This is "From a Different Point of View," a feature where I discuss a comic book series with another writer. In this case, it is CBR's own Eileen Gonzalez who will be going over the history of the Avengers with me, story by story!
We continue with Avengers #7 "Their Darkest Hour," by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Chic Stone
Eileen Gonzalez: Did you see the question someone asked on Twitter?
This article reminds me of something. What was the deal with Marvel's colored dialogue balloons around this time? Was it just to add color to the page? Did the different colors (or the ones that were left white) signify anything?— Mike Hat of Captain Marvel ︽✵︽ (@RexDart1) March 31, 2019
Brian Cronin: Stan Goldberg was Marvel's colorist back then and he would often color the word balloons different colors. I think it was just for dramatic effect, as there doesn't seem to be a ton of consistency in who gets the colored balloons. He started doing it on covers during the Atlas days. Pretty soon after this point (around 1964), Goldberg stopped being the main colorist, with Marie Severin and George Roussos moving in to take the gig. This was because Goldberg took over all of Dan DeCarlo's humor gigs when DeCarlo went to Archie Comics full-time. Goldberg, of course, eventually followed DeCarlo to Archie.
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Eileen Gonzalez: You really are a bottomless pit of information. Thanks!
Brian Cronin: As to the issue, "The Darkest Hour," really over-selling it a bit there with the title, huh? Also, a rare instance of an inker inking Kirby in back to back issues!
Eileen Gonzalez: I should think chasing off the Hulk was their darkest hour, but what do I know? Also, Zemo really got a downgrade. Now he's DR. instead of BARON.
Brian Cronin: He didn't spend five years in mad scientist school to not be called a doctor!
Eileen Gonzalez: Some doctor, who doesn't even think of trying to find a solvent for Adhesive X.
Brian Cronin: Even after he specifically sends his guy out there to look for solutions for Adhesive X! This issue opens up with the very first court martial in Avengers history! The Avengers ridiculously put Iron Man on trial for not answering his Avengers signal while he is in the middle of a personal issue.
Eileen Gonzalez: Ah, but they don't care about each others' personal issues. That's part of their rules--don't be nosy. If you have a problem, that's on YOU. Rick at least seems a little concerned. Wasp, not so much.
Brian Cronin: What's funny is that when the issue came up in Tales of Suspense #56 (which they refer to here as Iron Man #56) they just blow it off like it's no big deal
Eileen Gonzalez: Continuity? What's that?
I wonder what their other matter was? I love how impatient Thor was.
Eileen Gonzalez: Maybe they were going to a movie.
Brian Cronin: It's almost as if Kirby and Lee just worked in the reference to Iron Man #56 less as a continuity piece and more to help sell another comic book.
Eileen Gonzalez: Ha, yeah, that's probably it! Synergy!
Brian Cronin: Their punishment is hilarious. Because it's like, "If we're fighting some bad guys, you can't help, because you're suspended!"
Eileen Gonzalez: Yeah, they basically just ground him like he's a naughty kid who hit a baseball through their window. And of course that decision comes back to bite them immediately.
Brian Cronin: "My baby!" "Sorry, ma'am, we're busy and while Iron Man is just down the block, he's not allowed to work with us for a week. We'll be sure to send flowers for his funeral, though."
Eileen Gonzalez: Ha!
Brian Cronin: "Courtesy of our benefactor, Tony Stark, who you can always rely on, unlike Iron Man."
Eileen Gonzalez: Thor sure seems dramatic about this whole thing, talking about how "painful" the decision is. Like... he's just suspended for a week. It's not THAT bad.
Brian Cronin: This means he is missing Avengers move night, though. So it's a big deal. They're seeing Minions this week.
Eileen Gonzalez: Nooo!
Brian Cronin:See? Painful!
Eileen Gonzalez: Iron Man will sure think twice about having a personal crisis next time!