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978: Avengers #64 (v1)

" Like a Death Ray in the Sky! "
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Avengers #64 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gene Colan
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: George Klein
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1969
Release Date: March 1969
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 430                 Times Rated: 249
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Egghead levels a US city and demands total acceptance of his terms. When the leader of half of New York's rackets shows up at the Avenger's mansion, the team questions his motives on why he would help against Egghead.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Goliath last appeared in Avengers #63 (v1). Goliath next appears in Avengers #65 (v1).
Yellowjacket last appeared in Daredevil #52 (v1). Yellowjacket next appears in Avengers #65 (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Sub-Mariner #14 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Avengers #65 (v1).
  Black Panther
Black Panther last appeared in Daredevil #52 (v1). Black Panther next appears in Avengers #65 (v1).
  The Vision
The Vision last appeared in Daredevil #52 (v1). The Vision next appears in Avengers #65 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Black Widow
The Black Widow last appeared in Avengers #63 (v1). The Black Widow next appears in Avengers #76 (v1).
Jarvis last appeared in Avengers #63 (v1). Jarvis next appears in Avengers #65 (v1).
  Barney Barton
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Barney Barton in the mainstream continuity. Barney Barton next appears in Avengers #65 (v1).
Egghead last appeared in Sub-Mariner #14 (v1). Egghead next appears in Avengers #65 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster XI)
The Avengers last appeared in Daredevil #52 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Avengers #65 (v1).
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Sub-Mariner #14 (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Quinjet last appeared in Avengers #61 (v1). Quinjet next appears in Avengers #67 (v1).
Hawkeye's Bow
Hawkeye's Bow last appeared in Avengers #63 (v1). Hawkeye's Bow next appears in Avengers #98 (v1).
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  juanito Says:    
  2013-03-01 04:56:41  
  Oh no, they are sticking with it. I was hoping it was just a one-shot in the last issue but they are keeping Hawkeye turned to Goliath for some time to come.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-25 04:30:21  
  getting better, Colan's art getting better(3+)  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-20 10:37:22  
  Egghead, the guy who tried to use flypaper to catch Ant-Man, has a space station?  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-12-08 14:29:05  
  Well I quite enjoyed that arc, felt like the first real multi title crossover.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-05-02 03:41:02  
  'New' Goliath made a little part of me die inside....... You are Hawkeye.... you didn't seem to have a problem with it up till now, your girl had no problem with it, your both in that "superhero without being a superhero' group but your into each other so who cares..... you guys are ok how you are..... and then all of a sudden you got a complex?? did you not see what happened to Hank???  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-20 09:31:03  
  First issue where we get Hawkeye's name. Great story and finish to this arc.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-11-06 12:09:21  
  "at least he warned the city so no one was injured" Stuff like this is really starting to bother me, most of the "evil" villains are super tame.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-11 09:23:29  
  I hate that Hawkeye is now Goliath, but other than that this was a great issue. Bring on more Egghead action!  

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-01-27 19:14:12  
  I loved the image of the robots cuddling on the bottom of page 14.

In seriousness, this was a great ending to a solid crossover arc. Who knew you could get decent stories out of the Mad Thinker, Pupper Master, and Egghead? The secret seems to be ignore the villains and have the heroes do interesting things.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-07-31 10:40:17  
  3 stars for the Avengers getting egg on their face in space!!!

Cover Me - So, who's holding the Avengers? Captain Universe, perhaps!??

Spread 'Em - Great scene of Eggy's eggsquisite ray of death destroying the city!!

Ambition - It seems like the Avengers aren't even trying. Why not contact Stark, Reed, or SHIELD to help find and get to Eggy's Space Station? They had no problem getting to the Mandarin's Space Station way back in Avengers Annual #1!!!

Lingo - Uhhh...Hawkeye called Barney jailbait...

Eggstreme - Those are some creepy robots that Eggy is using!

Suspense - @AmazingGatorMan: It only took five years to finally get his name!!!

'Nuff Said - "A-AVENGERS! Make him let me G-GO!!"-Barney Barton

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-08-28 01:55:28  
  And Hank Pym maintains his main character trait of being a***as he lets Hawkeye use the stuff that contributed to Hank's recent schizophrenia. Seriously, what does Jan see in this guy?  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-11-22 19:57:44  
  Hawkeye is permanently Goliath now, the Terrible Triumvirate is defeated, and the story arc ended up being mostly underwhelming.

