My first exposure to Nathan Garrett, the villainous Black Knight, was in the pages of The Avengers, where he was a member of the original Masters of Evil. For some reason, I'd thought he was one and the same with Sir Percy, the Golden Age Black Knight who was getting new exposure in the (partial) reprint mag I was picking up at the time, Marvel Super-Heroes. I couldn't understand why the two characters were written so differently--but it didn't take long for me to lose interest in Sir Percy in favor of his more contemporary and dangerous counterpart:
The situation was muddied even more for me when the third Black Knight, Dane Whitman, would hold brazier-lit conversations with Sir Percy, whom I'd first assumed was the Black Knight who was part of Zemo's group. Why, I wondered, was this Black Knight helping Whitman, who fought on the side of the law? But once I'd read a later Avengers story that showed Garrett, on his death bed, admitting to Whitman that his life as a criminal had been a mistake, I was able to make a distinction between Garrett and the more noble shade of Sir Percy, who was revealed to be Whitman's ancestor in the new Black Knight's showcase story in Marvel Super-Heroes.
It took me some time to work my way backwards and find true perspective on Garrett, who, like the Melter and the Radioactive Man, made his initial appearance in one of the titles where an Avenger first got their feet wet before moving on--in this case, Tales To Astonish, which was at the time headlining Giant-Man:
So just how did Nathan Garrett start his life of crime--and where the heck did he get a winged horse?