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531: Avengers #32 (v1)

" The Sign of the Serpent! "
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Avengers #32 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists:
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Don Heck
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: September 1966
Release Date: July 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 676                 Times Rated: 378
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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X-Men #22 (v1)
X-Men #23 (v1)
Avengers #32 (v1)
Avengers #33 (v1)
Tales of Suspense #82b (v1)
529: X-Men
#22 (v1)
530: X-Men
#23 (v1)
532: Avengers
#33 (v1)
533: Tales of Sus...
#82b (v1)
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Issue Blurb
A faction preaching xenophobia appears on the scene and is menacing the nation. Can the Avengers stop the hate or will they be convinced to join the cause?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #31 (v1). Captain America next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
Hawkeye last appeared in Avengers #31 (v1). Hawkeye next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
Goliath last appeared in Avengers #31 (v1). Goliath next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Avengers #31 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #86a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
Quicksilver last appeared in Avengers #31 (v1). Quicksilver next appears in Thor #134a (v1).
  The Scarlet Witch
The Scarlet Witch last appeared in Avengers #31 (v1). The Scarlet Witch next appears in Thor #134a (v1).
  The Black Widow
The Black Widow last appeared in Avengers #30 (v1). The Black Widow next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Strange Tales #149a (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Avengers #38 (v1).
  William Foster
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by William Foster in the mainstream continuity. William Foster next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
Slim last appeared in Strange Tales #147a (v1). Slim next appears in Strange Tales #159a (v1).
  Supreme Serpent
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Supreme Serpent in the mainstream continuity. Supreme Serpent next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster V)
The Avengers last appeared in Avengers #31 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
NYPD last appeared in Tales of Suspense #81a (v1). NYPD next appears in Fantastic Four #55 (v1).
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Strange Tales #149a (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Tales of Suspense #82b (v1).
Sons of the Serpent
This is the first appearance by Sons of the Serpent in the mainstream continuity. Sons of the Serpent next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #31 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
Hawkeye's Bow
Hawkeye's Bow last appeared in Avengers #31 (v1). Hawkeye's Bow next appears in Avengers #33 (v1).
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Issue Notes

Why Essential Notes

This issue features the first appearance of Bill Foster, who will play an ongoing and major part in the Marvel Universe.
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Issue Synopsis
As they get back from recovering Goliath in South America, the Avengers are welcome to their headquarters by their own security device but Hawkeye quickly disables it. When the giant Avenger begins feeling sorry for himself because he can't change back to normal size, Captain America snaps him out of it and encourages hum to keep looking for a solution.

Elsewhere in the city, a group of xenophobic terrorist calling themselves the Sons of the Serpent beat up an immigrant just because he moved to the neighborhood. Then they fly back to the Serpent Den to attend a meeting where their leader, the Supreme Serpent, is delivering a speech to recruit followers into their movement to drive foreigners out of America. Attending the meeting is Hawkeye's love interest Natasha who decides it is time for the Black Widow to come back and intervene before such a dangerous ideology starts to spread.

While Hank Pym has an argument with Janet and decides to get a specialist to assist him, the Black Widow visits Hawkeye at Avengers HQ and informs him that she intends to prove she is trustworthy to the rest of the team. Pym contacts Tony Stark to get some help with his research. The playboy industrialist gives him the name of one of his employees, Bill Foster, a bio-chemist who will happy to assist an Avenger. Soon, the Afro-American scientist comes knocking on Pym's door and they both start working on solving Goliath's size issue.

Across the Atlantic, in a small village in the Balkans, a doctor is treating Wanda and Pietro. After admitting that he knows they are Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, he announces that he is convinced that they will recover their powers. The siblings then call the Avengers to tell them the news.

Some time later near Pym's lab, the Sons of the Serpent strike again and assault Bill Foster, leaving their usual signature serpent sign behind. After Goliath finds his assistant has been beat up, he summons the Avengers and urges the team to fight back. Captain America pays a visit to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s HQ and Nick Fury informs him that they’ve been monitoring the Sons of the Serpent. They were planning to confront them, but due to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s busy agenda, Fury is more than happy to hand the case over to the Avengers.

