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Month of Avengers/X-Men Top Fives – Longest Continuous Service by an Avenger

All month-long we’ll be featuring top five lists about either the Avengers or the X-Men. Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!

Today we’ll take a look at the top five longest continuous services by Avenger Members.

Enjoy!

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Many of Brian Michael Bendis’ Avengers served for a looong time. Heck, depending on your views on Wolverine’s service time, he might actually already be on the list (I think he had some breaks, but I could be wrong). Thor was the last one cut from the list, as Cap JUST edged him out (Thor served from #79-181). Then Hawkeye and Wonder Man. Beast had a long stint, as did most of the members of Bob Harras’ Avengers (Sersi, Black Widow, Crystal and Hercules). Vision almost sneaked on to the list from his third stint with the Avengers (West Coast Avengers and then transferring to the East Coast team for all of Hama and Harras’ run on the title).

5. Captain America

Served with the Avengers from Avengers #141 to Avengers #245

4. Scarlet Witch

Served with the Avengers from Avengers #75 to Avengers #211

3. Wasp

Served with the Avengers from #137 to #279

2. Iron Man

Served with the Avengers from Avengers #86 to Avengers #231

1. Vision

Served with the Avengers from #58 to #211

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Man, no wonder Vizh was the guy Marvel chose to represent the Avengers in the corner box.

wow, were my guesses ever off (right people but wrong order). I expected Cap and Wasp to be at the top (it just seemed like in the 70s and 80s Wasp was always on the Avengers, no matter how the team was shaken up).

I didn’t realize Vision never took a break since his first appearance…definitely earned the corner box slot.

Interesting to note the longest stints for Avengers who subsequently vanished without a trace for years and years: I’m thinking of Black Panther, who was a mainstay throughout the late 60s and 70s, then left with zero fanfare. Also Captain Marvel/Monica Rambeau was such a core member for five years or so, but once Roger Stern was gone, she wasn’t far behind…

I guess founding member, Hulk, probably takes the prize for shortest tenure? (unless you count plants in the group like Wonder Man the first time around…)

Do note that Vision and the Scarlet Witch technically took #137-139 off, but come on, it was their honeymoon and they still appeared in every issue, so it seemed wrong to count that as a break in service.

Not surprising that the guy who literally didn’t have a life before the Avengers stuck around so long.

An interesting related question: what is the smallest group of people such that at least one of them was an Avenger at all times? Who is in that group? For the X-men, what is the smallest group such that there was at least one of them on every team of X-men?

An interesting related question: what is the smallest group of people such that at least one of them was an Avenger at all times?

Fascinating question.

Okay, taking a crack at it, I’d say you would need the following…

Wasp
Captain America
Vision

That gets you to #279.

Then…hmmm….add Thor and you’re all the way to #402.

That completes the second series, as well, as well as New Avengers up until Civil War. Then you need, let’s say Spider-Man.

That gets you to the current series.

So there ya go…

Wasp
Cap
Vision
Thor
Spider-Man

One of those five characters has been on every Avengers team ever.

Didn’t Iron Man take a temporary leave during the Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver origin story (sometime during the 180s)?

Didn’t Iron Man take a temporary leave during the Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver origin story (sometime during the 180s)?

He missed three issues while being investigated for murder (which he was then cleared). I guess you can call that a break in service, but seems like a bit of a stretch. It struck me as more a case of Michelinie (then writer of the Avengers) attempting to promote his then current Iron Man story (as he was the writer on that book, as well). Any other Avenger and I doubt it even would have been incorporated into the main series.

If you do consider it a break, then Iron Man would fall off the top five entirely and Thor would take over at #5 and everyone else would move up one spot (except the Vision, of course).

For the X-men, Cyclops and Storm cover almost all of it between the two of them.

Add in Rogue to get Mike Carey’s run, plus Uncanny X-men 343-349.

Nightcrawler brings in The Rise and Fall of the Shiar Empire, plus Uncanny X-men #395-414.

Northstar gets you Marjorie Liu’s Astonishing run, plus Jean’s Eve of Destruction team.

So the comparable X-men list is Cyclops, Storm, Rogue, Nightcrawler, and Northstar.

And now have those line-ups fight.

Oh, I wasn’t including the spin-off teams, also. You’d need a bunch more Avengers to get those. Dark Avengers, West Coast Avengers, etc.

Hey look that’s two more top fives for you!

This is yet more proof that the Vision is the Martian Manhunter of the Avengers.

“This is yet more proof that the Vision is the Martian Manhunter of the Avengers.”

This.

Whenever most people think Avengers, Cap, Thor, or Iron Man come to mind. The Big Three. Purists might think of Hawkeye due to his dedication to the team or because being in the Avengers made him a fan favorite. (Not unlike Wolverine becoming the New X-Men’s breakthough character.)

But it’s awesome to note how Vish debuted in the series proper and stayed on for the next two decades, to the point where he deservedly earned the corner box. It’s a shame that he’s never become a true A-lister on Wolvie’s level because Vision really is a great character.

As a person who start reading Avengers with the New Avengers, it’s a shame that the most prominent Avenger has been on the bench for such a long time.

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