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94: Avengers #1 (v1)

" The Coming of the Avengers "
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Avengers #1 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief:
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Dick Ayers
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Letterers: Sam Rosen
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Cover Date: September 1963
Release Date: July 1966
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Pages: 22
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,362                 Times Rated: 693
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Journey into Mystery #96 (v1) [A Story]
Journey into Mystery #96 (v1) [C Story]
Avengers #1 (v1)
Tales of Suspense #45 (v1)
Tales to Astonish #47 (v1)
92: Journey into ...
#96a (v1)
93: Journey into ...
#96c (v1)
 
95: Tales of Susp...
#45 (v1)
96: Tales to Asto...
#47 (v1)
 
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Issue Blurb
The strongest heroes of Earth must unite as one force to stop the evil half-brother of Thor, Loki.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Ant-Man
Ant-Man last appeared in Tales to Astonish #46 (v1). Ant-Man next appears in Tales to Astonish #47 (v1).
     
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #6 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Avengers #2 (v1).
     
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #44 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #45 (v1).
     
  Thor
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #96a (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #97a (v1).
     
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Tales to Astonish #46 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Tales to Astonish #47 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Rick Jones
Rick Jones last appeared in Incredible Hulk #6 (v1). Rick Jones next appears in Avengers #2 (v1).
     
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #1b. The Human Torch next appears in Strange Tales #113 (v1).
     
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #1b. The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #19 (v1).
     
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #1b. Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #19 (v1).
     
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #1b. The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #19 (v1).
     
  Odin
Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #95 (v1). Odin next appears in Journey into Mystery #97a (v1).
     
  Bill Bishop
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Bill Bishop in the mainstream continuity. Bill Bishop next appears in Avengers #9 (v1).
     
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #96a (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #97a (v1).
     
Villains
  Loki
Loki last appeared in Journey into Mystery #96a (v1). Loki next appears in Journey into Mystery #97a (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster I)
This is the first appearance by The Avengers in the mainstream continuity. The Avengers next appears in Avengers #2 (v1). The Hulk joins and leaves the Avengers in this issue..
   
     
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #1b. The Fantastic Four next appears in Strange Tales #113 (v1).
   
     
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #95 (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #97a (v1).
   
     
Rock Trolls
Rock Trolls next appears in Journey into Mystery #99c (v1).
   
     
The Teen Brigade
The Teen Brigade last appeared in Incredible Hulk #6 (v1). The Teen Brigade next appears in Avengers #2 (v1).
   
     
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Issue Notes
 

Why Essential Notes

This issue shows the formation and first appearance of the Avengers.
 
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Issue Review
 
Ice
   October 24, 2012
Here it is! The debut of what will become one of Marvel's most popular titles, that which will become, Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers!

And...like many Silver Age milestones, one might call this story something of a letdown.

{Spoilers to follow, from here on out.}

On the one hand, there's plenty of action. The fights move from "a local circus" to a Detroit auto plant, all the way to the Isle of Silence in Asgard. There's pages and pages of heroes throwing punches at other heroes. And, who doesn't love that?

But, on the other, there's a *lot* of Silver Age craziness, here. And, I mean a lot. The Hulk is masquerading as a giant, circus robot clown? Who comes up with that idea? Did that come to Stan or Jack in the middle of a fever dream? And, Loki falling through the trap door, then falling left-to-right into a lead-lined containment tank (in an auto plant?) for the big finish, is...anti-climactic, to say the least.

A lot of this weirdness was later ret-conned out or explained to not seem so crazy in a really good 2010 mini-series called Avengers: The Origin, by Joe Casey. But, we're not reviewing that one.

Bottom line, this is a flawed, but above average Silver Age story and it leads to a whole bunch of Marvel's greatest comics. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!
 
 
 
 
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Comments
   
 
  Shark Says:    
  2011-10-20 18:28:56  
  The story itself isn't that great, but the separate character scenes and the legendary origin of the Avengers clears any other stain.  
 
