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The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – V

We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!
Here‘s an archive of A-T.

Today we look at a classic member of the Avengers.

Through 200 issues of the Avengers, since it was a team book starring various characters, many of whom who had their own book, the book really wasn’t “about” anyone in particular.

However, if you had to pick one character that the series was “about,” it would definitely be the Vision.

He was the third significant member of the Avengers to make his debut IN the pages of the Avengers (Wonder Man being the first and Dane Whitman being the second)…

The Vision was an android created by Ultron, based on the brain patterns of Wonder Man, who was thought dead at the time.

Vision could change his density (making himself intangible then as tough as diamond), he was strong, he could fly and he could shoot heat beams from his eyes. Upon joining the Avengers, he was almost instantly one of their most powerful members.

Part of the fun in following Vision was seeing him grow as a “person.”

As a sign of his importance to the book, with #93, he was given the corner box, which is usually where the picture of a book’s star goes…

Neal Adams did some awesome work with the Vision…

A major part of the Vision’s popularity was also his burgeoning relationship with his teammate, the Scarlet Witch.

The Vision continued on as a valuable member of the team…

He and the Scarlet Witch married…

He had the corner box for so long that they even changed it to show him in a DIFFERENT pose!

He was one of the few Avengers left standing against Count Nefaria…

But as the book neared #200, his role in the book diminished a bit…

And soon after #200, he and the Scarlet Witch left the title.

They had their own mini-series (where Magneto reveals himself to be Scarlet Witch’s father).

And then, after helping the Avengers out, the Vision was incapacitated for a time, and when he came back…

He took over control of the Avengers and started an insane plan to take over the world (for its own good, of course)…

The Avengers saved him (and his sanity) and he and the Scarlet Witch more or less retired to become parents, which they did in their second mini-series.

It involved magical sperm.

They returned to the Avengers, this time the West Coast team.

Sadly, the governments of the world held a grudge over that whole “trying to take over the world” thing, so they kidnapped him…

dismantled him…

And by the time they got him back, it was like tabula rasa (this was aided by the now living Wonder Man being all, “Hell no, I’m not letting you copy my brain again!”)…

The Scarlet Witch did not take it well…

The newly blank Vision joined the East Coast Avengers…

There, he slowly regained his humanity (here he is kissing the lady who was married to the man his current brain pattern was based on)

He also got his own foil embossed cover!!

And a new costume…

Kurt Busiek brought him back to his old look, and some familiar territory (Scarlet Witch love triangle, sorta)…

He had two mini-series of his own…

Then Bendis had him destroyed in Avengers #500.

A NEW Vision (of sorts) showed up in Young Avengers…

This new Vision is dating his teammate Stature and is part of the newly formed Mighty Avengers…

Quite a history the Vision has, huh?

I’d like to see the original one return! The new one can stay, too – he can be like a junior version of the Vision (he’d need a new name, though, of course).

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Haha I love the cover to Avengers #243, the Scarlet Witch fights a Fire!! and Starfox battles Bandits!!

Now that’s what the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were put together for!

Next week the Black Night rescues a kitten and Hercules changes a car tyre!!

In the Avengers “Kree-Skrull War” story arc ( by Roy Thomas ), the chapter about Hank Pym getting inside Vision to “repair” him was quite good ( around #90 I think … ) .

“I’d like to see the original one return! The new one can stay, too – he can be like a junior version of the Vision (he’d need a new name, though, of course).”

Well, yeah, that’d be great, but what would they rename the new kid? Revision?

Not V For Vendetta? Now I know how that Quasar fellow felt …

Never liked the Vision. He’s Frankenstein’s Robot’s Frankenstein. If that makes any sense.

W is a toss-up. X will be something X-Related. Y will be Yellowjacket.

Z has gotta be ZZazz.

Awesome! The Vision is one of my favorite characters. Although, you put a picture of him fighting Count Nefaria under the caption “He was one of the few Avengers left standing against Graviton…”

I think the cover you wanted was Avengers #159.

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 28, 2009 at 6:07 am

No mention of the Ultimate Vision?
Surprising, after all, you’ve talked about the varied history and looks of Vision, so why not include the Ultimate version (even if it’s not part of the regular continuity)?

The Mad Maple

May 28, 2009 at 6:12 am

I was expecting V for Vendetta, too, but the Vision’s a nice choice. too. He always was one of my favourite Avengers growing up. (It was between him and Hawkeye, with the Monica Rambeau version of Captain Marvel coming a close third.)

Anyways, my guesses at the final four are:

W – Watchmen. (It’s a tossup between that and Wolverine, although Brian might just pick West Coast Avengers or the Wendigore just to throw us all off.)
X – Charles Xavier.
Y – Yellowjacket. (Mainly ’cause he picked Y The Last Man for the last one, and I somehow doubt he’d use Youngblood.)
Z – Zot! (With the Zoo Crew as a longshot curve ball.)

