Avengers (1963 1st Series) #19 FN/VR 1st Appearance of the Swordsman
Published Aug 1965 by Marvel.
Cover pencils by Jack Kirby and Don Heck (insets), inks by Frank Giacoia. First appearance of the Swordsman and the origin of Hawkeye in "The Coming of... the Swordsman!", script by Stan Lee, pencils by Don Heck, inks by Dick Ayers; The Swordsman infiltrates the Avenger's base and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver attack him; He then admits he was testing them and wants to apply for membership; Captain America intervenes with information saying he is a wanted man and the Swordsman escapes; Hawkeye explains that the Swordsman used to be his tutor when he was in the circus; Meanwhile, in Nick Fury's office in Washington D.C HYDRA agents find a letter from Captain America; They later discard it as trash; It explained how Captain America wanted to work for S.H.I.E.L.D.; A mobster finds it and gives it to the Swordsman; A trap is laid for Captain America; He then leaves to meet with "Nick Fury"; Hawkeye finds out about the plan and gathers the other Avengers to help him; Captain America battles the Swordsman and gets captured before the others can arrive to help. Avengers Roll Call: Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch. Letter to the editor from Cary Burkett. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.12.