AVENGERS #1 (1963)

Like so many of his stories, Stan Lee decided to title this one “The Coming Of The Avengers.”

In nearly all team books, the first issue involves them getting together.

But rather than a third-person narrator, we’re treated to Loki observing each of the heroes, and developing a strategy to bring them together.

A God. A millionaire. A scientist. His girlfriend.  And…

…the Teen Brigade starring Rick Jones.  Ugh.  After some nice assembling scenes…

…Loki pits them against Hulk.

Until, of course, the guys figure out who is behind it all.

Turns out, Loki can make himself radioactive.

Don’t recall that power ever being used again, so I’m tagging it.

As shown above, they beat him by getting him to fall through a trap door.

So, both Hulk and Loki are victims to Hank Pym causing the floor to give out (see above).

This iconic panel (above), of course, is the last one in the issue.

Lotsa folks forget that Janet Van Dyne, The Wasp, coined the team’s name. And she wasn’t even in the movie!

This is one of the best single-issue stories of all time, according to this objectively accurate list.

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