Thursday, May 19, 2011

Marvel Spotlight: The Avengers

One of the earliest super teams created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, The Avengers debuted in their own title in September of 1963. Originally consisting of Iron Man, The Wasp, Thor, Ant-Man and The Hulk, the green skinned goliath soon left the feature and was replaced by a recently revived WWII hero, Captain America. With the Captain dominating the storylines for the next dozen issues or so, the entire team eventually resigned as new members Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch joined the roster. As often as team members changed over the years, so did the artist which drew the feature including, Don Heck, Gene Colan, Bob Brown, and the brothers John and Sal Buscema. But most comic fans fondly remember the few issues written by Roy Thomas in 1972 when the Scarlet Witch fell in love with The Vision, illustrated by Neal Adams who was at the top of his game in layouts and penciling at that time.

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