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182: Avengers #6 (v1)

" The Mighty Avengers Meet The Masters Of Evil! "
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Avengers #6 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Chic Stone
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Chic Stone
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1964
Release Date: May 1964
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Pages: 23
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,131                 Times Rated: 611
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Baron Zemo assembles a team consisting of the most powerful villains; the Black Knight, the Melter, and Radioactive Man. Their objective is to destroy Captain America and the Avengers!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). Captain America next appears in Journey into Mystery #105a (v1).
Thor last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #105a (v1).
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #54a (v1).
Giant-Man last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). Giant-Man next appears in Tales to Astonish #57a (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Tales to Astonish #57a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Rick Jones
Rick Jones last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). Rick Jones next appears in Avengers #7 (v1).
Elendil last appeared in Tales to Astonish #52a (v1). Elendil next appears in Tales of Suspense #59a (v1).
  Tom Smith
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Tom Smith in the mainstream continuity. Tom Smith next appears in Incredible Hulk Annual #17c.
  Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo last appeared in Avengers #4 (v1). Baron Zemo next appears in Avengers #7 (v1).
  The Black Knight
The Black Knight last appeared in Tales to Astonish #52a (v1). The Black Knight next appears in Tales of Suspense #59a (v1).
  The Melter
The Melter last appeared in Tales of Suspense #47 (v1). The Melter next appears in Avengers #15 (v1).
  The Radiocative Man
The Radiocative Man last appeared in Journey into Mystery #93 (v1). The Radiocative Man next appears in Avengers #54 (v1).
  Paste-Pot Pete
Paste-Pot Pete last appeared in Strange Tales #110a (v1). Paste-Pot Pete next appears in Strange Tales #124a (v1).
  Franz Gruber
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Franz Gruber in the mainstream continuity. Franz Gruber next appears in Avengers #15 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster III)
The Avengers last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Journey into Mystery #105a (v1).
The Masters of Evil (Roster I)
This is the first appearance by The Masters of Evil in the mainstream continuity. The Masters of Evil next appears in Avengers #7 (v1).
The Teen Brigade
The Teen Brigade last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). The Teen Brigade next appears in Avengers #8 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Journey into Mystery #105a (v1).
Iron Man Armor, Model 2
Iron Man Armor, Model 2 last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 2 next appears in Tales of Suspense #54a (v1).
Mjolnir last appeared in Avengers #5 (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Journey into Mystery #105a (v1).
Power Lance
Power Lance last appeared in Tales to Astonish #52a (v1). Power Lance next appears in Tales of Suspense #59a (v1).
Melting Ray, MK I
Melting Ray, MK I last appeared in Tales of Suspense #47 (v1). Melting Ray, MK I next appears in Avengers #15 (v1).
Paste-Gun last appeared in Strange Tales #110a (v1). Paste-Gun next appears in Strange Tales #124a (v1).
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Why Essential Notes

The Masters of Evil are first brought together in this issue.
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Issue Review
   October 23, 2012
The very first page of this issue promises that the following story will be ‘possibly the most memorable illustrated story you will read this year!’ Despite the vagueness of that promise, Avengers #6 is, in fact, quite memorable, if only because it has that campy charm of comics from the 60s that so many of us know and love. Sure enough, there’s a healthy serving of goofiness that comes with this pie, but I mean that in the most positive way possible.
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  juanito Says:    
  2011-10-26 14:11:38  
  Avengers still don't cut in my opinion. Defeating the villains by just switching the opponent. Heck of a plan. Wow!  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-29 09:44:52  
  So much potential for a good story….  

  price2606 Says:    
  2011-12-07 05:45:40  
  Did paste-pot pete just save the day?  

  fragsel Says:    
  2011-12-25 14:26:09  
  How the hell is Zemo feeding himself? Rather not by nasogastric intubation, because his nose is covered too. Any other ideas?  

  Dreaded Porcupine Says:    
  2012-04-12 20:30:16  
  Always wondered how Zemo ate myself let alone breathe.  

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-04-26 22:25:46  
  Sigh, why is it so hard to get giant-man's proportions correct. About 12 feet tall in one panel, to having a hand large enough to grab a man in the next, and then able to straddle a city block a few later. Thor should of kept the horse.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-06-03 09:23:00  
  Huh? Chicago as stopover flying from the west? Isn't Hulk's whereabouts in the southwest, the atomic bomb testing area? "All-purpose detergent" - Stan really outdid his sexism this time.

