Classic Comic Cover Corner – Avengers #67

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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Avengers #67 – August, 1969

Cover art by Sal Buscema

Avengers #67 – August, 1969
Avengers #67 – August, 1969

The Internet was on fire this week with the Entertainment Weekly cover story featuring the upcoming Avengers movie, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” with the first close-up look at the sentient robot that the super-team will be going up against in the summer of 2015. But did you know that Ultron appeared in five issues of the 1960’s Avengers comic books before he ever made his first cover appearance? It’s true!

The conniving creation of Dr. Henry Pym was first seen in Avengers #54 (July, 1968), although he is unnamed and only appears in the final page. In Avengers #55 he makes his full debut as “Ultron-5,” leading the “Masters of Evil” against the mighty Avengers. Ultron then returns in issues #57 – 58 where he plays a key role in the origin of “The Vision.”

Avengers #67 – August, 1969
Avengers #67
– pencils by Barry Windsor-Smith

The “living automaton” is back again in Avengers #66, as the upgraded “Ultron-6” (now with an adamantium body), but he doesn’t make his first showing on a comic cover until the classic Avengers #67 (August, 1969.) This particular storyline is also historic in that it is the first time the indestructible metal, “adamantium,” is mentioned in the Marvel universe (see issue #66.)

While there is no reason to believe that Joss Whedon is not going to blow our socks off again with his second Avengers film, it remains to be seen if Henry Pym, the creator of Ultron and (indirectly) The Vision, will make an appearance in the movie; especially with Pym (played by Michael Douglas) playing a huge part in the upcoming Ant-Man film.

Will Pym be the piece that ties the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man films together? And if “yes,” then inquiring minds want to know: Will we be seeing Pym’s wife, The Wasp? Are we going to see Pym’s other alter-egos, Yellowjacket and Giant Man? What about Hawkeye as Goliath?

We’ll be making a heroic effort to try to make it into Hall H for the Marvel Studios panel next Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con (not an easy task), where hopefully these questions and many others will be answered. Don’t miss our “live” Comic-Con coverage on Twitter @nerdvana #SDCC #SDCC2014.

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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