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Review: Marvel Two-in-One #8

Marvel Two-in-One #8
Cover by Gil Kane

Marvel Two-in-One #8
Published and © by Marvel, March 1974

Title: “Silent Night … Deadly Night!”
Synopsis: Miracle Man converts an American Indian reservation into Bethlehem in a plot to one-up God in the Immaculate Conception department.

Writer: Steve Gerber
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Inker: Mike Esposito

Review: Read that synopsis: “Miracle Man converts an American Indian reservation into Bethlehem in a plot to one-up God in the Immaculate Conception department.” It sums up why this reviewer often struggles with Steve Gerber’s stories: too wacky for readers to suspend disbelief, yet almost over the top enough to deliver a meta-like appeal. But it’s hard to shake the feeling that Gerber is laughing at the reader, not with them. The art team of Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito turn in a perfectly serviceable job, but this script needed something more to elevate it to another level.

Grade: C

Cool factor: There are some decent character moments.
Not-so-cool factor: Ultimately, got to give this one a “Bah, humbug!”

Collector’s note: According to MyComicShop.com, there is a Mark Jewelers variant of this issue.

Character quotable: “I feel it. I get a sort of tingle … from the joy the rest of you experience.” – Alicia Masters, the Thing’s ladyfriend, getting her Christmas cheer on

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on Dec. 10, 2012.

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