Marvel Team-Up #82-85 (1979): Black Widow, Nick Fury, Shang Chi

One of these things is not like the other.  Hint: It’s Shang Chi.

Nah, he’s not dead.

But Claremont finds a plausible way to include him in this four-issue arc.

Viper has employed Boomerang.  Also Silver Samurai.

Viper and friends then take over the SHIELD Helicarrier.  That thing seems to be constantly invaded and/or crashing.  How is it Congress continues to fund SHIELD???

Oh, and because Black Widow can’t be in a comic without kissing someone…

At least here it makes a bit of sense–Spider-Man does have a thing for redheads.

In order to get onboard the Helicarrier and save SHIELD, Spider-Man webs himself up a web-hang glider.

I really hate it when Spider-Man can make anything out of his webbing. If I want stupid things-made-out-of-nothing, I’ll read Green Lantern.

Viper becomes a big part of Spider-Woman’s comic, once it starts getting to be actually good (the early SW issues are pretty bad), so this seems like a good time to talk about the art.  Sal Buscema is the penciler, but Steve Leialoha provides inks and, like Klaus Janson, he’s a very distinct artist with a heavy hand, making Buscema’s pencils almost unrecognizable as Sal’s work.  I like Steve’s style, and found it perfectly suited when he took over on Spider-Woman.

Widow’s work ends with her reaffirming her solo nature.

Finally, Jimmy Carter is in this one.

Creators: Chris Claremont and Sal Buscema
Grade: C+

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