This article is on the original 1940s Vision. For the modern-day comic-book character, see Vision (Marvel Comics)Template:Superherobox 

The Vision (Aarkus) is a fictional comic book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe who appeared during the 1930-1940s period fans and historians call the Golden Age of comic books. Created by the writer-artist team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Marvel Mystery Comics #13 (Nov. 1940), published by Marvel predecessor Timely ComicsTemplate:Marvel Database:Character Template  

Publication history Edit

The Vision debuted in a four-page feature in Marvel Mystery Comics #13 (Nov. 1940), and continued as a regular feature in that superhero anthology through issue #48 (Oct. 1943). He also starred in an eight-page story in Kid Comics #3 (no month given; previous issue dated Summer 1943). In modern-day continuity, a simulacrum of the Vision was temporarily created from the mind of Rick Jones, along with those of the Angel, the Blazing Skull, the Fin, and the Patriot to aid the superhero team the Avengers during the Kree-Skrull War, in The Avengers  #97 (March 1972). Two decades later, he appeared in a flashback story in the World War II-set superhero-team series The Invaders vol. 2, #3 (July 1993). He returns with the other Invaders in the miniseries Invaders Now!, beginning with issue #1 (Nov. 2010). He appeared in several issues of the Marvel NOW! relaunch of X-Men: Legacy, before appearing in the All-New Invaders series in 2014. 

Fictional character biographyEdit

The Golden Age Vision, also known as Aarkus, is an alien law enforcement officer from a dimension called Smokeworld. While Aarkus is looking for a suitable place to exile a prisoner, he is accidentally contacted by an Earth scientist named Markham Erickson. Leaving the prisoner on the planet Jupiter, Aarkus accepts Erickson's invitation to fight crime on Earth.[1] Aarkus does so for several years, although during World War II is briefly manipulated by the Axis powers into fighting the Allies. The superhero team the Invaders, however, manage to help Aarkus realize his mistake.[2] A simulacrum of the Vision was temporarily created from the mind of Rick Jones, along with those of the Blazing Skull, the Fin, and the Golden Age Angel and Patriot, to aid the superhero team the Avengers during the Kree-Skrull War.[3] In the present day, it is revealed that he inhabits the sewers under New York, taking care of a Cosmic Cube that is feeding off the feelings of people affected by the death of Captain America, at the end of a stint with time traveling, we last see him with the newly resurrected Toro.[4] He also plays a supporting role in 2012's X-Men: Legacy, opposing and later aiding main character Legion. This leads to Aarkus ending up comatose and confined to the medical wing of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. After awaking from his coma, Aarkus is approached by the Winter Soldier for help in getting the surviving members of the Invaders to the Kree home world to rescue Namor. It is revealed during this time that in World War 2, Aarkus had mindwiped the Invaders (with their consent) in order to hide the location of an ancient Kree weapon that had granted Baron Von Strucker the power to control Gods.[5] == Powers and abilities==The Vision can generate illusory images of himself; fly; generate ice and extreme cold; and teleport wherever there is smoke. 

  1. Marvel Mystery Comics #13 (Nov. 1940)
  2. The Invaders vol. 2, #3 (July 1993)
  3. The Avengers #97 (March 1972)
  4. Torch # 1
  5. All-New Invaders #2-3 (February-March 2014)
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The 1940s version of The Vision may not have been as famous as Fighting American, The Sandman or a lot of other superheroes Jack Kirby and Joe Simon …… were behind — for that matter, he may not even have been as famous as Blue Bolt, Manhunter, or their other lesser-known creations. But he was a very early one (making his first appearance in Marvel Mystery Comics #13, November 1940, four months before Captain America himself), and he left an enduring mark on the Marvel Comics Universe.The Vision was a "vision", all right. He had green skin, and wore a skin-tight green costume with a huge, flowing cape and a high, rounded, red collar. He was an extra-dimensional creature, an immortal inhabitant of a realm of smoke and mist, who gave his name as "Aarkus, Destroyer of Evil". He'd been drawn into our world by a device invented by Dr. Enoch Mason, a scientist who had devoted his life to discovering the scientific basis to occult phenomena. The device gave Aarkus the ability to enter the mortal realm by emerging from any smoke or mist that might happen to be around. The Vision's first act in our world was to put a stop to a mobster's attempt to extort money from Mason. As sometimes happened with minor characters, new writers and artists gave The Vision new origin stories. Later on, he was a "Keeper of the Law" in his home world, here to guard over humanity. Later yet, he was an immortal Tibetan monk who left Shangri-La to fight the Japanese. It's possible The Vision was a knock-off of DC Comics' character, The Spectre. At least, the dates match up, with nine months between The Spectre's first appearance and that of The Vision. Whether or not there's a connection, he didn't match the so-called Ghostly Guardian's staying power — Marvel Mystery was the only place his series appeared, and he was gone from there after a couple of years. He was last seen in #48 (October, 1943). But apparently, he made an impression on a later Marvel writer, Roy Thomas, who in 1968 created a new Vision character, very similar in appearance except for the coloring, as a member of The Avengers. In more recent decades, the original Vision has been seen now and again in guest appearances, but only in stories set in the 1940s. What he's been doing since then is anybody's guess. — DDM BACK to Don Markstein's Toonopedia™ Home Page Today in Toons: Every day's an anniversary!      Google  Web Purchase Marvel Comics Merchandise Online  Text ©2000-06 Donald D. Markstein. Art © Marvel Comics.

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