Marvel Two-in-One
Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 (Dec. 1977). Art by Jim Starlin.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing
Publication date(vol. 1)
January 1974 – June 1983
(vol. 2)
February 2018 – January 2019
No. of issues(vol. 1): 100, plus seven Annuals
(vol. 2): 12, plus one Annual
Main character(s)Thing
Creative team
Written by
Penciller(s)
Inker(s)
List

Marvel Two-in-One is an American comic book series published by Marvel Comics featuring Fantastic Four member the Thing in a different team-up each issue.

Publication history

Original series

The concept of teaming the Thing with a different character in each issue was given a test run in Marvel Feature #11-12 and proved a success.[1] Marvel Two-in-One continued from the team-up stories in the final two issues of Marvel Feature and lasted for 100 issues from January 1974[2] through June 1983. Seven Annuals were also published.[3] Artist Ron Wilson began his long association with the title with issue #12 (November 1975) and worked on it throughout its run.[4] With issue #17, the series had a crossover with Marvel Team-Up #47, which featured Spider-Man.[5] The second Marvel Two-in-One Annual was a crossover with Avengers Annual #7, both of which were written and drawn by Jim Starlin.[6] The "Project Pegasus" storyline in Marvel Two-in-One #53-58 saw the introduction of the name "Quasar" for the Wendell Vaughn character[7] and the transformation of Wundarr into the Aquarian.[8]

Due to a binding error, three copies of issue 74 were released with the cover of DC's The New Teen Titans issue #6 in April 1981.[9]

Comics creators who contributed to the series include Steve Gerber, Jack Kirby (who did pencils on several covers during its run), Marv Wolfman, John Buscema, John Byrne, Frank Miller, and George Pérez.[10]

Marvel Two-In-One ended after 100 issues and seven Annuals. It was immediately replaced by a Thing solo series.

Revival

As part of Marvel Legacy, a soft relaunch of the Marvel Universe, Marvel Two-In-One (stylized as Marvel 2-in-One)[11] was revived in December 2017 with a new story titled "The Fate of the Four" that revolves around the Thing and the Human Torch going on a road trip to investigate the disappearance of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Franklin, and Valeria Richards.[12] The series was written by Chip Zdarsky and ran for 12 issues and one Annual.[13] The series was penciled by Jim Cheung (issues #1, 2, and 6), Valerio Schiti (issues #3–5), Ramon K. Perez (issues #7–12), and Declan Shalvey (Annual #1).[14]

