With the success of the Fantastic Four, team comics became big business. While an attempt to replicate this attempt, The X-Men, would prove unpopular at the time, another title got huge. It was about The Avengers, and it would bring together many Marvel heroes from other titles, mainly from anthology.
Unlike other team books of the decade, The Avenger’s roster moved quickly. At number four, they had welcomed the star of the golden age to Captain America into their ranks. By number 16, he would be the team leader and start over with a whole new roster.
Many of the characters and stories featured in this decade would stand the test of time. They would come to form the basis not only of the Avengers, but of much of the Marvel Universe. The covers, many of which were created by artist Jack Kirby, would quickly become iconic and still hold a special place in the hearts of the fandom.
10 Captain America joins the Avengers
The first three issues had established a squad from across the Marvel universe. Nevertheless, the number 4 would be truly mount them. This issue saw the introduction of Captain America. He would do be revived from its cryogenic state after an absence from comics since the golden age.
The problem itself doesn’t slow down even for a minute. Captain America’s body is first discovered by Namor, fresh from a recent battle with the Hulk. Once revived by The Avengers, Captain America goes on an adventure to find his hotel. This leads him to come into contact with Rick Jones and an alien race. The problem culminates in a great battle, in which the Avengers finally offer Captain America a place on the team..
9 The coming of the avengers
The cover of the first issue is a huge technicolor party, inviting readers to bet on the new title. He introduces the main members, advancing towards Loki, who has his back to the viewer. While these characters had appeared in other titles before, it was the first time that were brought together under a flag.
Loki is responsible for the heroes are reunited when he tries to trick the Hulk. A distress signal sent by Rick Jones is intercepted by Iron Man, Ant-Man and The Wasp. When Thor arrives for his wayward brother and fires him, the team reunites as The Avengers and the rest becomes history..
8 Behold … The Vision!
While many covers had opted for primary color bursts, this John Buscema cover went in the opposite direction. He used deep reds and blacks to add drama to a new character in the franchise. That character was an android known as The Vision.
Ultron’s son, Vision It was supposed to lead the team into a trap. Nevertheless, overcome their programming and save them from the machinations of their creator. The Vision would become a longtime team member and fan favorite. Despite undergoing many changes, their stories would always follow the ideas raised in this issue, their search for their humanity..
7 The old order changes
Despite being together for only 15 issues, the team would undergo a big change with this comic. Thor returns to Asgard and The Wasp leaves the team due to mental strain. When Iron Man and Giant-Man follow him, it seems like the team is done.
That is until former enemy Hawkeye arrives, asking to start a new life as a member. Captain America’s televised recruiting drive attracts the attention of two more former criminals. These are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, former members of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The topic is important no only because of the new team itself, but because it set the theme of redemption. This would encompass the core of all Avengers stories to come.
6 In our midst … An immortal!
The number 38 would bring another new member of the team, Hercules. Under the influence of a love potion administered by the Sorceress, Hercules is sent to defeat the Avengers. After a short fight, Is brought return to healthy mind.
Returning to Mount Olympus, he discovers that he has been exiled by Zeus. This leaves him at the mercy of the Avengers, who graciously welcome him to the mansion as a guest. Hercules would become a fan favorite and beloved character. Although he would often rank second behind Thor, his jovial nature and zest for life have made him a welcome addition to any Avengers roster..
The cover of issue 66 presents an excellent perspective taken from a downward view. It looms over the stairs of the Avengers Mansion, as Clint Barton in his Goliath garb approaches and the rest of the team springs into action. The object of all The Avengers scorn is The Vision.
In this issue, Vision steals an adamantium cylinder from the SHIELD Helicarrier. He uses it to rebuild his father, Ultron. The problem is notable as it was the fictional metal’s first appearance in the Marvel universe. He also announced the return of Thor and Iron Man to the team after an extended absence.
4 Until death do us part
If the cover of this issue seemed far-fetched, then the story was even more so. The number features the wedding of Wasp and Yellowjacket, who had only admitted to killing Goliath. Inexplicably, only Hawkeye seems angry at this reveal. The mania starts right there.
Despite the Fantastic Four hosting flowers and the Circus of Crime as catering staff, Wasp is still amazed at how her day ends.. Fortunately, Yellowjacket ends the topic by admitting that Goliath’s death was a schizophrenia-induced lie.. At that moment, everything seems to return to normal.
3 The coming of wonder man
Wonderman would only have one outing in the sixties, until its resurgence in issue 151. Simon Williams was arrested for taking money and blamed Tony Stark. This led to a plot in which The Masters of Evil contacted him and gave him powers to fight alongside them.
They would have won, had it not been for a Wonderman change of mind that saved the Avengers. He met a heroic death, dying from the poison administered by Baron Zemo. When later revived, he would become an integral member of the team and a core member of the West Coast Squad.
two In battle united
Long before the big Avengers vs X-Men crossover event, little fights had occurred between the two teams. This was the first and featured a squad of Avengers paired up against the original X-Men. It is a continuation of a story from X-Men # 45.
The story centers on some confusion when Quicksilver rejoins the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Unbeknownst to The Avengers, they attack Cyclops who confronts him. The problem ends with Magneto’s defeat and apparent death. The story would use Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as a bridge between the world of mutants and the Avengers, a recurring theme for years to come.
1 The black knight lives again
The Black Knight had been a former enemy of The Avengers. He was a member of The Masters of Evil and had used his high-tech weaponry and flying horse to attack them. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise when he arrived once more and was immediately attacked.
This time, the man in the suit was Dane Whitman. Nephew of the original Black Knight, he had decided to use his uncle’s weaponry forever. He would become an ally of the team and later become a full-time member.
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