During its celebrated publication run, Marvel Team-Up featured Spider-Man teaming up with a variety of A-List heroes, such as Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Thor and Daredevil. However, many of the issues presented team-ups with lesser-known heroes, as well as characters of a bizarre nature, including Werewolf by Night, Nighthawk, Paladin, King Kull, Dominic Fortune and the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” (cast members from NBC’s Saturday Night Live). One of the strangest denizens of the Marvel Universe to join Spidey in his continuity-free adventures was none other than Man-Thing! This creature from the swamps of the Florida Everglades used to be a man, but an experimental serum meant to create the next Captain America (i.e. super soldier formula) transformed him into a hulking pile of walking muck without thoughts or emotions. He now and forever roams the swamps, curious of humans he encounters, but hyper-sensitive to their sadness, anger and especially their fear. And many an unfortunate soul has discovered that whatever knows fear BURNS at the Man-Thing’s touch.
The Raging Behemoth Pays it Forward and a Hero for Hire Thwarts a Demonic Incursion. We all remember a time when there were only enough comics in our collection to fill a shoebox, much less a long box. Well, when my collection of single issues could still be counted on the fingers of one hand, I fell in love with the entire medium. Perhaps it’s cliche to claim that it was a single comic book which opened up a whole world of storytelling and fantasy to me, but I swear that it’s true. Some people can name such influential titles as Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns or Daredevil as their source of burgeoning fandom, but my father elected to bring home less sophisticated fare for his nine year-old boy. Today, we look back at Marvel Team-Up as a generic title from days gone by; it featured simplistic stories and threw together stories without adding anything significant to the landscape we now call the Marvel Universe. However, a title with nothing to prove and no ties to events or complex story lines can be appealing to a creative team. They have the freedom to tell stories which express their own […]