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  • Issue #1-1ST
    Avengers Celestial Madonna HC (2019 Marvel) Avengers Earth's Mightiest Box Set Edition 1-1ST Avengers Celestial Madonna HC (2019 Marvel) Avengers Earth's Mightiest Box Set Edition 1-1ST

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    1st printing. Collects Avengers (1963-1996 1st Series) #129-135 and Giant Size Avengers (1974) #2-4.

    Written by Steve Englehart and Roy Thomas. Art by Sal Buscema, Dave Cockrum, George Tuska, Don Heck, Joe Staton, Joe Giella, Frank Chiaramonte, and John Tartaglione. Cover by Ron Wilson and Al Milgrom. Back Cover by Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum.

    The Avengers Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

    A shining star heralds the ascendancy of the Cosmic Madonna and the birth of the Cosmic Messiah - and Kang the Conqueror wants to father him! Can Earth's Mightiest Heroes stop the time-traveling fiend before he gains complete power?

    Hardcover, 224 pages, full color.

    NOTE: This collection was originally available only in the Avengers Earth's Mightiest HC Box Set (2019 Marvel). When on the bookshelf alongside the rest of the set, the spines spell the word AVENGERS.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Avengers Celestial Madonna TPB (2002 Marvel) 1-1ST Avengers Celestial Madonna TPB (2002 Marvel) 1-1ST

    1st printing. Collects Avengers (1963-1996 1st Series) #129-135 and Giant Size Avengers (1974) #2-4.

    Written by Steve Englehart and Roy Thomas. Art by Sal Buscema, Dave Cockrum, George Tuska, Don Heck, Joe Staton, Joe Giella, Frank Chiaramonte, and John Tartaglione.

    The Avengers Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

    A shining star heralds the ascendancy of the Cosmic Madonna and the birth of the Cosmic Messiah - and Kang the Conqueror wants to father him! Can Earth's Mightiest Heroes stop the time-traveling fiend before he gains complete power?

    Softcover, 224 pages, full color.

    Cover price $19.95.

  • Issue #1-1ST
    Avengers The Complete Celestial Madonna Saga TPB (2017 Marvel) 1-1ST

    1st printing. Collects Avengers (1963-1996 1st Series) #124-125 and #129-135, Captain Marvel (1968-1979 1st Series Marvel) #33, Giant Size Avengers (1974) #2-4 and Avengers: Celestial Quest (2001) #1-8.

    Written by Steve Englehart, Roy Thomas, and Jim Starlin. Art by John Buscema, Dave Cockrum, Sal Buscema, George Tuska, Jim Starlin, Klaus Janson, Don Heck, and Jorge Santamaria. Cover by Gil Kane.

    Follow the fateful saga of the Avenger named Mantis - a tale three decades in the telling!

    It begins with the revelations of the Star-Stalker, and soon drags Earth's Mightiest Heroes into a cosmic clash between Captain Marvel and the ever-mad Titan, Thanos! But when Kang comes to the present day in search of the Celestial Madonna, Mantis' life is forever altered! In one of the greatest Avengers epics ever told, the besotted Swordsman will go to great lengths to save the woman he loves. Wedding bells will chime, and Mantis will embrace her destiny! Then, years later, she sends a space-spanning S.O.S. to former allies Thor, Vision and Scarlet Witch for aid in a rematch with Thanos!

    This one is a classic!

    Softcover, 504 pages, full color.

    Cover price $39.99.

  • Issue #129
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 129
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    "Bid Tomorrow Goodbye!" Script by Steve Englehart. Art by Sal Buscema (breakdowns) and Joe Staton (finishes). Cover by Ron Wilson and Mike Esposito. A bright shining star appears over Avengers Mansion! What does the radiant beacon foretell? Kang the Conqueror thinks he knows! And thus begins the Celestial Madonna saga! The 41st century Master of Time and his macrobots attack the Avengers outside their mansion! After overwhelming the six avengers, Kang absconds with five of them plus Agatha Harkness! The Conqueror deems the Swordsman as unworthy and leaves him behind. Will Kang end up regretting that decision? The former sword-wielding super-villain certainly has his work cut out for him! However, the Swordsman catches a big break when Agatha Harkness telepathically reveals Kang's hideaway! The centuries-old pyramids of Egypt! After arriving in the Egyptian desert, the Swordsman desperately needs an ally! Could one of the ancient pharaohs still be lurking around to help? Story continues in Giant-Size Avengers 2. Cameo appearance by Rama-Tut. Avengers Lineup: Iron Man, Mantis, Scarlet Witch, Swordsman, Thor, and the Vision. (Notes: The classic Celestial Madonna storyline runs through Avengers 129-135 and Giant-Size Avengers 2-4. Kang previously battled Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers (1st series) 71. The letters page contains Marvel Value Stamp series A #88 The Leader.) 32 pages Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #2
    Giant Size Avengers (1974) 2

