We've complained in previous places about the whitebread world of the Justice League and even suggested they may have something in common with golf courses and men's clubs when it comes to bringing Jews into the fold.
But what about their Marvelous competitors, the Avengers? Well, Marvel comics announced today that the worlds's first Jewish rock (most Jews are sedentary, not sedimentary) would be joining the Avengers in a new series beginning in June.
Is The Thing the first ever Jew to join this elite establishment? Actually, no. Thing himself was once a member of the West Coast Avengers (kind of the superhero equivalent of the Canadian Football League, we grant you). But even not counting that (and really, who would), Thing is predated on the main Avengers squad by Vance Astrovik (aka Justice, aka Marvel Boy, aka Vance Astro, aka Major Victory, aka comics are really aggravating aren't they?). As Justice, Astrovik was a member of the Avengers along with his former girlfriend Firestar during the excellent Kurt Busiek run. AND Justice was revealed to be half Jewish (hopefully not on his abusive father's side) in the pages of New Warriors.
So The Thing is not the first Jewish member of the Avengers but he will be joining and that's a whole heck of a lot better than we can say for the No-Jewstice League of America. This concludes your nerd update for the day.