As part of an effort to create a comprehensive comic book “index,” I’m republishing my “panel from every issue” series in bundles. Sadly, I lost my Avengers pictures from early issues…So there aren’t a lot here. Makes me very sad.
Most of what I posted were classic pictures, which, again, are gone. But here’s what I had to say about the first chunk of issues during the Roy Thomas/(mostly) John Buscema era. Thomas would write the series for issues #36-#104, with the great John Buscema illustrating the bulk of his scripts. Today, we pick up where we left off last time–with #72.
AVENGERS #73: First appearance of future Goliath and soul brother Bill Foster. Marvel was under an edict to be more “minority friendly,” so they brought back the Black Panther and introduced Bill Foster and a big racism storyline. Unfortunately, the stilted use of slang defeated the purpose of the whole affair.
AVENGERS #75-76: These issues completely blow. It’s the first appearance of Arkon who, ironically, also appeared and screwed up West Coast Avengers for their 75th issue…
There’s gotta be a back story why he’s been in so many major appearances. He was in JLA/Avengers, too…And even appeared in the X-Men cartoon! Anyway, Scarlet Witch falls in love with the dude (he is pretty cut and he got that long hair–Vision got no hair at all), but by the end everything is back to the way it was. Arkon has a way with the ladies. In future appearances, he tries to get it on with Storm.
AVENGERS #83: First appearance of Valkyrie.
AVENGERS #89-97: The Kree/Skrull War. So much happened in the Kree/Skrull War. Neal Adams drew several issues. Rick Jones became Captain Marvel. The Inhumans teamed up with the Avengers. Vision and Wanda hooked up for the first time.
And Vision wore a turtleneck.