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Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants comic books 1970-1985

  • Issue #156
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 156

    Whitman Variant. "The Private War of Doctor Doom!" Part 4 of 4. Guest-starring the Sub-Mariner. Plot by Gerry Conway. Script by Jim Shooter. Art by Sal Buscema (breakdowns) and Pablo Marcos (finishes). Cover by Jack Kirby and Al Milgrom. In order to stop Attuma's plan for world conquest, the Vision strikes a deal with Doctor Doom! The Avengers join forces with the ruler of Latveria and pursue Attuma into his undersea lair! At the same time (and with guidance from the Beast), Prince Namor, Wonder Man, and the Whizzer zero in on Attuma's citadel too! And in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Avenging Son battle Attuma and Tyrak for the freedom of the world! Fortunately, Doctor Doom is there to help the good guys...or does the good doctor have something else in mind? Cameo appearance by Namorita. (Notes: Tyrak returns in Avengers 172. A subplot from this story involving Captain America continues in Super-Villain Team-Up 10.) 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #157
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 157

    Whitman Variant. "A Ghost of Stone!" Script by Gerry Conway. Pencils by Don Heck. Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by Jack Kirby and Dan Adkins. It's Christmas Eve in Avengers Mansion! A wonderful time for celebrating with friends, exchanging gifts, and fending off blindside attacks! In surprising fashion the long-forgotten Black Knight busts into the mansion and knocks out the Beast, Yellowjacket, and Iron Man! And now the stone statue of Dane Whitman prowls the hallways looking for his next victims! Once the star-spangled avenger, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, and Wonder Man fall before the Black Knight...only one avenger remains! Can the stone-like Dane Whitman complete his quest for revenge against the Avengers? Or will the Vision crush the knight's distorted dream? Flashback cameos by the Defenders, Silver Surfer, Black Panther, Mantis, Swordsman, and Thor to recap the events of Avengers 118. Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #158
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 158

    Whitman Variant. "When Avengers Clash! Part 1 of 2. Script by Jim Shooter. Art by Sal Buscema (breakdowns) and Pablo Marcos (finishes). Cover by Jack Kirby and Dan Adkins. Ever since Simon Williams' amazing return from the dead six issues ago, tension has been building between Wonder Man and the Vision. And now things finally boil over in a big way! A horrified Scarlet Witch looks on as the two titans clash inside Avengers Mansion! It's a fight that neither man can win. And after it's over, the Avengers' morale sinks to a new low. Meanwhile north of the border, a brand new villain has seized control of a town in the Canadian Rockies. The Avengers need a big challenge to shake them out of the doldrums; and Graviton is poised to provide it! First appearance of Graviton. Avengers Lineup: Beast, Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man, and Yellowjacket. 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #159
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 159

    Whitman Variant. "Siege by Stealth and Storm! Part 2 of 2. Script by Jim Shooter. Art by Sal Buscema (breakdowns) and Pablo Marcos (finishes). Cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia. The Avengers' assault on Graviton's airborne city has failed! And now the super-villain who can control gravity moves his floating city over the island of Manhattan! With eight avengers as prisoners, Graviton's plan to blackmail New York looks unstoppable! But dramatically two more avengers arrive on the scene! Can Thor and the Black Panther lift the Avengers to victory? Cameo appearance by Daredevil. (Notes: Graviton appears next in Marvel Two-in-One Annual 4. The first subplot of the Korvac Saga begins in this issue.) Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #160
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 160

    Whitman Variant. "The Trial! Script by Jim Shooter. Pencils by George Perez. Ink by Pablo Marcos (finishes). Cover by George Perez and Joe Sinnott. One of the classic Avengers issues of the bronze age! Since Wonder Man's shocking resurrection several issues ago, it was only a matter of time before a certain scythe-wielding super-villain showed up at Avengers Mansion. And the Grim Reaper does not disappoint! After Eric Williams ambushes the Avengers, the trial of Wonder Man and the Vision begins! A sensational story! Brief re-telling of the origins of the Vision and Wonder Man. Cameo appearances by Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, Whizzer, and Yellowjacket. Flashback cameos by Baron Zemo, the Enchantress, Executioner, original Human Torch, Space Phantom, and Ultron. (Notes: The Grim Reaper previously appeared in Avengers 108. He returns in issue 3 of the first (1982) Vision and Scarlet Witch Limited Series. This issue was reprinted in 1993 in the trade paperback: The Greatest Battles of the Avengers. A 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue.) 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #161
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 161