 

  Bob Says:    
  2011-10-26 10:38:42  
  I would agree with Shark, but there are some really awful things I can't ignore. Like Hulk working for the circus and dressed up like a clown (remember he was once forced under hypnosis to do that...) and the entrapment of Loki - I don't know what's supposed to happen on these panels. He falls down, but then again from side to side into that tank. And Ant-Man did set up this trap in about seconds. Sorry, but that was just stupid.  
 
 

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-22 20:23:54  
  I hate that damn teen brigade. And how can Stan's writing start to improve with FF and Spidey but still be as hokey as ever on this?  
 
 

  fragsel Says:    
  2011-12-13 01:59:09  
  Radioactive wastes from atomic tests? Oh, no!!
Disposed in the ocean??? Oh, thats ok. For a second you made me worried...
 
 
 

  Safis Says:    
  2012-05-16 23:39:00  
  Oh dear, I thought the Avengers' origin would be better than this. I'm really not a fan of Ant Man and the Wasp, so maybe that's contributing to my dislike here, but even so, this plot is terrible.  
 
 

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-05-23 08:54:19  
  There is no chemistry between these characters at this point. It feels like a Hulk story, an Ant-Man story, a Thor story, and an Iron Man story in one issue... it does not feel like a story which features those four characters as a team.

Spider-Man and X-Men are off to a great start, and that Fantastic Four annual is epic like nothing else, but this is a huge disappointment.
 
 
 

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-05 19:55:35  
  How convenient that there was a trap door exactly where Thor set Loki down. I also thought they were at a automobile factory in Detroit, not a radioactive waste disposal facility? And why is Bruce Banner the Hulk full time now? Shouldn't they have thought to explain that?

This was a decent issue, with good battles between Iron-Man/Hulk and Thor/Loki. However, there were many problems as well.
 
 
 

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-23 00:20:06  
  Like almost all other major character/group origin stories, up to this point, this one doesn't live up to the decades of built up hype. But, it's not bad at all, relatively speaking.

Having read all Hulk parts of The Order, up to this point, I noticed something. At this point, the Hulk has been pardoned for past "crimes". If it weren't for Loki's machinations, The Hulk would be free and clear, possibly still, to this day.
I'd read "What If...Loki had Left Hulk Alone?"
 
 
 

  pik.asso Says:    
  2012-07-31 08:48:15  
  Wll, maybe that's not exactly a fantastic start of the new series, but I think if you just look at them they fit together: Hulk in green, Iron Man in gold, Ant-Man and the Wasp in red and Thor everything at once. Nice! Probably that's the reason for putting THEM together instead of other Marvel superheroes.  
 
 

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-08-01 16:22:27  
  Very flawed but it's the Avengers! It can only improve from here.

Right?
 
 
 

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-08-01 16:27:04  
  Wait, so, if this is later retconned in Avengers: The Origin wouldn't that belong in the order here or was it a flashback? It's too bad that mini-series ins't in the online subscription.  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-17 09:18:22  
  Clown Hulk was awesome.

Also, I'm glad that it was Ant-Man's idea to form the Avengers, and the Wasp who came up with the name. Take THAT, Ant-Man haters!
 
 
 

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-09-26 23:31:28  
  Compared to the previous couple of origin stories this was disappointing issue, still a monumental issue and series at the time  
 
 

  MX5 Says:    
  2012-09-28 14:00:13  
  I guess overall it wasn't a terrible start, there have been worse in the order. However I suppose I was expecting more.. Something doesn't sit well knowing The Avengers were brought together by the teen brigade and that Ant-Man and the Wasp had such a huge role in naming them. Seriously terrible ideas for superheroes.  
 
 

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-31 14:40:19  
  Hoo boy, is this issue flawed or WHAT. The Torch being incredulous as to if there is anyone else who can do what the FF does goes against his team-up with Spider-Man in Strange Tales Annual #1, and The Hulk disguising himself as a clown(and having the circus members assume he is a robot, for that matter...) is bizarre in a really bad way. Also, Hank and Jan are severely out of character in this issue when it is compared to their appearances in TtA around the same time, with Hank being way too stuffy and sexist, and Jan being entirely too shallow.

