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208: Avengers #7 (v1)

" Their Darkest Hour "
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Avengers #7 (v1)
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Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Don Heck
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Chic Stone
Letterers: Artie Simek
Cover Date: August 1964
Release Date: June 1964
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Pages: 22
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 987                 Times Rated: 552
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Odin banishes the Enchantress and the Executioner to Earth for their attempt on Thors life. They soon seek an ally to lead them and that man is Zemo!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Tales to Astonish #58a (v1). Captain America next appears in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1).
Thor last appeared in Tales of Suspense #56a (v1). Thor next appears in Strange Tales #123b (v1).
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #56a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1).
Giant-Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #56a (v1). Giant-Man next appears in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Tales of Suspense #56a (v1). The Wasp next appears in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Rick Jones
Rick Jones last appeared in Avengers #6 (v1). Rick Jones next appears in Avengers #8 (v1).
Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #106b (v1). Odin next appears in Journey into Mystery #108a (v1).
  Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo last appeared in Avengers #6 (v1). Baron Zemo next appears in Avengers #9 (v1).
Enchantress last appeared in Journey into Mystery #104a (v1). Enchantress next appears in Avengers #9 (v1).
Executioner last appeared in Journey into Mystery #104a (v1). Executioner next appears in Avengers #9 (v1).
Loki last appeared in Journey into Mystery #107b (v1). Loki next appears in Strange Tales #123b (v1).
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The Avengers (Roster III)
The Avengers last appeared in Tales of Suspense #56a (v1). The Avengers next appears in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1).
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #107b (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Strange Tales #123b (v1).
The Masters of Evil (Roster II)
The Masters of Evil last appeared in Avengers #6 (v1). The Masters of Evil next appears in Avengers #9 (v1).
NYPD last appeared in Journey into Mystery #107a (v1). NYPD next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #15 (v1).
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Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Tales to Astonish #58a (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1).
Mjolnir last appeared in Tales of Suspense #56a (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Strange Tales #123b (v1).
Iron Man Armor, Model 2
Iron Man Armor, Model 2 last appeared in Tales of Suspense #56a (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 2 next appears in Tales to Astonish #59 (v1).
Bloodaxe last appeared in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1). Bloodaxe next appears in Avengers Annual #1.
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The issue starts with Iron Man standing trial for refusing to answer an Avengers Alert during the events of ToS #56. He offers no excuse for his negligence but obviously regrets his actions. Wasp, Captain America, and Rick Jones seem sympathetic to his side but don't pry out of respect for his secret identity. Thor and Giant-Man decide to banish Iron Man from Avenger affairs for a week as punishment.

At that same moment, Odin banishes the Enchantress and the Executioner from Asgard after their attack on Thor's life during JiM #103. The Executioner is stripped of his ax and helmet and both walk towards Earth. Loki watches on, thankful that Odin did not suspect his involvement.

Enchantress and Executioner arrive on Earth in the middle of a busy street in New York. They're shooed away from the traffic jam they cause by a police officer. After all the confusion, they want to find someone on Earth who can help guide them, not only in Earth customs but in seeking revenge on Thor. They come across a newspaper article detailing Zemo's defeat in Avengers #6.

We find Captain America taking on a bunch of pro wrestlers at once. Cap easily beats them, but thanks them for agreeing to spar. At his home, Rick Jones comes in wearing one of Bucky's old outfits. He shows off to Cap, thinking he'll get a kick out of it. But Cap becomes outraged and explains that Bucky died because of his negligence. He never wants Rick to wear the uniform again and will never accept anyone as a partner. Rick leaves, and Cap's thoughts go to Zemo, the cause of Bucky's death.

Zemo, meanwhile, is raising taxes on his small country when he's visited by the spirits of Enchantress and the Executioner. After Zemo attempts to attack them to little effect, he listens to their offer to join forces. He agrees, and they begin their plot.

