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246: Avengers #9 (v1)

" The Coming Of The...Wonder Man! "
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Avengers #9 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief:
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Colourists:
Letterers: Artie Simek
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Cover Date: October 1964
Release Date: August 1964
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 993                 Times Rated: 541
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Zemo has returned from his imprisonment between dimensions. With the aid of the Enchantress and the Executioner, he seeks retribution on Captain America and the Avengers by creating Wonder Man!
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). Captain America next appears in Fantastic Four #31 (v1).
     
  Thor
Thor last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). Thor next appears in Fantastic Four #31 (v1).
     
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Fantastic Four #31 (v1).
     
  Giant-Man
Giant-Man last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). Giant-Man next appears in Fantastic Four #31 (v1).
     
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Fantastic Four #31 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Wonder Man
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Wonder Man in the mainstream continuity. Wonder Man next appears in Avengers #21 (v1).
     
  Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan last appeared in Tales of Suspense #59a (v1). Happy Hogan next appears in Tales of Suspense #60a (v1).
     
  Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts last appeared in Tales of Suspense #59a (v1). Pepper Potts next appears in Tales of Suspense #60a (v1).
     
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #109a (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #110a (v1).
     
  Bill Bishop
Bill Bishop last appeared in Avengers #1 (v1). Bill Bishop next appears in Avengers #10 (v1).
     
Villains
  Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo last appeared in Avengers #7 (v1). Baron Zemo next appears in Tales of Suspense #60b (v1).
     
  The Enchantress
The Enchantress last appeared in Avengers #7 (v1). The Enchantress next appears in Avengers #10 (v1).
     
  The Executioner
The Executioner last appeared in Avengers #7 (v1). The Executioner next appears in Avengers #10 (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster III)
The Avengers last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Fantastic Four #31 (v1).
   
     
Masters of Evil
Masters of Evil last appeared in Avengers #7 (v1). Masters of Evil next appears in Avengers #10 (v1).
   
     
Teen Brigade
Teen Brigade last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). Teen Brigade next appears in Avengers #10 (v1).
   
     
 
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Fantastic Four #31 (v1).
 
     
Iron Man Armor, Model 2
Iron Man Armor, Model 2 last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 2 next appears in Fantastic Four #31 (v1).
 
     
Mjolnir
Mjolnir last appeared in Avengers #8 (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Fantastic Four #31 (v1).
 
     
Wonder Man's Jet-Belt
Wonder Man's Jet-Belt next appears in West Coast Avengers Annual #2.
 
     
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Issue Notes
 
  • Future Avenger Wonder Man is introduced in this issue.
 
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Issue Synopsis
 
Captain America is in a fit of rage, thinking back to the day when Bucky died at the hands of Zemo. At that moment Zemo, the Executioner and the Enchantress, the masters of evil, are floating through time and space. The Enchantress brings them back to New York, where they spot Simon Williams a rival of Tony Stark's, who was arrested by him for embezzlement. Zemo tells Simon that he has a plan for getting revenge on Tony Stark, and his bodyguard Iron Man.

The Masters of Evil bring Simon back to South America was them, and Zemo gives him special powers, far stronger then that of the Avengers. He gives Simon a new costume and name, Wonder Man. Wonder Man has incredible powers, with near limitless strength, agility and most of all, the power of invincibility. But Zemo warns Wonder Man that he must help them or he will not receive a life-saving antidote. Simon reluctantly agrees.

The Masters of Evil stage a bank robbery which the Avengers arrive at. Soon after the fight begins, Wonder Man comes and takes out Zemo, the Enchantress and the Executioner, one by one, gaining the trust of the Avengers. He asks to join their team and they gleefully accept.

Though Captain America is initially a little wary of their new member, Wonder Man, with the help of the Enchantress, is able to convince them that he is dying and needs their help if he is to leave. Instead, Wonder Man captures the Wasp and brings her to South America as a hostage. He follows up by calling the Avengers and telling them that he and the Wasp have been captured by the Masters of Evil and need their help.

