Sep-77
Story:	Death Drone! (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman, Darkstar
Regular Characters:	 
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Swarm
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	Swarm and his swarm attack the Champions, as well as the residents of
Los Angeles. He grabs the briefcase from Widow and seals himself inside the hive
formed on the top of the Champion's headquarters.
	Angel and Ghost Rider do what they can in the city; Darkstar and Iceman are
stung by giant bees and brought into the hive. Swarm explains he was a Nazi
toxicologist in South America who found mutant, civilized killer bees, whom he
made his army. They turned on him, destroying his body, but he grabbed the queen
bee, and his mind lives on in the swarm. The queen was captured by Interpol and
encased in amber.
	The queen's mind reaches out to Darkstar, who shatters the amber, freeing her.
Swarm and the now giant queen plan to conquer the world, but Hercules throws her
out to sea, and the swarm follows. Swarm collapses, nothing left but bare bones.

Issue:	Super-Villain Team-Up 14
Date:	Oct-77
Story:	A World for the Winning! (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	 
Regular Characters:	 
Guest Stars:	X-Men Nightcrawler, Colossus, Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Banshee
(in flashback); Avengers Vision, Scarlet Witch, Beast, Iron Man, Yellowjacket,
Thor, Capt. America, Wonder Man, Wasp; Champions Angel, Darkstar, Ghost Rider,
Hercules, Iceman, Black Widow
Villains:	Magneto, Dr. Doom; Eric the Red (in flashback)
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	Doom has decreed a celebration of his victory over Red Skull (SVTU
10-12); Magneto arrives, tips over Doom's statue, introduces himself, and offers
to team up to conquer and rule the world. Doom reveals that he has secretly
released a gas that allows him to control anyone in the world, including Magneto.
But he is bored with his secret victory and desires a challenge. He drugs Magneto
but also gives him an antidote to his mind-controlling gas.
	Magneto bursts into Avengers' mansion, is attacked, but eventually gets the
heroes to listen: he wants allies against Doom. But Doom then asserts his control
over all the Avengers, who kneel to him. Magneto redirects the Beast's blood flow
and frees his mind. They are unable to contact the X-Men or Fantastic Four, so
they try the Champions. 

Issue:	Champions 16
Date:	Nov-77
Story:	A World Lost! (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman, Darkstar
Regular Characters:	 
Guest Stars:	Beast, Hulk, Pres. James Earl Carter, Cyrus Vance
Villains:	Magneto
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	The Champions have been told by the mind-controlled Avengers that
Beast has turned traitor, so they attack him and Magneto.
	Meanwhile, Carter turns America over to Doom. Doom summons the Hulk to protect
him from Magneto, who distracts him with Hercules, holds off the others, and
attacks Doom.
	Ghost Rider is the only Champion not effected by Doom's mind control; he
blasts Doom's mask with hellfire, forcing him to remove it and breathe his own
mind-controlling gas, thus freeing everyone else.
	Hulk bounds away; Magneto scoots, too, before the ex-X-Men attack him; Doom
tries to figure out how to obey himself.

Issue:	Champions 17
Date:	Jan-78
Story:	The Sentinels Hunt Again! (17 pages)
Feature Characters:	Hercules, Black Widow, Angel, Ghost Rider, Iceman, Darkstar
Regular Characters:	 
Guest Stars:	
Villains:	Sentinels; the Vanisher; the Blob, Unus the Untouchable, Lorelei;
Eric the Red (in flashback)
Other Characters:	
Synopsis:	The Blob, Unus, and Lorelei flee to the Champions for help against
Sentinels, who have cancelled their powers. Hercules and Widow defend them and
call the others for help.
	Angel sees the "Champsignal" (a pattern of lights on the building) and
retrieves Iceman, Darkstar, and Ghost Rider from the latter's movie premiere
(inadvertently sparking an anti-mutant riot in the audience).
	Together, the Champions defeat the strangely inept Sentinels. The Blob
explains that the three villains had been restored from infancy by Eric the Red,
were attacked, and fled to the ex-X-men for help. But Warren and Bobby see
through this pretense, and the Vanisher stuns all the Champions with a ray gun.
He is behind this plot to destroy the Champions, using leftover Sentinels that he
assembled on Steven Lang's orbital platform (see Uncanny X-Men 98-100).
	Darkstar recovers consciousness and uses her dark force to reanimate one of
the fallen Sentinels, and it fells Blob, Unus, and Lorelei. Iceman freezes the
Vanisher's ray gun, so he decides to vanish. But Darkstar throws her force at
him, and he is stuck halfway in transport. She admits to not being more than
human.
	Note: this is the last issue in the series; the story continues in Avengers
163.


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