When a comic comes out monthly, 12 issues is a lot longer than when you read them all in bulk. That's why it seemed like the Avengers swapped teams after every mission when you read them all at once rather than waiting a month between chapters. Usually, though, the changes were so lame that it really didn't matter. Case in point:
How utterly bitchin' would the team have been if it had consisted of Rom, Daredevil, Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Luke Cage? But, as usual, this was nothing but a big tease. Who do we get? Hawkeye, who was always around even when he wasn't an official member of the team, and the She-Hulk. Another super-strong character. Yippee. I can hardly contain the excitement.
And yes, I know that 30 years later, we would finally see Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Luke Cage on the team. Unfortunately, by that time I was tired of seeing Wolverine in every Marvel title.
But it gets worse:
Okay, when you call yourself "Captain Marvel" and the word "Shazam!" isn't connected to your character in any way, you'd better be pretty dang cool. She wasn't. Her power consisted largely of zipping around and doing nothing other than amazing easily-impressed people with how fast she was able to zip around. Someday, I'm going to write a story where this Captain Marvel, the Wasp, the Scarlet Witch, Jocasta and Tigra get together and get their collective ass handed to them by the Matador, Stilt-Man and the Rocket Racer. Although, since this was that era where it was mandated by both Marvel and DC that every team be led by some lame female character, I should be glad she wasn't put in charge.
But at least we got great moments like this:
Seriously? This was Marvel's super-team? No wonder people were reading X-Men.