Giant-Man and the Wasp bid the remaining Avengers goodbye before getting into their copper in order to explore insect life in the New England area. After they leave, Thor takes off as well. Cap and Rick Jones also start off, but they're ambushed by a man named Hans Grubervelt, the former second-in-command of Zemo's army. Cap is ready to attack, but Rick convinces him to hold off until Hans says his peace. Hans realizes the wrong he has done and offers to give Cap the location of Zemo's small territory in the American jungle. After Cap hears the information, he takes off after Zemo. Unbeknownst to anyone, Hans reveals himself to be the Executioner in disguise.

On his way home, Thor feels telepathic thoughts calling his name. He believes the thoughts to be coming from a woman in a terrace in a nearby building. When he approaches her, he recognizes her as the Enchantress. Realizing that she doesn't have much time, she uses a potent amount of her power to bend Thor's will to her own. Once he's under her control, she tells him to drink a concoction of her own making. When Thor drinks it, he falls asleep and dreams of malformed, monstrous versions of his teammates, attacking him and the planet he loves over and over and over again. Once he wakes, his will is compromised. He sees the Avengers as his enemies.

Meanwhile, Cap has made it to Zemo's territory, he quickly and effortlessly dispatches of every attack against him until he accidentally falls down a well-hidden hole in the ground.

Thor has alerted Giant-Man and the Wasp to return home as soon as possible. When their chopper comes into view, Thor attacks it head-on. Giant-Man sees the attack in time to tell Wasp to shrink and allow himself to grow to 40 feet, shortening his fall when the chopper explodes. Do to his overexerted size, Giant-Man is left weak and vulnerable.The news of Thor's attack on Giant-Man quickly reaches the attention of Tony Stark. He immediately changes into Iron Man and arrives to help keep Thor at bay and maybe find the cause for his sudden change of character. The Executioner and Enchantress check to see if Captain America is dead yet but find him still alive at the bottom of a traphole. Enchantress uses her magic to cause a cave in, thinking she'll seal Cap's fate. But she only succeeds in helping him escape the hole. Zemo attempts to attack Cap with his Viba-Gun, but this is easily disposed of by Cap. Zemo then tries to flee in his plane. But Cap uses is transistor powered magnets that help him utilize his shield in order to stick to the side of Zemo's plane.

The battle with Thor continues as Giant-Man finally gains enough strength to become 12 foot and properly join the fight. Unfortunately, Thor's hammer is enough to keep him at a distance. Iron Man realizes that Thor must be under some form of hypnosis, so he uses the blinding light of the sun to reflect off his helmet and hit Thor's eyes. This successfully breaks Thor's trance.

Seeing that they failed, Enchantress and the Executioner summon Zemo's plane to their location. Zemo attempts to attack the Avengers but is thwarted when Cap takes this opportunity to break into his ship. As the ship is magically moved to Enchantress and the Executioner's location, the Avengers follow the speeding plane. The ship arrives just in time for the Executioner to put Cap to sleep before he can properly attain vengeance for Bucky from Zemo. After Cap is discarded and all three villains are on the ship, Thor uses his hammer to summon a space warp. When Iron Man askes where they were sent, Thor says he's not sure, it could be a different city or a different dimension. The issue ends with Cap waking up and saying that the Avengers will be sure to take them out wherever they appear next.
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-12-01 11:43:32  
  Suspended from Avengers activities for a week? Boy, not allowing him to help us fight evil should really teach him. How lame.

REALLY hoping that the Avengers start to get better soon, as they (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon) were the reason I started reading these old issues in the first place.

  fragsel Says:    
  2011-12-29 00:15:24  
  Look what Rick found in one of the closets!!!
!???!Wait a minute... Did he just came out of closet? And Cap wanted him to take his clothes off???

  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-12-29 01:15:50  
  Ahh, subtext.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-12-29 08:00:53  
  The Avengers book picks up steam once the first major lineup change happens in another half dozen issues or so... Stick with it!  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-06-12 07:36:41  
  Cap's broken heart for Bucky is really awkward, he should assume his feelings, it's a free country!

