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1731: Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1)

" The Granite Sky "
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Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, John Romita Sr.
Writers: Len Wein
Pencilers: Gil Kane
Inkers: Frank Giacoia, David Hunt
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: June Braverman
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: September 1973
Release Date: June 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 241                 Times Rated: 151
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Marvel Team-Up #12 (v1)
Daredevil #103 (v1)
Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #163 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #164 (v1)
1729: Marvel Team...
#12 (v1)
1730: Daredevil
#103 (v1)
1732: Incredible ...
#163 (v1)
1733: Incredible ...
#164 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Back in New York after his trip to California, Spidey seeks to find anything to distract him from his woes. When he spots a couple AIM thugs on the run he finds that distraction in the form of Captain America.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Daredevil #103 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Avengers #118 (v1).
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #113 (v1). Captain America next appears in Captain America #163 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Astonishing Tales #18 (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Incredible Hulk #164 (v1).
  Dum Dum Dugan
Dum Dum Dugan last appeared in Incredible Hulk #148 (v1). Dum Dum Dugan next appears in Captain America #166 (v1).
Nathaniel last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #2 (v1).
  Grey Gargoyle
Grey Gargoyle last appeared in Captain America #142 (v1). Grey Gargoyle next appears in Thor #257 (v1).
Group Appearances
AIM last appeared in Astonishing Tales #18 (v1). AIM next appears in Strange Tales #171 (v1).
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Shanna the She-Devil #5 (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Captain America #164 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #113 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Captain America #163 (v1).
Web-Shooters last appeared in Daredevil #103 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Avengers #118 (v1).
Helicarrier last appeared in Astonishing Tales #18 (v1). Helicarrier next appears in Captain America #167 (v1).
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Issue Review
   September 17, 2013
#13 is an average Spider-Man/Captain America tale with a weak/cop-out ending. Disappointing/Frustrating.

Peter Parker's still reeling from Gwen's death, and Captain America's still got his new super-strength. So the continuity, at least, is enjoyable. Indeed, everything is enjoyable until both heroes suddenly recover from the effects of Grey Gargoyle and are fine. No explanation given. Huh?! 5/10
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Issue Synopsis
It is evening, and Peter Parker is standing by the dockside thinking about Gwen Stacey and feeling miserable. He is interrupted in his thoughts by a rough-looking man who is much the worse for drink. The man offers advice about life and tells Peter that he needs to cheer up. As soon as the man’s back is turned, Peter takes the opportunity to slip away.

Left alone on the dock, the drunken man watches a meteor splash down into the river. A moment later the Grey Gargoyle breaks the surface of the water. The man holds out a hand to help the Gargoyle from the water and is turned to stone as a reward for his good deed.

Up on a rooftop, Peter gives himself a good talking too. He changes into Spider-Man and swings off, looking for action, to take his mind off his problems. He soon comes across some men in yellow suits who are running from something. One of the men fires a weapon, so Spider-Man tackles them and leaves them trussed up for the cops. He then goes to try to find out what they were running from. He soon finds the scene of the crime and bursts in on Captain America battling more of the yellow-suited men. Spider-Man lends a hand and soon all of the men are down. Captain America radios SHEILD for a clean-up squad and, seconds later, both Captain America and Spider-Man are teleported aboard the SHIELD heli-carrier.

Aboard the heli-carrier, one of the SHIELD agents points out that Spider-Man is wanted for murder and it looks like a major fight is about to break out between Spider-Man and the agents until Nick Fury appears and puts a stop to it. As they talk, Spider-Man learns that the men in yellow suits were AIM agents and that he and Captain America stopped AIM from capturing a vital Guided Missile Telemetry System. Unfortunately there were actually three such systems and AIM also attacked the other two. SHIELD successfully defended one, but AIM captured the one in the Mid-West. SHIELD had the system bugged, so they know that it is now heading towards New York.

In an old Science Pavilion left over from the World’s Fair, AIM agents are hard at work, watched over by the Grey Gargoyle. They are planning to launch a rocket that will enable AIM and the Grey Gargoyle to control the skies of the entire planet. The Gargoyle reveals how his previous encounter with Captain America and the Falcon had left him trapped inside a missile orbiting the Earth. Luckily he had been able to contact AIM, who had blasted the missile, bringing the Gargoyle back to Earth. Now he is ready for his revenge.

Captain America’s shield flies out of nowhere, smashing a view-screen and taking the Gargoyle and the AIM agents by surprise. Spider-Man tackles the Agents, while Captain America battles the Gargoyle himself. An accidental contact with a live wire leaves Captain America out cold, and the sight distracts Spider-Man long enough for his assailants to get a blow through his defences. The Gargoyle touches both Captain America and Spider-Man, turning them to stone, before having the chain to the side of rocket. Believing that he has won this battle, the Gargoyle busies himself with the countdown. However, the two heroes turn back to normal, free themselves and attack the Gargoyle. Captain America speculates that the venom that the Viper recently injected him with saved him, but he has no idea what saved Spider-Man. While the Gargoyle continues to fight, the chain that had been used to fasten the heroes to the rocket gets caught around his leg. The countdown reaches zero and the rocket takes off, dragging the unfortunate Gargoyle up into space.

