I remember reading AVENGERS #176 back in 1978 when i was a kid in the fourth grade....and that was my initial introduction to Earth's Mightiest Heroes!.....Sure, I've heard or read IRON-MAN, THOR, and CAPTAIN AMERICA but had no idea they were part of a super-hero team that was par or scale like JUSTICE LEAGUE of AMERICA! Even as a kid, after reading various titles in DC Comics and some in Marvel Comics, I knew there was a BIG DIFFERENCE in the creative teams of both companies....DC mainly focus on their heroes, made them larger than life...with beyond this world powers...and made them seemingly with no flaws in the 70's and 80's....while at the House of Ideas, Marvel focused more on the the heroes human elements: Peter Parker's day to day struggle living day to day to get by...Tony Stark's bout with alcoholism and so on....and from this moment of reading the next to last part issue of the Korvac Saga, I have been a Marvel fan for life!
It wasn't until a few years later when I got my first job in 1984 that I was able to buy all the back issues 167-175,177 to FINALLY read the epic 11 part story arc....between those issues, we see guest cameos by NIGHT-HAWK....SPIDER-MAN...DR. STRANGE...SILVER SURFER and members of the defunct CHAMPIONS super team(Hercules and Black Widow)....we also see TWO GUN KID, MS.MARVEL(while her own title was winding down)and the Kree-born MAR'VELL....We first get a sample of Korvac's power in issue 168, in which Star-Hawk goes alone and try to do battle with him one on one and is soundly defeated on EVERY plain(mentally, physically and emotionally) In a attempt not to leave traces of his being or the battle that took place, he reconstructs Star-Hawk molecule by molecule and alters his "sense ability" not to be able to perceive him in anyway.....I liked the way Marvel made a character that was near omnipotent....but had self doubt about loyalty....and the love he shared for Carina....(she was the Collectors' daughter that was sent to spy on him, but eventually falls in love with him....)
With every issue that passed, tension was beginning to mount....one by one members were vanishing and foes like ULTRON made appearances to complicate things more.....we see Cap and Shell head come to blows....Wanda scolds Captain America for his hap-hazard effort in previous issues. Moon Dragon begins to go into her "goddess" mode and usurp authority over Iron Man's leadership, in which he tells her, " I'm the leader, you just give advice when asked!" With all the clues gathered they locate the source of the energy that killed the Collector to a home in the quiet suburbs of Queens, New York( Forest Hill) The moment when Wasp utters "Oh, my God...we..." and Korvac finishes her sentence..."Yes...you have discovered me..." and he goes into his tirade how the Avengers with their meddling have uncovered the dream of a god.....and that he was their savior! And with that....his human form was beginning to change to energy and he began to grow in statue....the last SPLASH PAGE of 176 said it all....all 18 or so heroes there could not stand the energy of his powers as the artist shows them with arms raised to cover their eyes....all except THOR...and that of HERCULES that was fighting to peek.....
Issue 177 showed us the horror...humility...and the brave of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! As Korvac battered all heroes there senseless or killed them, it was Captain America that stole the show....catching Korvac off guard, he strikes and tells him "this is no God or a superman that's hitting you....just a MAN! You hear this....I will find a way to stop you!" But in the end, not the power of Mjolnir, or ancient technology...not the ultimate nullifier.....or ZEUS, ODIN, or more band of heroes that defeated Korvac....it was love that killed him. Carina seeing Korvac for who he was doubted his purpose and heart....and in time of need for strength, salvation and love from her in finally battle with THOR, VISION, IRON MAN, and STAR-HAWK he saw hesitation in her eyes....and without her love life had no meaning and ended his life......and for the brave acts of all there who fought him, his last act was to restored them back. By all storyline, arcs and crossovers this is what all of them to be measured up to......I always tell anyone interested in starting to read, or collect comic books to buy EMERALD TWILIGHT....OPERATION: GALACTIC STORM....and THE KORVAC SAGA!!