THE AVENGERS #14 (1965)

 After getting shot last issue, Wasp clings to life and The Avengers go get a special doctor to help her.  For some reason, the doctor is involved with aliens.  It’s kind of a mess.  Anyway, the team beats up the aliens and the doc saves Wasp.

Then, making this issue even less coherent, Watcher comes in on the last page to talk about how the aliens would have destroyed Earth, and how The Avengers wouldn’t have taken the aliens on if not for a “dying girl.”  “Girl?!?”  That’s what they call The Wasp.

Stan Lee ain’t no feminist.

This is the issue where Stan and Jack start to phase out of The Avengers.  Script credit is given to Stan’s brother, Larry Lieber, and to Larry Ivie (under a pseudonym), who is probably best known as the cocreator of The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.  As for the art chores, Kirby provided layouts for #14, with Don Heck doing the rest of the work under Chic Stone’s inks.  Stan gets “plot” and “editorial” credits.

Creators: Stan Lee, Larry Ivie, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, Jack Kirby

Grade: D

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