Actually I truly enjoyed this ish, I expected nothing from the Avengers, and they're doing nice.

P.S.: A palm tree is a vine??

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-06-30 10:28:25  
  That's really smart of you, Odin. Send them back to the world they tried to conquer. You're a failure at ruling as well as parenting now?

When Zemo talks about defeating Thor, he says "By thunder! I'll do it!" bad choice of words?

The entire "fake face" thing is overdone in these early comics.

  Hertz1991 Says:    
  2012-07-09 19:13:35  
  Many things are well pointed out already in the comments. Captain America's and Rick's relationship is quite disturbing, and the latter coming out of the closer made much sense, lol. And yeah, banned from Avengers activities?? Do they play pool and watch movies together?? Anyways, Thor's nightmare is effective, especially the Wasp's portrayal.  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-07-11 11:49:33  
  Yeah, that vision the Enchantress gave him was pretty sweet. It'd be neat to see one of them sent into an alternate universe where those evil versions of the avengers exist. Or heck, the whole good team against the whole evil team. Now THAT would be a match!  

  olgamon Says:    
  2012-07-11 17:02:59  
  well everything I had to say has pretty much been said already. Banned for a week? oh gee! Also, the Wasp might just be the most useless superhero. Does she even have any powers beside flying and being small? Coz next to Thor for example, she is nothing. And her character annoys the hell out of me.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2012-08-03 05:37:49  
  Kind of a dick move for Odin to basically send two disasters waiting to happen to Earth. Best punishment would have been to exile them and strip them of their powers... but then we couldn't really have any conflict :(  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-08-03 05:38:25  
  Oh, and being suspended from the Avengers for a week is hilarious. What is this, a boy scout club?  

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-08-19 00:11:36  
  I love the idea of Tony being suspended for a week like a naughty schoolboy. Less enthused about yet another power for Thor's hammer, though!  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-29 15:17:04  
  Odin's a dumbass. Just a really dumb move for a god to banish two other gods to a planet they tried to conquer, and letting them keep their powers. Tony's suspension was hilariously middle school-esque.

I like that Cap's still broken up over Bucky. At least he's not thinking "Bucky who? I've got Rick now!"

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-10-12 15:23:36  
  Yes, Odin wins the dumbass of the year award definitely. And why was the Executioner acting like he had no idea what mortals dress like? Did Stan forget Ex was wading through the crowded streets of New York looking for Jane in Thor #104. I am also just not digging Zemo at all. He's a terrible villain so far and I hope he improves.  

  Encolpius Says:    
  2012-11-29 23:44:13  
  Tony Stark relaxes at home with a TV and a cigarette?!

Giant-man claims to be 40 feet tall, yet appears to be over six stories. Apparely Stan didn't pay attention to the pictures when writing the captions.

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-12-27 00:41:36  
  Oh man, those first two pages were brutal reading, not a terrible issue though over all.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-01 12:01:42  
  "We respect each others privacy, except when we don't. You're suspended" If they are not going to reveal their identities and situations to each other, they have no business punishing someone when that privacy interferes with Avengers needs.
I think we get to see the Masters of Evil several times in the nextt few issues, much live the Evil Mutants in X-men.

  betarayben Says:    
  2013-08-21 22:22:36  
  Great Kirby art in this one.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2013-09-04 23:12:43  
  "You didn't fight evil with us, so now you can't fight evil with us for a week." Heck I never understood that line of reasoning when it was kids getting suspended for skipping class.

Does Rick always try on clothes he finds at other people's houses? That being said, Cap needs to lighten up, he's a real downer this ish.

Did I miss a reason being given for the natives obeying Zemo, other than because they're stupid savages?

Sunlight beats hypnotism?

All in all a fun one, though I'm never too big a fan of the "heroes fight due to misunderstanding or trickery", but that part was thankfully brief.

