The Avengers #1

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
September 1963
Page count
36
Cover price
0.12 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/17888

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee, Editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (The Avengers [superhero]) Cover, 1 page

"Loki! Prepare for battle!"

Featuring

Feature
The Avengers [superhero]
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Avengers [Thor [Thor Odinson; Donald Blake]; Wasp [Janet Van Dyne]; Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]]; Loki [Loki Laufeyson]

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer (cover lettering and logo design)
 
Sol Brodsky, letterer (logo design)

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
The Avengers (Newton, 1975 series) #1 ([28 June 1975])
Untitled
 
United States
Son of Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1975 series) (1975)
Untitled
 
Australia
The Avengers (Yaffa/Page, 1977 series) #1 ([September 1977?])
Untitled [The Coming of the Avengers!]
 
United States
Son of Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) (November 1997)
The Avengers #1
 
United States
The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time (Marvel, 2001 series) #2 (December 2001)
Cover to Avengers #1
Printed in
in Avengers Annual (Marvel, 1967 series) #4 (January 1971)
in Son of Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1975 series) #nn (1975)
in Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #4
in Son of Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) #nn (1997)
in Avengers Classic (Marvel, 2007 series) #1 (August 2007)
in Mitico Thor, Il (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #5
in Avengers Log (Marvel, 1994 series) #1
in Avengers: Assemble [Family Dollar Exclusive] (Marvel, 2005 series) #nn
 
The Avengers Annual (Marvel, 1967 series) #4 (January 1971)
 
Il Mitico Thor (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #5 (8 Giugno 1971)
 
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #4 ([September] 1988)
 
Avengers Classic (Marvel, 2007 series) #1 (August 2007)
 
Avengers 1: The Coming of the Avengers! (Marvel, 2012 series) #[nn] ([April] 2012)
 
The Marvel Saga the Official History of the Marvel Universe (Marvel, 1985 series) #10 (September 1986)
 
Los Vengadores (Novedades, 1981 series) #1 (5 de marzo de 1981)
 
Avengers Masterworks (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (October 1993)
 
Avengers Log (Marvel, 1994 series) #1 (February 1994)
 
The Avengers Omnibus (Marvel, 2012 series) #1 ([February] 2012)
 
Essential Avengers (Marvel, 1999 series) #1 ([November] 1999)
 
Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus (Marvel, 2014 series) #[nn] ([November] 2014)
 
Marvel Gold. Los Vengadores: La Llegada de los Vengadores (Panini España, 2015 series) #1 (Febrero 2015)
 
Biblioteca Marvel: Los Vengadores (Planeta DeAgostini, 1999 series) #1 (Enero 1999)
 
The Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #350 (Early August 1992)
 
Mystic (L. Miller & Son, 1960 series) #54 (1965)
 
Avengers Epic Collection (Marvel, 2013 series) #1 (December 2014)
 
Le meilleur des super-héros Marvel (Hachette, 2016 series) #1 (janvier 2016)
 
Strange Spécial Origines (Editions Lug, 1981 series) #175 (5 juillet 1984)
 
The Ultimate Graphic Novels Collection - Classic (Hachette Partworks, 2014 series) #1 (January 2014)
 
Die ruhmreichen Rächer (BSV - Williams, 1974 series) #1 ([Januar 1974])
 
The Avengers (Newton Comics, 1974 series) #1
 
Smash! (IPC, 1966 series) #32 (10 September 1966)
 
L'ère des Comics Marvel 1961-1978 (Taschen, 2017 series) #[nn] (2017)
 
Marvel Limited: Fantastic Firsts (Marvel, 1994 series) #[nn] (May 1994)
 
Avengers: Assemble (Marvel, 2005 series) #[nn] (2005)
 
Marvel Classic (Panini France, 2011 series) #1 (février 2011)
 
Marvel Milestone Edition: Avengers (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (September 1993)
 
Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers (Marvel, 2009 series) #1 (2009)
 
Komikai Micro Comics Ultimate Marvel (Spin Master, 2005 series) #[64]
 
Die offizielle Marvel-Comic-Sammlung (Hachette [DE], 2013 series) #1 (März 2015)
 
