The Avengers are a fictional team of superheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The team made its debut in The Avengers #1, created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby; the Avengers is Lee and Kirby's renovation of a previous superhero team, All-Winners Squad, who appeared in comic books series published by Marvel Comics' predecessor Timely Comics. Labeled "Earth's Mightiest Heroes", the Avengers consisted of Ant-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man and the Wasp. Ant-Man had become Giant-Man by issue #2; the original Captain America was discovered trapped in ice in issue #4, joined the group after they revived him. A rotating roster became a hallmark of the series, although one theme remained consistent: the Avengers fight "the foes no single superhero can withstand." The team, famous for its battle cry of "Avengers Assemble!", has featured humans, Inhumans, aliens, supernatural beings, former villains. The team has appeared in a wide variety of media outside of comic books, including a number of different animated television series and direct-to-video films.
The 2012 live-action feature film The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, set numerous records during its box office run, including one of the biggest opening debuts in North America, with a weekend gross of $207.4 million. A second Avengers film titled Avengers: Age of Ultron was released on May 1, 2015, followed by Avengers: Infinity War, which became the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion and was released on April 27, 2018. A fourth film, Avengers: Endgame, is scheduled for release on April 26, 2019; the team debuted in The Avengers #1. Much like the Justice League, the Avengers were an assemblage of pre-existing superhero characters created by Lee and Jack Kirby; this initial series, published bi-monthly through issue #6 and monthly thereafter ran through issue #402, with spinoffs including several annuals, miniseries and a giant-size quarterly sister series that ran in the mid-1970s. Other spinoff series include West Coast Avengers published as a four-issue miniseries in 1984, followed by a 102-issue series, retitled Avengers West Coast with #47.
Between 1996 and 2004, Marvel relaunched the primary Avengers title three times. In 1996, the "Heroes Reborn" line took place in an alternate universe, with a revamped history unrelated to mainstream Marvel continuity; the Avengers vol. 3 relaunched and ran for 84 issues from February 1998 to August 2004. To coincide with what would have been the 500th issue of the original series, Marvel changed the numbering, The Avengers #500–503, the one-shot Avengers Finale became the "Avengers Disassembled" storyline and final issues. In January 2005, a new version of the team appeared in the ongoing title The New Avengers, followed by The Mighty Avengers, Avengers: The Initiative, Dark Avengers. Avengers vol. 4 debuted in July 2010 and ran until January 2013. Vol. 5 was launched in February 2013. After Secret Wars, a new Avengers team debuted, dubbed the All-New, All-Different Avengers, starting with a Free Comic Book Day preview. Following Civil War II, the book was relaunched in 2016 as Avengers, while retaining the same writer and much of the cast from the All-New, All-Different run.
The series ran for 11 issues before reverting to the numbering of the original Avengers series with issue #672. Starting with issue #675, all four Avengers titles being published at the time were merged into a single weekly series dubbed Avengers: No Surrender, designed to close out this era of the team's history. Following the conclusion of No Surrender in 2018, the series will be relaunched again as Avengers; when the Asgardian god Loki seeks revenge against his brother Thor, his machinations unwittingly lead teenager Rick Jones to collect Ant-Man, the Wasp, Iron Man to help Thor and the Hulk, whom Loki used as a pawn. After the group vanquished Loki, Ant-Man stated that the five worked well together and suggested they form a team; the roster changed immediately. Captain America soon joined the team in issue #4, he was given "founding member" status in the Hulk's place; the Avengers went on to fight foes such as Baron Zemo, who formed the Masters of Evil, Kang the Conqueror, Wonder Man, Count Nefaria.