  Antifa Says:    
  2013-09-30 11:58:20  
  i never really liked captain america until i found out he was so gay  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-25 20:25:28  
  It looks like the Enchantress, the Executioner, and Zemo are all doing the best funky dance moves on the cover.

I really love how the comic are now referencing events in other titles. It really gives you a sense that's it's all interconnected. Nice universe building, Stan & company.

Jack did a nice job illustrating the demonic Avengers in Thor's dream.

Overall, a fairly solid issue for 1964.

  gmonkey Says:    
  2014-03-26 10:05:17  
  Why exactly does Cap keep Bucky's costume in his closet? Did he get it from somewhere or did he actually make one?

I shudder to think what Cap gets to late at night, in the privacy of his bedroom.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-04-13 20:37:13  
  Terrible Cover.
Oh No...A week's suspension from duties.
UGH, this corny 60's script.
Executioner's eyes are really creeping me out here.
Great reaction from Cap when Rick wore Bucky's costume. Really felt his pain there. Good stuff.
Cap fighting in the jungle and Giant-Man landing atop that building...cool stuff.
Ahhh...the sun and hypnosis...only in the Mighty Marvel 60's.
Space Warp..? Really..???
And how the heck does Executioner know how to fly that ship..?!?
Aside from some corny 60's crap...not too bad. Avengers is one of my favorite comics so far.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-04-20 20:12:49  
  3 stars for the new and improved Masters of Evil!

Cover Me - @Durango55: I agree about the cover. It looks like they're doing a evil version of jazz hands!

Tendencies - Everybody's talking about Cap & Rick, but what about Cap wrestling big hairy men??

Fool's Gold - Just how much gold is left in South America that the Spanish didn't already get?

Missing - Dr. Zemo mentions the Melter and Radioactive Man being in prison, but what about the Black Knight?

Shield Slinger - On page 13, panels 4-5 neat trick of Cap kicking his shield out one way and it reverses itself to hit the natives!

Intuition - Thankfully, Enchantress is a woman and just couldn't leave it alone, or Cap would still be in the pit!

Four Eyes - On page 18, panel 5 funny scene of Cap looking through the sights. Also, does any artillery have two sights like that?

'Nuff Said - "Alright, boys! I'm paying for this, so give me my money's worth! Let's see some action!! Here--I'll stay still long enough for you to grab me! Now act like you mean it!"-Confused Cap

  Psychopat Says:    
  2014-04-23 07:11:50  
  Wasp was pretty bada**in Thor's dream!  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-05-25 11:40:54  
  1. Board of inquiry? Isn't IM a volunteer?
2. So a week's suspension means he is not allowed to help them in a battle? Makes no sense whatsoever
3. Page 3 is beautiful
4. Good Cap and Rick development
5. Everyone is doing the Dr. Strange thing...even the Asgardians
6. Hypnosis boring...space warps very cool

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-05-25 14:43:01  
  It's good to see the action picking up. I like that groups of villains are starting to appear. Looking forward to more.  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-06-21 10:00:00  
  So Thor sends three powerful, evil beings to some random, unsuspecting universe. That's good. Make it someone else's problem. A page right out of the Odin playbook. This is why Thor is number one son!  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-07-08 06:02:26  
  I love it when Jack Kirby draws the Enchantress. There. I said it.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-07-24 07:29:20  
  Good writing, good plot and an almost defeat for the Avengers. Love the action in this mag. I'm starting to wonder a little about Zemo, I can't wait until more is discovered about him. I assume he has ties to the Red Skull, or maybe is the Red Skull. I guess I'll have to wait and see.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-08-10 17:26:47  
  It's been fun recently seeing Giant-Man grow to larger and larger sizes, though the whole strength proportion thing contradicts the 12-foot tall 'double strength' fact.  

