Marvel Team-Up #19-20
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up #19, Marvel Team-Up #20
But whatever, who doesn't love Gil Kane dinosaurs?
I've always wondered what Marvel would do if it turns out that theories that dinosaurs actually had feathers turns out to be true. I realize the answer today is probably "nothing" but with a more old school regime it would have lead to some interesting retcons.
Obviously since Stegron could only get his dino-cells in the Savage Land, Ka-Zar is issue #19's co-star.
He's left behind and replaced by the Black Panther when Stegron launches an ark full of dinosaurs and heads to New York in issue #20 (Kane is also replaced by Sal Buscema).
In what looks to me to be a scene that deliberately parallels Gwen Stacy's death in a way that shows the Black Panther as superior to Spider-Man, BP catches Spidey as he falls from Stegron's ship. The Panther says "If my catch is not absolutely perfect, I will surely break my quarry's neck".
The two heroes meet at Curt Connors lab. Since it was Connors' process that created Stegron, Connors is charged with creating a cure. Spidey and the Panther go after Stegron, who is leading a dinosaur rampage through the city.
Spidey and BP manage to rescue MJ from being crushed in the stampede. They web up all the dinos and drown Stegron in the Hudson river.
This issue is part of the loose "They" story that ran through a few issues of Marvel Team-Up, and then a few other places before resolving years later in Hulk #238-243. Issue #19 has Stegron explicitly referencing "They".
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: MCP places this before Jungle Action #6 and between Amazing Spider-Man #131-132. Black Panther says "It felt good battling alongside the Avengers once more, but until the trouble in my homeland is settled I cannot long remain away from it".
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (6): show
I kinda like Stegron; unlike Connors, who accidentally became the Lizard, Stegron is a dude who just really, really wanted to be a dinosaur man. How many of us achieve our dreams so completely?
Posted by: Omar Karindu | November 17, 2015 5:44 PM
Stegron looks like Gil Kane took his design of Tomar Re from the Green Lantern Corps and tweaked it to look more villainous.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | September 30, 2017 10:46 PM
"How many of us achieve our dreams so completely?"
This hadn't occurred to me before, but it's a really good point. Curt Connors is a man who wanted to invent something that would regrow his arm, and instead he invented something that turned him into an evil lizard. You would wonder why Spidey ever goes to Connors for science help after that. But Peter himself is no better, he tried to invent a cure for his powers, but instead invented something that made him grow 4 extra arms, which doesn't seem the sort of thing you could invent by accident. It's literally the opposite of what he was actually trying to do.
Meanwhile, you've got Reed Richards unable to build a spacecraft that shields passengers from cosmic rays, despite the fact that even a layman like Ben Grimm knows that's what's required, and Doom's maths are bad that his inventions blow up and permanently scar his face. The Beast, X-Men's science expert, accidentally permanently mutates himself into a non-human form. And I wouldn't trust Hank Pym to fix my boiler in case he unintentionally turned it into an indestructible super-intelligent robot that wants to wipe out the human race.
Meanwhile, Stegron. Wants results: gets results. Vote STEGRON for SCIENTIST SUPREME.
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | March 7, 2018 8:13 AM
Sorry, I meant SSSSCIENTIST SSSUPREME.
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | March 7, 2018 8:20 AM
By the time I was reading books drawn by Gil Kane he had a Marty Feldman-like articulation of the eyes he drew that really threw my appetite off. It didn’t seem to be as pronounced in his earlier work? Did it?
Posted by: Rocknrollguitarplayer | May 11, 2018 11:07 PM
Stegron got an action figure back in the nineties.
Posted by: Rick | June 15, 2018 8:02 AM
Man was the reveal of "they" a total let down to me!
Posted by: jULES | June 15, 2018 7:08 PM
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