But did anyone notice the sneaky way a bit of history was made? A multiple-issue arc over three books; you might call this a pre-cursor to the company-wide event that spawned such classics as Secret Wars, House of M, Secret Invasion, and other similar storylines. I know there were a couple of stories that crossed from one book to another. And sure, the execution of this arc left a lot to be desired, but again we witness the seeds of the future.

And we get a little more background on Hawkoliath. I think I get a bit of what makes him tick; he's lived under the shadow of bullies like Barney and the Swordsman, and that's enough to make anyone either super-intimidated, or acting out always trying to prove themselves. Hawkoliath is clearly the latter; he's been fighting to get out of the shadows of people around him. No wonder he and Cap were at odds back when he first joined the Avengers. And it explains why he was so eager to switch identities; he felt truly lost and superfluous on more levels than we immediately saw the minute his bowstring snapped in issue #63.

3 stars. This multi-title arc may not have produced any decent stories, but it did open up a Pandora's Box of possibilities.

  davidmunday815 Says:    
  2017-03-20 10:35:07  
  Saw the twist at the end coming given what I already knew of Hawkeye but that didn't stop me enjoying it any less. Probably the only part of the comic I enjoyed actually.
This Egghead, Mad Thinker and Puppet Master arc has been truly dreadful; incoherent and all over the place so I'm glad that it appears to have come to some sort of end.
Also... did anyone else think those two robots on page 14 were interrupted mid-cuddle? Certainly looked like it to me!

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2017-04-07 07:00:19  
  I must be losing it in my old age... until the last page I didn't even make the connection that Clint and Barney shared the same last name. D'oh!

I liked Russ' character analysis of Hawkoliath. As much as I hate the concept, It makes sense.

It's interesting how many different robots have been built by Marvel's villains so far in the Order, with varying levels of sophistication and AI. I dare say some even show emotions. Think of the money they could have made had they just gone legit.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-05-18 13:25:23  
  In my opinion, these issues were neither good nor bad. They exist, I whiled away a bit of time. Good enough.

I am disappointed that Hawkeye would give up the bow. Personally, I think an archer is much cooler than a guy who can change his size.

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-09-01 11:08:54  
  I wanted to give this 2 stars for the lackluster wrap-up (maybe? I don't feel like anything was wrapped up) to the lackluster crossover. but I boosted it to 3 for the first couple of pages and the nursery rhyme.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-04 01:12:01  

Actually, I liked this one, especially with Barney being the one person able to nail Eggy.

Weird though, Stan was able to take a couple of Grade D villains, add Sandman and Medusa, and get the Frightful Four and actually improve the Wizard AND Paste-Poop Pete. Roy was not able to pull the same trick with Stinker, Muppet Master and Eggy. Eggy and Muppet Master and someone else might be better, possibly Swordsman or Gladiator to provide the muscle but having Eggy and Stinker on the same team is too many ineffectual "Brain" villains in one group.

  kobra2224 Says:    
  2017-12-03 13:59:10  
  I don't know what was the thing that makes me day these things but: this issue was awesome.  

  hawaii Says:    
  2017-12-27 16:42:45  
  Am I the only one who's bothered by the fact, that Egghead didn't use the puppets to control the Avengers instead of fleeing? His ray's control's destroyed. So skip to plan B! Use the Avengers!  

  Urgat Says:    
  2018-02-12 04:44:42  
  As I read the last name of Barney (why do I have to think of a pink dinosaur when writing that name...) I instantly made the connection to Hawkoliath (I think this will stick). I was wondering why none of the Avengers was mentioning the similar last name. But then it came to me, "Was Hawkeye's real name ever mentioned before?", as it seems, not...well done  

  mormegil4 Says:    
  2018-03-03 10:54:32  
  i enjoyed seeing this proto crossover even if it was with these three terrible villains. I didn't pick up on the connection. I forgot what Hawkeyes real name is.

This issue was by far the best of the arc. I don't mind Hawkeye as Goliath.

  7hm Says:    
  2018-03-08 22:35:19  
  That art. Goddamn.  

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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 12, 2018 Urgat Added Hawkeye[appost]s Bow listing.
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Quinjet listing.
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   November 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for The Black Widow.
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   November 18, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Black Widow.
   November 18, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Vision.
   November 18, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Black Panther.
   November 18, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Wasp.
   November 18, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Henry Pym.
   November 18, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Hawkeye.
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