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1384: Marvel Team-Up #1 (v1)

" Have Yourself a Sandman Little Christmas! "
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Marvel Team-Up #1 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Ross Andru
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1972
Release Date: December 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 368                 Times Rated: 219
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
When the Sandman appears on a local beach Spider-Man seeks out the Fantastic Four for aid help. He finds only Johnny Storm and two decide to tackle their mutual enemy together.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Fantastic Four #111 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Marvel Team-Up #2 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #119 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Marvel Team-Up #2 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Misty Knight
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Misty Knight in the mainstream continuity. Misty Knight next appears in Marvel Premiere #21.
  Molly Baker
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Molly Baker in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Joe in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Harry in the mainstream continuity.
  The Sandman
The Sandman last appeared in Incredible Hulk #138 (v1). The Sandman next appears in Marvel Team-Up #2 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #119 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #120 (v1).
New York Police Department
New York Police Department last appeared in Avengers #98 (v1). New York Police Department next appears in Monsters on the Prowl #13e.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #99 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Marvel Team-Up #2 (v1).
Fantasticar MK I (Flying Bathtub)
Fantasticar MK I (Flying Bathtub) last appeared in Fantastic Four #11a (v1).
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Issue Review
   December 28, 2013
A fun Christmas tale. Even if the banter between the leads is a bit forced. 7/10
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Issue Synopsis
On Christmas Eve, Peter Parker, covering a human interest fluff piece for the Bugle, encounters Sandman on the beach. Tussle ensues, Sandman escapes. Spidey decides to seek out the Fantastic Four and pawn Sandman off on them. Human Torch is there feeling sorry for himself about his failed love affair with Crystal. The two heroes set out to search of Sandman in New Jersey on a hunch. They stop some muggers and a runaway truck and catch up with Sandman. After a brief battle, Sandman knocks out the two heroes and ties them up underwater.

Spidey and Torch escape and resume their pursuit of Sandy. On following him into a suburban home, they discover that Sandman is there to visit his sick mother who is unaware of his criminal activities. Sandman bargains with the heroes to let him visit her and he will come along quietly.

Spidey and Torch agree to this and Spidey give Sandman the gift he bought for Gwen. While waiting Torch somehow comes to grips with the holiday season and is thankful for his blessings. But wait! Sandman has escaped down the bathroom sink! So much for honor among thieves. Spidey and Torch bid their customary fond farewells and head off to their respective Xmas Eve engagements.
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-06-16 18:07:20  
  Didn't really like this. Too cheesy for me.

And what the hell was Torch wearing?

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-08-29 08:08:41  
  Cheesy, but still kinda fun.  

  JWC Says:    
  2012-09-03 11:15:29  
  Good, dumb fun. It's nice to get an up-beat issue once in a while.  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-10-29 18:47:07  
  Cheesy, still fun having a Christmas issue in march  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-06 15:59:47  
  Debut of one of the most fun series of the 70s. Well done.  

  imeco Says:    
  2014-06-21 09:28:46  
  It is kind of odd to hear Spider-Man say that Sandman is not his enemy.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-07-01 09:15:04  
  This was cheesy, but I'm glad the Sandman tricked them. It would have been lame if he went peacefully.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2014-09-22 15:27:11  
  Spidey has some real counting issues. He's faced Sandman WAY more than once.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-09-28 00:49:20  
  This has always been one of my all time issues since I read it as a kid (in the essentials, I wasn't born when this came out.)  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-09-28 00:49:43  
  *favorite issues  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-11-01 22:15:02  
  Today I learned that if it's Christmas criminals not only get a free pass, but Spider-Man will also give them presents...  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2014-12-11 11:53:02  
  This little ditty is one of the great contradictions of Marvel. The art looks like a test/pilot to investigate if they want to continue with this new line. Drawings are inconsistent, looking fairly hurried. This story is basically a one-shot Christmas offering (released in March!?!), but the passive-aggressive name calling quips aren't funny and send a negative message. The quibbles are a real turn off. The little bit of human interest is nice to see. 20 cents for this? no way! (2-)

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2015-01-29 12:46:46  
  That wasn't entirely sickening, but mostly sickening, and completely pointless. Well, at least we got to see Misty for the first time. There is that, at least.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-01-31 21:29:16  
  Why is this an essential issue?  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-13 07:20:17  
  Loved this one. Spidey and the Torch play really well off each other, and the ending was surprisingly sweet.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-17 20:35:31  
  Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Spidey's at the beach and the highest building is the refreshment stand he used to get changed in. What the hell is he swinging from?!
But you know what, I really liked that story. First appearance of Misty, Spidey and Torch actually getting along, Sandman actually seemed like a threat for once, and the whole Christmas vibe. Very good start to Spidey's new series.
And for those complaining, you have to remember that cover dates are a few months in advance. Even though it says March, it came out in December.