The next milestone came. Giant-Man, now calling himself Goliath, the Wasp rejoined. Hercules became part of the team, while the Black Knight, the Black Widow, abetted the Avengers but did not become members until years later. Spider-Man did not join the group; the Black Panther joined after rescuing the team from Klaw. The X-Men #45 featured a crossover with The Avengers #53; this was followed by the introduction of the android the Vision. Pym assumed the new identity of Yellowjacket in issue #59, married the Wasp the following month; the Avengers headquarters was in a New York City building called Avengers Mansion, courtesy of Tony Stark. The mansion was serviced by Edwin Jarvis, the Avengers' faithful butler, furnished with state of the art technology and defense systems, included the Avengers' primary mode of transport: the five-engine Quinjet. The
Amazing Adventures is the name of several anthology comic book series, all but one published by Marvel Comics. The earliest Marvel series of that name introduced the company's first superhero of the late-1950s to early-1960s period fans and historians call the Silver Age of Comic Books; that same series included the first comic book to be labeled "Marvel Comics". The first series titled Amazing Adventures was a 1950s science fiction anthology produced by Ziff-Davis and featuring painted covers, it ran for six issues, beginning c. 1950. With the first two issues being undated. Subsequent issues were dated June and November 1951, Fall 1952, its artists included Murphy Anderson, Bernard Krigstein, Don Perlin, at least one issue featured a cover painting by Alex Schomburg. Marvel's first series of this title ran six issues, it featured science fiction and drive-in movie-style monster stories all drawn by either Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko. Its first issue introduced the supernatural monster-hunter Doctor Droom, Marvel's first Silver Age of Comic Books superhero.
Droom had powers of telepathy and hypnotic suggestion taught him by a Tibetan lama who had requested that someone travel from the U. S. to give him medical attention. Doctor Droom vanished into obscurity for years when the comic was retitled and reformatted as Amazing Adult Fantasy from issues #7–14, he resurfaced in the 1970s as Doctor Druid. The series was retitled once more for its final issue, published as Amazing Fantasy #15, the comic book that introduced Spider-Man. Marvel's next Amazing Adventures was a split title featuring the Black Widow; the Widow was dropped after vol. 2, #8, full-length Inhumans stories ran for two issues before that feature, was dropped. Vol. 2, #11 introduced solo stories of erstwhile X-Men member the Beast, in which he was mutated into his modern-day blue-furred form. The initial story was by writer Gerry Conway, penciler Tom Sutton, inker Syd Shores. Steve Englehart became the feature's writer with issue #12 and added Patsy Walker and her then-husband, "Buzz" Baxter, to the Beast's supporting cast in issue #13.
In the fall of 1972, writers Englehart and Len Wein crafted a metafictional unofficial crossover spanning titles from both major comics companies. Each comic featured Englehart and Wein, as well as Wein's first wife Glynis, interacting with Marvel or DC characters at the Rutland Halloween Parade in Rutland, Vermont. Beginning in Amazing Adventures vol. 2 #16, the story continued in Justice League of America #103, concluded in Thor #207. As Englehart explained in 2010, "It seemed like a radical concept and we knew that we had to be subtle and each story had to stand on its own, but we worked it out. It's worthwhile to read those stories back to back to back – it didn't matter to us that one was at DC and two were at Marvel – I think it was us being creative, thinking what would be cool to do." The Beast's strip ended with vol. 2, #16. Following an issue that reprinted the backup features recounting the Beast's origin (edited from X-Men #49–53, the title introduced the series "War of the Worlds" and its central character, Killraven, in vol.
2, #18. Created by co-plotters Roy Thomas and Neal Adams, scripter Conway, pencilers Adams and Howard Chaykin, it was taken over by writer Don McGregor for an acclaimed run from vol. 2, #21 to the final issue, vol. 2, #39. Pencillers were Herb Trimpe, Rich Buckler, Gene Colan, most notably, P. Craig Russell from vol. 2, #27. Its sister publication was Astonishing Tales. Additionally, plans were announced for a never-realized third split book featuring Doctor Strange and Iceman. Volume 3 was a reprint series running 14 issue, it reprinted X-Men #1–8, the first six issues of which were split into two-part stories with an accompanying backup feature. For all but issue #12, this was the "Origin of the X-Men" backup feature from X-Men #38–48; the exception was the incongruous, 11-page Jim Steranko "Nick Fury, Agent of S. H. I. E. L. D." Story, "Today Earth Died", from Strange Tales #168. Eight covers of this 1979 series were reprints of the Jack Kirby originals. 2, #6 and #9. The named Amazing High Adventure was a sporadically published anthology of historical and science-fiction adventure stories from August 1984 to December 1986.