When the Avengers do arrive, a trap is waiting for them. Zemo was prepared and has something that can defeat each Avenger individually. And Wonder Man catches our heroes off guard by attacking them out of nowhere. However, after the Avenger's have been trapped, Wonder Man has a change of heart. He attacks Zemo and frees the Avenger's, allowing them to fight back and force the Masters of Evil to flee. But even as they do, Wonder Man falls to the ground. Without Zemo's antidote, Wonder Man dies and the Avengers are unable to save him.
 
 
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Comments
   
 
  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-12-02 12:28:34  
  Iron Man, Thor, and Giant Man together must struggle to hold back Cap.

Giant Man really gets on my nerves. Like a typical schoolyard bully, he thinks that size makes him powerful. He continues to attack villains that are infinitely more powerful than he and is confident because he is big. You’re supposed to be intelligent Pym. You should know that you’re in none of their leagues.
 
 
 

  Safis Says:    
  2012-07-23 23:13:18  
  I really appreciated the trust, betrayal, and redemption storyline in this one. It was a lot better written than some of the stories around.

As for Wonder Man, well, his name sucks. But his costume is decent for the era, and he's a cool enough character. His powers just seem like a combination of Captain America and Giant Man, which makes me wonder if they're going to perhaps drop Giant Man sometime soon (obviously they won't be dropping Cap, since he's just getting going, what with his own new feature and all).
 
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-10-03 09:36:56  
  Finally, a great Avengers issue. This one took me by surprise, and I loved Wonder Man's arc here. I know that aside from Uncle Ben Marvel just wont let characters stay dead, but taken alone this was a great life and death story for a Superman clone. I might just start looking forward to reading more of this series in the order now.  
 
 

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2013-01-10 01:40:12  
  Pretty damn good issue!  
 
 

  sputnix Says:    
  2013-04-15 23:59:38  
  The story would have worked better as a 2 story arc in my opinion, it just feels way to compressed.  
 
 

  Ben Reilly Says:    
  2013-08-01 14:52:47  
  Was pretty surprised I liked this. Avengers has been pretty lackluster.  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-02 13:31:37  
  The development of Wonder Man offsets the appearance of Zemo and the masters again. Great story that will have many repercussions through the entire run of Avengers.  
 
 

  Maidel Says:    
  2013-08-06 13:18:37  
  I knew nothing about Wonderman before I read a few modern comics with him in, its really interresting to see his origin here, and Im intrigued to know how comes he doesnt die. Avengers 21, Im coming for you!  
 
 

  Garfieldicus Says:    
  2013-09-01 17:30:33  
  "Trickery does not sit well with me!" - but embezzling is apparently fine, since that's what you were on trial for.

And we seem to be back to Thor's hammer not reverting to Blake's cane after 60 seconds.

"Have you forgotten?? He could only live so long as Zemo gave him that antidote!" - but the only time that information was ever mentioned in the presence of the Avengers, they were all unconscious. How could they forget something they didn't actually know?
 
 
 

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-12-28 13:12:46  
  An average issue made better with the intorduction of Wonder Man. This story felt rushed (especially the last page - Wondey's dead - see ya next issue!), and I think if it was spread out over two issues it could have been a classic.

It was fun to read WM's origin, especially given how integral he will be the Avengers in days to come...
 
 
 

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2014-01-05 11:35:56  
  I'm interested to see how wonder bread... Err... Wonder man comes back.  
 
 

  PMIK Says:    
  2014-02-27 06:42:11  
  One of the better avengers stories for sure. Wonder man does manage to be pretty cool despite having a lame name and no real unique powers.  
 
 

  danberado Says:    
  2014-04-18 05:02:54  
  "Giant Man really gets on my nerves. Like a typical schoolyard bully, he thinks that size makes him powerful. He continues to attack villains that are infinitely more powerful than he and is confident because he is big. You’re supposed to be intelligent Pym. You should know that you’re in none of their leagues."

And yet Giant Man and Wasp win almost all of the Avengers battles at the end of the day. You should really be questioning why Thor, who is blatantly overpowered is so mind-boggling ineffective.
 
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-04-26 21:05:56  
  Wouldn't Thor's hammer have turned back into a walking stick while he was trapped under that boulder..???
It was an “OK” introduction for Wonder Man, I'm interested in seeing how he comes back.
 
