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Avengers 1959 (Avengers (Marvel Paperback)) [Paperback]

Howard Chaykin
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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (21 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785160728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785160724
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marvel has always done big, colorful, globetrotting adventures a tad better than DC - it tends to have a bit more of that James Bond edge to it, a sense of action and dynamism. So when it comes to doing a team of the good, the bad, the ugly and the people I'd never heard of shooting the blazes out of pretty locations and killing Nazis (mass media's most reliable all-purpose bad guy), Marvel had the right people for the job. As does Nick Fury - looking very young and square jawed (but still with his trademark eyepatch, naturally), he here assembles a ragtag team of Avengers that includes a certain Victor Creed, Kraven the Hunter when he was still called Sergei and pursuing Namora instead of Peter Parker, Dominic Fortune (a sort of Hugh Hefner character, immensely likeable), Namora (for an Atlantean, I oddly don't hate her), the Blonde Phantom (think Silk Spectre meets Peggy Carter with a side-order of throat punching) and a magical Brit called McTeague.
No, really, he arrives in a spiral of pretty colors.
So, you have the ragtag team, you have Nazis, you have guns, girls and pretty locales. It really does play a lot like a Connery Bond movie but with wonderful Marvel touches, including a few cameos from future big players that'll have you grinning just a little. Of the team, I have to say my favorite was actually Sabretooth, almost adorably sociopathic and eager to get into fish lady Namora's swimming trunks.
I guess he just goes for that sort of thing.
But to be honest, the entire team has their moments, though I think it says quite a bit about the comic that within the first few pages, Nick Fury impales a prostitute-assassin-Nazi on a traffic sign.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all 5 Aug 2012
By Kid Kyoto - Published on Amazon.com
The plot is pretty simple, in the year 1959, Nick Fury calls together several heroes of World War II and emerging heroes to fight Nazi war criminals. And the story has an interesting mix of historical comic characters and later ones re-conned into the past. More modern creations like Sabertooth and Kraven the Hunter rub shoulders with Golden Age characters like Namora and the Blond Phantom. Two characters from an earlier story, Bloodstone and Silver Sable (father of the current one) also show up briefly. Plus we get Chaykin's own creation Dominic Fortune.

It was supposed to have a Mad Men meets Marvel kind of vibe but really falls flat. At times this feels like a wikipedia article turned into a comic as obscure villain after obscure villain turns up offering nothing but a name and a costume before being duly punched, shot or stabbed. We get Baron Blood and Brain Drain, a Nazi vampire and Nazi robot respectively. Later we get a whole team of Nazi villainesses who, I assume are obscure characters from WWII comics. Finally we get a whole army of Nazi supervillains! But none of them, not one, manage to do anything interesting or have enough screen time to be anything but generic baddies.

And the 1959 Avengers aren't much better, too many of them have the same voice, the same personality and even the same face. All in all this book is too thin, too crowded with obscure characters and too reliant on readers caring who the characters are from prior books. Perhaps if the first Avengers 1959 story had been included or if some more background had been thrown in it might have worked better but as it is this book is just not that interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retro-Avengers Assemble! 7 Jan 2014
By Robert Reini - Published on Amazon.com
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With a slight 'tip-o-the-hat" to the classic graphic novel "WATCHMEN", Chaykin's writing has lost none of it's snap over the years.
And his art work has seldom been better.
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