Wasp as avengers: talk about detergents, annoys somehow a baddie, doos a phone call and puts a nail into the gun. That's action!

Oh, and HOOORAY to Paste pot Pete!!

  Safis Says:    
  2012-07-03 19:30:38  
  Terrible, terrible, terrible.

The last couple issues of Avengers were pretty exciting. What happened here?

And I agree, Giant Man's inconsistent size when he's in "big-form" is getting to be a bit of a problem.

  Gym1963 Says:    
  2012-07-25 17:23:34  
  There were so many things wrong with this story! So why did I love it?

And about Zemo feeding himself... erm... nutrient enema?

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-07-31 23:41:59  
  Interesting. This issue is like a big meeting for all the second-rate villains we've had over the various comic runs. Paste-pot-pete, Radioactive Man, The Black Knight, the Melter, they're all there... just needs Plantman.  

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-08-09 21:04:25  
  Most disappointing Avengers issue so far. Too many villains and too many things happening at once, when just an encounter between the Avengers and Zemo would've been plenty.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-09-25 00:16:50  
  When Baron Zemo, who is built up to be a worthy opponent, is technically beaten by Paste Pot Pete it's rather pathetic. In fact the way this story goes, Baron Zemo is just an over glorified Pot Pete. His secret weapon is Adhesive X (overpowered glue). His plan was to paste random civilians with it to lure out the Avengers? Come on, you can do better than that Stan.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-27 14:57:37  
  I was not impressed by this issue at all. Just bland, average, tasteless. A rice cracker. Hello taste? Where are you? And can everyone slice open a fire hydrant with a bare-handed chop if they just practice enough?  

  saschavikos Says:    
  2012-10-13 13:02:06  
  Got it. Zemo just eats a ton of soup and smoothies...filters it through the mask. He's got to dye it once a week or so because the massive food stain on his mask builds up.  

  Encolpius Says:    
  2012-11-24 01:06:45  
  I am so sick of Iron Man and his "transistors". Someone get Stan a basic electrical engineering book, transistors don't power anything. Other than than, decent story.  

  Maidel Says:    
  2013-03-29 17:34:55  
  I can't believe that no one else mentioned it, but seriously, cap, giant man - TAKE OFF YOUR GOD DAMN SHOES!

Honestly, all of them standing around worried that they can't move, having to skate down the street because they are stuck to the floor, it's just their shoes, take them off and you are free!

Not to mention that no adhesive could ever stick to your skin for longer than a few days because the skin it's stuck to simply falls off.

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2013-06-06 04:29:10  
  Have never understood Baron Zemo having a mask on his face since WWII or what makes him a worthy foe for Cap. I can only assume that Adhesive X actually somehow fused his skin and the material, in which case even if he gets the mask off he's gonna look worse than he does with the mask on. Anyway, across the board this issue makes little sense. Why are the Avengers stopping in Chicago?

OTOH, it kind of nicely shows the Avengers aren't gelled as a fighting unit yet.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-01 09:14:41  
  Only in Stan Lee's universe is adhesive a major weapon. And for not 1, but 2 villains. They should have badgered Zemo with "you got beat by Paste-Pot Pete" That idea of switching opponents-you know if the villains ever try that, they could commit several acts of vengeance. Thor, keep the horse. You would look so freaking cool.  

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2013-08-02 00:44:54  
  Maybe the first Marvel comic I read where one team pulls the old switcheroo to defeat their opponents. Cool!  

  duncanm Says:    
  2013-08-16 20:17:43  
  Up is down, black is white, the Wasp and Paste Pot Pete were useful!!

Who is the Rick Brown fellow, and how did he get his own Teen Brigade?

Anyone else notice the ad for pills to help women gain weight?! Not sure if that made things more topsy-turvy, or if it cancelled out Wasp/Pete to make things normal again.

Altogether one of the best in the Order so far. Felt like the first time that everyone clicked as a team and had enemies worthy of everyone needing to team up.

  Waveserpent Says:    
  2013-08-25 19:03:06  
  Ah Zemo. motivation: hood removal. Execution: glue the world together.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-19 07:30:45  
  I like how "Dr Zemo" was introduced the same month in Sgt Fury 8, tying Sgt Fury even more into the Marvel Universe continuity, with the Fury story taking places several decades (WWII) before the current (at the time) Avengers 6.

