Review: Marvel Team-Up #67

Marvel Team-Up #67 cover
Cover uncredited

Marvel Team-Up #67
Published and © by Marvel, March 1978

Title: “Tigra Tigra, Burning Bright!”
Synopsis: With Tigra under his mental control, Kraven captures Spider-Man and forces the heroes into a battle to the death.

Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Dave Hunt

Review: There’s a reason the team of Chris Claremont and John Byrne was so popular during the Bronze Age: They were consummate comic-book pros. While the duo’s work on Marvel Team-Up never reached the heights of their legendary X-Men run, each of their MTU issues was a well-crafted treat. Here, Claremont offers up a done-in-one tale with nice character moments and just enough back story to bring readers up to speed. Byrne’s art is the perfect compliment, mixing clear storytelling and dynamic character work. MTU #67 might not be high art, but it’s a fine example of the era’s superhero fare. 

Grade: A-

Cool factor: Byrne draws an amazing Tigra. (But, at this point in his career, Byrne drew an amazing everybody!)

Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a 12p British variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there are also Mark Jewelers and Pizzazz variants.

Character quotable: “You will be my willing slave, cat-thing. Forever.” – Kraven the Hunter, taking his trophy game to a new level

Editor’s note: This review was written April 29, 2023.

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