  J-Smack @ Antifa (original post):    
  2015-09-22 18:15:38  
  You should check out a scene from New Avengers right before Civil War. Mary Jane's talking with cap, and he starts playing pool. Mary Jane looks surprised and makes a comment, something like "Well, I guess you are straight." Wish I could remember the exact ish...  

  Carlo Says:    
  2015-12-08 21:52:27  
  Why did they color black people gray all the time?  

  ViolentPhlegm @ Carlo (original post):    
  2015-12-09 00:45:35  
  It's because of the limitations of the "4-colour" palette. They only had a total of 64 colours to choose from and only a couple are brownish and those could look yellowy or greenish or reddish, especially with newsprint. The colours used nearby could also affect perception and make them seem not brown. Basically, the colourist opts for one kind of weird over another kind of weird.  

  wingot Says:    
  2016-02-01 18:51:36  
  Good ish. But I thought the point of the team up was to work together to take out each other's heroes, not fight them one on one verse your normal hero that you've already lost to.  

  TonyRolloBrownTown Says:    
  2016-02-21 10:38:45  
  Did Thor just help the Enchantress or Executioner escape? Or was I just not paying attention?  

  Hovis Says:    
  2016-04-15 19:23:09  
  Gotta love the middle school antics in this issue..."You broke the rules and now you can't join our club"
and Enchantress's "Oh, I love you....so instead of telling you, I'm just going to destroy you."

  Urgat @ wingot (original post):    
  2016-05-22 16:10:21  
  one does not simply work together as a(n) (evil) Team to defeat the good guys...at least not in the 60s...you will see it again...😏  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-05-22 23:07:18  
  • That’s my line – “He’s like greased lightning!” (Puzzled wrestler, about Cap America) – …whatever this is supposed to mean!

  • I don’t know what is the concept behind the cover page, but the Masters of Evil are acting strangely. Executioner seems to have a seizure, Enchantress is performing some weird magic dance, and Zemo is… well, intensely trying to figure out how he’s going to grab Thor’s cheeks!

  • Now that is continuity! Iron Man has to answer to his behavior in his solo story. Now this is brilliantly handled by Marvel team. How better to insure more comic book sales than referring to an issue that is on sale at around the same time! And this time, they spared us a full recap, which is even better because it leaves us wondering and wanting more if we did not read the story.

  • So the team suspends Iron Man for a week. First, well, big deal! A whole week?? Wow! How can anyone survive such a punishment?! Oh, seriously! Who do they think their partner is? A child who got caught stealing a candy bar? Second, if you think about it a bit, the team is depriving itself of a valuable member, so as far as punishments go, this one is rather questionable. Is being a member a privilege or a responsibility? Well fortunately, it did not last long!

  • Odin was a good ruler once. But he’s proved once more that now he is only an old bitter fart with very little judgment: his trust in Loki, his abusive authority over Thor’s love life, and now, the banishment of two time bombs to Earth!

  • The way the Evil Avengers were portrayed was great. Like a bad trip on LDS.

  • I kinda like these Masters of Evil. A lot more than the first roster. They make serious opponents to the Avengers. The setup of the story was much more elaborate and diversified than usual. The art was quite good, especially the scene where the villains are banished from Asgard. 4 stars.

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2016-05-30 08:24:56  
  Cap's face when he sees Rick in Bucky's costume is probably the best. Also, why does cap have a spare Bucky costume? He got frozen immediately after Bucky "died," and wasn't found until 20 some years later, so where did he even get this costume?? On a side note, Cap wasn't really as much of a "man out of time" in the '60s as he is in the movies or the Ultimate comics.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-27 00:58:45  
  Another strong, thoroughly satisfying issue by the Kirby/Lee team, further cementing the winning formula for what will be -- throughout the latter half of the '60s, and the greater portion of the '70s -- Marvel's most consistently exciting and excellent series.

