Marvel Team-Up #89
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up #89
...stumble upon a plot to kill Spider-Man. It's at the request of Amos Jardine, the circus owner from the time Spider-Man rescued the Man-Thing. It turns out Jardine was also the man who bought the circus that Nightcrawler used to work at. Jardine took him "off the high wire and the trapeze" and into the freak show.
The assassin is a guy named Cutthroat. Apparently he offered a better rate than Arcade, who was the first pick but got fired from the job.
Of course, they wind up in a circus where Nightcrawler can strut his acrobatics.
And Cutthroat is a bit of a joke.
But Spidey and Nightcrawler also get a little help from Arcade at the end, although it's not clear exactly how he contributed.
I guess i would say this isn't exactly Chris Claremont's best effort and the art is on the unremarkable side. Not terrible though. The best bit is Miss Locke beating up on Jardine.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Per the note in MTU #88, this has to take place after Amazing Spider-Man #200. The MCP place this between Uncanny X-Men #124-125 for Nightcrawler.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showAmanda Sefton, Amos Jardine, Arcade, Cutthroat, Miss Locke, Nightcrawler, Spider-Man
John Byrne was the originally announced penciler on this issue.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 2, 2012 1:45 AM
Art looks like Mark Texeira.
Posted by: a.lloyd | June 21, 2016 9:43 PM
What a difference 12 years makes. Jim Steranko caught hell from the Comics Code Authority for his rendering of Contessa Val de Fontaine's backside in Strange Tales #168 and was forced to "touch it up" (pardon this pun). Flash forward to this issue and the impressive, in-your-face shot of Miss Locke's rear while she's throwing Amos Jardine onto the limo's hood.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | June 5, 2017 3:55 PM
Miss Locke strikes me as a villanous version of Mrs. Emma Peel from the "other Avengers". Of course I would hope she wouldn't strike me at all, I bruise easily.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | June 11, 2017 1:03 PM
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