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Ben H

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Joe G.

Subj: Some of my thoughts on a very cool collection
Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 at 11:55:42 pm EDT (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: Essential Avengers Vol. 5 Appreciation Post
Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 at 12:05:23 am EDT (Viewed 1 times)

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Just got it from (of all places) my school's library. Awesome. Avengers-Defenders War, first appearance of Mantis, and all the Swordsman mustache you can handle! Just awesome.

-JG

> Just got it from (of all places) my school's library. Awesome. Avengers-Defenders War, first appearance of Mantis, and all the Swordsman mustache you can handle! Just awesome.
>

Yep, there's some really cool stuff in that collection, stories I wanted to read for a loooooong time, but had trouble tracking down most the back issues, such as the battle with the Sentinels, the team-up of the Grim Reaper & Space Phantom, the introduction of Mantis. All great stuff.

Reading Avengers #100 was kinda weird, in that all the Avengers past and present appeared, and there were *only* fourteen or so characters. By today's standards, when is seems like half the population of the Marvel universe has been an Avenger at one time or another, the gathering in #100 appears so tiny & intimate!

I really enjoyed the artwork. Seeing this material in black & white enables you to appreciate the linework & craftsmenship of the artists in a way that you are unable to do to the colors & printing available in the early 1970s. The early Barry (Windsor) Smith art is interesting, as you can see indications of what was to come in his later work. Rich Buckler's pencils look crisp and full of energy, especially the one issue where he was inked by Dave Cockrum. As for Bob Brown, I was never especially fond of his art, but seeing it here in b&w gave me a better appreciation for his work. As for Sal Buscema, who drew the Defenders issues contained within, well, "Our Pal" Sal has always been a favorite of mine.

By the way, does anyone have any info on Sam Kweskin, who is credited as pencilling Daredevil #99? I hever never heard of him before.

Ben H


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