Published June 19, 2017

5 Great Super Hero Comebacks

Five riotous returns in the Marvel Universe!

Image for Captain America: Sam Wilson – Riotous Returns

The Avengers

The granddaddy of all riotous returns! The Avengers found World War II’s greatest champion frozen in ice and thawed him out to take his rightful place among their ranks. Does it get more epic than the original Captain America fighting alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes versus the Hulk and the Sub-Mariner? We think not!

Avengers (1963) #4

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Iron Man

After a long bout with the bottle, Tony Stark drove out his demons to take up the role of Iron Man once more and take back his life. This being Stark, of course he created new armor and new gadgets for his big reappearance, but hey, he needed everything he could to stack the deck against one of his greatest personal enemies: Obadiah Stane, aka Iron Monger!

Iron Man (1968) #200

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The original five X-Men, together again! When Jean Grey, the former Marvel Girl, returned to the land of the living, Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, and Beast knew it was destiny—or fate—that they’d get the band back together and take the act out on the road. Jean’s idea of a new team focused on a more pro-active role to protect mutants, but some new baddies called the X-Terminators insured the reunion wouldn’t be a happy one.

What If? (1977) #33

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Bruce Banner hit rock bottom with his life, his wife, and just about everything he held dear, but at least the old Hulk seemed to be gone forever. Well, a nasty piece of work named Prometheus kept hounding Banner to the point of panic, and when that occurred, the savage green giant we all know and love returned in full force—and yeah, it didn’t go too well for Prometheus!

Incredible Hulk (1962) #372

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Lo, the favorite son of Asgard returneth! Banished from the fabled realm for seemingly killing his half-brother Loki, Thor witnessed his replacement, Eric Masterson, struggle with the job until the point of collapse. Taking up the hammer once more, the mighty warrior blew away the dark clouds to show everybody just who brings the thunder!

Thor (1966) #457

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