By Jud Meyers
We talk a lot here about comics. We talk about the stories and the interior art chores and the characterization. We talk about “key” issues and first appearances. We talk “line-ups” and “team-ups.”
AVENGERS #161: Bugs crawling all over our heroes. The truly weird part of this cover wasn’t that it creeped me out. It was that I was just feeling the tingle of my pre-teen years and the Scarlet Witch totally turned me on. Bugs and chicks. It explains a lot about who I’ve become.
AVENGERS ANNUAL #7: Jim Starlin. The Avengers in an “Epic Cosmic Conflict!” It’s Avengers Star Wars.
AVENGERS #167: The Avengers in space again! The Beast taking the lead! The beginning of the ten-part (10!) Korvac Saga! Weird-ass aliens from the future! Doesn’t get any better.
AVENGERS #181: One of those “the old guard changeth” covers, where everyone is hovered around the Avengers table-round, terribly afraid of the dude with the orange crew-cut. Gyrich. What a great villain.
Even better was the interior scene, where a totally different Avengers crew is seated around the table, and this time they all look like they’re going to kill this guy. Did I mention Wanda is in full-on dominatrix mode? Whoo-baby!
AVENGERS #187: There’s Wanda again. Only this time, she’s seething evil. A devil dominatrix, enjoying every minute. Again, it explains a whole lot.
AVENGERS #189: I always loved those “WHO?” “WHAT?” “WHY?” “WHERE?” covers. Pretty much any comic cover that asked me questions piqued my interest. It was like a game show and I had to open the pages to see how I did. And, umm, Wanda’s on the cover...
AVENGERS ANNUAL #10: This time, it isn’t questions thrown at us. It’s a series of temptations. “SEE!” “WITNESS!” “OBSERVE!” “BEHOLD!” There’s also a “Shock mystery guest!” and a great, incredibly tiny depiction of an Avengers vs. X-Men scene, with Wolverine giving them his version of the “finger”. Ever notice that Wanda and Hawkeye share the pointy-mask-headress thingamajig?
AVENGERS #223: Wow. Just brilliant. A cover conceived by the great Ed Hannigan. Ant-Man looks like he’s going to literally fly off the page and up our noses. If only Wanda was on the cover, it would have given a whole new meaning to the “SOMEBODY’S GONNA GET IT!” line.