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The Avengers the Key Issues.
The first Avengers comic book was published in September 1963, it would become one of the most popular comics.Today the Avengers are as popular as ever and have seen a massive increase in interest since the release of the 2012 movie The Avengers. Like most other comic book heroes most of the members of the Avengers make their debuts outside of their own comic book. Below we shall see what are the key comics concerning the members of the Avengers.
Captain America # 1
Captain America is easily the oldest character to appear in the Avengers comic book, his debut in Captain America Comics # 1 is dated March 1941, the future leader of the Avengers is seen giving Hitler a punch on the nose in a patriotic front cover that pre- dates Americas involvement in World War 2.
Tales of Suspense # 39 First Iron Man
This is the first time we see millionaire playboy and genius Tony Stark, the Iron Man suit would soon change into something looking far more ergonomic in later issues.
Journey Into Mystery # 83
Inspired by the mythical Norse god of thunder, Thor, a key Avengers member first sees the light of day in Journey Into Mystery # 83 from August 1962.
Incredible Hulk # 1
The Hulk has had an on off relationship with the Avengers over the years, originally conceived by Stan Lee as a cross between Frankenstein's monster and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, this book is one of the most difficult and rare Silver Age key books to find.
X-Men # 4
Later found to be the children of the chief nemesis of the X-Men, Magneto, Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver would go on to become important members of the Avengers, they first appear in this issue as members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Tales To Astonish # 27 The First Ant Man
Like Hulk #1 this book is one of the rarest key books to find from the Silver Age, Hank Pym discovers a formula that can shrink him in size down to the size of an ant, thus after donning a special helmet that enabled Pym to become master over the ant world, he becomes the first Ant Man. Pym would later have various roles as an Avenger including Giant Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket.
Journey Into Mystery # 85 First Loki
Thor's brother and long time enemy of the Avengers takes his bow in this issue from October 1962.
Tales of Suspense # 52 First Black Widow
When she first appeared in 1964 the Black Widow looked quite a different character to how she appears today, Natasha Romanova was first depicted as a femme fatale Russian spy and it wouldn't be until 1970 in Amazing Spider-man # 86 six years after her first appearance that she would be seen in her trademark black leather outfits.
Tales of Suspense # 57 First Hawkeye
Always a very well loved character Hawkeye is originally a bad guy recruited by the Black Widow to attack Iron Man, played by Jeremy Renner in the Avengers movie Hawkeye as seen a rise in popularity after Renner's cool portrayal in the film.
Avengers # 1
The book that starts it all with a cover showing the original team about to take on arch enemy Loki.
Tales To Astonish # 44 First Wasp
Janet Van Dyne ( The Wasp ) is a very long standing member of the Avengers and lover of Henry ( Hank ) Pym, Ant Man. This issue her first appearance is from June 1963.
Avengers # 4 Rebirth of Captain America
A mysterious body frozen in ice is cast into the sea by the Sub Mariner, after being rescued by the Avengers the body turns out be none other than Steve Rogers, Captain America. Captain America had not been seen in comic books since the 1950s but would go on to become the long time leader of the Avengers.
Avengers # 57 First Vision
Long time serving Avengers member the Vision is an android originally created by Ultron to defeat the Avengers, after overcoming his programming the Vision helps the Avengers to defeat Ultron and becomes a member of the team.
Other Important Avengers Books
- Avengers # 2 Hulk leaves the team.
- Avengers # 3 Avengers vs Sub Mariner and Hulk.
- Avengers # 16 New team assembled.
- Avengers # 93 Double size Kree /Skrull war issue.