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? Well, first of all, it’s about Doom and Sub-Mariner. Namor isn’t a villain. Sometimes, he does things that the surface world might have issues with, but he’s hardly a villain-or at least he wasn’t one back in 1975. Second, 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.
And the third reason this book isn’t good is because there’s no continuity. Every issue features a different writer or artist. It took 4 people just to write and pencil issue #1!
Storywise, 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).
Creators: Writers: Tony Isabella (#1-2), Jim Shooter (#3), Bill Mantlo (#4).
Artists: George Tuska (#1), Bill Everett (#1), George Evans (#1), Sal Buscema (#2), Fred Kida (#3), Herb Trimpe (#4), Jim Mooney (#4).
For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.