Hercules: The others say they have lost heart. Not I, of course.
Angel: This team just doesn’t make sense.
Johnny: Why should such disparate people stay together?
Natasha: Because we’re not “disparate” at all. For this town, we’re typical. Half-god, half-demo, half-human, half-westerner— out west to seek our fortune!
The primary appeal of the Champions was that they didn’t make much sense but tried to be heroes anyway. They weren’t A-list or awe-inspiring, but their hodgepodge nature lent them an anti-establishment, underdog appeal, and that’s why I think the fascination with the team in flashback has long outlived the original not-always good 17 issue run.
The Champions were also the first Marvel team to have a female leader, c. 1975. In the eighties, the X-men and Avengers would follow suit.
From Black Widow: Deadly Origin #3, by Paul Cornell and John Paul Leon.
Bobby: I can’t revive them with my home-grown cold compresses, Warren. They’re out for the count— and then some.
Warren: Then it’s just the four of us.
Natasha: The three of us, Angel. Johnny, only you can withstand those spears. Can you stay here and guard them?
Johnny: Can’t say I like that, but I can see you’re right.
Warren: Well, it looks like you’ve become the leader of our little group in record time.
Natasha: Is that an objection, young man.
Warren: Heck, no! You’re a darned sight more attractive than the last team leader I worked with!
Natasha: Then let’s find the Huntsman before he finds us!
Bobby: Or to put it as Cyclops— the previously referred-to leader— might have put it: let’s go!
So today I’m doing a Natasha leadership HBIC spam. Just eff-why-eye. The “is that an objection, young man?” is so hilariously school-marmy.
From Champions #2, by Tony Isabella and Don Heck.
The Champions by Andy Bennett
I will always reblog the Champions.
Champions group shot
From Gambit: From The Marvel Vault #1, by Scott Lobdell and George Tuska.
The Champions by eyemelt.
The Champions: clearly the best team ever.
From Champions #3, by Tony Isabella/Bill Mantlo and George Tuska.
One of the great Marvel books of the 1970s. I loved it just for the fact it seemed so RANDOM! Why on earth would these five heroes make a team together? (I don’t even remember now!)
Fate brought them together on the UCLA campus!! The world needs CHAMPIONS!
I &heart; this team, lol, but the off-beat ness is a definite part of the appeal. My next MMMOBW post is gonna be a Champions moment.
Storm is often cited as the first female leader of a Marvel superteam, but Natasha was voted leader of the Champions back in 1976, four years before Uncanny X-men #139.
From Champions #5.