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803: Avengers #52 (v1)

" Death Calls for the Arch-Heroes! "
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Avengers #52 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists:
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: John Buscema
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1968
Release Date: March 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 550                 Times Rated: 302
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
The Black Panther arrives at the Avengers HQ only to be framed for the murder of the Avengers. When he finds the man who did attempt to murder the trio, he finds out that things may not be as they appear.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Hawkeye last appeared in Avengers #51 (v1). Hawkeye next appears in X-Men #45a (v1).
Goliath last appeared in Avengers #51 (v1). Goliath next appears in X-Men #45a (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Avengers #51 (v1). The Wasp next appears in X-Men #45a (v1).
  The Black Panther
The Black Panther last appeared in Avengers #51 (v1). The Black Panther next appears in X-Men #45a (v1). He joins the team in this issue.
Supporting Characters
  Jasper Sitwell
Jasper Sitwell last appeared in Iron Man #1a (v1). Jasper Sitwell next appears in Iron Man #2 (v1).
  Black Widow
Black Widow last appeared in Avengers #47 (v1). Black Widow next appears in Avengers #57 (v1).
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Avengers #51 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Iron Man #2 (v1).
Thor last appeared in Avengers #51 (v1). Thor next appears in Avengers #58 (v1).
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Captain America #102 (v1). Captain America next appears in Captain America #103 (v1).
  Grim Reaper
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Grim Reaper in the mainstream continuity. Grim Reaper next appears in Avengers #78 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster IX)
The Avengers last appeared in Avengers #51 (v1). The Avengers next appears in X-Men #45a (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Captain America #102 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Captain America #103 (v1).
Grim Reaper's Scythe
Grim Reaper's Scythe next appears in Avengers #78 (v1).
Hawkeye's Bow
Hawkeye's Bow last appeared in Avengers #51 (v1). Hawkeye's Bow next appears in Avengers #53 (v1).
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Avengers #51 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Iron Man #2 (v1).
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Issue Notes

The Black Panther joins the avengers in this issue. Also regular Marvel villain the Grim Reaper is introduced in this issue.

Why Essential Notes

This issue is essential because of the shake up in the Avengers lineup with the addition of the Black Panther. Also because minor but someone important (to Wonder Man at least) villain The Grim Reaper.

Placement Notes

This occurs after Captain America #101 - #102 because of Captain America's mention in this issue of his fight with The Sleeper in those two issues.
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-12-21 07:08:37  
  Kind of a cheap gimmick here. Why would someone who calls himself "The Grim Reaper" have a weapon that takes three hours to cause death. I know they didn't want to actually kill off any major characters, but the resolution of this issue is just silly.  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-08 14:50:46  
  As nutty, gimmicky and weird as the villain is... The story did work for me, and felt original - although the 3-hour time span is a little bit random.  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2012-07-17 17:34:21  
  I see it this way: he sees himself as good, in a strange way. So it would be natural for him to have a failsafe against killing someone by acident. Why he shold tell the black panter about it... that i dont get.  

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-08-16 18:32:00  
  what's with all the one man hovercrafts that all the villains have  

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-08-16 18:39:58  
  this issue was stupid I mean most villains if they could have gotten in gotten out and hid their tracks would have killed the avengers, cuz his scythe looks pretty sharp.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-15 14:02:01  
  Panther is a good fit for the Avengers as he pretty much duplicates Captain America.
Grim Reaper is a decent villain who only gets better as it goes along.

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-02-17 23:39:24  
  I know it was the 60s, but i still can't help but see the underlining racisim being portraid here.......  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-05-18 09:38:53  
  Not sure I like the new mask for the BP. I prefer the fully covered look.
Man, black guy has been in New York for 5 minutes and he is accused of a triple homicide. Yeah, it's the 60s.
Fun intro for Black Panther, but when your most powerful member's ability is to grow big...still seems a little underwhelming. Hopefully some new/returning members are coming down the pipe.

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-07-14 17:12:28  
  Today I learned electricity can repair a broken wall...  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-09-23 10:06:04  
  Thought this was a great issue, loved the drama and the introduction of the Black Panther into the lineup officially.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-11-23 15:37:05  
  So now it's just "The Panther" I see. Ah well. I guess 60s Marvel couldn't keep that name what with everything going on at the time.

Decent issue, even though it felt more like a solo Black Panther joint. The villain actually had a good motivation for his actions.

  SmokyB Says:    
  2015-02-08 18:22:39  
  The scythe's powers were a bit random.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-03-15 20:03:53  
  3 stars for the 1st app of the Grim Reaper and he's knocking at the Avengers door!!!

Cover Me - Nice image of the Grim Reaper slashing the Avengers good name!!

Black Is Beautiful - @duncanm & specialque: Yeah, I don't like his new look either. At least he gets his original mask and his full name back later after Forrest Gump ruins a certain party!!!

Red Alert - So, a security tube to contain you; can also take you to the nerve center of the building where it is also at it's weakest!?

Ladies Man - Jasper, you sly fox...you get Tony's girls, Whitney Frost, and now the Black Widow!!!

The Big Three - You'd think that Cap, Thor, and Iron Man would of rushed over and straighten out things together!!

Code Blue - Just what was so special about that cops rifle??

