Issue(s): Avengers #1.5
Review/plot: This cute story is written in the Silver Age style and is complimented with parodies of classic ads and a mock letters page, but actually has slightly more depth than a real Silver Age book.
Dr. Doom lures the Avengers to his flying fortress and defeats them by splitting them up (except Thor, who it seems was just suffering a temporary set-back). Once they regroup and learn to work as a team, they are able to fight through Doom's traps and chase him away. The ace-in-the-hole was the Wasp, who Doom had captured and brought to the control room and then ignored, allowing her to determine the locations of the other Avengers and communicate that information back to Henry Pym, who also has a surprise for Doom because he's now Giant-Man as well as Ant-Man. All along the way the other heroes, especially Thor, bicker with the Hulk. It's a good story that provides a little character development of the early Avengers.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Written to take place between Avengers 1 and 2. Henry Pym reveals his Giant-Man persona to the Avengers in this issue.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showDr. Doom, Henry Pym, Hulk, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Iron Man, Jarvis, Major Bowman, Mr. Fantastic, Spider-Man, Thing, Thor, Wasp
Certainly makes the the Hulk's leaving the team make more sense!
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | June 28, 2016 1:04 AM
Quite possibly the only good continuity insert ever. Right artwork, correct style and dialogue. Only Stern can pull it off.
Posted by: kveto from prague | June 28, 2016 9:48 AM
FF3 makes a great point regarding Hank displaying his full capabilities to his colleagues. One has to wonder as to why he didn't enable personal flight capabilities, if he could do so with the Wasp so easily. Of course, it wasn't long until he remedied that with the advent of the Yellowjacket persona; but imagine if he had the same breakthroughs Heinrich Zemo devised. He could have almost immediately have become what Scott Lang is now.
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | March 12, 2017 2:14 PM
Is this Bruce Timm's only Marvel art? Kind of wild to see it here, given all his work for DC.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | March 12, 2017 6:40 PM
Think he might have contributed to Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comic Magazine mini.
Posted by: Adam Dale | March 12, 2017 7:29 PM
Thanks Vin! (What I said in a different entry is that in Avengers 2, Pym seems to be showing the Avengers he can grow to full human size for the first time, so I think this insert misses that.)
Posted by: FF3 | March 13, 2017 8:24 AM
Omar, Bruce Timm did many cover illustrations for early Marvel Essentials. Off the top of my head, he did Hulk Volume 1, Iron Man Volume 1, Spider-Man Volume 4, and Uncanny X-Men Volume 1.
Posted by: 1976mrk | March 14, 2017 9:16 AM
Bruce Timm also did work on the Women of Marvel, like a cover for the TPB plus some profiles, not sure of the specifics.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 30, 2017 11:29 PM
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