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573: Avengers #34 (v1)

" The Living Laser! "
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Avengers #34 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Don Heck
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Don Heck
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: November 1966
Release Date: September 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 590                 Times Rated: 339
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales of Suspense #88a (v1)
X-Men #27 (v1)
Avengers #34 (v1)
Avengers #35 (v1)
Avengers #36 (v1)
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#88a (v1)
572: X-Men
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#35 (v1)
575: Avengers
#36 (v1)
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Scorned by a woman, the Living Laser intends to use his discovery of lasers to display his power. When he falls for Janet van Dyke, he seeks to destroy the Avengers to gain her affection.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3. Captain America next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
Hawkeye last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3. Hawkeye next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
Goliath last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3. Goliath next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3. The Wasp next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  William Foster
William Foster last appeared in Avengers #33 (v1). William Foster next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
  Lucy Barton
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lucy Barton in the mainstream continuity. Lucy Barton next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
  The Living Laser
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Living Laser in the mainstream continuity. The Living Laser next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
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The Avengers (Roster V)
The Avengers last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3. The Avengers next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3. Captain America's Shield next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
Hawkeye's Bow
Hawkeye's Bow last appeared in Tales of Suspense #84b (v1). Hawkeye's Bow next appears in Avengers #35 (v1).
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-11-12 12:41:23  
  I can appreciate the fact that The Laser is motivated by something other than world domination.  

  Xythe Says:    
  2012-02-22 07:06:51  
  "See the man in the strange costume! He is a bad man! He is robbing a bank! He is called the Laser! Can you tell why he is called the Laser?"

Was this written for a 3 year old?

  amorbavian Says:    
  2012-03-07 08:11:00  
  For a super-hero a lot of the show a very low IQ too often. Page 11 dialogue with Goliath and Laser Man is a perfect example of that: "So suppose you come down here and talk it over. That equipment you're smashing costs good money", while thinking "If that is a laser beam he's using - we are up against the deadliest menace imaginable!"

That is why THE HULK is the best ever. Less talk, more smash! And he still has higher IQ than the Avengers combined.

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-07-03 23:20:00  
  I was looking forward to an end of all the bickering, but I think it's preferable to the horrible one-liners and corny camaraderie.  

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-21 08:07:05  
  I don't know why stan didn't just think of using a mirror to bounce the laser off of  

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-21 08:10:31  
  the lasers for the cage should've burned through the floor  

  Mr. M. Says:    
  2012-07-25 19:31:26  
  Making Laser to fight against whole Avengers and still perform pretty well is hard to believe in. And that's what makes the whole story rather bad. Not to mention a lot of unnecessary talking.  

  bigkat5582 Says:    
  2012-08-20 07:10:25  
  "I wish I understood this things....like a man!" haha  

  Shark Says:    
  2012-09-24 13:43:32  
  Oh no! The laser is breaking all these things that were completely useless! What will we do about this building that was about to be demolished? And these planes and ships out of business? It must be a truly deadly menace.  

  vanhornluke Says:    
  2013-02-08 18:48:07  
  I thought Cap's shield was supposed to be tough. It's stood up to even the Human Torch's nova flame, yet it can't handle a simple laser?  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-04-26 10:08:50  
  This one was just brutally bad. I had a hard time finishing it.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-06-08 23:41:07  
  Wasp's line at the end quoted above took this from two stars to one in one stupid sexist step.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-25 04:17:06  
  more Heck hurried work (2)  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-11 19:00:24  
  Wow! A guy with only lasers as a weapon is considered a challenge to the Avengers.
The team has fought villains with death rays and laser weapons before. No biggie.

  Garfieldicus Says:    
  2013-11-10 18:56:14  
  "The larger my beam is the more damage it can do!" ... yeah, let's add "lasers" onto the list of things that Stan doesn't understand how they work, along with "magnets" and "women".  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-15 22:58:19  
  This must be a sixties thing...... let's make a guy who is all about Lasers!!!! yeah deffinitly sixties.......  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-02-11 18:55:34  
  For a second, I stupidly believed that Wasp was going to save the day. I should have known she couldn't understand that stuff like a man.

Also, maybe if one of the four brilliant Avengers thought of taking away the bad guys laser while he was unconscious, they could have spent the rest of the issue eating shawarma.

