Anybody Here Know a Guy Named Meteor Man?
Author: Gerry Conway
Layouts: Sal Buscema
Finished art: Vince Colletta
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Janice Cohen
Originally published: May 1975
Continuity note: “The events in this tale take place during the events in Spider-Man #145.” Good to know. Spidey is assuming that somebody is impersonating Gwen.
I guess Gerry Conway’s the new permanent writer on Team-Up, since Len Wein seems to be the new editor in town. I was getting kind of sick of Len Wein and this title anyway, but Conway certainly hasn’t been bringing his A-game to this series. Fortunately, this particular issue is a bit of an exception.
In this episode, Spidey and Nighthawk fight the Looter (from Amazing 36!), who has renamed himself Meteor Man. Back when I reviewed that old issue, I liked his costume but not his name – I guess I wasn’t the only one. He’s still not the most interesting character, but he does get a bit of a personality, which makes this issue a little more bearable than some of the more recent ones. In fact, this leads to a very surprising ending – Nighthawk decides that Meteor Man needs psychological help rather than fisticuffs, and leaves Spidey with a guilt complex about his eagerness to fight. That’s a cool switch!
Another plus is Sal Buscema’s art. His layouts and composition are really great, and totally different from a lot of what I’ve been seeing lately. It’s really refreshing!