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DC vs Marvel: In The ‘JLA/Avengers’ Crossover, The Formidable JLA vs The Mighty Avengers

 

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DC VS MARVEL

IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

“A CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS”

JLA/Avengers. DC Comics.

In honor of George Perez, let’s look at a classic DC/Marvel crossover.

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JLA/AVENGERS

In the classic inter-company crossover JLA/Avengers (2004), both super-teams assemble to take on a threat that threatens the Omniverse. Particularly, the series was so successful that the JLA: Syndicate Rules established the crossover to be canon to the New Earth continuity.

In contests of champions, the Grandmaster and Metron task both teams with the responsibility to assemble six items of power from each universe.

Namely, from the DC Universe: Green Lantern’s Power Battery, the Book of Eternity, the Orb of Ra, the items of the Demons Three, the Spear of Destiny and Psycho Pirate’s Medusa Mask.

From the Marvel Universe: the Ultimate Nullifier, the Evil Eye of Avalon, the Infinity Gems, the Cosmic Cube, the Casket of Ancient Winters and the Wand of Watoomb.

JLA/AVENGERS #2

In JLA/Avengers #2, the Leaguers are leading 6-5. In a titanic clash, the JLA and the Avengers face off for the Cosmic Cube. On Savage Land, a knock-out drag-out slugfest follows. Let’s rank the main contestants in the battle in terms of the Power Hierarchy.

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QUALITY OPPONENTS

Generally, our formidability takes into account a character’s quality of opponents. Using this hierarchy, we can formulate a Power Hierarchy. Namely, it is the following:

Peak Human, Assassin, Metahuman, Criminal Mastermind/Team-Wrecker, Warrior, Hi-Tech Genius/Enhanced, Political Leader, Demon or Monster/Supernatural Being, Champion, Cosmic Being, Skyfather, God or Abstract.

Before we rank the JLA and Avengers, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, only beings below God or Abstract are included. God or Abstract include Galactus, Eternity, Living Tribunal, Beyonder, One-Above-All.
  2. Since we focus on battles, we will go by power levels.
  3. We are rating power levels only in issue #2.
  4. Since only the major battles are included, not all members of both teams are included.

Let’s rank our JLA and Avengers.

The Cosmic Beings

SUPERMAN
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

SUPERMAN IS A COSMIC BEING

Really, Superman‘s power levels are off the charts in the issue.

To this end, he ranks as Cosmic Being because he stops Thor’s hammer strike with his left hand.

In fact, it takes at least a Cosmic Being in order to bypass the enchantment on Thor’s Mjolnir.

Potentially, Superman could solo the Avengers team.

Indeed, it takes Hercules, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Wonder Man and Vision to put down the Man of Steel at the end of the fight.

THOR
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

THOR IS A CHAMPION

Really, Thor faces one of his toughest battles. First, he wades through a powerful blast of heat vision.

After Superman caught Mjolnir, he knocks him out with a powerful haymaker. Indeed, he is overwhelmed by Superman’s sheer power.

Generally, Thor ranks as a Champion since he is at least as powerful as the Avengers team.

ZATANNA
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

SCARLET WITCH
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

GREEN LANTERN
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

In their first match-up, Green Lantern had Photon on the ropes. As matter of fact, he caged her up in a construct.

In their second match, Photon is absorbing the Oan energy from his power ring. Fortunately, he is saved by Captain Atom.

Generally, Green Lantern is a Champion. However, he upgrades to Cosmic Being after he absorbs the energy of the Cosmic Cube.

And had he succeeded, the JLA woud have had a clean victory.

CAPTAIN MARVEL
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

To begin, Monica Rambeau has the power of converting her body into any energy in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Really, she is a Champion on the Avengers team and can take on any one.

Likely, she needs to adapt to the type of energy and has a limit to how much EM energy she can absorb.

Nonetheless, she is among the mightiest on the Avengers team.

The Champions

WONDER WOMAN
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

So far, Wonder Woman has shown she can defeat multiple Avengers. At first, she faces Hercules, Wasp and Yellowjacket.

Later, after Superman and Thor are defeated, she knocks down Yellowjacket.

Generally, Wonder Woman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

GIANT MAN
Power Hierarchy: Enhanced 50%

First, Yellowjacket shrinks down to size and attacks Wonder Woman with the other Avengers.