Like the 1950s Ziff-Davis Amazing Adventures, it, featured painted covers, with the artists including Joe Chiodo, Frank Cirocco, Dan Green, John Bolton. A one-shot, cover-billed as Amazing Adventures but listed as Amazing Adventure in the copyright indicia, was an anthology with a painted cover. Black Widow: The Sting of the Widow includes the Black Widow stories from Amazing Adventures vol. 2 #1–8, 152 pages, September 2009, ISBN 978-0785137948 Marvel Masterworks: Inhumans Volume 1 includes the Inhumans stories from Amazing Adventures vol. 2 #1–10, 240 pages, October 2009, ISBN 978-0785141419 Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 7 includes Amazing Adventures vol. 2 #11–17, 256 pages, October 2008, ISBN 978-0785130482 Essential Classic X-Men Volume 3 includes Amazi
Adam Warlock known as Him or Adam, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character's earliest appearances were in Fantastic Four #66–67 and Thor #164–166, he was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, developed by Roy Thomas and Jim Starlin. Debuting in the Silver Age of comic books, the character has appeared in over four decades of Marvel publications, starred in the titles Marvel Premiere and Strange Tales as well as five eponymous volumes and several related limited series. Adam Warlock has been associated with Marvel merchandise including animated television series, video games; the character's origin was shown in Fantastic Four #66 in a story written by Stan Lee and pencilled and co-plotted by Jack Kirby. The character appeared in Fantastic Four #67 and Thor #164-166; because his role in the Fantastic Four story was minor, sources disagree on which issue is the character's true first appearance. Writer and Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas and penciler Gil Kane revamped Him as the allegorical Messiah Adam Warlock in Marvel Premiere #1.
In 2009, Thomas explained he had been a fan of the soundtrack to the musical Jesus Christ Superstar and sought to bring the story to comic books in a superhero context: "Yes, I had some trepidation about the Christ parallels, but I hoped there would be little outcry if I handled it tastefully, since I was not making any serious statement on religion... at least not overtly."Choosing to use a preexisting character while keeping the series locale separate from mainstream Marvel Earth, Thomas created Counter-Earth, a new planet generated from a chunk of Earth and set in orbit on the opposite side of the sun. Thomas and Kane collaborated on the costume, with the red tunic and golden lightning bolt as their homage to Fawcett Comics' 1940s-1950s character Captain Marvel; the story continued in the series The Power of Warlock, which ran eight issues, with some plotlines concluded in The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #176-178. In a 2009 retrospective survey of the character, writer Karen Walker said the series... continued the story of Adam's attempts to drive the Man-Beast out of Counter-Earth, but drifted toward standard superhero stories with pseudo-Biblical references injected into them.
Warlock spends much of his time trying to convince the High Evolutionary not to destroy the planet, the rest of his time battling the Man-Beast and his minions. Although the concept of a superhero savior was still present, it came across as forced, contradictory to the idea of a pacifistic savior, it is questionable whether the concept could work in a medium driven by physical conflict. Writer-artist Jim Starlin revived Warlock in Strange Tales #178-181. Warlock's adventures became more cosmic in scope as Starlin took the character through an extended storyline referred to as "The Magus Saga"; the reimagined title continued the numbering of The Power of Warlock and began with Warlock #9 and ran seven issues. The bimonthly series was written and drawn by Starlin, but was co-penciled and inked by Steve Leialoha; some plot threads were concluded in Marvel Team-Up #55, Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2. Starlin, in a 2009 interview, recalled, I had quit Captain Marvel over a dispute at that point, but I settled the dispute with Marvel and I was going to come back.
