- ... Even a loner like Spider-Man has heard tales of the Vision!
- -- Spider-Man
Appearing in "A Passion of the Mind!"
- Puppet Master (Phillip Masters) (Main story and flashback)
- Monstroid (Ballox) (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)
Races and Species:
- New York
- Ballox's Ship (Only in flashback)
- Kree-Skrull War (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "A Passion of the Mind!"
When web-swinging across the city, Spider-Man happens upon a strange man in a long-coat and hat and soon learns it's the Vision. When Spider-Man tries to help him, the Vision passes out, prompting the wall-crawler to take Vision back to the apartment he shares with Harry Osborne. After checking to make sure Harry is still asleep, Spider-Man rouses the Vision who talks of having seizures.
Unknown to them, the seizures are caused by the Puppet Master, who has recently discovered a crashed alien ship and a robot inside. Using his special puppets, the Puppet Master has been using the "Monstroid" to do his bidding. The process would interfere with the Vision's brain functions.
Deciding to help the Vision, Spider-Man takes him to a hospital where he uses machines to try and find the source of Vision's seizures. Other than learning that the Vision has two brainwave patterns they learn not much else. However, when they spot the rampaging Monstroid, the two battle it. When the Vision traces the source of his seizures to the Puppet Master's lair, the Vision uses his phasing powers to knock the Puppet Master out. This causes him to drop his puppet, shattering it on the floor and rendering the Monstroid inert.
Confused about why the robot he was fighting suddenly stopped, Spider-Man is informed by the Vision of what happened before the Vision departs, leaving Spider-Man to deal with Philip Masters and the Monstroid.
- Ballox's ship was part of a Skrull armada that was stopped in outer space by the Avengers during the Kree-Skrull War circa Avengers #89-97.
- The Vision states that he cannot call on the Avengers for help. The narrative tells readers to check out Avengers #105 for details. In that story (taking place after this one) the Vision refuses to join the Scarlet Witch and the Avengers in searching for her brother Quicksilver. Avengers #106 explains that the Vision is having a crisis of personality as he believes he cannot feel emotions. His reluctance to seek the Avengers for help is due to his lack of emotional availability.
- This issue features a letters page, Mail It To Team-Up. Letters are published from Matt Graham, Sandie Weissman, and Lynn Stone.
- As seen on page one, this issue is Story#1052-Z.
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