Then, he delivers a powerful blow at increased size when Thor falls. However, Wonder Woman soon overpowers him.

With the Pym Particles, Yellowjacket is Enhanced in the Power Hierarchy.

AQUAMAN
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

In one instant, Aquaman defeats multiple Avengers with a sea monster.

Generally, Aquaman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

AVENGERS
Power Hierarchy: Supernatural Being 67%

Generally, the Avengers add up to Hercules‘ power level, which is Supernatural Being in the Power Hierarchy.

The Peak Humans

GREEN ARROW
Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Green Arrow has the advantage with Captain America’s help.

Generally, Green Arrow is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

HAWKEYE
Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Captain America orders Hawkeye to stand down.

Generally, Hawkeye is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

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VERDICT:

With help, the JLA won a virtual victory and the Avengers actually tied the score.

Really, lacking Flash’s Speed Force and the Avengers at full strength, the JLA are stacked with three Cosmic Beings and two Champions.

Generally, the underdog Avengers even things with better teamwork and preparation.

JLA wins a difficult fight.

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LINKS

JLA/Avengers Crossover Will Be Reprinted To Honor George Perez in SuperheroHype.
JLA/Avengers in DC Database.
JLA: Syndicate Rules in DC Database.
JLA/Avengers Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
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Marvel Day: After Their First Defeat By Enchantress and Power Man, Cap’ Leaves The Avengers Kooky Quartet

Power Man (Erik Josten).
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Stan Lee


Penciler(s)

Don Heck


Inker(s)

Wally Wood


Colorist(s)

Stan Goldberg


Cover

Jack Kirby and Wally Wood


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

August 10, 1965

IN SQUADS, TEAMS AND LEAGUES

“CAP’S KOOKY QUARTET” FORMS

In Avengers (1965) #16, the Avengers defeat the Masters of Evil. Originally, the villain team consists of Melter, Black Knight, Executioner, Enchantress and Baron Zemo. Apparently, Baron Zemo dies and is buried by Cap’ and Rick Jones. To end, Thor transports Melter, Black Knight and the Avengers to another dimension. There, Melter and Black Knight are captured. However, the Asgardians Enchantress and Executioner escape. At the next Avengers meeting, Thor is MIA.

In addition, Wasp decides to leave because of the team’s dangers. When Iron Man and Giant Man debate disbanding the Avengers, Hawkeye infiltrates the mansion. To this end, he wants membership. Soon, the Avengers announce they are accepting new members. After Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver submit their request by letter, they are accepted. Before the media, Cap’s Kooky Quartet is announced though questions remain about their level of power.

In 'Avengers' (1965) #16, Cap's Kooky Quartet is introduced.
In Avengers (1965) #16, Cap’s Kooky Quartet is introduced to the media. Marvel Comics.

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ENCHANTRESS AND POWER MAN DEFEAT THE AVENGERS

In Avengers (1965) #21, Erik Josten is in the Amazon jungle. There, the former Baron Zemo agent is digging through rubble for the entrance through his lab. Since he is a wanted criminal in Europe, he hopes to repeat the experiment that created the super-powered Wonder Man. In this way, he hopes to change his fate. As fate would have it, the mischievous Enchantress views Erik in a vision and departs to his aid. There, she appears to him in the lab. Mischievously, she promises to work the machine for him.

When he gains super strength, Enchantress seduces the newly-christened Power Man to destroy the Avengers. Soon enough, Enchantress creates illusions around the city of the Avengers destroying property. When Cap’ learns of their plot, he fights Power Man. But he is no match for the super strong enemy. Afterwards, each Avenger is defeated except for Scarlet Witch. In humiliation, the Avengers are caught for trespassing and soon disband.

Power Man (Erik Josten).
Power Man (Erik Josten). Marvel Comics.

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AFTER CLEARING THEIR NAMES, CAP’ LEAVES THE AVENGERS

After disbanding, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join a circus. But it turns out to be the Circus of Crime. Deceptively, they pose as a normal circus and call the police. In addition, they claim the Avengers attempted to rob them. Panickingly, the Avengers flee.

Meanwhile, Captain America poses as a publicity man. Successfully, he records Power Man on tape admitting his crime. Finally, the Avengers band together and defeat Power Man and Enchantress. With the tape, the Avengers clear their names. However, Cap’ leaves the Avengers at the end of the issue.

