"The Light That Failed!"

1976-01

Main Details
Series
Volume 1
Issue 27
Collects
Credits
Date 1976-01
Publisher
Location of Publication New York, New York
Genre Superhero
Format Softcover
Type Comic Book
Page Count 32
Language English
Characters
  • Captain America (Steve Rogers)
  • Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
  • Goliath (Hank Pym)
  • Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)
Story Location New York: New York City; Manhattan, Central America: Costa Verde; Living Laser's cave
Notes Reprinted Issue:
The Avengers Vol 1 #35, December, 1966
One page is removed from the original story.
This editor would propose that Captain America, not being aware of the capabilities of the Living Laser's weapons and not having tremendous knowledge of advances made in lasers since 1945, chose to not have his long treasured shield (given to him by President Franklin Roosevelt) risk destruction. He therefore used a replacement which was coated in Tony Stark's refractive coating.
Beginning with this issue, Roy Thomas begins a lengthy and significant run as the series writer. Although in this issue he mainly writes text and dialogue for a plot conceived by Stan Lee and Don Heck (mostly by Heck), he will take charge of writing plots for issues next issue and will be the chief writer for it until 1972. During his tenure, he will introduce such characters as the Grim Reaper, Ultron, the Vision as well as Hank Pym's Yellowjacket personae. He will also write such important stories as Pym's first major nervous breakdown and the marriage of Hank and Jan, the discovery of adamantium and the Kree-Skrull war. Perhaps most importantly, Thomas will introduce the concept that the Avengers' roster is in constant flux. Although the team had changed personnel already a few times before, Thomas will have characters join, quit, re-join and assume new superheroic identities at such a rapid pace, the team's roster will almost never be static for more than two consecutive issues.

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