Os Vingadores (Editora Bloch, 1975 series) #1 (novembro 1975)
 
Marvel: The First 80 Years (Titan, 2020 series) #[nn] (November 2020)
 
Avengers No. 1 (Marvel, 2012 series) #[nn] (April 2012)
 
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection (Marvel, 2015 series) #1 ([June] 2016)
 
Marvel : Les origines (Panini France, 2002 series) #1 (décembre 2002)
 
Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers (Marvel, 2021 series) #1 (4) (2021)
From GCD
from Avengers, The (Marvel, 1963 series) #1 (September 1963)
 
From Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #1 (Sept. 1963) Cover

Notes

Logo design credit from Todd Klein via his Facebook page, used with permission.

Show/hide 1. Untitled (Mike Marvel System) Advertisement, 1 page

"Boys! Men!"

Featuring

Feature
Mike Marvel System
Characters
Mike Marvel (photo)

Credits

Art
, line art
 
, photographer
Text
, letterer
 
, typeset

Reprint history

Printed in
Marvel Milestone Edition: Avengers (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (September 1993)

Notes

Inside front cover. Ad for a muscle building system.

Show/hide 2. The Coming of the Avengers! (The Avengers [superhero]) Comic story, 22 pages

"The place: Asgard, home of the Norse gods!"

Featuring

Feature
The Avengers [superhero]
Genre
Superhero
Code
X-337
Characters
The Avengers [Thor [Thor Odinson; Donald Blake]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Ant-Man [Henry Pym]; Wasp [Janet Van Dyne]; Hulk [Bruce Banner; Mechano]] (introduction, origin); circus ringmaster; lion tamer; trapeze artists; Bobby; Bobby's mother; Charlie; Captain; Jane Foster; Asgardians [Odin]; Teen Brigade [Rick Jones; William "Willie" Bishop]; Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Loki [Loki Laufeyson]; Silent Ones

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [credited]
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller [credited]
 
Dick Ayers, inker [credited]
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
Sam Rosen, letterer [credited]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
The Avengers (Horwitz, 1965 series) #1 ([April 1965])
The Coming of the Avengers!
 
United States
Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #2 (1965)
The Coming of the Avengers
 
Australia
The Avengers (Newton, 1975 series) #1 ([28 June 1975])
The Coming of the Avengers!
 
United States
Son of Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1975 series) (1975)
The Coming of the Avengers
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975 series) ([1975])
The Coming of the Avengers!
 
Australia
Origins of Great Marvel Comics Heroes (Newton, 1975 series) ([1975])
 
Australia
The Avengers (Yaffa/Page, 1977 series) #1 ([September 1977?])
Untitled [The Coming of the Avengers!]
 
Australia
The Avengers (Yaffa/Page, 1977 series) #10 ([1982?])
Untitled [The Coming of the Avengers!]
 
United States
Son of Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) (November 1997)
The Coming of the Avengers
 
United States
The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time (Marvel, 2001 series) #2 (December 2001)
The Coming of the Avengers!
From GCD
in Marvel Tales Annual (Marvel, 1964 series) #2 (1965)
in Son of Origins of Marvel Comics (Simon and Schuster, 1975 series) #nn (1975)
in Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #4
in Son of Origins of Marvel Comics Revised Edition (Marvel, 1997 series) #nn (1997)
in Avengers Classic (Marvel, 2007 series) #1 (August 2007)
in Mitico Thor, Il (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #5
in Avengers: Assemble [Family Dollar Exclusive] (Marvel, 2005 series) #nn
Printed in
Avengers 1: The Coming of the Avengers! (Marvel, 2012 series) #[nn] ([April] 2012)
 
Avengers Classic (Marvel, 2007 series) #1 (August 2007)
 
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #4 ([September] 1988)
 
The Marvel Saga the Official History of the Marvel Universe (Marvel, 1985 series) #10 (September 1986)
 
Los Vengadores (Novedades, 1981 series) #1 (5 de marzo de 1981)
 
Avengers Masterworks (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (October 1993)
 
Il Mitico Thor (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #5 (8 Giugno 1971)
 
