*Marvel: In 1975, someone at Marvel had the bright idea of using up some currently unused characters to form a new team, resulting in possibly the most mis-matched group ever to grace the House Of Ideas. Angel & Iceman were not wanted in the New X-Men, Hercules and Black Widow had no home in the Avengers, and Ghost Rider is possibly the least likely team player of all. Marvel were hoping to follow-up the success of their ‘non-team’ the Defenders, by making the Champions ‘heroes for the common man’, but that angle was quickly forgotten and they became more of a ‘Poundland Avengers’. Despite some sterling work, it didn’t quite gel, but became the inspiration for several subsequent teams of Champions, including the currently-successful incumbents. This is a beautiful NM cents copy of Champions #1, on sale at £60.