    Whitman Variant. "Beware the Ant-Man!" Part 1 of 2. Script by Jim Shooter. Pencils by George Perez. Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by George Perez and Pablo Marcos. In incredible fashion the Avengers are attacked at their Fifth Avenue Mansion! And the assailant is none other than the Ant-Man! What in the world has happened to Hank Pym?!? Fortunately with help from the Wasp, the Avengers corral their diminutive teammate! But that only buys Earth's Mightiest Heroes a few more hours until the next attacker arrives...a certain adamantium attacker! It's a super showdown inside Avengers Mansion as eight avengers lay it all on the line against Ultron! Cameo appearances by Hawkeye and the Two-Gun Kid. Avengers Lineup: Beast, Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Wasp, and Wonder Man. (Notes: Ultron previously appeared in Fantastic Four 150. A 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue.) Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #162
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 162

    Whitman Variant. "The Bride of Ultron!" Part 2 of 2. Script by Jim Shooter. Pencils by George Perez. Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by George Perez and Pablo Marcos. After defeating the Avengers last issue, Ultron stands triumphant! And now the adamantium monster has a diabolic plan to create a female companion for himself! It's very simple...transfer the life force of Janet Pym into the empty metalloid body of Jocasta! But the Avengers won't go down without a fight! Once the Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor, and Wonder Man locate Ultron inside an abandoned research center on Long Island, the blockbuster battle begins! Can Earth Mightiest Heroes stop the sinister scheme of their long-time foe? Or will the Wasp tragically become the unwilling bride of Ultron? An excellent two-part story! First appearance of Jocasta. Cameo appearances by Hawkeye and the Two-Gun Kid. (Notes: Ultron returns in Avengers 171. A 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue.) Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #163
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 163

    Whitman Variant. "The Demi-God Must Die!" Guest-starring the Champions. Script by Jim Shooter. Pencils by George Tuska. Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by George Perez and Pablo Marcos. Over the skies of New York City, Iron Man attacks the Champions! What has possessed the golden avenger to ambush his fellow super-heroes? That's what the Black Widow, Iceman, and Hercules would like to know! Shell-head make short work of the widow and Iceman, but the Lion of Olympus is a completely different matter! Iron Man and Hercules wage a fierce battle in the streets of Manhattan from Columbus Circle to Avengers Mansion! And inside the mansion...the true villain awaits! (Notes: The Champions appear next in Super-Villain Team-Up 14. Typhon returns in Avengers Annual 23. A 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue.) 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #164
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 164

    Whitman Variant. "To Fall By Treachery!" Part 1 of 3. Script by Jim Shooter. Pencils by John Byrne (first work on the series). Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by George Perez and John Tartaglione. The Lethal Legion is back! And their first order of business is smashing the Avengers! The two super groups clash not once, but twice! First during a bank robbery, and then several hours later outside Avengers Mansion! Without Iron Man and the Vision, can the remaining avengers beat the Living Laser, Power Man (aka Erik Josten), and Whirlwind? And even if they do, the new and improved Count Nefaria is waiting in the wings! Cameo appearance by the Whizzer (aka Robert Frank). Avengers Lineup: Beast, Black Panther, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, Yellowjacket, and Wonder Man. Last 30¢ issue. (Notes: Count Nefaria previously appeared in Uncanny X-men 95. The letters page of Avengers 168 credits John Byrne with scripting page 14 of the story. A 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue.) 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #165
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 165

