The Spider-Man Project

Marvel Team-Up Vol. 1 Annual 003

Posted by dave, March 27, 2010 at 11:56 am · No Comments ·

Marvel Team-Up Vol. 1 Annual 003Monster in the Meadow / Payoff / Heroes for Hire / The Men and the Machine / Confrontations
Writer: Roger Stern
Pencils: Herb Trimpe
Inks: Mike Esposito, Bruce Patterson, Frank Springer, Al Milgrom, Dave Humphrys, Josef Rubinstein
Letters: John Costanza
Colors: Ken Klaczak
Originally published: 1980

As tends to be the case with annuals, this is a big honking issue. Unfortunately, Spider-Man only appears very briefly, observing a fight between a blackmailer and Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

The issue is a bit convoluted and long, but overall a decent read. Some of the art is nice.



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Spider-Woman Vol. 1 031

Posted by dave, March 27, 2010 at 9:10 am · No Comments ·

Spider-Woman Vol. 1 031The Sting of the Hornet
Script: Michael Fleisher
Art: Steve Leialoha, Jim Mooney
Letters: Rogan
Colors: Sharen
Originally published: October 1980

This issue starts out pretty bad-ass. Scotty is having a dream in which he’s a flying super-villain named the Hornet, and fighting Spider-Woman. When he wakes up he questions it, because he actually loves Spider-Woman. BUT his unrequited love is only a few steps removed from rage, and he ends up smashing his apartment up a bit (with uncharacteristic strength). When there’s a knock on the door, a stoner delivery man with a mysterious package pisses Scotty off even more, calling him “the White Rock girl“. That’s when Scotty passes by a mirror and sees, growing from his back, a pair of wings! :O

New wings — that work! — and new strength. And, when Scotty opens the package, he discovers a new Hornet costume, identical to the one in his dream. Scotty’s new power, new outfit, and his precarious mental state transform him into the Hornet, who seems to be a bit of a hateful jerk.

Later we learn this is all the plan of Dr. Malus, the same crazy who was working with the Fly and the Enforcer, and who rescued Scotty in the last issue. The motivation for said rescue is now clear, as Malus used it as an opportunity to drug Scotty and use him to his own ends. Those ends are a bit unclear, but maybe I just don’t understand criminal genius.

This was a great issue, at least by Spider-Woman standards. Hurrah!



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The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 209

Posted by dave, March 27, 2010 at 8:35 am · No Comments ·

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 209To Salvage My Honor!
Story: Denny O’Neil
Pencils: Alan Weiss
Inks: Janson, McLeod, Rubinstein, Wiacek, Milgrom
Lettering: Mark Rogan
Coloring: Bob Sharen
Originally published: October 1980

As you may know, I’m not normally a fan of Kraven. However, I think he’s probably better than the lame-ass parade of goons from the last while. Spidey hasn’t really faced a real villain since the Vulture in Spectacular 44 & 45. Combined with all the Spider-Woman I’ve been reading, this has been a really boring stretch.

We open on Kraven and a lady named Calypso, somewhere in the Caribbean. Calypso is busing goading Kraven, who is lamenting the dirty tactics he has employed against Spider-Man of late. But it looks like he will soon have a chance to redeem himself, as they prepare to ship some animals to New York.

Once there, Calypso frees all the animals, causing a stampede and forcing Kraven into action. He and Spidey actually kinda work together to set things right. Later Calypso claims Spider-Man was actually the one who opened the animals’ cages, and the slaps Kraven in the face and calls him a coward. I think Kraven could do better, this chick seems like a bitch. But, she manages to convince Kraven to go after Spidey.

They end up fighting in the Museum of Natural History where Spider-Man puts in a quite lousy performance. Some posturing from Kraven and dumb luck let him come out on top, but he really should have died.

A couple of b-plots worth mentioning: first, Deb Whitman’s uncle is in some kind of trouble, which she asks Peter to help out with. He’s a dick, of course, and refuses. But later he feels guilty and heads out to the docks as Spidey to investigate. Second: Rupert Dockery is still being a sleaze at the Globe, and when he gives Pete a dirty assignment, Pete refuses.

