Marvel Team-Up #146-148 (1984): The Black Abbot Story


It starts with Spider-Man and Nomad versus Taskmaster.

Everyone loves Taskmaster. Tasky is recruiting henchmen to serve a new villain named Black Abbott.

He’s forcing scientists to work for him and manufacture a machine that enables Abbott to control peoples’ minds.  Turns out, one of the scientists thinks Peter Parker would be a good addition to the team.  So, Abbott tries to kidnap Peter and Human Torch comes along to help.

There were much better ways to have Spider-Man continue to be involved with Black Abbott following issue #146.  This was pretty contrived.  Similarly, Thor gets involved because Abbott commits a crime near the construction site he works at in his secret identity.

Creators: Cary Burkett and Greg LaRocque
Grade: C

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THOR, TORCH, TASKMAS, BLACK ABBOTT, SPIDER-, MTU, 1984, NOMAD, VENOM

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