Marvel Team-Up #99
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up #99
...and Brimstone uses his "mystic" powers (i assume, merely "mundane" hypnosis, here) to escape...
...and free Sandman. How he frees Sandman is harder to explain if he doesn't have actual magical powers, considering he's been held in a cell and shouldn't have access to any of his advanced technology (although he somehow acquires some along with his costume).
Baron Brimstone wants revenge on Machine Man, and that's a terrible motivation for the guy. But i like that DeFalco takes the time to distinguish their tastes in beverages.
Brimstone remembers that Machine Man exhibited special concern for Pamela Quinn, so he and Sandman kidnap her.
Both Spider-Man and Machine Man show up to try to stop them.
The villains get away, however. And they're doing that thing where each one of them thinks to themselves how they're going to betray their ally. Always hated that.
Spider-Man insists on having a Misunderstanding Fight.
This goes on for three pages. He can't help himself. Machine Man does everything possible to defuse the situation, and Spider-Man knows he's treating Machine Man "the way Jolly Jameson treats me" but it's Marvel Team-Up and he's contractually obligated.
When that's settled, Machine Man boosts the signal on one of Spider-Man's tracers and gets a go-go-gadget copter from Gears Gavin.
When the heroes catch up with the villains, Brimstone seemingly teleports Spider-Man to another dimension (forget Doc Strange, where's Steve Ditko when we need him?)...
...but Spidey gets "out" by messing with Brimstone's backpack and we're again left wondering whether Brimstone really has any magic powers. Spidey and Machine man then defeat Sandman.
The idea that Pamela Quinn is in love with Aaron Stack but fears Machine Man is delivered very forcefully.
Interesting to see Tom DeFalco write a Machine Man story not drawn by Steve Ditko. Jerry Bingham's style is almost the polar opposite of Ditko's; it's much more detailed and photo-realistic. It definitely makes DeFalco's story feel less retro.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Amazing Spider-Man #209-210, and i'm placing this before the end run on Machine Man's title (i.e. between issues #17-18).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBaron Brimstone, Eddie Harris, Gears Garvin, Machine Man, Pamela Quinn, Peter Spaulding, Sandman, Spider-Man
When does Sandman get rid of that awful,awful costume and go back to his traditional one?
Posted by: clyde | February 20, 2015 2:10 PM
It comes and goes and there's at least one more appearance of it after this issue. But we stop seeing it once the Sandman starts to reform.
Posted by: fnord12 | February 20, 2015 2:22 PM
fnord did you stop this site or what?
Posted by: GranitoLives | February 20, 2015 11:57 PM
@GranitoLives: don't worry too much. Fnord is very much updating the site. It is just that he is currently going through some missing back issues (check the "Recent Updates" link on the left margin of the webpage).
As I understand it, next on queue are the Acts of Vengeance issues and 1990.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | February 21, 2015 12:12 AM
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