Next of from the stash of 50 cent comics I purchased at MegaCon this year is Avengers #311.
This issue is from December 1989. I still wouldn’t start buying comics on a regular basis for a couple more years and I never really bought Avengers title anyway so I’m just jumping into the middle of the story here. Apparently the story in this issue continues directly from Quasar #4 and Quasar takes the primary role in this issue. This serves as a reminder that there were quite a number of characters that rotated in and out of the Avengers line-up and Marvel still has a pretty much unlimited number of stories they can tell on the big screen if they so choose…though they’ll have to be willing to do it with some more obscure characters. Apparently a whole cast of villains is attacking members of the Avengers all over the place as part of some master plan by some master villain. This is part of an ongoing storyline titled “Acts of Vengeance” and this issue features an attack on Hydrobase which is the floating island headquarters of the Avengers at this point in time.
I didn’t find this issue all that interesting but the ads certainly were. Clearly this was when the original Nintendo Entertainment System was near its peak as almost every ad is for an NES game or accessory. First up is Operation Wolf, one of the best light gun games of the time.
Next up in terms of ads is one for Bubble Bobble. One of the best puzzle type games for the NES.
And here we have a two for one with two games from Capcom, one of the best Nintendo licensees. Strider and Mega Man 2 are both classics.
Some NES accessories are even advertised. Here we have wireless controllers by Acclaim. Unfortunately, these are infrared and a little too dependent on a direct line of sight to make them desirable in my opinion.
Another Capcom ad, this time for Bionic Commando. Another classic and another excellent game.
And for the wrestling fans we have World Championship Wrestling. Oh, and in cased you missed it, Hydrobase gets destroyed.
Finally, a non NES ad. This one for some Tiger handhelds. However, they were still based on popular NES games. I don’t think that in most cases they translated well to a black and white LCD game though.
One of the more interesting ads… This one is for a board game by TSR called Web of Gold. Yes, apparently before there were 3D video games, there were 3D board games. I’m not at all familiar with this one so I can’t say how good it is but TSR made some pretty neat stuff.
Not sure there was 50 cents worth of story in this issue but there was certainly 50 cents worth of video game nostalgia. R.I.P. Hydrobase.
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