– From Avengers #158
Roy Thomas created the metal Adamantium in 1969 in Avengers #66, the first of a trilogy starring the world’s most evil robot: Ultron! Barry Windsor Smith lays down visually stunning artwork inspired by his predecessors Jack Kirby and John Buscema. Smith returned to adamantium in Wolverine stories Wounded Wolf and Weapon X.
This three-parter may well be our favorite classic Avengers story. Once upon a time, we had only read the conclusion in the reprint Marvel Super Action #29. A big Thank You to @GInvestor888 and @Horace_Austin for opening the doors of our memory, and for reminding us on Twitter this first part of the trilogy introduced adamantium to the Marvel Universe!
In this scene from the Avengers, the Vision travels through the body of Yellowjacket to deliver a life-saving serum. Author Steve Englehart acknowledges Isaac Asimov’s Fantastic Voyage, where scientists shrink down to microbe size and travel through a patient’s body. Speaking of microbes, the Vision punches a few of them out! He also dives into a heart and travels through lots of icky, trippy body tissues. Drawn by George Tuska and Vince Coletta.
This story forms a kind of symmetry with Avengers #93 in which, as Paul points out in our comments section, the Ant Man takes a similar Fantastic Voyage inside the Vision. Don’t let the names throw you off – Ant Man is another alias of Yellowjacket. Henry Pym figured out how to get both smaller and bigger in the course of his career. We encourage you to visit Warrior’s Den to read the complete Avengers #93: This Beachhead Earth.
Writer Steve Englehart delves into the twisted origin of The Vision in Avengers #135. Along the way, we get the origin of Hank Pym’s problematic robot creation, Ultron-5! We see how evil Ultron used the android body of the original Human Torch to build the Vision. And, we see what a suck-tastic design Ultron originally had!
In fact, Steve gets so jazzed about telling origins of Avengers that he even throws in a 3-page origin of Moondragon. What glorious Origin Overkill! With a splash page of Thanos, Moondragon’s origin comes from Jim Starlin’s Captain Marvel.
Jim Starlin contributed the cover for this issue, too!