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     I was never a HUGE fan of Marvel TEAM-UP.  So, when I impulsively bought an eBay lot of SUPER-VILLAIN Team-Up, I was kind of upset with myself.  I've made worse purchases but, I have a habit of buying Marvel comics I don't really need.
     I am quite happy to announce that, even though I am still a little nauseous for adding to an already overwhelming collection, I am pleased with the reading thus far.
    As I said, I never had a great fondness of MTU.  I only have a handful of MTU issues so, I didn't know what to expect from Super-Villains getting together.
     First off, I never considered NAMOR to be a "Super-Villain".  He's portrayed as a jerk sometimes, and other times he is helping the good guys.   So, I've never known quite what to make of him.  With all that being said, the ride that is SVTU is a fun one.
     Issue #3 is actually the 5th in the series.  Before the title launched with #1, there were two large prequels in the form of GIANT-SIZE Super-Villain Team-Up #1 & 2.  
     Those two comics laid the groundwork for the plot that unravels in the first three issues of the ongoing SVTU comic.

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     The series starts out with Namor proposing that he and DR. DOOM form an alliance.        
     They end up getting angry with each other, fight, and then part their separate ways.  By issue #1 of the ongoing series DOOM really thinks that forging an alliance is the right way to go.  Namor doesn't trust Doom at all and needs time to think it over.  
     All of the Atlanteans at this point are in a comatose state.  Namore doesn't know how to help his people and decides to stop by HYDROBASE.
     He has no idea that ATTUMA, Dr. Dorcas and TIGERSHARK have the floating island on lock down.  There is an amphibian race inhabiting the island and everyone remains captured except for two: Dr. Jennings and a woman named Betty Dean.  Both of which had formerly been humans but have been transformed into their current amphibian state.  Namor and Betty used to be lovers.
     While poking around on the island, Namor is ambushed by the three villains.  He gets beat up real bad and is then placed in a torture room.
     DOOM, who has been spying on all the goings on through a mechanical camera-fish realizes this is a perfect time to show Namor his worth.
     With the help of Betty's knowledge of the lair, Victor Von Doom breaks in and releases Namor.
     Betty is shot and killed in an ensuing brawl and Namor loses control to a furious rage.

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Tamara Rahn bondage torture scene!
     As Namor tries to take on three not so super-villains, Doom ends up smaking him on the head thus knocking him out.
    The doctor's intentions were good however, as it was not a fight Namor was going to win.
     Doom teleports them both to Latveria.  Here, he places Namor in a homemade brine concoction to help him regain his strength.
     When Namor climbs out, he is first action is to kick Doom's butt.  Alas, he realizes that Dr. Doom actually saved his life.
     Doom's overall goal is for both of them to conquer the earth.  Thumbs up to JIM SHOOTER as the next scene is really cool.
     Dr. Doom knows how much revenge can weigh on the heart and decides to come up with a plan that will avenge Betty Dean's death.
     They both go back to Hydrobase where Doom shows off his smarts.
     In his own ship he systematically begins to take out the defenses, creating a perfect diversion for Namor to save the captured people.
     Namor takes care of business while Dorcas, Tigershark and Attuma go to see what all the hubbub is about.

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     Doom had an awesome plan and Namor almost blows it for both of them.  Namor was given a powerful gun by Doom.  Subby uses it on the three villains and they all get frozen by the beam emitted.  Stupidly, the Sub-Mariner decides this is no way to win a fight and turns it off.  He then single handedly takes on all three men.
     Dr. Doom's power levels are depleted and he is forced to evacuate his ship.  Unable to fight an encroaching mob, he flees on foot.
     A funny thing happens as SARU-SAN, (Attuma's court jester) begins to taunt Victor Von Doom by call him the TERRIBLE TIN-POT.
     Meanwhile, the tide is turned against Namor as Tigershark lands a punishing blow.  

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     Because Namor was too selfish to follow a strategic plan, Doom finds himself underneath the heel of Kor-Konn.  Things look grim as Attuma's men are ready to deliver defeat.
     Doom finds two explosives and devises one more plan.  This one however is far more reckless.
     Thrusting the warheads together, DOOM creates a large explosion, killing all around him.  The only thing saving him is his fine set of armor.
     On the other side of the beach, Namor has been able to rebound and takes out Dr. Dorcas, Attuma and Tigershark.

