I originally published this on another blog, in October of 2006. I haven’t updated it since then.
Okay, one more post before I go to bed.
My Top Ten Favorite Avengers of All-Time (in order).
Mind you, this list really only goes through issue 300 of the original series and West Coast Avengers number 50 or so. There may have been some great Avengers after that, but they don’t count.
The Black Knight was a solid player, an all around good guy. The silent, strong type. Smart, with a great weapon and a cool costume. He stuck around for a long time in the 80s (225(1982) untill 296(1989)). He never was a star, but he held his ground with honor and valor.
What can you say? He’s Thor! He’s tough as hell, had a great weapon, several cool costumes and used words like penultimate and indefatigable in normal conversation. He had several admirabely lllooonnnggg runs with the team, most notably 1986 to about 1997. Wow.
Ahhh, The Vision. The Avengers needed their Spock. Someone devoid of histrionics. No drama, right? Wrong. The Vision was the center of more Avengers dramas than anyone short of Hank Pym. And he was even involved in those dramas, too. And this was even before John Byrne gutted him of what feelings he had. But, he was a great character, and he looked cool, and his marriage to the foxiest Avenger (The Scralet Witch) made you believe the nerd could get the girl. Go him.
Now, I did say that Wanda was the foxiest Avenger, but Janet Van Dyne runs a close second, and she definitely wins Best Dressed. Nobody, absolutely NOBODY had more costumes than The Wasp. No one. And she was also one hell of a leader. She was in charge in the mid-80s and they were some great years. Captain America was a difficult act to follow, but she did it admirably well. I especially enjoyed watching her keep Hercules in line.
Speaking of Hercules … Herc was a God for the 70s. Thor was the 60s version, pure and noble, and perfect. I can imagine Herc doing a lot of blow in the 70s. Zeus knows he got more pussy than any other Avenger. He just couldn’t help himself. But he was kind at heart, and unafraid of being the fool on occasion.