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Marvel Two-in-One is an American comic book series published by Marvel Comics featuring Fantastic Four member the Thing in a different team-up each issue.

Marvel Two-in-One
Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 (1977). Art by Jim Starlin.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing
Publication date(vol. 1)
January 1974 – June 1983
(vol. 2)
February 2018 – January 2019
No. of issues(vol. 1): 100, plus seven Annuals
(vol. 2): 12, plus one Annual
Main character(s)Thing
Creative team
Written by
Penciller(s)
Inker(s)

Publication historyEdit

Original seriesEdit

The concept of teaming the Thing with a different character in each issue was given a test run in Marvel Feature #11-12 and proved a success.[1] Marvel Two-in-One continued from the team-up stories in the final two issues of Marvel Feature and lasted for 100 issues from January 1974[2] through June 1983. Seven Annuals were also published.[3] Artist Ron Wilson began his long association with the title with issue #12 (November 1975) and worked on it throughout its run.[4] With issue #17, the series had a crossover with Marvel Team-Up #47, which featured Spider-Man.[5] The second Marvel Two-in-One Annual was a crossover with Avengers Annual #7, both of which were written and drawn by Jim Starlin.[6] The "Project Pegasus" storyline in Marvel Two-in-One #53-58 saw the introduction of the name "Quasar" for the Wendell Vaughn character[7] and the transformation of Wundarr into the Aquarian.[8]

Comics creators who contributed to the series include Steve Gerber, Jack Kirby (who did pencils on several covers during its run), Marv Wolfman, John Buscema, John Byrne, Frank Miller, and George Pérez.[9]

Marvel Two-In-One ended after 100 issues and seven Annuals. It was immediately replaced by a Thing solo series.

RevivalEdit

As part of Marvel Legacy, a soft relaunch of the Marvel Universe, Marvel Two-In-One (stylized as Marvel 2-in-One)[10] was revived in December 2017 with a new story titled "The Fate of the Four" that revolves around the Thing and the Human Torch going on a road trip to investigate the disappearance of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Franklin, and Valeria Richards.[11] The series was written by Chip Zdarsky and ran for 12 issues and one Annual.[12] The series was penciled by Jim Cheung (issues #1, 2, and 6), Valerio Schiti (issues #3–5), Ramon K. Perez (issues #7–12), and Declan Shalvey (Annual #1).[13]

The issuesEdit

Issue Character(s) Issue Character(s)
#1 Man-Thing #51 Beast, Ms. Marvel, Nick Fury, Wonder Man
#2 Sub-Mariner #52 Moon Knight
#3 Daredevil #53 Quasar
#4 Captain America #54 Deathlok
#5 Guardians of the Galaxy #55 Giant-Man
#6 Doctor Strange #56 Thundra
#7 Valkyrie #57 Wundarr
#8 Ghost Rider #58 Aquarian
#9 Thor #59 The Human Torch
#10 Black Widow #60 Impossible Man
#11 Golem #61 Starhawk
#12 Iron Man #62 Moondragon
#13 Power Man #63 Adam Warlock
#14 Son of Satan #64 Stingray
#15 Morbius, the Living Vampire #65 Triton
#16 Ka-Zar #66 Scarlet Witch
#17 Spider-Man #67 Hyperion
#18 Scarecrow #68 Angel
#19 Tigra #69 Guardians of the Galaxy
#20 The Liberty Legion #70 Yancy Street Gang
#21 Doc Savage #71 Mister Fantastic
#22 Thor #72 The Inhumans
#23 Thor #73 Quasar
#24 Black Goliath #74 Puppet Master
#25 Iron Fist #75 Avengers
#26 Nick Fury #76 Iceman
#27 Deathlok #77 Man-Thing
#28 Sub-Mariner #78 Wonder Man
#29 Shang-Chi #79 Blue Diamond
#30 Spider-Woman #80 Ghost Rider
#31 Mystery Menace #81 Sub-Mariner
#32 Invisible Girl #82 Captain America
#33 Modred the Mystic #83 Sasquatch
#34 Nighthawk #84 Alpha Flight
#35 Skull the Slayer #85 Spider-Woman
#36 Mister Fantastic #86 Sandman
#37 Matt Murdock #87 Ant-Man
#38 Daredevil #88 She-Hulk
#39 Vision #89 The Human Torch
#40 Black Panther #90 Spider-Man
#41 Brother Voodoo #91 The Sphinx
#42 Captain America #92 Jocasta
#43 Man-Thing #93 Machine Man
#44 Hercules #94 Power Man and Iron Fist
#45 Captain Marvel #95 The Living Mummy
#46 Hulk #96 Marvel Super Heroes
#47 Yancy Street Gang #97 Iron Man
#48 Jack of Hearts #98 Franklin Richards
#49 Doctor Strange #99 Rom
#50 The Thing (alternate universe) #100 Ben Grimm (alternate universe; a sequel to #50)