'Avengers' (1965) #22.
Avengers (1965) #22. Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Avengers Vol 1 16 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 21 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 22 in Marvel Database.
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“Solo Avengers (1987-1989) #14” Review

In 'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her "cuddles."
 
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'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14.
Solo Avengers (1989) #14. Marvel Comics.

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When the Black Widow finds herself about to be snuffed by A.I.M., it’s Hawkeye to the rescue!

Critically, Solo Avengers (1989) #14, is a double feature comic. First, Hawkeye teams up with Black Widow to take on the terrorist group known as AIM. Second, She-Hulk battles Titania!

Together, writer Tom Defalco and penciler Al Migrom collaborate on the stories. Moreover, the issue showcases She-Hulk as a powerful superheroine. Amazingly, the writing shines on the relationship between the characters. Beautifully, the art in the book is characteristic of the 80s: anatomically correct, fun and muscular. Moreover, She-Hulk vs Titania!

Indeed, share this graphic novel to fans of the Avengers and on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more She-Hulk! And Black Widow!

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To begin, this comics is a turning point for She-Hulk. Indeed, her opposition to the Mutant Registration Act is a strong point. In addition, her victory over Titania certifies her superheroing. Eventually, She-Hulk re-joins the Avengers in Avengers #305.

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Marvel Day: In The “Avengers: Emperor Doom” Graphic Novel, Doctor Doom Turns Conventional Morality On Its Head, Takes Over The World And Surprisingly Brings Peace

 

MARVEL DAY

In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

PEACE ON EARTH

DOCTOR DOOM HAS AN UNCONVENTIONAL PLAN TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD

In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, turns conventional morality on its head and takes over the world. Doctor Doom has long dreamed to rule the world and has used the political and the technological means at his disposal in order to bring about this end. The Prologue begins with Doctor Doom kidnapping the Purple Man for a nefarious purpose.

We are then introduced to Namor walking the streets of Manhattan. The winged Atlantean comments on humanity’s pettiness and its conflicts with Atlantis and the sea world. He is noticed by a police officer who calls reinforcements. Finally, Namor arrives at the location of his rendez-vous, a restaurant.

In "Avengers: Emperor Doom" (1987), Namor walks towards his rendez-vous with Doctor Doom in Manhattan.
In “Avengers: Emperor Doom” (1987), Namor walks towards his rendez-vous with Doctor Doom in Manhattan. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Namor enters the restaurant. He is asked by one of the attendants whether he has a reservation but he says “No.”1 At that moment, Namor’s coat is destroyed by a power blast. Angered, Namor asks who attacks him and finds Doom motioning at a table to welcome him. Namor sits at the table and vociferates to hear about Doom’s proposition to free Atlantis from “the tyranny of surface-dwellers forever!”1 Doctor Doom draws Namor’s attention to the fact no one has paid attention to them nor Doom’s power blast. He unveils a technological marvel called a psycho-prism.

It was created from a strand of the Purple Man’s hair and Doom is using it to control the will of the people at the restaurant. He informs Namor that he plans to use a giant psycho-prism under construction to subjugate the will of the entire Earth! When he rules the world, he plans to establish Namor as ruler of the sea. Namor is among the strong-willed and three other mechanicals that can resist the effects of the psycho-prism. Before they part, Namor is tasked with implanting adhesive refractory discs to make those individuals susceptible to the Prism’s influence.

In "Avengers: Emperor Doom" (1987), Doctor Doom shows Namor his psycho-prism.
In “Avengers: Emperor Doom” (1987), Doctor Doom shows Namor his psycho-prism. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

CAN DOOM MAKE IT WORK? DOCTOR DOOM CONQUERS THE AVENGERS AND THE WORLD, BECOMING EMPEROR

Doctor Doom constructs his giant psycho-prism with Purple Man inside. Namor goes on his missions, and implants the discs on Vision, Machine Man and Ultron. During his visit at Avengers Mansion, Vision is able to send a recording of Namor’s visit to the West Coast Avengers. They realize Doom’s plan and realize the East Coast Avengers are compromised. Mockingbird is able to trace the attack to Doom Island in the Caribbean. Quickly, they board the Avengers Quinjet and depart for their destination.

