Friday, January 19, 2007

Happy Anniversary Marvel Two-In-One

This month is the 33RD anniversary of Marvel Two-in-One. Marvel had such success with Marvel Team-Up with Spider-Man that they created another team up book. The star of this book, which started in 1974, was the Fantastic Fours ever lovin’ blue eyed Thing. Like Spider-Man did in Marvel Team-Up the Thing would have a different guest star from the Marvel roster of heroes. His first guest star was Man-Thing who would also get his own series that year. One of its more popular issues was the King-Sized Annual #2. It said that Spider-Man was the guest star but it also had Captain Marvel, the Avengers and Warlock. The story was written by Jim Starlin and they were fighting Thanos who was going to destroy half the stars in the universe. In the end Thanos and Warlock “died”. However, death in comic books is rarely permanent and both were brought back years later in the Silver Surfer’s comic book.
While the series was never as popular as Marvel Team-Up it did have an impressive run. It lasted for 100 issues and ran from 1974 to 1983 and had several annuals. In his last team up he was joined by his human self Ben Grimm. This happened when he was able to visit an alternate world where he had never become the Thing.
So Happy Anniversary to Marvel Two-in-One. Too bad you didn’t get to run a lot longer.
If you want the first issue as seen above you can click on the title and go to a site where you can buy it.

1 comment:

Booksteve said...

This is the cover with the infamous misprint. Check out the upper left hand corner.