Spectacular Spider-Man 17 & 18

The Angel, Iceman and Spider-Man Plus Great Buscema Art

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If you look at some defunct Marvel comic series from the 70s you might come across 17 issues about a team called The Champions. Formed by X-Men founding members Angel and the Iceman, the group included characters as disparate as Ghost Rider and the female Russian hero, Darkstar. Poor sales killed the comic in the real world but in the 616 universe the group disbanded because of frustration among the members. Here is where we come across the Champions in these twin issues of Spectacular. Most of the members have left except for Iceman and Angel - and things are amiss.

The thing I liked most in this arc is Iceman's creative use of his powers. He makes a great villain; really dangerous and very formidable. Unfortunately I can't say the same thing for the Angel, early X-Men issues by Lee and Kirby presents the winged Angel in very imaginative ways; using his powers for mobility, rescue, distraction and such. But later writers seem to be baffled about how to use a guy with wings, Bill Mantlo included. Nonetheless, this is a great superhero tale based on solid premises. The art is clean and there is plenty of action.

The issue comes together wonderfully with the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

Posted by  Pete Albano - July 10, 2011

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Other Spectacular SPIDER-MAN Stories

1-3 : Tarantula, Lightmaster, Kraven

4-5 : The Vulture

7-8 : Morbius the Living Vampire

17-18 : The Angel and Iceman

21 : The Scorpion

22 : Moon Knight

26-28 : Daredevil

47-48 : Belladonna and the Prowler

61 : Moonstone

64 : Cloak and Dagger

67 : Boomerang

69 : Cloak and Dagger

72 : Doc Ock's Greatest Fan

80 : J. Jonah Jameson - Reporter

83 : Punisher

85 : Hobgoblin

87 : Spider-Man unmasks before the Black Cat

89-90 : Black Cat powers

91 : Unus and the Blob

99 : The Spot

103 : Blaze

104 : Rocket Racer

113 : Thugs break into the Parker house

114 : The Spider-Man costume gets stolen

116 : Sabretooth

117 : Dr. Strange

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