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Contest of Champions #1: Review

Jun 1982
Bill Mantlo, John Romita Jr.

Story Name:

A gathering of heroes

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Contest of Champions #1 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Other characters that appear in this comic: Alpha Flight: Guardian (James MacDonald Hudson), Shaman, Sasquatch, Aurora, Northstar, Snowbird. X-Men: Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde. Inhumans: Medusa, Quicksilver, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Triton, Lockjaw. Eternals: Makkari, Karkas, Sersi, Thena. Dazzler, Moon Knight, Ka-Zar, Shanna, Devil-Slayer, Machine Man, Jack Of Hearts, Quasar, Son of Satan, Red Wolf, Sunfire, Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Captain Britain, Sabra, Collective Man, Arabian Knight, Nighthawk, Werewolf by Night, Gargoyle, ROM, Jocasta, Shroud, Dr. Druid, Stingray, Night Rider, Texas Twister, Torpedo, Moondragon, Brother Voodoo, Mockingbird, Captain Ultra, Guardsman, Living Mummy, Firebird, Whizzer, Captain Universe, 3-D Man, Peregrine (Alain Racine), Talisman, Defensor (Gabriel Carlos Dantes Sepulveda), Shamrock (Molly Fitzgerald), Blitzkrieg (Franz Mittelstaedt).

Cameos by Stan Lee, the Collector, and Korvac.


Contest of Champions #1 Review by (March 15, 2010)
Comments: Part one of a three-part miniseries; originally planned as a single MARVEL TREASURY EDITION. Many heroes, including Hulk and Thor, appear only in group scenes. First appearance of Blitzkrieg, Collective Man, Defensor, Peregrine, Shamrock and Talisman.

Grandmaster’s Team: Captain America, Talisman, Darkstar, Wolverine, Captain Britain, Sasquatch, She-Hulk, Daredevil, Thing, Defensor, Le Peregrine, Blitzkreig. Unknown’s Team: Iron Man, Shamrock, Iron Fist, Storm, Arabian Knight, Angel, Sabra, Invisible Girl, Sunfire, Black Panther, Collective Man, Vanguard.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Contest of Champions #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Synopsis by Pedro

All of Marvel’s super heroes have disappeared from Earth only to appear in an athletic stadium orbiting the planet. Their abductors are the galactic gamesman known as the Grandmaster and a mysterious entity called the Unknown! Twenty-four of the mightiest heroes are chosen for a contest—to compete for the four pieces of the Golden Globe of Life, hidden at the far corners of the Earth! If the Grandmaster’s team wins, the unknown will restore his dead brother to life! If he loses, the Gamesman will join his brother in oblivion!



Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Grandmaster enters into a contest with an unknown opponent, determining to use Earth’s heroes as the pawns. Suddenly, the Avengers vanish from their training session at the mansion; the Soviet Super-Soldiers disappear while in confrontation with the Red Ghost; the Fantastic Four are whisked away from a dinner in their honor. All over the world heroes vanish: from America, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Hulk, Daredevil…other countries’ heroes as well: Captain Britain, Japan’s Sunfire, Defensor from Argentina, the Israeli Sabra and the Arabian Knight, China’s Collective Man…all to find themselves in a giant sport arena. After puzzled attempts to make sense of their situation, the Grandmaster and the Unknown appear before them. The two immortals explain that they are here to play a game: each being will choose a team of twelve champions to compete for the four quarters of the Golden Globe of Life. The prize: if Grandmaster’s team wins, his brother, the Collector, will be restored to life; if not, he joins his brother in death. The immortals choose their teams from among the human heroes assembled, disqualifying gods, immortals, aliens, androids, etc. The Golden Globe of Life is quartered and its pieces hidden around the world. Earth is placed in a time lock for the duration of the contest and should any heroes fail to return, the Earth will remain in suspended animation for all eternity. Let the games begin!

Grandmaster’s Team: Captain America, Talisman, Darkstar, Wolverine, Captain Britain, Sasquatch, She-Hulk, Daredevil, Thing, Defensor, Le Peregrine, Blitzkreig.

Unknown’s Team: Iron Man, Shamrock, Iron Fist, Storm, Arabian Knight, Angel, Sabra, Invisible Girl, Sunfire, Black Panther, Collective Man, Vanguard.


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John Romita Jr.
Pablo Marcos
Patricia DeFalco
John Romita Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Bob Layton (Cover Inker)
Plot: . Letterer: Joe Rosen.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Ant-Man
Ant-Man

(Hank Pym)
Beast
Beast

(Hank McCoy)
Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Daredevil
Daredevil

(Matt Murdock)
Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Falcon
Falcon

(Sam Wilson)
Hellcat
Hellcat

(Patsy Walker)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Johnny Storm)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Iron Fist
Iron Fist

(Danny Rand)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)
Professor X
Professor X

(Charles Xavier)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
She-Hulk
She-Hulk

(Jennifer Walters)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Crimson Dynamo (Anton Vanko), Darkstar, Death, Gypsy Moth, Vanguard.