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Every day this month will have the five goofiest moment from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book run. Once a week it will be the ten goofiest moments of a ten-issue stretch. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.
Today we’re looking at the first five issues of Marvel Team-Up, featuring writing from Roy Thomas (#1) and Gerry Conway (#2-5) and artwork by Ross Andru (pencils, #1-3), Gil Kane (pencils, #4-5), Mike Esposito (inks, #1 and 5), Jim Mooney (inks #2), Frank Giacoia (inks #3 and part of #4), Steve Mitchell (inks most of #4) and John Romita (inks part of #4). The first three issues see Spidey teamed up with the Human Torch, while issue #4 sees him teamed up with the X-Men and #5 with the Vision.
As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).
It’s funny, I remember issue #1 had a lot of goofy bits in it (not even counting the bit about how Chris Claremont later said that the black woman rescued in the issue was Misty Knight), so I figured that this would be a safe bet, but I was surprised that issues #2-5 weren’t nearly as goofy.
All I can say about this bit from #2 is “they have pills for that now, Sandman”…
In #4, Professor Xavier clearly doesn’t know how to control himself around Jean Grey…
If Spidey isn’t sure that Harry is asleep, why enter his room in his costume?
Plus, why bring an unconscious synthezoid to your apartment period?
5. Oh, Johnny, why!?!
Even in 1971, that was a bizarre outfit…
4. Weird way to kill time…
In #1, Spidey swings by the Baxter Building and encounters…
I love that Johnny is just killing time by shooting fire rings out of the window.
3. You could have just left us tied up!
In #1, Spidey notes that the Sandman wanted he and Johnny to escape after the Sandman knocked them both unconscious (since it was Christmas Eve and all), but why put them into a death trap at all?!!?
It wasn’t like it was a cinch to get out of!
2. Paste IS the supreme weapon…
The other day, we learned that Paste Pot Pete felt that paste was the supreme weapon. But surprisingly, he is so confident that he even felt that he could take out Annihilus!
I just love the idea of Paste Pot Pete/the Trapster being all, “I got this one, fellas.” Annihilation could have been a much shorter event if Paste Pot Pete had just been involved!
1. Not thinking this out too well, are you, Pete?
In #3, Peter worries about Harry finding out that he is Spider-Man…
Meanwhile, he has his costume just hanging on a hanger in his closet!!!
“Ah…my closet, the safest place in the world to hide anything!”
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