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-04-27 14:07:48  
  I'm getting sick of every villian falling in "love" everytime they see a female character.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-04-27 14:16:28  
  Did I miss when every learned that Janet was the wasp? She doesn't hide her identity anymore.  

  dpaone Says:    
  2014-05-12 23:12:06  
  Ummm... Someone falls in love with the wasp plot = brutal read  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-06-09 12:12:38  
  He robs banks, then returns the money! He totally blows stuff up, like buildings and planes and boats that were gonna be blown up anyway! He creepily stalks women he's never spoken to! He causes slightly inconvenient traffic jams! You can keep your Magnetos and your Dr. Dooms. Galactus? Not even in the conversation. Clearly the deadlest, most badass villain in all the Marvel Universe is the Living Laser...  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-06-09 12:24:00  
  "If only I understood these things...like a man!"

And then they went the extra mile and threw in some casual sexism to close out the issue. I'm giving this 3 stars for the crazy amount of stupid going on in this one...

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-08-06 21:21:00  
  Wasp always attracts the crazies.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-19 00:35:30  
  Docked points for the Avengers being too stupid to remove his weapons while he was unconscious, as well as the extremely casual sexism at the end. Also, what was up with that writing style at the beginning? I think the pressure was really getting to Stan.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-29 15:00:32  
  I already want to give it a 1 star rating... The intro reads like one of my daughters books... "See the man in the strange costume. He is a bad man. He is robbing a bank. He is called the laser. Can you tell why he is called the laser?..." Holy insult your intelligence, Batman! It's a toddler book!!!!  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-29 15:31:18  
  2 stars for bad writing, insulting my intelligence and the Wasp actually saying "If only I understood these things... Like a man!"  

  Safis Says:    
  2014-09-15 16:45:01  
  I actually loved the silly narration style they used, it had me laughing out loud. As long as they know when to quit :)  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-10-09 15:36:04  
  Since when does having a laser beam make you the 'deadliest menace imaginable'?  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-11-07 19:23:56  
  3 stars for the 1st app of the Living Laser! Ok, he gets a rough start here, but he does get better through the years. With the "living" part of his name becoming important!

Oh, Behave - I recommend when ever you read the word "laser". To pronounce it like Dr. Evil does with hand quotes "lay---zers"!!!

Glazed - @jfpj1991: Dispatch just radioed out that a fresh batch of donuts were ready!!!

No Relation - Hmmm, after meeting Lucy Barton, I wonder how they will come up with Hawkeye's real name later...

No Prize - But, Hank is stuck at 10ft, not 12ft...

South Park - Living Laser destroying condemned objects reminds me of Butters Pro. Chaos!!!

'Nuff Said - "Hawkeye! What's that sudden hum??"-Cap

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2015-05-22 11:08:50  
  I'm a little concerned about what Laser's plans are for Wasp...  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2015-05-29 23:51:50  
  Who is he? He is venomousintent. Did he give this comic 3 stars? He gave this comic three stars. He enjoyed the nutty laser.  

  g2thet Says:    
  2015-06-14 04:54:10  
  Bad writing, crappy villian, to much talking, all lead to a pretty lackluster ish.
3 Stars

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-21 01:19:41  
  Nothing says evil villain like destroying condemned buildings, planes that are out of use, and a ship that was going to be blown up anyway. This one was rough all around.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-10-20 20:47:09  
  Wait... the Avengers are just hanging around taking a breather after a vigorous round of serpent polishing? Poor Wasp!

And Hawkeye enjoys working out with Cap so much he gets a swelled head?

And Bill Foster wants to get back in the harness with Hank?

It's like a wall-to-wall orgy in Avengers mansion!

  Big Frank T Says:    
  2016-05-21 09:01:09  
  I can't be,I've this is a two part tale  

  indypaul @ bigkat5582 (original post):    
  2016-07-03 17:16:12  
  I visibly cringed when I read this line!  

  Urgat @ Xythe (original post):    
  2016-09-16 03:25:35  
  Maybe BY a 3-year old ? XD  

  Urgat @ Shark (original post):    
  2016-09-16 03:28:06  
  As if ... in 2012 ... you read my mind as I was reading this part of this Issue ... in 2016... MUTIE !!!!!  

