AVENGERS #157

Today, an entire page.  This was a fill-in issue written by Gerry Conway, who was also editor, and illustrated by Don Heck (who draws like a cross between Carmine Infantino and Gene Colan), who was the Avengers artist back in the 1960s.  Swordsman “returns from the dead” as a stone statue.

This page exemplifies how pretty much everyone from the dawn of time has portrayed Vision: Constantly brooding, tormented, taciturn and powerful.  He’s actually very similar to Martian Manhunter that way–and his power set is similar as well.  I don’t know if the parallel was intentional, but it wouldn’t surprise me since The Avengers was a response to DC’s Justice League of America….

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