Classic Comics Cavalcade: A Marvel Milestone In ‘Marvel Team-Up’ #65-66

by Tony Thornley

The legendary Marvel Team-Up was a series full of notable moments and stories. One of the more famous stories is Marvel Team-Up #65-66, a two parter that any Marvel fan must read.

So why is this a must read?

First of all, this story is a team-up of Spider-Man and Captain Britain. Though Brian Braddock had been around for a bit at this point, this is Captain Britain’s first American comics appearance. This appearance was enough to cement Cap as a character worth keeping an eye out for, especially as he would later headline one of the best Marvel titles of the late ’80s and ’90s.

Then this two parter introduced one of the most enduring Marvel villains. After Marvel Team-Up #65 primarily served as a case of superheroes duking it out before teaming up, Peter and Brian are kidnapped by a now-familiar and iconic garbage truck. And who owns that truck- none other than Arcade! The assassin would go on to become one of the most notable and frequently used Marvel villains, making at least a couple appearances a year, a distinction that not many other villains can claim.

You also have to look at this creative team. Just three months before, this same team joined forces for one of the most legendary runs in comics- none other than Chris Claremont and John Byrne (alongside Dave Hunt, Bruce Patterson, Tom Orzchowski and wrapped in a covers by George Perez, Joe Sinnott, and Annette Kawecki on #65 and Byrne on #66). Needless to say it’s a loaded creative team.

And guess what? This story, while a bit simple, is a hell of a lot of fun. Peter and Brian are placed together as roommates. Almost immediately, their superhero identities get into a fistfight over a misunderstanding. The moment they realize they’re both good guys, they’re kidnapped by Arcade. Then issue #66 picks up with a now-familiar setting as the duo have to fight through Murderworld and put a stop to Arcade’s assassination attempt.

Though Hunt’s inks are heavy and take away from Byrne’s distinct style, the issue looks great. Byrne is an absolute shit-head, but he drew some great superhero books. Claremont is somehow able to avoid some of his worst habits, keeping the story brisk and exciting, with natural-feeling dialogue and little exposition.

This isn’t a masterpiece like some of the stories the duo would tell together later, but it’s an incredibly fun superhero tale that would set the table for decades of stories. If you haven’t ever picked it up, check it out today.

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