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When We First Met – A Handful of Avengers Firsts!

by  in Comic News Comment

Every week we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic book lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ’em out!

Today we look at a handful of Avengers firsts, including the first appearance of Avengers Mansion and the first appearance of the Avengers quinjet!

Enjoy!

First appearance of Avengers Mansion

The mansion showed up very early on. In the second issue, actually!


Later, the Space Phantom (who is impersonating Tony Stark) reflects on the fact that Tony is letting them use his mansion…


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First appearance of the Avengers quinjet

Avengers #61 has the first appearance of the Avengers’ preferred mode of transportation…


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First time the Quinjet has been destroyed

It has become an accepted part of Avengers lore that quinjets do not last too long before they are destroyed in battle. This tradition started really early. Like, as in the next two panels after the above two panels from Avengers #61…


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First time the other Avengers learned one of their teammates’ secret identities

Nowadays, it seems like every Avenger knows everyone else’s secret identity. However, early on, the Avengers were very secretive about their personal lives (heck, Cap didn’t know either Thor or Iron Man’s secret identity for nearly 20 years!)

Even though Hank and Jan were not exactly careful with their identities…



Captain America doesn’t count since his identity was made public record when he died…


And Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch don’t count because they told everyone their names right off the bat…


No, the first time that counts is Avengers #28, when Hank Pym, looking for the missing Wasp, reveals his secret identity in a time of stress…



Cap’s point about never guessing Hank Pym was Goliath sounds really silly…because it is. That said, as established in this edition of Goofiest Moments, Cap knows more about scientists than you’d think…
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First appearance of the Avengers identicard

Rick Jones used his to get Bruce Banner out of trouble when he was branded a traitor in Tales to Astonish #64…


Thanks to Gary Miller for the head’s up!
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Beginning of Wonder Man and Beast’s friendship.

Oddly enough, the pair were teammates for nearly thirty issues (Beast even designed him a garish costume!) before they were first shown hanging out together in Avengers #181…




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Feel free to send in ideas for other debuts that you’re curious about! Send your ideas to bcronin@comicbookresources.com!