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AVENGERS #1 (Feb 1998) Marvel Comics

George Pérez
Tom Smith
Date: Feb 1998
Cover Price: $2.99

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Also available in AVENGERS #1 (Vol 3) (Chrome) and AVENGERS #1 (Dynamic Forces).

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    AVENGERS  #1 (Feb 1998)
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    George Perez requested Kurt Busiek to write Avengers (1998)

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    In an interview with Kurt Busiek, he said that it was George Perez that requested him as writer, despite the fact that, at the time, Busiek already had his hands full with Iron Man and Thunderbolts.

    KB: ... They did, and they offered Avengers to [artist] George Perez, and George asked for me to write it. It was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time. They wanted to restore the characters to their classic heights, and I was considered to be a guy who knew how to do that.

    News: Tom Brevoort on Avengers Vol 3, #1

    Fri, 18 Aug 2006 07:44:18 CST [ submitted by Ilke ]
    Wednesday, 9:13
    2006-08-16 10:57:10
    written by Tom Brevoort


    Ralph Macchio was the person who stumped for George Perez to pencil AVENGERS, Initially, George was approached to both write and illustrate the series, but he felt that he'd been too far out of the loop in terms of keeping up with the assorted Marvel titles. He requested either Mark Waid or Kurt Busiek. Kurt was already onboard with me to take over IRON MAN, so when he was asked to put in a pitch for the series, he brainstormed with me in an unofficial capacity. George had asked for either Ralph or myself to edit the series, so when Kurt got the assignment, because of our creative partnership (having done UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN and THUNDERBOLTS before this), AVENGERS came to my office, and IRON MAN was switched over to Bobbie Chase.

    [ Read more Wednesday, 9:13 ]

    News: Avengers Custom Prints

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    Check out the Perez art being used for these custom prints and shirts: Avengers #1 Cover Avengers #12 (Dynamic Forces)

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     November 8, 2003 | Comics 101: The Avengers Part 1
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    AVENGERS #1 (Feb 1998)
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    DC Comics may have invented the concept of the “superhero team” with the Justice Society, and later the Justice League, but they were never much on refining it. In the DC Universe, superheroes formed super-teams because, well, that’s just what superheroes did. (Sure, there were rare exceptions like the Doom Patrol, but they were short-lived.) You had the JLA and their junior version, the Teen Titans, and that was pretty much it.

    Marvel, on the other hand, developed distinct identities for each of their superhero teams, providing them with much more of a uniqueness of purpose, and an individuality that lent itself to a successful series. The Fantastic Four was a family, first and foremost. The X-Men were outcasts, banded together by human society’s hatred and mistrust. The Defenders, a successful ‘70s team book, was billed as a “non-team,” consisting of loosely affiliated misfits who found themselves hanging out together out of desperation and a need to belong, to anything. And the Avengers? The Avengers were the varsity team, the first line of defense, the “Big Guns” of the Marvel Universe. Anybody could be a Defender, and no one wanted to be an X-Man, but if you were a superhero and you were invited to join the Avengers, you’d made it: you were in the big leagues now. I think it’s this air of prestige and responsibility that helps make the Avengers so consistently popular. While the Fantastic Four are exploring the cosmos and the X-Men are looking after their own, the Avengers are in the trenches, saving the world, year in and year out. Combine that with one of the best core memberships in comics and a frequently changing roster, and you get what is, for my money, the best superhero team series ever published.

     August 7, 2003 | Kolins Interview at CBR
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    Some artists do say it's harder to draw team books because of the size of the cast, but Kolins says that hasn't been a problem, in part no doubt due to his love for the Avengers themselves. "Not bad so a far. Cap, Iron Man and The Scarlet Witch are the search party for Jennifer. Ant-Man and Jack of Hearts are busy back at the mansion - so everybody isn't in the same place. If I had to draw the cast George Perez drew in #1 I think I'd cry."

     July 1, 2003 | Avengers in India
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    I'm glad to inform you that a new Avengers book is released in India and guess who is the artist on that?

    Yes, our very own George.

    Avengers #1 created a record of sort here by being sold out withing just two days.

    It also contains a huge poster by George which features almost all the Avengers.

    This book is published locally by Gotham Comics, who are also official publisher for DC too, which is weird.

     March 22, 2003 | JLA/A: Avengers Members
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1533 (4 Apr 03)

    written by Andrew Smith
    transcribed by Vu (slightly edited)
    published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1533 (4 Apr 03)

    Avengers Assemble!
    (and, if they all did, they'd fill a gymnasium.)

    AVENGERS #1 (Feb 1998)
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    Paul Leighty of Manns Choice, Penn., stunned the Captain with this seemingly innocent question:
    Re: The upcoming JLA/Avengers, I would like to see a list of all members (Probationary, Reserve, Honorary, and those who were members for one issue or a one-shot and then something happened to that character by the end of the book). And I read your column every week in Comics Buyer's Guide. I am sure all these guys will be in JLA/Avengers at some point, simply because I don't think George Pérez would have it any other way!

    The Captain replies:
    You don't ask the easy ones, do you, Paul? But I've never turned down a legitimate question before and I won't now. So, after the requisite hair-pulling, clothes-rending, and teeth-gnashing, I sat down and researched the answer. And, Lord, do I need a vacation.

    The answer is too huge for a single column, so I'll tackle Avengers this week and Justice League next week. As ever, I never assume my own knowledge to be omniscient, and I invite the Legion of Superfluous Heroes to chime in with omissions, inaccuracies, or simple differences of opinion… because I can't imagine that there won't be some.

