Marvel Team-Up Annual 5|
Breakdowns: Mark Gruenwald
Art and Inks: Jim Mooney
What are these doing here, you ask? Well, first, I consider this annual to be an honorary MTIO issue, as it very definately feels like one (this is one of the very few non-MTIO issues which I've covered on this website). Second, page 16 includes the Serpent Squad, some of my favorite villains out of MTIO (the bottom half of that page recaps MTIO 64-66). Third, the art breakdowns are by Mark Gruenwald, who was responsible for the very best of MTIO as a writer in partnership with Ralph Macchio. Mark's probably the comics creator whose work I most enjoy, and its an honor for me to own some of the very rare stuff that he actually was involved in the drawing of himself, though Jim Mooney probably deserves a good portion of the credit for the final product.
I bought page 16 for those three reasons, and when I saw 14 come up (on EBay, direct from Jim Mooney himself), I couldn't resist buying that as well since 14, 15, and 16 jointly form a very nice three-part history of the Serpent Crown, as seen here. Also note the appearances of Conan the Barbarian and Kull the Conqueror in panels 8 and 3 respectively on page 14- rarities by themselves in a Marvel universe comic, even rarer together! Unfortunately, I don't have page 15- it is scanned here from the comic book. Now that I have pages 14 and 16, I know I'll never see 15, but if I hadn't bought page 14, I know 15 would have turned up the following week...
Years later I noticee that these two pages are the only ones I own that I didn't note the dates of purchase on. No way to be precise at this point, but both were fairly early for me, almost certainly one in 2003 and one in 2004.
As an aside, these are numbered 14, 15, 16 in the art itself, but are numbered 18, 19, 20 in the upper left- that's the page count including advertisement pages.