    "A Blast from the Past!" Story by Steve Englehart. Art by Dave Cockrum. The story continues from Avengers 129 and the Earth's mightiest heroes are in dire straits! Kang the Conqueror has paralyzed Iron Man, Thor, and the Vision and placed each one inside a Macrobot. Now the three Macrobots are sent to China, the Soviet Union, and the United States to wreck havoc! Kang has also imprisoned Mantis, the Scarlet Witch, and Agatha Harkness in an abandoned Egyptian pyramid as he tries to determine who is the celestial madonna. So that leaves two Avengers, Hawkeye and the Swordsman, plus the ancient pharaoh Rama-Tut to rescue the Avengers and save the world! In his finest hour with the Avengers, can the Swordsman lead the team to victory or will tragedy strike? Simply a great story with a powerful ending. Back up story: Reprint of Fantastic Four 19 (1st series) featuring Rama-Tut. 64 pages Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #130
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 130

    "The Reality Problem!" Script by Steve Englehart. Art by Sal Buscema (layouts) and Joe Staton (finishes). Cover by Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum. In heartbreaking fashion in Giant-Size Avengers 2, the Swordsman perished at the hands of Kang the Conqueror. And now his teammates solemnly bring their fallen comrade's body back to Vietnam for burial. After the funeral the Avengers exit the Priests of Pama's temple and unexpectedly bump into the Titanic Three! Who are these guys? None other than three famous communist super-villains: the Crimson Dynamo, the Titanium Man, and the Radioactive Man! But Earth's Mightiest Heroes don't have any jurisdiction in the communist-controlled sector, so the colossal confrontation will have to wait! Later on though a small-time hood called the Slasher convinces the Titanic Three to attack the Avengers! And suddenly in the streets of Saigon the battle is joined! Forget détente…the cold war is boiling over right now! The American super-team vs. the communist one! And in the midst of the ferocious fight an even more intense personal battle rages between the golden avenger and the Crimson Dynamo! As Tony Stark looks to pay back the dynamo for the death of Janice Cord in the classic Iron Man (1st series) 22…and pay him back permanently! Cameo appearances by Agatha Harkness and Libra. Flashback cameos by Giant-Man, Libra, Kang the Conqueror, and the Star-Stalker. Avengers Lineup: Iron Man, Hawkeye, Mantis, Scarlet Witch, Thor, and the Vision. (Notes: From a historical standpoint, this story took place after the Vietnam War ended, but before the fall of Saigon. Shell-Head and the Crimson Dynamo clash again in Iron Man (1st series) 73. The letters page contains Marvel Value Stamp series A #96 Dr. Octopus.) 32 pages Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #131
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 131
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    "A Quiet Half-Hour in Saigon!" Script by Steve Englehart. Art by Sal Buscema (breakdowns) and Joe Staton (finishes). Cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia. The Avengers search for clues about Mantis' origin in the streets of Saigon. However, their quest for answers continues to come up empty. Meanwhile in timeless limbo, a strange three-way battle among Kang, Immortus, and Rama-Tut concludes. Unfortunately for Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Conqueror emerges victorious! With Immortus' time machine at his disposal, Kang plucks six deceased villains from the time stream to form the unearthly Legion on the Unliving! Frankenstein's Monster, Wonder Man, the Flying Dutchman (aka the Ghost), Midnight, Baron Zemo, and the original (golden age) Human Torch. Wow, an all-star assemblage from the annals of Marvel! And with a spectacular bolt from the blue, Kang interrupts the Avengers' quiet day in Vietnam and transports the heroes to the labyrinths of limbo! Where a blockbuster battle looms next issue…between the quick and the dead! Cameo appearances by Nomad (aka Steve Rogers), Libra, and the Cotati (as the green-hued Swordsman). Avengers Lineup: Iron Man, Hawkeye, Mantis, Thor, and the Vision. (Notes: The build-up of suspense between issues 131 and 132 was tremendous, since most of the resurrected villains had not appeared in almost a decade. Wonder Man, Baron Zemo, and Immortus previously appeared in Avengers (1st series) 9, 15, and 16, respectively. This issue is the third appearance of the original Human Torch in silver age/bronze age continuity. The first is Fantastic Four Annual 4 published in 1966. The second is Avengers 71 published in 1969. The letters page includes a letter from comics artist Ken Meyer, Jr. The letters page also contains Marvel Value Stamp series A #70 Super Skrull by Jack Kirby.) Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #132
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 132

