Cover Price: $.40

August 1979

Value: $3 (Near Mint-Mint)


Supporting Cast:

Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., Black Widow, Shang-Chi

Boomerang, Silver Samurai, Viper

"Catch A Falling Hero" - 17 Pages

Writer -
Chris Claremont
Artist - Sal Buscema
Inker - Steve Leialoha
Cover - Steve Leialoha
Lettering - Diana Albers
Colorist - Ben Bean
Editor -
Al Milgrom
Editor In Chief -
Jim Shooter

Spider-Man, An amnesiac Black Widow (coming to), Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., Boomerang, The Silver Samurai, and a mystery "boss", all in the last two issues of Marvel Team-Up. It's getting kind of crowded around this title, and gets a little more crowded when The Master Of Kung-Fu, Shang-Chi joins in on the fun. Shang-Chi met Spider-Man in another team-up title way back in Giant-Size Spider-Man #2, and here they are once again, far from alone! There are many questions left unanswered from last issue, such as who is this mysterious boss giving orders, not only tt the known criminals Boomerang and Silver Samurai, but also members of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well. Lets find out:

Aboard S.H.I.E.L.D.'s aircraft known as the heli-carrier, a hypnotized Clay Quartermain is side by side with Boomerang, the Silver Samurai, and the mysterious woman once known as Madame Hydra: Viper, who was last seen in Captain America #182, where she miraculously survived an explosion. It was explained that she was helped by a "friend" in a van who has worked with Hydra in the past. The two went to Japan and fell in love, and she also developed a master plan to crush the United Sates, by designing and testing a Hypno-Beam. The first of those it was tested on was members of New York's Underground S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters. The Silver Samurai was used to steal the Cavourite Crystal in Marvel Team-Up #57, but was defeated by a previous team-up of Spider-Man and the Black Widow. This was but a minor setback for Viper, as she then took over the S.H.I.E.L.D. heli-carrier. The Crystal was somehow delivered to a television show, Saturday Night Live, in Marvel Team-Up #74, and the Samurai successfully took it from John Belushi. The heli-carrier was soon under the Viper's command, and she has used this most trusted defensive system of the United States against it's very own government.

Elsewhere, a thousand feet above the heli-carrier, Spider-Man and the Black Widow are using gliders that are undetectable by the carrier's scanners to get closer and eventually inside. Nick Fury, on the other hand, is in his air-car communicating to a hypnotized Quartermain, and he is cleared for landing on the heli-carrier. Viper plans to kill him aboard, as to not make any kind of scene outside the carrier by simply shooting him down. As Fury lands, another is watching from afar. Just as Fury is about to get attacked by hypnotized S.H.I.E.L.D. members, the mystery watcher comes out and kicks and punches with the skill of a master of the martial arts: Shang-Chi. Just as Nick thanks him, out of nowhere, he receives the brunt of an explosive boomerang from well...Boomerang! Boomerang is very confident as he approaches Shang-Chi, as he is unarmed, but he does not need any weapons. Shang-Chi easily deflects a Razor-Ang with his bracelet, then holds his breath as a gasarang is thrown his way. Shang-Chi looks like he is about to take care of Boomerang, but one last explosive boomerang takes Shang-Chi down.

Inside the heli-carrier, in a store room, Spider-Man and the Widow get caught by a small gang of S.H.I.E.L.D. officers. The Viper wants to see to it, personally, that the Widow is executed. Boomerang brings in Shang-Chi to make the execution list a total of three, but to the surprise of everyone aboard, he breaks free and goes on a rampage attacking several S.H.I.E.L.D. members. It turns out that Boomerang is none other than Nick Fury himself in Boomerang's costume. Fury was well enough to help Shang-Chi, when he was thought downed by Boomerang's explosive boomerang. Fury took down Boomerang as then disguised himself as him, setting the ambush perfectly. At the point when it looks like the good guys are easily taking care of the bad guys, Viper escapes with mentioning that the President's life is at stake, just when then president Carter is about to make a speech before a joint session of congress.

Just as Spider-Man goes after the Viper when makes her getaway, the Silver Samurai takes a swing with his energy-blade at him. His first "cut" misses, but he then connects, sending Spider-Man through the side of the heli-carrier and seemingly to a two mile death-plunge. We will have to wait to see how this all turns out in the finale of this excellent four-part Marvel Team-Up with Spider-Man, the Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Shang-Chi: Master Of Kung-Fu!

Quality Rating: 3
Significance Rating: 2

Overall Rating:



Marvel Team-Up #83

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