Aug 3, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 890: Avengers v.1 #201, November 1980

Mr. Stern is credited in the back-up story in today's issue as "Historian," which I would think falls under the rubric of editor, even though he's no longer the editor on the title. The story for which he's historian focuses on one of Edwin Jarvis' rare days off, and demonstrates to us that, though lacking in superpowers, Jarvis has every right to be included in the title of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Sometimes the mightiest of heroic feats are the smallest ones that change the lives of the people around us. And more, they are the feats that inspire others to take a stand and be heroes themselves. Which is precisely what Jarvis does here. And given what happens to Jarvis near the end of Stern's run, it's nice to see that he was paying close attention to the character even this far back in the story.

The main story is mostly epilogue and set-up for the previous 200th issue and for the coming stories, respectively. The Avengers part ways, to recuperate and relax, but incidents occur, both to do with odd chemicals, that point to the stories to come. We, on the other hand, are going to leap right over them, and over a publishing period of around 2 years, to the beginning of Roger Stern's stories. The last few issues have been a nice warm-up, and have demonstrated both the action and soap opera that characterizes the title for most of the 80s.

So tomorrow we'll start that, and I've high hopes that I'll be able to make it through the majority of the run without getting tired of it, but you never know. To be continued.

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