Outside the United Nations, Asian dictator General Chen is trying to make his way through a group of protesters when his car is almost hit by an attack from above. The next day, the Avengers hold a press conference to announce their intention to defeat the Sons of the Serpent. Shortly after, Captain America is pulled off the ground by some strange ray right in front of Hawkeye and taken into to the Sons of the Serpent's camouflaged aircraft.

The rest of the team soon receive a message from the Supreme Serpent threatening to kill Captain America if the Avengers don't agree to announce that they will join the Sons of the Serpent. Left with not other choice, the mighty heroes have to refuse to collaborate with the authorities who want to put an end to the subversive organization.
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-10-22 11:44:39  
  "I'm gonna join up and get me a serpent's robe--Then I'll lean on every blamed furriner I can find." Laughable quote, from a laughable storyline. I think they were trying to be "socially aware" of the civil rights struggle with this one, maybe?  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2012-05-25 08:15:42  
  why did they have to get giantman/goliath back!? i cant stand the guy! he is so ubelivable anoying!  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-12-19 11:55:37  
  Sure they were Redsvetz, the sexist way Pym treated Janet von Dyme wasn't there for nothing also, a same she didn't reply, just got away cause she loves him. And I liked this one!  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-04-22 10:09:45  
  I enjoyed this one in spite of the many flaws.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-25 04:13:26  
  this was a nice all-Heck book(4-)  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-08 13:17:58  
  An important storyline for the time (with FF's Black Pnather issues). Nothing like this was being done at the time and Marvel risked alienating a lot of fans to do the right thing.  

  dpaone Says:    
  2014-03-02 22:42:49  
  First appearance of Bill Foster gets a 3 star!  

  kaste Says:    
  2014-07-09 09:26:32  
  Why the writers kicked out of the Avengers the Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch? And I don't mean the whole plot line about losing their powers. I mean the writers, why they really did it?  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-08-02 02:19:31  
  "No man--no group of men-- can be Super-Patriots!" said Captain America.

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-10 15:06:41  
  Even in an anti-racism issue, they have to toss in some anti-China/Commie digs just to keep things "balanced."  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-08-11 00:28:28  
  That's why Cap is the leader !!!
I like the camaraderie in the Avengers.
WOW...Hawkeye is nice now...I like him better this way.
Why the heck is Foster dressed like that..?!? He's not Sammy Davis, Jr.
Um...wouldn't SHIELD or Fury know that Cap is Steve Rogers..?
This was ok...

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-25 11:13:56  
  A nice Hawkeye, The Black Widow on the verge of joining the Avengers (or so it seems), Pyms problems and Cap kidnapped. Great issue and story. I gave it 3 stars, although I was tottering on 4.  

  Safis Says:    
  2014-09-02 21:02:23  
  Really didn't care for this one too much. The villains are weird and the story was a little drab.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-09-18 07:05:40  
  At least Stan's writing a more likeable Hawkeye now.

He was insufferable up 'til now.

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-30 16:33:18  
  Wow, I am surprised they tackled a political immigration story this early into the order. And it's actually interesting.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-10-11 11:53:38  
  4 stars for the 1st app of Bill Foster and the Sons of the Serpent!!!

Blinded By Hatred - That one SOS talks about getting in the helicopter, but I don't see any rotors on it!

Bling - On page 6, panel 2 Black Widow's earring turned from a "B" into a "R"!

Muties - @kaste: I agree; maybe they shipped them off to give more time to Goliath & Wasp? Also, their doctor looks like Mark Twain!!

