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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: Giant-Size Defenders #1

Clea’s efforts to reveal the Defender’s past to Valkyrie reintroduces the team to past perils. This Giant-Size outing features classic Golden and Silver age work from the likes of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Bill Everett and Steve Ditko, along with a gorgeous framing sequence penciled by Jim Starlin.

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Review: The Avengers #191

After losing a battle to the Grey Gargoyle, the Avengers must regroup before tracking him down for a rematch. John Byrne and Dan Green draw a fine Avengers, but this story from Roger Stern and David Michelinie is not on par with the era’s best work.

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Review: Marvel Two-in-One #8

Miracle Man converts an American Indian reservation into Bethlehem in a plot to one-up God in the Immaculate Conception department. This typically madcap Steve Gerber outing fails to suspend readers’ disbelief, while the journeyman art from Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito does little to raise this Christmas tale out of the eggnog.

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Review: Marvel Team-Up #85

Can Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Shang-Chi keep Viper from crashing the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier into the Capitol Building? Chris Claremont, Sal Buscema and Steve Leialoha wrap up their four-part Marvel Team-Up arc with great skill.

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