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Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #16

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Dan Adkins
Colours – Janice Cohen
Letters – Karen Mantlo

This issue finds the promised team-up between the Thing and Ka-Zar which should have happened the last issue, but did not for whatever the reason. As it stands, the book finds Ben Grimm parachuting into the Savage Land while trying to avoid the various dinosaurs that inhabit the area and failing miserably. Soon, while Ben is battling an Allosaurus, Ka-Zar and Zabu arrive just in time to help him out before things got ugly. Readers soon discover that Ben is looking into some strange volcanic activity that Reed had picked up on his scanners. Ka-Zar decides to join Ben as the Savage Land is the place he calls home and any threat to it is a threat to him which must be dealt with. It is not long before the villain of the piece is revealed to be a man named Volcanus of all things, a man who is looking to harness the energies of the local volcanoes for what can only be of nefarious design. Bill Mantlo, the author of this tale, injects some light-hearted dialogue and humour to keep it moving at a fairly lively pace and with a lot of action between the protagonists, the savage creatures of that hidden land and the bad guys who think they can do as they wish with nobody able to oppose them. As it is, though they get the better of the heroes after first meeting, nobody can ever keep Ben Grimm down for long and with Ka-Zar and Zabu helping out, Volcanus and his men are soon taken care of. Back on the book is Ron Wilson, a man who can draw the Thing like no other and the issue looks great. One thing that is quite interesting, yet quite normal for the time period is that while there is a bit of a conclusion to the story, it is still only part one with the second part seemingly taking place in Marvel Team-Up #47, the title featuring Spider-Man who would also find himself teaming up with other heroes. What happens to be funny about it all is that the story actually does indeed continue the next issue, with the third part finally taking place in Marvel Team-Up. It does make things a little confusing for readers with the wrong info solicited, especially as this is the second time, but there is no doubt that astute readers would have figured it out sooner rather than later. For the most part, this story was par for the course and nothing too exceptional. Altogether a fun tale, but one that could have been a lot better.

3.5 out of 5

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