KMac and Yek talk another tale of comicverse spookiness. The site of the first ever DC/Marvel crossover: the annual Rutland, Vermont Halloween parade. This tale has them all: the Avengers, JLA, Defenders, Web-slinger Lad, DC Havok! Crack open your favorite fall beer and enjoy the show!
Avengers #83 (Dec. 1970): Tom Fagan invites the Avengers along with Roy & Jeannie Thomas to Vermont’s second biggest town for its 11th Annual Halloween Parade! Avengers vs the Masters of Evil & that cement gun. Maybe the Liberators can help! Who? That’s right, wenches!
Batman #237 (Dec. 1971): Dick Grayson & his DC buddies (Alan Weiss, Gerry Conway & Bernie Wrightson) gots to check out the 12th Annual Parade. Too bad some Nazis hot for Nazi gold have other ideas. Batman is hot on the trail to stop them & a vengeful Grim Reaper. Is that Denny O’Neil talking to normal hammer Thor?
Marvel Feature #2 (Mar. 1972): Some cultists want to bring Dormammu to play at the 12th An. Parade. Can the Defenders with a Mr. Spock Namor stop them so Fagan’s party goes on?
The First DC/Marvel Cross-Over
Follow the multi-verse adventures of DC & Marvel Creators: Steve Englehart, Gerry Conway, Len Wein, & Glynis “Supergirl/Powergirl” Wein (nee Oliver). (Numbers show the real time reading order)
Thor #206 (Dec. 1972): (1: All Pg.) Absorbing man gets zapped back to life and dragged to Rutland with Thor, Sif, and Hildegarde in pursuit. Is that Loki petting Tom Fagan’s dogs, Satan and Diablo.
Amazing Adventures #16 (Jan. 1973): (3: Pg. 1-6; 6: Pg. 7-9; 8: Pg. 10-14; 12: Pg:15-18 15: Pg. 19-20) Beast gets stuck in Rutland for the 13th An. Parade. Too bad someone conjures Juggernaut to crush floats!
Justice League of America #103 (Dec. 1972):(2: Pg. 1-7; 5: Pg. 8-9; 9: Pg. 10-16; 11: Pg. 17-19; 13: Pg. 20-21; 16: Pg. 23) Phantom Stranger leads the JLA to Rutland. Will Felix Faust with Commando America & Norse Thunder God knock off the JLA ?
Thor #207 (Jan. 1973): (4: Pg. 1-3, 7: Pg. 4-8; 10: 9-14, 14: Pg. 15-20; 17: Pg. 21) Absorbing Man fights Thor through Rutland's forests in a set up for Loki to make the Firesword! Ach, blinded by the lightning!
Avengers #119 (Jan. 1974): Looks like the 14th An. Parade will go on. Can the Avengers “collect” all their treats instead of tricks? Hey Fagan, take care of my blind, dumb Loki for me.
Thor #232 (Feb. 1975): Loki swaps out his bedroom spot at Fagan’s for local Bunker. No more portal?
Justice League #145 (Aug. 1977): Count Crystal wants to collect JLA souls for Azgore in Rutland outside the Halloween season. Looks like the Phantom Stranger closes off the portal for good.
Spoilers: Does Loki = Felix Faust? What's Dormammu really knows? Can Len Wein eat more hamburgers than Fat Superman?
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KMAC Rating: 5 out of 5
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