Issue(s): Avengers #239
The funniest bit is actually due to Hawkeye being deaf as a result of the events of his limited service. He's memorized the questions that Dave is supposed to ask, but when the Beast disrupts the flow by dropping the bombshell that he's formed his own group of Defenders, hijinx ensues.
Actually, it's a bunch of reserve members of the Avengers that go on the show. Hawkeye returns to the Avengers Mansion with his new bride Mockingbird...
...only to find that, aside from the Vision's new holographic self, no one is home.
Then Wonder Man calls. His agent booked a spot on the Letterman show and promised that the other Avengers would show up too, putting Simon on the spot.
The Vision calls on Beast, Black Panther, and Black Widow to join Wonder Man and Hawkeye.
Joke villain Fabian Stankowicz takes the opportunity to attack.
He's defeated by Letterman himself.
We learn that Stankowicz is self-funded due to the fact that he won the state lottery.
Stern is a good writer and this is a well written issue. It just isn't as funny as the premise suggests it would be.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The other Avengers are "investigating a mysterious phenomenon on the West Coast". This is actually a reference to the Spider-Woman plot introduced at the end of #238 and featured in #240-241, but it neatly coincides with all of the Marvel Editors being on the West Coast during Assistant Editors' Month.
Crossover: Assistant Editors' Month
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (5): showBeast, Black Panther, Black Widow, Fabian Stankowicz, Hawkeye, Jarvis, Mockingbird, Vision, Wonder Man
Ironically, I get to this issue just as Letterman is about to end his run.
Of course, when this issue came out, I was just turning nine years old and had no idea who Letterman was.
Posted by: Erik Beck | May 15, 2015 11:40 AM
For this to be a realistic depiction, Letterman needs to be oogling Widow on-air.
Posted by: JC | January 13, 2016 7:12 AM
Spiderman on SNL!
Posted by: Hailey | March 21, 2018 1:40 PM
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