Hank Pym, wife-beater
Avengers #213, November 1981
What happened? Though a founding Avenger, Hank Pym’s career has been littered with failure and mistakes, even mental illness. When writer Jim Shooter decided to show the collapse of his marriage to the Wasp, their row was meant to climax with a mere “get away from me” gesture – but, as drawn by artist Bob Hall, it became much more dramatic and repulsive than that.
Why was it shocking? Any number of superheroes have been depicted as slap happy on occasion, but with Pym the mud has stuck – and how.