Oct 28, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #20

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MARVEL TEAM-UP #20
by Len Wein, Sal Buscema, Frank Giacoia, and Mike Esposito

Coming back to New York, Spider-Man runs into Black Panther, and Stegron the Dinosaur Man is still around!

POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: As near as I can tell, this is the first time Sal Buscema penciled a Spider-Man comic, after inking Amazing Spider-Man #94 and #95.

DUY: He will continue to draw Spider-Man. Forever.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Comics are great sometimes.


DUY: Obviously, the answer to this, given the last few years, is the Black Panther, who is better than Batman.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: I’m going to keep tracking how the Parallel Lives retcon works with the actual comics. (Parallel Lives was a 1989 graphic novel that established that Mary Jane knew Peter was Spider-Man before she even met him.) Yes, I do know retcons change what happened in previous comics, so the events as seen here could have altered. This sequence doesn’t prove she couldn’t have known his identity, but it doesn’t help.




DUY: I was gonna pick that too, not because she's supposed to know who he is, but because it's such bad "acting" on his part. He's not mean to anyone else he saves.

BEN: He did snap a girl’s neck once while saving her. That’s mean.

NITPICKS

BEN: There’s really no way he could move fast enough for this to happen.



DUY: Yeah, but he's more likely to make it than Batman.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Who doesn’t love a man in a bright red spider costume punching a dinosaur man?



DUY: COMICS ARE AWESOME.




WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: Sal Buscema, one of the most significant artists in the history of the character got his first full opportunity here.

DUY: The winner of this is T'Challa, the Black Panther, who is better than Batman.

BEN: With money and training, any of us could be Batman!

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