Real Avengers are like True Yankees

When it debuted in 1963, Marvel's Avengers was made up of the headliners from Marvel's three superhero anthologies (Tales of Suspense, Tales to Astonish and Journey into Mystery), essentially, the most popular Marvel superheroes besides the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man.

That was the Avengers.

In 1965, Marvel took out all but ONE of these stars (Captain America), and replaced them with three reformed supervillains.

That was the Avengers.

In 1994, the following heroes were on a team together - Black Widow, a de-powered Hercules (who looked like THIS, for crying out loud!), Deathcry, Crystal, Quicksilver, Giant-Man, Thunderstrike and the Vision.

That was the Avengers.

Currently, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Dr. Strange, Echo and Clint Barton are on a team together.

They are the Avengers (so is this other team that has Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Wasp, Ares, Wonder Man, Black Widow and the Sentry).

The Avengers are not about having a charter, or living in a mansion, or anything like that - it's about a group of superheroes who appear in a comic book called "the Avengers" (whether it be New, Mighty or West Coast).

Just like a "True Yankee" is anyone who plays for the New York Yankees, be it Derek Jeter or Alvaro Espinoza.

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