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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 357

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

We continue the Cool Christmas Comic Countdown with the nifty first issue of Marvel Team-Up by Roy Thomas, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito!


You know what’s odd? You would think that having a first issue of an ongoing comic book series be a Christmas story would be a unique thing, but if I remember correctly, didn’t Sensational Spider-Man #1 ALSO have a story set at Christmas? True, Sensational Spider-Man actually kicked off with #0, and #1 wasn’t STRICTLY a Holiday story, but still, two Spider-Man ongoing series beginning with stories set at Christmas? Weird!!!

In any event, this charming tale opens in a charming fashion…

Spidey heads after Sandman, but decides to enlist the help of the Human Torch…

After a battle with Sandman, they end up captured…

Isn’t that an awesome ending?

How nicely done by Roy Thomas – and the art by Andru/Esposito is top rate as always!!


Johnny Storm, fashion victim. LOL.

Not as much a fashion victim as the Sandman. I always hated that Kirby-suit. There’s nothing wrong with the striped shirt he was wearing when he became the Sandman; I don’t understand why they didn’t just leave him in it during this period.
This is the oldest story I’m aware of with his real name of William Baker. Does anyone know when they gave him the name? When he first appeared he only had the Flint Marko name (which does sound like an alias, so I’m not surprised they eventually decided it was).

Elsewhere in this issue, Spidey and the Torch rescue an unnamed woman from muggers. A few years later, Chris Claremont decided that this had in fact been the first appearance of Misty Knight – it’s referenced somewhere in one of his Power Man/iron Fist stories.

The question is, did Sandman’s mother like the edible undies?

Even if taken in context of the time I still have so much trouble reading Roy Thomas. He really pales in comparison to Stan Lee so badly. It really shows how deceptively hard Stan Lee’s style is to imitate.

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