Doug: If there's one thing we like around here, it's the Avengers! For many of us, it's the writers we love -- Lee, Thomas, Englehart, Shooter, Stern, Busiek, et al. Then there are the folks like me who tend to dig the pictures first, and how could anyone go wrong here? From Kirby to Heck, Buscema to Adams, Buscema the second to Perez (and how about that Byrne fellow?), it's a hall-of-fame. And the ever-changing rosters? Uh huh. But what we want to discuss today (and yeah, we've bandied about similar topics in days of yore -- hey, I know I'm not getting any younger...) are the wonderful characters that have made up Earth's Mightiest Heroes. And around those champions I am posing the question you see above: Who is the most essential Avenger?
Doug: Of course right away each of our readers came to that question at a different level. You thought, "What does Doug want?" The guy/gal I think is the most important to the team? Yes. "The character around whom I'd build a roster?" Yes. "The character I like to read about while encircled by these other fantastic four-color beings?" Yes. Hey, the forum is OPEN -- you talk about any angle you'd like, and hopefully this becomes a fun, very organic exercise in all things Avenging. You know the drill -- have fun!