AVENGERS #36-37 (1967)

Yet another really boring, pretty bad Avengers story.  The first and thankfully last appearance of the villain Ixar.

But on a weird historical note: Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver tell Captain America that their powers were fading but when they returned to their homeland, they returned to full strength.  This makes them think they are not mutants (I don’t really understand why) and get their powers somehow from the soil of their native land.  Weird.  Because nobody else from their native land has powers.

Of course, this ties to Thor and the High Evolutionary, but all those strings aren’t pulled together until much, much later.

During the big battles in this issue, we get a close-up of Widow’s “bite” or “sting.”

She’s kind of a badass….

This isn’t a terrible couple issues, but it’s still pretty bad.

hawkeye calls cap web head

This is also the issue with the famous mistake–where Hawkeye calls Captain America “Web-head” instead of “Wing-head.”

And I’m not the only one who thinks this run sucks.  In an unusually honest move, Marvel printed in issue #40 a very critical letter of this story…

Creators: Roy Thomas and Don Heck
Grade: D

For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.

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