Avengers #53 (1968): AvX!

The classic cover format of two teams rushing into the fray against each other.  Does anyone know the first time this cover was used?

As for the story, this is the first time The A-Team fought Marvel’s X-team.  It could have been much better, but at least the action started on the splash page.  As great as it is to see John B. drawing the mutants and Magneto, it’s just not a very good comic.

In the end, Magneto falls towards a pointed rock and we get a shot of his crushed helmet, but nobody is really thinking he’s dead.  First of all, we’re reading this half a century later, by which time he’s “died” at least half a dozen other times.  But second, even contemporary readers would have to have known that the world’s most famous evil mutant wouldn’t die in the pages of The Avengers.

Tony Isbella gets another letter printed in this issue, but at this point he’s really just a letters-whore.  No point in including it here.

Creators: Roy Thomas and John Buscema
Grade: D.  I really want to rate this higher, but it just isn’t.


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