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Month of Cool Avengers/X-Men Comic Book Moments – The Avengers’ Version of the “Care Bear Stare”

All month long we will feature brand-new Cool Avengers and X-Men Comic Book Moments in celebration of their fiftieth anniversaries this month. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

Today we look at the Avengers’ equivalant of the “Care Bear Stare” as they save the Scarlet Witch from Chthon!

Okay, lots of info to set up the situation in Avengers #187 (written by David Michelinie and a bunch of other dudes and drawn by John Byrne and Dan Green). In this story, the Scarlet Witch has become possessed by the demon Chthon, who, as it turns out, had been messing with Wanda ever since she was born so that she could eventually become a vessel for him/it. Meanwhile, a man claiming to be her and her brother Quicksilver’s father showed up. He was a gypsy named Django Maximoff who could suck people’s souls into magic wooden dolls. He raised the pair but they eventually ran off and he didn’t know what happened to them until he saw that they were Avengers. So they went back to where they were born, Mount Wundagore, where they ended up with Wanda getting posssed by Chthon. The Avengers showed up but were separated when the Quinjet crashed (a true rarity with the Avengers). All of the Avengers but Beast were captured by the possessed Wanda. Last we saw Beast, he was coming across the skeleton of a former Knight of Wundagore.

So we pick up where Chthon is bragging about how awesome he/it is…

Here comes the Care Bear Stare!!!

Yes, they stopped Chthon with LOVE!

Now that his children are safe, their adoptive father passed away. Django was finally unchained from the mortal coil….

I am always a sucker for bits where the good guys have to join in to stop the bad guy by uniting in some sort of deal (like the X-Men sacrificing themselves to stop the Adversary).

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As a follow-up, maybe you can post the end of Maximum Carnage, where Spider-Man made a “love bomb” to stop serial killers.

I can’t remeber if Bova was ever killed off over the years. But if she’s still around, bring on the Bova limited series (okay, maybe a one-shot)!

She is still alive, somehow! I’m honestly sort of surprised no one has killed her yet.

Poor constantly-screwed-up-or-possessed-or-crazy Wanda. The Jean Loring of Marvel…

“Django was finally unchained…”

Ha. I love cheap laughs.

There was another “Care Bear Stare” moment at the start of Busiek’s run.

When I read the headline I thought this was going to be about Avengers Vol 3 #3.

Can’t argue with this one. Hey, I love the Care Bears and consider Byrne’s late 70′s Avengers run to be a classic.

It’s also awesome how the Beast suits up and snatches the Darkhold away. The Bronze Age Furry Beast rocks.

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