Working in tandem, Jack Kirby and Chic Stone have by this time achieved a definitive "look" soon to be recognized as the Marvel house style. Everything is bolder, *larger*; poses and gestures are unfailingly exaggerated for maximum dramatic effect. Thor and Captain America, being the most naturally "Kirbyesque" characters, both benefit more than any of the others from this Wagnerian approach (although the King certainly doesn't skimp his efforts towards Amora the Enchantress either, at any point along the way).

The inherently fragile Cap/Rick relationship is already showing the first telltale signs of fracturing, as the latter continues his inappropriate push to become the older man's partner -- an especially nice "bit," for which Lee must be duly commended. The entire package, taken altogether, is as irresistible as potato chips. Four stars.

  gonzo Says:    
  2016-12-12 08:06:23  
  I enjoyed the art and the story got off to a promising start, particularly the stuff with Cap and Rick Jones and Cap still being tormented by Bucky's death, but the second half of this issue was a hot mess. Space warps? Sunlight as the known cure to evil hypnosis? Even the fight betwixt the Avengers was disappointing.  

  Pope_Snarky @ Antifa (original post):    
  2017-06-13 18:05:03  
  Hail Eris!

Oh, Cap is so totally gay. Bat-Man was never this gay...I speak in a positive sense, of course.

Beyond good and evil lies North Dakota.

  Pope_Snarky Says:    
  2017-06-13 18:21:42  
  Hail Eris!

On the whole, this wasn't a bad ish at all, but it may have the most dated title ever. I could rattle off about a half-dozen "hours" which are far darker, since then...The MoE assault on Avengers Mansion in, IIRC, #275, for one great example. Also, "Avengers Disassembled," of course, as well as the current "Secret Empire." Several different battles with Ultron (pick three), too. Not that I'd be expecting any sort of rectification of this error, it just mildly annoys.

Intelligent, compassionate people have been telling us for many years that racism and sexism are wrong. The current popular response to this is to cast derision on the merits of intelligence and compassion.

  hendrica Says:    
  2017-07-16 23:12:55  
  This issue just really didn't do it for me. Most of my complaints have been mentioned already, like Odin being an idiot for exiling two people for attacking Thor on Earth to planet Earth!!! The sun curing hypnotism just felt so bad, I think I would have preferred an improper use of magnetism to that.

The one problem I had that hasn't been mentioned yet though is Giant Man. He increases his size greatly to reduce the fall, fine. But then he is SOOOO overly exerted and exhausted from his size that he can't use enough mental power to change his size back when Thor attacks, yet he has enough strength left in him to flip his 40ft self off the building???!!!

  TheSkyIsTeal Says:    
  2017-12-18 09:59:06  
  Wait, correct me if I'm wrong but didn't we last see the Executioner as a tree and Zemo in a crashed helicraft and police custody  

  bill_the_cat Says:    
  2018-01-09 06:55:05  
  Maybe the week suspension means a week without pay. (Has money been brought up yet for the Avengers?) Too bad you just suspended the guy that funds the Avengers.  

  wrmsnicket Says:    
  2018-01-27 23:30:24  
  Interesting set up, but there are a few too many Deus Ex Machinas near the end for my taste. And really? Getting banished from the Avengers for a week? That's the smallest slap on the wrist ever.  

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Dear Stan and Jack,

      This is a letter of indignant protest. The academic life can be intellectually tiring, so it was with pleasure that at the announcement that one of the girls on the third floor of the dorm had a copy of one of your magazines, I left off solving differential equations in inner product spaces and hastened upstairs to have a look. I read this magazine which was entitled THE AVENGERS TAKE OVER and bore the cryptic date "26 May." I really enjoyed it! I was glad when I discovered that the scene of your tale was New York City. I rejoiced at the notion of an epic battle at East 63rd Street. But, sirs, in the future, when you have your villain stagger a block away and plunge into the river, please let it be the East River and not the Hudson. Your offices are on East 60th Street. Surely, (unless, as a friend suggests, it is only a mailing address for the king of the Fiji Islands) you must be acquainted with geography of Manhattan Island. So please avoid such atrocities. Thank you!

