IMG_1976This is the “parade” issue. And it’s fantastic. For many, many reasons.

Here’s five of them.

1.  This piece of the cover. 

A fan has a hat with a bunch of letter-column titles written on buttons.  “Let’s Rap With Cap” and the others are pretty easy, but what is “Single File” from?  It’s tough one.  Anybody know?

[Answer at the bottom of this post]

This baseball cap is a testament to how much Busiek and Perez loved comic books.  I wonder whose idea it was?

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2.  avengers 425 cap and iron manThe fans are actually in the comic. 

A little kid in a black panther onesie sucking on a Captain Marvel lollipop.  And a dude with a cap with wings on it asking to see Deathcry.  Busiek, nerd is thy name.

Note: This is also foreshadowing.  Busiek would be incorporating the criticisms of fans who said that Avengers was too monochrome by incorporating a racism theme into the comic.  Good stuff.

3.  [At left]

In the grand Stan Lee tradition of a shared universe, which quickly turned into a Marvel Corporation tradition for content-placed advertising and cross-promotion, Busiek manages to work in not one but two mentions of other series in the same panel.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

Similarly, there are two fantastic splash pages–one of all heroes, one of all villains–in this comic.  I wish I had posters of them.  Nobody does encyclopediac pictures like George Perez.

4.  The Marvel Zombies!

This issue wasn’t the first issue where Grim Reaper resurrected the dead, but it was the first one where the undead Marvel characters really looked like the Marvel Zombies.

 

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5.  The Return of Wonder Man!

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One of my favorite Avengers returns.  And Busiek does it right, too.  Especially the upcoming conflicts between Vision and Scarlet Witch.  Epic run.

Now, for the answer to trivia question above….Hit next.

Answer: “Single File” was the name of the letter page for Avengers Spotlight.  But you knew that, didn’t you?

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