Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Avengers #94 "More Than Human!"

Download Avengers #94

The Avengers, who bickered like most Marvel hero groups, proved a popular saleable bunch. Over the next few years there was a considerable fluctuation in the basic membership. In 1965, for example, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlett Witch joined on. Later on Hercules, the Vision, Goliath, and Yellow Jacket were added. These last two were other manifestations of Ant-Man. Among the guest stars were Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and Wonder Man. On the list of major villains were the Living Laser, the Red Skull, Diablo, the Red Guardian, the Mandarin, the Executioner, Magneto, and Klaw.

The creative team changed as well. Other early pencilers included Don Heck, John Buscema, Gene Colan, and Neal Adams. George Roussos, Dick Ayers, and Joe Sinnott all served as inkers. Roy Thomas, who wrote a great many scripts, eventually also became editor in the summer of 1972. The original series reached 402 issues, ending in 1996. The makeup of the gang continued to fluctuate. Hellcat, the Falcon, the Beast, and She-Hulk all were members. Some later artists and writers were John Byrne, Joe Staton, and Walt Simonson.

In 1984 the Avengers set up a branch office that resulted in West Coast Avengers. Among the members were Hawkeye and Iron Man. At the end of the eighties, John Byrne assumed the scripting and drawing. With #48 (September 1989) the title was switched to Avengers West Coast, and as such the magazine continued until #102 (January 1994).

A second series of The Avengers commenced in 1996. Among the members were Captain America, Hawkeye, Thor, and the Vision. Jim Valentino wrote the scripts; Rob Liefeld did the drawing on the first issue. This version continued for thirteen issues. Early in 1998, The Avengers started all over again and continues to this day. Kurt Busiek was the initial writer, George Perez the artist. And the rallying cry, "Avengers assemble!" is still heard in the land.


Script: Roy Thomas
Pencils: Neal Adams
Inks: Tom Palmer

  • in Kree-Skrull War Starring the Avengers, The (Marvel, 1983 series) #1 (September 1983) [interior, 1/16 page size]
  • in Avengers: The Kree-Skrull War (Marvel, 2000 series) #[nn]
  • in Essential Avengers (Marvel, 1999 series) #4 [black & white] (2004)
  • in Avengers: Kree / Skrull War (Marvel, 2008 series) #[nn]
  • in Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers (Marvel, 2003 series) #10 (May 2010)


Chuck Wells said...

Awesome stuff! Thanks for posting these pages, havne't seen them in years.

The Executioner said...

Many thanks for the kind words and you're very welcome! Please stick around as there's more to come!

By the way, I am a big fan of your own blog, too!

Chuck Wells said...

Right back at ya!

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