Avengers #101-104 (July-October 1972)

These four issues finish Roy Thomas's legendary run on Avengers—with a help from a special guest in issue #101—and sets the stage for Steve Englehart to take over with issue #105 in November (after he starts writing Captain America in September with issue #153). The special guest writer for issue #101 I alluded to above... Continue Reading →

Avengers #98-100 (April-June 1972)

These three issues, as many of the Avengers issues around this period, are light on Captain America action, much less anything of ethical of interest, but are interesting for the distinctive pencils of Barry Windsor-Smith (who also drew issues #66-67, but without Cap). In the aftermath of the Kree-Skrull War (see the previous post), the... Continue Reading →

Avengers #93-97 (November 1971-March 1972)

  Marvel fans will recognize this run of issues as the latter part of the Kree-Skrull War, the first major galactic story featuring the Avengers (and Captain America), which began in Avengers #89 (without Cap). The story is enormously influential, often referenced in other comics, but is also convoluted, incorporating many plot threads about Mar-Vell... Continue Reading →

Avengers #80-82 (September-November 1970)

  This three-part tale is very interesting, not for the actual story, but for the fact that it features a significant disagreement amongst the Avengers regarding their role as "Earth's mightiest heroes." (Plus, we're introduced to Red Wolf and we see Red Batman Daredevil, always a welcome sight at this blog.) When we join our... Continue Reading →

Avengers #78-79 (July-August 1970)

These two issues feature the Man-Ape, introduced in Avengers #62 as T'Challa's chosen regent M'Baku who wants to supplant him permanently (and have Wakandans worship the white gorilla rather than the panther god). Man-Ape returns here to face more Avengers, and this time he's not alone. Issue #78 opens with Cap landing on a rooftop... Continue Reading →

Avengers #75-76 (April-May 1970)

Most of this two-parter is taken up by the tale that brings the Scarlet Witch and Quicksiler back into the fold, replacing the Wasp and Yellowjacket, who are leaving on a government research trip with Bill Foster (future Goliath). Pietro, of course, makes quite an entrance—in new blue duds, which would be his standard costume... Continue Reading →

Avengers #72 (January 1970)

With this issue, we catch up with what Rick Jones has been doing since we last saw him in Captain America #118, and also get a fright concerning Nick Fury. Last time Rick "saw" Cap, he was actually the Red Skull, who had used the Cosmic Cube to switch appearances with the Sentinel of Liberty,... Continue Reading →

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