Essential Avengers

 ESSK   (Marvel, 2001-2004, 2006)

™ and © Marvel Characters, Inc.

Ever since super-heroes appeared in comics, publishers have leaned toward putting several popular heroes together in an effort to boost sales. Marvel fell into the same pattern in 1963 by combining Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Giant-Man and the Wasp together to fight a common threat. It worked. The Avengers first battle against Loki was a hit and the stories kept coming. Stan Lee wrote the bulk of the early stories and kept what would be known as the Marvel style going as he had with Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four by telling stories of heroes with their own personal problems and lives who just happen to also have the abilities to battle everything from super-villians out to rule the world to more mundane bank robbers out for some cash.

Over the years, the membership has grown and the featured heroes have come and gone and come back again and again. Only one constant has remained the same: the Avengers are still Earth’s finest heroes banded together to protect the people and the planet.

Each Essential Avengers reprints about two dozen stories from the Avengers series in a black and white, ad–free format.

— Ron Black

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#1

  11/1/1998
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Reptints Avengers (Vol. 1) #1-24Stan Lee, Paul Laiken, Larry LieberJack Kirby, Don Heck, Dick Ayers

#1 (2nd printing)

 
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2nd printingStan Lee, Paul Laiken, Larry LieberJack Kirby, Don Heck, Dick Ayers

#1 (3rd printing)

  7/1/2001
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3rd printingStan Lee, Paul Laiken, Larry LieberJack Kirby, Don Heck, Dick Ayers

#1 (4th printing)

 
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4th printing; Collects Avengers #1-24; ca. 2009Stan LeeJack Kirby

#2

  6/1/2000
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Reprints Avengers (Vol. 1) #25-46, Annual #1; A Selection from Tales To Astonish #27Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Larry LieberDon Heck, George Roussos, Jack Kirby, John Buscema

#2 (2nd printing)

  7/1/2001
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2nd printingStan Lee, Roy Thomas, Larry LieberDon Heck, George Roussos, Jack Kirby, John Buscema

#2 (3rd printing)

 
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Reprints The Avengers #25-46, An1; ca. 2010Stan Lee, Roy ThomasDon Heck, John Buscema

#3

  3/1/2001
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Reprints Avengers (Vol. 1) #47–68, Annual #2Roy ThomasJohn Buscema, George Tuska, Don Heck, Werner Roth, Gene Colan, Barry Windsor-Smith, Sal Buscema

#3 (2nd printing)

  12/1/2010
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Reprints Avengers (Vol. 1) #47–68, Annual #2Roy ThomasJohn Buscema, George Tuska, Don Heck, Werner Roth, Gene Colan, Barry Windsor-Smith, Sal Buscema

#4

  7/1/2004
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Reprints Avengers (Vol. 1) #69-97 & The Incredible Hulk #140Roy Thomas, Harlan EllisonJohn Buscema, Sal Buscema, Neal Adams, Herb Trimpe, Frank Giacoia

#4 (2nd printing)

  10/1/2004
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Reprints Avengers (Vol. 1) #69-97 & The Incredible Hulk #140Roy Thomas, Harlan EllisonJohn Buscema, Sal Buscema, Neal Adams, Herb Trimpe, Frank Giacoia

#4 (3rd printing)

 
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Reprints Avengers (Vol. 1) #69-97 & The Incredible Hulk #140; ca. 2010Roy ThomasJohn Buscema, Sal Buscema, Neal Adams, Herb Trimpe, Frank Giacoia

#5

  1/25/2006
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Reprints The Avengers #98–119, Daredevil #99, The Defenders #8–11Roy Thomas, Harlan Ellison, Steve Englehart, Steve GerberBarry Windsor-Smith, Rich Buckler, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, George Tuska, Jim Starlin, Don Heck, Bob Brown, Sam Kweskin, Gil Kane

#5 (2nd printing)

 
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Reprints The Avengers #98–119, Daredevil #99, The Defenders #8–11; ca. 2010Roy Thomas, Harlan Ellison, Steve Englehart, Steve GerberBarry Windsor-Smith, Rich Buckler, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, George Tuska, Jim Starlin, Don Heck, Bob Brown, Sam Kweskin, Gil Kane

#6

  2/6/2008
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Reprints The Avengers #120-140, Captain Marvel (1st Series) #33, Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #150, and Giant-Size Avengers #1-4Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin, Roy Thomas, Gerry ConwayBob Brown, John Buscema, Jim Starlin, Rich Buckler, Sal Buscema, Dave Cockrum, George Tuska, Don Heck, Tom Sutton

#6 (2nd printing)

 
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Reprints The Avengers #120-140, Captain Marvel (1st Series) #33, Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #150, and Giant-Size Avengers #1-4; New Ed; ca. 2010Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin, Roy Thomas, Gerry ConwayBob Brown, John Buscema, Jim Starlin, Rich Buckler, Sal Buscema, Dave Cockrum, George Tuska, Don Heck, Tom Sutton

#7

 
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Reprints The Avengers #141-163, Annual #6, and Super-Villain Team-Up #9Steve Englehart, Roy Thomas, Tony Isabella 

#8

 
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Collects Avengers #164-184, Anl 7-8, and Marvel Two-In-One Anl 2  

#9

 
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