Issue(s): Avengers #12, Avengers Classic #12
Avengers Classic #12
Janet doesn't have much respect for him either.
(*When i write WASP in all caps like that, the song Wild Child starts running through my head.)
When the rest of the Avengers show up, they think it's ridiculous too. Iron Man shows up to the meeting on roller skates and even he's laughing at Pym.
So Pym goes off to investigate the threat on his own.
It turns out the Avengers were right. There is no threat. There is only the Mole Man, who thinks he can speed up the Earth's rotation with an "atomic gyroscope". This is, of course, completely delusional. Nonetheless Giant-Man runs into the Moloids and gets himself captured.
Later the Avengers feel bad and go looking for Pym. They rescue him and beat up the Mole Man and his Moloids just for fun.
The Red Ghost also shows up (without his, um, super apes) but contributes absolutely nothing.
Interestingly, the Wasp is the Avenger's chairperson this issue.
While Pym is off doing his thing, Captain America is out stopping real crime, including fighting a guy named "Monk".
Monk will go on to become Ape Man of the Ani-Men.
There's another proto Avengers Assemble yell this issue.
I love the idea of Fantastic Four villains showing up in the Avengers, thus making them simply Marvel Universe villains. This issue also (most likely unintentionally) sets up the idea of Pym being under-appreciated, which will lead to his leaving the team in issue #16. Nonetheless, this was a fairly silly story and the art is really sketchy.
The Avengers Classic takes place during the main story. Right about here.
The story shows the Moleoids having misadventures in the suburbs.
Weird, silly, and cute.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? P - reprint back-up story is continuity insert
My Reprint: Marvel Triple Action #6, Avengers: First to Last TPB
Inbound References (3): showApe Man, Captain America, Henry Pym, Iron Man, Mole Man, Red Ghost, Rick Jones, Thor, Wasp
i hate janet. it's pretty clear she and pym have no business being together in any kind of relationship. i don't even know why he hangs out with her at all. i wouldn't even want her as a friend, let alone a girlfriend. she's an awful person.
Posted by: min | January 23, 2013 9:56 AM
George R. R. Martin has a letter here.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 24, 2013 6:29 PM
This ish contains a fun letter from a young George RR Martin, lavishly praising Stan and Don Heck, and naming a bunch of villains he thinks aren't worthy of fighting the Fantastic Four (he hated Diablo, Mole Man, The Mad Thinker, and The Puppet Master).
Posted by: Joe | January 7, 2014 11:14 AM
Recently read this for the first time in the Avengers Omnibus. I'm a big fan of Hank Pym and even I thought it was ridiculous when Cap says "Giant-Man's got a temper too and I wouldn't want to see it directed at us." Yo, Cap, Giant-Man is a big guy. Thor is a freaking God! Also makes me think of Ultimates, where Pym grows large and Cap still easily beats the shit out of him.
Posted by: Erik Beck | December 28, 2014 12:29 PM
They do use the "Avengers Attack" battlecry several times over the years.
Posted by: Michael | December 28, 2014 12:51 PM
It's nice of the Moloid who is spraying Iron Man with a flamethrower to actually THINK for Iron Man. I guess he's showing sympathetic tendencies for the Avengers cause?
Posted by: Bill | December 28, 2014 3:25 PM
Kudos for the Wild Child reference \m/
Posted by: Leves | April 19, 2015 1:18 PM
I believe Chic Stone rolled out his ink pens on this issue?! Perhaps this is why our society girl Janet Van Dyne is looking extra uptight as his Red tones are filled with fire
Posted by: rocknrollguitarplayer | July 24, 2016 2:03 AM
Chic Stone inked the cover, but i don't see anything in the issue or on the UHBMCC or GCD saying that he helped with interior inks. Although it sounds like maybe you're suggesting that he was the colorist for this issue? The colorist credits weren't listed and seem to be unknown.
Posted by: fnord12 | July 25, 2016 8:35 AM
Monk hear resembles the description of Monk Mayfair in the Doc Savage series.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 31, 2016 6:15 PM
A few letters after GRRM's there's one from Steve Erickson - address Granada Hills CA. Does anyone know if that's the novelist? (Not malazan Erikson - rather tours of a black clock avantpop novelist)
Posted by: Zansmo | December 8, 2016 5:00 PM
@Zansmo, it's likely it was him. Here's a link to a column where he says he was an Avengers reader for a while, back when the comic began.
Posted by: Shar | December 8, 2016 7:05 PM
The credits on the scanned page from Avengers Classics toward the bottom say Bob Burden and Juan Doe, not Brian Patchett and Sergio Aragones.
Posted by: ScottR33 | June 4, 2018 10:24 PM
Ah, that explains it. Looks like there was a separate story in the original Avengers Classic issue by Aragones. Thanks ScottR33.
Posted by: fnord12 | June 4, 2018 11:15 PM
Best Moloid story ever. Bob Burden would have been great on the Avengers.
Posted by: Clutch | June 5, 2018 8:28 AM
The Patchett/Aragones story is a silent 2 page story where a Moloid is shrunk down, goes on a brief adventure, then is eaten by another Moloid. No Avengers appear.
Posted by: Kman00001 | June 21, 2018 6:51 AM
I’m probably a crusty old man, but I can’t stand the cartoon looking art in the backup story. Looks like a Disney movie.
Posted by: Mquinn1976 | July 1, 2018 9:23 PM
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