Issue(s): Champions #11, Champions #12, Champions #13
...but then we pick up on plot elements from the canceled Black Goliath series - the glowing box that Stark said had something to do with Al B. Harper. It turns out that the box is actually the Stranger's Null Bomb, and it has been activated. The Stranger shows up to try and defuse it...
...but the Champions don't believe him and attack. When they realize their error, he sends them off to find the device that will stop the bomb, but in a messy plot, it turns out the device is the Rune-staff of Kamo-Tharn - the device that saved Jane Foster's life and merged Sif with Jane in Thor #235. So after a pointless battle with Kamo-Tharn.. .
...the rune staff, in a supply closet in Donald Blake's hospital, is retrieved and the bomb is stopped. Hercules' face-palm is entirely appropriate here.
Meanwhile, mostly off panel, the Black Goliath gets a rematch with the Stilt-Man, and he wins this time.
There's also an ongoing subplot wherein the Champion's equipment seems to be faulty.
John Byrne's art on these three issues is nice.
Issue #12 has a letter from Kurt Busiek, telling the editors to "get rid" of Iceman and Ghost Rider along with other advice. He does have a good handle on the characters.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Issue #12 "takes place before the developments in Ghost Rider #22". It also takes place after the Stranger's appearance in Marvel Team-Up #55.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showAngel, Bill Foster, Black Widow, Darkstar, Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Hawkeye, Hercules, Iceman, Kaa, Possessor, Regina Clayborne, Stilt-Man, Stranger, Two-Gun Kid
Despite Black Goliath clearly defeating the Stilt-Man, Marvel Two-In-One(around issue #82) states that he never won a decisive victory against anyone.
When I first read #12 in the first grade, I thought Black Goliath had ripped Stilt-Man's head off.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 22, 2011 1:17 AM
Am I the only one who think Hawkeye and Ghost Rider seem kind chummy for two characters who shouldn't have met before? I know Ghost Rider's been in the Champions, but would Hawkeye even really know who Ghost Rider is?
Posted by: Erik Beck | March 20, 2015 10:46 PM
On the cover to #11, there are two small signs saying Shooter and Stern. Jim Shooter was Archie Goodwin's assistant at the time, but I don't know what Roger Stern did on this book.
There is also a teeny tiny Superman figure there, but it's colored all yellow. Clark Kent also appears to be on a news broadcast in one interior panel.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 17, 2016 11:27 AM
Byrne tries to give an M.C. Escher-type look to Kamo Tharn's place, but he doesn't have quite the space to pull it off.
Weirdly, the person who initially stole the null-bomb is called "Jerry" in #12 and then "Willie" in #13.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 10, 2016 11:10 AM
It is clear that if the Stranger doesn't go up in size on that Red Marble bag he wears that he will be needing to replace his own Gem stones. The Champions are another great Super-Group in need of a re-write and wardrobe change. They need to go a bit more West Coast Biker Gang and let a newly revised Marvel Ghost Rider lead the way!
Posted by: RocknRollguitarplayer | July 12, 2016 12:38 AM
That caption about Black Goliath's victory cracks me up. Like that is a big victory. By the time of the MTIO story he was probably ignoring it because of all of the sarcastic comments his buddies made when he would tell them.
Posted by: Mizark | July 21, 2016 4:19 AM
In the story Iceman mumbles for the cold while thinking. He's Iceman, and he's thinking, but he mumbles.
Posted by: jti88 . | June 29, 2017 8:19 AM
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