Funny Books: Avengers Assemble!..Ah, I Mean Again [Avengers #16]

Funny Books is back, and ready to piggy back on that sweet, sweet Avengers gravy train. From now until the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Funny Books will take a look back at some of the Avengers’ most important moments. Up next is Avengers #16, 1965, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, which introduced the world to the All-New, All-Different, Avengers!

Now let’s get, ah, how am I kidding? I’m not ganna leave you in suspense. Not with those puppy dog eyes of yours. Yes, Avengers #16 was the issue that saw The Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye join the Mighty Avengers. Here’s the panel to prove it:

There’s not really much story here besides the new members, so this may be brief. It all started with a fight between the Avengers and their greatest annoyance to date, the “The Masters of Evil”

Made up of The Enchantress, The Executioner, The Black Knight, and the most terrible villain of all, THE MELTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Oh God, Hide the Children!)

When the Avengers finally with these “supervillains,” they decide that what they really need is a vacation. By this point, Hulk was gone, Thor was off doing his thing, and Cap was fighting Nazi’s in South America. Why should they get time off and not the rest? At that evevy moment, however, they are attacked by non-other than:

Hawkeye!

Note: In the comics, Haweye is actually the cool bad-boy of the Avengers, breaking into their mansion and demanding to join the team despite a checkered past. Whether or not they add this shade of character to Age of Ultron or keep him at Aquaman status is yet to be seen.

The Avengers prove surprisingly cool with letting a home invader into their secret club, and the news catches the attention of two other reformed criminals, The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

While debuting in the X-Men, The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver would soon become long time Avengers veterans, which is what inspired that little copyright tiff between Marvel and Fox.

Other Note: Despite also being revealed as Magneto’s children, The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver never officially joined the X-Men, making them the most prominent mutants never to become members. The Scarlet Witch did, however, wipe out most mutants during M-Day, for which she got a slap on the wrist and some hurt feelings (but no actual consequences, because Avengers vs X-Men, lol).

Also, this happens:

During the Avengers membership drive, Captain America was trying to make his way back from South America after a fight with Baron Zemo, the guy that was originally responsible for putting him on ice. So you can imagine his surprise when he comes back home to find that all his friends have left him and three supposedly reformed law breakers touching their stuff. But he still knows enough to smile for the camera:

And so we entered into a new era for the Avengers. If you’ve been reading comics circa 2001, you’ll notice that this is the Avenger’s line-up that had been getting the most attention. From Avengers Dissasembled to the Hawkeye solo series, every Avengers story has in some way, shape, or form involved at least one member of this team. Even Age of Ultron is getting in on the action, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering that for writers Joss Wheadon’s age, these characters were the first Avengers they read. Personally, I can’t wait for ten years from now, when the next batch of writers finally give DEATHCRY her due. 

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