The Avengers Omnibus (Marvel, 2012 series) #1 ([February] 2012)
 
Essential Avengers (Marvel, 1999 series) #1 ([November] 1999)
 
Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus (Marvel, 2014 series) #[nn] ([November] 2014)
 
Avengers Epic Collection (Marvel, 2013 series) #1 (December 2014)
 
Biblioteca Marvel: Los Vengadores (Planeta DeAgostini, 1999 series) #1 (Enero 1999)
 
Los Vengadores (Ediciones Vértice, 1969 series) #1 (1969)
 
Le meilleur des super-héros Marvel (Hachette, 2016 series) #1 (janvier 2016)
 
Strange Spécial Origines (Editions Lug, 1981 series) #175 (5 juillet 1984)
 
The Ultimate Graphic Novels Collection - Classic (Hachette Partworks, 2014 series) #1 (January 2014)
 
Die ruhmreichen Rächer (BSV - Williams, 1974 series) #1 ([Januar 1974])
 
The Mighty World of Marvel (Marvel UK, 1972 series) #46 (August 18, 1973)
 
Os Heróis Mais Poderosos da Marvel (Salvat, 2014 series) #1 (Outubro 2014)
 
Eclipso (Arédit-Artima, 1968 series) #15 (août 1971)
 
Smash! (IPC, 1966 series) #32 (10 September 1966)
 
Smash! (IPC, 1966 series) #31 (3 September 1966)
 
Marvel. Официальная коллекция комиксов (Ашет Коллекция [Hachette], 2014 series) #91
 
Marvel Limited: Fantastic Firsts (Marvel, 1994 series) #[nn] (May 1994)
 
Les Vengeurs Color (Arédit-Artima, 1982 series) #1 (mai 1982)
 
Marvel Classic (Panini France, 2011 series) #1 (février 2011)
 
Marvel Milestone Edition: Avengers (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (September 1993)
 
Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers (Marvel, 2009 series) #1 (2009)
 
Komikai Micro Comics Ultimate Marvel (Spin Master, 2005 series) #[64]
 
Die offizielle Marvel-Comic-Sammlung (Hachette [DE], 2013 series) #1 (März 2015)
 
Os Vingadores (Editora Bloch, 1975 series) #1 (novembro 1975)
 
Avengers No. 1 (Marvel, 2012 series) #[nn] (April 2012)
 
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection (Marvel, 2015 series) #1 ([June] 2016)
 
Avengers: Assemble (Marvel, 2005 series) #[nn] (2005)
 
Marvel : Les origines (Panini France, 2002 series) #1 (décembre 2002)
 
De Vergelders (Oberon, 1979 series) #1 (1979)
From GCD
from Avengers, The (Marvel, 1963 series) #1 (September 1963)
 
From Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #1 (Sept. 1963)

Synopsis

Iron Man, the Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Thor join forces to defeat Loki.

Notes

Job number from reprinting in Sons of Origins of Marvel Comics. Info per Will Murray.

Loki mentions that the "Old Man of the Sea" was based on legends of the Silent Ones, trolls from Asgard.

Show/hide 3. Untitled (Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"First, the Fantastic Four!"

Featuring

Feature
Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos
Genre
War

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter (promo copy)
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer

Notes

House ad for Sgt. Fury (Marvel, 1963 series) #1.

Between story pages 5 and 6.

Show/hide 4. Untitled (Centre Coin Company Catalog) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"Free with any purchase"

Featuring

Feature
Centre Coin Company Catalog

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
, line art
 
, photographer
Text
, typeset

Notes

Advertisement for Centre Coin Company's Lincoln Penny Album.

On top half of page between story pages 5 & 6.

Show/hide 5. Untitled Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"Record your voice at home"

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
, line art
 
, photographer
Colours
, colourist (background only)
Text
, typeset

Notes

Advertisement for Honor House Products Corporation's recording equipment on lower half of page between story pages 5 and 6.

Show/hide 6. Untitled Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"Curious coins! Odd paper money!"

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
, photographer
Colours
, colourist (background and lettering only)
Text
, letterer
 
, typeset

Notes

Advertisement for Littleton Coin Company's packet of coins and money on top half of page between story pages 10 and 11.