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     Attuma is turned over to his captors and Dr. Doom has one final gesture.
     Although he came up with a clever nickname, Saru-San is dim witted.      
     Fearing for his life he begs Doom not to kill him.
     Like many men, Doom's ego is unable to let the little things go.  Being mocked is one of those "little things".  Doom tells Saru-San he will give him peace.  
     Saru-San is pleased by this.  Doom then asks Saru-San to show him how he defeated Attuma's men.
     Picking up two more warheads, Saru-San cluelessly taps them together.
     A huge explosion bursts forth leaving nothing but a smoking, charred spot where the jester once was.
     Doom's version of peace is much different than most men's.  
     I guess that's what you get for calling a SUPER-VILLAN a terrible tin-pot.
     Seeing this, Namor realizes the alliance he has formed is an uneasy one.
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     The issue is somewhat a forgettable one mostly because of Sub-Mariner.  His rogues gallery is not very entertaining.
     Dr. Doom's mind is however, making it a very enjoyable read.

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If it's one thing you learn at LaSalle, ... it's how to smile!
 
 
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     Comic mags like Marvel Spotlight, Adventure into Fear, and in this case, Marvel Premiere are some of my favorites of the 1970s.  Characters that could not hold their own series were able to get their own issues in such comics.
     Marvel Premiere #42 features one of the best Marvel heroines.  TIGRA!
     In many ways she is an updated version of the females from the 1950s JUNGLE COMICS.
     Greer Garson got her start in a comic called THE CAT.  That comic didn't do too well and she soon found herself transformed into a sexy cat-babe called Tigra.
     When her friend doesn't show to a meeting, Tigra patrols New Orleans in a skimpy tooth-clad bikini. (Sweet!)
     She's been on edge ever since the body of Dannemiller turned up.  Who's Dannemiller?  I don't know, ... lets keep reading!
     Tigra is now one of the CAT PEOPLE clan.  Her newly rendered feline instincts amp up her female intuition and she finds herself drawn to a street light.
     That's weird.  Nothing's there.
Bwa-bwa-bwhat??!!
     Her friend Dr. Joanne Tumolo appeared out of nowhere.  Tigra's hackles rise! 
     {ha-ckles: (n) - The erectile hairs on the back of an animal.}

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     Realizing that New Orleans is a town of "Jazz and Voodoo" she approaches cautiously.  And, for good reason.
     Something is amiss as Dr. Tumolo gives Greer a strange message.  "TABUR HAS THE RAY!"
     The scene the shifts to part 2 of our tale.  The previous night a car lurks while people party in the street as it is Mardi Gras.
     The driver of the car is that dead guy Tigra was talking about.  But, he's not dead!  ... yet.
     His full name is Dr. Richard Dannemiller.  He is making an important delivery.  Super stressed, thoughts race through his cat mind.  Yes, even though his human guise is permanent, his thoughts reveal that he too is one of the cat people.
     Not only does he reveal that the item he is delivering is super dangerous, but his thoughts also bring us an editor's note.  Woohoo!
     Following the asterisk lets us know that the cat people previously had another dangerous item back in GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1.
     

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     Dannemiller is almost to the spot where he can deliver the mysterious item to Dr. Tumolo.  (I bet it's THE RAY that she was talking about!  Either that, or some high quality Meow Mix.)
     Carrying a case, which contains ... the item, he is stalked by another cat person wearing a cape and leg warmers.
     The scene that follows is quite horrific. Though this came first it reminds me of a scene from the move GHOSTBUSTERS.
     Remember when Rick Moranis was being chased by Gozer's pet and he was pleading for help outside the restaurant and no one helped him?  It was like that.
     While people are partying, Dr. Dannemiller is clawed at mercilessly by his attacker.  The worst part is he pleads with the caped cat man, reminding him that cat people never ever kill each other.  I guess rules are made to be broken.
     Left to die alone, his package is never delivered.   HARSH!
     The rebel feline takes off with the case.

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Possessed by the demon Vinz Clortho
     "Gozer the Traveler.  He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms.  During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg!
     Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him:  that of a giant Slor!
     Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!"

