Posted - July 26, 2014 | Updated : August 27, 2015
Marvel Team-Up 41
Going by what I believe to be the attitude of people in those times they should've stripped the Witch naked by now, the Vision - with his devilish looks would have been immediately dispatched to the flames and Spider-Man, at the very least, would not have his mask on anymore. But hey, this is a general patronage comic - just look at that vintage Comics Code Authority seal on the cover.
In jail, Spider-Man makes the acquaintance of one John Proctor.Just like Cotton Mather, John Proctor is a real life historical figure. He was 60 years old when he was hanged in connection with the Salem Witch Trials.
So Peter regains consciousness and he's being detained with a chain. Hahahah. Step one.
And just because that was peanuts, Spider-Man rips the manacles off like they were foil wrappers.
Here's a nice Vision and Spider-Man panel by Sal Buscema
Another great panel showing the Vision using his eye blasts.
At the very last panel Doctor Doom shows up and he's like: "Who broke into my castle and used my time machine without permission?"
The next issue is bound to be very interesting.
Posted - July 27, 2014 | Updated : August 27, 2015
The splash page of this issue provides an almost complete summary of the events so far.
I say "almost complete" because the Scarlet Witch is not in the picture.
Doom being Doom and Mather being Mather . . .
Anybody interested in editing Cotton Mather's Wikipedia article and adding that at one point in time he was manhandled by Victor von Doom? You can even add "source: Marvel Team-Up #43". The ultimate kick would be if that little detail became part of somebody's school report on the Salem Witch Trials.
What I really like about Doom is the swagger.
Here's a Sal Buscema panel showing both Spider-Man and the Vision.
Clean crisp art, and Sal Buscema's penciling will only get better over the years, but I wish this was done more to scale. Peter Parker is a lithe 5'10", the Everyman as superhero. The vision is over six feet, he should be more massive visually - a machine exhibiting the ideal dimensions of a powerful human being. It would have been more enjoyable if these distinctions were reflected in the panel.
Here we have the mysterious Dark Rider giving a concise history of Doctor Doom.
Interesting to note: Doctor doom was a warlock well before he was a scientist. .
While Doom and the Dark Rider are poised for battle, Spider-Man and the Vision are busy battling a giant pussycat. No kidding. What's worst than battling a giant pussy cat? How about losing to a giant pussycat?
Thankfully, the powerful Scarlet Witch comes up with a save.
No more shadowy hat, the Dark Rider is revealed.
And now to battle! Doom lets fly at his gigantic opponent.
Great twin panels of a clash of energies.
Vision enters the fray with his fiery eye beams.
Alas, every attack is repelled. I particularly like the linework of this panel, that, unfortunately, shows the Vision falling before the Dark Rider.
Now its the Scarlet Witch's turn with another hex bolt.
The Dark Rider shrugs it all off.
Including a direct hit to the face from Spider-Man. Everything just does not work and the issue ends with Doom, the Vision, the Scarlet Witch, and Spider-Man defeated by the Dark Rider.
Posted - July 27, 2014 | Updated : August 27, 2015
We are greeted by a splash page of Moondragon.
Earth-born but raised in Titan by the same race that spawned Thanos and Starfox, Moondragon is a psionic. She also has a haughty attitude that makes her an interesting read. And the outfit. Let's not forget the outfit. .
As a matter of convenience - and slightly sloppy writing - Moondragon is directly transported to 1692 Salem by one of the Scarlet Witches' hexbolts. Unlike before with Spider-Man whom the hex bolt only transported to Doom's Castle with Doom's time machine doing the time-jumping chores. Moondragon comes upon an ongoing story.
Long story short, all of our protagonists have fallen to the power of one Dark Rider. The Rider is a form of vampire and he is now in the act of siphoning off each of his captives' powers. Without furter ado, Moondragon launches an impressive mental asssault.
The other's start reviving and we have this dialogue balloon filled panel where writer Bill Mantlo goes for a a one panel summary of the last three issues courtesy of Spider-Man
Now it is Dark Rider's turn to counter.
That vampiric blast doesn't seem to "give" but to "take" - truly a vampire-like attack.
Now, preparing to enter the fray - one Victor Von Doom!
Doctor Doom's attack is very impressive.
The others start attacking in turn but it is Moondragon who delivers the coup de grace.
No fancy strategies, no clever machinations, the storyline just kept adding opponents beginning three issues back until the Dark Rider succumbed to superior fire power. A straightforward yet entertaining storyline that effectively showcased several Marvel characters (Scarlet Witch, Vision, Doctor Doom and Moondragon). And that's the basic purpose of Marvel Team-Up; to use Spider-Man's popularity to feature other characters in particular and the Marvel Universe in general.
The issue ends in a ghastly historical note, as Spider-Man is witness to the unjust results of the Salem Witch Trials.