However, Thor and Loki's battle on The Isle of Silence is well done(aside from yet another example of Stan not understanding magnetism), and I'm quite looking forward to learning more about the Asgardian trolls.
 
 
 

  Maidel Says:    
  2012-12-12 03:58:50  
  Wow. This was my first 'target' issue. The one that I've been looking forward to , that kept me going through all those terrible torch and ant man issues.

Problem is its crap. It doesn't feel like one story, just little bits of lots of stories. The hulk is, well, not the hulk, he's not even the hulk from the original issues, he's basically a green 'thing'.

There's more plot holes than in Swiss cheese and ant man is still annoying...
 
 
 

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-02-13 23:15:33  
  Avengers number one. After being stone sober for X-Men's debut, I figured I'd take some Anti Silver Aging medication so as to prepare for the negative effects of the horrible affliction.

Regardless, I was looking forward to seeing my beloved, long-lost Hulk back in action. I am one of those who dearly missed the Hulk after his magazine was cancelled. To find him POSING as a big animal-juggling robot was a real bummer. Whether he's smart Bruce-Hulk, or 'Hulk smash' Hulk, you'd think that he'd know circuses are not as safe as one might assume. I'm referencing Hulk's third issue, in which the Hulk is working in a circus. Recycled.

Many of the above posts are correct in every sense. I didn't read enough comments about how sexist this issue is. Henry Pym is either not getting any, or has a small bird. He's way to derogatory towards Jan here. Oh, and by the way, the duo now have a 'dual mini cannon' that launches them into a waiting 'flying ant relay', putting the argument that Ant-Man flies in every issue to rest. The Hulk, however, can still fly.

Magnetism and transistors are still tough concepts in the Marvel bullpen. Thor's growing powers and his hammer are tough concepts in mine.

One star for the Asgardian trolls, and the fact that I saw some real cool development in Asgard here. One star for Jan being available - I choose to not take her shallow development as a sexist trait of her creator. One star for Marvel finally having a mirror for DC's Justice League.
 
 
 

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-02-14 01:31:11  
  Teen Brogade: "Fantastic Four, we need your help!"
Mr. Fantastic: "Sorry kids, we've got more important things to deal with. Like vacation to a remote ocean locale where sea monsters have been sighted, and researching a cure for blindness. Chasing a rampaging Hulk is beneath us, we've done that already."

Fcuk you, Reed. Mr. Asstastic.
 
 
 

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-02-18 21:22:19  
  Minus one star for clown hulk alone. Yeah this issue had problems but I'm able to get past most of them just because I was not dreading this issue. Had the same bad plot points, etc been used in a torch story then I would probably be complaining.

And is Loki wearing armor? Maybe that's the reason why magnetism worked like that on him?
 
 
 

  chrys Says:    
  2013-03-25 21:50:17  
  I thought I had lowered my expectations enough for this, but it was pretty painful.
Now, I'd really like to fit this into a convo:
"What's happening to him?" " He's made himself radioactive!"
 
 
 

  spbailey9101 Says:    
  2013-06-02 01:04:58  
  I think everyone else covered the basic points (even tho I would like to say I generally like antman and wasp) One thing that I think needs said tho is Thor was astronomically better in this issue than normal. I think it has to do with little to none Dr. Blake and a lot of Asgard. I pray this carries over to the future issues.  
 
 

  betarayben Says:    
  2013-06-20 20:56:30  
  I love how high-tech Tony Stark is! He has a radio in his helmet! But Reed has him beat. He knows that someone else received the teens' message and will take of the Hulk because ... well, just because.  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-23 21:44:28  
  Despite all it flaws, I still love this story.  
 
 

  wedgeskywalker9 Says:    
  2013-09-08 23:59:26  
  This one underwhelmed me. Parts of it - particularly Thor's adventure in Asgard - were good, but it felt like Stan took the worst bits of each characters solo books instead of the best parts. All the dumb wackiness is still here, with Hulk dressing up as a circus clown to hide out, and the solid rhythm that Ant Man and Wasp have managed to get into is replaced with cardboard imitations of their characters here. Still, the Thor/Loki and Iron Man/Hulk fights were good, and the book isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination; I just hope that it gets better. 3/5.  
 