 
 

  Psychopat Says:    
  2014-05-15 17:58:01  
  Wonder Man is okay so far I hope het gets better  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-05-17 11:57:41  
  5 stars for the 1st app of Wonder Man! I always wondered who designed Wonder Man? Kirby, or Heck??

I Hear Ya - Man, Cap's got the blues so bad that even his ears are blue!!!

Just Chillin' - I love the panel of the Executioner trying to think, and the Enchantress voguing between the 6th & 7th dimensions!

Threads - Wonder Man's 1st costume is ok, but I always preferred his black and red costume better.

Trust - I liked that the Avengers didn't blindly let Wonder Man in the club. That it took the Enchantress to nudge them along.

Aw Heck - I was hoping Don would know that magnets come in more shapes than just "U"!

'Nuff Said - "Make way!! Make way for Wonder Man!"-Wonder Man
 
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-07-11 12:12:39  
  This issue was pretty good. I really enjoyed Wonder Man, even his cheesy costume. I like a villain who questions the motives of his superiors. Looking forward to more characters like this.  
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-07-21 02:47:12  
  1. Kind of an odd issue. Good battles, poor story development, and a new character who is interesting but seems to die immediately.
2. Good but not great issue
 
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-07-27 10:31:11  
  4 stars for a great story, I loved the betrayal then redemption if Wonderman. His origin was pretty good. They could have done more with his development throughout the mag, could easily have been a 2 parter. As Safis stated above, I wonder if they will drop Giant Man and keep him just as the Ant Man in future issues. I wonder how Wonderman survives.  
 
 

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-08-17 08:33:00  
  Hm, that spinning Enchantress bears a striking resemblance to the Human Top.  
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-09-24 05:45:51  
  This one was pretty good, actually. Aside from the Wasp who was completely under-utilized, the rest of the Avengers each had a few cool moments to shine. And it's always nice to see Zemo, Executioner, and the Enchantress again.

Of course, there's still the issue of what happens to Thor's hammer when he's separated from it. In this case, he turned back to Don Blake but Mjolnir stayed a hammer. I blame the artist... the text never stated it DIDN'T turn back to just a walking stick when Blake's hand reached out for it. When Iron Man saw it next to the pit, it could have still been within the 60-second limit!
 
 
 

  skabeaters Says:    
  2015-04-08 10:47:02  
  Very cool origin for Wonder Man! Can't wait until Avengers #20 to see what else he can do for the team.  
 
 

  JimboJangles Says:    
  2016-03-14 02:23:35  
  5 stars for Wonder Man, Teen Brigade has a mention, and page 13. It's definitely worth noting that page 13 has some awesome curved panels, first time in the 616 order I've seen anything like that. I'm really looking forward to watching these artists discover the visual and structural possibilities in this amazing medium.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-08-06 12:49:28  
  Simon Williams realizes what a corny name he was given. There's hope for these characters yet.

Still, 4 stars. Excellent issue.
 
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-08-07 19:24:23  
 
  • That’s my line – “Is life so dear that… that I’d pay such a price for it??” (Wonder Man)

  • I like the good continuity with the other comics: Stark’s worrying about Pepper and Happy, and Captain America still mourning Bucky.

  • That was a pretty dirty trick on Zemo’s part, not to tell Williams about the side effects of the ionic rays so he can control him, especially considering that in the end, not even that measure would ensure his loyalty.

  • Not much to say about this story. Except for a little Silver Age nonsense while Zemo was creating Wonder Man, everything flowed well. It has everything that I like when I read a comic. Don Heck also did a great job now that he’s replacing Kirby penciling the Avengers from now on. I’m looking forward to seeing Wonder Man again, as we all know he’ll be back, right? 5 stars!
 
 
 

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-12-05 01:13:05  
  Nine issues in, Earth's Mightiest Heroes finally confront their most daunting nemesis yet: a (comparatively) substandard story.