Nice job Stan!

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-19 15:05:51  
  Enjoyed this issue quite a bit, especially the return of some of the villians in the various solo comics coming together to form the Masters Of Evil.

I think this is the first Marvel comic where the heroes switched around the villians they normally fight to better defeat them.

The Radioactive Man's "diaper" looks stupid.

I assuming Zemo was feild intrvenously and that the mask is porous so he can at leats breathe, otheriwse I have no idea how he could survive in that mask.

I wasn't familiar withe the Teen Brigade until I started reading the Order, and now I wish I remainded ignorant of them. Hopefully they'll abandon this concept soon.

I really prefer having the letters page(s) at the end of the issue. Encountering them in the middle of a story just seems wrong, and as they often mention some details of what happens next issue, I always avoid reading them until I'm finished with the sotry.

"Rick BROWN"?

I think this is the second time the following classic dialogue was uttered"

"Where did you come from?"

"The stork brought me."

Shakespeare weeps.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-01-26 22:32:46  
  Corny story. But it was nice to see the introduction of the Masters Of Evil and Baron Zemo. Yeah, Thor should have kept the horse.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-04-06 12:18:14  
  3 stars for the 1st app of the Masters of Evil!!! Zemo wanted to call them the Masters of Naughtiness, but the Comics Code overruled it!

Cover Me - You just know you're fighting pure evil when they jaywalk on the street like that! And, why does Iron Man have no blue around him?

Splash - If only more kids took Stan's advice about taking better care of their comics....tsk, tsk...

Shield Slinger - I'm so glad Cap goes back to his old shield in later issues. Now if only Iron Man would drop the transistors bit as well!

Toot Your Own Horn - On page 3, panel 5 I can tell those photo's were taken by none other than Peter Palmer...I, mean Parker!

Eyes Wide Shut - On a couple of panels you can see Zemo's eyes! I would be crazed too if I could never close my eyes, or even blink!!!

Tense Teen-agers - On the Teen Brigade's door is RADIO ROOM KEEP OUT, but it's facing IN said radio room!

Melting Pot - Nice of Zemo to upgrade the Melter's melting beam, and I guess he put the Radioactive Man back together again?

Awesomeness - Great scene of Cap & Giant Man "goofy footing" with Iron Man in the big rig!!!

Mixup - I think Kirby drew the Wizard instead of Paste Pot Pete!

No Prize - A metal melting beam that works on bricks and mortar!

'Nuff Said - "You think I'm fearful of others, fool? Zemo lands when he pleases!"-Dr. Zemo

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-05-04 19:15:17  
  1. I dunno....Stan makes a lot of bone-headed mistakes....how can he possibly outdo himself
2. Zemo's hood is odd but cool looking
3. Also an odd appearance for Past Pot Pete
4. Page 14 - beautiful image of Black Knight
5. This issue had all the elements but somehow it just didn't hold my interest. I feel like I should have liked it ,ore than I did. That being said, Zemo was interesting.

  mangaz137 Says:    
  2014-05-12 11:51:50  
  "That whirling shield of yours is like an all-purpose detergent, Cap!!" Ah, misogyny.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-05-13 21:44:57  
  That was an entertaining and energetic read even though the plot was a little corny.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-06-09 22:10:53  
  @Tarquinnff3: A little corny? This was mega-corny. The dialog was pretty stilted in this one, and the overall plot was lame.

The coloring of this on Marvel's digital version seemed off. Cap's ears were blue, making it look like they were part of his costume. Very strange.

You can tell Kirby loves drawing Cap though. Check out those panels towards the end where he fights Zemo mano a mano. Great stuff!

  zengosm Says:    
  2014-06-13 09:09:27  
  This issue was hilariously amazing.

I want a helihovercraft.

I thought adhesive X was supposedly an unbreakable adhesive, and yet somehow, Zemo never thought to look for a solution to prove this?

How does Zemo eat if he's got a hood pasted to his face?

Also an extra star for Paste Pot Pete saving the day!

