After the rise of the Fantastic Four, team comics became popular and became big business in the 1960s. The stories introduced during this decade would endure the test of time.
Though Fantastic Four was not the first superhero team comic series, it was the first team comic that impacted fans’ minds. In that decade, the Avengers comics got famous at the same rate as that of X-Men. Avengers was a team that brought together the most powerful superheroes of Marvel with different powers.
Unlike the other team comics, the Avengers comic gained its popularity more rapidly. The first three issues consisted of many superheroes except Steve Rogers. Then came the golden age star Captain America from issue four. Then after 15 issues, he became the Avengers team leader in issue 16, and with that a new rise of Avengers took place.
In the 1960s, different stories and characters were introduced that would endure the test of time. Then they became not only the base of Avengers but the base of Marvel Universe. Comic covers were the most loved part of the fans. Most covers were created by the iconic artist Jack Kirby, who holds a special place in their fans’ hearts.
10/10 The Avengers: Behold… The Vision!
Most Marvel comic covers come with primary color explosions, but this exclusive cover from John Buscema is another type. A new character drama is on this cover by using red and black colors. This new character of Marvel Universe was an android known as The Vision.
Vision is the son of Ultron, who is there to lead the Avengers into a trap. But a twist happened in which he overcomes his programming by machinations and saves them. Then he joined the Avengers and became one of the leading members of the team. Also, he is one of the fan-favorite superheroes. The storyline and issues that revolve around him are his search for his humanity.
09/10 The Avengers: Marvel Proudly Introduces… Wonder Man – The Newest, Most Dynamic Surprise Character From The World-Famous House Of Ideas!
During the 1960s, Wonderman did not get too much importance in the Marvel Universe. But he got his revival in Issue 151. In this issue, Simon Williams was arrested for blaming Stark and taking his money. This activity led him to a plot in which The Masters of Evil contacted him to fight alongside them by giving him powers.
This whole scenario changed when Wonderman saved the Avengers for change of heart. But his life was not too long as he died from Baron Zemo’s poison. After that, he was revived for his contribution and became an integral member of the gang of the West Coast Squad.
08/10 The Avengers: The Black Knight Lives Again!
The Black Knight is one of the leading and oldest villains of the Avengers. Also, he was a member of The Masters of Evil. He used to attack the Avengers by flying horses and high-tech weaponry. In this issue again, he stabbed the Avengers by using his weapons.
But this time, the man in the outfit was none other than Dane Whitman, nephew of the original Black Knight. Here, Dane decided that he will use his uncle’s weapon for good. After that, he becomes a friend of the Avengers, and later on, he became a full-time member of the team.
07/10 The Avengers: ‘Til Death Do Us Part!
The issue of this comic book is wilder than the cover of this comic. This issue’s storyline consists of Yellowjacket’s wedding and the Wasp, who had admitted that they killed Goliath. In this scene, only Hawkeye seems to be mad inexplicably. With that, the mania starts.
At the wedding, the Circle of Crime is playing as the catering staff, and the Fantastic Four team is there to organize flowers. Yellowjacket concluded this issue by admitting Goliath’s death was due to schizophrenia-induced lies. After that, everything seems to be expected.
06/10 The Avengers: “In Our Midst… An Immortal!”
This issue of the Avengers that is Issue 38 brings a new member with none other than Hercules. Enchantress has given the love potion to Hercules, and under its impact, he had sent him to kill the Avengers. Then after a little struggle, he is then brought back to sound mind.
After Mount Olympus returned, he found out that Zeus expelled him. Due to this, the Avengers showed mercy towards him and welcomed him to the mansion as a guest. With this scene, Hercules became a well-loved and fan-favorite superhero. Due to his zest for life and his jovial nature, he played second Thor, and the Avengers accepted him.
05/10 The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Super-Heroes!
It is the poster of the first issue of the Avengers. The cover consists of a vast technicolor feast inviting the readers to engage with the comic storyline. Note that there were comic books of these individual superheroes on the market, but it was the first time these superheroes were brought under one team.
04/10 The Avengers: Spectacular Special Issue!
Although there were 15 issues before this comic book, there comes a historical change with this comic after this issue. In this issue, The Wasp leaves the group due to tension, and Thor returns to Asgard. With that, Giant-Man and Iron Man also followed them, and it seemed that the team is now separated.
But this doesn’t last long. Then comes an old enemy, Hawkeye, who asks to join the Avengers to start a new life. The series sees the entry of two old criminals who were attracted by Cap’s televised recruitment drive. These two were none other than the senior members of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the brother-sister pair, Wanda and Quicksilver.
This issue was not only crucial for the new team assembly but also the theme of redemption. This issue is essential for the formation of the core of the Avengers.
03/10 The Mighty Avengers: The Great Betrayal!
The Avengers were following Vision because he had stolen an adamantium cylinder from the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier. This cylinder was for rebuilding his father, Ultron. This issue was a notable event, and also it was the first appearance of the fictional metal of Marvel Universe. Again, this issue is also known for Iron Man and Thor’s return after an extended leave.
02/10 The Avengers: The Avengers Vs. The X-Men! – Nuff Said!
Several small scuffles had happened between these two teams before this issue of the Avengers Vs. X-Men happened. It was the first crossover that had occurred between the original X-Men against a paired-down Avengers squad.
The storyline of this issue revolves around confusion when Quicksilver rejoins the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The Avengers did not know it, and due to this, they attacked Cyclops without knowing him. This issue ends with the defeat and maybe the death of Magneto. Here, Marvel had used Wanda and QuickSilver’s recurring theme as a bridge between the Avengers and the world of mutants.
01/10 The Avengers: Captain America Lives Again!
The first three issues of the Avengers have established a team across the Marvel Universe. Issue 4 comes with the entry of Cap. He is seen after reviving from his cryogenic state after his long absence since the golden age of comics.
This issue is so grasping and quick that the reader can’t even wait or slow down for one minute. Namor was the character that first discovered Cap’s body from a recent battle with The Hulk. After Avengers revived him, he sets off for an adventure to find his hotel. This leads him towards an alien race with Rick Jones. Then there comes the massive battle in the issue where Captain America finds a place in the team.