Marvel Team-Up #80, “A Sorcerer Possessed!” and #81, 1979 “Last Rites”

I love team books, if not for just the different characters, then just because you get more “hero” bang for your buck! But if I had to choose between Marvel Team-UP and Marvel Two-in-One, I’d take the latter. 2-in-1 was just more quirky, or off-beat, if you will. I do however love Dr. Strange, and no matter what title he appears in, I’m going to buy it! In this two-parter, the Doc is somehow turned into a werewolf, and runs amok in NYC. It’s up to Clea, Spider-Man, and Satana to stop him! Throw in a guest appearance by Marie Laveau, and the ever faithful Wong, and you get an issue packed with excitement!

Although Chris Claremont isn’t really known for his work with the macabre, but if you dig, you’ll see he wrote a few different stories in the genre. He does a fine job in this story, showing the great concern Clea has for her mentor/lover! In the art department, we have guest penciler, Mike Vosburg, and he does an outstanding job! Assisting with the art (inks) are Gene Day (#80) and Steve Leialoha (#81)! Both men are solid inkers and have a nice resumĂ©! Letters and colors are both recognizable names as well (colors for #80 are Petra Goldberg, and letters by Denise Wohl– colors in #81 are by Ben Sean, and letters by Rick Parker). Both issues have great covers, and Rich Buckler and Bob McLeod gave us the first one, then followed by Al Milgrom and Steve Leialoha on the second!

 

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2 comments on “Marvel Team-Up #80, “A Sorcerer Possessed!” and #81, 1979 “Last Rites”

  1. Yes, while one does not usually think of Chris Claremont and supernatural as going together, once you give it a bit of though you will realize that he appears to have a definite fondness for horror elements.

    He wrote a few of the earliest Blade solo stories. The very first adversaries Claremont introduced after he became the writer of the All-New, All-Different X-Men were the demonic N’Garai. He had the X-Men encounter Dracula twice. Then there is whole storyline of Illyana Rasputin being kidnapped by the sorcerer / demon Belasco and growing up in Limbo. And a few years later that led to the very horror-themed “Inferno” crossover which saw Manhattan overrun by demons.

    One of Claremont’s favorite themes, the idea of the seduction and corruption of the soul by evil, that he has utilized repeatedly throughout his stories, is in a certain sense a horror trope, the concept of being tempted by a devil figure.

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