Marvel Spotlight #27
Issue(s): Marvel Spotlight #27
That blurb is actually a reference to the fact that Namor is currently appearing in Super-Villain Team-Up, and this issue is an explicit try-out to see if it made financial sense to revive Namor's solo series. The issue begins with a recap of Namor's history...
...and ends with "Like to see Subby sail on back into a mag of his own? Well then, write and let us know".
By the way, in the third scan above it almost looks like Namor's ankle wings are covered by his costume's tights, as if the tights were designed to have a little space for his wings. But that's really just a shading issue. In other panels in this issue, the wings are colored white. So i guess there's just little holes for them to poke out from.
The action story in this issue plays off the odd plot point from Super-Villain Team-Up #4 that showed Captain Ryker siphoning energy off of Dr. Doom to power his nascent android or whatever it is. In this issue, he targets Namor, sending his "Symbionic Man" after him.
This thing is creepy. It has tentacles coming out of its nipples.
And it attacks Namor with some nipple to nipple action.
Namor is initially enthralled by the attack, smiling as he understands its need of being satisfied, but luckily, before this turns into the weirdest piece of slashfiction ever, Namor comes to his senses and breaks free.
The Symbionic Man next attacks Namor with a squid, i guess with the idea that it can control sea creatures the way Namor can since it's absorbed some of his essence. Namor hurls it away, coincidentally destroying Ryker's ship.
The Symbionic Man is actually pleased to die free of Ryker's control.
Namor characteristically blames the attack on all surface men.
Reaction to this in the lettercol in issue #29 is mixed, but even the people that didn't like the story still vote in favor of a return of the Sub-Mariner's solo series. Of course that's just a tally of the people that bought this issue and wrote in, and Namor doesn't even manage to remain the co-star of Super-Villain Team-Up for its entire run, and doesn't get a new ongoing solo series until the 90s.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP has this taking place after Super-Villain Team-Up #4, which introduces Simon Ryker. Namor is wearing his black costume, making placement before Super-Villain Team-Up #5 desirable.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
For what it's worth, and per your own scan, it's a squid, not an octopus. I've seen people claim that Ryker's creation here is the future Deathlok, which is ludicrous for innumerable reasons. I like this story, but am really curious why Marvel felt the need of a trial balloon for a character whose own book had finally succumbed to poor sales barely a year and a half ago, and was still being featured regularly in not one but two other titles, SVTU and INVADERS.
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | March 30, 2015 7:04 PM
What am i, a marine biologist and/or expected to have basic literacy skills? Thanks, fixed it.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 30, 2015 7:37 PM
Sorry. I only know what I read in the comics.
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | March 30, 2015 7:50 PM
Gentleman Jim does a great job this issue, and the Symbionic Man is pretty creepy!
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | September 20, 2016 6:06 AM
Marvel pushing Namor in the seventies, when clearly neither the writers nor the readers could work up much enthusiasm, reminds me of their current attempt to interest people in the Inhumans. Give it up, guys. It's not going to happen.
Posted by: Andrew | December 29, 2016 1:40 PM
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