Synopsis for “Captives of the Deadly Duo!”
After scouting for Dr. Doom, the Human Torch returns to the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building headquarters to report in his lack of success in finding Doom. He arrives just as his teammates are reading fan mail. When Reed gets a letter from a fan who is presently staying at a nearby hospital, Reed stretches out his body to pay the boy a personal visit. Ben meanwhile gets a mocking letter from the Yancy Street Gang, challenging him to a fight. Ben responds by rolling up a titanium steel tile and telling Johnny to mail it out for him. Although Ben laments over not being able to face a worthy foe like Dr. Doom or the Sub-Mariner.
Prophetic words these turn out to be as at that very moment Dr. Doom is seeking out the Sub-Mariner and tracks him down in his aerosub and confronts Namor over the ocean. Doom managed to talk truce and convince Namor that they should work together to destroy the Fantastic Four and then rule the world. Namor invites Doom back to Atlantis where Doom notes his infatuation with Sue Storm. Doom however stirs the Sub-Mariner’s anger by reminding him how his kingdom was annihilated by atomic weapons tests. Namor agrees to destroy the Fantastic Four, but refuses to harm Sue Storm. Doom agrees to let Sue live and then shows off his latest invention which he wishes to use against the Fantastic Four: a magnetically powered “grabber” device that can pull any object no matter how heavy. Namor then goes to the surface world to confront the Fantastic Four as part of their plan.
Meanwhile at the Baxter Building, Johnny finds a picture of Namor hidden behind a bookshelf and confronts his sister Sue about it. When she tells Johnny that he has no right to go snooping into her property, Johnny alerts the others about Sue’s little secret before burning the picture with his flame powers. When Reed asks for an explanation from Sue, she is at a loss of words to explain her infatuation with the Sub-Mariner. Suddenly, Namor makes his presence known to them. While the male members of the team try to attack Namor, Sue comes to his aid. The others find that Namor is prepared for their attacks and Reed suddenly realizes that Namor must have planted some kind of trap and he and Johnny go to search for it. When they fail to find it Namor gloats when suddenly the Baxter Building is pulled out of its foundation and is drawn into space.
The Fantastic Four and Namor quickly put on breathing helmets. When Johnny fails to escape in the vacuum of space, Reed tries to grab Doom’s ship that is pulling them closer to the sun, but Doom had prepared a defensive rocket that burns Reeds hands. With the void of space being close to that of Earth’s oceans, Namor — realizing he had been betrayed by Doom — agrees to stop him. He then exits the Baxter Building and “swims” toward Doom’s ship. There he breaks through the hull into the ship but finds a locked and electrified door blocking his way into the control room. The Sub-Mariner then uses his ability to mimic the electricity generating abilities of electric eels to begin shocking Doom through the door, forcing him to retreat. In the void of space, Doom is suddenly struck by a passing meteor and is carried away. Namor then takes control of the ship and reverses its course, returning the Baxter Building to its original foundation. The Fantastic Four then find Doom’s grabber device stashed away in the basement, but they cannot remove it. Suddenly it flies away and rendezvous with Namor over the ocean. The Sub-Mariner then crashes the ship and the grabber device into the waters below so they cannot be used again and then returns to the ocean himself.
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