Marvel Team-Up #87
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up #87
Peter Parker is on scene to photograph the preliminary hearing at the Justice Department, and he tries to stop the fake Panther.
After that, Spider-Man hunts down the real Panther at the Wakandan embassy, and after a fight, they clear things up.
The guy who disguises himself as the Panther turns out to be a villain called Hellrazor.
It's at the end that we learn that Roxxon was behind the attack.
The "Roxxon has designs on Wakanda's vibranium" uber-plot could have been interesting, but the "disguise myself as the Black Panther" scheme is tired, and Grant's scripting isn't very good, and this isn't a good venue for Gene Colan's art, either.
An FYI on two of the characters appearing: Aubrey Pearson is a US State Department official with one other appearance, and J.T. Gamelin is the bearded Roxxon executive; he's got a few additional appearances.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Peter doesn't mention the name of the paper he's currently working for. Despite this being published after Black Panther #14-15, it seems to take place before that, since in those issues Monica Lynne and Kevin Trublood arrive at the Wakandan embassy and then meet T'Challa in Marvel Premiere #51 but we don't see them here. And i've pushed the Black Panther stories back before Spider-Man is fired from the Bugle in Amazing Spider-Man #193, so this is pushed back (almost a year in publication time) as well.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAubrey Pearson, Black Panther, Hellrazor, J.T. Gamelin, Spider-Man
@Fnord- Upon immersion into this project, did you ever consider assigning negative Historical Signifance points to the first appearance of lame-o characters like Hellrazor? Had that been the case, considering his two appearances are this Spidey/T'Challah time-waster and then being literal machine gun fodder for Scourge in CAP #319, he would have rated a solid -4, IMHO. :)
Posted by: Brian Coffey | September 14, 2017 5:21 PM
Please allow me a correction: Spidey/T'Challa, not to be confused with the popular kosher bread!:)
Posted by: Brian Coffey | September 14, 2017 5:32 PM
There's dialogue in here where Hellrazor claims he's "bio-synthetic" and can absorb kinetic energy...but then the Panther drops him with a punch, so uhm, sure.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | September 14, 2017 8:12 PM
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