Sep 9, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #14

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MARVEL TEAM-UP #14
by Len Wein and Gil Kane

Spider-Man meets Namor the Sub-Mariner, who is not the Man-Fish this cover calls out, for some reason!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: So they completely switched Kane and Andru on the titles, huh?

DUY: It doesn't really matter. Amazing is going to look better as long as Romita is the inker.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: A villain named Dorcas is all I’ve ever wanted from life.



BEN: I love diagram-like pictures.


BEN: I don’t know where to put the Men-Fish. So bad they’re good, or just bad?


DUY: Star Trek references.


BEN: Early Trek references too.

DUY: Look at this Watchmen-like panel transition.




BEN: That’s the first and only time Marvel Team-Up will be compared to Watchmen.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Nope, too easy.



DUY: Namor's face is looking like he actually enjoyed getting punched.




NITPICKS

BEN: The cover says Man-Fish, but the title page says Men-Fish.



DUY: Seems like the people in charge of the cover copy thought Namor was the Man-Fish. Anyway, look at this really rushed attempt to add poignancy out of nowhere in the last panel.

BEN: The ending really sneaks up on the writers in this series.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:


DUY: Immediately after. Spidey looks so sad.




WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Namor's head, apparently.

BEN: Namor is one of my favorite guest-stars. I don’t like him enough to read his comics, but he’s a perfect side piece.

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