The Avengers


One Week Left to Vote for the Greatest Captain America & Deadpool Stories!

Tue, November 24th
By Brian Cronin

CSBG is celebrating Captain America & Deadpool's respective anniversaries with countdowns of their all-time top stories. Make your voice heard!

New Concept Art Revealed for Marvel Cinematic Universe Films

Sun, November 22nd
By Ben Kaye

Conceptual artist Ryan Meinerding has released design work he did for everything from "Iron Man" to "Avengers: Age of Ultron."


WATCH: Captain America Fights Nazi Zombies in Bloody LEGO Fan Short

Fri, November 20th
By Kevin Melrose

Vote for the 75 Greatest Captain America Stories

Tue, November 17th
By Brian Cronin

The Mission - 11/16

Mon, November 16th
By Joseph Phillip Illidge

Marvel Brings South Korean "Avengers Vs. Ultron" to English Speaking Fans

Mon, November 16th
By Stephen Gerding

Did Dan Slott Want Nightcrawler to Become an Avenger?

Sat, November 14th
By Brian Cronin

POLL: Which of Marvel's All-New, All-Different Avengers Titles is #1?

Sat, November 14th
By CBR News Team

WATCH: Hulk Dances, Heroes Fight in "LEGO: Avengers ReAssembled" Clip

Fri, November 13th
By Stephen Gerding

That Time Thor Talked to Captain America's Spirit -- When Cap Wasn't Dead

Fri, November 13th
By Brian Cronin

REVIEW: Waid, Kubert & Asrar Fill "All-New All-Different Avengers" #1 with Wit & Thrills

Thu, November 12th
By Jim Johnson

Marvel Pulls Back the Cover on Its Avengers Bedding For Adults

Wed, November 11th
By Kevin Melrose

Comics A.M. - Oni to Re-Release Sophie Campbell's "Wet Moon"

Tue, November 10th
By Brigid Alverson

TOYING AROUND: Loki, Captain Phasma, "Walking Dead" & More!

Sat, November 7th
By TJ Dietsch

China's New Space Robot Looks Suspiciously Like Iron Man

Fri, November 6th
By Kevin Melrose

Super-Deformed Captain America is Super-Cute (Just Ignore the Eyes)

Tue, November 3rd
By Kevin Melrose

Mark Ruffalo Doesn't See a Standalone Hulk Film Coming Anytime Soon

Fri, October 30th
By Lauren Gallaway

"LEGO Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron" Mixes Action, Humor & Fan-Favorite Scenes

Fri, October 30th
By Shaun Manning

"Civil War" Merchandise Photo Indicates Throwback Look for Captain America

Thu, October 29th
By Stephen Gerding

In Your Face Jam - 10/28

Wed, October 28th
By Brett White


The Avengers

Marvel Comics' flagship superhero team The Avengers was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in the spring of 1963 and published later that year in "The Avengers" #1. At that time, it was a novel idea for a group of heroes to team up; comics were almost exclusively populated with titles focusing on a single hero or at most a pair, usually in a hero and sidekick role. With "The Avengers," Marvel architects Lee & Kirby brought together the comic company's top heroes of the time under a single banner. Labeled "Earth's Mightiest Heroes," the group consisted of established characters Ant-Man, Wasp, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk. Although considered a founding member, Captain America didn't appear until three issues later, quickly becoming the group's lynchpin and most popular member.

"The Avengers" title proved quite popular on comics racks, quickly becoming one of Marvel's top sellers alongside "Amazing Spider-Man," which also debuted in 1963. As time went on, the roster of the team proved fluid, starting with several members resigning and Captain America recruiting former villains and newer heroes into the mix. While there's almost always at least one founding member in the team at all times, the tradition of an ever-rotating roster has been fertile fodder for storylines, including the ever popular recruitment drives. Over seventy-five characters have claimed membership in the Avengers team in its 45-plus year history, ranging from skilled humans, mutants, aliens, robots and even a few gods.

A new issue of "The Avengers" has been published virtually every month since September 1963, with the series proving popular enough to warrant numerous spin-off series. As of August 2010, there are four Avengers titles including the flagship, with additional limited series and even some alternate universe versions in the Ultimate and Marvel Adventures lines. Although "The Avengers" has been Marvel's de facto flagship title since its inception in the early 1960s, it was usurped as sales leader for years by Marvel's other big team book, "Uncanny X-men." The mutants' sales domination continued up until five years ago when writer Brian Michael Bendis took over the book.

In 2004, Bendis and artist David Finch were enlisted by Marvel to take the title and the team in a new direction. With the four issue story-arc titled "Avengers: Disassembled," the Avengers team as it stood was effectively broken up after the deaths of several key members and the long-running title was cacelled. From those ashes, Marvel launched a new book titled "New Avengers" which saw classic Avengers members partnered with newer heroes not traditionally associated with the brand such as Spider-Man and Wolverine. Writer Brian Bendis was already on his way to becoming one of Marvel's top writers, and his work on "New Avengers" cemented him as Marvel's resident big thinker. Popular crossovers and event limited series such as "Civil War," "Secret Invasion" and "Siege" only bolstered the team's renewed success, putting the team once again front-and-center on the comic shelves and the sales charts.

At the same time The Avengers were once again finding their footing, Marvel's movie business was kicking into high gear. After experiencing moderate success with the "Blade" movies and the first "Hulk" movie, Marvel invested its own money into the 2008 film "Iron Man," which ultimately proved so successful it led to the greenlighting of a stream of films centered on Marvel's key heroes – all of which were founding Avengers. A second Iron Man film followed in 2010, with films for Thor and Captain America planned in 2011 and a keystone "Avengers" movie promised in 2012 from fan-favorite director Joss Whedon.