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-05-17 14:46:51  
  Yeah, Spidey fought the Sandman in ASM 4, ASM Annual 1, and ASM 18-19, so it's definitely not true that he only fought him once before. But to be fair, they haven't fought in 7 years, and Sandman has become more of an FF villain (and something of a Hulk villain too) since then.

An enjoyable upbeat story even if it was kinda dumb.

  phogbear Says:    
  2015-09-20 09:15:44  
  Enjoyed this issue a lot. Cheesiness and all! Its very strange to think there was a time that Sandman was more associated with FF than Spidy. My brain has a hard time wrapping around that idea. I think he works extremely well as an FF villain.  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-10-10 11:20:25  
  March is the cover date. It was released in December, though.  

  RikerDonegal Says:    
  2015-10-31 09:08:11  
  Why do so many people think this was released in March?!!
How can a fan of Marvel not know that comics were cover dated months in advance? Genuinely confused by these type of comments, which I see pop up from time to time.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-04-03 19:11:31  
  2 stars for the start of Marvel Team-Up with extra cheese!!!

Credit Due - I'm still not liking Ross Andru's artwork. It's like a plain burger with no cheese...

Easter Egg - Nice 1st app of Misty Knight even though it's not revealed until years later!!

Weave - It looks like the Sandman is disguised as Norman Osborn!! (p20)

Pen Name - Also, Sandman's name is changed to William Baker in this issue as it turns out later that Flint Marko was just an alias!

'Nuff Said - "...which turn me hard faster'n you can say cement block!"-Sinful Sandy

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-11 22:56:14  
  I've always liked the Torch and Spidey relationship and this is the most threatening I can remember Sandman looking.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-05 05:27:28  
  Sure, this one was a bit goofy but goofy can be good. It's always fun to see Spidey and the Torch team up; they always bring out the best and the worst in each other at the same time. I think this is the first time somebody other than Stan scripted them teaming up. At least Roy didn't get overly verbose with this one.

I also liked the way Sandman pulled a fast one on the duo. Who knew the guy had the smarts to do that. Heck, even I believed he was going to go quietly afterwards. But at the same time, I think this laid some groundwork for the turn in character development Sandy would have later.

And finally, nice little first appearance for Misty Knight, although I have to admit I wouldn't have made the connection if the other commenters hadn't pointed it out. So yes, essential issue tag does belong here.

3 stars. Nothing majorly consequential here, just a fun, cheesy little Christmas story. I think Marvel Team-Up will be the perfect anti-thesis to all the darker storylines throughout the 1970s.

  skabeaters Says:    
  2017-04-11 01:49:55  
  This costume of Sandman's is horrible, I didn't think it would last long... but here it is... still.  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-04-29 16:28:18  
  I think the ending was less "you got me, I'll go quietly" and more "c'mon, guys, don't make me murtilate ya in my mom's sitting room."

Spidey and the Torch posted an unimpressive performance when it comes to catching baddies; it's a good thing they're fun to watch together.

  drfaustus13 Says:    
  2017-05-13 09:54:15  
  Love the continuity - last time we saw the Sandman the Hulk had messed him up in the sea. Then, in this issue, he emerges from the sea, back together! I don't know if this was intended, but it made me really happy.

Otherwise, aside from this, I don't get why this is marked as essential. It was pretty standard faire.

  Allencthulhu @ MrRsBB (original post):    
  2017-10-23 11:04:57  
  The cover date is the latest date it was supposed to be in the rack. So if the distributor found a March issue and it was April, they'd pull it. Back then, they usually had a three to four month shelf life so this probably came out in either November or December 1971.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-23 11:08:37  
  That was Misty Knight? Cool!

This was a splendid little story and it brings Sandy back into the Marvel Universe.

Back in the '40s, Will Eisner's The Spirit refused to fight crime on Christmas Day, preferring to allow "The Christmas Spirit" to do its job. If you can find it (DC reprinted the entire series in Archive editions) the 1946 is particularly a gem.

As I said, a splendid little story and a good beginning for a new Spidey series.

Three stars.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-23 11:12:43  
  One last thing:

I think they blew it with the title. It should have been "Have Yourself a Sandy Little Christmas!"

Nuff said.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-01-31 15:11:28  
  Cute, meaningless little Christmas story. Not really worth the space.  

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