Giant-Size Avengers #1
Issue(s): Giant-Size Avengers #1
...the Whizzer reveals that the container is actually holding his radioactive son Nuklo.
While the other Avengers head off to fight Nuklo...
...the Scarlet Witch talks with the Whizzer, who mentions that in his travels to find a cure for Nuklo, he wound up at the High Evolutionary's Wundergore mountain, where he and his wife Miss America had more kids.
The Scarlet Witch concludes that those two children must have been herself and Quicksilver. The logical and literary reasons for making this revelations seem remarkably weak, based on the fact that the Whizzer and Quicksilver have the same powers and that Miss Marvel and the Scarlet Witch sort of look alike.
Pure Roy Thomas. It was a bad move that resulted in some convoluted retconning. Nothing was ever really done with the Whizzer, he just kind of hung around, sometimes helping the super-hero team when his heart allowed him to, but never really doing anything resulting in dramatic payoff, such as using the Whizzer as a father figure to mend the rift between Wanda and Pietro over her love for the Vision, for example.
In the end, the Avengers can't stop Nuklo until the Scarlet Witch arrives to capture him with a hex.
Kind of thematically inconclusive. I was expecting Wanda to have to reach out and connect with her 'brother' in order to calm him down or something, but she just uses her powers to defeat him.
The art in this issue is a little weird looking, right? Plus i really can't get over the fact that Iron Man has a nose during this time period.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Avengers #126-127. Takes place before Steve Rogers quits being Cap in Captain America #176.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
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This book caused another continuity issue that didn't get resolved until What If? #4 in 1977. Specifically, who were the Captain America and Bucky that appeared in the All-Winners Squad? The first Cap and Bucky were taken out of action before V-E Day in 1945, and they clearly weren't the 1950s Cap and Bucky. The Marvel position at the time was that all 1945-49 Cap stories were untold tales from WWII, but elements in the two All-Winners Squad stories themselves disprove that, as 1960s Marvel readers saw for themselves when the stories were first reprinted in Marvel Super-Heroes.
Steve Englehart was obviously the regular Avengers writer, but Roy Thomas claimed this issue due to "editorial privilege" or something like that.
When I read this story for the first time a couple of years ago, and even though I knew of Buckler's reputation, I remember being absolutely amazed by the sheer number of Kirby swipes here. An example is the Whizzer-Miss America panel you show, it's "adapted" from a Sue and Reed shot from FF Annual #4 (a lot of the swipes in GSA #1 are from this Annual). And the picture of the High Evolutionary you posted is swiped from a Kirby-drawn Thor comic.
The High Evolutionary one is really blatant. The Reed/Sue image is a little less obvious.
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