The valiant also die!

Avengers #44

Welcome to the wonderful world of Marvel madness!

I recently ran across a thumbnail of one of my all-time favorite comic book covers: Avengers #44 from September 1967. John Buscema manages to distill the essence of Silver Age fun on a blank white background.  Bodies are flying every which way, but also create a flow of movement in a spiral around our hapless heroes.  I also love that the usual story-specific blurbs are replaced by a single, generic message: “Welcome to the wonderful world of Marvel madness!”  It’s as if Stan and Co. gave up on any attempt to encapsulate the chaos. And really, what more encouragement does one need?