Marvel Team-Up #69-70 (1978): Havok and Thor

In these two issues, x-couple Havok and Polaris, then Thor, team up with Spidey to fight the Living Pharaoh, a villain who I’ve never found all that interesting.

But of course, Claremont and Byrne could create a story about Swordsman or Black Knight and I’d probably dig it.

Spider-Man is not a big factor in this story.

I don’t know why Havok gets title billing, rather than Polaris, but I chalk it up to sexism.

Near the end of #69, Pharoah transforms into Living Monolith.

It also features Beast, who makes a brief appearance by trying to help but gets sidetracked into the main X-Men comic book plotline against Mesmero.

And by roasted marshmellows.

By the next issue, Pharoah has turned into Living Monolith and Thor arrives to help.

The Thor battle is pretty cool.

Really not much reason for Spider-Man to be here. He’s literally just a “hanger on.”

You have to love a good Byrne battle scene.

Eventually, Thor uses his weather powers for the win.

He doesn’t exercise his weather powers very often.  Seems like something he should be doing a lot.

Like I said, great art.  The story is pretty good, although Spider-Man is almost unnecessary to the whole deal.

The last page announces John and Chris’ departure from MTU as X-Men goes monthly.

2 thoughts on “Marvel Team-Up #69-70 (1978): Havok and Thor”

  1. Another great issue from the dim past–when Byrne and Claremont were at their creative peaks, great post. Why didn’t the living monolith just blow up the crystal case with Alex in it himself–instead of I guess hoping that Thor would hit it? If it would have permanently given him power, why not?


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