Avengers #231-232 (1983)

It starts with Jacosta’s funeral, after Ultron killed her in Marvel Two-in-One #93.

Then, cloned SHIELD agent Jasper Sitwell takes President Ronald Reagan hostage (and this doesn’t keep Reagan from taking regular naps).  Plant Man is the real villain behind the doings.  The Avengers save the day.  That’s the big overview.

We also see James Rhodes as Iron Man, quitting the team.  (Al Milgrom drew him with his armored gloves on, but the colorist made the hands black so you wouldn’t mistake him for Tony Stark.)

And then, to make matters worse, they miscolor it as white flesh on the very same page.  Get it together guys.

And foreshadowing Iron Man’s replacement, Thanos’ brother Eros seeks to be an Avenger.  He proves himself by taking out Plant Man’s big monster threat.

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Oh, and Hawkeye gets his leg broken.  It’s cool to see an Avenger get hurt, but after fighting Thanos and Galactus and armies of aliens, it’s weird that it’s Plant Man who actually gets a good hit in.  Anyway, his busted limb makes the space needed to let Eros join.  Back then, they intentionally limited membership to a manageable number—as opposed to now, when there are a dozen teams and every character ever known gets to be on at least one.  As a signing bonus, Eros gets his codename: Starfox. 

Not sure why he needs one.  I mean, the other teammembers had dual identities so they used their codenames either to keep an identity secret or to differentiate from their personal and professional lives, but Eros is just Eros all the time.

Also, as far as I know, this is the only time Nick Fury used a slingshot.

So much crammed into just two issues, but none of it feels rushed.  Stern was a master writer.

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