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Marvel Fanfare #31: Review

Mar 1987
J. M. DeMatteis, Kerry Gammill

Story Name:

A Plague of Frogs

Review & Comments

3 stars

Marvel Fanfare #31 Review by (April 27, 2010)
Captain America: Part one of a two-part story. Frog-Man first appeared in MARVEL TEAM-UP #121 and is the son of the Daredevil villain Leap-Frog, no relation to Frog-Man of the Ani-Men. And yes, DD had two different enemies in frog suits.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Fanfare #31 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In downtown New York, Captain America arrives just in time to stop an assassin from gunning down the visiting Bagwan Sri Ananda. The guru invites Cap to visit his movement’s center, and Cap, going by instinct, plans to come.

Later that evening, teen hero wannabe Frog-Man witnesses a man about to be murdered in an alley to prevent him from warning people about "the final days." Frog-Man leaps (literally) to the rescue and finds himself in a lot of trouble—until Captain America comes to the rescue. The idol-worshipping Froggy wants to be Cap’s new partner but Cap, who has heard about this kid from Spider-Man, just sends him home. On his way, he spies the man he rescued being carried off in a car, and finds a matchbook as a clue. At home, Frog-Man (actually Eugene Patilio) confesses to his dad, the former villain known as Leap-Frog, what he has done. Later, Eugene dons the frog suit once more and visits the diner. Breaking in he discovers it is a front for an underground lab full of giant vermin. He overhears the killers reporting to their boss—the Bagwan Sri Ananda—that they have killed the FBI agent who infiltrated the group. Then the fool is caught….

The next night, Cap visits the Bagwan’s Manhattan Center where he is invited to a private meeting with the Bagwan. Cap is overcome by the incense in the room and realizes that the Bagwan is the Yellow Claw in disguise. He tries to fight back, but drugged he is no match for the villain, who stands over him laughing in triumph….

Story #2

Dr. Owl, Master of the Mystic Arts

Writer: Mark Wheatley. Penciler: Mark Wheatley. Inker: Mark Wheatley. Colorist: Mark Wheatley. Editor: Al Milgrom.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Dr. Strange senses a disturbance and tracks down the source in his astral form. The trail takes him to the Amazon Basin where he comes upon the Priestess Dimbura disciplining her wayward student Owl. The boy is impatient with the slow pace of her teaching and seeks a shortcut to the great power he feels he deserves. Strange shows the boy his future: the arrogant Owl will quickly absorb all that he can learn in Brazil and be awarded a scholarship to an American medical school. There he will develop into a brilliant but egotistical surgeon. When an auto accident robs him of his abilities, he travels the world seeking a cure. Returning to his homeland he submits to Dimbura’s teaching and becomes a great sorcerer, finding love in another dimension and eventually earning the title Master of the Mystic Arts. This vision has deliberately mirrored Dr. Strange’s own life. Finally he asks Owl to choose between the shortcut to greatness and a rewarding journey through all that life has to offer. The boy wisely chooses the latter.

Story #3

The Call

Writer: Norm Breyfogle. Penciler: Norm Breyfogle. Inker: Norm Breyfogle. Colorist: Paul Becton. Editor: Al Milgrom.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

In this unusually-designed story, the call for action—for power used for good—goes out and awaits an answer. Meanwhile the pictures show Matt Murdock going through a normal day, until he hears a news report of a hostage incident in a bank. He suits up as Daredevil, enters and overpowers the bad guys.

Kerry Gammill
Dennis Janke
Bob Sharen
Kerry Gammill (Cover Penciler)
Dennis Janke (Cover Inker)
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Editor: Al Milgrom.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Matt Murdock)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Peter Parker)

Plus: Frog-Man, Yellow Claw.

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