It's no secret that writer Roy Thomas loves the Golden Age of comic books-specifically the superheroes of the Golden Age.
Back in the Silver
Age of comic books when Roy was an up and coming writer for Marvel Comics he reintroduced a number of
Marvel Comics Golden Age characters in the pages of many of the comic books he
worked on-especially The Avengers.
While many of the
Golden Age characters retained their original appearance and powers Thomas
would sometimes 'tweak' or 'modify' their overall persona.
Case in point.
With issue #57 of
The Avengers Thomas introduced readers to The Vision, albeit a modified version
of the Golden Age character.
Vision was Aarkus, an alien law enforcement officer
who came to Earth to fight crime. Many
similarities are shared between Aarkus and the new Vision. Both wear long flowing capes with a high
collar. Both have odd-pigmented skin
and pupil-less eyes. There is where the
new Vision was a creation of Ultron, the diabolical and infamous robot created
by Henry Pym. Ultron obtained self
awareness and became hell-bent on destroying Pym, his fellow Avengers and
taking over the world.
issue #57 Ultron sends The Vision to destroy The Avengers. After a memorable tussle The Vision is
captured and as his lost memory begins to reassert itself he stops his
aggression towards The Avengers.
Ultron attacks The Avengers The Vision stands against him and ultimately Ultron
is destroyed-or at least that version of him was.
Avengers #57 is important for a number of reasons, chief among them the
introduction of The Vision.
John Buscema, who was at the height of his creativity, portrays The Vision as
noble creature, out of place, isolated and yet longing for companionship. This issue also proved to Roy Thomas and
Marvel that Marvel's entire stable of Golden Age heroes and villains could be
recycled and used.
would later introduce a whole slew of Golden Age heroes in his Kree/Skrull War
Comic Book readers would later go on to discover that The Vision's body was
that of the original Human Torch and much of his personality was swiped from
Vision and the Scarlet Witch would develop a romantic relationship and
eventually marry and have two children.
Sadly, the children would prove to be a manifestation of The Scarlet
Witch's hex power since it was impossible for The Vision and the Scarlet Witch
to have children on their own.
recent Avenger movie showcased Ultron and introduced movie goers to The
Vision. Although the cinema Vision's
origin is different than his comic book version he does have a striking
resemblance to his namesake and similar powers.
The Avengers #57 is
considered one of the 'key issues' to collectors of Silver Age comic books.