But. So Roy asked me. So I pulled out a bunch of comics. I came across, in the Fantastic Four and came back the next day and said that's who I wanted to do, that night I started working on it... I had taken Captain Marvel, a warrior, turned him into sort of a messiah-type character. So when I got to Warlock, I said to myself,'I got a messiah right here to start off with, and I decided. Artist Alan Weiss recalled in a 2006 interview there was a "lost" Adam Warlock story, which if completed would have been reminiscent of the Jonathan Swift novel Gulliver's Travels. Portions of it were printed in the second volume of Marvel Masterworks: Warlock; the remainder of the artwork was lost in a New York City taxicab in 1976. Warlock's adventures were reprinted, with new Starlin covers, in the six-issue limited series Special Edition Warlock; this reprint series was itself reprinted, with yet another set of new Starlin covers, as Warlock vol. 2. Although regarded as deceased at the time, Warlock made a brief appearance in Marvel Two-in-One #63.
Eleven years Starlin revived the character and two members of his supporting cast in the miniseries Infinity Gauntlet #1-6. This plot development was a continuation of a larger storyline that began with the resurrection of Thanos in Silver Surfer vol. 3, #34. Following the events of The Infinity Gauntlet and several compatriots starred in the series Warlock and the Infinity Watch. Written by Starlin and drawn by Angel Medina, it ran 42 issues, its plots tied directly into the limited series Infinity Infinity Crusade. Warlock starred in several limited series, including Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection #1-4. 3, #1-4, by writer-penciler Tom Lyle. The character
Astonishing Tales is an American anthology comic book series published by Marvel Comics from 1970-1976. Its sister publication was Amazing Adventures vol. 2 In 2008 and 2009, Marvel produced 11 webcomics starring different characters under the umbrella title Astonishing Tales. Several stories were reprinted in the six-issue miniseries Astonishing Tales vol. 2. Astonishing Tales began as a split title with solo features starring the jungle lord Ka-Zar and the supervillain and monarch Doctor Doom in 10–page stories each; the latter feature was dropped after issue #8. The creative team of "Doctor Doom" was composed of writer Roy Thomas and penciler-inker Wally Wood, a veteran of 1950s EC Comics stories and one of the early, signature artists of Daredevil. Wood remained as artist through issue #4, succeeded by penciler George Tuska for two issues and Gene Colan for the final two. Larry Lieber was writer for #3–6, succeeded by Gerry Conway."Ka-Zar" was by the longstanding and influential team of writer and Marvel editor-in-chief Stan Lee and penciler and co-plotter Jack Kirby, the duo who had introduced the jungle lord years before as a one-issue supporting character in The X-Men.
Ka-Zar had since guest-starred in Daredevil and in other series before gaining his first solo feature here. After that initial story, Roy Thomas scripted the second installment, with the team of writer Gerry Conway and penciler Barry Windsor-Smith taking over for issues #3–6. Thomas and signature Hulk artist Herb Trimpe teamed for the next two issues, with Thomas abetted by Mike Friedrich on the latter. Astonishing Tales starred Ka-Zar in stories ranging from 16 to 21 pages each. A variety of creative teams followed, with Lee, Thomas and Len Wein individually writing or collaborating on stories before Mike Friedrich became regular writer with issue #14. Pencilers included Dan Adkins, Rich Buckler, Gil Kane, John Buscema, plus a Buscema-Neal Adams collaboration on one issue; the feature ended with #20. Bobbi Morse first appeared in the Ka-Zar story in Astonishing Tales #6 and would become the superheroine Mockingbird. Joshua Link was introduced in Astonishing Tales #8 and became the supervillain Gemini of Zodiac.
