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When We First Met – “And There Came a Day…”

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!’” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

This is a special mini-edition of When We First Met, answering a question I just got on Twitter from T_Campbell

Hey, do you know when the Avengers lead in “a day unlike any other” made its first appearance?

The answer is Avengers #128, from the summer of 1974.



Well, that was simple! I’ve never much liked that intro and always found it pretty awkward, but even so I’m surprised it came in so late.

It looks like that was when Marvel just started doing the masthead intros period. Amazing Spider-Man had one a couple of months earlier and FF picked up about seven months later.

How interesting. I could have sworn that the phrase was at the end of Avengers #1, but I guess I misremembered it.

Also, that is one freaking random assemblage of heroes on that splash page. I guess it’s just this Avengers lineup with some short-lived D-listers and the entire extended FF cast of the time, but still.

Thanks to Joss Whedon et al, a “day unlike any other” now occurs 8+ times per month.

They are just coming back from Pietro’s and Crystals wedding in that splash page.

This was the first issue after Crystal and Quicksilver’s wedding. Staton really was one of the best inkers for Sal Buscema, wasn’t he? Right up there with Dave Hunt…

that was a quick fast answer . for that long in the avengers run mostly when they were coming back from a wedding that there came a day unlike any other became part of avengers and marvel lore

I love that phrase! I also like “… and keep a semblance of a normal life!” ( I might be paraphrasing) and “… a world that hates and fears them”

Am I correct in thinking that I read that all of those banners up top (of all of the Marvels of that time period) were written by Scott Edelman?

Good guess, Travis, not that I would know. It does sound like Edelman’s Captain Marvel somehow. He had a certain… pomposity to his words.

Not a criticism, mind you. I love pomposity. But it is certainly noticeable.

Captain Haddock

January 26, 2014 at 7:43 pm

“…the AvengeR Assemble”? Here’s a real doozy, when did they catch that typo?

And Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1 gave us the variation “And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes were unaware of a threat greater than all of them could handle.”

What I don’t remember is whether that blurb box was also
the introduction of the tagline “Stan Lee Presents.”

I’ve always been partial to “Caught in the heat of a gamma bomb…” Science!

I seem to recall that the Stan Lee Presents came about after Stan was promoted to Publisher, around late 1972.

What I don’t remember is whether that blurb box was also
the introduction of the tagline “Stan Lee Presents.”

It wasn’t. The Stan Lee Presents came a couple of years earlier.

I’m sure there’s a good explanation by this… but how, exactly, can Thor be caught off-guard by a lightning storm?

It’s a supernatural storm, unleashed by Necrodamus. And while you have a good point, I don’t think it’s ever been shown Thor can sense the weather though yeah, that would be logical.
Not only were they back from the wedding, Agatha Harkness spent the next three or four issues initiating Wanda into actual magic.

Thanks, man! It’s great to get such a comprehensive answer so fast– I know you sometimes have to keep stuff like this in the hopper for a while. It’ll help me a lot with an essay I’m putting together.

This was the issue right before the official beginning of “The Celestial Madonna” saga. Those were some fun but crazy stories.

I own this comic and had no idea that was the first time that was used. Pretty cool.

Here‘s a one-off “Stan Lee Presents” masthead, from Iron Man #178 (part of Assistant Editor’s Month).

I knew the lead in to the Avengers cartoon sounded familiar….

But I really still post to say how awesome is that opening page? All these varied Marvel characters, in a big exciting opening. It used to seem like they just lived in the same universe. Nowadays they all seem really forced together.

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