    Whitman Variant. "Hammer of Vengeance!" Part 2 of 3. Script by Jim Shooter. Pencils by John Byrne. Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by George Perez and Mike Esposito. Earth's Mightiest Heroes are in dire straits after the super-charged Count Nefaria dumps a 40-story building on top of them! And now the count is free to wreak havoc in the city as the Beast, Black Panther, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Yellowjacket, and Wonder Man lie buried under tons of rubble! Fortunately though, the golden avenger arrives on the scene and digs out his teammates! But that only sets the stage for round two against the all-powerful Count Nefaria! The Avengers need help desperately! Is anyone else available? First appearance of Peter Gyrich. Cameo appearances by the Vision, Whizzer, and Thor. First 35¢ issue. (Note: This issue includes a full-page ad for Hostess Cupcakes featuring Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson vs. the Legal Eagle.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #166
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    Whitman Variant. "Day of the Godslayer!" Part 3 of 3. Script by Jim Shooter. Pencils by John Byrne. Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by George Perez and Ernie Chan. In spectacular style the mighty Thor appears at Avengers Mansion and gives battle to Count Nefaria! But despite bringing down the thunder and lightning, the Prince of Asgard cannot defeat the powerful villain! However, after Yellowjacket revives the Vision, the Avengers assemble one more time! Can Iron Man, Wonder Man, Thor, Captain America, the Wasp, Yellowjacket, Vision, and Scarlet Witch finally take Nefaria down...for the count? First appearance of Django Maximoff. (Note: The initial subplot of the Yesterday Quest storyline begins in this issue.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #171
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    Whitman Variant. The Korvac Saga: Part 4 of 10 - "Where Angels Fear to Tread" Guest-starring Ms. Marvel. Script by Jim Shooter. Pencils by George Perez. Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by George Perez and Terry Austin. Earth's Mightiest Heroes are in hot pursuit of Jocasta through the streets of Manhattan! During the chase the Avengers pick up an ally, Ms. Marvel, and locate the female robot's final destination...a convent! Is Ultron hiding out among the nuns? The evil one is full of surprises! And the next one is for the Scarlet Witch, the most dangerous avenger to the adamantium monster! It's another classic battle between the Avengers and Ultron! An excellent issue! (Notes: Ultron returns in Avengers 202. This issue was reprinted in 1999 in Ultron Unleashed 1. The letters page includes a letter from comics editor Kevin Dooley.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #174
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 174

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    Whitman Variant. The Korvac Saga: Part 7 of 10 - "Captives of the Collector!" Plot by Jim Shooter. Script by Bill Mantlo. Pencils by Dave Wenzel. Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by George Perez and Terry Austin. Finally, the Avengers come face-to-face with the Collector after teleporting to his orbiting spaceship! However, the elder of the universe is overjoyed to see Hawkeye, Iron Man, Thor, and the Wasp; because his collection is almost complete! The four heroes furiously attack the Collector trying to achieve a quick victory; but the crafty elder subdues the thunder god, Shell-head, and the Wasp. Leaving the Avengers' Ace Archer as the last man standing! Can a mere mortal with a bow and arrows defeat an ancient elder of the universe? This may be Hawkeye's longest long shot ever! Cameo appearances by Michael (aka Korvac), the Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Jocasta, Moondragon, Quicksilver, and the Two-Gun Kid. (Note: The Collector returns to existence in the Contest of Champions Limited Series issue 3.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #176
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 176