Issues # 12 and # 13 introduced Man-Thing as a Ka-Zar antagonist. Issue #14 featured a censored color reprint of the black-and-white Ka-Zar tale in the comics magazine Savage Tales #1. Two issues contained backup-feature reprints of 1950s jungle stories from Marvel predecessor Atlas Comics: two stories from Lorna the Jungle Girl #14 in Astonishing Tales #9, a Jann of the Jungle story from Jungle Tales #2, in Astonishing Tales #14. Astonishing Tales #21–24 featured "It! The Living Colossus", starring a stone giant introduced in an anthological science fiction-monster story in Tales of Suspense #14, with a sequel in issue #20. Tony Isabella and Dick Ayers comprised the modern feature's writer-artist team; the final feature in Astonishing Tales starred and introduced Deathlok, a conflicted cyborg who predated the popular movie character RoboCop by several years and has become one of the most enduring Marvel characters among those introduced in the 1970s. Created by artist Rich Buckler, who devised the initial concept, writer Doug Moench, the feature ran from #25-28 and 30-36, the final issue.
Bill Mantlo scripted issues #32-35, with Buckler himself scripting the finale. Buckler described Deathlok as "an extension of a paranoid fantasy, he was a representation of part of my world view. He was a culmination of many of the messages in some of the music of the time, he was part of some of the things going wrong in our country at the time. Maybe he was the science, going wrong. Artist George Pérez made his professional comics debut with a two-page backup feature in issue #25; the last two issues were released in both a 25-cent and a 30-cent edition. Issue #29 was a fill-in that reprinted an edited version of the first Guardians of the Galaxy story, from Marvel Super Heroes #18. In addition to Astonishing Tales' sister publication, Amazing Adventures vol. 2, Marvel announced plans in 1970 for a never-realized third split book featuring Doctor Strange and Iceman. In 2008 and 2009, Marvel produced 11 webcomics starring different characters under the umbrella title Astonishing Tales: Astonishing Tales: Daredevil Astonishing Tales: Dominic Fortune Astonishing Tales: Iron Man Astonishing Tales: Iron Man 2020 Astonishing Tales: M.
O. D. O. K. Astonishing Tales: Mojoworld Astonishing Tales: Sabra Astonishing Tales: Shiver Man Astonishing Tales: Spider-Woman Astonishing Tales: The Thing Astonishing Tales: Wolverine/Punisher Several stories from those series were reprinted in the six-issue limited series Astonishing Tales vol. 2. Essential Super-Villain Team-Up includes Doctor Doom stories from Astonishing Tales #1–8, 552 pages, September 2004, ISBN 978-0785115458 Essential Man-Thing, Volume 1 includes Astonishing Tales #12–13, 600 pages, December 2006, ISBN 978-0785121350 Marvel Masterworks: Ka-Zar, Volume 1 includes Astonishing Tales #1–16, 312 pages, January 2013, ISBN 978-0785159575 Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok, Volume 1 includes Astonishing Tales #25–28 and #30–36, 352 pages, November 2009, ISBN 978-0785130505 Astonishing Tales at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators Astonishing Tales at the Comic Book DB Guion
Bat-Mite is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Bat-Mite is an imp similar to the Superman villain Mister Mxyzptlk. Depicted as a small, childlike man in an ill-fitting costume, Bat-Mite possesses what appear to be near-infinite magical powers, but he utilizes advanced technology from the fifth dimension that cannot be understood by humans' limited three-dimensional views. Unlike Mxyzptlk, Bat-Mite idolizes his superhero target and thus he has visited Batman on various occasions setting up strange events so that he could see his hero in action. Bat-Mite is more of a nuisance than a supervillain, departs of his own accord upon realizing that he has angered his idol. Bat-Mite made his first appearance in Detective Comics #267 in a story titled "Batman Meets Bat-Mite" written by Bill Finger, with art by Sheldon Moldoff. Bat-Mite appeared in Batman, Detective Comics, World's Finest Comics for five years. Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk teamed up four times in the pages of World's Finest Comics to plague Superman and Batman together, as well.
