Avengers Spotlight #26 [Direct]
(December 1989)

Marvel, 1989 Series
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Volume
1
Price
1.00 USD; 1.25 CAD; 0.60 GBP
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1989-09-12
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics
Brand
Marvel [standalone or inside vertical box]
Editing
Mark Gruenwald (credited); Gregory Wright (credited) (managing editor); Evan Skolnick (credited) (assistant editor); Tom DeFalco (credited) (editor-in-chief)

Issue Notes

Acts of Vengeance begins in this issue and is one of the few major Marvel crossovers not anchored by one-shots or a limited series. The concept is that the major villains of the Marvel Universe (Red Skull, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Mandarin, Kingpin, Wizard and Loki) arrange to have bad guys who normally fight a particular hero switch up and battle a different foe, presumably for a better result. The crossover officially ran through the following books: Alpha Flight #79, 80; The Amazing Spider-Man #326-329; The Avengers #311-313; Avengers Spotlight #26-29; Avengers West Coast #53-55; Captain America #365-367; Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger #9; Damage Control (1989 series) #1-4; Daredevil #275, 276; Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #11-13; Fantastic Four #334-336; The Incredible Hulk #363; Iron Man #250-252; Marc Spector: Moon Knight #8-10; New Mutants #84-86; Power Pack #53; Punisher (1987 series) #28, 29; Punisher War Journal #12; Quasar #5, 6; Spectacular Spider-Man #158-160; Thor #411, 412; The Uncanny X-Men #256-258; Web of Spider-Man #59-61; Wolverine (1989 series) #19, 20; X-Factor #50.
This issue has variants:

[Iron Man and Hawkeye face the breakout at the vault!] (Table of Contents)

Hawkeye; Iron Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Keith Pollard (signed)
Inks
Keith Pollard (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkeye [Clint Barton]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]
Reprints
Keywords
Acts of Vengeance

Tales from the Vault; (Acts of Vengeance Prologue) (Table of Contents: 1)

Acts of Vengeance / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Dwayne McDuffie (credited)
Pencils
Dwayne Turner (credited)
Inks
Chris Ivy (credited)
Colors
Paul Becton (credited)
Letters
Richard Starkings (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Compound?
Genre
superhero
Characters
Angar; Armadillo; Damage Control; Electro; Griffin; Guardsmen; Hydro-Man; Klaw; Mr. Hyde; Peggy Carter; Scarecrow; Titania; the Wizard
Synopsis
The Wizard is brought to the Vault to be jailed for his crimes. A strange figure in his cell offers to help him out and gives him his costume back. Wizard starts a breakout and the Guardsmen call for help.
Reprints
Keywords
Acts of Vengeance

Indexer Notes

Continues in the next story.

The Power to Move! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Kid Remote; Acclaim Remote Controller / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Single File / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters of Comment from reader Paul Mosko and the Winners of the 1989 Favorite Avengers Poll.

Tales from the Vault Part 2 (Table of Contents: 4)

Hawkeye; Iron Man / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Dwayne McDuffie (credited)
Pencils
Dwayne Turner (credited)
Inks
Chris Ivy (credited)
Colors
Paul Becton (credited)
Letters
Jack Morelli (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Vault is open...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hawkeye [Clint Barton]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Guardsmen; Orka; Scarecrow; Whirlwind; Yetrigar
Synopsis
Iron Man arrives to help control the breakout at the Vault. His reception is less than welcome as Tony in the Iron Man armor was responsible for the last prison break during the Armor Wars. Hawkeye shows up as well and, once he's convinced that Iron Man wasn't responsible, helps him rescue the fallen Guardsmen.
Reprints
Keywords
Acts of Vengeance

Indexer Notes

It appears as though Tony Stark is in the Iron Man suit, but that he pretends to be James Rhodes in this story. Originally indexed as having James Rhodes in the Iron Man suit, but evidence from issue 29 (that continues this story) shows Captain America talking to Iron Man in such a way that he appears to know that Stark is in the suit. Iron Man appears to confirm it when he thinks "I must work on my cover story." (Thanks to Charlie Major and Dave Reeder)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Iron Man and Hawkeye face the breakout at the vault!]
    Hawkeye; Iron Man
  2. 1. Tales from the Vault; (Acts of Vengeance Prologue)
    Acts of Vengeance
  3. 2. The Power to Move!
    Kid Remote; Acclaim Remote Controller
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Single File
  5. 4. Tales from the Vault Part 2
    Hawkeye; Iron Man
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