Thursday, September 8, 2011

Marvel History Post 111: Avengers # 3

Issue: Avengers # 3
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: January 1963

Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Avengers_3

Commentary:

The two early anti heroes in the MU team up in this issue, although neither Sub-Mariner nor the Hulk seems to like the other very much. 


There's a lot of tales of our heroes battling with Hulk and Sub-Mariner, and yet despite all of that, it's easy to distinguish these two from the real bad guys.  Hulk is hardly in full control of his actions, and Namor has his reasons to be bitter at the surface dwellers.  Still, both are arrogant, which is a flaw among almost all of Stan's villains.  Pride cometh before the fall is a frequent theme.


Quick Thoughts:
  • The Avengers have a monthly meeting.  It's more interesting than your monthly meetings. 
  • Wasp flirts it up with Thor.  Ant Man does not approve. 
  •  Professor X is kind of a jerk to Iron Man.  
Favorite Panel:

Hulk returns to his form as Banner.  It's as if he's covering himself in shame.  This is the inverse of what we see happen to Thing in the early issues of Fan 4, where it's the return to monster form that upsets him.  Is Bruce already becoming more Hulk than man?


Next:

Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos # 5