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616: Avengers #39 (v1)

" The Torment...and the Triumph! "
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Avengers #39 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: John Buscema
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: George Bell
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Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1967
Release Date: February 1967
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 501                 Times Rated: 283
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Tales of Suspense #89 (v1) [B Story]
Tales of Suspense #90 (v1) [B Story]
Avengers #39 (v1)
Avengers #40 (v1)
Tales of Suspense #91b (v1)
614: Tales of Sus...
#89b (v1)
615: Tales of Sus...
#90b (v1)
 
617: Avengers
#40 (v1)
618: Tales of Sus...
#91b (v1)
 
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The Black Widow is portrayed by the media to be traitor of the US as a downtrodden Hawkeye heads out to find clues and stumbles into one of the Mad Thinker's traps. Together, will a trio of supervillains, the Mad Thinker predicts he can achieve victory over Earth's mightiest heroes.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Hawkeye
Hawkeye last appeared in Strange Tales #156a (v1). Hawkeye next appears in Avengers #40 (v1).
     
  Quicksilver
Quicksilver last appeared in Avengers #38 (v1). Quicksilver next appears in Avengers #40 (v1).
     
  The Scarlet Witch
The Scarlet Witch last appeared in Strange Tales #156a (v1). The Scarlet Witch next appears in Avengers #40 (v1).
     
  Goliath
Goliath last appeared in Strange Tales #156a (v1). Goliath next appears in Avengers #40 (v1).
     
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Strange Tales #156a (v1). The Wasp next appears in Avengers #40 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Hercules
Hercules last appeared in Avengers #38 (v1). Hercules next appears in Avengers #40 (v1).
     
  Black Widow
Black Widow last appeared in Avengers #38 (v1). Black Widow next appears in Avengers #40 (v1).
     
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Strange Tales #158a (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Strange Tales #159a (v1).
     
  Dum Dum Dugan
Dum Dum Dugan last appeared in Strange Tales #157a (v1). Dum Dum Dugan next appears in Strange Tales #159a (v1).
     
  Jasper Sitwell
Jasper Sitwell last appeared in Strange Tales #157a (v1). Jasper Sitwell next appears in Strange Tales #159a (v1).
     
Villains
  The Mad Thinker
The Mad Thinker last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #4. The Mad Thinker next appears in Fantastic Four #68 (v1).
     
  Hammerhead
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Hammerhead in the mainstream continuity.
     
  Piledriver
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Piledriver in the mainstream continuity.
     
  Thunderboot
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Thunderboot in the mainstream continuity.
     
 
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster V)
The Avengers last appeared in Strange Tales #156a (v1). The Avengers next appears in Avengers #40 (v1). Captain America is missing from this issue..
   
     
S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Strange Tales #158a (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Strange Tales #159a (v1).
   
     
Triumvirate of Terror
This is the first appearance by Triumvirate of Terror in the mainstream continuity.
   
     
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  • This is the first and only appearance of the Triumvirate of Terror. The members Piledriver and Hammerhead are not the ones more commonly thought of as part of the wrecking crew and the Maggia respectively.
  • Captain America is the only Avenger missing from this issue.
 
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  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-26 17:09:03  
  no actual skill is ever used when fighting the mad thinker it's just because he didn't predict one thing or the other  
 
 

  Fuse Nevis Says:    
  2013-06-18 06:23:47  
  Lost a star for Thunderboot. Cause seriously. Thunderboot.  
 
 

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-06-18 23:14:07  
  Thunderboot is (Pick One):

1) A Shaw Brothers Kung Fu movie made in 1974.
2) Nancy Sinatra's nickname
3) The B-side track from the Tom Jones hit "What's New Pussycat?"
4) None of the above
 
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-13 07:18:51  
  Useless bad guys but a fun story. Has Thinker come up with any plans that even came close to succeeding yet?
Yet another example of Marvel's 'trios of useless villains' (see Terrible Trio, Enforcers, Ani-men, etc.)
 
 
 

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-25 22:25:02  
  Oh, thank god these guys never come back again.......  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-03-04 18:41:18  
  Why would you have an emergency signal, that says "only a couple of you need to come, I'm not in THAT much danger"?

How the heck does Quicksilver count as a "long-hair"? He's got his stupid hair-horns, but otherwise it's a short haircut. Weird.
 
 
 

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-06-17 14:57:06  
  The Thinker has no one to blame but himself. Instead of executing the Avengers like he originally planned to do, he abandoned a plan that was working flawlessly so he could gloat and "savor this glorious moment of moments!" You'd think a guy who routinely got beat by the Fantastic Four due to variables he didn't foresee would know better. The Thinker should try actually thinking for once...  
 
 

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-06-17 14:58:14  
  Although I'm shocked Hercules had time to help out the Avengers after being so busy spitting game at the ladies all issue...  
 
 

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-06-17 15:02:15  
  For real. All the Thinker had to do was push a button, and he couldn't even do that properly. Even his minions point out how stupid his decision is.

Sorry, but that was just beyond stupid, even for the low bar Roy Thomas has set for himself...
 
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-09-04 11:35:39  
  I really like the Mad Thinker but this issue didn't utilize him the way it should have. I mean... Thunderboot? Would the Thinker really come up with that? 3 stars.  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2014-09-24 10:50:08  
  I'm beyond fed up with that "I could destroy them now, but I'm going to wait a bit to savor this!" crap. I swear we've had ten issues in a row that have used it.  
 
