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The Avengers #22, Nov. 1965

The Avengers #22, Nov. 1965

Star-Studded story by Stan Lee!
Peerless pencilling by Don Heck!
Dazzling delineation by Wally Wood!
Lonesome lettering by Artie Simek!

Welp, the Avengers are split up thanks to the scheming of the Enchantress and Power Man… oh, let’s be honest, just the Enchantress. Power Man’s just some big dumb guy with big dumb powers, stupid big dumb stupid dummy dumdum stupid idiot. Dumb. Power.

After some in-fighting, the Avengers go their separate ways. Nobody will hire Hawkeye, Quicksilver, or the Scarlet Witch for any sort of entertainment because everybody’s afraid of them, so they finally end up trying to get a job from the Ringmaster and his “Masters of Menace”. Of all people… When he asks them to help him steal things from people, they beat up the circus of crime and the cops think that they’ve attacked an innocent circus. How embarrassing, to be outsmarted by the Ringmaster.

Meanwhile, Captain America disguises himself as a fat guy and offers Power Man and the Enchantress to start their own Avengers, claiming that he was the one who broke up the old Avengers. Power Man (THE IDIOT) brags about how it was really HIS idea, and Cap gets it all on tape. The Enchantress decides she’s done with this shit and her plan’s foiled, so she magically scampers off somewhere. Without the girl Power Man thought he had a chance with, the fight goes out of him, and the Avengers win! They’re back together for good! Except… Captain America wants to quit?!

Man, seeing the Ringmaster and his Masters of Menace show up was a hilariously unwelcome surprise. I saw that guy’s goofy moustache and hat and groaned aloud. This is their fourth appearance, and it somehow manages to be even weaker than the previous (really terrible) attempts. I hope the Punisher or somebody killed those guys in the 80’s when they went around killing off lame old villains.


The Avengers #21, Oct. 1965

The Avengers #21, Oct. 1965

Written with the usual Stan Lee madness!
Drawn with the usual Don Heck magnificence!
Inked with the usual Wally Wood magic!
Lettered with the usual Artie Simek mistakes!

This issue introduces Power Man, who is not to be confused with a later (and much cooler) Power Man, Luke Cage. This Power Man is pretty much exactly like Wonder Man, except he doesn’t have the moral difficulties that the previous incarnation of these powers had. Now that I think about it, it’s a lot like the relationship between the Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man. What a horribly nerdy realization.

In the jungles where Baron Zemo used to have his base, a single soldier remains and has been using his time digging out the lab which was blocked off by the landslide that killed Zemo. When he gets inside, he realizes he has no way to activate the machine that’ll give him Wonder Man’s powers, but luckily for him the Enchantress was watching and beams in to turn him into Power Man!

Their plan involves discrediting the Avengers, like making them think that they’re fighting a thirty foot monster when it’s actually just an illusion only they can see or stopping a crime that was actually not a crime, things like that. They actually manage to do a pretty good job of it, and by the end, the senate declares the Avengers a public menace and orders them to disband.

It seems like kind of a lame way for a superhero team to be defeated, but it actually works. The Avengers are actually a government-sanctioned group, as opposed to like the X-Men or even the Fantastic Four (I think the FF are technically just a family of weirdos who are rich and sometimes foreign dignitaries try to blow them up), so losing that approval hits them pretty hard, especially Captain America.

The Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965

The Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965

Written by Stan Lee
Drawn by Jack Kirby
Inked by Vince Colletta
Lettered by Artie Simek
Catered by The Bullpen Gang!

The original story in this issue features a whopping 19 superheroes and 20 supervillains, not to mention Uatu the watcher, Patsy Walker (from the girl magazines they did, and a decade before she’d join normal Marvel continuity as Hellcat), Stan Lee and Jack Kirby themselves. I’m not going to mention all of them in my little one paragraph review, but I actually kept track in the tag section if you’re interested, and I’m so sure that you are.

It’s the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm, the most beautiful event in any comic book person’s life. Unfortunately, they are comic book people, and that means they associate with a lot of super-powered folks. Also, Richards was mean to Dr. Doom back in college, so he’s decided to invent a machine to make every villain in the area try to kill him. After a ridiculously massive brawl, the Watcher shows up and (without interfering at all) gives Mr. Fantastic a machine that’ll send all the villains back to where they were with no memory of what happened at all. Okay, whatever. The happy wedding goes on happily and everyone is happy forever. Except Lee and Kirby, who are turned away at the door because everyone thinks they’re bums.

The reprint stories are that one awesome issue where Dr. Doom and Namor team up to throw the Baxter Building into the Sun and the two half stories from issue #11 where the Fantastic Four answers fan mail and deal with the Impossible Man. There’s usually another one in these annuals, but the huge brawl took up a lot of space, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Yeah, that’s a dumb ending to this excuse to fit every character possible into one comic book, but who cares? It’s all in good fun, and Giant Man didn’t show up at all, so I couldn’t be happier with it! Plus, his worst enemy, the Human Top, is taken out by a single punch from Quicksilver, who doesn’t even have super strength or anything. LOVE IT.