    Whitman Variant. The Korvac Saga: Part 9 of 10 - "The Destiny Hunt!" Guest-starring Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Starhawk. Plot by Jim Shooter. Script by David Michelinie. Pencils by Dave Wenzel. Inks by Pablo Marcos. Cover by John Romita, Jr. and Terry Austin. Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Moondragon, and Jocasta are scouring the city, the planet, and the cosmos looking for Michael (aka Korvac)! Where is their omnipotent opponent? The Avengers trace residual energy from Michael's cosmic blast (that destroyed the Collector) to Forest Hills Gardens in Queens! Is the most powerful villain in the universe hanging out in middle suburbia? Once Earth's Mightiest Heroes step foot inside Michael's home, the battle lines are drawn...for the cataclysmic confrontation coming up next issue! Avengers Assemble! Avengers Lineup: Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hercules, Iron Man, Moondragon, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man, and Yellowjacket. (Note: The letters page includes a letter from comics historian Peter Sanderson.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #177
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    Whitman Variant. The Korvac Saga: Part 10 of 10 - Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and the Guardians of the Galaxy guest star in "The Hope...and the Slaughter!" Script by Jim Shooter. Pencils by Dave Wenzel. Inks by Pablo Marcos and Ricardo Villamonte. Cover by Dave Cockrum and Terry Austin. This is it! The earth-shattering conclusion to the Korvac Saga! No less than 21 super-heroes bravely attack the cosmic-powered Michael (aka Korvac)! However, as the ferocious battle rages, the Avengers' and Guardians' casualties mount. Nikki, Quicksilver, and Yellowjacket are among the first to fall. And after Michael knocks out Hercules and Captain Marvel, the hope for victory gives way to despair. But an inspiring counter-attack by Captain America and Wonder Man buys Iron Man, Starhawk, Thor, and the Vision just enough time for one final push! Will this be the Avengers' finest hour? Or perhaps their final hour? Truly an epic issue! Cameo appearances by the Watcher, Eternity, Heimdall, Mephisto, Odin, and Zeus. (Notes: This 10-issue storyline (along with a new epilogue) was reprinted in 1991 in the trade paperback: The Korvac Saga. What If (1st series) 32 explores an alternate reality where the outcome of the battle is reversed.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #179
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 179

    Whitman Variant. "Slowly Slays the Stinger!" Part 1 of 2. Script by Tom DeFalco. Art by Jim Mooney (breakdowns) and Al Gordon (finishes). Cover by Keith Pollard and Rudy Nebres. Earth's Mightiest Heroes attend a benefit fundraiser for the New York Museum of Natural History. However, the peaceful event is disrupted by the sudden arrival of the Bloodhawk! Once the Avengers corral the surprise attacker, the Bloodhawk and his elderly traveling companion reveal the purpose of their visit. They need the museum's ancient he-who-protects totem to avert a crisis on the small South Sea Island of Muara! Feeling sympathetic towards Bloodhawk's cause, the Beast, Thor, and the Vision travel to Muara to explore the situation. Meanwhile, a new villain is lurking around Avengers Mansion! After subduing the Black Panther earlier in the evening, the Stinger sets his sights on T'challa's teammates! Avengers Lineup: Beast, Black Panther, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wasp, Wonder Man, and Yellowjacket. 32 pages Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #180
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 180

    Whitman Variant. "Berserkers' Holiday!" Part 2 of 2. Script by Tom DeFalco. Pencils by Jim Mooney. Inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by Dan Adkins. The Avengers are in action on two fronts! The thunder god, Beast, and Vision battle the rampaging colossus on the South Sea Island of Muara, while back at Avengers Mansion the remaining avengers are captives of the surprising Stinger! The power of Thor and the dexterity of the Beast lead to victory in the South Sea! And when the three heroes and Bloodhawk return to Manhattan, it's time to even the score with the Stinger! (Note: This issue includes a full-page ad for the Micronauts (1st) series with art by Michael Golden.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #183
    Avengers (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 183

    Whitman Variant. "The Redoubtable Return of Crusher Creel!" Part 1 of 2. Script by David Michelinie. Pencils by John Byrne. Inks by Klaus Janson. Cover by George Perez and Terry Austin. Ms. Marvel and the Falcon join the Avengers! And it won't be long before they see action! Down on the docks, Clint Barton is having lunch at a local diner when an angry patron bumps into him! It's Crusher Creel! Where did he come from? Forget that question. The better one is: who's going to stop him? Hawkeye makes a quick phone call to Avengers Mansion, and the battle is joined shortly thereafter! The Absorbing Man just wants to escape to South America, but Earth's Mightiest Heroes stand in his way! Meanwhile, Wanda and Pietro begin their cross-atlantic voyage to Europe with Django Maximoff. First 40¢ issue. Avengers Lineup: Beast, Captain America, Falcon, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Vision, and the Wasp. (Notes: The Absorbing Man previously appeared in Incredible Hulk 209. The letters page includes a letter from comics writer Kurt Busiek.) 32 pages Cover price $0.40.