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AVENGERS #4 (May 1998) Marvel Comics

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George Pérez
Tom Smith
AVENGERS #4
Date: May 1998
Cover Price: $1.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics

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    Credits
    "Too Many Avengers" (22 pages)
    writer:  Kurt Busiek
    art:  George Perez
    Al Vey
    Bob Wiacek
    colors:  Tom Smith
    letters:  RS
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    editor:  Tom Brevoort
    Bob Harris
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     September 28, 2003 | Avengers #4 (India)
    From Yusuf Madhiya

    Here's the latest Avengers issue, hot off the stand with George Perez as the artist.

     May 28, 2003 | Jeph Loeb Interview at Wizard
    From Wizard

    TAG TEAM
    Tuesday, May 27
    by Richard Ho

    5 Questions With...Jeph Loeb

    (excerpt)

    5. You’ve worked with some of the biggest artists in comics. How do you compare working with Jim Lee with working with Ed McGuiness or Tim Sale?
    Jeph Loeb: Everybody is different, and I try to write to a particular artist’s strengths. The way that I work with Tim is extremely unique. Tim is my best friend. We talk everyday. We have a very strong personal bond and have worked together for so long that when I write something, it’s almost like he’s drawing it as I’m writing it. I know what it’s going to look like on the page before it’s even happening. And when he surprises me – which is quite often – It’s really, really delightful.

    Jim is a challenge, in the sense that he’s so meticulous in terms of the work and I think in many ways the expectations on him are much higher than anyone else I’ve ever worked with. He’s certainly the most famous artist I’ve ever worked with, in terms of his entire body of work. There are very few people who read comics who don’t have some of Jim Lee’s X-Men. And I think the people who are reading Batman are looking at every single panel and are deconstructing what Jim has done from my script and are amazed and delighted. Because it’s very hard to do what Jim is doing. The only other time that I can think of anyone doing it as successfully was when George Perez came back to the Avengers and everyone said, “After three issues George is going to flame out.”

    When people first heard that Jim was going to do Batman, they immediately said “Well, that’s great. He’s going to do an issue and a half and then that will be the end of that.”

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

    DEAR CAPTAIN
    written by Andrew Smith
    transcribed by Vu (slightly edited)
    published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1533 (4 Apr 03)
    website: www.comicsbuyersguide.com

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

    AVENGERS #4 (May 1998)
    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 ]

  •  December 7, 2002 | Wizard/DF Store
    From Vu
    These might be exclusively sold through Wizard's Store, because they are not available through the official www.dynamicforces.com website. I am not sure if they come with a certificate of authencity (which are often attached to official autographed comics), but they are serial-numbered (XXX/1500 for instance). The image shown for HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE shows only Alex Ross's signature, but what is interesting to note is that originally it was solicitated for $99.99, but now it shows a "bargain" price of $39.99.

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