'Nuff Said - "I'm still the best-blamed bio-chemist around!"-Goliath

  mrcreek Says:    
  2015-05-24 16:59:48  
  Really good issue for the 60s: political awareness, character building (Hawkeye and Black Widow), Bill Foster, honest art by Heck, and the Sons of the Serpent almost bearable as villains among those good elements!!  

  g2thet Says:    
  2015-06-08 14:58:51  
  I like that Hawkeye is not such an asshat anymore. The team actually feels like a team now.
4 Stars

  Beaustaff Says:    
  2015-07-02 06:55:39  
  This issue was meh for me. I do like the "Can't we all just get along." sentiment. Hawkeye is finally starting to grow on me a little.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-08-24 10:46:53  
  I really liked Heck's artwork in this one. His use of dramatic shading in some of the panels reminded me of Alex Toth's work.

The scripting was a bit ham-fisted, but I understand what the were trying to do, given the social situation at the time.

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-01-30 23:12:58  
  Goliath thinks he can take on a dozen Captain Americas... I don't think he could take half of one.  

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2016-03-11 07:15:43  
  The last panel of page 9 has a weird perspective issue. There's not quite enough there to establish that Janet is in the foreground and her eyeline (looking down and straight ahead of her) suggests that she is in the same plane as Hank and Bill and is a giant herself (sitting in one of Hank's giant chairs).  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-20 13:59:36  
  I liked the story. It's a bit of a left turn from standard Avengers fare but it's a story that's trying to send a message relevant for its time and I have to applaud Marvel for even attempting it. It's not a real strong story but I found it enjoyable enough. 3 stars  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-12-01 07:29:53  
  I'm losing track... whose identities are common knowledge now? Within the Avengers, it's Hank, Jan and Steve. Do the others know Wanda and Pietro? Or Hawkeye? Outside the Avengers, everyone knows Steve Rogers, but wouldn't recognise him if they saw him. Hank and Jan appear to be common knowledge... or not? There was the ironic comment recommending Goliath to talk to Dr. Pym last issue, this issue Tony lets that scientist know they are one and the same. Meanwhile Jan goes to public events unmasked. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch think their identities are secret, but it's a Johnny-at-school situation in their hometown where the local scientist is like, "yeah of course we know who you are!" Now Hawkeye and Black Widow also know who each other are, though she's not yet an Avenger. Anyone else confused?  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-05-06 09:06:33  
  I liked this one, despite it's foibles. I feel like this story has been done a number of times, but I think this is the first in the order to emphasize the xenophobic group.  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-07-28 07:53:17  
  I don't know man, this has heart. I liked it a lot. It was kind of corny but hey. It's a good message, I think? At the very least it's better than the X-Men issue before it.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-02-15 03:58:58  
  • That's my line – "As the original serpent drove Adam and Eve from Eden... so shall the we drive all foreigners from this land!" (Sssssupreme Ssssserpent) – OK, that is a pretty bad analogy to use, especially when your audience most likely consists in a majority of bigots.

  • I like the new tone of camaraderie and respect between the members, especially coming from Hawkeye. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same of Hank Pym who is acting like a total d*ck with poor Jan.

  • The Black Widow's reform is getting more and more interesting. I really like this character and where they are going with her.

  • It's nice to know that you can find lab coats for giants! I wonder if his pens are also scaled up!

  • All the subplots are making this series more and more compelling lately. I'm intrigued by this new Foster guy who seems like he's going to be a major character at some point. (Please no spoilers, people!) And Heck's art was pretty nice, even if it is nowhere near Colan's perfection at the time. I liked this story a lot. 4 stars.

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   February 15, 2018 RobinHoodMtl Added NYPD to the issue.
   February 15, 2018 RobinHoodMtl Added synopsis for this issue.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Hawkeye[appost]s Bow listing.
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   November 10, 2017 TStarnes Added Captain America[appost]s Shield listing.
   September 25, 2017 fragsel Added Slim to the issue.
   June 29, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for William Foster.
   October 3, 2014 fragsel Added Supreme Serpent to the issue.
   October 1, 2014 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   December 4, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
   December 4, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for The Wasp.
   December 4, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Henry Pym.
   December 4, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Hawkeye.
   December 4, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Captain America.
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