Avengers (Marvel ) #131 VF
Published Jan 1975 by Marvel.
"A Quiet Half-Hour in Saigon!" Script by Steve Englehart. Art by Sal Buscema (breakdowns) and Joe Staton (finishes). Cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia. The Avengers search for clues about Mantis' origin in the streets of Saigon. However, their quest for answers continues to come up empty. Meanwhile in timeless limbo, a strange three-way battle among Kang, Immortus, and Rama-Tut concludes. Unfortunately for Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Conqueror emerges victorious! With Immortus' time machine at his disposal, Kang plucks six deceased villains from the time stream to form the unearthly Legion on the Unliving! Frankenstein's Monster, Wonder Man, the Flying Dutchman (aka the Ghost), Midnight, Baron Zemo, and the original (golden age) Human Torch. Wow, an all-star assemblage from the annals of Marvel! And with a spectacular bolt from the blue, Kang interrupts the Avengers' quiet day in Vietnam and transports the heroes to the labyrinths of limbo! Where a blockbuster battle looms next issue…between the quick and the dead! Cameo appearances by Nomad (aka Steve Rogers), Libra, and the Cotati (as the green-hued Swordsman). Avengers Lineup: Iron Man, Hawkeye, Mantis, Thor, and the Vision. (Notes: The build-up of suspense between issues 131 and 132 was tremendous, since most of the resurrected villains had not appeared in almost a decade. Wonder Man, Baron Zemo, and Immortus previously appeared in Avengers (1st series) 9, 15, and 16, respectively. This issue is the third appearance of the original Human Torch in silver age/bronze age continuity. The first is Fantastic Four Annual 4 published in 1966. The second is Avengers 71 published in 1969. The letters page includes a letter from comics artist Ken Meyer, Jr. The letters page also contains Marvel Value Stamp series A #70 Super Skrull by Jack Kirby.) Cover price $0.25.