    "Kang War II" Plot by Steve Englehart. Script by Roy Thomas. Art by Sal Buscema (layouts) and Joe Staton (finishes). Cover by Ron Wilson and Frank Giacoia. In a malevolent manner, Kang the Conqueror has teleported Earth's Mightiest Heroes to the labyrinths of limbo! And now the Legion of the Unliving stalks the Avengers one by one through the endless maze of stone corridors! Frankenstein's Monster begins the action by ambushing the thunder god! Then Midnight blindsides Mantis! However, Hawkeye and Shell-Head accidentally bump into one another and a glimmer of hope emerges for the heroes! But seconds later Baron Zemo, Wonder Man, and the original Human Torch attack! The golden avenger is the first to fall to the unliving legion. And nearby in the maddening maze, the Vision goes down next. Two avengers mortally wounded. Three others wandering around completely lost and alone. In their glorious history, the Avengers have battled through 132 issues, but at this moment the chances of there even being an issue 133…do not look good. Story continues in Giant-Size Avengers 3. Cameo appearances by Immortus, Rama-Tut, Libra, and the Cotati. Avengers Lineup: Iron Man, Hawkeye, Mantis, Thor, and the Vision. (Notes: Giant-Size Avengers 3 is simply a must-read. The letters page includes a letter from comics writer Mary Jo Duffy. The letters page also contains Marvel Value Stamp series A #78 The Owl by Gene Colan.) Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #3
    Giant Size Avengers (1974) 3

    "What Time Hath Put Asunder!" Script by Steve Englehart. Art by Dave Cockrum and Joe Giella. Cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia. The story continues from Avengers 132 and finds the Avengers in the midst of a desperate battle in Immortus' Labyrinth of Limbo! The golden avenger has perished and the Vision appears mortally wounded! Only Hawkeye, Mantis, and Thor remain to fight Kang's Legion of the Unliving! However, the battle begins to turn, when two members of Kang's legion, Frankenstein's Monster and the original Human Torch, have second thoughts about fighting the Avengers! If Hawkeye can defeat Baron Zemo and then free Rama-Tut and Immortus, the good guys might just win! Story continues in Avengers 133. Backup story: Reprint of Avengers 2 (1st series) featuring the Space Phantom. (Notes: This issue features a fierce battle between the Vision and Wonder Man (one of the Legion of the Unliving). Wonder Man returns in Avengers 151. The original Human Torch appears next in Avengers West Coast 50. The letters page contains Marvel Value Stamp series A #41 the Gladiator.) 64 pages Cover price $0.50.