  AwesomeSauce Says:    
  2014-06-22 15:36:09  
  Outsmarted by the Wasp, ouch... Clearly, Zemo should have gotten Paste-Pot Pete for his team, and then all of his problems would be solved. He'd get the hood off his face, the heroes would be stuck in glue, and let's face it Pete would put that glue to far more productive uses.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-07-21 16:15:06  
  Quite literally The most ridiculas story. Paste pot peter has a super adhesive dissolver. Silly  

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-01-08 21:16:51  
  How old is Zemo supposed to be anyway? Is he a doctor or a baron or both?  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-03-19 18:49:35  
  Dimaggio, Frazier, Louis, Jackson, Stalin, Montana. Without any melting powers, they're just another bunch of Joe's.  

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2015-06-12 02:41:42  
  After a promising start, the issue falls apart with something ridiculous on almost every page. How does the melted lamppost present a threat to Iron Man?  

  MX5 Says:    
  2015-07-09 19:53:55  
  This was hard to get through for me. If not for the Cap/Zemo fight I would have given it 2 stars, but Cap had some interesting action poses that I really enjoyed.  

  wedgeskywalker9 Says:    
  2015-08-15 21:12:21  
  I just can't get over a Strange Tales villain being relevant outside of Strange Tales. A surprisingly ho-hum début for the Masters of Evil otherwise.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2015-08-31 14:19:45  
  I couldn't find anything to like in this episode, except maybe the few panels where Cap and Zemo go head to head.  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-09-07 15:38:43  
  Forget the Avengers, let's see a Teen Brigade series.  

  J-Smack @ Maidel (original post):    
  2015-09-07 15:48:07  
  @Maidel: Didn't you hear Giant-Man's explanation?!?! It goes straight through the material and onto the skin!  

  Urgat Says:    
  2016-01-07 17:12:17  
  I can not really explain why...but i liked this issue...a hero-team versus a villain-Team...gimme more  

  wingot Says:    
  2016-01-10 06:19:13  
  Early on Ithought that Zemo seemed like a poor mans Pastepot Pete. Seems Stan made the same connection.  

  wingot @ fragsel (original post):    
  2016-01-10 06:22:28  
  Could be a PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) :-P.  

  TonyRolloBrownTown Says:    
  2016-02-17 11:49:30  
  Caps' speech to Zemo was a full one-hundred percentt, brass-knuckled wallop of patriotism. Courtesy of lady liberty.  

  gonzo Says:    
  2016-04-10 16:46:17  
  Using native dudes as flooring must have some hellacious upkeep costs  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-05-01 17:43:58  
  • That’s my line – “That whirling shield of yours is like an all-purpose detergent, Cap” (Wasp) – Sexist, but hysterical at the same time! It really cracked me up!

  • That sloth on page 3 is hilariously cute!

  • Zemo literally walks on natives when they don’t carry him around? Talk about a waste of labor force!!

  • It did not take much convincing to have Zemo explain everything he would presumably never reveal, now did it?

  • The Masters of Evil probably have not realized it yet, but hanging around with Radioactive Man is probably not healthy!

  • Dry-land water-skiing was a clever twist! Goofy, but it looks cool!

  • Paste-Pot Pete looks nothing like he was in previous issues.

  • That good deed oughta get Paste-Pot Pete out of jail right away for good behavior, right?

  • The Masters’ disappointed reaction to the switch of heroes is funny is so many aspects! It’s like they thought they would get to choose who’s supposed to arrest them!

  • That horse must have been pretty annoyed at getting his tail all glued up at some point!

  • The giant panel with the Black Knight on page 14 is absolutely magnificent!

  • Oh Thor, for Odin’s sake, cut the crap and keep the goddam horse!!

  • In general, the story was very entertaining, but a lot of the usual lameness popped up (Giant-Man’s elastic size, hypnotism, transistors, the Melter, etc. ). 3 stars!

