“A” Is For …
… The Avengers! (1963)
Even as a fifty-something-year-old fart, my pulse still quickens a little at the thought of The Avengers. Not the movies — though I like those well-enough — and not the blizzard of Avengers-branded titles Marvel has spammed onto the racks these past ten years.
No, my Avengers are from the 1970s, when the team pretty much stuck to their titular book, and being an Avenger seemed like a rare honor, like being an astronaut or an Olympian. The roster was limited and membership changes felt like a big deal. If you followed a second-tier Marvel hero — like Hellcat or Ms. Marvel — then seeing that charcter get a whiff of Avengers membership felt like getting called up to the Major Leagues. And because we lived vicariously through these heroes, when they joined the Avengers, we did, too.
The Avengers was also Marvel’s event book, before they did event books (and well before, seemingly, everything became an event book). The Avengers is where the Kree-Skrull War broke out. They fought the Defenders. They crossed over with the Fantastic Four for the wedding of Crystal and Pietro. They fought Korvac and Thanos.
And along the way we had Marvel’s greatest soap operas. The romance and wedding of Vision and the Scarlet Witch. The weird Oedipal saga of Ultron and Hank Pym. The Celestial Madonna. The bureaucratic intrusion of Henry Peter Gyrich that elevated the who’s in/who’s out? roster drama of the Avengers to operatic levels.
I loved those stories. Avengers Assemble, for me.
What’s YOUR favorite “A” comic? Let me know in the comments, below. Share your Avengers memories or tell me what I’ve missed. (Come at me, “Amazing Spider-Man” fans).
- Honorable Mentions:
- The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- Astonishing Tales (1970)
- Action Comics (1938)
- Adventure Comics (1938)
- All-Star Squadron (1981)
- Astro City (1995)
- Afterlife With Archie (2013)
- All-Star Superman (2005)
Read more about The Avengers at Longbox Graveyard:
- Digesting The Avengers
- All-New All-Different Avengers #1
- Uncanny Avengers #1
- New Avengers #1
- Avengers Kree/Skrull War
- Silver Age Avengers
- The Bride of Ultron
- Avengers Gallery
- Avengers Assemble Gallery
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