Marvel Two-in-One #77: Only the Swamp Survives!
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciller: Ron Wilson
Inker: Chic Stone
Colorist: George Roussos
Editor: Jim Salicrup
The Guest Star:
Mr. Fantastic; Human Torch; Invisible Girl; Nick Fury and the Howling Commandoes: Dum-Dum Dugan, Dino Manelli, Gabriel "Gabe" Jones, "Reb" Ralston, Izzy Cohen, Percy Pinkerton, Cpt. Sam Sawyer
The Set Up:
Ben and Reed are in the lab, where the Thing is in one in the midst of one of Reed's new inventions, an exerciser for Ben. This ends the way these always do (the Thing "accidentally" destroys it), and almost immediately Nick Fury shows up at the door with an aeronautics expert. It seems the U.S. has developed a new superfast fighter plane, and they need Ben Grimm to help test-fly it. Ben, a former test pilot, is intrigued, and agrees to sign up, after much soul searching and many tears from Alicia. After some training and testing, the launch is on...
As almost inevitably happens when Ben goes back to test piloting, something goes awry (a mechanical malfunction), and the plane crashes. It comes down in the Florida swamp, and a barely conscious Ben stumbles out of the wreckage.
Meanwhile, in that same Florida swamp, the mindless Man-Thing is distracted from its encounter with some poachers by the crash, and is drawn to the emotions of the delusional Thing, who is reliving his experiences in World War II, where as a young pilot he hooked up with Nick Fury and the Howling Commandoes...
Page 23, panel 5. In a flashback to World War II, a pre-Thing Ben Grimm takes out some Nazis with his feet. "Wah-hoo! It's Clobbering Time!"
Things of Interest:
|This issue was reprinted in 1992 in Adventures of the Thing #4, part of a four isue miniseries of MTIO reprints.|