Daily Archives: June 1, 2009

Avengers #1 (1963)

The Avengers #1 - Beat Up - But Mine!
The Avengers #1 – Beat Up – But Mine!

Let’s start this week off with a big one – a must and a grail for all Hulk fans.  If you are seeking out every Hulk appearance in comics there is 2 things you should know.  #1) There is a TON of comics out there – get ready to find comics from every series that was ever created – especially the silver/bronze age stuff and #2) Get ready to spend some money.  For the first 6 Hulk comics you’re looking at spending at least a couple hundred for poor copies – and the first issue would set you back an easy grand even in rough condition – now, also keep in mind that the Hulk appeared in so many key issues including FF #12, 25,26, Journey Into Mystery #112 and the first 5 Avengers you’re looking to spend a small fortune on all of them.

When I went into my LCS a month or so ago I saw this issue on the wall.  The better comic shops out there will haggle a bit on the prices listed – and that’s what happened here the manager told me he could go 10% lower – I told him if he could go even lower I would take it.  He asked me to pay cash and BAM!  The issue was mine.  Little helpful tip here – if you pay cash you are more likely to get a better deal.  And, yes, this is a rough copy – but it’s complete and it’s all mine!  This issue, with my Hulk #1 – 6 are absolute center pieces in my collection.

When you have these in your collection - you've reached another level!

When you have these in your collection - you've reached another level!

I just recently read the first 5 issues of “The Avengers” and I have to say – I like how they formed this group – that being said, it’s interesting that writers would make the Hulk part of any group.  What about him says team player?  But still he was part of 2 of the greatest groups ever!  True, he was part of the Avengers for a total of 2 issues, then he fought them all, but still – that to me just says the writers knew what they were doing!  For anyone who doesn’t know I’ll go over the plots pretty quick. 

In the first issue Loki, Thor’s half brother, used the Hulk to create all this chaos getting the attention of Iron Man, Giant Man, Wasp and Thor.  As they came together to fight the Hulk they realized it was Loki and then joined forces to beat Loki and asked the Hulk to be part of the group.  Then, in issue 2, they fight an alien whose power was taking over people’s bodies and one by one he took over the Avenger’s.  They realize this and trick him back into the negative zone forever.  But the Hulk, mad at the fact that his team mates were so quick to attack him, quit the team.  Issue 3 had the former teammates against Hulk and his new ally – the Sub Mariner!  The team up didn’t go as well as they thought it would and their battle shook loose a chunk of ice containing Captain America!  This is now issue 4 – Cap joins the team and Rick Jones reminds Cap of Bucky – they fight off an alien that has turned the team into stone and Rick worries that the Hulk will be mad at him when he finds out about him and Cap working together.  By the way – these issues are totally worth picking up in trade paperbacks.  The 5th issue they fight a living rock – but Hulk’s there to help out too.