The Avengers III

105-152

This page: 119-135 and GIANT-SIZE 2-4

The story of Mantis and her rise from bar-girl to Celestial Madonna actually began in #112, and ran to GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #4, following #135. As far as I know it's the most detailed origin anyone's ever had - a total of 19 issues. Here, following her initial appearances and the issues of the Avengers-Defenders Clash, is the bulk of it.

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ICollection: AVENGERS 129-GS4 (no DR STRANGE)I
ICollection: includes AVENGERS 127 and FF 150 (but not GSA 4!)
ICollection: includes GSA 4
ICollection: AVENGERS 120-140 and GSA 1-4, plus CAPTAIN MARVEL 33 and FF 150

COMICS

AVENGERS 136-152


NOTES:

123: The cover says "The Origin of Mantis" but the story inside says "An Origin for Mantis." We were a long way from finding out the truth about her.

CAPTAIN MARVEL 33: Plotted by Jim Starlin, scripted by me.

127: Coordinated with Gerry Conway's FANTASTIC FOUR 150. Colored by me.

128: Colored by me. I was seriously considering coloring this series on a regular basis - I enjoyed exercising different creative muscles - and then we decided to add GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS. Never mind...

GS2: Number 1 had been a stand-alone story by writer emeritus Roy Thomas. When I got started with #2, I wanted to integrate the new series with the old one, since I was spinning such a complex web in AVENGERS that stand-alones would never be able to compare. This then became, every three months, another "bi-weekly" run. Number 129 & GS2 are one story - one of my all-time favorites.

132 & GS3: Guess what? This was a lot of darn work. I plotted these issues but Roy scripted them so I could get ahead...

133-135: ...and write, well, the history of the universe and the history of the Vision simultaneously, in the midst of an action book racing toward Mantis's finale.

GS4: And having done so, I integrated DR STRANGE into the plot as well, because...why the heck not?