Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Dick Ayers
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Colorist: Stan Goldberg
Cover Date: September 1963
With “Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania” almost ready to hit theaters, I’ll be starting a series of reviews focusing on one of the most feared villains in the Marvel Universe-Kang The Conquerer! with the first whole appearance of this persona in Avengers # 8.
Kang makes his presence felt by announcing his intentions to rule the earth. After explaining that he was once known as the pharaoh Rama-Tut, a time traveler from the year 3000 after being trapped in ancient Egypt. After Kang gets the best of The Avengers, The Wasp, and Rick Jones team up to save them at which point they battle Kang again to where they damaged his suit that stores all of his weapons.
Out of all the villains that were introduced during Marvel’s Silver Age era, Kang definitely stood out due to his intriguing backstory as well as the numerous identities that he’s assumed over the years; The action within these pages brought a dramatic flair to it that only Stan Lee can deliver due to his understanding of the main villain’s motives to where he can make them a credible force while never making them feel outrageous nor comical (Paste Pot Pete anyone?!); Kirby’s artwork, accompanied by Dick Ayer’s inking, made this story feel so lively to where you can just feel the intensity and the substantial moments in the pages and it’s no wonder why he’s one of the cornerstones of such rich and vivid storytelling. Yes, Kang’s history got more complicated throughout the years, but this issue introduced him as one of the best Avengers villains (Next to Ultron that is) to the point that he’s more well-known than Doctor Doom or Magneto. If it’s the original copy or even the facsimile itself, this is an issue worth seeking out.
Well, that’s it for me. Next week I’ll be back with another Kang review, so thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.