Saturday, 20 December 2014

Have Yourself A Sandman Little Christmas!

And here's a cast-iron Christmas Classic from the debut issue of Team-Up. If you've never read this one, it's got Spidey being a little too keen to kick ass instead of spending Christmas Eve with Gwen Stacy, The Torch wearing one of Fred from Scooby-Doo's old outfits and being all Scroogey 'cos Crystal's dumped him, and The Sandman...well, I won't spoil the surprise, but even super villains need a break at Yuletide.


  1. You seem to be missing a page at the start of the story, old chap - the one establishing P. Parker at the beach to shoot pics of the Polar Bear Club's annual swim.

    And I presume you know that someone somewhere decided that that lady being hassled by the two muggers was/is Misty Knight, and that's since become lore - talk about an incestuous Marvel Universe!

    Oh, and in a letter column a couple of issues hence, someone pointed out that the Sandman here was going by the name of William Baker, when it had long been established that he was Flint Marko...still, a criminal use a false ID? Most implausible!

  2. Well spotted B, have a yuletide No-Prize on me!
    Misty Knight? Naah. I'll grant it looks like her, though a bit thin in the face, but that's a continuity step TOO far. Does EVERYTHING have to be tied in and retconned now?
    What about Mrs. Baker's nurse? Does she go to the same grocery store as Aunt May? Or the two beach cops. Did they later join SHIELD? Madness, I tell ya, madness.

  3. Marvel Team-Up was one of my favorite comics. Spider-Man is my favorite Marvel supehero. I also dig the Human Torch even though I never much cared for the Fantastic Four comic. So when Spidey and the Torch teamed up every now and then in the good old days, it was a lot of fun.

  4. Yeh, I always liked that Johnny was super confident and Spidey... wasn't. They should've made more of that dynamic. It's almost like Peter was teaming up with a super-powered Flash Thompson.