  Calion @ Maidel (original post):    
  2016-06-02 18:42:30  
  The shoes thing was covered in the comic; it soaked through and stuck their shoes to their feet, like Zemo's mask. And presumably Adhesive X bonds under the skin so you can't just wait for it to fall off.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-02 18:58:28  
  1. How does Zemo eat? Or see?
2. Really? Radioactive Man wasn't consumed by the atomic explosion created by his body? How does that work?
3. "Let's switch enemies!" I see. The reason that, for instance, Iron Man didn't get help with the Melter previously is simply that no one had thought of that before! I wonder if they'll remember in the future.
4. So you call the Teen Brigade and not, you know, the Fantastic Four? Are you nuts? The Teen Brigade will take orders, I guess…
5. A lead balloon. He uses a lead balloon. I mean, it's actually, literally a lead balloon. Good Gravy.
6. …Stan? Earth to Stan? Masonry isn't made of metal, Stan.
7. Oh, God. "Those who fight for justice can always be defeated!" I was even down with "Masters of Evil"; they know they're evil in the eyes of the world, and that name could be intimidating. But nobody thinks they're against justice.
8. Iron Man has an anti-hypnotic "whirling palm signaler"? Man, the hits just keep coming.
9. Oh, c'mon! Can't you get the court to do a criminal asset forfeiture and give that horse to you, Thor? That would be awesome!
10. Man, I had to read several issues I skipped to understand what was going on here! Darn references!
11. Looking at the Appearances list, I see that the horse's name is Elendil. As in Aragorn's ancestor. I don't know what to do with this information.

Despite this issue's many, many flaws (Stan did promise us more super bonehead mistakes!), it is a huge, semi-epic romp, and a lot of fun. Three stars.

  Russ Says:    
  2016-08-03 13:28:57  
  The one question I have, is how Tony Stark managed to install his magnetic gadgetry into an indestructible Vibranium-alloy shield. 1. You have to drill into it to mount anything on it (including the strap), and 2. If it opens like that, wouldn't any impact from throwing it pop it open again?  

  Calion @ Russ (original post):    
  2016-09-03 21:31:15  
  Is it vibranium? I don't think that's happened yet. I don't think it's been mentioned, anyway.  

  Russ @ Calion (original post):    
  2016-09-03 22:37:18  
  You're right, it hasn't been mentioned yet, so I might've given away a spoiler about Cap's shield. However, the basic composition of it hasn't changed at any point, so we can assume that's what it is now. This ends up being an example of a plot point rendered awkward in the face of such a retcon. Or maybe Tony knows something about the shield nobody else knows.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-25 01:12:33  
  Lots of chewy, nougat-y Kirby/Lee goodness in this one!

** The Kirby/Stone artwork kicks it up yet another notch; almost certainly as a result of SGT. FURY being removed from their already crushing monthly workload. Captain America, in particular, has never looked more commanding or resolute up to this point. Magnificent!

** Introduction of the Silver Age incarnation of Baron Zemo -- the man who murdered Bucky Barnes! (A villain I've always liked, even if that mask/hood *does* leave him resembling nothing so much as a particularly dyspeptic gumdrop.) ;)

** An appearance by Paste-Pot Pete that, wonder of wonders, *doesn't* leave the reader desperate to dig their own eyes out with a cereal spoon. That's gotta be worth a bonus star right *there*, really...! ;)

** Cap's thrilling, on-the-nose declaration to Zemo: "I still remember how you sneered at democracy... how you called Americans soft... timid... too spoiled to fight for freedom! [...] Feel my GRIP, Zemo! It's the grip of a FREE MAN!" By God, if that isn't the very core *concept* of Captain America, boiled down to its purest, most distilled essence, then nothing is or ever WILL be! ;)

Yeah, yeah... a handful of nits, as detailed by others above, all adding up to a single star's demerit, total. That still leaves us with an adrenalized rocket ride of a four star winner, all told.

  GroovyGolem @ kent18 (original post):    
  2016-11-28 17:21:21  
  Awesome quote!  

  razzledazzlepg Says:    
  2017-05-08 00:11:06  
  What's the point of Magneto? Every hero and villain had magnetic powers in these comic books.

Open a magnet shop or an unstbale clothing shop and you'd be raking in crazy cash.

  Calion @ kent18 (original post):    
  2017-05-12 05:46:49  
  >An appearance by Paste-Pot Pete that, wonder of wonders, *doesn't* leave the reader desperate to dig their own eyes out with a cereal spoon. That's gotta be worth a bonus star right *there*, really...! ;)

I don't know who you are, dude, but you're awesome.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 21:50:14  
  Okay, so now we've seen Barons Mordo and Zemo. When do we get Gummo, Harpo, Zeppo, Chico and Groucho?  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-20 16:44:14  
  I was happy The Avengers faced a team of D-List super-villains (actually B-List in 1964) than another A-List super-hero team.