In 1964, when the Batman titles were revamped under new editor Julius Schwartz, Bat-Mite vanished along with the other extraneous members of the Batman family such as Ace the Bat-Hound. After this, only three more Bat-Mite stories were published in the pre-Crisis DC Universe: two Bat-Mite/Mr. Mxyzptlk team ups in World's Finest Comics #152 and #169, "Bat-Mite's New York Adventure" from Detective Comics #482, in which the imp visits the DC Comics offices and insists that he be given his own feature in a Batman comic; this story featured protestors with picket signs shouting "We want Bat-Mite!" Outside the Tishman Building, was accompanied by an editorial comment that this story was published to acknowledge the actual requests of fans for this character's revival. Bat-Mite appeared in a one-page story in the 200th issue of The Brave and the Bold. After the continuity-changing 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths was published, Bat-Mite was removed from the Batman comics canon. Bat-Mite made an appearance in the series Legends of the Dark Knight, although he may have been the hallucination of a drug-addled criminal named Bob Overdog.
This comic states. This version of Bat-Mite appeared in Batman: Mitefall, a one-shot book, a parody of the "Knightfall" Batman storyline. In #6 of the 1999 World's Finest miniseries, Mr. Mxyzptlk encountered Bat-Mite, shortly after being mistaken for him by Overdog. While in this story the post-Crisis Bat-Mite encountered Batman for the first time and Batman subsequently concluded that Mxyzptlk had created him, inspired by Overdog's ravings. Bat-Mite appeared in the 2000 one-shot Elseworlds comic special World's Funnest, in which he battles Mr. Mxyzptlk, destroying the pre-Crisis multiverse and the post-Crisis DC Universe, as well as the Elseworlds of Kingdom Come, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, the DC animated universe; as an Elseworlds story itself, World's Funnest has no impact on continuity, as inferred from Dark Knight Returns and Kingdom Come being introduced to the official DC multiverse as a result of the series. 52. Apart from World's Funnest, there has been no direct connection between Mr. Mxyzptlk.
In the Bizarro Comics anthology, Mxyzptlk's native 5th Dimension seemed to include beings similar to Bat-Mite and Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt. Neither of these comics are considered canonical. Letter columns and writer interviews suggest that Bat-Mite comes from there as well, although this has never been shown thus far in the comic stories themselves. In the post-Crisis issue Superman/Batman #25, it was revealed that the Joker had gained Fifth Dimensional powers by maintaining the essence of Mr. Mxyzptlk from the earlier "Emperor Joker" storyline; as such, a Bat-Mite has been reestablished into the current continuity as an outgrowth of Mr. Mxyzptlk incubated within the Joker; the first post-Infinite Crisis appearance of Bat-Mite was in Batman #672, written by Grant Morrison. Batman is confronted with Bat-Mite after suffering a heart attack. Might, who bears a green insectoid creature on his back, claims to have come from "Space B at the Fivefold Expansion of Zrfff". Only Batman sees him; as Batman is having an difficult time keeping his grip on reality during this period, it is possible that Mite is a mental delusion.
In Batman #678, after Batman transforms himself into "the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh", Might reappears on the last page with him, commenting "uh-oh" regarding Batman's increasing delusions. He counsels the Zur-En-Arrh Batman, a'back-up' personality manufactured by Bruce himself to keep Batman able to fight in case he was mindwiped, or driven to insanity. Batman #680 reveals that Might is indeed a product of Batman's imagination, representing the last vestiges of Batman's rational mind within the Zur-En-Arrh Batman, although when asked by Batman whether he is an extra-dimensional being or a figment of his imagination, Bat-Mite responds that "the fifth dimension is imagination". In Superman/Batman #52, Bat-Mite appears having had
Back Issue! is an American magazine published by TwoMorrows Publishing, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded in 2003 and published eight times yearly, it features articles and art about comic books from the 1970s to the present. Edited by former comics writer and editor Michael Eury, the magazine was conceived as a replacement for Comic Book Artist, which editor and owner Jon B. Cooke had taken from TwoMorrows to a different publishing house in 2002. Writers for the series include Mark Arnold, Michael Aushenker, Glenn Greenberg, George Khoury, Andy Mangels, Richard A. Scott. Official website