 

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-10-23 17:54:30  
  The Eastern Standard Time part is EXTREMELY important, so read it several times.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-12-14 05:39:21  
  2 stars for the Mad Thinker's Triumvirate of Twits!

Green Cheese - If I were the Avengers, I would stop worrying about the Black Widow, and focus on the green moon behind them! (p2,p2)

Inside Scoop - That's one impressive reporter to know what the Black Widow was thinking!

Straight Arrow - Would Hawkeye had time to make underworld contacts as a short lived villain? On his first outing he was blamed for a crime he didn't commit, and later became a commie lover...

Faulty - Hammerhead's audio-visual tool showed the Mad Thinker having white hair!

Migraine - If all you wanted was to steal some of Stark's stuff. Why go to Avengers Mansion to deal with 5 Avengers? Why not try one of Starks many factories to only deal with just one golden Avenger!?

What's In A Name - Instead of Thunderboot...how about Jackboot!??

Extreme Makeover - Is it me, or does the Mad Thinker look buffed?

Wardrobe - Was Herc wearing his headband the whole time, or did he slip it on real fast just to fight??

Mad With Power - First, Herc calls them the Avenggrs, and then talks about taking over the universe with them!!!

'Nuff Said - "I shall be a law...unto the lawless!"-Mad Thinker
 
 
 

  Durango55 Says:    
  2015-01-26 21:15:57  
  Awful story, with even worse art. 2 stars.  
 
 

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-24 14:30:27  
  The Thinker continues to suck, but it was quick and painless, so there's that.  
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-01-03 09:13:09  
  The Mad Thinker really should go see a good career counselor. It's so obvious that he's frustrated by the career path he's chosen for himself, and therefore subconsciously sabotages each of his schemes. Ultimately, I think he'd really be happy as a Broadway costume designer. Bird's gotta fly.  
 
 

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-04-20 07:33:25  
  Ah, the magic of computers never ceases to amaze. Although he's clearly lost the ability to predict what people are thinking. Piledriver is bad enough, but Thunderboot? Really? I presume the Thinker never had to actually address Thunderboot. Surely he couldn't think it was a good idea after hearing it out loud.  
 
 

  indypaul Says:    
  2016-07-28 10:54:36  
  The Thinker: consistently fails to think of something. Why is he still trying to success in this business?

He's seemingly more obsessed with schedules. Shouldn't he be renamed 'The Timer'? (Side note - did Stan have an autistic cousin or something? Maybe the Thinker is just another bad stereotype.)

All of his "thinking" is based solely on computer output. Where does the actual thinking come in?
 
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-02 15:23:28  
  Once again, the Mad Stinker learns that you can't program a computer to do a villain's job.

The Hammerhead here is not, of course, the Eddie G. inspired character that'll soon plague Spider-Man. And Thunderboot? I think it's time we all put our collective foot down on badly-named villains!

2 stars. Decent fight scenes, at least. I know Roy gets better, but man, his earliest stuff here and in X-Men is just painful.
 
 
 

  Urgat @ duncanm (original post):    
  2016-10-14 08:53:35  
  Maybe it is more like, only a couple of you need to come, it is only ME that is in danger and not the whole world/universe  
 
 

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-12-13 01:45:49  
  Honey, you mean hunkules.  
 
 

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-03-21 19:33:25  
  I would love to redraw all of the Mad Thinker's appearances so that he is always wearing those glove shoes, you know with the separate toes? He just seems like the type.  
 
 

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-05-30 07:20:02  
  Everybody already made the Thunderboot jokes I want to make :(

I did notice that Mad Thinker's computers indicated he should kill the Avengers immediately, which would have prevented Hercules' interference, but then he just flat out ignored it. *face-palm*.
I gave this a probably undeserved 3stars, because Hercules is a sorely needed addition to this book.
 
 
 

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-07-14 19:53:33  
  What? Was there no room for Screwfingers? Wrenchfoot? Ratchet...oh, never mind.

I can just hear Edna Mole: "Do you remember...Thunderfoot?"
 
 
 

 
 
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Updates
Date User Name Update
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Jasper Sitwell.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Dum Dum Dugan.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Hammerhead.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Piledriver.
   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
   March 21, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Hammerhead.
   March 21, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Piledriver.
   March 21, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Thunderboot.
   March 21, 2014 fragsel Added Triumvirate of Terror to the issue.
   January 26, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Hammerhead.
   January 26, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Piledriver.
   January 26, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Thunderboot.
   January 26, 2014 fragsel Added Thunderboot to the issue.
   January 26, 2014 fragsel Added Piledriver to the issue.
   January 26, 2014 fragsel Added Hammerhead to the issue.
   November 27, 2013 rocketraccoon Updated the listing for The Wasp.
   November 27, 2013 rocketraccoon Updated the listing for Henry Pym.
   November 27, 2013 rocketraccoon Updated the listing for The Scarlet Witch.
   November 27, 2013 rocketraccoon Updated the listing for Quicksilver.
   November 27, 2013 rocketraccoon Updated the listing for Hawkeye.
   July 14, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for The Avengers.
   May 26, 2013 TStarnes Updated the listing for The Avengers.
     
 
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