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415: Avengers #22 (v1)

" The Road Back "
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Avengers #22 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Wallace Wood
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Wallace Wood
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: November 1965
Release Date: September 1965
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 711                 Times Rated: 394
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales of Suspense #72a (v1)
Avengers #21 (v1)
Avengers #22 (v1)
Avengers #23 (v1)
Avengers #24 (v1)
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#24 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
With the Avengers disbanded, the heroes try to make their way through the world as normal citizens. But Captain America hasn't given up hope.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #21 (v1). Captain America next appears in Avengers #23 (v1).
Hawkeye last appeared in Avengers #21 (v1). Hawkeye next appears in Avengers #23 (v1).
Quicksilver last appeared in Avengers #21 (v1). Quicksilver next appears in Avengers #23 (v1).
  The Scarlet Witch
The Scarlet Witch last appeared in Avengers #21 (v1). The Scarlet Witch next appears in Avengers #23 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Iron Man
Cameo Appearance
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #72a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #73a (v1). This is a cameo appearance.
Thor last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. Thor next appears in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1).
Giant-Man last appeared in Tales to Astonish #69a (v1). Giant-Man next appears in Tales to Astonish #77a (v1).
  The Ringmaster
The Ringmaster last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1). The Ringmaster next appears in Thor #145a (v1).
  Princess Python
Princess Python last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1). Princess Python next appears in Thor #145a (v1).
  The Clown
The Clown last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1). The Clown next appears in Thor #145a (v1).
  Human Cannonball
Human Cannonball last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1). Human Cannonball next appears in Thor #145a (v1).
  The Great Gambonnos
The Great Gambonnos last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1). The Great Gambonnos next appears in Thor #145a (v1).
  Bruto the Strongman
Bruto the Strongman last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1). Bruto the Strongman next appears in Thor #145a (v1).
  The Enchantress
The Enchantress last appeared in Avengers #21 (v1). The Enchantress next appears in Avengers #38 (v1).
  Power Man
Power Man last appeared in Avengers #21 (v1). Power Man next appears in Avengers #29 (v1).
  Awesome Android
Cameo Appearance
Awesome Android last appeared in Tales of Suspense #72a (v1). Awesome Android next appears in Rom #14a. This is a cameo appearance.
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster IV)
The Avengers last appeared in Avengers #21 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Avengers #23 (v1).
The Circus of Crime
The Circus of Crime last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1). The Circus of Crime next appears in Thor #145a (v1).
NYPD last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. NYPD next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #29 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #21 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Avengers #23 (v1).
Hawkeye's Bow
Hawkeye's Bow last appeared in Avengers #21 (v1). Hawkeye's Bow next appears in Avengers #23 (v1).
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Tales of Suspense #72a (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Tales of Suspense #73a (v1).
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Issue Synopsis
After the City has ordered the Avengers to disband, Captain America tries to convince the team to try and find out who framed them but they decide they must accept their defeat. Hawkeye puts the blame on Rogers’s leadership, yet he intervenes when Quicksilver lashes out on their leader. After they part, Steve feels sour about this failure as a team leader.
Quicksilver, Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch try to find opportunities in the entertainment business, but because of the Avengers' bad reputation of late, everybody turns them down.
After having served their sentence in jail, all members of the Circus of Crime now called Masters of Menace, are eager to go back to their criminal activities, yet they no longer attract any audience to loot upon. Aware of the Avengers'' situation, they send them an invitation to join their circus.
The three departing Avengers decide to take on their offer. But the next day, the heroes are shocked when they hear the Ringmaster revealing his plans. He tries to put them under hypnosis but Quicksilver immediately stops him and the ex-Avengers fight them back. As his accomplices are being subdued by the heroes, the Ringmaster alerts the police and pretends they were attacked and about to be robbed. Having no way to prove their innocence, the trio decides to run away.
Meanwhile, the Enchantress and Power Man are visited by a press agent. The man suggests that they both take the Avengers' place, which would be a major event for the press. He proposes to be the brains for their operations, claiming he was the one who caused the Avengers to split up. Insulted that this phony is trying to take credit for what they have done, Power Man brags about their involvement in the heroes' public downfall. The Enchantress tries to stop him from talking too much, but it is too late. Captain America reveals himself under that disguise and now has the frame-up confession on tape.
A big fight between him and Power Man ensues, and as the villain finally manages to knock his adversary out, the rest of the Avengers arrive to join the battle. The fight stops when Captain America shows up again, announcing that the tape is on its way to the police. Disappointed in her alliance with another loser, the Enchantress disappears. With no more reasons to keep fighting, Power Man offers no resistance. Cap is convinced that he will cause no more trouble so he lets him go.
With proof of their innocence in the past events, the City Council reinstates the Avengers. But shortly after, Captain America announces to his teammates that he's leaving them.
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  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-07-29 13:32:18  
  Just wondering one thing- why did Hawkeye go look for a job in full costume? He was masked most of the time, so the public shouldn't know his secret identity, right?

