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1559: Marvel Team-Up #6 (v1)

" As Those Who Will Not See "
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Marvel Team-Up #6 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Gil Kane
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Letterers: Jean Izzo (Jean Simek)
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: January 1973
Release Date: October 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 264                 Times Rated: 166
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Arriving shortly after the Vision's departure, the Thing and Alicia find Spider-Man and the Puppet Master in the Baxter building. The four quickly depart on a mission to uncover pieces of Alicia's past and, perhaps, a cure for her blindness.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #5 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Marvel Team-Up #7 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Incredible Hulk #153 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #126 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Alicia Masters
Alicia Masters last appeared in Fantastic Four #117 (v1). Alicia Masters next appears in Fantastic Four #126 (v1).
  Marcia Deaton Reiss Masters
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Marcia Deaton Reiss Masters in the mainstream continuity. This is flashback appearance.
  Jacob Reiss
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jacob Reiss in the mainstream continuity. Jacob Reiss next appears in Silver Surfer #130 (v3). This is flashback appearance. Dies in this issue.
  The Puppet Master
The Puppet Master last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #5 (v1). The Puppet Master next appears in Marvel Two-in-One #9.
  The Mad Thinker
The Mad Thinker last appeared in Fantastic Four #100 (v1). The Mad Thinker next appears in Avengers #135 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Incredible Hulk #153 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #126 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #5 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Marvel Team-Up #7 (v1).
Fantasticar MK II
Fantasticar MK II last appeared in Incredible Hulk #152 (v1). Fantasticar MK II next appears in Fantastic Four #127 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 17, 2015
Picks things up from the end of #5, The Vision has departed and The Thing joins Spider-Man in dealing with Alicia Masters' evil step-father: Puppet Master.
Gerry Conway treats us to an origin re-telling and there are some wonderful, well-observed moments, before the battle begins anew.
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Issue Synopsis
This issue picks up from where the last one left off. The Thing and Alicia return to the Baxter Building to find Spider-Man crouching over an unconscious Puppet Master. The Thing questions the Puppet Master who reveals that Alicia’s blindness might not be permanent. As Spider-Man, Thing, Alicia and Puppet Master travel by Fantasticar to Puppet Master’s old lab, Puppet Master reveals how he was a friend and colleague of Alicia’s real father. They had had an argument over experiments that Puppet Master had been conducting, got into a fight and Alicia’s father had been killed. The vats of radioactive clay that they had been experimenting on had exploded and Puppet Master, Alicia and her mother were caught in the blast. As a result Alicia had been blinded. Puppet Master had married the mother and worked to reformulate the precise clay isotope that had been in the vats to try to reverse the damage and cure the girl’s blindness. However, his research went in a different direction when he had discovered that certain clay mixtures could control their real-life counterparts.

Leaving Alicia in the Fantasticar, Puppet Master leads Thing and Spider-Man into a trap which incapacitates them long enough for the villain to escape into his hidden lab, sealing it closed behind him. Thing smashes his way into the lab and he and Spider-Man split up to search.

It turns out that the lab now belongs to the Mad Thinker, who isn’t happy with the intrusion. The Thinker puts the Thing out of action by trapping him in a vacuum chamber and almost kills Spider-Man, who just manages to stop himself from falling onto spikes at the bottom of a pit. In the meantime, the Thinker sends an android to capture Alicia. The Puppet Master is upset that Alicia is in danger and is about to hit the Mad Thinker over the head with a wrench, but can’t go through with it until Spider-Man appears to help him out, knocking the Thinker unconscious. The Thing then arrives on the scene to deal with the android that is menacing Alicia.

