|Schedule||Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up: Quarterly|
Super-Villain Team-Up: Bimonthly (#1–14)
Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11: Monthly
|Format||Super-Villain Team-Up: Ongoing series|
Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11: Mini-series
|Publication date||Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up: March 1975 – June 1975 |
Super-Villain Team-Up: August 1975 – June 1980
Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11: July 2007 – November 2007
|No. of issues||Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up: 2|
Super-Villain Team-Up: 17
Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11: 5
|Essential Super-Villain Team-Up||ISBN 978-0785115458|
|Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11||ISBN 978-0785119920|
Super-Villain Team-Up is the name of two American comic book series published by Marvel Comics. Both series featured supervillains as the protagonists.
The first series started in 1975 with two giant-size issues before launching as a regular series, and was mostly bi-monthly during its existence. It initially teamed up Doctor Doom and the Sub-Mariner, who had lost his own series, from which it picked up the unresolved plots, especially that of the comatose Atlanteans. After a succession of writers and artists and a crossover with The Avengers, the plot gets resolved in issue #13 when Doctor Doom revives the Atlanteans, thus dissolving his alliance with the Sub-Mariner.
Issue #14 (Oct. 1977), which featured Magneto and Doctor Doom, was billed as the final issue of the series and its plotline was resolved in The Champions #16. The following year, SVTU continued with issue #15 (Nov. 1978), a reprint of Astonishing Tales #4–5. Issues #16 (May 1979) and #17 (June 1980) featured the Red Skull and the Hate-Monger. The irregular publishing frequency of the final three issues was due to a legal maneuver to prevent DC Comics from trademarking the term "super-villain".
The series saw the death of the Sub-Mariner's 1940s sweetheart Betty Dean and the death of her murderer, Doctor Dorcas. Steve Englehart created The Shroud, a character partly inspired by Batman, shortly before he started to work for DC Comics on Detective Comics.
|Giant–Size #1||March 1975||Doctor Doom||Sub-Mariner||new framing story by writer Roy Thomas and artists John Buscema and Joe Sinnott. Reprints Sub-Mariner #20 (December 1969) and Marvel Super-Heroes #20 (May 1969).|
|Giant–Size #2||June 1975||vs. the Doomsman|
|#1||August 1975||vs. Attuma, Doctor Dorcas, and Tiger Shark|
|#5||April 1976||vs. the Fantastic Four|
|#6||June 1976||vs. the Fantastic Four and the Shroud|
|#7||August 1976||vs. the Shroud|
|#8||October 1976||vs. the Ringmaster|
|#9||December 1976||vs. Attuma. Crossover with The Avengers #154–156 (Dec. 1976–Feb. 1977)|
|#10||February 1977||vs. the Red Skull|
|#11||April 1977||Red Skull|
|#13||August 1977||Sub-Mariner||vs. Warlord Krang|
|#14||October 1977||Magneto||crossover with The Champions #16 (November 1977)|
|#15||November 1978||Red Skull||reprints Astonishing Tales #4 (February 1971) and #5 (April 1971)|
|#16||May 1979||Red Skull||Hate-Monger|
|#17||June 1980||also featuring Arnim Zola|
In 2007 Marvel published Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11, a five-issue miniseries featuring 11 supervillains in the manner of the movie Ocean's Eleven.
This 2009 miniseries features Doctor Doom working with other villains.
After two giant-size issues, Super-Villain Team-Up switched to a thirty-two-page format in August .
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The revival and annual publication of SVTU was part of the legal maneuvering on Marvel's part to keep DC from trademarking the term 'Super Villain' as in 'Secret Society of'. For that, annual publication was enough, and by the second year, the legal tussle was resolved.
My creation of the Shroud in #6, to be a third force somewhere between the villains and the heroes. He was a combination of the Shadow and the Batman, both favorites of mine, and since I was a Marvel writer I was never going to get a chance at the real Batman...