Posted - November 10, 2015
The Thing Marvel Two-In-One 1 to 3:
To the left, the Thing's brute strength. To the right, Molecule Man's mastery of inanimate matter. While all this ruckus is going on, the Man-Thing makes an appearance.
I mentioned the Molecule Man's significant weakness but now we are witness to his significant strength: The ability to affect living matter! Fortunately he is more sadist than killer. Instead of killing both the Thing and Man-Thing he toys with them, he reverts both to human form.
Two humans are nothing to the Molecule Man. He leaves the pair in the swamp and goes on a rampage in a nearby Florida town.
Did I say he wasn't a killer? I was wrong. Witness the ghastly killing of an innocent civilian.
Ben's word's are our own.
Thank heavens that the Molecule Man is drunk with his power and convinced that he is invincible because he makes a fatal mistake - he reverts both Ben Grimm and Ted Sallis back to their monstrous forms. Forms that no longer make them helpless civilians. The battle is on and during the course of it, Molecule Man loses his hold on the all too precious wand!
And so the "curse of time" prevails as the Molecule Man fails to reach his wand in time.
Still, that was a close call. Even this second version of the Molecule Man is very much above Ben's weight class. Whew, the Thing dodged a bullet.
Let's leave the Thing for a while as he presumably takes another bus back to New York. Let's go to to Hydrobase, a remote island controlled by Namor the Submariner. Namorita, royal cousin to Namor and future member of the New Warriors, is hanging out near the beach when something drops out of the the sky into the nearby waters.
Namorita revives the stranger but he runs away from the intimidating Submariner.
The guy's name is Wundarr and he is one of many, many Marvel characters inspired by DC's Superman (from the top of my head I can name three others: the Sentry, Virtue, and Hyperion). Like Superman, Wundarr is virtually invulnerable ahd has super-strength. Like him, he came from another world and crashed on ours in an alien rocket. Unlike Superman Wundarr can't fly, but he can leap mighty distances like the Hulk. And that is exactly what he does to get away from Namor, but Namorita convinces her cousin to pursue this strange man.
Meantime, in the depths of space, Wundarr is also being monitored. Apparently, he figures in some kind of extra-terrestrial politics and has been marked for death by his alien race.
Since this is the Marvel universe, Wundarr's random jumping around lands him in New York City. The strength of Superman melded with the mind of a child, Wundarr is subject to throwing super tantrums like the ones he's throwing using this taxi cab.
Ben can't have anybody going around destroying New York city property - that's the Thing's job.
Now for something more Thing-like.
Wundarr tears a piece of masonry and throws it at Ben.
Time to get the popcorn. Marvel Two-In-One is getting really good.
Yet another exchange.
The Thing definitely has the upper hand in this match. Just look at this punch!
With the arrival of the Submariner, fight's over. The Wundarr fight is over; the Subby fight is just beginning
Oops! Another arrival. This time by a giant robot known as a Mortoid - sent by aliens to assassinate Wundarr. Submariner is swatted back like a fly.
The Thing shows Namor how it's done
And that's it, but it wouldn't be Marvel Two-In-One if the Thing didn't get stuck in a "revoltin' development".
What better nanny for the super-strong Wundarr than the super-strong Thing? Poor Ben. Actually not quite. The Fantastic Four have a hierarchy. Whenever the Thing needs to pass the buck "Poor Ben" becomes "Poor Reed".
You know what? It's actually "poor Wundarr" - when Reed Richards babysits you, there's a really fair to sure chance that you'll eventually find yourself strapped to some kind of equipment.
So how does Daredevil become involved with all this? Well, Reed's Wundarr experiment has an explosive conclusion and guess who's swinging by right in time to dodge some debris?
After this incident, Matt finds himself using the Baxter elevator to go to the FF area to retrieve his billy club. And with that, Daredevil swings away to a nice piece of Marvel trivia.
One of Matthew Murdock's clients is Shanna as in "Shanna the She -Devil".
Do you remember when Ben started acting silly and went to Florida for an unprovoked fight with Man-Thing? We'll it's Matt's turn. He's going about doing "Daredevil work" when this happens.
It's Black Widow if you know your Marvel. She flies off in some kind of aircraft. Our lovesick Daredevil goes a bit insane, goes back to the Baxter Building and attempts to steal the Fantasticar! Fortunately Ben is very forgiving.
Pretty soon, our heroes find themselves embroiled in a fight with a group called the Black Spectre and their apparent leader, Nekra. The wonderful panels that follow show that the Thing is simply too tough to take on!
Unfortunately we don't get to see the end of this tale. The second part is in an issue of Daredevil(#110). Oh well, loved it anyway.
And that is our Marvel Two-In-One three-in-one.