Avengers Vol.1 #44

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The Black Widow passes a lie-detector test and is set free. Meanwhile, the other Avengers attack the base; They gradually make headway, and Captain America is trapped and made to fight one-on-one with the Red Guardian; Hawkeye manages to escape and joins in the fighting; Captain America loses his shield but gains the upper hand, and Colonel Ling electrocutes him; The Red Guardian is unhappy that Captain America was defeated so dishonorably; Black Widow tries to disable the Psychotron, but is shot at by the Colonel; The Red Guardian leaps in the way and takes the shot and the Black Widow completes her task; She is then shot just as Hawkeye runs in and catches her; With the Psychotron disabled Hercules is free again and breaks out the base, with Hawkeye and Captain America following.

Printed: Sept 1967
Writers: Roy Thomas
Art: John Buscema and Vince Colletta
Cover: John Buscema and Vince Colletta

Key Issue Details
- Partial origin of the Black Widow
- Origin and death of Natasha's husband, the Red Guardian