 

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-27 13:17:05  
  It has a few flaws but I liked the story... the way that they're all alone for all the issue they don't work has a team yet for most of them it's the first time they meet each other then they decide afterwards to become a team. Can't wait till Captain joins in!  
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-18 08:48:32  
  I never knew much about the Avengers and so I wasn't really interested in them. I always thought Captain America started the Avengers, so it's cool to find out that I was wrong. I love that the Wasp is the one that actually came up with the name. This was a great first issue and I'm looking forward to more adventures with this motley crew.  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-17 12:53:24  
  I'm only giving this 3 stars because it's the first Avengers. I enjoyed how the team worked well together and the Trolls in Asgard. Plus I liked seeing Kirby's Thor again. Story wasn't that great. But they did have a cameo from the Fantastic Four.
 
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-02 21:49:20  
  5 stars for the founding of the Avengers by Loki no less!

Cover Me - Poor Wasp, she doesn't even get her name on the cover!

Good Behavior - The last time that we saw Loki he was still chained to a wall having just helped Thor find Mad Merlin. Is this his reward? Being transferred to the Isle of Silence!

Circus Freak - Stan sure loves the circus! It's right up there with alien robot commies using transistor powered magnets!!!

Dirty Pool - On page 14, panel 1 Iron Man whizzes on the Hulk! If I was the Hulk, I'd be mad too!

Weakness - You'd think that some races in the nine realms would use volcanic gas globules against Asgardians more often!

Bad Troll, Bad - That one Silent Troll is humping Thor's leg!!!

'Nuff Said - "It would seem as though the gang's all here, eh, lads?"-Iron Man
 
 
 

  danberado Says:    
  2014-02-10 16:05:32  
  Ant-Man and the Wasp are hilariously in this, and are clearly the heart of the whole series.  
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-03-09 23:48:29  
  1. To paraphrase Pulp Fiction...you can like Avengers and X-men but you can't like them both the same. I like both but I am definitely an X-men guy.
2. Page 2 panel 2 is lovely
3. Cheers for the return of the Hulk
4. Boos for the return of Ant Mam
5. Aww man...he saved the day and built the team...now I can't hate him for awhile
6. Insult to injury..Wasp named it so now I can't hate her either
I have to say it was a good book....4 stars
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-03-10 05:38:32  
  4 stars for the Avengers' Auspicious Assembling! Great concept, hilariously terrible execution though.

I will always love Circus Hulk. That shot of him on Page 9, juggling the elephant is classic.

I still can't get used to seeing Tony in his "under armor." He reminds me of when Steve Dallas had to wear that back brace in Bloom County all those years ago.

Nice FF cameo. I'm shocked they didn't work in a Spidey appearance.

That's quite a shot of Thor and his "hammer" on Page 16 Panel 7. Freud would have a field day with that one.

Finally, I give credit to the movie and how, at it's core, it used the idea of Loki bringing the Avengers together via Hulk manipulation, even including Thor falling for Loki's "fake Loki" trick. Nice tip o' the hat to Issue #1.

 
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-03-10 08:31:12  
  @GroovyGolem: A tip of the hat for your Bloom County reference, Sir!  
 
 

  Spernst Says:    
  2014-05-11 05:13:49  
  "The coming of the Avengers!" Phrasing Marvel, phrasing.  
 
 

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-23 14:05:07  
  I was really excited for this issue, but I must say it was rather disappointing... The plot was just... Not good... Hulk joined the circus, Wasp's character was embarrassing, as usual, and that whole magnetic currents in the ground thing was awful. Oh well. I'm not going to pretend I'm not very excited for the next few issues, but I hope the plot improves and it doesn't sound so forced. I was very excited to see the Wasp was the one who came up with the name though!  
 
