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Month of Avengers/X-Men Top Fives – Top Five Writers Who Have Written the Most Issues of the Avengers

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!

In this installment, we’ll look at the writers who have written the most issues of Avengers (Avengers in this instance being Avengers, West Coast Avengers, New Avengers and Mighty Avengers plus their respective Annuals).



Bob Harras JUST missed the top five. He wrote the Avengers for a little over 50 issues.

5. Kurt Busiek

Busiek wrote the Avengers for a little over 50 issues, as well, just a little further past 50 than Harras. That’s not giving Busiek credit for Avengers Forever. If I did, he actually wouldn’t be any higher on the list but he’d have a bigger lead over Harras.

4. Roger Stern

Stern wrote the Avengers for roughly 60 issues. His total would rise, as well, if you included Avengers Forever (but not enough to make the top 3).

3. Steve Englehart

Englehart wrote the Avengers, between his first stint and his West Coast Avengers stint, for a little under 90 issues.

2. Roy Thomas

Thomas wrote the Avengers, between his first stint and his West Coast Avengers stint, for a little under 120 issues.

1. Brian Michael Bendis

Bendis wrote the Avengers for 3,503 issues. Or something like that. He wrote New Avengers for 25 issues and then wrote New Avengers AND Mighty Avengers a dozen or so issues and then wrote New Avengers and Dark Avengers for a dozen or so issues. Then he wrote New Avengers and Avengers for 34 issues apiece. Plus Annuals and his initial four-issue stint on Avengers Disassembled and he has this one locked up tight.




Between seeing Bendis in the top spot and being reminded of what a low point in WCA’s story was Roy Thomas’ run (the book should have been cancelled after Englehart left), this is a sad list.

Pretty much exactly the list I figured it would be. I’ve got a soft spot for early Englehart and Stern, with lots of good memories of Busiek and Thomas, as well.

I was just thinking of Busiek’s Avengers run just yesterday. He is still the writer, that when I think Avengers, his comes to mind. Probably been thinking about how no matter how good Avengers 2 is or will be, it will most likely still only be the second best Ultron story.

The best is at #4 but I have enjoyed at least parts of the runs for each of these writers (including Harras).

Quality vs Quantity ;-)

Out of interest how many did Shooter write?

Oh boy here come the people waiting to rip apart Bendis because they didn’t like his stories. He must have been doing something right to keep the book for 8 years.

For the record, the top five happen to be my five favorite Avengers writers ever. What’s confusing to me is Harras was sixth? I’m going to assume the only reason he didn’t get kicked off the title sooner was that he became editor-in-chief during his tenure.

Jeff: Yeah, as soon as I saw the top spot, I was like “oh shit, brace for impact.” As far as Harras goes, he’s a lot less hated as a writer than as an editor.

Well you can add me to the list of people that didn’t like Bendis’ stories. I gave his run about 20 issues or so, even though I had hated Disassembled, and finally dropped it because frankly I found it pretty boring. his writing definitely isn’t my cup of tea.

I’m surprised that Stern’s numbers weren’t higher. It seemed like he was on the title for a really long time. And at first I was surprised to see Englehart higher than him, but I wasn’t factoring in his long run on WCA in addition to his 70s work on the main title. And at the time it was coming out at least, I really enjoyed Harras’ run. I’m sure the Epting pencils helped that. And I haven’t re-read it to see if I think it still holds up.

Bendis?? BENDIS???

I totally don’t care. I just wanted to flip out and be popular.

Dan Slott (Mighty Avengers and She Hulk) and Jeff Parker (Marvel Adventures Avengers) are the best Avengers writeres in the last decade.

So many Bendis issues. So little that happened.

Avengers is a top book because of Bendis. You can say it’s because of additions like Wolverine and Spider-Man, but ALL of his avengers books so well. From New to Mighty to Dark. Bendis made the Avengers name a sales force to be reckoned with.

I feel like it’s odd to not give an exact count of Bendis’ after you’ve given more or less exact counts of all the others, no?

JC Lebourdais

May 29, 2014 at 5:57 am

By reading time, 200 issues of Bendis feel like about 17 by Roy Thomas or Steve Englehart, this overhyped gent need to be brought further down the list. ’nuff said.

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