AVENGERS #235-237: Spider-Man Auditions for the Team! (1983)

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Back in the 1980s, Spider-Man flirted with the idea of becoming an Avenger, but he never did. In these issues, he tries to “audition” for the group.  The discipline, though, wasn’t his thing.

the first time spider-man was on the avengers

Why does Spider-Man want to join?

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Yeah.  The money.  Avengers make $52k per year, apparently.

Supervillains appear in these issues, which basically are there only to get beat up so Spider-Man can prove his combat prowess, as they try to break out of Project Pegasus.  But basically this is all character work on the two things Roger Stern wrote best: Avengers and Spider-Man.

Much later, when The Avengers Volume 1 ended, Brian Michael Bendis would launch the “New Avengers,” including Spidey, to much controversy. People felt it wasn’t true to the character. But nothing in these issues suggested that Spider-Man would never join the team.

Creators: Roger Stern and Bob Budiansky (breakdowns #35), Al Milgrom (breakdowns #36-37), Joe Sinnot (finishes, all issues)

Grade: B-


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