But yeah, nice issue.

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-09-21 06:44:13  
  Agreed, nice issue, and I didn;t see that ending coming.

There is an interesting letter complaining about Marvel's propaganda against communism and a short but illustrative response.

  chrys Says:    
  2013-04-13 20:20:52  
  Whoa. They didn't even bother to mention the Wasp on that recap of where the previous team members are.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-06 08:12:25  
  You would think by this point The Ringmaster and His Circus of Crime would just give up. I think they've been beaten badly by almost every hero in the MU.  

  ultimoastros Says:    
  2013-12-05 11:57:01  
  Pretty good issue but man was Cap a***at the end or what?  

  duncanm Says:    
  2013-12-05 20:47:41  
  Really? The big action climax is I give up because my girlfriend dumped me? I was enjoying up until that point because there was none of the usual petty bickering through most of the issue.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2013-12-10 15:23:47  
  @Webslinger yeah i read that letter, and it's funny cause a lot of what he said has been going through my head when i read the stuff like Iron Man vs Titanium Man...... and Marvels answer at the time is actually pretty piss-poor...... basically Marvel hid behind the isea of "well they are doing it to us so we gotta do it to them".... secondly, they say occassional adventure yarn...... Marvel had a very loose definition of Occassional too......  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-04-06 18:06:43  
  For a team that has 3 of it's 4 members being former "villians" they sure are reluctant to break the law.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-04-06 18:15:25  
  Other than zero reference to Wasp being an original member, good issue. Really, she never get's mentioned anymore when they talk about the founders; she came up with the freakin name. Also it's weird that there is never any issue with Wanda and Pietro being mutants despite the storylines in Xmen. I almost forgot until Pietro called one of the circus guys homosapien.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-04-15 05:44:06  
  Almost an average 3 star issue until the appearance of the Ringmaster and the Circus of Crime. It's an automatic one star deduction whenever they appear. They're awful villians who should nver have appeared after their debut story. Not sure why Stan feeels the need to inflict them repeatedly on us.

2 stars.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 17:53:52  
  So the clown and Ringmaster are working together now..?
Well dang...I didn't expect that ending.

  arsenal009 @ Raistlin903 (original post):    
  2014-07-20 03:44:17  
  I'm not sure Marvel was writing these propaganda stories to influence children reading them, it's not as if they were owned by Disney back then. :p

I believe they are just trying to trying to print whatever they feel the public demands. And with all the conditioning already taking place in other forms of media & art, they are just giving the ppl what they want.

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-07-20 16:08:32  
  I'm glad the Cap decides to quit. His team members were being complete d*cks ever since they joined.  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-07-22 23:37:24  
  "Aww, your uncle eats pickles!"

That line, and Captain America in a fat suit saved this issue for me.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-13 20:26:16  
  Great issue. Couple of things.... The Wasp didn't appear in this ish. And what exactly happened to Giant Man? Not that I really care, I'd rather Power Man take his place.

The ending... About time! Yeah!

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-08-22 20:08:29  
  Just 2 stars. We finally get less trash talking; only to get stuck with second stringers. While the main villains cop out!!

Give And Take - Funny, Cap gives them a taste of their own medicine, and the little darlings can't take it!

A Really Big Show - That one guy on the Ed Sullivan Show said that they don't let public menaces on. But, what about Topo Gigio???

'Nuff Said - "Nobody puts Power Man to sleep!"-Power Man

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-16 15:13:57  
  WHY did it take the Circus of Crime SO LONG to have a decent issue??  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-11-04 01:30:18  
  The Giantman reference is priceless  

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2015-01-07 19:01:46  
  Stan is really hitting his stride in his tenure as overseer and chief bottle-washer of the Marvel Universe. The Inhumans and Galactus are about to arrive in FF and page 4 here is classic 1960s Cap: moody, introspective, but solidly heroic. Heck and Wood are almost out-Sterankoing Steranko.  

