No, there's not much of real interest in Avengers Annual #21, until you flip to the back bonus pages and gape in awed wonder at a two-page info spread titled Secrets of the Avengers Communicard! For those of you who missed out on the exciting, epoch-shattering introduction of the Avengers Communicard, this is an excellent place to catch up. We're promised its "secrets," and although we will not find out the startling cosmic origin of the Avengers Communicard and the shock betrayal it will inflict upon the team in order to save its own family, we will learn how it works and why it's so very handy that even Thor had to buy himself a genuine Tandy leather calfskin wallet to keep his in. Also, his wallet-sized photo of The Bodyguard star Kevin Costner.
Kirk had his communicator, Napoleon Solo had his "open channel D" fountain pen, Jim Rockford had his trusty answering machine, but the Avengers, most of whom didn't have a place to keep phone-call dimes in their costumes, had the Avengers Communicard: a credit-card sized personal computer and communication device that enabled them to stay in contact at all times with their teammates, the US Government, alert Jarvis if they were going to be late for dinner, or leave messages for Matt Murdock that they were in jail again for public drunkenness and needed bailing out. (Last example applies to Hercules, Wonder Man and the Beast only).
More than just a slim-line cell phone in an age when mobiles were the size and shape of a brick, the Avengers Communicard could also activate its own personal cloaking device and turn itself into an ordinary-looking "civilian" credit card that wouldn't arouse suspicion if it was seen in the wallet of a hero's secret identity. Oh, how Hawkeye laughed and laughed after he reprogrammed Steve Rogers's Avengers Communicard to look like a Victoria's Secret frequent shopper card!
Even if you didn't shave regularly, you could use the Avengers Communicard both as an audio and video communication device, which enabled instant satellite hookup to all major telephone and communications networks at the touch of its tiny, wee keys. Later, it would also become handy for watching YouTube videos, at least until She-Hulk ran up a thirty-two thousand dollar AT&T bill watching that sneezing panda.
The Avengers Communicard also is an effective and power tracking and homing beacon so that the World's Mightiest can find its members at any time, anywhere. The text in the feature states that it is powerful enough to track an Avenger over 2000 miles, although this feature was drastically reduced when the Avengers accidentally burst into the MIA Iron Man's Swiss chalet during his extended weekend with Angelina Jolie. It also serves as "an entry keyboard for a powerful calculator," thus ensuring that Rick Jones can perhaps at last pass his tenth grade trigonometry exam.
Pretty fabulous so far, don't you think? Well, the Avengers Communicard is not only all those things, but a bag o' chips besides! In fact, several hundred bags o' chips (even those Steak Nacho Doritos), because it can be used as a credit card or an ATM card that allows any Avenger to withdraw up to $2500 a day! This limit instantly rendered it useless to the Wasp for a shopping trip as she has been known to spend over $2500 a minute.
It's also an official government ID card, so if a six-foot-six blond helmeted hammer-wielding muscled Norse god walks into your bar and demand flagons of mead, you can instantly proof him and find out that he's Sigurd McLovin from Hawaii, age 25, and it's legal to serve him a PBR.
Also, it apparently grants you entrance into tanning booths.
Finally, you can also use it as the ignition key for all Avengers vehicles, including the Quinjet, the sky-cycles, Jarvis's mom's 1997 Buick Skylark, and "Mister Hulk's Wild Ride" at AvengersWorld in Tampa, Florida.
It also gets you 10% off your purchase at any participating Starbucks.
Why, it would be downright un-American not to have one of these fine cards! As the Vikings, pirates, and marauding hordes that frequently face off against the Avengers say, "What's in your wallet?" With an Avengers Communicard in there, you can proudly declare that, um, it's an Avengers Communicard.
So. The Avengers Communicard. And you don't have one. Jealous?!? Well, be green no more (unless you're Doctor Banner)you too can be a card-carrying Avenger! Copy the template below, Photoshop in your photo and signature, print, cut out, and laminate for real Avengerin' and Communicardin' action! Take it from me...this project is easy to (Avengers) assemble!
The Avengers Communicard. Don't leave Asgard without it.
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