New Artwork Shows ‘What If’ The Avengers Existed Centuries Ago
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Francisco Francavilla, formerly the artist for books such as Zorro and soon to be artist on Black Panther: Man Without Fear for Marvel as well as the Commissioner Gordon backups in Detective Comics for DC, has presented a unique vision of an Avengers team from the Dark Ages.

Posted on the Comic Twart blog for their Marvel “What If” week, the sepia-toned cover image — which has the title The Avengers: Earth’s First Heroes — shows what four of the Avengers might look like if they were around a few hundred years ago.

Click the image here at right for larger, full view.

Francavilla said the artwork was inspired by an old pitch idea he had for a Marvel “What If” story, and described the scenario as the Avengers fighting “evils and undead armies.”

So I give you, for the first time I think, Hulk the Druid (a celtic primeval force of nature), Captain Amerigo (from the New World), Thor himself, and an unknown mysterious clad-armored gladiator known as Iron Man. Together they are The AVENGERS, EARTH’s FIRST HEROES and they fight evils and undead armies. How does that sound? :)

Pretty cool, huh? It’s too bad this is just a sketch piece and not an actual comic (though Francavilla did say he planned on posting a color version of the cover soon). Imagine Brian Wood taking all his Northlanders research and applying it to the Avengers. That would be a book I would line up for. But, I guess we’ll just have to write the story in our own heads.

[Source via io9]

1 Comment »

  1. That is pretty cool. I kind of chuckled when I got to “and Thor as himself” seems like he kind of got robbed at first but then I remembered he is the God of Thunder and then it seemed like the others got short changed.
    Iron Man isn’t so impressive. I imagine if he was alive and working back then he would probably be the most impressive blacksmith the world had seen and would be in something much more impressive.

    Comment by Brian M. Frain — October 25, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

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