West Coast Avengers
Writer: Steve Englehart
Artists: Al Milgrom/Joe Sinnott
The idea for the West Coast Avengers arose from Roger Stern’s story line in Avengers called “Ultimate Vision” (Avengers #251-254), where the Vision made an attempt to seize control of the world’s computer systems and run them more “efficiently”.
Avengers writer Roger Stern couldn’t handle the load of two team books and former Avengers writer Steve Englehart made his return to Marvel Comics. He would be joined by the Avengers’ former regular art team of Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott since Bob Hall, who had drawn the limited series had moved over to do Squadron Supreme which didn’t work out for him in the end.
This series also featured the return of Tony Stark as Iron Man having recovered from his bout of alcoholism and retaken the mantle from James Rhodes.
The first two-issues of the West Coast Avengers were crossovers with the Vision and the Scarlet Witch limited series as both series were launching the same month. Englehart wrote both series and managed to pull off one of the most underrated Avengers stories.
For more on that crossover, see http://marvel1980s.blogspot.com/2009/08/1985-west-coast-avengersvision-and.html
The early issues were filled by a membership search since the team only had 5 active members (Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Tigra, Wonderman, and Iron Man). Issue #3 featured a great character piece on Tigra as she has to take on Kraven the Hunter on her own. The Thing actually became a member for a few issues (#4-10) until deciding it wasn’t a good fit for him.
Interestingly, the title was such a success that it was actually outsold the core Avengers book.