Bronze Age Beginnings

Friday, 16 April 2010

The Avengers #96

Cover date: February 1972

Writer: Roy Thomas

Artist: Neal Adams

Inker(s): Palmer, Adams & Weiss

The Avengers - Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Vision and a powerless Goliath (Clint Barton) - race into deep space on a rescue mission (The Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Captain Marvel have been captured by the Skrulls). They encounter a Skrull fleet and much fighting follows. Meanwhile, Rick Jones has been captured by the Kree and comes face to (very large) face with the Supreme Intelligence....

This is a superb example of what makes/made The Avengers so great; Roy Thomas was firing on all cylinders and Neal Adams' art was simply outstanding. A perfect mix of team dynamics, characterisation (early signs of Vision's love for Wanda are on display) and exciting action.

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1 comment:

  1. I must be the only comics reader from the '70s who can't stand Neal Adams art. I find all wrong for superheroes, it looks like slick advertising art. I also found his panel composition to be very poor as compared with those by Jack Kirby, where I could follow the story effortlessly.

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