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Being more of a movie fan than a comic book fan, I love pretty much any superhero movie that comes out, no matter how badly received it is with the masses (I'm looking at you, Mr. Reynolds). I really don't care if they stay even remotely true to the origins. All I care about is that they have a decent to good story, great action, and a lot of shit blowing up.

And Wonder Woman. She just got added to my list of superhero movie must-haves.

So when the first Avengers movie came out, I really didn't think twice about the comics from the 1960s or today, or how true they stayed to them.

But all these Avengers and Justice League movies that are out and are coming out makes you think; what were these teams like in their first few years?

The first appearance of the Avengers introduced us to a team made up of fairly recognizable members:

Iron Man (lookin' spiffy!), Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and Wasp all are going up against the same foe as the 2012, Loki. Obviously, there has been some changes to the core team members in the movies, but at least they have the female part covered with the Black Widow. Rounding out the team is Rick Jones, sort of an honorary member.

Some of the 1960s recruits from the comics are kind of surprising!

Captain America

Cap originally joined up in Avengers #4, 1964. Namor had battled with the Avengers, and escaped. He comes upon some Eskimos worshiping this frozen guy in a block of ice. Angry and everybody and frozen water, Namor scares the Eskimos away and throws Ice Cap into the water, where he slowly thaws out and is found by the Avengers.

Hawkeye, Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch

The next year, #16 hit the comic book stands.

Thor, Iron Man, Giant-Man and Wasp all leave the team, but Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join up, leaving Cap in charge.


Vision joined the team in Avengers #58, in 1968. Remembering he was created by Ultron to kill the Avengers, he wishes to become one of the team. So Cap, Thor and Iron Man all attack him as a test, which he passes.

Black Panther

T'Challa joined up earlier in 1968 in issue #52. He arrives at the Avengers headquarters, only to find them all “dead.” One successful battle with the Grim Reaper later, and he's a member of the team.


The first new recruit after the Maximoff twins, Jacques Duquesne joined the team, but is a mole placed by the Mandarin. He is sent to kill the team with bombs, but has a change of heart after placing them, gets caught by Cap trying to remove them, and Cap thinks he's placing them. They fight and Swordsman escapes, un-joining the team. That was quick!


Thor and Iron Man leave the time for a while again, and Hercules is asked to join.

Black Knight

A lot of time travel is involved, but in the end, the Black Knight helps the Avengers, and they ask him to join.

The 1970s comics ushered in more of the members, including Black Widow, Beast, Ms. Marvel, and Falcon. War Machine was inducted in the 80s, Spider-man in the 90s, and Doctor Strange in 2011.

So there you have it!

Who do you like more, the original Avengers or the cinematic version?


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