 

  bigcat1969 Says:    
  2014-11-13 12:22:26  
  The second set of 40 comics in The List have some impressive moments and debuts. It also has a long dark teatime of the soul in the middle as we wade though endless Ant-man, Thor and Human Torch solo issues. I understand the Human Torch's dislike of Spider-man, if my comics flamed off into dull monotony while the Webbed Wonder was already warming the cockles of all but the most jaded hearts, I'd be annoyed too.

For all the big debuts of folks like Iron Man and super groups like X-Men and the Avengers, it is Spider-man who is leading the way into the Marvel Golden Age (you go read original Super-man and tell me which age is truly Golden). He is easy to relate to, interesting and has enjoyable stories. While X-men will be great, they are a touch pedestrian in their first appearance as are the Avengers. Iron-man is still a work in progress.

Some of the how much did Stan write question can be answered in the difference between Spiderman and some of the Kirby penned stories. To be fair Kirby was busier than Ditko and a more dynamic artist, but Ditko was by far the better story teller of the two.
 
 
 

  Phantomshark Says:    
  2014-12-02 23:02:24  
  This links to Avengers 1 1/2, is there somewhere to read #1?  
 
 

  fragsel @ Phantomshark (original post):    
  2014-12-02 23:16:15  
  I fixed the link. It now links issue #1. But what bugs me is that no one noticed before... Good Catch... And Thank You!  
 
 

  800mimi Says:    
  2015-01-15 23:48:40  
  Let it be noted that Wasp came up with the name, even though that is (unfortunately) one of the only things she does.  
 
 

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-01-28 00:13:31  
  A very specially selected super team is assembled...or: the only heroes we have that aren't on a team or Spider-Man. It's also great to have Lee putting the Wasp back another decade or two since her last appearance: "That dreamy Thor!" Sigh.  
 
 

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-01-28 00:16:05  
  Also, we need the teen brigade back. Just because.  
 
 

  quartertwain @ fragsel (original post):    
  2015-03-07 02:37:43  
  I can't get the Marvel Universe link to load in the old reader format. On my Chromebook, the beta reader always cuts off from 10-30% of the panel, and I can't switch back and forth quickly, from full page to individual panel. I see the option to change this on your site, but it doesn't appear to work, at least not for me. It would be awesome if you could fix this, but I can't complain. This site is awesome even if I have to slug through 10 minutes of inept Marvel Universe programming. Thanks for all you work and inspiration.  
 
 

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-06-10 08:09:25  
  Groan. The Teen-Brigade started the Avengers? Great.  
 
 

  gonzo Says:    
  2015-07-05 21:36:13  
  It's a good thing that all those heroes happened to be listening to the same re-routed frequency at the same time.  
 
 

  gonzo Says:    
  2015-07-05 21:58:45  
  Also, why does an auto factory in Detroit have a trap door?!?  
 
 

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-18 12:28:05  
  A decent issue I suppose, but no where near as good as a Spider-Man or Fantastic Four story. Hopefully these will get better soon.  
 
 

  Urgat Says:    
  2015-11-26 12:29:01  
  I have to say that I am a little bit disappointed from this issue! As, in fact, all first issues, this was a little milestone for me reading through the order. But there were some really bad things in here...so only 3*  
 
 

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 12:43:30  
  The best thing that ever happened to Ant-man! A classic tale but was expecting a lot more out of it.  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-27 01:49:09  
 
  • That’s my line – “Stop acting like a love-sick female and slip behind this lens with me.” (Ant-Man)

  • How come Loki is not chained to a wall anymore? Well the Isle of Silence sounds much more intriguing!

  • OK. Riding on the back of flying ants is cute. But for a thousand miles? Ants do not fly fast, so can’t you drive there? Or take a plane?

  • The Hulk working in a circus? As a robot? Never saw that one coming! And does a robot get paid? Hilarious make-up, actually!

  • ”Hello pilots? Have you seen the Hulk hopping by?” Clearly something they’ll write home about! Priceless!

