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| Image = Marvel Team-Up Vol 1 59.jpg
 
| Month = July
 
| Month = July
 
| Year = 1977
 
| Year = 1977
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| Editor-in-Chief = Archie Goodwin
 
| Editor-in-Chief = Archie Goodwin
 
| CoverArtist1 = Dave Cockrum
 
| CoverArtist1 = Dave Cockrum
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| CoverArtist2 = Mike Esposito
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| CoverArtist3 = Danny Crespi
   
| Quotation =
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| Quotation = And don't you lecture me either Hank Pym!
| Speaker =
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| Speaker = [[Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)|Janet van Dyne]]
   
| StoryTitle1 = Some Say Spidey Will Die By Fire. ..Some Say By Ice!
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| StoryTitle1 = Some Say Spidey Will Die by Fire... Some Say by Ice!
| Synopsis1 = It is 8:44 in the evening as Spider-Man is web-swinging across the Queensborough Bridge toward Manhattan, following a Sunday dinner at his aunt May's. Suddenly, a fire-blast covers him from head to toe in flame, forcing him to release his web-line. Then a chunk of ice slams him in the jaw, knocking him unconscious even as he starts to fall into the East River. Just three minutes earlier, Janet Pym is looking through the window of the Riverview Terrace penthouse apartment she shares with her husband, Henry. She has everything any woman could ask for, she muses, with the possible exception of a husband. Henry Pym has sequestered himself in his blochemistry laboratory for over a week without once emerging, and she wishes he would come out and be with her. A few seconds later, her wish comes true, as Henry enters the apartment and triumphantly announces that he has increased his Yellowjacket powers tenfold. But she gently silences him by letting her robe fall open and planting a kiss on his lips. As they embrace, Henry, who is wearing his Yellowjacket costume without his mask, glances through the window and notices a flash near the Queensboro Bridge. A minute later, a brilliant light-burst illuminates the apartment, and Henry sees Spider-Man falling from the bridge into the water. Quickly pulling his mask over his face and telling Janet to wait, he soars away to pull Spider-Man from the water. As Spider-Man's assailant watches from a hidden vantage point, Yellowjacket carries the unconscious crimefighter back to the apartment. It is as well equipped as a hospital, he says, and considering Spider-Man's reputation, a lot less hassle. As Spider-Man regains consciousness, images of the Human Torch, Iceman, and Gwen Stacy flash through his mind, and when he awakens, he finds himself in front of a roaring fire with the Wasp serving him hot cocoa. Someone ambushed him, she explains, and when Yellowjacket walks in, he says that he could find no one when he returned to the bridge to investigate. Spider-Man thanks them for their hospitality, and they tell him he was apparently attacked by beams of fire and ice. Does he recalls any enemies who might fit these characteristics? Spider-Man replies that he has friends with such powers, but Yellowjacket says he has already checked out the Human Torch and Iceman. The Fantastic Four are not at home, and Iceman is in Los Angeles with the Champions. Spider-Man thinks harder, and he recalls a time several months ago, when he foiled a robbery at Faversham's, a jewelry store. Pressed by other business, he sent the Human Torch to capture the thief. Later, he and Iceman battled a man named Equinox, the Thermodynamic Man, whose body rippled with alternating waves of hot and cold. The Torch and Iceman struck him with simultaneous blasts, and he exploded, apparently blowing himself to atoms. There was no body, only a crater in the street, and they never learned why Equinox stole only an atomic clock from a jewelry store loaded with millions of dollars in gems. If he is still alive, says Spider-Man, he may bear a grudge against him for having sent the Torch after him. Yellowjacket offers to assist Spider-Man in tracking down his assailant, but Spider-Man declines, saying he would prefer to handle the case on his own. All of a sudden, Spider-Man's spider-sense tingles a strong warning, and a powerful explosion blasts through the wall of the apartment. On the other side of the wall stands Equinox, and he declares that tonight Spider-Man is going to die. Spider-Man punches him in the jaw, but Equinox's face is frozen solid, and he shrugs off the blow. Then he grabs Spider-Man's wrists with fiery hands, sending pain shooting up Spider-Man's arms. The Wasp quickly changes to insect-size and buzzes around Equinox's head, distracting him with her Sting, but Equinox uses Spider-Man like a flyswatter and tries to crush her. Spider-Man is stunned after being slammed into the wall, so Equinox punches Yellowjacket with an icy fist. Yellowjacket notices that the tone of Equinox's voice is sometimes adult and sometimes young, but he can hardly act on this observation in the heat of the battle. Then Spider-Man recovers and re-enters the fray. By 9:03, the battle has demolished most of the penthouse, and the police have begun to cordon off the block. This causes a traffic jam on York Avenue near the apartment building. One of the drivers in the jam is a black woman, and when she sees flashes of light from the battle and hears one of the drivers describe the combatant as a man made of fire and ice, she grows very apprehensive, for she is nearly certain who the man might be. Suddenly, Yellowjacket strikes Equinox with a bolt from the molecular disruptor gun that he built into his costume, and when he sees he has staggered Equinox, he fires again. This sends the Thermodynamic Man crashing out of the apartment window. When the woman sees him fall, she screams that the eight-story plunge will kill him. But Equinox creates an icy slide like iceman's and slides away above the streets, headed north along the river. Yellowjacket'a energy beam hurt, he says to himself, and he will make him pay. The black woman turns her car down 57th Street, accelerating madly to keep up with the departing figure. Also following him are Yellowjacket, the Wasp, and Spider-Man, and they overtake him on the Oueensborough Bridge. As he makes his way through the traffic, alternately melting and freezing the automobiles, the Wasp attacks. Equinox swats her aside with an firy hand, and when Yellowjacket runs up to find out how she is, she angrily tells him that she wants to have her powers increased the way he increased his own. Her Wasp's Stings are nearly useless, she complains. Yellowjacket tells her this is no time for an argument, a statement that Equinox confirms by tearing the door off a car and heaving it at Yellowjacket. Spider-Man snags the projectile with his webbing and swings it back at Equinox, but the Thermodynamic Man melts it before it can hit him. He has stopped fighting the thermic changes, he declares, because each change increases his power and strength. Soon the whole world will know of him, and he will be remembered until the end of time. Then the black woman drives onto the bridge. Leaving her car, she runs up to the battleground, carrying a device that resembles a laser rifle. She begs her son to stop what he is doing, and Equinox turns around, surprised to find his mother there. But then he throws a car at her, exclaiming that it was her failures that transformed him into a thermodynamic freak, he says, his eyes flashing with rage, and now he is going to kill her.
 