The issues

Issue Character(s) Marvel Essentials Marvel Masterworks Epic Collection Other Collections
#1 Man-Thing Vol 1 Vol 1 Vol 1: Cry Monster Man-Thing by Steve Gerber Vol 1
#2 Sub-Mariner
#3 Daredevil Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil Vol 11; Marvel Masterworks: Ka-Zar Vol 2; Daredevil Epic Collection Vol 6; Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades Omnibus
#4 Captain America Guardians of the Galaxy Epic Collection Vol 1, Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Heroes Omnibus
#5 Guardians of the Galaxy
#6 Doctor Strange Marvel Masterworks: The Defenders Vol 3, Defenders Epic Collection Vol 2, Defenders Omnibus Vol 1
#7 Valkyrie
#8 Ghost Rider Marvel Masterworks: Ghost Rider Vol 2
#9 Thor
#10 Black Widow
#11 Golem Vol 2 Marvel Horror Omnibus
#12 Iron Man
#13 Power Man
#14 Son of Satan
#15 Morbius, the Living Vampire Morbius Epic Collection Vol 2; Morbius Omnibus Vol 1
#16 Ka-Zar
#17 Spider-Man Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Team-Up Vol 5
#18 Scarecrow Marvel Horror Omnibus
#19 Tigra Tigra Complete Collection
#20 The Liberty Legion Vol 2: Two Against Hydra Thing: Liberty Legion, Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol 16
#21 Doc Savage Not Collected Vol 3 Not Collected
#22 Thor Vol 1 Vol 2: Two Against Hydra
#23 Thor
#24 Black Goliath
#25 Iron Fist
#26 Nick Fury Vol 2
#27 Deathlok Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok Vol 1,Deathlok the Demolisher
#28 Sub-Mariner
#29 Shang-Chi Marvel Masterworks: Spider-Woman Vol 1
#30 Spider-Woman
#31 Mystery Menace
#32 Invisible Girl
#33 Modred the Mystic Marvel Masterworks: Spider-Woman Vol 1, Marvel Horror Omnibus
#34 Nighthawk
#35 Skull the Slayer
#36 Mister Fantastic
#37 Matt Murdock Vol 4
#38 Daredevil
#39 Vision
#40 Black Panther
#41 Brother Voodoo Marvel Masterworks: Brother Voodoo Vol 1, Marvel Horror Omnibus
#42 Captain America Thing: Project Pegasus
#43 Man-Thing Thing: Project Pegasus, Man-Thing Omnibus Vol 1, Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus Vol 2
#44 Hercules
#45 Captain Marvel
#46 Hulk
#47 Yancy Street Gang Vol 5
#48 Jack of Hearts
#49 Doctor Strange
#50 The Thing (alternate universe) Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus Vol 1, Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus Vol 2
#51 Beast, Ms. Marvel, Nick Fury, Wonder Man Ms. Marvel Epic Collection Vol 2; Captain Marvel: Ms. Marvel – A Hero Is Born Omnibus; Marvel Universe by Frank Miller Omnibus
#52 Moon Knight Moon Knight Epic Collection Vol 1; Moon Knight Omnibus Vol 1
#53 Quasar Vol 3 Thing: Project Pegasus, Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus Vol 2
#54 Deathlok Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok Vol 1, Thing: Project Pegasus, Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus Vol 2
#55 Giant-Man Thing: Project Pegasus, Marvel Universe by John Byrne Omnibus Vol 2
#56 Thundra Thing: Project Pegasus
#57 Wundarr Thing: Project Pegasus
#58 Aquarian Thing: Project Pegasus
#59 The Human Torch
#60 Impossible Man
#61 Starhawk Vol 6 Guardians of the Galaxy Epic Collection Vol 2; Adam Warlock Omnibus Vol 1, Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Heroes Omnibus
#62 Moondragon
#63 Adam Warlock
#64 Stingray Thing: The Serpent Crown Affair
#65 Triton
#66 Scarlet Witch
#67 Hyperion
#68 Angel
#69 Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians of the Galaxy Epic Collection Vol 2, Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Heroes Omnibus
#70 Yancy Street Gang
#71 Mister Fantastic
#72 The Inhumans
#73 Quasar
#74 Puppet Master
#75 Avengers Vol 7
#76 Iceman
#77 Man-Thing
#78 Wonder Man Vol 4 Wonder Man: The Early Years Omnibus
#79 Blue Diamond
#80 Ghost Rider
#81 Sub-Mariner
#82 Captain America
#83 Sasquatch Alpha Flight by John Byrne Omnibus
#84 Alpha Flight
#85 Spider-Woman
#86 Sandman
#87 Ant-Man
#88 She-Hulk Marvel Masterworks: Savage She-Hulk Vol 2; The Savage She-Hulk Omnibus
#89 The Human Torch
#90 Spider-Man
#91 The Sphinx Nova: Richard Rider Omnibus Vol 1
#92 Jocasta
#93 Machine Man
#94 Power Man and Iron Fist
#95 The Living Mummy Marvel Horror Omnibus
#96 Marvel Super Heroes
#97 Iron Man
#98 Franklin Richards
#99 Rom Not Collected
#100 Ben Grimm (alternate universe; a sequel to #50) Vol 4

Annuals

Issue Character(s) Marvel Essentials Marvel Masterworks Epic Collection Other Collections
#1 The Liberty Legion Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 2 Thing: Liberty Legion
#2 Spider-Man, the Avengers vs. Thanos Vol 2 Vol 4 Marvel Masterworks: The Avengers Vol 17, Marvel Masterworks: Captain Marvel Vol 5,

Marvel Masterworks: Warlock Vol 2, Warlock by Jim Starlin, Adam Warlock Omnibus Vol 1 Avengers Epic Collection Vol 9

Guardians of the Galaxy Solo Classic Omnibus, The Thanos Wars: Infinity Origins Omnibus

#3 Nova vs. the Monitors Nova: Richard Rider Omnibus Vol 1
#4 Black Bolt vs. Graviton Vol 3 Vol 5
#5 Hulk vs. the Stranger Vol 7 Thing: The Serpent Crown Affair
#6 American Eagle vs. Klaw Vol 4
#7 Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Wonder Man, Sasquatch, Thor, Colossus, Doc Samson vs. The Champion

