Sunday, December 7, 2008

Avengers Mansion, the Mecca of Marvel Manhattan

I’m really interested in seeing what Dan Slott’s going to do with Mighty Avengers.  From his recent interview in Newsarama, I get the feeling he wants to a slightly more traditional Avengers book.  Hank Pym is back on the team and getting some love after years of neglect.  Yocasta is back as well, and since her brain patterns are based on Janet Van Dyne (can’t believe she’s really gone forever), Hank’s going to have a weird relationship with her.  Slott’s bringing back the Scarlet Witch (hopefully rehabilitated) and the Vision.  There’s a new Avengers headquarters in this series, and I can only hope Avengers Mansion is back.

Avengers Mansion: Just a Little Place in Manhattan

I ran across this commission piece by John Byrne yesterday.  How fantastic!  It’s the Avengers, from around issue 150-200 era, with Wonder Man, Beast, Ms. Marvel, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Vision, Scarlet Witch, the Wasp, and Yellowjacket.  Whoever bought this piece is one very lucky Marvel maniac.  The detail of Avengers Mansion below, the view straight down at the Avengers Quinjet, and the positioning of the characters is just superb.  I love the Beast making a face at the window of the Quinjet.  Just imagine how miserable you would be to live next door to Avengers Mansion, with those Quinjets taking off at all hours of the night, the Masters of Evil attacking, Hercules stomping around drunk in the middle of the night, etc.

Avengers Mansion Interior Map

What was inside Avengers Mansion?  More than meets the eye!  This map was made during the early Captain America/Hawkeye/Scarlet Witch years.  Who wouldn’t want to have high tech labs and the greatest weapons collection this side of S.H.I.E.L.D. smack-dab in heart of Manhattan?  Nuff said.

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