Spider-Man swings down just in time to snatch the woman out of the way. The car slams into another, and in the ensuing explosion the Wasp is knocked out of the air. As she lies on the roadway unconscious, she grows back to normal size. Her husband tells Spider-Man to get her to safety, and then he leaps directly at Equinox. Yellowjacket realizes that he cannot use his disruptor beam, because Equinox could still kill Jan, and he launches both himself and Equinox over the bridge's railing. But Equinox ices Yellowjacket's wings, and the two men fall onto the road below the bridge. Yellowjacket hoped that the fall would leave Equinox stunned, but it does not, and they start to battle hand to hand. Spider-Man helps the Wasp revive and then they ask the woman what she knows about Equinox. She introduces her-self as Margay Sorenson. Her son, Terry, is Equinox, she continues, and he is not responsible for what happened to him. He is very ill, she says, and she thinks she has a cure. This is not enough for Spider-Man, who knows that Equinox must be stopped as quickly as possible. Holding the Wasp with his arm, he web-swings down to the road where Yellowjacket is battling Equinox. But just as they arrive, Equinox directs a heat blast toward a fuel truck behind Yellowjacket. Before Janet Pym's horrified eyes, the truck explodes violently. When the flaming debris settles, only one figure emerges: Equinox. He has won, he announces. He has killed Yellowjacket, and the explosion has made him more powerful than ever. Spider-Man tells the Wasp that she is in no condition for a battle, but she strides purposefully toward Equinox. He has killed her husband.
 
| Editor1_1 =
 
 
| Writer1_1 = Chris Claremont
 
| Writer1_1 = Chris Claremont
 
| Penciler1_1 = John Byrne
 
| Penciler1_1 = John Byrne
 
| Inker1_1 = Dave Hunt
 
| Inker1_1 = Dave Hunt
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| Colourist1_1 = Dave Hunt
| Letterer1_1 =
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| Letterer1_1 = Gaspar Saladino
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| Letterer1_2 = Bruce Patterson
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| Editor1_1 = Archie Goodwin
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| Synopsis1 = Spider-Man is swinging past the Queensborough Bridge when he is suddenly attacked by a blast of flame, and then a chunk of ice knocking him out and sending him falling to the water below. Around that time, in the apartment of Janet van Dyne, Janet and her husband Hank Pym are having a romantic interlude when they are interrupted by a bright flash and spot Spider-Man falling toward the water. Racing on the scene as Yellowjacket, Hank manages to save the Wall-Crawler from drowning. As Spider-Man is carried away, his unknown attacker looks on.
   
