Issue(s): Avengers #51
The Collector fixes Goliath's powers since he doesn't want a flawed Avenger in his collection. He also sends Thor out to get Iron Man.
The Wasp, useful for a change, manages to escape from the Collector's prison by talking to one of the Collector's alien insects (in her early appearances, Janet can actually control wasps)...
...and she frees Pym and Hawkeye. They fight their way through some of the Collector's creatures...
...and in defeating the Collector, who escapes, free Thor from the Collector's control. After checking out Pym's powers, Iron Man leaves, and so does Thor.
Captain America calls the Avengers to apologize for his rude exit, and he suggests the Black Panther as a replacement.
Nice John Buscema art!
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: "The Mighty Thor had just regained his immortal invincible powers...." when the Collector picked him up, placing this sometime after the Thor #151-153 arc. Captain America is currently fighting alongside the Black Panther, placing this after Captain America #100. The Hulk was last seen entering Asgard, which we saw in Tales To Astonish #101 - Hulk #102.
Iron Man has just returned to the city from some perilous adventure (Footnote: You might call it that... if you've read the premiere ish of shellhead's own mag).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Triple Action #43
Inbound References (2): showBlack Panther, Captain America, Collector, Hawkeye, Henry Pym, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp
Doug Moench has a letter here.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 25, 2013 6:10 PM
I have a soft spot for the Collector. Why? Because he's one of the few Silver Age villains who can justify having one of whatever he needs for a fight. He could pull out an eletric net, followed by robot tigers, followed by a shrink potion and so on.
Posted by: David Banes | November 5, 2013 6:11 PM
I liked how Roy tied this story in to all the former members solo books. The Collector, in his original form, reminds me of William Hartnell, the first doctor.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 13, 2016 8:20 PM
@Bobby Sizemore: Hmmm, never noticed a resemblance to William Hartnell, but I guess there is something too that.
Of course nowadays the Collector looks an awful lot like Benicio del Toro :)
Posted by: Ben Herman | November 14, 2016 4:54 PM
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 20, 2016 1:09 AM
Fun issue. Always liked the Collector for some reason.
Posted by: RikFenix | July 8, 2018 10:43 PM
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