An appreciable portion of the blame here falls squarely upon the shoulders of the Heck/Ayers art team -- a significant step down from the heady heights of Jack Kirby and Chic Stone, any way you slice it. Oh, their Iron Man looks fine -- after all this time, Heck certainly knows how to draw *him*, if nothing else! ;) -- and Cap is good enough; but Heck's Thor just a mess, with helmet wings so immense it looks for all the world as if he's running around with a full-grown swan perched atop his head, while poor Zemo resembles a angry thumb puppet, and the Executioner a baleful poached egg with eyes. This could, and indeed *must*, be improved upon.

The other major flaw lies with Wonder Man himself. Quite simply, there's no *there* there, character-wise; the poor schlub's roughly as intriguing as a Big Mac, really and truly. His most arresting feature is his eyesore of a costume, initiating what will eventually prove to be a career-spanning history of egregious ensemble choices. (Me, I think Zemo's whatchamacallem rays made the poor sap colorblind -- !) ;)

Three stars.
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem @ kent18 (original post):    
  2016-12-11 12:22:27  
  I'd actually like to see an entire issue in which Thor runs around the whole time with a swan perched atop his head.

I'll bet Loki would get a kick out of that too.
 
 
 

  chademe Says:    
  2016-12-18 10:12:01  
  Why did they have to go to New York to find Simon Williams to be Wonder Man? Couldn't they have just used one of the natives from the Amazon? And how did they capture the Wasp? Kind of a big plot point they just glossed over.  
 
 

  Hovis Says:    
  2017-01-08 17:00:24  
  Every time Dr. Blake is mentioned...It's Lame. Ok, we get it. Speaking of lame, how is it that Thor falls in a pit, but the good doctor who's lame can get to the top to retrieve his "hammer"  
 
 

  Zaktks32 Says:    
  2017-02-14 05:27:17  
 
★★★★

Not to spoil anyone, but since I have read a few comments regarding the resurrection of Wonder Man in Avengers #21, there will be no such. But what we get to see there is a flashback by Eric Josten (Power Man), retelling the happenings here. It will take a longer time to actually see Wondie live n' kickin'. By the way, it's been officially said that Eric Josten makes his very first appearance (strictly behind the scenes) in this issue, as one of Zemo's mercenaries.

Now, as for how was the Wasp trapped, that plot hole was covered via retcon in the second story of Avengers Classic #9. Check it out if possible.

And finally, despite a few inconsistencies in this issue noted in the above comments, I can say it has been a huge step forward for the team in terms of writing. Great story.
 
 
 

  epicjunior99 Says:    
  2017-12-18 13:18:41  
  Slightly odd question but it's been bugging me now for a while - at this point in the order, are the identities of (Gi)ant-Man and the Wasp publicly known? In the Spider-Man and Iron Man comics, a big point is made of them having secret identities, and in the FF comics the group's identities are known by everyone. When it comes to Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, however, there have been points where it seems like their identities must be known (e.g. Wasp telling a story to a friends son, who refers to her as 'Aunty Jan'; also the Giant Man Fan Club showing up at Hank Pym's lab), but I feel it has never really been made clear. Feeling a bit confused...  
 
 

 
 
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Issue Letters Page


Dear Stan and Jack,

Congrats on your AVENGERS #7, particularly Captain America's little speech to Zemo on page 20 about how soft the Aryan super-stoops thought their adversaries were. As a matter of fact, there was a saying that the good Aryan-type German had to be as blonde as Hitler, as slim as Goering, and as well-built as Goebels. Lots of us have heard pot-bellied jerks spout off about how they will "bury" us someday, and they, who have only the "oppressed" at heart, throw feasts with caviar, vodka, and roast duck! The more I see of Cap, the more I like him. It's funny, but somehow I thought he'd be less ardent than he is. And Jack Kirby draws him with the tormented look of a man who has seen a thousand hells, and still fights on against near-impossible
odds. I feel that you were trying to bring him back all along. The drawing got to be more serious in the Avengers when he stepped in and the other stories took on a new dignity. The Avengers were a bunch of clowns before Cap came along -- the only serious one was the brooding Hulk. Incidentally, in the issue of the AVENGERS with ol' pastehead Zemo -- does he or doesn't he -- how the dickens does he even take a haircut? you advertised super-boners. I found one -- Rick Jones is called Rick Brown. However, maybe he changed his name during that part of the strip in order to confuse Zemo who might have thought he was Bucky in disguise. The cleverest part of the whole deception was that Zemo doesn't even know Rick's name! So ol' itchy-head Zemo hypnotized him without knowing he changed his name -- or you did! You ought to give a no-prize for the guy who can spot the most goofs. It's a wonder you are still awake enough to read anything -- let alone drawing and writing the way you do. Well, thanks for the memory!

