Marvel Two-in-One #90: Eyes of the Sorceror
Writer: Jan Strnad
Penciller: Alan Kupperberg
Inker: Jim Mooney
Letterer: Diana Albers
Colorist: George Roussos
Editor: Jim Salicrup
The Guest Star:
The Set Up:
Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and his date Debra Whitman are at a medieval renaissance fair in Central Park. Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters are also there. While Ben entertains a fan, a pathetically bad wanna-be magician suddenly finds himself possessed by an evil wizard from another dimension.
While Peter and Alicia talk (to poor Deb's dismay), the evil wizard (named Sardeth) experiments with his newfound powers. Step one seems to be to make the maypole come alive and start lifting people into the air. While Ben "kills" the maypole, Peter gets Debra to safety, and costumes up. The wizard then transforms a ren-fair knight into the real thing, and Spidey quickly butts into the fight. Ben starts to wander off, worried about Alicia, but Spider-Man can't handle the knight and has to sucker Ben back into the battle. After making sure Alicia is safe, Spider-Man and the Thing head out after the bad guy...
At the end of page 13 / start of page 14, as Spider-Man tries to get Ben to help, while Ben only wants to find Alicia:
Spider-Man: "Come on, Thing! Remember being a hero? Beating up bad guys? Remember Clobberin' Time?"
Thing: "Huh? Listen, webhead-- I'm busy! Fight your own fights"
Spider-Man, as he maneuvers the knight into attacking Benjy from behind: "Aw, heck-- I'm not stingy! Let me share it with you!
Thing, turning to face the knight: "What wuz that you wuz sayin', webhead? Oh, yeah-- it all comes back to me now...! It's Clobberin' Time!"
No Petunia today.
Things of Interest:
Debra Whitman was a "love interest" for Peter Parker in Spectacular Spiderman between issues 36 and 74. Your editor usually felt a little sorry for her in reading her appearances in that book- she wasn't the strongest of women, and Peter always treated her less than attentively (as he does here).
Hey- there's a letter from T.M. Maple in the Letters Page! He's one of the truly classic letterhacks of the day...
Interesting note- when a page from this issue went up for sale on EBay on December of 2004, the seller noted that it had said "Marvel Team-Up" at the top, before that was also crossed out. Apparently this was written for that book, and used as a fill-in here when deadlines got tight.