AVENGERS #10 (1964)

In this awful issue, Iron Man proposes Rick Jones for membership saying “Why don’t we make his membership in the Avengers official, as the Wasp’s is…”  I could be generous and say that Wasp is Giant-Man’s sidekick, and Jones has become Captain America’s sidekick, so that’s why he’s comparing a powerless kid to an adult woman who can shrink, fly, and shoot blasts.  But it’s probably sexism.

Cap responds: “That decision is for me to make!”

Look!  It’s the first Cap/Iron Man power struggle!

Then Immortus is pledging for membership in the Masters of Evil frathouse, so they make him kidnap Rick Jones as a way to control Cap.  It’s really bad.

Creators: Stan Lee, Don Heck
First appearances: Immortus (although Kang already appeared), first use of “Avengers Assemble!”
Grade: D-.  Just barely above being completely useless pulp, and that’s just because it introduces Immortus to the Marvel Universe.

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