    That being said, here's the closet I can get to a comprehensive list of Avengers membership, in order of admission:

  • Ant-Man (Hank Pym, now Yellowjacket, formerly Giant-Man and Goliath), Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Wasp formed the team in Avengers #1 (Sep 63). Rick Jones joined as an Honorary Member in the same issue.
  • Captain America was thawed out and signed up in Avengers #4 (Mar 64).
  • Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch replaced all the old guard except Cap in Avengers #16 (May 65).
  • Swordsman I jointed The Assemblers to betray them in Avengers #19 (Aug 65) and was ousted in the next issue. He returned later as a hero, albeit a largely ineffective one. He joined the Choir Invisible in Giant-Size Avengers #2 (Nov 74).
  • Hercules finally joined in Avengers #45 (Oct 67), although he'd been hanging around since #38.
  • Black Panther was recommended by Captain America in Avengers #52 (May 68).
  • The Vision II first appeared in Avengers #57, on a mission from Ultron to kill the team. Instead, he joined in Avengers #58 (Nov 68). He's the second Vision, because there was another one in World War II.
  • Black Knight III first showed up in Avengers #68 but didn't get around to joining until Avengers #71 (Dec 69).
  • Black Widow was inducted in Avengers #111 (May 73)
  • Mantis joined at the end of Steve Englehart's epic Celestial Madonna saga in Giant-Size Avengers #4 (Summer 75).
  • Moondragon and Beast joined in Avengers #137 (Jul 75), the latter the only X-Man to do so. Both started on probation, but Beast made the grade, while Moondragon's Avengers career have been spotty.

    [ Read more March 22, 2003 | JLA/A: Avengers Members ]

  •  August 15, 2002 | SCCB: Sachs & Violens
    From Vu

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    The book is called THE STANDARD CATALOG OF COMIC BOOKS (ISBN 0-87341-916-2), and is written by the same people who edits and publishes COMIC BUYERS GUIDE. It is a little expensive at $34.95, but it's worth it if you're a collector as it is a good price guide and checklist, and for the fact that it's 1237 pages long.

    Although, in most guides, they do tend to miss certain variant comics and/or just plain inaccurate. I just checked the 31st Edition to OVERSTREET'S COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE, which is the latest version, and it still lists DARK HORSE #50 as having a Pérez story (see "Settlements").

    Anyway, in addition to a summary of some titles, SCCB also list, in some cases, Diamond Preorder numbers and Capital City's order numbers. What I found very interesting is that THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT TP is quite rare! According to this book, Capital City only received and shipped 2,500 copies (note this number does not include Diamond Distribution).

    Compare this number to some other, like ACTION COMICS #643 (Capital City: 35,100), BATMAN #400 (Capital City: 27,650), THE NEW TITANS #50 (Capital City: 18,750), PRIME #15 (Capital City: 14,450), CRISIS #3 (Capital City: 42,050), CRIMSON PLAGUE #2 (Diamond Predorders: 23,680), and WONDER WOMAN #168 (Diamond Preorders: 27,185).

    I am saving the last bit for AVENGERS #1 (vol 3), which they listed the following:

    AVENGERS #1 (Feb 1998)
    Marvel Comics
    AVENGERS #1 (vol 3)

    Circulation Statement: 166,903
    Diamond Preorders: 194,439
    Statement, filed 10/1/97,; avg print run 209,391; avg sales 163,342; avg subs 2,704; avg total paid 166,046; samples 270; office use 125; max existent 166,441; 21% of run returned

    INHUMANS #1 (Oct 1975)
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    The book was actually designed as a price guide, but I mostly find the circulation statements more interesting than the actual list value. Personally, I always think a value of a comic book is based on the buyer's wants and needs (not dictated by a book). I disagree with some of the prices on the catalogue - just like you'd find WIZARD's pricing ridiculous.

    The induction of Comics Guaranty LLC (CGC) in the price guide, I find a little annoying. I don't believe in CGC and I find the people buying them at extraordinary prices a little crazy. For about $600 for a perfect "10" SPAWN #1, you can get a pretty cool three figures unique George Pérez artwork, or heck, get yourself a new digital camera. Basically, the guide lists how many comics were CGC'ed and what the highest number it got. For instance, INHUMANS #1 there were 32 sent in to be graded and the best of the lot is a grade of 9.6. According to this guide, we're supposed to multiply 7 to its worth (which is valued at $8), so a CGC 9.6 INHUMANS #1 should fetch about $56.

    As always, opinions expressed here are strictly my own. Buy this book, it's worth it!

     July 16, 2002 | Brevoort's Avengers
    From Silver Bullet Comics
    Brevoort's History Of Comics
    Tuesday, July 16
    By Tom Brevoort

    Avengers v.3 #1 - February, 1998

    AVENGERS #1 was arguably the most successful of the Heroes Return relaunches that brought the core Marvel heroes back to the Marvel Universe. The credit can substantially be attributed to the artwork of George Perez. When he was announced as the artist of the new AVENGERS series, naysayers snidely asked, "So, who's going to draw issue #3?" But George surprised them all, penciling every issue in the first year, not missing an issue until #16, and remaining with the series longer than any of the other Heroes Return artists.

    Both George and writer Kurt Busiek were in place when I became the Avengers editor--George was approached first, and he indicated that he wanted to work with either Kurt or Mark Waid as writer. I kibitzed with Kurt when he was writing up his pitch for the series (we were working on THUNDERBOLTS at the time, and were going to be doing IRON MAN together--I traded the IRON MAN editorship to get AVENGERS.) Kurt and george indicated a preference for having me as the book's editor, and so I got the gig.

    My big contribution to the issue was probably the poster of the original issue #1 cover as a picture in the Avengers' meeting room. George had originally wanted a copy of his 30th anniversary Avengers poster in that spot, but we couldn't find a usable copy of it that could be inserted, so I opted for the Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers piece instead. It seemed appropriate.