The West Coast Avengers arrive on Doom Island and soon, skirmishes begin. They are attacked by turrets then hundreds of robots. The battle is fierce. Suddenly, forming two separate lines on each side, the robots pave the way for the Avengers to enter the base. Surprised, they go in and find Doom! His construction is complete and he is about to launch the psycho-prism. Unfortunately, Hawkeye does not draw his arrow on time. The psycho-prism is launched. Doctor Doom has finally conquered the Avengers who depart without resistance.

In "Emperor Doom" (1987), Doctor Doom conquers the Avengers.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom conquers the Avengers.. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

DOCTOR DOOM CONQUERS, RULES AND BRINGS PEACE TO THE WORLD

In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WONDER MAN WAKES UP FROM HIS FLOATATION MEDIUM, ALONE AND OPPOSES EMPEROR DOOM’S REIGN

A month later, Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device. He speaks to Tony and finds out the latter is re-designing the Stark space shuttle as Emperor Doom’s private transport. Heading to another compound, Wonder Man finds Captain America and Wasp directing re-designs. Heading to Tigra’s quarters, he finds a warm welcome. As Tigra heads out, he sees a parade in New York on the television monitor for Doctor Doom. Wonder Man frantically warns Wasp and Captain America that Doctor Doom has taken over New York City. The Avengers have to stop him!

Captain America phones the White House on the hotline. Speaking to Emperor Doom, he is ordered to take down the enemy. Wonder Man fights the Avengers and realizes he has become an outlaw. Taking Hawkeye‘s sky-cycle, he escapes the Avengers base. However, Wasp damages the sky-cycle and Wonder Man ends up tumbling down the streets. People watching the news, recognize the outlaw and take him down. However, Wonder Man escapes in the underground system. Finding a make-up van, Wonder Man adopts a disguise. Weeks later, after an encounter with a blind woman in the woods, he decides to oppose Emperor Doom and his subversion of conventional morality.

In "Emperor Doom" (1987), Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device and finds the world is ruled by Emperor Doom.
In “Emperor Doom” (1987), Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device and finds the world is ruled by Emperor Doom. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SHOWDOWN: WONDER MAN VS CAPTAIN AMERICA

Wonder Man has uncovered the truth about Emperor Doom’s subjugation of the Avengers. He decides to oppose Emperor Doom. But he needs help.

He visits the one man who might have a will strong enough to overcome the power of the psycho-prism. Wonder Man must fight Captain America in order to free him and the Avengers!

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Is It Conventional Morality To Take Over The World In Order To Bring Peace?

The graphic novel questions conventional morality. In the end, the Avengers come out on top. But this is due to Doctor Doom’s hubris. As the Avengers and a freed Namor prepare to free Purple Man, Doctor Doom has the finger on the button to trigger nerve gas canisters. However, conflicted over the blandness of world management as opposed to his thirst for conquest and glory, Doctor Doom relents. Ultimately, Doctor Doom was more excited at the battle lust for conquest over the daily meetings of managing the world.

At the same time, his plan succeeded and he was an efficient ruler as he brought peace and ended poverty on Earth. As the graphic novel ends, the Avengers are uneasy about ending Emperor Doom’s reign over the Earth because of its benefits. It is certain that Emperor Doom’s reign brought some good, but with questionable means that turned conventional morality on its head. We can say it is not right, to do evil that some good may come out of it. But, is this the price of freedom?

In "Emperor Doom" (1987), the Earth is freed from the influence of the psycho-prism.
In “Emperor Doom” (1987), the Earth is freed from the influence of the psycho-prism. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FOOTNOTES

Marvel Graphic Novel: Emperor Doom — Starring the Mighty Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
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Marvel Day: In A Comedic Adventure, Spider-Man’s Luck Strikes Out As The Avengers Attempt To Recruit The Web-Slinger Into The Team

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
 

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In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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THE AVENGERS WANT TO RECRUIT SPIDER-MAN

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man embarks on a comedic adventure in order to join the Avengers. In the opening pages, the Avengers debate whether to offer him membership. Hawkeye is immediately elated, while the other members find Spider-Man to be “an unknown quantity” and Wasp does not like Spider-Man.1 In order to conduct the meeting, Thor commands for there to be an acting chairman. The acting chairman is Captain America.