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Were fans really clamoring for an 'Action Bombshell'?
     As part three of the tale begins we find ourselves back in the present.  
     Tigra returns to her cat lair and tells the rest of her cat clan about the events that transpired.  
     This reminds me of another movie!  Remember in Peewee's Big Adventure when he told those people in the bar that LARGE MARGE sent him and they all freaked out?  It is a lot like that.
     She tells them that she talked to the ghost of Dr. Tumolo and was told about "THE RAY".
     With jaws to the floor, the cat people are aghast!
     Faelar, a fellow cat person lets Tigra know that it is time she learns all there is to know of the cat people.
     Things get strange as we learn more about Tigra's power set.
     Aside from cat danger-senses, the speed of a cheetah, and being smokin' hot, cat people have one other trick.
     When danger is imminent to the whole group, a cat person can project the image of itself to a loved one.  
     However, there is a catch to this magnificent power.  If you do this, you DIE!
     While Greer Garson takes this information in, we get two more editor's notes from Jim Shooter.
     Tigra has multiple flashbacks of her existence.  First, she remembers how Dr. Tumolo gave her cat powers in The Cat #1.
     Next, we revisit Giant-Size Creatures #1 where a mortally wounded human Greer is transformed into Tigra as it was the only way to save her life.

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     Faelar assumes that it's Tabur who kidnapped Joanne Tumolo.
  ...wait ...  Who's Tabur?  We're about to find out!
     Tabur is a differnet type of cat person.  Besides having "chops" and an orange mustache we learn that he is from WUNDAGORE!
     When a huge war began, the 'fraidy cat ran and hid from all the action.
     THOR helped the HIGH EVOLUTIONARY end the madness started by MAN-BEAST.
     Man-Beast was banished to a parallel planet called COUNTER-EARTH with all of his animal men.
     Then, Wundagore was transported from earth leaving Tabur behind.
    Jim Shooter pipes in once again to let us know that these events transpired in THOR #134-135.
    Tabur freaks out and dedicates his new life to one of destruction, terror and mayhem!
     Faelar continues by telling Tigra that the cat people found him and did their best to take him in as one of their own.  Sadly, it did not work out.
     Faelar's tale is interrupted by a fellow cat man as something very bad is happening.

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     Looking at a video screen they see Mastodons, giant Tarpis, and prehistoric Bears (oh my!) stampeding the streets of New Orleans.
     This ain't no Mardi Gras parade!
     Astonished, Tigra feels this is a good time to learn about the ray.  She is told that not only was it a secret, but it was intended for her.  As a gift, the cat people made it to return Tigra to her human from.
     Though it's purpose is that of "electro-genetic patterning', Tabur has turned it in to one of "Evolutionary Reversal".
     Tigra basically tells Faelar that it was pointless as she has no plans on being human.  Tigra is here to stay, baby!
     As if things could not get worse, Tabur creates more horror.  Wielding the ray, Tabur begins to shoot humans with the beams it emits.
     Apparently it has a reverse switch that will cause things to devolve.  In this case, the humans turn in to Ape-men.
     Witnessing this catastrophe, the entire cat clan spring in to action hoping to save the humans that they have been afraid of for decades.

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      Tigra decides to take on Tabur by herslef.  Leaping towards him, he swiftly boots her to the ground.
     He then shoots a bunch of her cat brethren with the reversed ray turning them into cloak wearing saber tooth tigers.
     Tabur boasts they will tear her apart!
Knowing felines quite well, Tigra pets them.  She was right!  They love it!
     She commands them to attack and the tide of battle begins to quickly turn in her favor.
     With a more even battle she attempts to take on Tabur again.  She leaps atop the mastodon, knocking him off the dino-mammel.


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     Oh no!  Tabur recovers first!  He quickly picks up a car's transmission, ready to crush Tigra with it.
     Realizing how strong he actually is, she decides that she would rather fight a devolved saber tooth tiger version of him.
     She grabs the ray as tabur dropped it when he was toppled from the mastodon.
     Blasting him with it she is pleasantly surprised.  Tabur has been turned in to a tiny kitty.
     With Tabur out of the way, Faelar and his crew subdue and  ...  kill the rest of the beasts.
     With the cat people exposed to humanity, Tigra envisions a world of hope: Humans and cat people living in peace.


     This issue was a blast to read and even more fun to dissect and analyze....


Though Tigra refers to herself as Greer Garson, I can only assume this is an error.  Her name is supposed to be Greer Grant or Greer Grant-Nelson.
     The writers must have drifted off and accidently wrote the name of the famed movie actress instead.

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Back Cover to Marvel Premiere #42. As America lost 'The Baseball Bunch', so too did it lose it's innocence.