Marvel Triple Action
Marvel Triple Action was a reprint title from the 1970's, reprinting older
Avengers issues (after the first four issues were
devoted to Fantastic Four reprints).
For us kids who were growing up at the time, older comics were nearly impossible to get (for those of us in
the boondocks, anyway), and MTA provided us with some fantastic Avengers stories that we otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford. By the
time I was reading it, the book was reprinting stories from the era when the Avengers consisted of
Captain America, Hawkeye, the Scarlet
Witch, and Quicksilver - a weak lineup, it seemed to me, but the stories were fantastic. Don Heck's art lended itself to dynamic
figures, manic action, and fantastic machinery; Roy Thomas was fresh and creative and had a definite vision of super-heroic stories
that was a perfect complement to what his mentor Stan Lee had been doing.
As time wore on, later issues of the Avengers comic were reprinted. I got to read about the introduction of such characters as Ultron -
whom I had always been intrigued with since Fantastic Four #150 - and his creation The Vision, a favorite superhero of mine and some
schoolmates. Like Marvel Tales with the Spider-Man stories and Marvel's Greatest Comics with Fantastic Four issues, MTA provided kids
of the 1970's with beautiful, full-color reprints of classic Silver Age stories that we'd previously only heard about, and all for the
same cover price as our regular comics. Even in this day of deluxe Marvel Masterworks and DC Archives, nothing beat the thrill of
being able to go to the local comics dealer and pick up classic stories, month after month. Of course, it would help if I could be
twelve years old again.