Jun 22, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #4



Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and Wednesday, Ben and Duy will look at a Spider-Man issue from the very beginning, in chronological order, and answer questions for various categories, inspired in large part by one of our favorite podcasts, The Rewatchables by The Ringer. Our goal is to make it to Amazing Spider-Man #200. Will we make it? Grab your Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus or crank up your tablet to Marvel Unlimited, and then tune in every Wednesday to find out!

MARVEL TEAM-UP #4
by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane, and Steve Mitchell

Spider-Man is dying from Morbius' blood, and the X-Men think he's the enemy!



POINTLESS TRIVIA 

BEN: The X-Men had been reprinting old stories in their own series for several years now, so this was a rare new appearance for them. I like how Marvel never gave up on any characters in those early years, like how the Hulk started guest-appearing in every other comic after his original series was cancelled.

DUY: That's just the Marvel formula, right down to the movies. The Incredible Hulk may have flopped, but they never gave up on the character.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST?

BEN:  I love how they tried to maintain continuity across the entire line. Not only did it make it seem more real (unlike Wolverine starring in a dozen comics per month currently) but it was an effective way to market other comics.


DUY: Morbius holds his own against the X-Men, which really makes me believe that the time Spider-Man trounced them isn't Peter just being written overpowered. 

BEN: The original team was underwhelming.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

BEN: This:



DUY: Damn it, Peter. #metoo. Look at that look on Xavier's face.

BEN: Spider-Man is doing what he always dreamed of doing.

NITPICKS

DUY: Why is there more Morbius in my life, Ben?

BEN: Adversity builds character. 

DUY: Do you realize the X-Men wear their costumes around the mansion, but then they get sent on a mission and they stop wearing them? Angel is shirtless!

BEN: I knew you'd notice that. 

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN:
 A silly Angel face and a plug in the background:


DUY: Hey Ben, do you really think it's necessary that Peter breaks the window?

Pay attention to this, because it's going to be a thing.

BEN: He did just sexually assault Jean.

WHO WON THE COMIC? 

BEN: Everyone deciding that Jean is great will become a regular occurrence in future X-Men comics.

DUY: It's not even just an occurrence, it's just a theme of the entire franchise.

BEN: What a weird character trait.

DUY: That's it for Spider-Rama today. 

BEN: Thank you, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko— 

DUY: —for telling us we aren't the only ones. 

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