Before the Vision fans know and love today debuted, there was another version, in comics’ Golden Age, and now he is returning to the Marvel Universe.
Spoilers ahead for The Marvels #5!
Comic fans know the Vision as the android Avengers and frequent love interest of Scarlet Witch. But before him, during comics’ Golden Age, there was another Vision, and this one was just as mysterious and fantastic. Now he is returning to the Marvel Universe in a grand fashion in The Marvels #5, on sale now in print and digital.
The Marvel Universe is generally acknowledged to have begun with the publication of Fantastic Four #1 in 1961. While this is true, Marvel was no stranger to the superhero game, having published the likes of Captain America and the Sub-Mariner during the Second World War, which coincided with comics’ Golden Age. Then known as Timely Comics, the company had a whole stable of other heroes, such as the Destroyer, the Whizzer…and the Vision. Unlike the contemporary Vision, this version, whose real name is Aarkus, hails from another dimension. A lawman in his native realm, Aarkus comes to Earth to fight crime. Created by the legendary duo of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Aarkus’ first appeared in 1940’s Marvel Mystery Comics #13. He would appear in features for the next three years, before sliding into obscurity with the majority of Timely/Marvel’s Golden Age characters. He would make sporadic appearances over the years but now is set to make a huge impact in The Marvels #5, written by Kurt Busiek, with art by Yildiray Cinar, colors by Richard Isanove, and letters by Simon Bowland.