AVENGERS #150-151 (1976): Steve Englehart run ends

For their big #150, it was another “old order changeth” issue with lots of reprinted material from Avengers #1. 

Back then, there weren’t trade paperbacks and reprints everywhere for cheapsies, so it was probably kinda cool to read the Lee/Kirby stuff.  For some readers, I bet it was the first time.

The team is called to order by a nervous Thor.

Who resigns. Iron Man takes over.

Beast doesn’t seem to want Hellcat on the team.

The lineup questions are very public.

I like that. The public should be obsessed with who is going to be on the team that’s going to save them from aliens.

Throughout is the recap/reprint stuff. By today’s standards, this story was filler.

Actually, by today’s standards you’d never even get to #150.  Everything reboots every couple years. I like the high issue #s.  Makes me feel like I’m part of something with tradition and history and depth and weight.

The history lessons are fun though, and well-done. Like this primer on Hank Pym.

But he quits.

This is also the first appearance of the MK V armor for Iron Man.

Here’s the new lineup:

No Hellcat!

And at the very end, a creepy cliffhanger…

Interesting to end your run on a cliffhanger.

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