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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

X-amining Super-Villain Team-Up #15 - Patreon First

"A World For the Winning"
October 1977

In a Nutshell
Magneto teams up with Beast to take down Dr. Doom

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Bob Hall
Inkers: Don Perlin & Duff Vohland
Letterer: Irv W.
Colorist: Don Warfield
Editor: Archie Goodwin

Magneto storms into Latveria and confronts Dr. Doom, proposing an alliance between the two to rule the world. But Doom reveals he already rules the world: he released a gas into the atmosphere which puts everyone in the world - including Magneto - under his control. But bored with the ease of his victory, he proposes a challenge to Magneto: Doom will release Magneto and allow him to attempt to free the world from Doom's control. Magneto proceeds to Avengers Mansion to seek their help, but they of course think he's attacking them. Magneto manages to overpower the Avengers without causing serious harm, but when he explains his purpose, he discovers the Avengers are already under Doom's control. Just then, Doom appears before Magneto and allows him to select one Avengers to aid him; Magneto chooses Beast. After he frees Beast from Doom's control, the pair seek out additional allies, but find both the Fantastic Four & X-Men to be away. Beast then brings them to Los Angeles, where his old teammates Angel & Iceman are now part of the Champions, only to discover that the Avengers have warned the Champions about Magneto, and they believe Beast has joined him in his villainous ways!

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  1. Strange, I usually get an email with these before they are posted here but I didn't get the email this time...


  2. I only got SVTU on and off — even relative to how no series was a guaranteed every-issue buy in the old spinner-rack days — but this cover’s long been a nostalgic fave. Byrne & Austin did their job, no surprise, as did the vibrant colors (fairly unusual for the series) and the simple fact of the big, recognizable guest-star cast. Plus, I’m not sure I could articulate why but I’ve long been a sucker for depictions of capes that hug the shoulders yet otherwise flare out as seen on Doom here.

    Also of personal note: Herein is where I — not having been much of a Defenders reader nor yet an every-issue X-Men fan (if only for the vagaries of funds and opportunity at 6 or 7 years old) — learned of Magneto’s reversion to infancy and back again.


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