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The Avengers (1963) - #145
"The Taking of the Avengers!"

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Scott Edelman
Tony Isabella

Don Heck

John Tartaglione

Don Warfield

David 'Dave' Hunt
Denise Wohl

Marv Wolfman

Cover Artist(s):
Dan Adkins
Dan Crespi
Gil Kane

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Cover Date: March 1976
Cover Price: US $ 0.25

Issue Tagline: "They paid me one billion dollars to murder the Avengers- - - -and the Assassin never fails!!"

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue

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Someone hires a mysterious figure known as "The Assassin" to kill the Avengers. The Assassin promises success in one year. One year later, Cap is shot with a mysterious gun and lays dying. Continued in Avengers #146.

Reprinted/Collected in:
40 Years of the Avengers (2006) DVD-ROM
The Avengers (1963) HC
The Avengers (1963) HC (Direct Market Edition)
Die Rächer (1979) #5
Essential Avengers (2000) TPB vol. 07

This story happens chronologically sometime after Avengers #149. This is a fill-in issue because the story which was to appear in Avengers #145 was not ready. It & #146 were originally intended to be published in Giant-Sized Avengers #5, before that became an all-reprint issue.

Denise Wohl's lettering on pages 14-15 is uncredited in this issue.

Aquarius, Aries, Leo, Pisces, Taurus, Black Panther, Destroyer, Dr. Spectrum, Grim Reaper, HYDRA, Magneto, Moonstone, Sons of the Serpent, Space Phantom & Zzzax appear in flashback.

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An image for Aquarius (Marvel)(01 - Darren Bentley) exists Aquarius (Marvel)(01 - Darren Bentley)
An image for Aries (Marvel)(02 - Grover Raymond) exists Aries (Marvel)(02 - Grover Raymond)
An image for Assassin (Marvel) (01 - Maria) exists Assassin (Marvel) (01 - Maria)
An image for Beast (Marvel)(Henry McCoy) exists Beast (Marvel)(Henry McCoy)
An image for Black Panther (Marvel)(01 - T'Challa) exists Black Panther (Marvel)(01 - T'Challa)
An image for Captain America (Marvel)(01 - Steve Rogers) exists Captain America (Marvel)(01 - Steve Rogers)
An image for Destroyer (Marvel)(03 - Asgardian) exists Destroyer (Marvel)(03 - Asgardian)
An image for Doctor Spectrum (Marvel)(01 - Kinji Obatu) exists Doctor Spectrum (Marvel)(01 - Kinji Obatu)
An image for Grim Reaper (Marvel) exists Grim Reaper (Marvel)
An image for Hawkeye (Marvel)(01 - Clint Barton) exists Hawkeye (Marvel)(01 - Clint Barton)
An image for Iron Man (Marvel)(01 - Tony Stark) exists Iron Man (Marvel)(01 - Tony Stark)
  An image for Leo (Marvel)(01 - Daniel Radford) exists Leo (Marvel)(01 - Daniel Radford)
An image for Magneto (Marvel) exists Magneto (Marvel)
An image for Moonstone (Marvel)(01 - Lloyd Bloch) exists Moonstone (Marvel)(01 - Lloyd Bloch)
An image for Pisces (Marvel)(01 - Noah Perricone) exists Pisces (Marvel)(01 - Noah Perricone)
An image for Scarlet Witch (Marvel) exists Scarlet Witch (Marvel)
An image for Space Phantom (Marvel) exists Space Phantom (Marvel)
An image for Taurus (Marvel)(01 - Cornelius van Lunt) exists Taurus (Marvel)(01 - Cornelius van Lunt)
An image for Thor (Marvel)(01 - Thor Odinson) exists Thor (Marvel)(01 - Thor Odinson)
An image for Vision (Marvel)(02 - Synthozoid) exists Vision (Marvel)(02 - Synthozoid)
An image for Zzzax (Marvel) exists Zzzax (Marvel)

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Avengers (Marvel)(01 - Original Team)
Hydra (Marvel)
  Sons of the Serpent (Marvel)
Zodiac (Marvel)(01 - Cartel)

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