As Spider-Man exits the hidden lab it explodes behind him with the Mad Thinker and the Puppet Master still inside.
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  green_flame_616 Says:    
  2012-02-11 04:29:42  
  Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa. The Puppet Master has depth as a character? I never would have believed it.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-12 12:24:34  
  "The Mad Thinker never errs!" except those times against the Fantastic Four...  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-25 21:03:35  
  This comment continues the trend of one comment per year for this particular issue.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-25 05:29:26  
  Again the artwork was distractingly off model. Obvious things too this time, some panels Thing looks like a lizard of some sort, and 95% of the time Spidey is missing his underarm webs.
I think the Puppet Master is officially the Kenny of the Marvel universe. He dies in every story he's in, but is always back for another go.

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-07-09 22:00:55  
  It's still a rare thing that we get a bad guy's backstory fleshed out like this, and it helps the issue a lot. Bonus points to 20 year old Gerry Conway for giving the Puppet Master more personality than Stan Lee ever did.  

  melvillean Says:    
  2015-09-25 11:58:50  
  For somebody who pays attention to numbers as much as The Mad Thinker does, it's odd that he would claim to never err.  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-10-25 02:06:55  
  I'm enjoying this series.  

  phogbear Says:    
  2015-11-20 10:38:44  
  Conway made the Puppet Master interesting! Wish he could have done something with the Thinker. He's as dumb as ever.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-11-20 19:27:46  
  3 stars for the Puppet Master pulling the strings, or cutting the strings...take your pick...

CIA Approved - Just what did the Thing do to the Puppet Master?!!

Bashful Ben - As usual the Thing had some good one-liners!!!

Push - I liked Spidey nudging Puppet Master into standing up to the Mad Thinker!!

'Nuff Said - "Alicia, you must forgive me...I loved you then...and I love you still...but I've always been a weak man...a terribly...terribly weak man..."-Puppet Master

  ViktorG Says:    
  2017-04-09 13:18:10  
  As other people already have said, it's both surprising and nice that the Puppet Master got a back story suddenly  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-05-01 20:51:49  
  This is assuming that Puppet Master was telling the truth when he recounted that story. Maybe he had no reason to lie, I don't know. It's just the way he let Spidey and the Thing get nailed by those booby traps made me think he was playing his situation up for sympathy is all. Oh well. I'm probably reading more into it than there was.

Not a great story, but not bad either. The Mad Stinker's presence here was almost tolerable, probably because we got him in a relatively small dose this time. I did like the way Spidey made PM smack the Thinker; nice humorous touch there.

3 stars. Kudos to Gerry Conway for at least trying to instill something substantial into the Puppet Master.


  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-05-08 12:31:22  
  Ohh, goody The Mad Thinker, and he is in his pose (does anyone else imagine him frantically situating himself when he hears company coming?)

I like the bit on 22:3 about dark-souled men laughing who are filled with self-contempt and betrayal. Kane captures it well.

Ahh, there we go, roasted Puppet Master

I liked this one better than the previous issue

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  Katryn Says:    
  2017-05-19 08:37:57  
  Nope, not believing it. I need proof of death for the Puppet Master. And even then, I don't know that I'd trust him not to bloody come back.
Although I liked the Thinker - "The Thinker never errs! Except for right now."

  drfaustus13 Says:    
  2017-06-02 17:47:24  
  So even the Thinker has atarted to refer to himself as "The Mad Thinker"? I find that a bit out of character - is this the first time in the order it has happened? Like is he just giving in to it now?

Also, since when does he randomly assault people? Poor Puppetmaster.

Loved the unexpected Puppetmaster backstory too. 3 stars.

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Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Team-Up, Volume 1
This collection includes Marvel Team-Up #1 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #2 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #3 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #4 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #5 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #6 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #7 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #8 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #9 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #10 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #11 (v1)
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   April 21, 2018 ViolentPhlegm
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Fantasticar MK II listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Web-Shooters listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   June 7, 2016 fragsel Added Jacob Reiss to the issue.
   June 7, 2016 fragsel Added Marcia Deaton Reiss Masters to the issue.
   June 2, 2016 MattzLadd Changed comic details.
   October 10, 2014 Gym1963 Added synopsis for this issue.
   March 16, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Fantastic Four.
   November 18, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for The Thing.
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