Roger Gilman, 400 Ward St.
Newton Centre, Mass.

And we thank you, Rog! Also, congratulations! We're awarding you a special no-prize for spotting the goofs you did! But, we're sorry that you'll have to wait a while to receive it! Our demand for no-prizes has been so heavy lately that we're clean out of them! As for Rick Jones being called Rick Brown, the fault is mixed-up Stan's! The poor guy writes so many strips with so many different characters' names, that he got in trouble the other night -- he went home and called his wife "Wasp, honey"! And she doesn't even have antennae!

 
Dear Stan and Jack,

I was really amazed at AVENGERS #6. Since when did the Teen Brigade leader Rick Jones change his name to Brown! You guys really turn out the best mags, but there's always a big error in the good ones. First real big error with Captain America was Iron Man's magnets on Cap's gloves and that gizmo inside his shield. Cap was really tremendous the way he handled his shield without the magnets. With the magnets it seems that it really is not like him handling the shield. 'Nuff said! Captain America is the greatest of all your characters. I think he deserves his own magazine. How about it?

Mitchell Maslin, 153-26 58th Ave.
Flushing 55, N.Y.

We agree! So let 'im go out and buy it, like everyone else! Seriously though (and we hate ourselves for using that corny, overworked phrase!) we have given our red-white-and-blue yahoo his own feature strip in SUSPENSE! Watch for it, Mitch, or -- better still -- buy it!

 
Dear Stan and Jack,

The AVENGERS are my very favorite super-hero team. Their adventures are the greatest! But what bugs me about the Avengers is how do all of them fit into that helicopter of theirs? And who drives it?

Greg Hendricks, R.R. #1
Swayzee, Ind.

And who needs questions like that on a hot summer's day, Gregory boy?? Anyway, did you ever see a whole kaboodle of college guys and gals squeeze into a tiny phone booth just for kicks? Well, the Avengers whirlybird is a lot bigger than a phone booth! As for who the driver is -- it depends on who races in to the joy stick first! (Do they still call those gizmos "joy sticks" or are we dating ourselves?)

 
Dear San and Jack,

Please don't guest star so many heroes in your mags. As an example, the Avengers, Dr. Strange and the X-Men have appeared right in a row of FF. Isn't that pushing a good thing just a little too far? Look at Spidey running around all alone in his mag while the FF and Avengers star everybody. Dr. Strange would probably hit it off well in a Spidey tale. The Mandarin, Dr. Doom, Namor and Hulk are my choices for your four best super-villains.

Tom Nester, 7711 88 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Tommy boy, you sure brought up a good point! We'd like to know what the rest of you think about this, too! Do we have too many guest stars? Should we keep each character in his own mag, and knock off all the cross-switching? It even confuses us (which isn't hard to do!) Sometimes we're not sure which mag we're editing because of all the crossover characters! So, don't just sit there, you Marvel madmen, Let us know!

 
Dear Stan and Jack,

As Sgt. Fury and the Howlers would say, "Wahoo!" Zemo and his Masters of Evil in issue #6 of the AVENGERS are the team of super-villains that are almost as great as the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and will probably be just as good eventually. (How about that? I'm rooting for criminals now!) The plot, drawings, action and everything else were all utterly fantastic. And dig good ol' Captain America -- he's really hitting the heights! Why don't you give your letterers fancy titles like the artist and writers? Their pens should scratch from all their work. (I'm with you, Artie and Rosen, pals!) Keep producing those mags!

Gary Rafferty, 19 120th St.
Troy, N.Y.

