After a month of spotlighting the strange (if endearingly strange) history of comic books (and especially the Silver Age), I think it is worthwhile to show the comic books of the Silver Age that are simply great stories period. Here is an archive of all the Silver Age comics features so far!
Today we look at a classic Avengers tale from Stan Lee and Don Heck as the Avengers face off against Kang (and maybe ALONGSIDE Kang?!?) in 1965’s Avengers #23-24 (inks by John Romita in the first issue and Dick Ayers in the second)…
As the story begins in Avengers #23, Kang decides to attack the Avengers at their weakest (as Captain America had quit the previous issue). So he brings Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Quicksilver to the future so he can defeat them to impress the princess of a land he is invading.
While he captures Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye, Quicksilver escapes, and then Captain America, learning of Kang kidnapping the others, comes to their rescue.
Lee and Heck do a wonderful job describing the set-up of the Avengers teaming up with the people that Kang is invading…
In #24, we see the Avengers fight back against incredible odds…
But in the end, Kang’s numbers outmatch even the Avengers’ heroics.
However, Kang refuses to kill the princess of the invaded lands, and his lieutenants see this as a perfect opportunity for a coup…
That’s a pretty awesome set-up for a storyline, right?
The story ends in dramatic fashion, but I don’t want to spoil that for you. Go find this story! It is collected in a few different formats.
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