Marvel Two-In-One

Marvel Two-In-One, Vol. 1 #20

Showdown at Sea

Rel: Jul 06, 1976 - Pub: Oct 1976
Action, Adventure, Super-Heroes
Bronze Age | Color | USA | English
Comic | 32 pages | $0.30

Story continued from Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1...

1942: With a giant Nazi ship in the shape of a Swastika strikes at buildings in New York City, the Thing strikes out at the ship to prevent it from wrecking the city. Climbing on top he is shocked to find that it is piloted by one being, a disembodied brain calling of a Nazi scientist calling himself Brain Drain. Hypnotizing Ben, he forces the hero to explain that he has travelled back into the past to prevent the Nazi's from taking advantage of a chunk of Vibranium that was accidentally sent back in time. With Ben's tale explained, Brain Drain is shocked to find that Ben has shaken off the effects of his hypnosis. The Thing then tries to trash the ship, forcing Brain Drain to stop his attack and return to the Nazi's hidden ship off the coast of upstate New York.

Ben is about to finish his handiwork when he is suddenly surrounded by Nazi operatives Skyshark, Master Man, and U-Man who gang up and easily over power the hero, or so it seems. Waiting for their guard to lower when Brain Drain identifies that Ben is really wearing an exo-skeleton that might give the Nazi's more secret Ben reveals that he was only playing possum and attacks. However, Ben's efforts are ineffective and he is easily over powered again. Before the Nazi's can kill him the Liberty Legion arrives and attacks the super-villains. As Jack Frost, Red Raven, Patriot, Thinman and Blue Diamond dispatches U-Man; Red Raven, Whizzer and Miss Marvel deal with U-Man. When Ben attempts to smash Brain Drain, the villain launches himself on a rocket escaping the fight.

Also escaping is Skyshark who manages to secure his escape by ejecting Slicer out of his Stukka and leaves him to be captures by the Liberty Legion. Recovering the other half of the Vibranium cylinder, the Thing notices that the Watcher has appeared again signalling that his mission is over. Returning to New York City with the Liberty Legion, Ben bids them farewell and returns to his own time in his time machine.

Arriving in the present just as the Fantastic Four burst through the doors he forced closed on them, Reed wants to know how Ben recovered the missing half of the cylinder. Exhausted after his ordeal, Ben walks away telling them he'll relate the story another time because all he wants to do is see if Alicia is still awake.


Creators View all

Writer Roy Thomas
Penciller Sal Buscema
Inker Sam Grainger
Colorist Petra Goldberg-Scotese
Letterer John Costanza
Cover Artist Jack Kirby
Editor Roy Thomas
Editor in Chief Archie Goodwin

Characters View all

Thin Man (Bruce Dickson)
Miss America (Madeline Joyce-Frank)
Master Man (Wilhelm Lohmer)
Brain Drain (Werner Schmidt)
Red Raven
Watcher (Uatu)
Blue Diamond (Elton T. Morrow)
U-Man (Meranno)
Jack Frost (Marvel)
Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards)
Patriot (Jeffrey Mace)
Invisible Girl (Susan Storm-Richards)
Human Torch (Jonathan Spencer Lowell 'Johnny' Storm)
Thing (Benjamin Jacob Grimm)
Whizzer (Robert 'Bob' Frank)
SkyShark (Elias Schleigal)
Slicer (Tochigi Mamoru)