Marvel Two-In-One #96
Issue(s): Marvel Two-In-One #96
And in the tradition of stories like Fantastic Four annual #3, just about every hero comes to visit him...
...and every villain comes to try to kill him.
Joke villain Fabian Stankowicz is among those who come to attack the Thing, but Spidey stops him.
Pretty much the only villain who doesn't get involved is Dr. Doom, who considers an attack on a hospitalized foe to be beneath him. Fantastic Four #258 will include a flashback of Doom's robots taking Terrax out of the same hospital at this time and note that Doom is aware of the Thing's condition and wants him unmolested.
In the end, the only villain who makes it through to the Thing is the Sandman, and he just wants to share some beers.
This was fun!
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The heavy lifting was done for Marvel Two-In-One Annual #7, where just about everyone appears. I've placed this directly after it. And since this is an intentionally silly story, i'm not going to sweat any minor problems.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAlicia Masters, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Beetle, Bill Foster, Captain America, Celia Jackson, Colossus, Constrictor, Cyclops, Daredevil, Dr. Doom, Fabian Stankowicz, Franklin Richards, Hawkeye, Hijacker, Hulk, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Iron Man, Letha, Mad Thinker, Melter, Mirage (Desmond Charne), MODOK, Mole Man, Mr. Fantastic, Nightcrawler, Poundcakes, Rhino, Sandman, Sasquatch, Scarlet Witch, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), She-Hulk, Shellshock, Songbird (Screaming Mimi), Spider-Man, Storm, Sub-Mariner, Thing, Thor, Titania (Grappler), Vision, Wasp, Whiplash (Blacklash), Wolverine, Wonder Man
The weird thing is that Beetle is in his old armor in this story, and not the new armor he started wearing in Spectacular Spider-Man 58.
Posted by: Michael | November 20, 2011 7:03 PM
I'm in two minds about this one. Using these massive super-villain/hero team up things for just a random issue feels off...
Posted by: Berend | February 17, 2014 6:13 PM
Wait is that Doc Ock but with a stave instead of his arms?
Posted by: david banes | October 14, 2015 2:21 PM
David, I believe that's the Mole Man.
Posted by: clyde | October 14, 2015 4:13 PM
Looks kind of taller and hairier for Mole Man but maybe it is.
I do wonder why exactly did they have Sandman start turning over a new leaf? I mean out of all the villains he never really had much depth, lots of fun to look at on the pages. I mean he tried to kill Thing a few times and only other link I can think of is they got working class growing up enviroments.
Posted by: david banes | January 19, 2016 11:31 PM
Oh wait, just noticed the Mole minions behind him, yep that's Mole Man alright.
Posted by: david banes | January 19, 2016 11:32 PM
"I do wonder why exactly did they have Sandman start turning over a new leaf?"
I suspect almost all of it can be traced to Marvel Team-Up #1, where Sandy gets a sympathetic Christmas story where Spidey and the Torch help him keep his aging mother in the dark about his secret.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | January 20, 2016 6:24 AM
There are some nice bits in here, like Mirage trying to use holograms to distract Daredevil, which fails for the obvious reason.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | April 14, 2017 5:57 PM
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