After a year of waiting, speculating, and over analyzing every piece of footage and promotional art, Avengers: Endgame has finally arrived in theaters. Whether you went opening day, this weekend or plan on going this week, or waiting for it to come to on-demand (yea, like that’s gonna happen), here are some the vintage comics that influenced this amazing franchise.
It’s always best to start at the beginning, so let’s hop right back to September of 1963. At this point the Avengers we all know and love like Iron Man (Tales of Suspense #39), Thor (Journey Into Mystery #83) and Hulk (Incredible Hulk #1) had all made their comic debuts, but this was the 1st time, along with Ant-Man (Tales to Astonish #27) & the Wasp (Tales to Astonish #44) that they had come together as Earth’s mightiest Heroes. Avengers #1 is held in regard as one of the most significant Marvel, Silver Age key issues with record sales passing $250,000 for high grade copies.
Over the years, the teams roster would change, with members coming and going, but the constant was always the sentinel of liberty, Captain America. He would make his silver age debut and officially join the team in issue #4 debuting in March of 1964. While it has yet to reach the milestones that issue #1 has, high grades copies have exceeded $100,000 in the past.
Finally, the Avengers wouldn’t have gotten to this point if they didn’t have someone to avenge in the first place. That means bad news for Endgame’s big bad Thanos. Debuting in Iron Man #55, along with a certain Guardian of the Galaxy (Drax), Thanos is the biggest and baddest threat that the Avengers, let alone the entire Marvel Universe has faced. Considered a major Bronze Age key, high grade issues have closed recently in the $7000 range.
Now that you have been brought up to speed…what are your thoughts on the Endgame?
Assuming you’ve already seen it that is!