We'll do our best, Gary, but it's gonna be tough producing all our mags if we have to stop and dream up fancy titles for our letterers, as you suggest! Hey! That's an idea for a great new no-prize contest! How about you fans (at least, we hope that word should be plural!) sending in ideas for our krazy kredit lines on the first page of each story? We're starting to run dry, and you know how sensitive our bullpen buddies get if we don't dream up new jazzy adjectives for 'em each ish! Everyone who sends in a Krazy Kredit which we can use will be entitled to a shiny new no-prize, which can be redeemed for any amount of no-cash! How about that!

 
Dear Stan and Jack,

From reading the past old issues from the Golden Age of Comics I have seen how some of the comics have changed tremendously, but yours haven't. Such isn't the case with certain competitors of yours -- their stories have too many catches whereas you put everything into the open. But they have one advantage over you -- your art. Now don't get me wrong, fellas -- maybe if you used a little better quality of paper and better ink things would be better. For psychological reasons the paper and ink make your comics look cheap. What I mean is that when someone picks up a really fine comic printed on cheap paper they simply put it back in favor of a bad story printed on better paper, simply because they figure that better paper means a better story.

Jim Costantini, 1449 Sinclair Ave.
Steubenville, Ohio

We appreciate your leveling with us, Jimmy, and we agree with you. Very often our paper and printing are not as good a quality as we would like! Actually, the reason is that we turn out so many mags with such a small, tightly-knit staff that we're usually late on our schedule dates. Consequently, we have to rush the dickens out of our poor, overworked engravers and printers. Sometimes causing our reproduction to be less than the quality we'd want! However, most of our fans seem to understand this and are generous enough to overlook it, giving us their support anyway! And we hope we can include you among their number!

 
Dear Stan and Jack,

Originally I didn't like the AVENGERS because they were too powerful to be interesting. But with the replacement of the Hulk by Captain America, they balance out perfectly. Keep the Hulk as a semi-regular.

Ronald Pehr, 266-08 82nd Ave.
Floral Park, N.Y.

We'll do better than that, Ronny! Ol' green-skin now has his own strip each month in ASTONISH! (And you'll find Cap appearing regularly in his own strip, too, in SUSPENSE!) Y'know, sometimes when we're jawing here in the bullpen about our characters, and someone asks what mag a certain hero or villain appears in, we have to look up at a chart! And if the chart is more than a few weeks old, chances are it's already out of date! It's getting nutty! We love to make changes -- but then we go mad trying to remember where we changed what about who!

 
Dear Stan and Jack,

Boy, do you really goof. First it's Bob Banner and now it's Rick Brown. Let me inform you that it's Rick Jones. So look, Seymour, don't end up with Don Pym and Henry Blake, please. Otherwise the story was great.

David Jackson, 2948 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia 33, Pa.

We showed your letter to Jack Lee and Stan Kirby, and they want us to promise it won't happen again, Donald!

 
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- As you may have guessed, Wonder Man is our answer to those who've claimed we're running out of new characters! And we can't wait to start receiving your letters telling us what you thought of him!

- Also, how about the sensational art job Don and Dick did on this ish? We think it's the closest thing to king Kirby we've ever seen! In fact, we're so delighted with it, that we've asked dazzling Don and darlin' Dick to do our next ish also! (This'll serve to give Jack a chance to catch up on the X-MEN, THOR, and -- let's see now -- what the dickens is the name of the other mag he draws? The Fantastic something or other! Oh well, it'll come to us --!)

- As you've probably noticed by now, we've added letters pages to THOR, STRANGE TALES, ASTONISH, and SUSPENSE! Also, we're going to make the letters page sections in our other mags TWO pages in length! WE're not sure we can keep it up -- we seem to spend more time reading and writing letters than doing stories -- but we'll try! You be sure to let us know how you like the results, hear?

- The latest FANTASTIC FOUR (#32, on sale now) (HEY! That's the name we were trying to think of!) features a truly different and daringly dramatic yarn entitled "Death Of A Hero!" We don't want to say any more now because it's filled with surprises, but you know us! When we give the name of a story, you know it won't be a dram, or an imaginary tale, or any such! You know it's gonna HAPPEN! So whatever you do, don't dare miss the leader, F.F. #32 -- okay?

