Below you’ll find our reading selections for the year of 1968, and at the end of our reading, you’ll find my thoughts on the year and our winners for hero and villain of the year.
Feel free to discuss the comics and any related thoughts below in the comments!
1968 Comic Reading List
|1968||Comic Book Title||Issues|
|2||Thor||#148, #149, #150, #151|
|4||Tales to Astonish, Incredible Hulk||#101, #102|
|5||Avengers||#52, #53, #57, #58|
|6||Captain Marvel||#1, #3|
|7||Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD||#1 to #3|
|8||Silver Surfer||#1 to #3|
|9||Amazing Spider-Man Annual||#5|
|10||Fantastic Four Annual||#6|
The Voting – 1968
The Marvel Hero of the Year: 1968
Another heated battle raging this week for 1968’s hero of the year, although for the first time in the 1960’s it was between some newer Marvel players. The Vision’s Avengers debut, and the Silver Surfer’s first solo ongoing series led the two in a head to clash, just narrowly won by…
1968 Hero of the Year: Silver Surfer
The Marvel Villain of the Year: 1968
We also had one of our closer villain of the year votes, with Ultron and Mephisto debuting in Avengers and Silver Surfer, respectively.
While Mephisto’s first appearance is an epic, capturing Silver Surfer’s Shalla-Bal and tempting the Surfer with all manner of earthly pleasure, Ultron really owned the year in The Avengers.
1968 is a particularly interesting year for the Avengers, as Roy Thomas and John Buscema really begin to carve out the look and feel of the Marvel supergroup in a post-Stan an Jack era. Sure, Roy Thomas had been on the title for a bit, but it’s the sequence of Ultron and Vision stories (Avengers #54, #55, #57, and #58 for those keeping track) that really cement much of what is to come in Avengers.
Ultron himself is a menacing, maniacally murderous villain from his first appearance, and is unquestionably one of the most important additions to the Avengers rogues gallery in the entire decade.
1968 Villain of the Year: Ultron
The Marvel Comic Issue of The Year: 1968
There were a lot of votes for the likes of Silver Surfer #1 and #3, as well as a variety of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD issues.
Nonetheless, it’s Avengers #58, “Even an Android Can Cry,” that ran away with the 1968 title.
1968 Issue of the Year: Avengers #58
The Marvel Artist of the Year: 1968
I mean, just look at this… just one of many beatiful, innovative designs on Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #1.
1968 Artist of the Year: Jim Steranko
The Marvel Writer of the Year: 1968
Writer of the year was a bit tougher than artist, with Roy Thomas growing stronger on Avengers, and Steranko showcasing some really fun spy story instincts on Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD.
Nonetheless, the de facto winner of this award from 1961 to 1967 defends his title in 1968. Our winner is, of course, Stan Lee.