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Waking up from a nightmare, Spider-Man finds himself in the Wasp's apartment and she and Hank explain what happened to him. When trying to figure out who could have attacked him, Spider-Man recalls a villain named Equinox who was defeated and seemingly destroyed in a battle against the Human Torch and Iceman, thanks to a tip that Spider-Man gave the Torch to put him on Equinox's trail. Spider-Man deduces that Equinox is probably coming after Spider-Man to settle the score. When Yellowjacket offers his help, Spider-Man refuses. However, before Spidey can be on his way, Equinox attacks, blowing open a hole through the apartment. The Wasp, Yellowjacket, and Spider-Man all jump at the criminal, however, his flame and ice powers prove to be too much for them.
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Meanwhile, not far away, Margay Sorenson - his mother and a leading scientist who has been trying to cure her son - happens upon the scene. At that moment Equinox is knocked out of the apartment and uses an ice slide to get to safety. Tracking him back to the Queensborough Bridge, there the heroes resume their fight, and Margay gets into the middle of the fight attempting to use a device to restore her son to normal. Having renounced his former human self and considering his mother's attempts to cure him a failure, Equinox attempts to crush her to death by throwing a car at her. Spider-Man swings by and saves her from that fate, however, the exploding car belches debris all over the bridge, one piece striking and knocking out the Wasp.
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Furious that his wife has been injured, Yellowjacket attacks Equinox. While Spider-Man checks on the revived Wasp, Margay approaches them and tells them that she might have the cure for her son. Rejoining the battle, Spider-Man and the Wasp arrive just as Equinox shoots a flame blast at a tanker truck full of gasoline, causing a gigantic explosion that seemingly kills Yellowjacket. Surviving the blast, Equinox gloats over his killing of Yellowjacket. Horrified that she witnessed her husband's supposed death, the Wasp vows to get even with Equinox, by killing him.
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| Appearing1 =
 
'''Featured Characters:'''
 
'''Featured Characters:'''
* [[Peter Parker (Earth-616)|Spider-Man]]
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* {{apn|[[Peter Parker (Earth-616)|Spider-Man (Peter Parker)]]|Human Fly #1}}
* [[Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)|Wasp (Janet van Dyne)]]
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* {{apn|[[Henry Pym (Earth-616)|Yellowjacket (Hank Pym)]]|Avengers #162}}
* [[Henry Pym (Earth-616)|Yellowjacket (Hank Pym)]]
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* {{apn|[[Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)|Wasp (Janet van Dyne)]]|Avengers #162}}
 
'''Supporting Characters:'''
 
'''Supporting Characters:'''
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* {{apn|[[Margay Sorenson (Earth-616)|Margay Sorenson]]|Marvel Team-Up #60}}
'''Villains:'''
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'''Antagonists:'''
* [[Terrance Sorenson (Earth-616)|Equinox]]
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* {{apn|[[Terrance Sorenson (Earth-616)|Equinox]]|Marvel Team-Up #23}}
 
'''Other Characters:'''
 
'''Other Characters:'''
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* {{RecapOnly|[[Jonathan Storm (Earth-616)|Human Torch]]}}
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* {{RecapOnly|[[Robert Drake (Earth-616)|Iceman]]}}
 
'''Locations:'''
 
'''Locations:'''
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* {{a|[[New York City]]}}
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** {{a|[[East River]]}}
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** {{1st|[[Riverview Terrace]]}}
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*** Janet van Dyne's apartment
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** {{1st|[[York Avenue]]}}
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** {{a|[[Queensboro Bridge]]}}
 
'''Items:'''
 
'''Items:'''
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* {{a|[[Web-Shooters|Spider-Man's Web-Shooters]]}}
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* {{1st|[[Thermic Stabilizer]]}}
 
'''Vehicles:'''
 