The Avengers decide to learn more about Spider-Man. Hawkeye proposes to consult Daredevil. Captain America says he is “hyper-sensitive to sounds and impulses.”1 Captain America and Goliath work on sending high-frequency radio signals. Daredevil soon arrives at Avengers Mansion. He gives Spider-Man the highest recommendation stating that in his recent battle with the web-slinger, Spider-Man “was stronger, and more skillful than ever!”1 Thor, Iron Man and Hawkeye soon depart to contact Spider-Man.

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers debate whether to offer Spider-Man membership. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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WELCOME SPIDER-MAN, TO AVENGERS MANSION!

Spider-Man is being recruited by the Avengers. Spider-Man arrives at Avengers Mansion. Soon, the Avengers must decide what kind of test to give Spider-Man.

Unfortunately, Spider-Man is hot-tempered and Hawkeye is loud-mouthed. And when Iron Man attempts to silence Spider-Man, Spider-Man gets upset by his concern about Aunt May. He starts thinking that the test is the Avengers want him to get mad.

 

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN LOSES IT!

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SPIDER-MAN IS UP TO THE TEST AND STAGGERS THE HULK

The test for Spider-Man to join the Avengers, is for the web-slinger to find the Hulk and bring him back to the Avengers. After Spider-Man leaves, Captain America does not have enough time to state mission objectives or why they want the Hulk. Thor declares “the test is begun!”1 Spider-Man heads to the Daily Bugle and hears news about the Hulk spotted near the Gamma Ray Research Center. Spider-Man heads there. Spider-Man finds the Hulk and tells him the Green Goliath is coming with him.

A battle ensues where Spider-Man uses a combination of spider-speed and spider-strength to fight the Hulk. By accident, Hulk attempting to land a punch on Spider-Man, who evades, breaks the Gamma Ray Shielding Wall. This results into Hulk changing back into Dr. Bruce Banner. During their conversation, Spider-Man realizes Dr. Bruce Banner needs help not punishment and begins to question the Avengers. As Dr. Banner begins to change into Hulk, he tells Spider-Man he doesn’t reach his full strength “for first few minutes.”1 Sensing an opportunity, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength.

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN BLOWS IT!

Spider-Man changes his mind about joining the Avengers. Questioning the Avengers’ motives, Spider-Man attempts to set Hulk free. However, Hulk is at full strength and easily busts through Spider-Man’s webbing.

Good ol’ Spider luck, failing him again! Spider-Man returns to the Avengers’ Mansion and resigns from their membership offer. He tells the Avengers he could not find the Hulk. After Spider-Man departs, the Avengers are disappointed and have mixed feelings. Captain America says the Avengers actually wanted to help Hulk.

In the end, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers' membership offer.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers’ membership offer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.


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FOOTNOTES

  1. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
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Battles Of The Week: Hawkeye vs Mockingbird (Hero vs Hero)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES: HAWKEYE AND MOCKINGBIRD SUCCUMB TO THE UNDERTAKER MACHINE!
In ‘Hawkeye’ (1983) #4, Hawkeye and Mockingbird succumb to Crossfire’s Undertaker Machine into a battle of the sexes. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants in the Restwell Funeral Parlour in New York City. On the left side is Hawkeye and on the right side is Mockingbird.

Let’s look at the stats.

HAWKEYE – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: PEAK HUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: PEAK HUMAN
DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN
ENERGY PROJECTION: PEAK HUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: PEAK HUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Avengers Identicard.
  • Trick Arrows.
WEAKNESSES
  • Partial Deafness.
MOCKINGBIRD – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: ATHLETE
SUPER-SPEED: ATHLETE
DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN
eNERGY PROJECTION: ATHLETE
FIGHTING SKILLS: EXPERT COMBATANT
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Night Vision Glasses.
  • Quinjets.
  • Sky-cycles.
  • Battle Staves.
WEAKNESSES
  • Farsightedness.

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THE FIGHT

Crossfire has kidnapped Hawkeye and Mockingbird to Restwell Funeral Parlour in New York City, to test their Undertaker Machine. With the Undertaker Machine, Crossfire brainwashes Hawkeye and Mockingbird into a battle of the sexes.

The battle to decide who is the greatest Avenger!

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WINNER: DRAW

HAWKEYE IN COMICS

‘Tales Of Suspense’ (1964) #57, titled “Hawkeye, the Marksman”, marks the first appearance of Hawkeye in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Hawkeye and his first confrontation with Iron Man.