  Urgat @ Garfieldicus (original post):    
  2016-09-16 03:29:43  
  Can we sum it up as ... he does not understand physics and women ?  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-26 21:26:20  
  I'm going to submit a rewrite of this story, swapping out the Avengers and replacing them with some of our neighborhood cats.

Living Laser: Look, kitties! *points laser down the street and turns it on*

Cats take off after the red dot his laser produces.

Hey, at least it's more entertaining than what was published 50 years ago, right?

  Judassiah Says:    
  2016-12-12 04:43:33  
  + Goliath singlehandedly creamed the Living Laser very easily, where Cap and Hawkeye couldn't touch him. Nice going Hank!
+ Janet van Dyne got a tiny bit of character development with her society pal Lucy Barton.
+ Stan Lee is about to shove off some of the workload. Hopefully this works out for us!

+ Bill Foster is back.
+ Looks like the Avengers are getting some nice Stark Industries funding for their vehicles.

- Captain America and Hawkeye drop the ball so badly here that this affected the rating.

2 stars. I like new villains, but the Avengers performed so poorly here, despite Goliath putting up a good show.

  kungfufan Says:    
  2017-02-15 08:00:29  
  Woah, rollercoaster of comments here! Before I address anyone else's, here was mine (written before I read yours):

The story of the Living Laser, a villain more considerate of public property than most superheroes!
* * *
Oh, how I chortle when I read these old issues with state-of-the-art technology that is now totally dated: "If that is a laser, we're up against the deadliest enemy imaginable"! Ho ho! Now why didn't Reed think of using a laser against Galactus? With both the Power of Cobalt and lasers, intergalactic threats should tremble at the mere mention of Earth!

Now, what bothers many amuses me. Lasers as a threat; kiddy-style writing (come ON guys, it's clearly tongue-in-cheek, they're not trying to insult our intelligence, they're trying to amuse us. Even back then, they were aware a large proportion of their readership was teens and adults); sexism; the Living Laser actually presenting a clear and present danger to the Avengers.

To address specifically @andyzh , lasers could have been set to a certain distance so as not to burn through the floor, but having said that, based on Stan's understanding of lasers, the fact that they didn't was probably his oversight than his deep knowledge of the technology.

  TonyRolloBrownTown Says:    
  2017-03-10 13:41:35  
  A laser! OH.MY.GOD! It's like nothing they've ever fought before!  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-03-19 19:33:26  
  "Now that the serpents are polished off, we can all take a little breather" Curious Cap's Craigs List Calvacade  

  Carlo Says:    
  2017-04-09 21:39:34  
  "Hmmmm. This guy has laser weapons that he fires from his wrists! Now that he's unconscious, should we remove them?"


  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-05-17 19:51:49  
  I've only made it to page 2- I can't stop staring at the cop in the last panel. What is going on with his hand?! Who looks at that and says, "eh, close enough". Was the artist Rob Liefeld?  

  samholmes1313 Says:    
  2017-05-18 01:05:41  
  I have to wonder about the air traffic over New York. With almost all the super heroes and villains being able to fly it must be crowded.  

  samholmes1313 Says:    
  2017-05-18 04:46:56  
  "But we'd sure look nutty goun' into action on roller skates!" - wish they figured it out a few years earlier.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-07-12 11:53:22  
  Didn't the Living Laser get a job with the Governor of New Jersey?  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-11-03 06:27:03  
  "I haven't seen you since your coming out party"

That has 100% different meaning now that it did before lol

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-11-03 06:29:34  
  And in what world is Goliath the most powerful Avenger of all? Or are we not counting former Avengers?  

  jakeisquite Says:    
  2017-11-10 14:03:16  
  I feel like they didn't even try to make the living laser interesting.  

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Essential Avengers, Volume 2
This collection includesAvengers #25 (v1), Avengers #26 (v1), Avengers #27 (v1), Avengers #28 (v1), Avengers #30 (v1), Avengers #31 (v1), Avengers #32 (v1), Avengers #33 (v1), Avengers #34 (v1), Avengers #35 (v1), Avengers #36 (v1), Avengers #37 (v1), Avengers #38 (v1), Avengers #39 (v1), Avengers #40 (v1), Avengers #41 (v1), Avengers #42 (v1), Avengers #43 (v1), Avengers #44 (v1), Avengers Annual #1, Avengers #45 (v1)
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