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2015-01-07 19:23:40  
  "Hey! I think I'll tell these superheroes my expectation that they'll rob innocents for me and THEN hypnotize them. Such cunningness is why I am... THE RINGMASTER!" But... at least he recovered well by turning the tables on them with the cops.

Wanda can't use her powers if her eyes are covered? Hawkeye can split a tree with one arrow? Vas ist??? Love the kids wearing their Marvel t-shirts, tho. And Stan actually pulls it all together in the end. Or Cap does. He even tells off Hawkeye and Pietro.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-03-12 19:16:03  
  Hmm... where to begin? How about with that awesome shot of Wanda on the splash page? Bewitching! (Did you see what I did there?) Heck yeah! (there too).

This one was entertaining enough, but the Scooby Doo script was a let down. And what is UP with Stan and the circus? I think Quicksilver's desire to be in the circus is really Stan's cry for help.

Also, I was shocked to realize it has been 80 issues in the order since we've seen Thor!

And poor Giant-Man. From the hang-dog pose on Pg11/P3 to the "who cares?" attitude, ol' Hank really got the shaft in this one.

And finally, what's the deal with Cap? I get that they ret-conned the whole super soldier/super strength thing in, but what about his age? I assumed that he was basically the same age as he was in WWII after being frozen in the ice, and the "Old Man" comments were more of a joke. But I'm beginning to wonder, especially after his own comments, is he really that much older than everyone else? I don't get it.


  GroovyGolem @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2015-03-12 19:19:22  
  Gotta give props to the Topo Gigio reference.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-05-17 04:28:26  
  Man, I saw your uncle behind 7-11 eating a big pickle.  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-14 16:24:30  
  Ok, overall a good story, but the citizens are all bi-polar. They're easily swayed.  

  edgar987 Says:    
  2015-12-12 08:37:30  
  Another great cover . Love wanda on The splash page .3 stars for wood and heck.  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-07-12 07:06:47  
  Once again, I gotta say how I love that in the 60s disguises are so convincing. This one completely covers up Captain America, face mask, shield and all!
Damn, no page numbers! P18P1 (Cap gets socked in the face, for those of you who don't want to count the pages), love the art and inking in this small panel. Then, a couple panels later: Do Stan and co. keep forgetting about Cap's origin story and the super serum?

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-03 16:28:04  
  I didn't really see that ending coming either. Not that I blame Cap. It's hard to lead a team that has no respect for you.

But what really grinds my gears about this issue? What does Stan have against pickles?

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-12-10 20:58:38  
  • That's my line – "Aww, your uncle eats pickles!" (Fantastic Four Fan) – Is that supposed to be an insult? How rude! I love pickles!

  • Great splash page! Wanda is beyond gorgeous!

  • It is incredible that people would forget about the Circus of Crime, especially the police force. Yet for once, the Circus of Crime/Masters of Menace appearance did not bother me that much because I can buy that they would seize the opportunity to get heroes with questionable background to join them in their criminal activities.

  • Yup. Giant-Man's whereabouts are a mystery to everyone. And nobody cares either! I also agree that it was a bit inconsiderate not to mention anything about the Wasp.

  • Cap totally took me by surprise while pretending to be a press agent. I only realized it when the Enchantress warned her partner he was talking too much! That was both very smart and convincing for once! And the Asgardian proved once more that she's not so easy to fool.

  • I can't believe Cap admitted he's the weakest in the team!

  • And wow, the jaw-dropping conclusion really got me! Great story so 4 stars!

  Calion Says:    
  2017-04-18 10:27:16  
  1. I really don’t like seeing Cap being an ass, but I feel like he is. Nobody’s perfect all the time, but I feel that he is—or should be—a better leader than this.
  2. Oh, no, not the Circus of Crime again! Didn’t they call it quits and go straight? Or am I reading these out of order?
  3. Boy, the Ringmaster is stupid. You’re really going to announce your intentions to hypnotize the Avengers in advance? You don’t even do that with the circus crowds.
  4. Again, Cap’s being a jerk, and it doesn’t fit him. He can leave, fine (though it would make more sense for him to refuse to let them back in than to leave himself), but he wouldn’t be such ana**about it.

Mediocre at best. ★★½


  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-04-26 21:15:39  
  Cap is sooo done I love it. I loved the Circus of Crime in this one because the Avengers wiped the floor with them, which is really what should happen every issue they're in. And Cap in a fat suit? This is great.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-19 22:28:21  
  "Your uncle eats pickles!"

"Ah, yafaddah's moustache!" --reference to an old Spirit story.

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