|Artist(s):||George Tuska, Penciller|
|Frank Chiaramonte., Inker|
|Media Type:||Pen and Ink|
|Art Type:||Interior Page|
|Added to Site:||2/9/2018|
Avengers (1963) #135 page 17. Pencils by George Tuska. Inks by Frank Chiaramonte. Offered here is the first of two pages that contain one of the coolest moments of the Marvel Bronze Age! This George Tuska page from Avengers #135 (1975) features the famous story where it's revealed that Ultron forced the creator of the original Human Torch, Professor Horton, to convert Horton's android, who become Marvel's very first superhero, into a modified version that Ultron named the Vision. On this page, Ultron finds Professor Horton and brings him to a lab for a reunion with the now inactive Human Torch. We learn that Horton went through rough times since he kicked off the Marvel Universe in 1939. The Vision had become a highly popular character in Avengers by the time this story was published, so linking him to Marvel's first hero, the long lost Golden Age Human Torch, really resonated with fans. Perhaps the greatest example of retroactive continuity in comic book history was writer Steve Englehart's story where it was revealed that the Vision, the android Avengers member created by the evil robot Ultron, was actually none other than a modified version of the original Human Torch, the classic Golden Age hero who made his first appearance, along with his creator Professor Horton, in the very first Marvel (AKA Timely) comic book, called appropriately enough, Marvel Comics #1. As revealed in that very famous issue, the Torch was actually not human at all, but was an android built by Professor Phineas Horton. In the 1975 story featuring this George Tuska page, it was revealed that Ultron took the body from the Mad Thinker's lab and then tracked down Professor Horton and forced him to convert the hero's android body into a new android so that Ultron could have a son, the Vision! The name and the look of this new character, first introduced in Avengers #57 (1968), was based on another Golden Age Timely hero created by the team of Simon & Kirby. The seeds for the shocking reveal that the Vision was actually the Human Torch were revealed years earlier, when Ant-Man (Hank Pym, the creator of Ultron) made his famous voyage inside Vision to save the android's life in the classic Avengers #93, the first part of the Kree-Skrull War drawn by Neal Adams. There's a scene in that sequence where Ant-Man notices something unexpected within the Vision's make-up but this would not be re-visited until four years later when Steve Englehart and George Tuska created the story featuring the page offered here. Artist George Tuska worked in comics from the Golden Age through the 1980s. He's probably best remembered today for his long run on Iron Man in the late Silver Age and Bronze Age. Tuska was much admired by his peers, who thought his layouts were especially creative for the time.
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