From Avengers v.1 #10. In the early days, the Avengers were nothing if not sticklers for Parliamentary Procedure:
Boy, they're stiff. They made the Justice Society meetings look like 1940's version of Animal House.
But I love Giant-Man's long-winded blah-blah. I yield the floor of this meeting of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes to the Golden Avenger. Our transistor-powered friend has something on his mind, and far be it from me to force my brother in combat to bear with the burden he carries upon his soul one moment longer, lest it consume his heart with despair!
Or, he coulda just said, "Okay, Iron Man, you go."
Science types loves to hear themselves talk. They loves it.
So, finally, we hear what's on shellhead's mind:
Are you kidding me? They wouldn't ask Spider-Man to join, but they want to put a costume on Rick Freakin' Jones????
On the other hand, I love how Iron Man compares Rick to the Wasp in the same sentence. That's a refreshing bit of candor right there! Tony probably had just had one too many martinis and was in the mood to call someone out. "Why does Giant-Man always have his bitch over here? We might as well put a costume on that punk Rick Jones!"
So, blah blah blah, Cap disappears, presumably to have a good laugh:
Cap was your weakest member? Giant-Man, look to your right. Go ahead. Take a look. We'll wait.
Yeah, right there. The girl who spends the big fights hiding on your shoulder? You remember her.
Now, then. Anything you want to say? Anything you might want to amend?
To be fair to Giant-Man, I'd be slow to say, "That person has the worst attitude I've ever seen. Except Beloved," if she were sitting right there.
On to Avengers v.1 #11:
Yeah, really. Sit down and shut up, Rick. Thanks, Cap!
Do you see what happens when you encourage people you shouldn't, Iron Man? Do you? Now you'll never get rid of Rick Jones. It's like feeding a stray cat.
So, let me get this straight. Cap can't let Spidey into the Avengers unilaterally. But he can let Rick Jones in with a nod of his head? I'm starting to think the Avengers aren't as organized as they think they are, especially during the early days.
Case in Point: We all know the famous war cry, "Avengers Assemble!" But they didn't have that one straight out of the gate:
Nice try, Cap. Keep working at it.
That was the saddest excuse for a battle cry ever. "Avengers, awaaaaaayyyy!" What does that even mean, anyway?
Yikes. And we're not even through the first year.
See you tomorrow!