'Nuff Said - "I am the Grim Reaper...mine is the sacred scythe of justice...!"-Grim Reaper

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2015-04-05 22:32:32  
  I liked this story with the little twists. Finally, a villain has a decent reason to attack the heroes. Really nice story here.  

  metsguy Says:    
  2015-04-06 08:33:32  
  Vince Colleta's brushwork on the figures is actually kind of nice in this issue. Not at all like his usual hack job on Thor. There's almost a Klaus Janson quality to it.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-06-02 08:17:05  
  Grim Reaper's clearly just going to ignore that if the Avengers killed Wonder Man, it means he was working with Baron Zemo, a known Nazi. Yeah, not important, go get your justice.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-07-15 15:24:09  
  Interesting situation with the Black Panther. I wonder if the racism was intentional (i.e. Roy was trying to make a point) or unintentional (just reflecting the times).

Either way, it was so strange to read this at this current point in America (July 2016), with all of the police shootings of black men in the news, and the Black Lives Matter protests going on, and the subsequent backlash from the All Lives Matter folks.

Sort of like reading the Hate Monger issue of the FF a while back with Trump and his rhetoric in the news.

Just crazy... the more things change, the more they stay the same. :-(

I loved seeing Jasper Sitwell in this. I was totally expecting that the hand holding the gun on Pg4/P4 belonged to the "killer." Sitwell was a nice surprise! I also liked how he asserted himself with the cops: "I'd prefer to be addressed as AGENT Sitwell, Inspector." You tell 'em, Jasper! When the Panther thought "It would be a simple feat to wrest my captor's gun from him" I would have liked to have seen him try!

It was funny how they made a point of showing Cap, Iron Man, and Thor... all 3 of them were like "meh... too bad. Oh well." Stone cold.

As for the Grim Reaper, that was classic Roy Thomas, bringing back some small plot point from an early issue (when he was a fan) to breathe some new life into it.

And how 'bout that Hawkeye on Pg19/P2? The shaft of his arrow goes right up that cop's gun barrel. Bullseye!

I like how at the end T'Challa's all like "wait, you mean this is it? It's just you guys? What about Hercules, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch...?" Hank's response is awesome. "Their names will forever be enshrined in glory! But yeah... it's pretty much just us now."

  GroovyGolem @ metsguy (original post):    
  2016-07-15 15:25:10  
  Yeah, it's hard to believe this is the same guy that did such a terrible job on Thor. It's like night and day.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-22 06:20:00  
  I thought the scene with the Panther and the cops was handled well, though it did make me a little uncomfortable how they tried to pin the black guy to the crime almost right away; indeed, as @GroovyGolem commented, it's a sign of the times, both 1960s and today. From a logic standpoint, it did make some sense to determine the Panther was a suspect, since he was the unfamiliar guy and was found standing over the bodies. At least bring him in for questioning ("Did you see anything that might lead us to who could've done it?") I don't think Roy and John would've dared try to depict the cops trying to clobber T'Challa in order to bring him in. One thing: did I detect a note of disappointment in the police chief when he learned of T'Challa's diplomatic immunity? (Pg 12 Pn 3)

On to lighter matters now. Good story, and I liked the first appearance of the Grim Reaper, though his scythe was gimmicky (three hours to cause death? Really?) His motivation against the Avengers, to uhmmm avenge his brother's death was very believable and made for an excellent story device.

So, the Avengers get a new member for their ranks. Sure, this issue focused on the Black Panther but it was probably done for those readers not familiar with his appearances in Fantastic Four or Captain America. And the roster will very soon expand once again, with the introduction of another very classic character.....

In other words, don't worry gang; the Avengers will be just fine!

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-12-30 20:41:21  
  Okay, so because he's black and wearing a hoodie, and a mask, and is caught next to the body of three dead white people he is somehow thought to be the murderer? Racist!  

  mcdrunkin Says:    
  2017-01-26 17:10:43  
  What the heck man? It's the 1960's where are all these guys getting personal gliders?  

  mcdrunkin @ andyzh (original post):    
  2017-01-26 17:33:51  
  It must be the secret to Oscorps early success.  

  Leander Malurt Says:    
  2017-06-27 03:51:30  
  Are the Avenger's dead! No, it's was just an old-fashioned click-bait. Fun with consequences though. What really bugged me was Natasha's third and finale line. "Because I'm a woman and all". Seriously. Talking about supporting the prejudices and norms of that time. Brought an otherwise fairly good dish down a lot for me, so three stars for this one.  

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Essential Avengers, Volume 3
This collection includesAvengers #47 (v1), Avengers #48 (v1), Avengers #49 (v1), Avengers #50 (v1), Avengers #51 (v1), Avengers #52 (v1), Avengers #53 (v1), Avengers #54 (v1), Avengers #55 (v1), Avengers #56 (v1), Avengers Annual #2, Avengers #57 (v1), Avengers #58 (v1), Avengers #59 (v1), Avengers #60 (v1), Avengers #61 (v1), Avengers #62 (v1), Avengers #63 (v1), Avengers #64 (v1), Avengers #65 (v1), Avengers #66 (v1), Avengers #67 (v1), Avengers #68 (v1)
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   February 1, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   February 1, 2018 TStarnes Added Hawkeye[appost]s Bow listing.
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