Cover Price: $.40

#82
June 1979

Value: $3 (Near Mint-Mint)

 

Supporting Cast:

 


Guests:
Black Widow, Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D.

 


Villains:

"No Way To Treat A Lady" - 17 Pages


Writer -
Chris Claremont
Artist - Sal Buscema
Inker - Steve Leialoha
Cover - Rich Buckler
Lettering - Rick Parker
Colorist - Ben Bean
Editor -
Al Milgrom
Editor In Chief -
Jim Shooter

Marvel Team-Up #82 begins a major (for MTU anyway!) four part storyline. This title has been traditionally a solo story run, with the occasional two- parter thrown in from time to time. The first part has Spider-Man teaming up with the Black Widow, a character he met way back in Amazing Spider-Man #86, when the Widow received somewhat of a make-over for her, since her early days when she introduced in Tales Of Suspense #52. Lets begin with the first of a gem four-parter by Claremont and Sal Buscema.

It's early morning in New York City, as a gorgeous red-headed woman is walking, and her name isn't Mary Jane Watson! She recognizes a picture of Spider-Man from the Daily Bugle. They were once friends she remembers, and it is apparent that she is amnesiac. She happens to stroll by a couple of hoodlums, who plan on having some "fun". Four of them surround her, and she begins to flee, but is ultimately cornered and slapped by the leader of the small gang. Just as the leader attempts to grab her pocket book, he is punched into oblivion, sending him far away. Spider-Man arrives to save the early part of the woman's day, then he easily takes care of the two of the others. He slips while going after the last gang member, and is just about to get stabbed, but the mystery woman lands a karate chop on him, knocking him out. Spider-Man is grateful to the woman, then he recognizes who she is: The Black Widow! The woman faints after hearing this, and Spider-Man takes her to safety.

After the woman wakes up, she introduces herself as Nancy Rushman, an Elementary School Teacher in upstate New York, but she doesnt remember where in New York she teaches. Something is wacky here! At the same time, some mysterious scanners begin to target something in Manhattan. Spider-Man now looks in "Nancy's" Bag, and takes out the costume of Black Widow, and again, she is startled. Spider-Man suggests that she change into the Widow's costume, as all units "close in" from the mysterious scanner. Spider-Man recognizes that this woman has the same initials as the Widow: Natasha Romanoff, and realizes something is amiss. Even after she changes into the costume, "Nancy" still doesn't believe that she is the Widow. Then out of nowhere, S.H.I.E.L.D. Strike Force Units come flying into the building blasting away. Both Spider-Man and "Nancy" are stunned as to why they are there. Spider-Man saves "Nancy" by taking her out of harms way, but the Strike Force Units are still on their trail. Spider-Man then breaks out of the window, and escapes with the Units still after them firing away to kill.

It is obvious that the S.H.I.E.L.D. Units want "Nancy", but why? Spider-Man manages to get away, but only for a short time, as Spider-Man is struck in the shoulder (it's ALWAYS in the shoulder!) from one of the Strike Force Units. After Spider-Man has fallen, one of the Units land and is hell-bent on shooting "Nancy". Just as she is about to get shot, "Nancy" begins to lash out desperately defending herself. After she knocks out one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, "Nancy" and Spider-Man are on the run again, with another set of Strike Force Units nearby. Spider-Man tries to take one of the units down using his webbing, but is quickly overwhelmed by the number of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents that transcend onto the scene. Watching from a partially closed door, "Nancy" watches in horror, as Spider-Man gets pummeled into the ground. It is at this point, that the Black Widow persona comes out to "play", joining in on the action and taking care of the agents by herself.

When Spider-Man comes-to, he discovers that "Nancy" is by her wanting to know who she truly is. Spider-Man's spider-sense goes off, and he recognizes Nick Fury standing behind him. For no apparent reason, Fury shoots the Nancy Widow right in the groin, seemingly killing her in cold blood. This, of course does not go over too well with Spider-Man, and he lunges at Ole' Nick. Guess who also gets shot? Yep, at issue's end, we have a seemingly dead Black Widow, AND dead Spider-Man.

Just what the heck is going on here?? We will learn much more next issue, when the even more characters are added to the fun!

Quality Rating: 3
Significance Rating: 3

Overall Rating:

6

 

Marvel Team-Up #81

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