Wasn’t the Vision the third member of the team to make his debut in the Avengers? Wonder Man was the first and the Black Knight (Dane Whitman) was the second.

“Well, yeah, that’d be great, but what would they rename the new kid? Revision?”

How about The Glimpse? ;)

Visionary? Double Vision?

Vision had the honor of serving with Quasar. For that the world respects him.

“Well, yeah, that’d be great, but what would they rename the new kid? Revision?”

Considering the team has a speedster named… wait for it… SPEED, they really don’t have to worry about the name.

And re: the corner box: my impression was that he got that as the highest-profile Avenger who didn’t have his own title – EG, Cap / Thor / Iron Man would all have their own corner boxes, and giving him that made Avengers visually distinctive.

Another point for Vision – he was prominent enough to be one of the four featured Avengers in the Captain America and the Avengers arcade game, along with Cap, Iron Man, and Hawkeye. Too bad it was the horrible white costume, though. Why is it that you need saving?

Growing up, the core Avengers outside the big three were Vision, Scarlet Witch, Beast and Wonder Man. Vision was always the Mr. Spock of the group, which made him very cool indeed.

The issue (211) where Moondragon messes with the team and ultimately leads those four members to leave all at once was an incredibly dark time for this nine-year-old (they got replaced by Tigra (!) for cryin’ out loud!).

By the way, you have to love cheesy 70′s cover captions, don’t you?

“Your Young Men Shall Slay Visions”. What the hell does that mean? Doesn’t matter, I love it.

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,
I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh:
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams;
And on My servants and on My handmaidens,
I will pour out in those days of My Spirit;
And they shall prophesy.

Acts 2:17-18

“One of our androids is missing!” Hilarious. How many do they have at the mansion, anyway?

The Vision is a great character, he and Hawkeye were my favorite Avengers, growing up.

The Vision is a great, great character– he’s the Martian Manhunter of the Avengers. It ain’t the Avengers without him.

I’ve always liked Vision’s off-white “blank slate” look.

Wow. I knew there was a Mighty Avengers in 1985, but not an Ultimate Vision!

So who exactly is this new Vision? I haven’t seen an explanation in the couple of issues of Mighty Avengers I picked up.

Vision and Hawkeye are my two favorite Avengers, as well. Avengers #194 was one of my first comics, and I always loved that cover.

The new Vision is made up of the armor (and sort of the personality) of Iron Lad, the guy who formed the Young Avengers. Iron Lad was really a younger version of Kang. He ended up killing Kang but then had to take his place in the timeline. He left behind his armor, which became the new Vision.

Thanks, Brian.

@David:

Thanks for the quote. Knowing it’s a Biblical reference makes the caption a little bit less corny.

Just a little bit, though.

Also, looking at that 242 cover reminds me that Milgrom/Sinnot were a very respectable art team. Vision’s been blessed with some fine depictions over the years.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

May 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm

I had no idea that The Vision was ever meant to be a ‘power house’ character.

I always felt I missed the boat with that character – he and Scarlett Witch were already over by the time I got into comics, and he was constantly getting changed.

From the few glimpses I saw of the old one, I never could see why you would do that.
(Or play up the ‘he’s scanned from Wonder Mans’ brain pattern angle. Bit weird that Scarlett Witch never felt weird boffing WM – especially when Vision was alive).

It involved magical sperm.

Hilarious.

And it went for twelve issues?

I’m sorry I can’t stop laughing. The VISION. In a comic book alphabet of COOL!?!

Are you on drugs, Brian?

The Vision is the superhero equivalent of those guys who worked at Bell Labs in the 1960s with the square crewcut, the horn-rimmed glasses and a pocket protector on an perfectly starched short sleeved white shirt with a black tie.

The Vision is the Dilbert of superheroes. Actually, that’s not fair to Dilbert because Dilbert has wry observance on his side.

The Vision is BORING. He’s duller than dishwater. He’s duller than the Red Tornado, and that’s saying something because the Red Tornado is a pale imitation of him.

I don’t care how many foil covers he got or how many creators chose him as their special teacher’s pet over the years, the Vision is not, never has been, never will be cool.

Just say what you really think Graeme…..

So which is the REAL original Vision… This one, or the World War II one?

Also, I’ve only just seen the obvious homage made by Whackos #45 to Avenger #57.

Mind you I don’t think I’ve ever seen a physical copy of Avengers #57, but I did own the entire run of West Coast Avengers/Avengers West Coast…

The Vision was never the same again after John Byrne had him dismantled in West Coast Avengers. Way to totally destroy a cool character.

It seemed to me that during his period on West Coast Avengers, John Byrne was on some strange crusade to destroy everything that had been established before. He also drove the Scarlet Witch insane for the first time, setting a precedent for many later horrors.
He did create the Great Lakes Avengers, but that doesn’t make up for all the other stuff.

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