For the past eight years, Brian Michael Bendis has been the lead writer of the Avengers titles, and with that, the lead writer for the Marvel Universe as a whole. From The Avengers to New to Mighty to Dark and some others I’m probably forgetting, Bendis was the keystone for the rejuvenation of Marvel’s Avengers… but as of last Friday, that era has ended.
Yesterday, Marvel Senior VP of Publishing (and longtime Avengers editor) Tom Brevoort gave Bendis a plaque to signify the the Cleveland-born writer’s contributions to the Avengers franchise over the past years.
The trophy/statue/plaque, given during a brief two day retreat in New York City, marks a changing of the guard at Marvel and a ideal vantage point to see all that Brian Michael Bendis has done. Although the writer is staying on with the publisher with new titles like All-New X-Men, and continuing his long-running Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Bendis’ run on Avengers is one of the longest in American comics history, joining the rarefied ranks of Chris Claremont’ s X-Men, Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier’s Groo, Dave Sim’s Cerebus and Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s Fantastic Four.
Here is a close-up view: