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1884: Marvel Team-Up #16 (v1)

" Beware the Basillisk My Son! "
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Marvel Team-Up #16 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Len Wein
Pencilers: Gil Kane
Inkers: Jim Mooney, David Hunt
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: December 1973
Release Date: September 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 234                 Times Rated: 143
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Though Captain Marvel is busy with the Thanos affair an immediately pressing issue arises when an unwitting villain stumbles upon a Kree artifact. The Captain must team with Spider-Man if he is to stop the Basilisk.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #131 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Marvel Team-Up #17 (v1).
  Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)
Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) last appeared in Captain Marvel #30 (v1). Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) next appears in Marvel Team-Up #17 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Rick Jones
Rick Jones last appeared in Captain Marvel #30 (v1). Rick Jones next appears in Marvel Team-Up #17 (v1).
  Basilisk (Basil Elks)
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Basilisk (Basil Elks) in the mainstream continuity. Basilisk (Basil Elks) next appears in Marvel Team-Up #17 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #131 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Marvel Team-Up #17 (v1).
Nega-Bands last appeared in Captain Marvel #30 (v1). Nega-Bands next appears in Marvel Team-Up #17 (v1).
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Issue Review
   September 16, 2013
Average slugfest with a newly-created villain. Good ending. Enjoyable. 6/10
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Issue Synopsis
Rick Jones is hurrying through the streets of New York, mentally guided by Captain Marvel, who is stuck in the Negative Zone. Their goal is a large, precious stone called the Alpha Stone, which Captain Marvel has detected as being some sort of threat.

At that very moment, the Alpha stone is being stolen from the museum by a jewel thief. The thief is interrupted by a guard, who fires his gun. The bullet hits the Alpha Stone, shattering it and the resultant blast transforms the jewel thief into a powerful being called the Basilisk. Thinking he is still in danger, the Basilisk shoots beams from his eyes that petrify the guard, freezing him solid.

Peter Parker is walking past the museum when wall explodes outwards and the Basilisk bursts out. Peter quickly changes into Spider-Man and gives chase. He catches up with the Basilisk and the two of them fight. Spider-Man finds himself lying on the ground, stunned. However, before the Basilisk can use his eye-beams on the fallen hero, Rick Jones appears. Rick sees the situation and immediately swaps places Captain Marvel, sending himself to the Negative Zone and allowing Captain Marvel to leap to Spider-Man’s aid.

The Basilisk finds Captain Marvel more of a challenge than he expected and flies off to seek a second special gemstone that he knows will increase his power. Captain Marvel tries to give pursuit, but the Basilisk solidifies the air around the hero, giving the villain time to escape.

As they get their breath back after the fight, Captain Marvel tells Spider-Man what he knows about the Alpha and Omega stones. They were brilliant but deadly gems, possessed of enormous power. A Kree spacecraft was taking them to be destroyed in the heart of a sun when one of the craft’s crew killed his shipmates and stole the gems. However, before he could get far, the thief’s life-craft exploded. The gems drifted through space, eventually ending up on Earth. Captain Marvel goes on to say how the Basilisk must not be allowed to get his hands on the second gem.

On a Wall Street construction site, a night watchman is sitting down to a cup of coffee when he notices an intruder. The Basilisk has arrived on the site and is digging in the ground. The Watchman challenges the intruder, but ends up unconscious. Spider-Man and Captain Marvel arrive as the Basilisk is using his powerful eyebeams to dig in the ground searching for the second gem. There is a big fight, and while Spider-Man keeps the Basilisk distracted, Captain Marvel manages to find the Omega Stone. The stone reacts to Captain Marvel’s touch and begins to grow, until the Captain finds himself inside it. As Spider-Man and the Basilisk watch, the gem explodes, disappearing completely and taking Captain Marvel with it.

Realising that he has lost this battle, the Basilisk departs, leaving Spider-Man wondering what is going on.
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-08-06 08:19:21  
  Is ol' Petey a connoisseur of porno? Hmmm, I wonder...  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-11-21 11:21:49  
  "Cretin? I never knew that word before. The explosion has increased my intelligence as well."

Setting aside the matter of explosions increasing intelligence, which is only true in the Marvel Universe... The guy has also LEARNED words he did not use from an explosion?

"For a time, they must have drifted through space -- then, by the greatest coincidence, landed here -- upon your world!"

What are the odds? But eh, these things happen.

All in all, lots of silly stuff, but still sort of enjoyable.

  john54542 Says:    
  2013-01-04 11:27:02  
  This was okay. I figured the gems had to have steered themselves to Earth. The odds of one going right in that direction were infinitesimally small, but the odds of both? I thought it was kinda cool that Captain Marvel fought villains named Basil in back to back of his appearances.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-07-23 15:02:49  
  Starlin knows what to do with Mar-Vell. Wein? Not so much.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-02-05 22:52:53  
  Peter, if you can't tell the difference between Linda Lovelace and Clint Eatwood, I think you may have a few more issues then simply a lack of cinematic experiences.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-25 08:15:47  
  This was a really good teamup, and I've noticed they're finally using these teamups to provide more arc depth (Thanos War) and even teamup arcs. About time.  

  butters911 Says:    
  2015-04-26 01:19:22  
  "Oh no, I spent those five minutes gloating."


  megajake Says:    
  2015-07-11 10:19:02  
  Letter to the editor from a 11 year old reader in the next months Bullpen after this issue came out back in '73.

"Dear Mr. Stan Lee,
Who is Linda Lovelace?"
P. Brady, Pasadena, CA.

Stan's reply in the Bullpen
"Er, umm, ya, huh. Ask your parents."
Excelsior. Red faced Stan.

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-07-18 21:04:29  
  I really hate it when people have their codename before they get their powers...especially when it's ironic. Like, imagine if Peter Parker was called Spider-Man all his life because he freaked out whenever he saw a spider, then got bit.
As for the Basilisk himself...is there any power he doesn't have? In this issue alone we see: super strength, super speed, & super intelligence. His eyes can: freeze someone in ice, transmute matter (changed armor into a costume for himself), melt metal, solidify air, fly (looks painful), and dig (why doesn't this just make him fly?). Anything they can't do?

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-06-07 05:17:18  
  I hadn't really paid attention, but when did Marvel's sliding timescale kick in? Because Peter shouldn't be a teenager anymore.
And Captain Marvel has _the_ weirdest stuff happen to him, and if sounds like it will be a few issues before we see him again.

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2016-09-06 14:20:23  
  A list of the powers granted by the Alpha Stone.

#1: The ability to transmute substances with eye beams.
#2: The ability to fly backwards.
#3: Knowledge of the word "cretin."

Forget the Cosmic Cube, *this* is truly the most powerful object in the universe.

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-06-26 13:13:41  
  - Gil Kane & jim Mooney! Good team!

- So does the gem give you powers based on your name, or making nick-names, or does it turn everyone into a basilisk if exploded?

- So it is safe to assume that Peter saw “Deep Throat”

- Captain Marvel’s dialogue is really off “I am not the Captain Marvel that once I was”??? Seriously, you are writing dialogue not a victorian novel (there are a bunch of these clunky moments, someone got attacked by a proscriptive editor)

- “a faint thwipping fills the air” is totally one the best things ever, probably what Aunt May heard after Peter came home from "Deep Throat"

- Fantastic art coupled with a serviceable story, probably the best Marvel Team-Up issue so far

- Now Playing "Masked Marvel" Gerard Damiano (from the Deep Throat Soundtrack)

  Russ Says:    
  2017-09-04 21:33:37  
  Fun little story. I'm not sure what to think yet about the Basilisk's power set yet, though. It did seem convenient what that stone gave him, per @dadoodoflow's comment. And as for Mar-Vell? Cool to see yet another tie-in to the ongoing Thanos War he's involved with.

Poor Peter. It's been a number of weeks now since he lost Gwen, so his knowing about Linda Lovelace? The guy probably got all pent-up, so I don't blame him.

3 stars, but not really looking forward to the team-up with Mr. Mope-tastic.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-10-06 18:27:20  
  I feel like it's almost an automatic extra star when the heroes run into each other and immediately help each other rather than start fighting.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2018-02-03 11:18:57  
  @dadoodoflow: I think you're right about the alpha stone giving powers based on the person. As we see the stone increased his intelligence. It probably read his mind, and since basilisk was the only big word he knew...

I was kinda hoping that the Basilisk would've turned Rick Jones into stone. So that Cap Marvel could ditch the dead weight!

'Nuff Said - "It's so strangely beautiful--throbbing at my touch as if--"-Cap Marvel

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