Sunday, January 15, 2012

Marvel History 237: Avengers # 15

Issue: Avengers # 15
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Don Heck
Publication Date: April 1965

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Avengers_15


Commentary:

Before we get started, and lest you worry, Giant Man's still walking around in that absurd blue and red costume.

Also, Steve Rogers writes a letter to Nick Fury, who is involved in counter-espionage, thus once more tying Nick Fury back into the fold of the present day Marvel Universe (and making me feel a little less terrible about reading all those Sgt. Fury comics).  This doesn't play out this issue, so we'll have to see if it's brought back up.

Anyways, Baron Zemo is back on the attack with his usual bunch of cronies, and they really need a new color scheme.  Everyone is in shades of blue and green.  Zemo's the only one of the bunch with a little oomph in his outfit!

Alas, though, this issue is the "death" of Zemo, and when he is dead, Cap claims that at last, he has avenged (yes, avenged) the death of his former sidekick.

Of course, Cap does not deliver the killing blow to Zemo, but by the same token, he's not particularly helpful in keeping the guy alive.  There is a little more blood lust in this early Cap than there may be in future tales.  Interesting to see Steve act in such a way.

Next issue promises a shakeup to the lineup, so that should be exciting.

Favorite Panel:

I don't think you need a Sorcerer's intuition to see a man swinging on telephone poles in pursuit of your car.

Next: Daredevil # 7