  • I was really looking forward to the Avengers. They were my favorite as a kid. I’m really not disappointed in this entertaining first story. Despite some obvious flaws 5 stars!
 
 
 

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-05-01 05:40:35  
  The Avengers are finally assembled. Interesting but just an okay issue. When Thor attacked the illusion Loki I could hear that line from Avengers,something like"Will you never stop falling for that?"  
 
 

  Calion @ chrisWhite (original post):    
  2016-05-25 12:28:07  
  That's not how this Order works, though I agree that it should be.  
 
 

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-25 12:37:50  
  What's the deal with the Hulk? Why is he in Hulk form? Why not go back to his *job* as Bruce Banner?

These Silver Age comics are getting better. Some of them anyway. Or maybe just sticking to Essential comics is spoiling me. Anyway, this isn't half bad compared to the solo stories for any of these heroes.
 
 
 

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-25 13:19:42  
  Most inspiring rallying cry ever: "We'll fight together, or separately if need be!" —Iron Man  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-07-23 17:20:26  
  Finally, the Avengers Assembleth! (or something like that). This was pretty good for the time in spite of a few flaws. In fact, the teaming up of these second-tier heroes (for the time) reminds you that the characters do work better within a team framework and in bigger epic stories as opposed to having solo adventures. Of course, that's how we're used to them anyway.  
 
 

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-20 00:53:50  
  "Individually we are weak like a twig, but together we form a mighty faggot!" - Martin, "The Simpsons"

Over two years after he was tasked to come up with an answer to DC's Justice League and instead turned the comic book world on its head with the Fantastic Four, Stan Lee finally creates Marvel's parallel by forming a team of Thor, Ant-Man, the Wasp (whose name sadly isn't on the cover, as others have pointed out), the Hulk and Iron Man. Going back to the quote at the top, the solo stories so far for those characters have been underwhelming but we find here Aristotle's words ring true: "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Maybe it was slightly influenced by the fact that I read this issue while listening to the soundtrack for the old arcade game "Captain America and the Avengers" - which makes for an excellent pairing, by the way - but I really liked this one. We've got the formation of what will become one of Marvel's biggest teams, Thor beginning to speak with that Shakespearean dialogue we all love (I hadn't really noticed it used up until this issue), some great hero on hero battles and last but certainly not least, one of the most compelling villains yet in Loki.
 
 
 

  chademe Says:    
  2016-09-28 21:25:48  
  I know this is the beginning of one of the greatest super hero teams of all time, but this story wasn't that great. Loki is not a very interesting villain, and Thor seems to have discovered yet another amazing power for his hammer, magnetism! And Hulk has been in a circus all this time and no one recognized him? I know this Avengers gets better, but this is not a good start.  
 
 

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-06 13:51:05  
  First ever issue of my all-time favorite Marvel Comics title, bar none... and inarguably a stronger, more surefooted debut than the concurrently released X-MEN #1. (If anyone wants to argue that the Avengers had a natural advantage here, being already established characters and all, I won't contest the point.) ;)

Four stars, losing out on a fifth one solely due to the rushed and somewhat arbitrary ending (a long-standing Lee weakness, that).
 
 
 

  nickeyelysse Says:    
  2016-11-07 09:53:54  
  I just can't get over the relationship between Bruce Banner and Rick Jones. It's a beautiful friendship. Borderline homoerotic. It's breath-taking.  
 
 

  philvt101 Says:    
  2017-04-08 15:26:20  
  Why did Hulk decide to hide out in a circus instead of just turning back into Bruce Banner? And even if the change is delayed as shown in the last issue of the Hulk series, couldn't he have just hid out in his lab?  
 
 

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 20:59:00  
  I wanted to give this more stars but between the Hulk as a Robo-Clown and the failure to put the Wasp's name on the cover it only deserves two stars.  
 
 

  cls413 Says:    
  2017-06-28 11:58:37  
  The ultimate crossover. I do love that it's Loki's fault the Avengers are formed. The rest of the story is kind of meh, but it's a promise of exciting things to come, so I can't come down on it too hard.  
 
 

 
 
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