Archive for the ‘Swordsman (J. Duquesne)’ Category

The Avengers #30

July 1, 2012

Stan Lee // Don Heck
July 1966
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Heck does a passable Kirby impression by packing more plot into one ish than it can comfortably hold. He even equips a Haggard-like lost race w/ colorful sci-fi Incan headgear! Then he gets real comic book emo out of Hawkeye, now more chummy w/ Cap as he defeats his original mentor, the Swordsman.
[last issue: The Avengers #29]
[next issue: The Avengers #13]

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The Avengers #29

June 30, 2012

Stan Lee // Don Heck
June 1966
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Before Romita would jolt Marvel into a more soap-operatic mode, Heck sets the prototype. Goliath mopes over his gigantism while g’friend Wasp frets; Hawkeye moons over his lost love, the Black Widow (poor wallflower Witch!). But this is supercomics, so BW has enlisted muscle to attack the team.
[last issue: The Avengers #28]
[next issue: The Avengers #30]

The Avengers #20

June 21, 2012

Stan Lee // Don Heck
September 1965
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Echoes of issue #9, as Avengers applicant the Swordsman acts as catspaw for a greater villain till his conscience kicks in. His boss is the Mandarin, a Fu Manchu type who has no prior beef w/ the team. Heck balances the scenes of teamwork w/ clashes of personality—but oy, his costume designs!
[last issue: The Avengers #19]
[next issue: The Avengers #21]

The Avengers #19

June 20, 2012

Stan Lee // Don Heck
August 1965
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When folks talk about the insane plots of Silver Age comics, they don’t mean this arc. Part 1 of 2 sees the new Avengers face a chappie w/ a sword, a lowlife ex-carny (Hawkeye’s onetime mentor) who wants to join the team. A molasses-slow multi-issue plot has Cap petitioning for SHIELD membership.
[last issue: The Avengers #18]
[next issue: The Avengers #20]