Still better than the non-Thor anthology titles.

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Dear Stan and Jack,

      Congratulations! AVENGERS #4 was great! I could say it was marvelous, super, terrific, etc., but no words could truly convey my feelings on this issue so I'll simply say it was great. was a bit leary about the return of Captain America but his return in the Avengers dispelled any fear that you might not give him the greatness due him. The scenes where the Avengers discover Captain America, those where he tells of the of Bucky, and those where he rediscovers the world will always be among my very favorite—and I'm sure that I'll remember them long after I've forgotten other greats. And now you're bringing out DAREDEVIL—how in the_world do you fellas do it. You put out so many mags, which is not so much of an accomplishment, but invariably they're great and filled with new ideas—that is an accomplishment and one of which you can be very proud!

Buddy Saunders, 1605 Joyce
Arlington, Texas

Thanks, Buddy! But, do you know what we're proudest of? It’s our FANS! The enthusiasm and loyalty of you great guys and gals is enough even to melt Jack’s flinty heart!

Dear Stan and Jack,

      You have truly made the paths straight and smooth to usher your wonderful fans (including me) into the Marvel Age of Comics. I can assure you that there are no comics in Australia like Marvels. After a boring day I open one of your comics and enter the realm of fantasy. My friend and I like action, entertainment and the jokes packed in them. Your two new issues, the X-MEN and the AVENGERS are very popular among us.

Guiseppe Gramazio, 5 Lewis Rd.
Glynde, So. Australia

A FINE thing! Our mags go as far as Australia—but Stan and Jack can’t even take enough time off to reach Hoboken!

Dear Stan and Jack,

      At first I thought the Avengers would fall flat on their faces, but when I saw the figure of Captain America on the cover of AVENGERS #4, I imagined myself in the 40's. When I read the story I thought of poor Stan and how long he must have spent on the script and plot, and when I took a closer look at the art I thought of poor Jack and how many bottles of tranquilizers he had still lying around. The revival of Captain America was the greatest revival you have ever shared with us, to say the least. I find that every character had his own purposes and his own definite role. Sub-Mariner’s ironic relationship was beautiful. Plotwise, this was your greatest effort. Artwise, it would be blasphemous to say it had the least bit of imperfection. The magnificent silent cover came alive with the "Captain America Lives Again!” slogan. I had to read it twice before I could get to the X-Men and SGT. FURY. Say, when are you going to publish AVENGERS a little more often than bimonthly? It’s become too good a comic to keep down at that rate of sale. Have fun with the Hulk!

Charles Lichtman, 1261 Merriam Ave.
Bronx, N.Y.

That’s like saying “Enjoy your measles,” Charlie!

Dear Stan and Jack,

      I've just read TALES OF SUSPENSE #51. . . and decided to tell you this—Iron Man has become great since issue #48. It's not just "The New Iron Man" (though he has become the Most Different super-hero you have )—the stories are getting better. (Super, even). Stan gets an “E” for improvement. This is to Stan: How do you manage to think up all of those plots? There must be at least half-a-dozen artists working for Marvel and a couple of guys lettering your mags. But you do all the brain work and that doesn't seem fair! About those puns. . .“neatly drawn by . . ., dreamed up by . . ., etc." Keep it up! This was “wonderfully written by me" and “rottenly typed by my typewriter"!!

Allen Haworth, P.O. Box 61
Wilson, Kansas

And “Rapturously read by Stan and Jack"!

Dear Stan and Jack,

      I've got a few gripes, mainly about the Hulk. He has been mistreated from the start.‘Almost everyone was against him. When he was blamed for trying to cause a train disaster that he had really prevented, the Avengers were formed. In the AVENGERS #2 after the Space Phantom took the Hulk's identity, the Avengers were all sore at him. Confused and not knowing where to turn, he turned against humanity. Finally in #4 Captain America replaced the Hulk. I like Captain America and like him being in the Avengers, but its not fair to the Hulk. Now you’ll probably make Rick Jones Cap's partner—then where will the Hulk be??

John Angell, 108 Belle Vista Ct.
Winston-Salem, S. Car.

On a picket line, demonstrating against Stan and Jack! Don’t worry, Johnny, we won’t forget about our jolly green giant.

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