Janet van Dyne (Earth-616) from Avengers Vol 3 71 001
The Wasp
You look pretty cheerful, Hawkeye! There must be a female in your future!
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Hawkeye Vol 3 5 Textless
There sure will be, if I can help it!
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Appearing in "The Living Laser!"Edit

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  • Aero-car
  • Jet-scooter

Synopsis for "The Living Laser!"Edit

The Living Laser robs a bank, and the Avengers investigate the scene of the crime. There, the Living Laser is in plain clothes and notices how beautiful the Wasp is, and becomes obsessed with her. Bill Foster returns to help. The Living Laser then attacks. He is beaten by Goliath and the rest of the Avengers arrive. The Living Laser escapes however, and makes his laser beam deadlier. The Avengers excluding Goliath attack the Living Laser again, Hawkeye and Captain America get captured in a deadly trap and the Wasp is kidnapped by the Laser.

  • Captain America was last seen in Tales of Suspense #82-#84 battling AIM's Super Adaptoid, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3 where he and the Avengers consider Spider-Man for membership in the Avengers (asking him to bring in the Hulk), and in Tales of Suspense #85 (Battling Batroc the Leaper and Hydra), #86 (fighting communist spies), and #87 (Battling the Peerless Planner.)
  • Hawkeye, Goliath, and Wasp were last seen in Tales of Suspense #84 helping Cap in his fight against the Super Adaptoid, and in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3 where they all considered Spider-Man for membership in the Avengers.
  • This is the first appearance of the Living Laser.
  • In the last issue, the teaser at the end promised a big change coming for Goliath, in the opening splash page there is a note from Stan Lee that that will be held off until issue #35 and that this issue is a build up to that change.
  • Page 3: Cap's mention of their battle against the Sons of the Serpent refers to their recent battle against this racist group in Avengers #32-33.
  • Page 5: Wasp's friend and former girlfriend of the Living Laser, Lucy Barton, is apparently of no relation to Wasp's fellow Avenger, Hawkeye (Clinton Barton).
  • Page 7: Cap's mention to his career previously being cut short is a reference to his disappearance in World War II during a battle against Baron Zemo. In that battle he was knocked into the ocean and was frozen in suspended animation until he was rescued years later by the Avengers. This story was told back in Avengers #4 when Cap first joined the team.
  • Page 9: Bill Foster returns to work for Goliath after storming out on him in Avengers #33, when he thought that the Avengers were siding with the Sons of the Serpent (Foster was beaten up by them and felt betrayed, not realizing that the Avengers siding with the Serpents was part of an elaborate trick.)
  • Page 16: Hawkeye makes a wise crack about Tony Stark having insurance on their Aero-Cars. Tony Stark (who is, unknown to his fellow Avengers, Iron Man) has been funding the Avengers and providing them with equipment and their base of operations since Avengers #2.
  • Page 18: Cap mentions that he has coated his shield with a laser proof coating (designed by Tony Stark) this little fact causes a bit of a continuity glitch later, as it is explained that Captain America's shield was constructed out of pure Adamantium and was indestructible anyway. This story pre-dates that "revelation". In Avengers #8, the shield is described as being made of "steel".
  • Captain America, Goliath, Hawkeye, Wasp, The Living Laser and Bill Foster are all seen next issue.

  • The credits read:
  • Spellbinding Story: Smilin' Stan Lee
  • Awe-Inspiring Artwork: Dashin' Donnie Heck
  • Lots of Little Lettering: Adorable Artie Simek

See AlsoEdit

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