With the film “Marvel's The Avengers” making more than $200 million in its first weekend at the box office, there looks to be an appetite for adventures of Marvel Comics' super-team. The team was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby back in 1963, bringing together heroes who had appeared in solo stories in Marvel Comics: Iron Man, Ant-Man, the Wasp, Thor and the Hulk. The team discovered World War II hero Captain America frozen in ice in issue No. 4, and he went on to join the team.
For new fans who want to find out where to read more about the Avengers, here are some highlights, assembled in the order in which you might want to read them as a new fan.
Fan-favorite creators Kurt Busiek and George Perez became the creative team of “The Avengers” in 1998, as the team returned from an alternate reality. In the first three issues, the re-formed team must face off against the enchantress Morgan Le Fay.
The second “Avengers Assemble” volume contains perhaps the highlight of the Busiek-Perez run, the “Ultron Unlimited” story, in which the team faces a near-indestructible robot originally created by one of their own members. The final Perez issues are collected in Volume 3. Volume 4 includes art by Alan Davis and John Romita Jr.; Volume 5 is primarily concerned with the “Kang War” storyline.
Five volumes containing writer Kurt Busiek's run were released in hardcover; three have made it to softcover release, with Volume 3 hitting comic bookstores in time for the movie. The fourth softcover volume is slated for July.
This hardcover collection contains “Avengers” Volume 1 89-97 and features art by Neal Adams, as the Avengers are caught between two intergalactic enemies, the Kree and the Skrulls. This storyline is probably the high point of the excellent run by Roy Thomas on “The Avengers.”
‘Avengers Under Siege'
A personal favorite, this features the art of John Buscema in a Roger Stern-written tale in which the Masters of Evil lay waste to Avengers Mansion.