Marvel Two-in-One

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Marvel Two-in-One
Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 (1977). Art by Jim Starlin.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule monthly
Format Ongoing
Publication date January 1974–June 1983
No. of issues 100 and 7 annuals
Main character(s) Thing
Creative team
Written by
Penciller(s)
Inker(s)

Marvel Two-in-One is an American comic book series published by Marvel Comics featuring Fantastic Four member, the Thing, in a different team-up each issue.

Publication history[edit]

Original series[edit]

The concept of teaming the Thing with a different character in each issue was given a test run in Marvel Feature #11 and 12, and proved a success.[1] Marvel Two-in-One continued from the team-up stories in the final two issues of Marvel Feature and lasted for 100 issues from January 1974[2] through June 1983. Seven annuals were also published.[3] Artist Ron Wilson began his long association with the title with issue #12 (November 1975) and worked on it throughout its run.[4] With issue #17, the series had a crossover with Marvel Team-Up #47, which featured Spider-Man.[5] The second Marvel Two-in-One Annual was a crossover with Avengers Annual #7 both of which were written and drawn by Jim Starlin.[6] The "Project Pegasus" storyline in Marvel Two-in-One #53-58 saw the introduction of the name "Quasar" for the Wendell Vaughn character[7] and the transformation of Wundarr into the Aquarian.[8]

Comics creators who contributed to the series include Steve Gerber, Jack Kirby (who did pencils on several covers during its run), Marv Wolfman, John Buscema, John Byrne, Frank Miller, and George Pérez.[9]

Marvel Two-In-One ended after one hundred issues and was immediately replaced with a Thing solo series.

Revival[edit]

As part of Marvel Legacy, a soft relaunch of the Marvel Universe, Marvel Two-In-One was revived in December 2017 with a new story titled "The Fate of the Four" that revolves around the Thing and the Human Torch going on a road trip to find out what happened to Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Franklin, and Valeria Richards.[10] The new series is written by Chip Zdarsky and drawn by Jim Cheung.[11]

The issues[edit]

Issue Character(s) Issue Character(s)
#1 Man-Thing #51 Beast, Ms. Marvel, Nick Fury, Wonder Man
#2 Sub-Mariner #52 Moon Knight
#3 Daredevil #53 Quasar
#4 Captain America #54 Deathlok
#5 Guardians of the Galaxy #55 Giant-Man
#6 Doctor Strange #56 Thundra
#7 Valkyrie #57 Wundarr
#8 Ghost Rider #58 Aquarian
#9 Thor #59 The Human Torch
#10 Black Widow #60 Impossible Man
#11 Golem #61 Starhawk
#12 Iron Man #62 Moondragon
#13 Power Man #63 Adam Warlock
#14 Son of Satan #64 Stingray
#15 Morbius, the Living Vampire #65 Triton
#16 Ka-Zar #66 Scarlet Witch
#17 Spider-Man #67 Hyperion
#18 Scarecrow #68 Angel
#19 Tigra #69 Guardians of the Galaxy
#20 The Liberty Legion #70 Yancy Street Gang
#21 Doc Savage #71 Mister Fantastic
#22 Thor #72 The Inhumans
#23 Thor #73 Quasar
#24 Black Goliath #74 Puppet Master
#25 Iron Fist #75 Avengers
#26 Nick Fury #76 Iceman
#27 Deathlok #77 Man-Thing
#28 Sub-Mariner #78 Wonder Man
#29 Shang-Chi #79 Blue Diamond
#30 Spider-Woman #80 Ghost Rider
#31 Mystery Menace #81 Sub-Mariner
#32 Invisible Girl #82 Captain America
#33 Modred the Mystic #83 Sasquatch
#34 Nighthawk #84 Alpha Flight
#35 Skull the Slayer #85 Spider-Woman
#36 Mister Fantastic #86 Sandman
#37 Matt Murdock #87 Ant-Man
#38 Daredevil #88 She-Hulk
#39 Vision #89 The Human Torch
#40 Black Panther #90 Spider-Man
#41 Brother Voodoo #91 The Sphinx
#42 Captain America #92 Jocasta
#43 Man-Thing #93 Machine Man
#44 Hercules #94 Power Man and Iron Fist
#45 Captain Marvel #95 The Living Mummy
#46 Hulk #96 Marvel Super Heroes
#47 Yancy Street Gang #97 Iron Man
#48 Jack of Hearts #98 Franklin Richards
#49 Doctor Strange #99 Rom
#50 The Thing (alternate universe) #100 Ben Grimm (alternate universe)

Annuals[edit]

Issue Character(s)
#1 The Liberty Legion
#2 Spider-Man, the Avengers vs. Thanos
#3 Nova vs. the Monitors
#4 Black Bolt vs. Graviton
#5 Hulk vs. the Stranger
#6 American Eagle vs. Klaw
#7 Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Wonder Man, Sasquatch, Thor, Colossus, Doc Samson vs. The Champion

Collected editions[edit]

Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 1 omits issue #21 from the collection, as the licensing rights to the character Doc Savage, who was the guest star in that issue, are no longer held by Marvel. Similarly Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 4 omits issue #99, which features Rom the Spaceknight, for the same reason.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cassell, Dewey (April 2014). "Marvel Feature". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (71): 18. 
  2. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 164. ISBN 978-0756641238. The Thing got his own comic book with the first issue of Marvel Two-in-One, a series that teamed him up with other super heroes. 
  3. ^ Marvel Two-in-One Annual at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Ron Wilson at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1970s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 89. ISBN 978-0756692360. In this crossover between Marvel's two team-up based titles, each book's star paid a visit to the other's book. The two-part story was written by [Bill] Mantlo and penciled by [Sal] Buscema, with Ron Wilson supplying artwork for the second part in Marvel Team-Up #47. 
  6. ^ Manning "1970s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 97: "Written and drawn by Jim Starlin...this issue continued the events that had begun in this year's The Avengers Annual #7"
  7. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 189: "Marvel Man took the new name Quasar in Marvel Two-in-One #53 by future Quasar series writer Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio."
  8. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 191: "In this finale of the 'Project Pegasus' saga, Wundarr became the Aquarian, a prophet of peace and spiritual enlightenment."
  9. ^ Ewbank, Jamie (August 2013). "Idol of Millions: The Thing in Marvel Two-in-One". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (66): 26–37. 
  10. ^ Couto, Anthony (June 23, 2017). "Marvel Legacy Reunites Human Torch & The Thing in New Series". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. 
  11. ^ Johnston, Rich (September 13, 2017). "Marvel Two-in-One By Chip Zdarsky And...Jim Cheung For Marvel Legacy In December". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on October 14, 2017. 
  12. ^ Ewbank p. 37

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