Comic Book Tales Issue 11 - And there came a day ... - May 1, 2015

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The Avengers

1) First appearance:

The Avengers #1 (September 1963) created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby -

2) Founding Members

Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp); Hank Pym (Ant-Man); Thor (Odinson); Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Robert Bruce Banner (The Hulk - who left after issue #2); Steve Rogers (Captain America in issue #4 made a founder at that time)

3) Jumping off point:

Civil War -

Avengers: Kree/Skrull War -

The Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Marvel Age -

Avengers Disassembled -

4) Top Villan:

Loki modern day first appearance Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962) created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby -

Ultron first appeared in Avengers #54 (July 1968) created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema -

5) Movies like comics:

No. But as with all the Marvel Movies it is still quite awesome and you can forgive that the comics are different.

6) Why I like them:

They are not a family. In many cases, they have nothing in common to link them together. They range from normal humans with skills to demi-gods, with everything in-between. They are together to take on threats that individually they can't handle. There is bickering to remind you that they are flawed, but they also get the job done because it needs doing. Captain America is often portrayed as the moral center of this team and he is, but he is not without fault. Iron Man provides the funding and the tech to keep the team running. They specialize in protecting the Earth. Sometimes that requires a space adventure, but that is really not their strong suit. The stakes are higher and the risks greater. I like them because the roster changes regularly. This allows for constant upheaval and dealing with change. They are forced to find a solution to the worst circumstances with the tools at hand. You might wish you had Thor when entering a given battle, but you don't. So how do you find a way to prevail? This is the coolest part of the team! Power levels vary, but they always overcome the obstacle when given enough time and opportunity.

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