Cory Seidman, Radcliffe College
56 Linnaean St., Cambridge, Mass.

Look, Cory—when OUR villains stagger, they take real BIG steps!! But, you're right, gal—it was just another in our never-ending series of epic bonehead mistakes of galactic proportions! And regards to the dolls in your dorm.

Dear Stan and Jack,

      I would like to compliment you on bringing back Captain America. While I am not old enough to remember him in the ‘40's I have now joined my father, an old fan, as a fan of his. I hope that you will soon give Captain America his own magazine.

Thomas Burrows, 1910 Jefferson St.
Madison 11, Wisc.

GIVE him one?? Let him BUY it, like everyone else! (Relax. Tommy, we know what you mean—and if you, and all of our other fans will just be patient a while longer—)

Dear Stan and Jack,

      After reading Avengers #5 I thought I would enlighten you with some of my comments about the Avengers in general and individually. Avengers #3 and #4 were so good they even topped F.F. #22 and #24 respectively. Unfortunately, #5 couldn't to F.F. #26 (no other comic in the world could have), but that was because the Avengers starred with F.F.. against the Hulk. Thor is by far the best character in the Avengers with Captain America next, and Giant-Man, the Wasp, and Iron Man in that order. I don't consider Rick Jones a participating member since he has no super-powers. The Avengers are the only comic today capable of making the F.F. the World's Second Greatest Comic Magazine!

Bruce Bourgeois, 9824 Hawthorne Ave.
New Orleans 23, La.

Thanks, Bruce! The Avengers love ya! But what’s that angry grumbling we hear coming from the Baxter Building?

Dear Stan and Jack,

      I have just finished reading “The Attack of the Lava People” and it was great! Captain America is great and I hope he gets a series of his own. I like his style! I also want to complain. The Hulk is being outclassed, hated and bullied in your magazine. I am an avid Hulk fan and I think he should be a hero instead of a villain. Otherwise your books are great! Please do me and a million other Hulk fans a favor—make him a hero!

David Stuard, 165 E. Monterey St.
Mobile, Ala.

But, Davy boy—all this time we thought he WAS a hero!

Dear Stan and Jack,

      Normally I do not write letters to anybody, but you're not anybody! I would like to give you a big hand for the great characters you have in the Marvel Comics Group! They are just as you describe them—mighty, fantastic, and super! Though all your characters are the greatest, I especially enjoy the mighty and noble Thor! I want to yell to the world how great he is! As for Loki, let's put him in his place—maybe a man-to-man duel between Loki and Thor. Thanks for your time—and good luck!

Sherwood Conant, 2548 Olopua St.
Honolulu 14, Hawaii

Our time is your time, Sherwood! And ol’ Goldilocks and Loki DO have a bangup fight in THOR #108! Aloha!

Dear Stan and Jack,

      In issue #5 of the Avengers someone asked in the Letter Page who would win in a fight—Thor or the Hulk—and who is the stronger of the two. He thought the Hulk was. I say that Thor would win the fight because he is a god and the Hulk is not. The mythological gods were always superior to mankind and no human, no matter how powerful , could defeat a god. The Hulk, though powerful is still a mortal while Thor is an immortal. Besides, Thor is faster than the Hulk and if Thor hit the Hulk with his Enchanted Hammer, it's good-bye Hulk! I'd like to see them fight it out. A few of my friends and I figure that if Thor and the Hulk fight and Thor wins, it will bring the Hulk back to his right mind and he'll become good. What do you say? I'd like to congratulate you on all your magazines—they're tops with me.

Robert Galvanin, 9 Lawn St.
Providence, R.I.

You know our mags, Bob! Sooner or later everybody fights everybody! In fact, if you wait long enough, you’ll probably see Spidey’s Aunt May tangling with Ben Grimm’s Aunt Petunia.

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