Their mission accomplished, the Spider-Man and Captain America part company.
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-10-27 03:06:15  
  So, now the Gargoyle's powers don't even work as well as they used to do - so to speak? Here's to making that villain even less important...  

  Canuck Says:    
  2013-02-16 14:36:09  
  Weak ending. No real explanation made on how Spider-Man or Captain America recover. Oh, and doesn't this mean that the rocket was still successfully launched and operable, in essence, they failed?  

  bigkat5582 Says:    
  2013-04-12 20:14:47  
  I guess we are supposed to infer the venom the viper gave Cap and Spideys Radioactive blood were immune to the Gargoyle. Streeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-17 09:41:41  
  Wait, it's over? They couldn't even find a way to dispose of Gargoyle than shooting him off on a rocket for the second time.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-06 19:52:06  
  What the crap was this? His last appearance, anything that touched the Gargoyle turned to stone, wasn't him touching the victim. The rocket launched successfully... Cap and Spidey just walk off in the sunset like they won? And wtf was the explanation of how they recovered so quickly? Horribly written and researched story.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-06-03 17:29:57  
  @TheAmazingGatorMan Actually it has always been just the one hand that turns things to stone, that hand even has to touch another part of his body to turn him into the Grey Gargoyle (though isn't his hand always touching his wrist?
Still, a weak and rushed story, they couldn't even be bothered to explain how that stupid Fury logic made Spider-Man agree to help, let alone why they unrocked so quick.

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-02-25 01:33:24  
  Needed to be two issues to have room to breathe. Spidey was a third wheel to the main plot. Also, isn't Cap on the outs with Fury/Shield right now? Some of the art I liked, some seemed off spec.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan @ duncanm (original post):    
  2016-04-05 19:34:19  
  Gotcha, I must have missed and/or forgotten about that.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-05-16 22:30:20  
  A fun, terrible issue. Think ol' Gil was motoring along then realized he was out of pages?

I like Wein making Peter's cynicism darker and fatalistic. Fitting for someone who has even so much death at such a young age. He was even rather cavalier about people dying in the last Marvel Team-Up and they were falling off bridges.


  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-06-18 19:10:39  
  Barely 2 stars for reasons mentioned above! I feel like stoning myself after having read this!!!

Star Trek - Pretty cool that SHIELD can now teleport people!!

Army-Navy Store - Funny, that the SHIELD and AIM extras both wear the same orange jumpsuits!!!

'Nuff Said - "Then be my guest, Cap! I wouldn't wanna deny a man his simple pleasures!"-Sinful Spidey

  Russ Says:    
  2017-06-29 11:09:18  
  Recommended listening for this story: "Stone Me" by Ten Years After. They're a fairly good old-school blues rock band playing a track off of not one of their better albums. Seems to fit this story pretty well, ironically.

I liked it. Basic, inconsequential fun, which is what Marvel Team-Up is all about. I guess the heroes could get away with the rocket launching with Grey Gargoyle tagging along because it did no good for him in space without him controlling what he needed it to do. Still, no greater crime could he commit than to leave garbage in outer space!

The story did imply the reasons how Cap and Spidey returned to normal after the Gargoyle's touch. Still, I agree with you guys; not real plausible. This would imply that the residual radioactivity in Spider-Man's blood can shake off the effects after a few minutes; wouldn't SHIELD be incarcerating Spidey and taking his blood by the gallon to manufacture a cure they could give to their agents?

2 stars. I believe the stories in MTU are supposed to showcase the hero unity in the Marvel Universe, not necessarily be a format for great storytelling. So far, for the most part, it's done the former pretty well.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-07-23 07:26:37  
  Come on, the Gargoyle has turned Thor to stone for longer than that. And why was Fury so ok with working with Spidey when, as that random SHIELD guy said, Spidey is wanted for murder?  

  Shinderu Says:    
  2017-08-25 05:17:22  
  This issue is just one single gigantic plothole. Simply terrible.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2017-09-28 00:20:41  
  I thought for a minute there that Spidey was going to explain his actions to SHIELD and they would tell the cops that Spidey is innocent. But then I realized they would save that for ASM.  

  drfaustus13 Says:    
  2017-11-08 09:22:54  
  Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't remember the Gargoyle having such a dashing moustache!

Everything else in this comic sucked though. An improvement on the last one (like the Grey Gargoyle being in it was like "Oh yeah, that guy!"), but still really hard to get through.

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   February 9, 2018 TStarnes Added Helicarrier listing.
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