THE AVENGERS #72 (1970): The Zodiac!

The Scorpio storyline from Nick Fury’s book crosses over in a done-in-one.  But it’s a really fun issue.  First, we see that the team has a table with a big “A” on it and customized chairs.  Just like the JLA.  I’m not sure why, but I always find these pictures fascinating.

Anyway, the team is told that Nick Fury is dead (by a teary-eyed Dum Dum Dugan), which makes them want to hunt down Scorpio.  Rick Jones shows up to tell a piece of the story, but he doesn’t tell them that he’s currently got the ability to switch bodies with Captain Marvel.  Frankly, Rick acts like a big baby all sad that Captain America won’t be his partner.

This is also the first appearance of the entire Zodiac crew.  A beautiful Buscema spread.  And see how every single character gets a word balloon?  That’s how they did it in the 1970s.  Everyone had a speaking role, even if that meant the “dramatic entrance” would have taken five minutes in real life.

By the end, Fury isn’t dead, there’s a big fight, and everyone goes home happy.

Also, an appearance by future Marvel legendary artist Keith Pollard!

Creators: Roy Thomas and John Buscema

Grade: B-

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