  • Issue #133
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 133
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    "Yesterday and Beyond…" Script by Steve Englehart. Art by Sal Buscema (layouts) and Joe Staton (finishes). Cover by Gil Kane, Dave Cockrum, and Frank Giacoia. The Celestial Madonna saga continues after the Avengers narrowly defeated Kang in Giant-Size Avengers 3. As a reward for thwarting the Conqueror, Immortus sends Mantis and the Vision on separate journeys through time to discover their respective origins. The Vision's path of discovery starts in the laboratory of Dr. Phineas T. Horton during the early days of World War II. While Mantis' history lesson begins eons ago on Hala, the home planet of the Kree. Meanwhile inside Avengers Mansion, the Scarlet Witch trains with Agatha Harkness to hone her mutant powers. Origin of the Vision. Origin of Mantis. Cameo appearances by Moondragon, Libra, and the Cotati. Flashback cameos by the original Human Torch, the Sentinels, Skrullls, and Kree. Avengers Lineup: Iron Man, Hawkeye, Mantis, Scarlet Witch, Thor, and the Vision. (Note: The first subplot connecting the Vision to the original Human Torch was introduced in Avengers 93.) Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #134
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 134
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    "The Times That Bind!" Script by Steve Englehart. Art by Sal Buscema (layouts) and Joe Staton (finishes). Cover by Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott (with John Romita touch-ups). The Vision's trip through time marches on as the synthezoid avenger discovers the sad fate of the original Human Torch. After going nova in the 1950's, the torch's body remained dormant and missing for many years until the Mad Thinker located it. However, the twisted thinker just resurrected the torch in order to attack the Fantastic Four. After the FF's victory (in Fantastic Four Annual 4), the original Human Torch became inactive again…until someone else, someone even more evil, found the android body! Also traveling through time, Mantis and her teammates learn how the pacifist Kree and the Cotati worked together to defeat the militant Kree and the Star Stalker centuries ago. And then they observe how the Kree came to Earth to plant the Cotati in Vietnam years later. Meanwhile back in the present time at Avengers Mansion, a confident Scarlet Witch wins a brief skirmish against Moondragon. Origin of the Vision. Origin of Mantis. Cameo appearances by Agatha Harkness and Libra. Flashback cameos by Immortus, the Supreme Intelligence, Quasimodo, Toro, Ultron-5, and the Fantastic Four. Avengers Lineup: Iron Man, Hawkeye, Mantis, Scarlet Witch, Thor, and the Vision. Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #135
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) 135
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    "The Torch is Passed!" Script by Steve Englehart. Pencils by George Tuska. Inks by Frank Chiaramonte. Cover by Jim Starlin and John Romita Sr. (vignettes). In the Mad Thinker's deserted laboratory, the Vision witnesses how Ultron-5 transformed the original Human Torch's body into his own synthetic body. Sadly, the synthezoid avenger also observes the tragic death of his creator and his first valiant fight against Ultron. However, the past is in the past; and knowing the truth, the Vision is ready to move forward and reunite with Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Meanwhile in present day Vietnam, Moondragon joins Mantis, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Thor, Libra, and the Cotati to uncover the secrets of the Celestial Madonna. Origin of the Vision. Origin of Moondragon. Death of Dr. Phineas T. Horton. Story continues in Giant-Size Avengers 4. Cameo appearance by Immortus. Flashback cameos by the Wasp, Henry Pym, Dr. Phineas T. Horton, Quasimodo, Silver Surfer, Thanos, Mentor, and the Mad Thinker. (Notes: This issue fills in the details of what took place between Fantastic Four Annual 4 and the Vision's first appearance in Avengers 57. Elements of the story in Doctor Strange (2nd series) 7 continue in Giant-Size Avengers 4.) Cover price $0.25.

  • Issue #4
    Giant Size Avengers (1974) 4
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    "Let All Men Bring Together!" Wedding of the Vision and Scarlet Witch. Story by Steve Englehart. Pencils by Don Heck. Inks by John Tartaglione. Cover by Gil Kane, Al Milgrom, and John Romita (touch-ups). Story continues from Avengers 135. The Vision's quest through time to discover his origin is over. But instead of returning to Immortus' domain, the synthezoid avenger materializes at the center of the Earth! And shockingly the Dread Dormammu is there! With his captive…the Scarlet Witch! Wow, how did Wanda end up in the dreaded one's clutches? It doesn't matter now as the Vision must fight for the woman he loves! It's a supernatural showdown at Earth's core: The Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Agatha Harkness vs. the Dread Dormammu and Umar! Meanwhile in Vietnam, while the Cotati explains the mystery of the Celestial Madonna to Mantis and Moondragon; Hawkeye, Shell-Head, and the thunder god slip outside the temple and bump into the Titanic Three! However the three communist super-villains have been beaten badly! Who did this? Who else…but the Conqueror! And one more time, one final time, the assembled Avengers battle Kang…for the Celestial Madonna! An extraordinary ending for Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Cameo appearances by the Space Phantom, Crimson Dynamo, Radioactive Man, Titanium Man, and Gaea. Flashback cameos by the Swordsman, original Human Torch, and Ultron. Avengers Lineup: Hawkeye, Iron Man, Mantis, Scarlet Witch, Thor, and the Vision. First reprint story: "Betrayed by the Ants!" Plot by Stan Lee. Script by Larry Lieber. Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Dick Ayers. The Ant-Man battles Egghead. Originally published in Tales to Astonish 38. Second reprint story: "Then Came…the Black Widow" Script by Gary Friedrich. Pencils by John Buscema. Inks by John Verpoorten. Originally published in Amazing Adventures 1 (2nd series). (Notes: This issue marks the end of the Celestial Madonna saga. Truly a bronze age masterpiece. Kang appears next in Avengers 141. Mantis does not return until many years later in Silver Surfer (2nd series) 3 & 4. The Vision and the Scarlet Witch first met in Avengers 76. Elements of this story overlap with Doctor Strange (1st series) 8. This issue was reprinted in 2005 in the trade paperback: Avengers…Vision and the Scarlet Witch. The letters page includes letters from comics publisher Dean Mullaney and comics artist Bill Blyberg, respectively.) 64 pages Cover price $0.50.