MTIO 5    MTIO 8
MTIO 21    MTIO 34
MTIO 35    MTIO 36
MTIO 37    MTIO 39
MTIO 40    MTIO 41
MTIO 46    MTIO 48
MTIO 49    MTIO 59
MTIO 66    MTIO 69
MTIO 74    MTIO 75
MTIO 92    MTIO 98
MTIO 100
Ernie Chan (commiss.)
Dead of Night 11
Fantastic Four 24
Fantastic Four 520
Fred Hembeck II (commiss.)
Chris Giarrusso (sketch)
Mvl. Fanfare 24
Mvl. Fanfare 46
Mvl. Team-Up Ann. 5
Mvl. Team-Up Ann. 5
The Thing 8
Thing 4
Thor Annual 14
Unshelved (sketch)

Battle Scars 4
Cpt. America 310
Cpt. America Ann. 10
Cpt. America 380
Cpt. America 381
Cpt. America 435
Cpt. America 437
Mvl. Team-Up Ann. 5
OHOTMU Master Ed 26
X-Men Ann. 13
Convention sketches
Katie Cook (sketch)

Annih. Conq. - Starlord 4
Fred Hembeck I (sketch)
Justice Lg. of America 142
Silver Surfer Ann 1

Avengers 176
Avengers 324
Avengers v3 22 (colorist)
Mvl. Comics Presents 68
Marvel Fanfare 31
Ms. Marvel 15
OHOTMU Update '89 1
OHOTMU Update '89 7
Pet Avengers 4
Quasar 54
Solo Avengers 17
Squadron Supreme 12
Thom Zahler (sketch)

Avengers Vol. III, issue 22, page 21.

Colorist: Tom Smith
Artist: George Perez
Inker: Al Vey

     After I started buying comic art, I became curious about colorists' art. I'm a big fan of the Avengers, and really enjoyed the Kurt Busiek / George Perez run. The colorist on that run, Tom Smith, is one of those people who's a wonderful ambassador for comics, interacting with the fans in an always positive manner so as to generate enthusiasm and foster affection for comics. In any case, I saw him put one of his Avengers pages up on EBay in August of 2002, so I grabbed it. Please also note Tom's original pencil sketch of Vance in the margin.
     Vance Astrovik first got his superpowers in Marvel Two-in-One 69, went on to be a supporting character in the latter half of Ben's solo mag (The Thing), was a member of the New Warriors, and eventually joined the Avengers. At the top of this page, we see Hank Pym calming down after demolishing Ultron, thanks to Vance's deductions which gave the Avengers the victory. At the bottom, we see Vance and Firebird resting after the fight. Much as MTIO 69 brings Vance into his powers, this issue, even this page, is Vance coming to accept himself as belonging at the level of the Avengers.

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