Marvel Two-in-One #35: Enter: Skull the Slayer and Exit: The Thing!
Writer / Editor: Marv Wolfman
Guest Artist: Ernie Chan
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Michele Wolfman
The Guest Star:
Skull the Slayer
the Jaguar Priest; a tyrannosaurus
The Set Up:
Returning from his vacation in London, Ben heads for Cape Canaveral, Flordia, where he's been asked by an old army buddy to to test fly a new experimental jet, while at the same time look for signs of a lost Cobalt Bomb. His jet is grabbed by an exceedingly large pterodactyl, which carries it (and Ben) across some prehistoric land.
Cut to four Americans (Skull the Slayer and his three compatriots) strapped to a pillar in a old temple and held captive by the Jaguar Priest. While they recap for us how they came to be brought to this same land (also lost in a jet over the Bermuda Triangle), the Jaguar Priest tries to get the secret of Skull's belt of strength from him. The pterodactyl flies up (the Jaguar Priest claims it as "his pet"), and deposits the jet. A very confused Ben Grimm emerges, and, after being attacked by some of the Jaguar Priest's minions, levels the Temple, freeing Skull and his companions. The five escape, fighting more minions and an unfriendly dinosaur, but soon realize that Ben's jet in unflyable and they all seem to be stuck here, wherever here is...
Not this time, sorry.
Things of Interest:
Fun Ben bit: "Hunh... What's that comin at ---? Kiss my gazortch! It's a blamed pter-uh... ptery... It's an overgrown canary... flyin' straight at me!"
This is another early MTIO occurrence: tying up the loose ends of a cancelled series. Skull the Slayer ran only 8 issues, and was cancelled with its cast all still stranded in a weird semi-prehistoric world. In this issue (and the next - its a two-parter) the loose ends are tied up and the casts' storylines pretty much resolved.
| Original art from your editor's collection. Here's hoping they get out by the far-future date of Christmas 1999!
Someday I'll have to get a better scan that this distorted digital photo, sorry!