Marvel’s Avengers #1, published in 1963, marks the beginning of one of Marvel’s most successful franchises. This cornerstone comic kickstarts The Avengers, featuring the joining of Thor, the Hulk, Iron Man, Ant-Man, and the Wasp into an unlikely band of superheroes. The book opens with Loki, villain turned anti-hero, attempting to capture Thor by framing the Hulk. In order to clear the Hulk’s name, Thor, Ant-Man, the Wasp and Iron Man come to the Hulk’s aid and vanquish Loki. The result? A new team of superheroes whose mission is to fight the foes “no single superhero can withstand."
Due to its introduction of key characters, this comic, scripted by Stan Lee himself and illustrated by the renowned Jack Kirby, is considered a Silver Age grail. Its enormous influence in pop culture can be seen by the numbers. The Avengers MCU film series occupy the top 4 slots of the highest-grossing superhero films, and Avengers: Endgame is the highest-grossing film of all time. Film critic Peter Travers remarks, “This movie is an epic event, built to celebrate the end of a decade in which the Marvel Cinematic Universe produced 19 films.”
Our copy of Avengers #1 is graded 9.4 by CGC, the third-highest grade in circulation, and is one of only 11 in the world.