Issue(s): Avengers #61
...and after performing surgery on the wounded Black Knight (for the first time since the accident that caused Strange to give up surgery)...
...sends the Avengers off to distract them while he works up a spell. The Black Knight and Hawkeye take on Surtur in Antarctica. The Black Panther and the Vision take on Ymir in Wakanda. They aren't able to do more than distract the giants, but they do it long enough for Strange to work his magic with the Satannish's Crystal of Conquest.
I love John Buscema's art on the Avengers.
A little bit of non-linear evolution for the Black Knight, who is now using phrases like "Great Merlin!" and fighting mystical threats, whereas he used to be more of a science-based character like his uncle, despite their medieval trappings.
This issue also has the first Quinjet, created by the Black Panther.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues directly from Dr. Strange #178.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Super Action #22
Inbound References (3): showBlack Knight (Dane Whitman), Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Hawkeye, Marduk, Surtur, Vision, Ymir
This is the start of a period where Buscema and Barry Smith play around with design in this title, making for weird but interesting pages. Unfortunately, this comes to a screeching halt later in 1969.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 6, 2011 11:28 PM
What a humongous time to be an Avengers fan! The art was stellar...And Dr. Strange went from corny Vegas strip magician to a truly ethereal dimensional being. And some people complained?
Posted by: Rocknrollguitarplayer | August 11, 2016 12:00 AM
"The Snows of Kilimanjaro" is a story by Ernest Hemingway. A film version appeared in 1952.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | January 12, 2018 8:40 AM
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