Marvel; April 1976
Cover by Gil Kane and Al Milgrom
Title: “The Assassin Never Fails!”
Synopsis: As Captain America lies dying, the rest of The Avengers find themselves the target of The Assassin’s evil plot.
Writer: Tony Isabella
Pencilers: Keith Pollard and Don Heck
Inker: John Tartaglione (as John Tartag)
Review: Tony Isabella follows up a strong first half to his “Assassin” story (see last week’s Bronze Age Minute) with this equally well-done conclusion. While the story suffers a bit from the odd twists and logic quirks that plague many comics of the era, Isabella’s handling of the characters makes up for it; he gets the Avengers, both emotionally and in terms of team dynamics. The writer also gets points for not one but two twist endings. It’s a shame he didn’t get better art support for this two-part story – and that he wasn’t rewarded with a longer stint on The Avengers.
Cool factor: Another nice Gil Kane cover.
Not-so-cool factor: More Don Heck interior art. (I know there are a lot of fans of Heck’s work out there. This reviewer is not one of them.)
Collector’s note: According to The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, there’s a 30¢ cover price variant of this issue.
Character quotable: “I am the Assassin – and the Assassin never fails!” – The Assassin (hence the title of the story!)
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