The issue was created by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber.

‘Tales Of Suspense’ (1964) #57, titled “Hawkeye, the Marksman”, marks the first appearance of Hawkeye in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: WONDER WOMAN VS GENOCIDE. JANUARY 22ND.


LINKS

Hawkeye Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Clinton Barton (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Tales of Suspense Vol 1 57 in Marvel Database.
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Marvel Day: In The Dark Dimension, Vision Confesses His Love, Saves Then Marries The Scarlet Witch

 

MARVEL DAY

In 'Giant Size Avengers' (1975) #4, Vision marries the Scarlet Witch.
In ‘Giant Size Avengers’ (1975) #4, Vision marries the Scarlet Witch. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN MARVEL COMICS

VISION RECLAIMS THE IDENTITY OF THE ROBOTIC WORLD WAR II SYNTHEZOID THE HUMAN TORCH

In ‘Giant Size Avengers’ #4, Vision ponders his origin as he attempts to save Scarlet Witch from Dormammu and his sister Umar. The Vision discovered that he was not originally Ultron’s creation, designed by the android to infiltrate and dismantle the Avengers. After he turned on his master, The Vision struggled to accept that he was created by a super-villain. Instead, he was created in 1968 by Ultron-5 and Professor Horton who rebuilt the original synthezoid the 1940s Human Torch into the Vision.

Ultron’s goal was to create a “son” that would serve his evil “scheme[s].”1 Though Ultron-5 had created a new body, he had not altered the Human Torch’s mind. The new creation immediately attacked Ultron-5. Ultron-5 then turned on Professor Horton and killed him with a blast. The android showed feelings of care for the one he called “father” as he laid dying.1 When the android confronted Ultron-5 in rage, he was felled which resulted in altering his mind “re-programmed using the taped brain patterns of a dead Wonder Man…”1 The Vision was born!

In 'Giant Size Avengers' (1975) #4, Vision ponders on his origin in 1968.
In ‘Giant Size Avengers’ (1975) #4, Vision ponders on his origin in 1968. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN A BATTLE TO THE DEATH, THE VISION CONFESSES HIS LOVE TO SAVE THE SCARLET WITCH FROM DORMAMMU’S HELLISH POSSESSION IN THE DARK DIMENSION

The Vision awakens from his gaze. He hears a scream and heads in the direction of the sound. He sees the spectacle of a hellish pit with Dormammu and his sister Urma holding his beloved, Scarlet Witch bound in chains on a sacrificing surface. The Vision has to save the Scarlet Witch to prevent Dormammu to reach his full power in order to conquer the Dark Dimension!

Dormammu asks the Vision to forget Scarlet Witch and leave. But Vision says it’s a bluff. Soon, demons appear in the shadows and fight. They hurl liquid fire at the Vision. The Avenger, however, grows intangible, then by “partial solidification”, he absorbs the “supernatural flame” and fires it as a solar blast using his solar gem.1

In 'Giant Size Avengers' #4, the Vision uses his solar gem to fire solar blasts at Dormammu's demons.
In ‘Giant Size Avengers’ #4, the Vision uses his solar gem to fire solar blasts at Dormammu’s demons. Photo/Marvel Comics

With the defeat of his demons, Dormammu sends the Vision’s very beloved against the Avenger. Urma testifying to this, states that even she “could devise nothing truly more evil than this!”1 “In blind obedience,” the Scarlet Witch attacks the Vision with a spell.1 She attacks the Vision with molten lava in order to bury him. However, the Vision solidifies and hardens like a diamond.

Seeing that the attack has not worked, Scarlet Witch, uses her organic powers on the earth element in order to create a boulder. The boulder hovers atop the Vision and lands upon him. Becoming intangible, the Vision rises above the stone and claims he can counter her “organic powers.” The Vision asks Scarlet Witch to remember him. Remembering his solar gem, Scarlet Witch begins to drain the Vision of his solar energy.

In 'Giant Size Avengers' #4, Scarlet Witch casts a spell on the Vision that drains his solar gem of his solar energy to near death.
In ‘Giant Size Avengers’ #4, Scarlet Witch casts a spell on the Vision that drains his solar gem of his solar energy to near death. Photo/Marvel Comics

The Vision drained slowly of his solar energy admits Wanda’s magic has defeated him. He says she is killing him and begs of her to remember him. As the Vision falls to the floor to near death, he confesses his love for Wanda.

