Most of the comics in Marvel’s Giant-Size line were designed to take the place of Annuals, so they were associated with a regular series. Super-Villain Team-Up, however, started as two Giant-Size issues and then a series came from it.
The two Giant-Size issues were mostly reprints, but they had a some new material that introduced the Namor/Doctor Doom alliance. The pair argue a bunch but ultimately agree to be a gruesome twosome.
And then it’s on to the series.
A little over a year earlier, Marvel published a solo Dr. Doom story in the pages of Astonishing Tales #8. It was a truly great book, and showed tremendous potential. I also think it was the first time we’d seen a book just about a villain, with no superhero in it.
Super-Villain Team-Up does not live up to the promise of that issue.
Why? Because it’s not really about Doom. It’s really just more Sub-Mariner comics. And there was a reason why the Namor solo book was cancelled in 1974: It sucked.
Another this book isn’t good is because there’s no creator continuity. Every issue features a different writer or artist. It took 4 people just to write and pencil issue #1!
Storywise, it starts with them fighting. They never really stop fighting, either. They bicker and bicker.
A bunch of real villains (including Tiger Shark) take over Hydro-base and beat up Namor. Doom sees this, and for some reason wants to get involved as Sub-Mariner’s ally. He kills both Dr. Dorcas and one of Attuma’s main henchmen.
Namor, uncharacteristically, seems to have a problem with it, so the two of them go at it. Namor loses, and runs away (also uncharacteristically), but his suit has been damaged (and it serves as life-support for him on land).
I really hope this gets better.