- Looks as though Stan was in a rut this month, because we just realize -- SPIDER-MAN #18 has a tale entitled "The End of Spider-Man?" (But, judging by the question mark at the end of the title, it's sure to have some sort of a twist to it!) You know how we try to level with you? Well, in the past we've told you that one mag or another had the most action possible! THIS time we wanna tell you that you'll find LESS action that usual in Spidey's tale -- but, there'll be a lot of surprising plot twists and unexpected developments to make up for it!

- X-MEN doesn't go on sale this month, but we hope you read last month's "Return of the Blob" because it will prepare you for next month's different type of thriller, "Unus, the Untouchable!" Lest there be any misunderstanding, we want you to know that Unus has no connection with Elliot Ness -- but he does have a power somewhat different from any you've ever seen! (After all, he's a MARVEL character, isn't he!) We think you'll get a charge out of X-MEN #8!

- And, speaking of different villains, DAREDEVIL #4 (also on sale now) has a lollapalooza of a heavy -- he's called "Killgrave, the Purple Man!" Go ahead and chew on THAT one for a while! Incidentally, either we're getting better, or you merry Marvel madmen are catching on quicker, but DAREDEVIL has become a really big Marvel hit in less time than any other new title! Although only in its fourth ish, it's already firmly established as a real winner! So, Matt, Foggy, and Karen thank you -- while Stan says, "Oil up the type writer, wifey, I'll be working late again tonight!"

- Now here's the mag that really breaks all the rules! You fantasy fans just aren't supposed to particularly dig war mags! And yet, you've made SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS one of Marvel's steadiest and surest best sellers, month after month! So many of you have written: "I don't like war mags, but I love ol' Fury" that we've started referring to it as "The War Mag For People Who Hate War Mags!" -- and there's more truth than fiction to that one! Anyway, Fury's ish #11 which is on sale now, features "The Crackdown of Capt. Flint!", introducing a new character, a new mission, a new problem, but the same old rip-snortin' ring-a-ding action that have made it Marvel's mightiest masterpiece!

- Now for a fast run down on our other super-heroes before we lose you! The following are all on sale now -- and they were written just for YOU --

- THOR #109 -- our golen haired Thunder God has the fight of his life against, of all people, the menacing mutant who has sword to destroy the X-MEN -- none other than that naughty, nasty, not-nice leader of the Evil Mutants -- Magneto! Everybody seems to be a Thor fan these days, and this ish will show you why!

- It's a big month for SUSPENSE! Starting with ish #59, Iron Man shares top billing with the ever-popular Captain America! There may be a better 12˘ worth than two feature thrillers, one by Don Heck and one by Jack Kirby -- both written by Stan! But if there IS, we don't know of it! After you feast your eyes on this sensational ish, we think you'll agree!

- Hoo Boy! Now we've gotta go thru the same routine again! Because, ASTONISH #61 features both Giant-Man and its newest star, The Incredible Hulk! Whatever we said for SUSPENSE also goes for ASTONISH! We firmly expect these two titles to soar to new heights of popularity since they both offer the characters and thrills you've most requested!

- Now, before we wrap all this mishmash up -- we want you to have something to think about when you're not reading our mags! So, till next ish, try to figure out what M.M.M.S. stands for! We've been spending a lot of time on it lately, and we'll announce further details later on!

- Next ish AVENGERS #10 is entitled "The Avengers Break Up!" and features the magnificent menace of the mystical Immortus! It also features ol' Cap fighting and daring as never before! So, till we meet again, remember to face front -- and, in the immortal words of Irving Forbush: "Make Mine Marvel!" See ya!


 
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   February 1, 2018 TStarnes Added Wonder Man[appost]s Jet-Belt listing.
   January 30, 2018 TStarnes Added Mjolnir listing.
   January 30, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 2 listing.
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   December 2, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Wonder Man.
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   December 2, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Iron Man.
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   May 26, 2013 TStarnes Updated the listing for The Avengers.
   May 7, 2013 Loki120 Added Jane Foster to the issue.
     
 
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