Essential Marvel Two-In-One—Volume 1

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Fun and easy series

Classic style of comic book might not be as enjoyed by newer readers

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Marvel Two-In-One (Volume 1)/Marvel Feature (Volume 1)/Marvel Team-Up (Volume 1)/Fantastic Four (Volume 1)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer:  Len Wein/Mike Friedrich/Steve Gerber/Chris Claremont/Roy Thomas/Bill Mantlo/Ron Sifler/Jim Shooter/Marv Wolfman/Scott Edelman

Artist:  Jim Starlin/Gil Kane/Sal Buscema/Herb Trimpe/Bob Brown/Ron Wilson/Arvell Jones/Marie Severin

# of Issues: 29

Release Date: 2005

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Marvel Two-In-One (1) #1

Reprints Marvel Feature (1) #11-12, Marvel Team-Up (1) #47, Fantastic Four (1) Annual #11, Marvel Two-In-One (1) #1-20, 22-25, and Annual #1 (September 1973-March 1977).  After years of working as a member of the Fantastic Four, the ever-loving blue-eyed Thing is striking out on his own adventures.  Even though his teammates aren’t with him, Thing finds himself with new allies.  Thing finds himself saving the future and the past…It’s clobberin’ time!

Written by Len Wein, Mike Friedrich, Steve Gerber, Chris Claremont, Roy Thomas, Bill Mantlo, Ron Sifler, Jim Shooter, Marv Wolfman, and Scott Edelman, Essential Marvel Two-In-One—Volume 1 is a collection of the classic team-up series starring the Fantastic Four’s Thing.  The Essential collection is in black-and-white and on newsprint style paper and features art by Jim Starlin, Gil Kane, Sal Buscema, Herb Trimpe, Bob Brown, Ron Wilson, Arvell Jones, and Marie Severin.  The issues in the volume were also collected as part of three Marvel Masterworks volumes, Man-Thing by Steve Gerber:  The Complete Collection—Volume 1, Marvel Two-In-One Epic Collection:  Cry Monster, Guardians of the Galaxy:  Earth Shall Overcome, Guardians of the Galaxy:  Tomorrow’s Heroes Omnibus, Marvel Horror Omnibus, The Son of Satan Classic, and Doctor Strange:  Lords of Fear among other volumes.  The collection omits Marvel Two-In-One (1) #21 which featured Doc Savage (November 1976) due to copyright issues.

Thing was always one of my favorites as one of the earliest exposures to Marvel Comics (Thing Ring do Your Thing!), and Marvel Two-In-One was the perfect match.  It brought Thing together with weird (and usually new) characters that Marvel was trying to launch.  Much like Marvel Team-Up, the series is a lot of fun.

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Marvel Two-In-One (1) #5

The comic reads like a classic comic.  Most of the comics can be read as standalone issues though there are issue a few continuing storylines within the title.  I always enjoyed the time travelling adventures since it pitted the Thing with characters he was less likely to team with (plus, I was a fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Liberty Legion).  The series keeps it fun and light.

Part of the fun of the Team-Up and Two-In-One titles were the “guest-stars”.  I always hated it when Thing teamed-up with a member of the Fantastic Four…it felt like cheating.  Fortunately, this volume doesn’t really have the FF team-ups except some appearances and an annual crossover.  This volume contains team-ups with Hulk, Iron Man (twice), Man-Thing, Sub-Mariner, Daredevil, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange, Valkyrie, Ghost Rider, Thor, Black Widow, the Golem, Power Man, the Son of Satan, Morbius, Ka-Zar, Spider-Man (twice), the Scarecrow, Tigra, Liberty Legion (twice), Thor (twice), Black Goliath, and Iron Fist.

Essential Marvel Two-In-One is one of those titles that I have even considered buying the color versions of now that the Epic collections are rolling out.  The fun and action of the series reminds me of how fun and enjoyable comics can be while still being “for kids”.  Essential Marvel Two-In-One—Volume 1 was followed by Essential Marvel Two-In-One—Volume 2.

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