Marvel Team-Up #58
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up #58 / Marvel Tales #255
The Trapster shows up looking for revenge on Ghost Rider, but Spidey is around and the two are able to stop him.
The interesting twist is that Ghost Rider defeats Paste Pot with his hellfire, which causes him to scream out in such a horrifying way that Spider-Man is shocked and disgusted.
It is nice to see Ghost Rider not being treated as a typical super-hero.
There's also a flashback that shows how the Trapster and the rest of the Frightful Four (three) escaped after their last defeat. Basically the minute the Fantastic Four handed them over the the authorities, the Wizard whipped something out of a false tooth and freed everyone.
Pastey Pete then saw a newspaper article about Johnny Blaze performing some stunts for a movie, and temporarily left the group for his solo vendetta. It's amazing how these super-villains always manage to escape the minute the super-heroes turn them over to the police and leave the scene. Someone's dropping the ball somewhere.
There is a back-up story in the Marvel Tales reprint by Scott Lobdell and Vince Evans that details what happened to the Trapster afterward. It shows him recovering from the Ghost Rider's attack on his soul, and it shows him nearly finding redemption, but then the Wizard uses an image inducer to make it seem like Ghost Rider is attacking again, which forces Pete back into costume.
Pretty good stuff. Maybe the best thing i've read by Lobdell, actually! And it sure shows the Wizard to be an ass, which i think is a fair portrayal. The reprint also has a nice cover by Sam Kieth.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? P - (Reprint adds new material)
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #255
Inbound References (2): showCoot Collier, Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Mary Jane Watson, Paste Pot Pete, Spider-Man, Wizard
Claremont later stated that #58 was the worst of his MTU run.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 10, 2013 1:52 PM
When Spider-Man and Trapster fought in Acts of Vengeance, it seemed like they had not met before (which was, of course, the point of the Acts)
Posted by: Erik Robbins | August 24, 2013 2:31 AM
Erik - My no-prize attempt at this problem is that Spider-Man blocked this painful memory from his mind due to his disgust of Ghost Rider's treatment of the Trapster.
Posted by: clyde | February 14, 2015 11:04 PM
@Clyde: Or most likely, Trapster did. After all, it in Acts it was the villains to chose unusual foils, not the heroes (although in some cases it was presented as sheer luck of the draw instead).
Posted by: Luis Dantas | February 15, 2015 4:11 AM
Love the Buscema horrified mouth on the Trapster
Posted by: Mizark | July 21, 2016 6:24 AM
Though he may not have been proud of his work on this issue, Claremont must have looked back on this, saw Spidey's last words to GR as he left, and found the future catchphrase for a certain diminutive Canadian mutant with retractable claws.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | July 9, 2017 7:31 PM
When did Wolverine first use that phrase? Claremont was already writing X-Men at this point.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | July 10, 2017 12:48 AM
He first used it in his 1982 miniseries; on the very first page, in fact. At the time this book came out, Claremont was writing X-Men, but Byrne hadn't yet come on board. And it was under Byrne that Wolverine really became a star.
Posted by: Andrew | July 10, 2017 7:19 AM
The back-up was really good, showing insight to both the Trapster and Wizard and showing that the manner in which villains are defeated could contribute to their personal issues.
Posted by: kveto | June 2, 2018 1:34 PM
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