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Review: Marvel’s Greatest Comics #40

The Fantastic Four joins the Black Panther in a battle to repel an invasion of Wakanda by Klaw. Much of Wakandan mythos is already present in this reprint of the Black Panther’s second appearance. From legendary Marvel Age co-founders Stan “The Man” Lee and Jack “King” Kirby.

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Review: Marvel Team-Up #37

Spider-Man and the Frankenstein Monster team to stop Monster Maker Baron Ludwig von Shtupf – but Man-Wolf stands in the way! A weirdly unsatisfying conclusion to a monster-themed two-parter by Gerry Conway, Sal Buscema and Vince Colletta.

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Review: Marvel Team-Up #36

Spider-Man is zapped while breaking up a bank robbery and wakes to find himself imprisoned next to the Frankenstein Monster. What sounds like a comic with some monstrous potential turns out to be a ho-hum affair from the creative team of Gerry Conway, Sal Buscema and Vince Colletta.

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Review: X-Men #138

At Jean Grey’s funeral, Cyclops remembers his life with Jean and the X-Men – then steps away from the team. An effective epilogue – and jumping-on point – from the classic creative team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin.

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Review: X-Men #137

Amid lunar ruins, the X-Men duel the Shi’ar Imperial Guard to determine the fate of the Phoenix. The classic X-Men team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin deliver one of the best comics of the Bronze era.

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Review: X-Men #136

Phoenix returns to Earth for a family visit and a rematch against the X-Men – with Professor X joining the fray. Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin deliver the goods – mostly – with this penultimate chapter of “The Dark Phoenix Saga.”

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Review: X-Men #135

Drunk on her exponentially increasing power, Dark Phoenix defeats the X-Men, devours a star and kills billions. “The Dark Phoenix Saga” reaches a tipping point in this tragic chapter from the creative team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin.

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