Steve Gerber was a genius. I’ve sung his praises many times in the past. He was quirky, cool, character-driven, creative….And he launched a grossly underrated comic: Marvel Two In One. As a kid, I was a “Marvel Team Up” guy because I loved anything Spider-Man. But as an adult, reading in retrospect, I think MTIO was a better comic. The stories weren’t “standard” superhero team-ups, they were about things. Actually, Thing. The series took us through the life of Thing, and we got to see him as a boxer, a prison-warden, and in many other ways. But it was Steve Gerber’s first issues that really set the tone for the book.
Gerber knows that a great team up has to start with the heroes fighting, but he gets that out of the way in a few panels. Then, he proceeds to take two of the most distinctive-looking Marvel characters and…Make them human.
Only Gerber would have thought to do this. The duo go through a fight with Molecule Man, it’s a great story, but then, in the end, it gets even more bizarre:
Thing gives Molecule Man’s “magic wand” to a ginger-headed howdy doody kid.
Weird as hell.
Creators: Steve Gerber and Gil Kane