Collected editions

Original series

Title Material collected Published date ISBN
Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 1 Marvel Two-In-One #1–20, 22–25, and Annual #1 November 2005 ISBN 978-0785117292
Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 2 Marvel Two-In-One #26–52 and Annual #2–3 June 2007 ISBN 978-0785126980
Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 3 Marvel Two-In-One #53–77 and Annual #4–5 July 2009 ISBN 978-0785130697
Essential Marvel Two-In-One Volume 4 Marvel Two-In-One #78–98, #100, and Annual #6–7 January 2012 ISBN 978-0785162841
Title Material collected Published date ISBN
Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Two-In-One Volume 1 Marvel Feature #11-12, Marvel Two-In-One #1-10 November 2013 978-0785166337
Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Two-In-One Volume 2 Marvel Two-In-One #11-20, Annual #1, Marvel Team-Up #47, Fantastic Four Annual #11 September 2017 978-1302903527
Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Two-In-One Volume 3 Marvel Two-In-One #21-36 March 2018 978-1302909642
Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Two-In-One Volume 4 Marvel Two-In-One #37-46, Annual #2-3, Avengers Annual #7 August 2019 978-1302918156
Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Two-In-One Volume 5 Marvel Two-In-One #47-60, Annual #4 November 2020 978-1302922207
Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Two-In-One Volume 6 Marvel Two-In-One #61-74 February 2022 978-1302932930
Title Material collected Published date ISBN
Marvel Two-In-One Epic Collection Volume 1: Cry Monster Marvel Feature #11–12, Marvel Two-In-One #1–19, Marvel Team-Up #47 August 2018 ISBN 978-1302913328
Marvel Two-In-One Epic Collection Volume 2: Two Against HYDRA Marvel Two-In-One #20, 22-36, Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1, Fantastic Four Annual #11 January 2024
Title Material collected Published date ISBN
Thing: Project Pegasus[b] Marvel Two-In-One #42–43, 53–58 January 2010 ISBN 978-0785138112
Thing: Liberty Legion Marvel Two-In-One #20, Annual #1, Marvel Premiere #29–30, Invaders #5–6, Fantastic Four Annual #11 July 2011 ISBN 978-0785155157
Thing: The Serpent Crown Affair Marvel Two-In-One #64–67, Marvel Team-Up Annual #5 May 2012 ISBN 978-0785157618

Revival series

Title Material collected Published date ISBN
Marvel 2-in-One Vol. 1: Fate of the Four Marvel 2-in-One #1–6 July 2018 ISBN 978-1302910921
Marvel 2-in-One Vol. 2: Next of Kin Marvel 2-in-One #7–12, Annual #1 February 2019 ISBN 978-1302914912

Notes

  1. ^ With the exception of issues #21 and 99, as the licensing rights to the characters Doc Savage and Rom the Spaceknight, who were the guest stars in those issues, respectively, are no longer held by Marvel.[15]
  2. ^ This arc was originally released as a trade paperback in 1988 entitled The Thing: The Project Pegasus Saga, but it has not been re-released since and is now out of print.

References

  1. ^ Cassell, Dewey (April 2014). "Marvel Feature". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (#71): 18.
  2. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 164. ISBN 978-0756641238. The Thing got his own comic book with the first issue of Marvel Two-in-One, a series that teamed him up with other super heroes. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Marvel Two-in-One Annual at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Ron Wilson at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1970s". Spider-Man Chronicle: Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 89. ISBN 978-0756692360. In this crossover between Marvel's two team-up based titles, each book's star paid a visit to the other's book. The two-part story was written by [Bill] Mantlo and penciled by [Sal] Buscema, with Ron Wilson supplying artwork for the second part in Marvel Team-Up #47. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Manning "1970s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 97: "Written and drawn by Jim Starlin...this issue continued the events that had begun in this year's The Avengers Annual #7"
  7. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 189: "Marvel Man took the new name Quasar in Marvel Two-in-One #53 by future Quasar series writer Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio."
  8. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 191: "In this finale of the 'Project Pegasus' saga, Wundarr became the Aquarian, a prophet of peace and spiritual enlightenment."
  9. ^ "The DC Comic With a Marvel Cover, on eBay for Over a Million Dollars". Bleeding Cool News. 5 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  10. ^ Ewbank, Jamie (August 2013). "Idol of Millions: The Thing in Marvel Two-in-One". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (#66): 26–37.
  11. ^ Marvel 2-in-One at the Grand Comics Database
  12. ^ Couto, Anthony (June 23, 2017). "Marvel Legacy Reunites Human Torch & The Thing in New Series". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017.
  13. ^ Johnston, Rich (September 13, 2017). "Marvel Two-in-One By Chip Zdarsky And...Jim Cheung For Marvel Legacy In December". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on October 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "Marvel 2-in-One (2017-present)". Marvel.com. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  15. ^ Ewbank p. 37