I enjoyed this issue. Kraven was a lot more of a real, balanced character than he normally is.



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Marvel Team-Up Vol. 1 098

Posted by dave, March 27, 2010 at 8:02 am · No Comments ·

Marvel Team-Up Vol. 1 098Plot: Marv Wolfman
Script: Roger McKenzie
Pencils: Will Meugniot
Inks: Bruce D. Patterson
Letters: Diana Albers
Colors: Bob Sharen
Originally published: October 1980

A team-up with Spider-Man and the Black Widow. Comic Book DB calls this “The Fatal Attraction of the Black Widow”, but I don’t see where they got that title. The bad guy on the front cover looks like Wolverine. Is it him? Read on!

Spider-Man is patrolling and spies the Black Widow on a gig. They’re both after some arms smugglers; Spidey wants to team-up but BW doesn’t. This ends up being a fairly by-the-numbers crime story — Spidey and Widow both follow some leads and end up at the mansion of a bad guy, just in time for a huge crime convention. It turns out the big bad is not Wolverine, but the Owl. He was in Marvel Team-Up 73 with Spider-Man and Daredevil, in which he was soundly trounced. Now, he’s pissed.

Spidey is fairly often facing dudes who want to clean out all the cities gangs and take over. This isn’t much different than normal. The writing here isn’t great, but the issue is more or less enjoyable.

Oh, I don’t really like Will Meugniot’s inks. Everything just seems kinda dirty. Or maybe it’s just the printing?

BTW, part of me wonders if I should be reading Black Widow comics along with everything else. I mean, she’s a spider-related super-hero right? But then the number of comics to read would probably double, and I can’t really have that. Oh well.



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Marvel Team-Up Vol. 1 097

Posted by dave, March 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm · No Comments ·

Marvel Team-Up Vol. 1 097Doctor of Madness
Script: Steven Grant
Pencils: Carmine Infantino
Inks: Alan Gordon
Lettering: Diana Albers
Coloring: Bob Sharen
Originally published: September 1980

Another Marvel Team-Up, this time with the Hulk and Spider-Woman! Let me say right off, from the first page, the Hulk looks freaking weird here. Kind of like Blanka from Street Fighter II, or green Nick Nolte.

The story starts with the Hulk in Jude, New Mexico facing off with a Sheriff Bradley Martin. Predictably, men make Hulk made and Hulk smash. Nearby, Jessica Drew happens to be pulling into town on a bus. Apparently the town is home to a group smuggling criminals out of the country. Finally, we learn that the Sheriff is in cahoots with someone named Doc Benway, a potentially mad scientist who is interested in capturing the Hulk.


  • Benway turns Hulk into Bruce Banner and captures him.
  • Spider-Woman tracks criminal Johnny Yen to Benway’s “clinic” (i.e. the smuggling HQ).
  • She discovers that Benway’s got weird beasties about his villa, which are apparently mutated criminals. So they aren’t so much smuggled as experimented on.
  • Benway shoots Spider-Woman in the face with a raygun and captures her.
  • He explains his dastardly plan

OK here’s the Doc’s plan: lure criminals to his villa with the promise of escape, transplant their brains into weird fantastical monsters which can be used to conquer other planets (what?), sell the organs from their original bodies to make money.

Here’s why it doesn’t make sense: Spider-Woman stumbles upon Johnny Yen in some sort of transformed state on an operating table. It’s clearly Yen, but mutated into some kinda half-bear or something. It is not just Yen’s brain in a weird man-bear body. So that’s a major contradiction within the span of about a page and a half. Also, why the hell does Benway care about making creatures “that can survive on the hostile worlds that mankind must someday conquer”? That’s just stupid.

Spider-Woman escapes her confines, finds and rescues Banner, he hulks out and then there’s a big brawl. Then we find out that the creatures aren’t even alive, they’re robots. Huh?! So are they robots with criminal brains? Or is that completely unrelated? This makes no sense. Whatever, then some shit happens and it ends. Good guys win.

This was horrid. Ugh, I just want to read some good comics!



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