The Bride of Ultron
The Bride of Ultron
The Avengers face off with Ultron in April’s Dollar Box column over at StashMyComics.com.
Ultron is presently staring in the Age of Ultron comics event — but he wasn’t always an A-List Marvel supervillain. Ultron’s introduction during the classic Roy Thomas/John Buscema Avengers era might be the high point of that particular comic, but I think it is in the two part story from Avengers #161-162 by Jim Shooter and George Perez where Ultron really comes of age. Mouse on over to my column and see if you agree!
Thanks to StashMyComics.com for hosting The Dollar Box!
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Posted on April 4, 2013, in Announcements and tagged Avengers, George Perez, Jim Shooter, Marvel Comics, Ultron. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.
Cool. Avengers #161, the first Avengers comic I ever owned!
An excellent place to start! No wonder comics became a lifelong pursuit.
You’re not kidding! Especially the George Perez art. Speaking of which, the first superhero comic I ever bought was Fantastic Four #172, which was also drawn by Perez. No wonder I was hooked.
Perez had some good issues of FF — was reading them the other day, but not sure if I’ll be doing a review or not. In a conversation on Twitter, Horace Austin noted that Perez had a lot of fractured runs at Marvel in the 1970s (on FF and Avengers) and it wasn’t until he settled in at DC that he could make his mark with an extended and uninterrupted run on Teen Titans. Would love to have seen Perez have a similar run on FF or Avengers — I don’t know if the fault was with Marvel editorial or with Perez but for whatever reason, that just didn’t happen.
… but he has always had an A-list name. Ultron’s a pretty good handle.
I think he had an A-list debut, too, but that appearance in Fantastic Four #150 set him back a couple years. Galactus-sized Ultron in a jumpsuit? Not a good look.
Easily the high point of the 1970s Avengers, just as the Stern/Buscema/Palmer run was for the 1980s, Thomas’ Ultron trilogy for the 1960s, and the Millar/Hitch/Neary Ultimates for the 2000s.
The 1970s was such a golden era for the Avengers — top teams for most of the decade, and the brand hadn’t yet been diluted by endless spin-off books.
Always nice to hear from you, Mars … and Ultron fans should check your site for some of the original stories that inspired this post!
I agree wholeheartedly that George Perez had “extraordinarily tight pencils and powerful visual storytelling” for Avengers #161-162. I’ll add that he was well served by his inker. Vince Colletta and Mike Esposito made Perez’s earlier work on the Avengers look stiff. Sam Grainer was an improvement. But, with Pablo Marcos, Perez finally had an inker on the title that could enhance his pencils.
There’s an aphorism in military history that amateurs talk strategy & tactics, while professionals talk logistics. The comic book equivalent is that amateurs talk pencilers, while professionals talk inkers … and that’s why I’m not remotely surprised that you’ve been the guy to name check Pablo Marcos, which I should have done in the article. Well done, Doctor Marvel!
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