Posted - October 3, 2016
The Thing Marvel Two-In-One 42 to 43:
If I remember correctly, Cap's shield is a vibranium-adamantium alloy - the vibranium part is energy absorbing while the adamantium part provides near-invincibility. Look how the sheer force of the Thing's blow is scattering everybody but Cap manages to hold steady.
Ben is rampaging through the complex looking for Wundarr. Ben is partly responsible for Wundarr as can be seen in some old issues of Marvel-Two-In-One. Some of the very earliest issues really.
Ben is finally captured in a force field and Cap calms him down.
Project Pegasus is going to figure largely in future stories in Marvel Two-In-One as well as in it's other contemporary Marvel titles. Here's a capsule description of the Project from Steve.
Here's another figure from the past: Dr. Lightner.
Lightner was Blacksun (with his father) in Thing's adventure with Doc Savage.
Project Pegasus' alternative energy directive just went into overdrive - they're studying the Cosmic Cube in this facility.
The Thing and Cap comes across Wundarr who is needed by the government in connection with all these energy research.
Really? constrained and followed by guards with what I take to be stunners. And Cap just looking on like, you know, it's ok for the government to do this? Hmmm.
Wundarr came to Earth on a space ship from Krypton (Did I say Krypton? I meant a Krypton-compatible planet). He grew up on that ship with no life experiences whatsoever ( I assume he was in stasis). The result is an adult with the mind of a four year old but the strength of say, the Submariner. What's a four-year old in restraints to do but this.
Thank God Ben is here.
This is why the Project needs Wundarr.
Murphy's Law kicks in as the experiment goes haywire. Ben sees to Wundarr while Cap pursues a saboteur.
Very few people can counter Captain America. Who is this guy? whoever he is, he grabs the cube and disappears. Only to reappear in the Everglades in the midst of a strange cult. The cult is called the Entropists and the saboteur is one Victor Conrad. Apparently one and all didn't just appear out of nowhere but are a part of Marvel continuity having been seen previously in Astonishing Tales and Man-Thing.
Captain America informs the Thing that Stark International has a plane that can track the Cosmic Cube.
The message: Impatience is ok, specially when safety is concerned. Ah, hot-blooded comics being read, presumably by hot-blooded kids. The joy of rushing into things half-cocked, how I miss it.
Cap and the Thing find themselves in the Everglades. Beautiful panel.
As expected they come upon the cult, led by Victor Conrad who has given himself the unfortunate name of Entropic Man.
Oh look, between one issue and the next they thought twice about the ghastly 'Entropic Man' monicher. Victor Conrad is now known as Victorius. Still not a good name, specially since Victorius admitted that he lost to Ka-Zar in a fight. Anyway, Victor Conrad recreated the super-soldier serum and used it on himself explaining his being able to go up against Cap.
Victor - how do I put it? Self-radicalized around the philosophy of Entropy. Searched out the cult of entropists and used the Cube to resurrect it's former leader into the ghastly creature known as Jude, the Entropic Man.
Oh, I was wrong, the Entropic Man and Victorius are two different beings. The match up is pretty good now. Victorius vs. Captain America and the Entropic Man vs. the Thing. Ring the bell!
The first bout
Heaven forbid something goes on in the Everglades without it's legendary peeping tom taking notice. We even get a nice capsule origin.
Back to the fight
Captain America does "pontificate about fanaticism while wrapped in a flag" doesn't he? Good point from Victorius (that name!).
So the situation so far.
The Thing and the Entropic Man still observers. The Man-Thing reaching for the Cosmic Cube. And the super-soldiers still at it.
Entropic Man is about to go for Cap so Ben jumps in.
The Thing disappears into the Entropic Man's mysterious blackness and re-emerges as Ben Grimm.
Now for the biggest surprise of all: Ben Grimm is convincing the Entropic Man to abandon the whole Entropic philosophy and it seems to be working!
Unfortunately, the learned discussion is interrupted by Victorius with his fists. Sensing correctly that the struggle is too even, Victorius decides to to for the Cosmic Cube to tip the scales somewhat. Unfortunately for Conrad, the cube is in, what seems to be the iron-hard grip of the Man-Thing.
The Entropic Man is not a vilain after all. Merely a devotee of death who has realized - thanks to Ben Grimm! - that the living must seek out death of their own volition. Victor, on the other hand, is a devotee of Entropy, so the Entropic Man has no qualms of giving him the death he so desperately worships.
At the very last moment, Victor changes his mind about the whole entropy thing. He de-radicalizes and he gets scared, very scared as the Entropic Man touches him. Victor is still touching the Man-Thing and fear is the trigger that causes the Man-Thing to burn whoever he (it?) touches. The result is this insane explosion. The end result is this.
First, Ben returns to Thing form. Second, Victorius and the Entropic Man leave some kind of crystal manifestation. Third, this crystal, somehow stimulates radical plant growth. We are also shown that the crystal has the power to change the Man-Thing to his human form of Ted Sallis but the mindless Man-Thing doesn't have the wits to hang around for the transformation to complete itself.
And that's it for Cap and the Thing.
Steak and coffee, weird pairing but I'll take it.
Uh guys, where the hell is the Cosmic Cube? Oh well . . .