Mark Waid and Barry Kitson share their favorite line-ups of Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
51 years ago, the story of the Avengers changed forever. Thor, Iron Man, Giant-Man, and Wasp departed the group, leaving Captain America to rebuild with new members Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye.
But the story of “The Old Order Changeth” is not over! Writer Mark Waid reunites with artist Barry Kitson to unearth an epic new story about what really happened during the Avengers’ earliest change of team members—with major ramifications for both the past and present!
We spoke to Mark and Barry about their all-time favorite Avengers line-ups and the inspiration behind their return to the early days of the mightiest team in the Marvel Universe.
Marvel.com: ?This story is a monumental moment in the history of the Avengers. So, looking back, what are your three favorite Avengers line-ups?
Mark Waid: ?The Kookie Kwartet, I love—and that’s the one we’re focusing on in this book. Beyond that, I love the team during the [Brian] Bendis [NEW AVENGERS] relaunch days with Spider-Man and Wolverine, but my favorite line-up goes all the way back ?to GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #2–4: Iron Man, Thor, Cap, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Mantis, and sometimes Hawkeye.
Barry Kitson: Actually the line-up in AVENGERS #1.1 is my favorite, in all honesty mostly because it is the one I first encountered as kid reading the Avengers and I think those experiences always remain special, but also because I was always drawn to teams that lacked the one almost all-powerful character that could always save the day. I liked that these guys had to cover for one another and that there was a slight edginess stemming from their past as villains in the public’s eye.
My second favorite line-up is harder to say; it would be between the Yellowjacket, Wasp, Vision, Black Panther, Goliath group or Black Panther, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, [and] Goliath. I would probably go for the latter, mainly because just thinking about those stories reminds me of the John Buscema and Tom Palmer issues, which were so beautifully drawn and rendered and featured some great stories from AVENGERS #80, “The Coming of Red Wolf!” through to AVENGERS #83, “The Revolution’s Fine.”
Third one: the classic Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man and Wasp—I don’t think that one really needs explaining; ‘nuff said!
Marvel.com: ?The original “The Old Order Changeth” story was released 51 years ago. What inspired you to add this new dimension to the original tale now?
Mark Waid: ?Much as I did with CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME, I wanted to pick a moment in Avengers history that had been kind of glossed over and go into greater depth. The story of the Avengers drafting three known criminals into their ranks is more timely now than it was back then, even, as reporters in our story worry that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are foreign terrorists!
Marvel.com: Barry, how did Jack Kirby’s vision of this team in 1965 influence your choices for this new series?
Barry Kitson: In truth, Jack Kirby’s vision has influenced everything I’ve ever drawn! He was the first artist whose work absolutely wowed me; as a kid, I thought every character should look the way Jack drew them! I suppose for this specific series I’ve tried to at least reflect a little the way Jack could make each character individual and let their body language speak volumes. Of course we live in more nuanced times so we dial back a little on the grand gestures, but hopefully retain the spirit and fun of Jack’s visual storytelling.
I’ve been having the best time of my life working on these characters that I first met as a very young boy and getting to draw them in that context but with a modern take on those times. Mark’s capturing it wonderfully; this is not the decompressed style so prevalent today—this series is a thrill a minute roller coaster in the classic Marvel style of those early days.
Discover new Marvel history in AVENGERS #1.1 by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson on November 9!