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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