Lineups Through the Years: Avengers #1-76
Avengers began with five super-heroes assembling together to take on
a threat from Thor's evil brother Loki. When Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man,
and Wasp joined with Thor, they became the Mighty Avengers.
Over the years, other heroes (and a few villains), joined the
team, left the team, and then re-joined the Avengers.
Each change in Avengers team rosters produced a new lineup of
your historical edification, are the first 20 unique lineups of the
Lineup #1: Iron Man (Tony Stark), Thor (Dr. Donald Blake), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Ant-Man
(Henry "Hank" Pym), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)
This is the
original team that first met to battle Loki in Avengers
#1. The Space
Phantom fooled the Avengers into fighting the Hulk in Avengers #2,
exposing natural rifts that would lead Hulk to leave the
Lineup #2: Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man/Giant-Man, Wasp
remaining Avengers chase after the Hulk, feeling responsible for him
after his departure. Hulk
teams up with Sub-Mariner, which leads to one of the best battles in
early Marvel history.
issue, Ant-Man uses his new power to grow giant-sized.
From this point on, Hank Pym is usually referred to as
Giant-Man until Avengers #28, where Pym adapts a new, blue and yellow
costume, and uses the name Goliath.
Lineup #3: Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, Captain America
big battle with Hulk and Sub-Mariner, the Avengers are looking for
Namor in a submersible craft when they come across a man floating in
the ocean. They rescue
him and discover that he is Captain
America, a famous
hero missing since the last days of World War Two. Cap joins the team
and is awarded status as a "Founding Member." In effect, he replaces
Hulk on the team.
Lineup #4: Captain America, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Quicksilver (Pietro
Maximoff), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
Thor, Giant-Man, and Wasp, all decide to leave the Avengers
America recruits three former super-villains to form a new version of
the team. Hawkeye had been a Iron Man
opponent, while siblings Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, were
former members of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and of
course, had been opponents of the X-Men.
This version of the Avengers was also referred to as Cap's
Swordsman briefly (for one issue-see below) joins the Avengers, with
issue #21, we are back to Caps' Kooky Quartet.
#26, the Avengers battle Attuma to rescue
the Wasp, though she is not technically part of the team lineup in
this issue. Henry Pym also appears in this issue.
Lineup #5: Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch,
Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne),
Swordsman, a villain (and old foe of Hawkeye) who fought the Avengers
in Avengers #19, talked his way onto the team in issue #20. Unknown
to the Avengers at that time, the Swordsman was secretly working for
Iron Man's enemy, The Mandarin. Swordsman
betrayed the Mandarin at the end of Avengers and saved them from a
bomb. Despite this, Swordsman escaped and continued his life of
crime. He later reformed for real and re-joined the
Lineup #6: Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch,
Goliath (Henry Pym), and Wasp
Giant-Man (now calling himself Goliath) rejoin the team in Avengers
#31, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, having lost their powers, leave
Lineup #7: Captain America, Hawkeye, Goliath, and Wasp
Widow aids the Avengers beginning in issue #35
Lineup #8: Captain America, Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp, Quicksilver
and the Scarlet Witch
and Scarlet Witch rejoin the Avengers in issue #36
Avengers #36, Hawkeye urges the team to accept Black Widow as a
member. Goliath is
opposed to this, and her status continues to be, at this point, an
ally, not a member. She helps the Avengers in many situations from
this point on, but does not become an official member until Avengers
#38, Hercules becomes an Avengers ally (he was already on good terms
with Thor) and is invited to stay at Avengers Mansion since he was at
that time exiled from Olympus by his father, Zeus. Also in this
issue, Captain America leaves in order to check on the possibility
that his old sidekick, Bucky, is alive. He returns to the lineup in
Lineup #9: Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp, Quicksilver and the Scarlet
and Black Widow, while not official members of the team, join the
Avengers in battling various foes.
Lineup #10: Captain America, Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp, Quicksilver
and the Scarlet Witch
America rejoins the team in issue #42
and Black Widow continue as allies of the Avengers.
Lineup #11: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Goliath,
Wasp, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch
Annual #1 & Avengers #45
and Thor re-join the Avengers in Avengers Annual #1 (which continues
the story begun in Avengers #44).
Lineup #12: Captain America, Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp, Quicksilver,
Scarlet Witch, Hercules
asked to join the team, and he accepts in Avengers #46
and leave again in issue #46
America leaves again in issue #47. While he re-appears several times
to aid the Avengers, he does not return as a full-time Avenger until
Whitman (who becomes the Black Knight) first appears in Avengers #47.
He remains as an ally of the Avengers, while not becoming an official
member until issue #71.
Lineup #13: Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch,
#49, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch leave to re-join
Lineup #14: Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp, Hercules
decides to return to Olympus, leaving the Avengers. He will next be
seen with the Avengers in issue #98.
Lineup #15: Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp
America, Iron Man, and Thor appear in Avengers #51. In this issue,
Captain America makes the case that the Black Panther should replace
him as an Avenger.
Lineup #16: Hawkeye, Goliath, Wasp, Black Panther
#52-57, Avengers Annual #2
Panther joins in issue #52.
Knight continues as an Avengers ally.
America appears in issue #56 and Avengers Annual #2
#57 is the first appearance of the Vision, originally as a tool of
Lineup #17: Hawkeye/Goliath II, Goliath/Yellowjacket, Wasp, Black
#58-66 (Issues#61-62 only
feature Hawkeye, Black Panther, and Vision while Hank and Janet are
in issue #58
America, Iron Man, and Thor appear in Avengers #58.
first appears in Avengers
#59. Unknown at this time, Yellowjacket is really Hank Pym, who is
suffering from mental issues and assumes a new identity. Goliath is
missing, but in issue #60, Yellowjacket and Goliath are revealed to
be the same person.
and Janet Van Dyne are married in issue #60, and leave on their
honeymoon. They return in
Avengers #63. Pym will retain the identity of Yellowjacket (as a good
guy, though), upon their return in #63.
#63, Hawkeye gains Pym's giant-sized powers and becomes Goliath
Lineup #18: Goliath II, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Black Panther,
Vision, Iron Man, Thor
and Thor re-join in Avengers #67
America makes an appearance in issue #69
Lineup #19: Goliath II, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Black Panther,
Vision, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America
America returns with issue #69
Lineup #20: Goliath II, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Black Panther,
Vision, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Knight (Dane
Knight officially joins the Avengers in issue #71.
#72 feature only Goliath II, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Vision, and Captain
#73 also features Black Panther
America is absent from issue #72-74
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