Seeing her beloved lying motionless on the floor, Scarlet Witch exclaims: “What have I done?” Speciesism is conquered and it is the love of a synthezoid for a mutant witch that conquers evil! The Vision’s love saves Wanda. The Scarlet Witch, free from Dormammu’s possession, promises to make him pay.

In 'Giant Size Avengers' #4, the Vision's love breaks Dormammu's possession of the Scarlet Witch.
In ‘Giant Size Avengers’ #4, the Vision’s love breaks Dormammu’s possession of the Scarlet Witch. Photo/Marvel Comics

THE VISION, SCARLET WITCH AND MISS HARKNESS DEFEAT DORMAMMU AND UMAR

Dormammu and the Scarlet Witch do battle. As Dormammu attempts to cast a spell on Wanda, the Vision and Miss Harkness claiming he has grown stronger, “[he] feel[s] no effect!1 Miss Harkness appears and states the Scarlet Witch freed her when she became freed of Dormammu’s possession. Miss Harkness has cast a protection spell on the Scarlet Witch.

Using her organic powers “one final time”, the Scarlet Witch strikes at the lava’s heat to which Dormammu is bound in order to prevent his regeneration.1 Dormammu asks Urma’s aid but the Vision having been revived by the Scarlet Witch notes and strikes her humanoid form, unlike Dormammu who is a being of “pure force.”1 Urma writhes in pain.

In 'Giant Size Avengers' #4, Vision, the Scarlet Witch and Miss Harkness battle Dormammu and Urma.
In ‘Giant Size Avengers’ #4, Vision, the Scarlet Witch and Miss Harkness battle Dormammu and Urma. Photo/Marvel Comics

Suffering loss, Dormammu admits defeat and asks of the Scarlet Witch what she wants. Scarlet Witch asks for Dormammu’s word that the Vision, Miss Harkness and her can return safely to Earth, safe from him and his sister; that he will free the Earth spirit; and that he will no longer seek to conquer the Earth’s dimension.

Dormammu gives her his word though he hides his true intentions from her. In thought bubbles, it is revealed that he made a similar pledge to Doctor Strange and he states he owes Scarlet Witch “only hatred.”1 Dormammu promises in his secret intentions to make her regret her trust.

In 'Giant Size Avengers' #4, Vision, the Scarlet Witch and Miss Harkness defeat Dormammu and Urma. They are returned to Earth's dimension.
In ‘Giant Size Avengers’ #4, Vision, the Scarlet Witch and Miss Harkness defeat Dormammu and Urma. They are returned to Earth’s dimension. Photo/Marvel Comics

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WANDA AGREES TO MARRY THE VISION; THE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE FOR THE MARRIAGE AT IMMORTUS’ TEMPLE GARDEN

Scarlet Witch, the Vision and Miss Harkness are teleported back to Avengers Mansion. After Miss Harkness departs, Scarlet Witch and the Vision speak. Vision confesses his love for Wanda and explains that after they quarreled, he “lived a life without warmth.” When Mantis offered to be Vision’s partner, he felt nothing for her. He asks Wanda to marry him. Asked by Wanda if the Vision loves her because she was the first girl he met, the Vision explains that he loves her because he is an Avenger and she is the only one who can understand his life as an Avenger.

Now that the Vision knows his origin, he knows he was meant to live as a human and is willing to make Wanda happy. In some ways, it is his love for the Scarlet Witch that saves the Vision and helps him see clearly. Wanda agrees to marry the Vision. Soon, Immortus gathers Scarlet Witch and Vision at the Temple Garden. They announce to the Avengers their decision to marry. Iron Man and Thor are elated while Hawkeye is unsure. Still, the ceremony as well as the marriage between Mantis and Swordsman (Cotati) are celebrated. This is the proof that love can conquer even speciesism and unite different species.

In 'Giant Size Avengers' (1975) #4, Vision marries the Scarlet Witch.
In ‘Giant Size Avengers’ (1975) #4, Vision marries the Scarlet Witch. Photo/Marvel Comics

COMIC GALLERY

In ‘JLA/Avengers’ (2004) #4, Vision and Scarlet Witch have to restore their marriage to their proper course in the space/time continuum.