The Avengers #16, May 1965

The Avengers #16, May 1965

Dazzling script by… Stan Lee
Dashing layouts by… Jack Kirby
Darlin’ artwork by… Dick Ayers
Delicate lettering by… Artie Simek

Well hey, it’s about time the Avengers got their sophomore lineup! The original Avengers are great, of course, but they’re honestly just way too damn powerful. I think that was pretty much the idea behind this change, which is mostly just taking out Thor and Iron Man. Also Giant Man, but it’s not like THAT’S a bad thing. Hell, that’s basically giving them team a boost. FUCK YOU, GIANT MAN!

We start by ending the battle from the end of the last issue, where the Masters of Evil think they have the Avengers beat because they’re in the middle of a city, and the good guys are pledged to not hurt any innocents. To everybody’s surprise, Thor just spins his hammer around and transports them all (save the Enchantress and Executioner, who see what’s coming and run away) to another dimension, where apparently attacking hurts yourself. There, the Melter and Black Knight beat themselves up and are easily tied up and shipped back off to jail.

Thor leaves to go do his Trial of the Gods thing in his own comic, Cap’s still in Africa burying Zemo, and the remainder of the team sit down and decide they deserve to take a vacation. Lucky for them, Hawkeye just happens by and applies for membership, and they realize they can just convince some other guys to take their places and they can take a break! When Cap returns, there’s been a changing of the guard. Iron Man, Giant Man and the Wasp are all taking a hiatus, replaced by Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch. Thor, well, who knows how long he’s going to be doing whatever crazy god stuff he’s up to, so that’s pretty much the lineup for now.

Did I mention that I’m just super happy that Giant Man is taking a break from the Avengers? The less I have to read of that asshole, the happier I am. Really, this decision to change the team up makes sense from a publishing standpoint, because the members who are leaving are all well-established in their own books, and they’re constantly having to explain why they are or aren’t with the Avengers at any given time. It’s just annoying. Cap’s fine, since his standalone comic is currently taking place back in WWII, so there’s no overlap there. Also, I think it was mostly in reaction to fan mail saying that the three new guys aren’t really bad guys, and they should join up with one of the good guy teams. Of course, from a historical perspective, the three newbies are now thought of as original or classic members of the Avengers, so it can’t be that bad of a decision.

Journey Into Mystery #116, May 1965

Journey Into Mystery #116, May 1965

Written by Imperial Stan Lee
Illustrated by Impregnable Jack Kirby
Inked by Implacable Vince Colletta
Lettered by Impossible Artie Simek

Story: Stan Lee
Pencilling: Jack Kirby
Inking: Vince Colletta
Lettering: Artie Simek

I don’t normally feel the need to mention this, but some of the art in these old comics are goddamn amazing. I think some of Jack Kirby’s best work is featured in these Thor comics, and that’s saying a lot. I just really love the Asgardian style that comes through, where it’s like somewhere between primitive viking furs and really crazy, big heavy metal robotic stuff. Also, I don’t know if it’s just the difference between Vince Colletta and Chic Stone inking, but the art in this issue is especially fantastic.

Last issue, Thor and Loki told different stories to Odin about why there was a girl in their room, so he’s decided that they must face the “Trial of the Gods” to determine who’s lying. He sends them both to Skornheim without any weapons to face a bunch of trials, and the first to get back is telling the truth. Of course, Loki is cheating by both sneaking in a bag of magical Norn Stones, and also by showing Thor that he’s sent the Enchantress and Executioner to mess with his girlfriend back on Earth so he’ll be less focused. Loki cheats his way through all the trials, and even though Thor basically has nothing to help him, he just barely gets to the end after his brother. Will Odin seriously believe Loki isn’t lying because of a footrace? FIND OUT NEXT TIME! SAME THOR TIME, SAME THOR CHANNEL!

In Tales of Asgard, Thor and Loki are visiting some crazy place for diplomatic purposes, and Loki convinces the evil ruler of the land to give Thor a test he has to pass before he can talk, or else he loses honor. The test is twofold: first he has to catch a really huge fish (which is obviously very easy for the thunder god) and then he has to break a cup within two minutes. It’s a magic hard-to-break cup, but Thor finally gets the job done by just throwing it at the head of the king guy, because apparently it was his hat which enchanted it to begin with.

Just look at this guy here, Yagg. Look at his crazy little gas nozzle hands which, when pressed together, shoot crazy god-killing lasers out of them. This dude is fucking awesome. I almost guarantee you that this guy never ever shows up again anywhere else in the entire history of Marvel comics, and it’s purely because he’s too damn cool to ever come back for a repeat performance. Damn.