01/21/12

Avengers # 1 Comic Book Review and Analysis

Avengers #1 (1963)

Review and Analysis

Avengers # 1 Cover 

Avengers # Cover Art

 

Avengers Vol. 1, #1

Title: “The Coming of the Avengers”

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Cover Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers

Inks: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Sam Rosen

Characters:

Superheroes: Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp (The Avengers), the Fantastic Four (Cameo), Odin (Cameo)

Super-Villains: Loki and his ally, a Troll of the Isle of Silence

Supporting Characters: Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade, Jane Foster (Cameo)

1st Appearances:

The Avengers (as a team)

The Troll of the Isle of Silence

Significance of Avengers #1:

–This issue featured the origin and first appearance of the Avengers as a superhero team

–Rick Jones plays a hand in the formation of the Avengers. He will play a significant role in the history of the Avengers, as well as of the Hulk, Captain America, and Captain Marvel

–Loki appears as the first Avengers villian

 

 

Avengers # 1 Story Synopsis:

Loki in Avengers #1

Loki Plots Revenge from the Isle of Silence in the splash page from Avengers # 1

Loki, the evil half-brother of Thor, previously exiled to the Isle of Silence by Thor, wiles away his imprisonment devising plots with which to get revenge on the God of Thunder. Using his powers….Read the rest of the Synopsis and the Analysis of Avengers #1 HERE

02/6/11

Thor and Captain America Superbowl Ads Disappoint

The two commercials shown on the Superbowl broadcast for Marvel Comics upcoming Thor and Captain America movies failed to impress this Marvel comics fan.  While true comics and superhero aficionados like myself and likely readers of this post  (True Believers, in the words of Stan “the Man” Lee) no doubt will flock to the theaters to see these movies, the casual fan, or the football fan who saw the ads today, were left with a big “Huh?” feeling if they saw these quick and short Marvel Movie ads.

 

As a big fan of the Avengers, and of Captain America and Thor in particular, I eagerly awaited my first “official” look at the movie trailers.  What I saw on Superbowl Sunday left me worried about Marvel’s (er, I mean Disney’s) marketing people, and whether or not they understand how to make an ad that will draw in non-comic geeks.  The Thor advertisement was way too short, too quick, with scenes that flew by with the speed of Mjolnir itself.  That is good if you are looking to smack Loki upside the head, but did not provide any depth, information, or plotlines to the fan who may not already be into the Marvel Thor mythos. 

 

The Captain America ad was slightly better, a bit more understandable, but again, the scenes flew by like a red, white, and blue spinning shield.  I think I caught a glimpse of the Red Skull, but it could have just been a guy who laid out in the sun too long.  Again, anyone not overly familiar with Cap the character, may think his actual name is Avenger, not Captain America.  His actual name was shown for .25 nanoseconds (Quicksilver sneezes slower than that!), and again, it leaves far too little information in the minds or the retinas of the football fans who saw the ad.  On the good side, football fans (I am one, after all), do generally like movies with explosions and guns, and the ad did show some of that type of action.  The best look at Cap’s famous shield did so sans red, white, and blue colors or the famous Cap star.  Come on!

 

For more info on Thor and Captain America, check out http://www.historyguy.com/comicshistory/thor_god_of_thunder.htm

http://www.historyguy.com/comicshistory/captain_america.html

http://www.historyguy.com/comicshistory/captain_america_images_pictures.htm

07/29/10

Thor Movie Trailer

Here is the trailer for the upcoming Thor Movie, which is due for release in May, 2011.  The trailer was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con in July, 2010.  As a fan, I must say, the preview looks GOOD!  For those of you who want a big-screen hint of what is to come, the very last scene (after the credits), in the Iron Man 2 movie is a teaser scene of Thor’s hammer as found by SHIELD agents in the New Mexico desert.

 

  

  

Thor Movie Trailer
which premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con in July,
2010.

 See also: http://www.historyguy.com/comicshistory/thor_god_of_thunder.htm

07/25/10

Marvel Makes Major Announcements at Comic-Con on Avengers Movie

Thor, Loki, and Odin Helmets from San Diego Comic-Con 2010

Thor, Loki, and Odin Helmets from San Diego Comic-Con 2010

Marvel announced the official casting lineup for the upcoming Avengers movie at the San Diego Comic-Con.  The cast includes:

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (The Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) , Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye).  Some fans are not happy that Ed Norton, who portrayed Bruce Banner in the last Hulk Movie is not included, and the fact that Chris Evans is cast as Captain America.  Evans is best known to comics fans as the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four movies.

Also presented in public for the first time, was the Destroyer, a villain in the upcoming Thor movie, as well as the helmets worn by Thor, Loki, and Odin in the movie.

Avengers Movie Acting Cast from San Diego Comic-Con 2010

Avengers Movie Acting Cast from San Diego Comic-Con 2010