Show/hide 7. Untitled Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"Instant live sea animals"

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, typeset

Notes

Advertisement for Bargain Company's exotic Saskatchewan Brine Shrimp (Sea-Monkeys) on lower half of page between story pages 10 and 11.

Show/hide 8. Untitled (King-Size Latex Toys) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"America's most lovable characters from ...Walt Disney's wonderful world"

Featuring

Feature
King-Size Latex Toys
Characters
Mickey Mouse; Jiminy Cricket; Dopey; Cinderella; Donald Duck; Sleeping Beauty; Peter Pan; Davy Crockett; Pinocchio: Zorrro

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
, line art
 
, photographer
Text
, letterer
 
, typeset

Notes

Advertisement for Mother Hubbard's king-size latex toys on top half of page between story pages 13 and 14.

Show/hide 9. Untitled (Best Values Co. Catalog) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"Reward $11, 750.00 for this coin!"

Featuring

Feature
Best Values Co. Catalog

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
, photographer
Colours
, colourist (background and lettering only)
Text
, typeset

Notes

Advertisement for Best Values Company's 1963 catalog on lower half of page between story pages 13 and 14.

Show/hide 10. Untitled (Strange Tales Annual) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"On sale now!"

Featuring

Feature
Strange Tales Annual
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Sol Brodsky , inker
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
, letterer

Notes

House ad for Strange Tales Annual (Marvel, 1962 series) #2, located between story pages 13 and 14.

Show/hide 11. Untitled (Western World Products) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"Grog grows own tail"

Featuring

Feature
Western World Products

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
, line art
Colours
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Text
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, typeset

Notes

Advertisement for Western World Products product on top half of page between story pages 17 and 18.

Show/hide 12. Untitled Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"Boys 12 or older make $1 to $5 weekly in your spare time"

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Colours
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Text
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Notes

Advertisement for GRIT Publishing Company's bundle of papers, selling help and prize offers.

Located on lower half of page between story pages 17 and 18.

Show/hide 13. Untitled (The Fantastic Four) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"On sale in early July!"

Featuring

Feature
The Fantastic Four
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
Dick Ayers, inker
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
, letterer

Notes

House ad for Fantastic Four Annual (Marvel, 1963 series) #1, located between story pages 17 and 18.

Show/hide 14. Stamps; Shop by Mail Advertisement, 1 page

"Stamp collecting outfit"

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Text
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Editing
, editor

Synopsis

Ad for stamps and other products.

Notes

Between story pages 17 and 18.

Show/hide 15. Untitled (Palmer-Jones Publishers) Advertisement, 1 page

"Give me just one evening and I'll teach you to hypnotize easily!"

Featuring

Feature
Palmer-Jones Publishers

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
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Text
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Reprint history

Printed in
Marvel Milestone Edition: Avengers (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (September 1993)

Notes

Ad for hypnotism lessons.

Show/hide 16. Untitled (Commercial Trades Institute) Advertisement, 1 page

"Amazing new home training plan in auto repairing"

Featuring

Feature
Commercial Trades Institute

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Text
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Reprint history

Printed in
Marvel Milestone Edition: Avengers (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (September 1993)

Notes

Ad for a home study course teaching auto mechanics.

Show/hide 17. Untitled (100 Toy Soldiers) Advertisement, 1 page

"100 toy soldiers"

Featuring

Feature
100 Toy Soldiers

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
, photographer
Text
, typeset

Reprint history

Printed in
Marvel Milestone Edition: Avengers (Marvel, 1993 series) #1 (September 1993)

Notes

Inside back cover. Ad for toy soldiers, vehicles, vessels and planes.

Show/hide 18. Untitled (Wallace Brown Greeting Cards) Advertisement, 1 page

"Boys, girls, men, women"

Featuring

Feature
Wallace Brown Greeting Cards

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
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Colours
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Text
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Notes

Back cover. Ad for the Wallace Brown line of Christmas cards.


Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 52152

Cover added

  • 29/08/2010

Index completed

  • 27/12/2021

Last updated

  • 27/12/2021