'''Vehicles:'''
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| Notes = ===Continuity Notes===
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* Spider-Man is haunted by the guilt of Gwen Stacy, who died in a battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin in {{c|Amazing Spider-Man #121}}.
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* Spider-Man recounts the Human Torch and Iceman's encounter with Equinox in {{c|Marvel Team-Up #23}}. Spider-Man had his own brief encounter with the foe in {{c|Giant-Size Spider-Man #1}}.
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* In the flashback, Johnny Storm is wearing a red and yellow costume. He wore this alternate costume from {{c|Fantastic Four #132}} to {{c|Fantastic Four #159|159}}.
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* Yellowjacket thanks Spider-Man for helping him rescue Curt Connor's son. That happened in {{c|Marvel Feature #4}}.
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* Yellowjacket acquires new powers this issue: he will no longer use his "Disruptor Gun"; a more powerful version of the weapon is now incorporated into his uniform. the Wasp will also manifest similar powers as well as increased strength next issue.
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===Publication Notes===
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* Letters (story pages): Saladino (uncredited) pages 1 and 2, Patterson pages 3-17.
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* This issue contains a letters page, '''Web-Zingers'''. Letters are published from ''Elie Rosenfeld, Scott Welker, Larry Twiss,'' and ''Ken Meyer, Jr.''.
   
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| Trivia =
 
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* As seen on page 2, this issue is dedicated to [[Roy Thomas]] who gave writer [[Chris Claremont]] his first writing job at [[Marvel Comics]] years ago.
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| Recommended =
 
| Recommended =
 
| Links =
 
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Latest revision as of 12:26, September 16, 2018


Quote1 And don't you lecture me either Hank Pym! Quote2
-- Janet van Dyne

Appearing in "Some Say Spidey Will Die by Fire... Some Say by Ice!"

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Synopsis for "Some Say Spidey Will Die by Fire... Some Say by Ice!"

Spider-Man is swinging past the Queensborough Bridge when he is suddenly attacked by a blast of flame, and then a chunk of ice knocking him out and sending him falling to the water below. Around that time, in the apartment of Janet van Dyne, Janet and her husband Hank Pym are having a romantic interlude when they are interrupted by a bright flash and spot Spider-Man falling toward the water. Racing on the scene as Yellowjacket, Hank manages to save the Wall-Crawler from drowning. As Spider-Man is carried away, his unknown attacker looks on.

Waking up from a nightmare, Spider-Man finds himself in the Wasp's apartment and she and Hank explain what happened to him. When trying to figure out who could have attacked him, Spider-Man recalls a villain named Equinox who was defeated and seemingly destroyed in a battle against the Human Torch and Iceman, thanks to a tip that Spider-Man gave the Torch to put him on Equinox's trail. Spider-Man deduces that Equinox is probably coming after Spider-Man to settle the score. When Yellowjacket offers his help, Spider-Man refuses. However, before Spidey can be on his way, Equinox attacks, blowing open a hole through the apartment. The Wasp, Yellowjacket, and Spider-Man all jump at the criminal, however, his flame and ice powers prove to be too much for them.

Meanwhile, not far away, Margay Sorenson - his mother and a leading scientist who has been trying to cure her son - happens upon the scene. At that moment Equinox is knocked out of the apartment and uses an ice slide to get to safety. Tracking him back to the Queensborough Bridge, there the heroes resume their fight, and Margay gets into the middle of the fight attempting to use a device to restore her son to normal. Having renounced his former human self and considering his mother's attempts to cure him a failure, Equinox attempts to crush her to death by throwing a car at her. Spider-Man swings by and saves her from that fate, however, the exploding car belches debris all over the bridge, one piece striking and knocking out the Wasp.

Furious that his wife has been injured, Yellowjacket attacks Equinox. While Spider-Man checks on the revived Wasp, Margay approaches them and tells them that she might have the cure for her son. Rejoining the battle, Spider-Man and the Wasp arrive just as Equinox shoots a flame blast at a tanker truck full of gasoline, causing a gigantic explosion that seemingly kills Yellowjacket. Surviving the blast, Equinox gloats over his killing of Yellowjacket. Horrified that she witnessed her husband's supposed death, the Wasp vows to get even with Equinox, by killing him.

Notes

Continuity Notes

  • Spider-Man is haunted by the guilt of Gwen Stacy, who died in a battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  • In the flashback, Johnny Storm is wearing a red and yellow costume. He wore this alternate costume from Fantastic Four #132 to 159.
  • Yellowjacket thanks Spider-Man for helping him rescue Curt Connor's son. That happened in Marvel Feature #4.
  • Yellowjacket acquires new powers this issue: he will no longer use his "Disruptor Gun"; a more powerful version of the weapon is now incorporated into his uniform. the Wasp will also manifest similar powers as well as increased strength next issue.


Publication Notes

  • Letters (story pages): Saladino (uncredited) pages 1 and 2, Patterson pages 3-17.
  • This issue contains a letters page, Web-Zingers. Letters are published from Elie Rosenfeld, Scott Welker, Larry Twiss, and Ken Meyer, Jr..

Trivia

See Also

Footnotes



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