LINKS

Giant-Size Avengers Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
JLA/Avengers #4 in Comic Vine.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Giant Size Avengers #4.

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Battles Of The Week: Black Panther vs. Captain America

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

In 'Captain America #100' (1968), Captain America attacks Black Panther's men in Wakanda.
In ‘Captain America #100’ (1968), Captain America meets Black Panther in Wakanda. Photo/Marvel Comics

An encounter for the ages! The Protector of Wakanda vs. The Super-Soldier. We present to you, the second encounter in Earth-616 continuity between Captain America and Black Panther!

Enter the two contestants! Let’s look at the stats!

On the left side, is T’Challa, the King of Wakanda and its Protector as the… Black Panther.

BLACK PANTHER (EARTH-616)

Black Panther. Photo/Marvel Comics

SUPER-STRENGTH: CAPTAIN AMERICA-LEVEL

Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Galaxy Universal Multiversal Boundless

SUPER-SPEED: SPIDER-MAN-LEVEL

Athlete Peak Human Warrior Metahuman Subsonic Elemental Sonic Supersonic Stellar Cosmic Universal Immeasurable

DURABILITY: CABLE-LEVEL

Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Galaxy Universal Multiversal Boundless

ENERGY-PROJECTION: SPIDER-MAN-LEVEL

Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Galaxy Universal Multiversal Boundless

FIGHTING SKILLS: CAPTAIN AMERICA-LEVEL

Civilian Brawler Street Fighter Combatant Expert Combatant Genius Sensei Peak Human Bloodlusted Metahuman Warrior Warrior Madness

INTELLIGENCE: IRON-MAN-LEVEL

Civilian Trained Theoretical Field Experience Genius Leader Inventor Mathematical Computation Adaptive Evolution Cosmic Universal Multiversal Infinite

PARAPHERNALIA:

  • Kimoyo Card
  • Vibranium Panther Habit
  • Vibranium Armor

On the right side, is Captain America, the Super-Soldier and the symbol of American freedom.

CAPTAIN AMERICA (EARTH-616)

Captain America. Photo/Marvel Comics

SUPER-STRENGTH: BLACK PANTHER-LEVEL

Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Galaxy Universal Multiversal Boundless

SUPER-SPEED: DAREDEVIL-LEVEL

Athlete Peak Human Warrior Metahuman Subsonic Elemental Sonic Supersonic Stellar Cosmic Universal Immeasurable

DURABILITY: SPIDER-MAN LEVEL

Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Galaxy Universal Multiversal Boundless

ENERGY-PROJECTION: DAREDEVIL-LEVEL

Peak human Metahuman City block Mountain Continent Planetary Stellar Solar System Galaxy Universal Multiversal Boundless

FIGHTING SKILLS: BLACK PANTHER-LEVEL

Civilian Brawler Street Fighter Combatant Expert Combatant Genius Sensei Peak Human Bloodlusted Metahuman Warrior Warrior Madness

INTELLIGENCE: NICK FURY-LEVEL

Civilian Trained Theoretical Field Experience Genius Leader Inventor Mathematical Computation Adaptive Evolution Cosmic Universal Multiversal Infinite

PARAPHERNALIA:

  • Captain America’s Uniform.
  • Utility Belt.
  • Captain America’s Shield.
  • Energy Shield.

The winner gets to take down Baron Zemo.

THE FIGHT

In ‘Captain America #100‘ (1968), Captain America responds to a distress call from T’Challa boarding a ship. He lands in Wakanda and is immediately attacked by the Black Panther and his men.

A battle ensues where each combatant tests each other’s strengths.

In 'Captain America #100' (1968), Black Panter tests Captain America in a fight in Wakanda.
In ‘Captain America #100’ (1968), Black Panter tests Captain America in a fight in Wakanda. Photo/Marvel Comics

It turns out that the fight is actually a test! Black Panther explains he recruited Captain America due to a threat: “destructive heat rays from an orbiting satellite that Wakandan rockets have failed to destroy.” The two heroes take off to investigate.

WINNER: DRAW

BLACK PANTHER IN COMICS

The issue marked the first appearance of Black Panther outside the ‘Fantastic Four’ series and leads to Black Panther joining the Avengers afterwards in Avengers #51 (1968).

In ‘Avengers #51’ (1968) titled “In The Clutches Of… The Collector!”, the Avengers face the Collector. Photo/Marvel Comics

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