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The Mighty Avengers
# 1-10


 

Avengers # 1: "The Coming of the Avengers!"
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Dick Ayers
Jay's Rating: JJJJJ
Synopsis:
Loki uses the Hulk as a pawn to attract the attention of Thor and inadvertantly gathers Ant Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Wasp together. Thor deals with Loki while the others keep the Hulk busy. In the aftermath, they decide to form the Avengers.

Roll Call:
Ant Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes:
The Wasp dubs them the Avengers.



November, 1963
Avengers # 2: "The Avengers battle the Space Phantom!"
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Paul Reinman
Jay's Rating: JJ1/2
Synopsis:
The Space Phantom takes on the Avengers and plays on the Avengers' distrust of the Hulk. They defeat him and the Hulk is disgusted by the Avengers' distrust and quits.

Roll Call:
Ant Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes:
For some reason the Hulk only has three toes in this issue. The inking in this issue is weak.



January, 1964
Avengers # 3: "The Avengers meet the Sub-Mariner!" 
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Paul Reinman
Jay's Rating: JJJJ1/2
Synopsis:
The Avengers track down the Hulk and battle him, but he escapes again. The Sub-Mariner convinces the Hulk to join him against the Avengers. They attack the Avengers but they are forced to withdraw.

Roll Call:
Giant Man, Iron Man, Thor and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes:
More details about this battle are revealed in Journey Into Mystery #112.



March, 1964
Avengers # 4: "Captain America joins the Avengers!"
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Jack Kirby
Jay's Rating: JJJ1/2
Synopsis:
Captain America, inadvertantly freed from an ice prison by Sub-Mariner, is picked up by the Avengers. An alien attack leaves Cap alone to defeat to free the Avengers. He defeats the alien and rescues the Avengers. They help the alien return home, but are ambused by the Sub-Mariner and his soldiers. The alien ship drives off the Sub-Mariner and his soldiers. 

Roll Call:
Captain America, Giant Man, Iron Man, Thor and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes:

  • Captain America first silver age appearance. Cap joins the Avengers. An awful attempt by Kirby to ink his own pencils.


May, 1964
Avengers # 5: "The Invasion of the Lava Men!"
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Paul Reinman
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis:
The Avengers take some time to resume their personal lives, but are interrupted by an attack by the Lava men. The Hulk inadvertantly helps the Avengers defeat the lava men.

Roll Call:
Captain America, Giant Man, Iron Man, Thor and Wasp.



July, 1964
Avengers # 6: "Meet the Masters of Evil!"
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Chic Stone
Jay's Rating: JJJ1/2
Synopsis:
Bucky's death still haunts Cap and he hungers for revenge. Meanwhile, Baron Zemo and his Masters of Evil attack the Avengers. With a bit of help from Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade, the Avengers defeat the Masters of Evil.

Roll Call:
Captain America, Giant Man, Iron Man, Thor and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes:

  • Cap's first use of a magnet controller for his shield.


August, 1964
Avengers # 7: "Their Darkest Hour!"
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Chic Stone
Jay's Rating: JJJ1/2
Synopsis:
The Enchantress and the Executioner join Zemo in his battle against the Avengers. The Enchantress pits Thor against his teammates, while Cap takes the battle to Zemo's base of operations. The Avengers hold Thor at bay while Cap foils Zemo's desperate attack. Thor opens a space warp and traps them in another dimension.

Roll Call:
Captain America, Giant Man, Iron Man, Thor and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes:

  • Rick Jones makes the mistake of trying on Bucky's old uniform and upsets Cap. 


September, 1964
Avengers # 8: "Kang the Conqueror!"
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Dick Ayers
Jay's Rating: JJJ1/2
Synopsis:
The Avengers confront Kang, a warlord from the future, bent on the world domination. They are defeated but Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade manage to free them. They regroup and force Kang to flee into time.


October, 1964
Avengers # 9: "The Coming of the Wonder Man!"
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: Dick Ayers
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis:
The Masters of Evil, returned to Earth from their banishment, recruit Simon Williams and transform him into Wonder Man. He joins the Avengers and lures them into a trap. He has second thoughts and turns against the Masters of Evil. Without Zemo's antidote, Wonder Man dies.

Roll Call:
Captain America, Giant Man, Iron Man, Thor and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes:

  • Wonder Man is next seen in Avengers #151.


November, 1964
Avengers # 10: "The Avengers Break Up!"
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: Dick Ayers
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis:
Immortus joins the Masters of Evil and he takes on the Avengers. After a bit of infighting, the Avengers defeat them. 

Roll Call:
Captain America, Giant Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Wasp.


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