THE AVENGERS #57-58: Behold: This Vision!

Roy Thomas and John Buscema offer their first brilliant story of The Avengers…And, frankly, it’s one of the best 2-issue arcs of the series ever. Known to fans as the “Even an Android Can Cry” story, it has a little bit of a ‘60s flower-child “everybody can love” vibe going on.

It’s also got one of the best covers of all time.

Herein begins for The Avengers the same kind of discussion you’ll find in Fantastic Four books about Silver Surfer: The meaning of humanity, and the irony of those who are not human having more “humanity” than true homo sapiens.

Obviously, there’s also a link to The Hulk and The X-Men here, but for me the real parallel has always been between Vision and Surfer.

Much, much later–in the Avengers/Defenders War–Vision and Surfer finally face off.

Creators: Roy Thomas and John Buscema

Grade: A+.  A truly perfect comic book.

 

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