AnnualsEdit

Issue Character(s)
#1 The Liberty Legion
#2 Spider-Man, the Avengers vs. Thanos
#3 Nova vs. the Monitors
#4 Black Bolt vs. Graviton
#5 Hulk vs. the Stranger
#6 American Eagle vs. Klaw
#7 Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Wonder Man, Sasquatch, Thor, Colossus, Doc Samson vs. The Champion

Collected editionsEdit

Original seriesEdit

  • Marvel Two-In-One was first collected in its entirety,[a] although in black-and-white, as four volumes of the Essential Marvel paperback reprint line.
Title Release date Collected issues ISBN
Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 1 November 2005 Marvel Two-In-One #1–20, 22-25, and Annual #1 ISBN 978-0785117292
Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 2 June 2007 Marvel Two-In-One #26–52 and Annual #2–3 ISBN 978-0785126980
Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 3 July 2009 Marvel Two-In-One #53–77 and Annual #4–5 ISBN 978-0785130697
Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 4 January 2012 Marvel Two-In-One #78–98, #100, and Annual #6–7 ISBN 978-0785162841
  • The series is currently being collected in its entirety, in color, through Marvel's Epic Collection paperback reprint line.
Title Release date Collected issues ISBN
Marvel Two-In-One Epic Collection Volume 1 August 2018 Marvel Feature #11–12, Marvel Two-In-One #1–19, and Marvel Team-Up #47 ISBN 978-1302913328
Title Release date Collected issues ISBN
Thing: Project Pegasus[b] January 2010 Marvel Two-In-One #42–43 and #53–58 ISBN 978-0785138112
Thing: Liberty Legion July 2011 Marvel Two-In-One #20 and Annual #1, Marvel Premiere #29–30, Invaders #5–6, and Fantastic Four Annual #11 ISBN 978-0785155157
Thing: The Serpent Crown Affair May 2012 Marvel Two-In-One #64–67 and Marvel Team-Up Annual #5 ISBN 978-0785157618

Revival seriesEdit

  • The revival series has been released as two trade paperbacks, collecting the entire series.
Title Release date Collected issues ISBN
Marvel 2-in-One Vol. 1: Fate of the Four July 2018 Marvel 2-in-One #1–6 ISBN 978-1302910921
Marvel 2-in-One Vol. 2: Next of Kin February 2019 Marvel 2-in-One #7–12 and Annual #1 ISBN 978-1302914912

NotesEdit

  1. ^ With the exception of issues #21 and 99, as the licensing rights to the characters Doc Savage and Rom the Spaceknight, who were the guest stars in those issues, respectively, are no longer held by Marvel.[14]
  2. ^ This arc was originally released as a trade paperback in 1988 entitled The Thing: The Project Pegasus Saga, but it has not been re-released since and is now out of print.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cassell, Dewey (April 2014). "Marvel Feature". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (#71): 18.
  2. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 164. ISBN 978-0756641238. The Thing got his own comic book with the first issue of Marvel Two-in-One, a series that teamed him up with other super heroes.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Marvel Two-in-One Annual at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Ron Wilson at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1970s". Spider-Man Chronicle: Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 89. ISBN 978-0756692360. In this crossover between Marvel's two team-up based titles, each book's star paid a visit to the other's book. The two-part story was written by [Bill] Mantlo and penciled by [Sal] Buscema, with Ron Wilson supplying artwork for the second part in Marvel Team-Up #47.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Manning "1970s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 97: "Written and drawn by Jim Starlin...this issue continued the events that had begun in this year's The Avengers Annual #7"
  7. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 189: "Marvel Man took the new name Quasar in Marvel Two-in-One #53 by future Quasar series writer Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio."
  8. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 191: "In this finale of the 'Project Pegasus' saga, Wundarr became the Aquarian, a prophet of peace and spiritual enlightenment."
  9. ^ Ewbank, Jamie (August 2013). "Idol of Millions: The Thing in Marvel Two-in-One". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (#66): 26–37.
  10. ^ Marvel 2-in-One at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ Couto, Anthony (June 23, 2017). "Marvel Legacy Reunites Human Torch & The Thing in New Series". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ Johnston, Rich (September 13, 2017). "Marvel Two-in-One By Chip Zdarsky And...Jim Cheung For Marvel Legacy In December". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on October 14, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "Marvel 2-in-One (2017-present)". Marvel. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  14. ^ Ewbank p. 37

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