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Early Roster

Goliath, Wasp & Hawkeye

Avengers Weekly
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the Avengers cash-in on the Kung-Fu craze with a bit of help from the deadly hands (and feet) of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung-Fu

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Astonishing Stories of Suspense courtesy of Alan Class Publishing

AvengersRedrawn

Avengers redrawn: for a couple of issues of a Hulk story in Mighty World of Marvel, Marvel UK inexplicably had the head (and only the head) of Goliath II redrawn as that of the original Goliath, much to the confusion of some readers, seemingly because the second version hadn't yet been introduced in the pages of Avengers Weekly. They didn't alter his dialogue though, or panels referring to him by his real name, which didn't help their cause much, since scientist Hank Pym was suddenly talking like a carnival performer and being called 'Clint'.

Avengers classic eng

Swordsman, Thor and Mantis

Background

The Avengers were the second superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for the American company Marvel Comics in the early 1960s, following the Fantastic Four. Initially comprised of Thor, the Hulk, Iron Man, Ant Man and the Wasp, soon joined by Captain America, the Avengers soon became a repository for many of "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" including Hawkeye, the Vision, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, and the Black Knight. After being introduced to the British public in Odhams weekly title Smash!, they joined the Marvel UK line-up in the pages of Mighty World of Marvel before graduating to their own title. They also occasionally appeared in reprint titles from Alan Class Publishing, either with or without Marvel's authorisation.

Avengers Weekly and appearances in other titles

The Avengers, the third title published by Marvel UK after Mighty World of Marvel and Spider-Man Comics Weekly, was launched on 22nd September 1973, after the characters had been given a brief tryout in the pages of Mighty World of Marvel #46-48. The first two issues carried free gifts; a sheet of rub down transfers and an 'Avengers Wonder Weapon', respectively. Early issues featured reprinted adventures of the Avengers themselves plus Marvel's master of the mystic arts, Doctor Strange, but from issue #28 the title gained a third strip, Master of Kung Fu, and the title was changed to 'Avengers & Master of Kung Fu' to reflect this; this was an attempt to cash in on the Kung Fu craze which was then sweeping the country. The MOKF sub-heading was later removed from the cover, but the MOKF strip itself continued for some time, alternating in later issues with the similarly themed Iron Fist. From issue #95, Avengers absorbed the failed Savage Sword of Conan weekly, the title of which was duly added to the masthead. The title was cancelled after issue #147 (14th July 1976) and merged with Mighty World of Marvel, though the Avengers themselves would subsequently have a lengthy career in various Marvel UK titles including MWOM, The Titans and, most notably, long runs in both Super Spider-Man and Marvel Super-Heroes Monthly, as well as appearing in Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars (although this last series sadly did not continue the unbroken run of Avengers stories which had continued from their first appearance in MWOM to their last in MSH, almost ten years later).

Other Avengers Titles

Avengers Annuals were also published, in 1975-1978 (Conan also featured in the 1977 and 1978 annuals), and an Avengers Treasury Edition (with a stiff card cover) was published in 1982 (also featuring the Hulk).

Since the dissolution of Marvel UK, the Avengers have gone on to star in several reprint titles published by the company's successors, Panini, including Avengers United, Avengers Unconquered and Avengers Assemble.

Notable Stories

  • Avengers #4, the return of Captain America (reprinted in Avengers Weekly #1).
  • The Avengers/Defenders War and the Kang/Celestial Madonna Saga (reprinted in Super Spider-Man.

Avengers Members from Avengers Weekly

Avengers Members from Later Marvel UK Titles

  • This article relates to Marvel's Avengers. For comics based on the British TV series, see The Avengers.

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