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Marvel Two-In-One #21: Review

Nov 1976
Bill Mantlo, Ron Wilson

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Story Name:

Black Sun Lives!

Review & Comments

3 stars

Marvel Two-In-One #21 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Additional credits: cover inked by Joe Sinott a) Doc Savage’s only meeting with other characters of the Marvel Universe, through the magic of time travel; b) Doc Factor: the 86th floor headquarters, Doc’s trilling; c) Doc uses a gun at one point in the action; d) the issue also features a rare appearance of Bantam’s “swoop” logo on the cover; e) due to licensing issues, this story was omitted from the ESSENTIAL MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE compilation.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Two-In-One #21 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
In 1976, the Thing and Human Torch receive a visitor at the Baxter Building: Janice Lightner, asking them to stop her brother Tom Lightner, obsessed with recreating their late father Raymond’s experiments with a stellar cannon to draw the power of the heavens into a human body.

1936: Doc Savage and his aides receive a visitor at the Empire State Building: Lucinda Lightner, asking them to stop her husband Raymond Lightner, obsessed with using a stellar cannon to draw the power of the heavens into a human body.

In their respective eras, the mad astronomers fire the cannon, creating a rift in time, hurling all the heroes into one spot and fusing Raymond and Tom into a new super-powered being—Blacksun.

The heroes of two different decades recover quickly from their surprise and team up to battle the menace. Nothing seems able to stop Blacksun—until the massive energy stored in his body burns him out.

The temporal field fades, sending Doc and his men back to their own time, while Thing and the Torch rush Lightner to a doctor.

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Ron Wilson
Pablo Marcos
Ron Wilson (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doc Savage
Doc Savage

(Clark Savage Jr.)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Johnny Storm)

(Ben Grimm)

Plus: Blacksun (Raymond-Tom Lightner).

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