Made popular to most by the blockbuster Marvel Studios movie franchise, the Avengers comic book was formed by Stan Lee after a game of golf with the ‘Distinguished Competition’ in which the Justice League of America was mentioned. Never one to miss a trick, Lee shuffled the superheroes of the Marvel Universe into one book and thus the Avengers came into being.
The mightiest of superhero supergroups, the Avengers has included everyone from Iron Man to Rage and Cannonball. This minimalist image by Michael Mateyko tracks the many team members.
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