Marvel Two-in-One #7: Name that Doom!
Writer: Steve Gerber
Artist: Sal Buscema
Inker: Mike Esposito
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Colorist: Bill Mantlo
Editor: Roy Thomas
The Guest Star:
the Enchantress; the Executioner
The Set Up:
Arthur Denton, homeless drunk, wakes up on a New York City park bench just as he's yanked off the bench and into the air by Valkyrie on her winged horse, Aragorn. Arthur Denton recognizes her, and as the two vanish (well, three, counting the horse) in a burst of light, we cut to Ben and Dr. Strange...
The two are at Doc's, and are searching for Val in the Crystal of Agamotto, with which they observe her sleeping in Vermont. We quickly recap last issue, and a little of Val's history (which is a mystery at this point- she was presumably created full grown by the Enchantress), and Ben heads for Vermont to locate Val while Doc stays in New York to research the drunkard.
Ben, on his way to Vermont, stops at a gas station to get a map. The gas station attendant turns out to be the Executioner, and while they exchange blows the Enchantress zaps Ben from behind. The Enchantress is unable to kill Ben, and surmises that he plays some vital role in the destiny of Alvin Denton (the bum Val swooped off with). We learn that both appearances of Val to date in MTIO (taking the harmonica last ish, and kidnapping Alvin Denton this issue) were actually the disguised Enchantress. She's after the harmonica, but it is in some way tied to Alvin, so she can't steal until its done with him. So, she sets both Ben and Alvin loose, and steps away to watch and wait. Doc promptly shows up astrally, and Ben and Alvin head back for NYC. Well, Alvin wants to go to Vermont first, and they do, after being cautioned by Doc, and once there they quickly sight Val, in her civilian identity. The old man recognizes her, to Val's intense confusion, and before anything can be explained, the Enchantress and the Executioner make their moves...
Pg 31, Panel 5. After saving the world, Ben sees the Executioner about to overpower the Valkyrie. "An' strong as she is, Val can't hold 'im off much longer. Which means... It's Clobberin' Time!"
No Petunia again this issue. :(
The Thing, Dr. Strange, Valkyrie, Alvin Denton, and "Celestia" all last appeared in MTIO #6 and continue directly from this story into Defenders #20. The villains of this issue, the Enchantress and Executioner, last appeared in Defenders #4 and also continue directly from here into Defenders #20.
Also seen in this issue are a Fantasticar, and Dr. Strange's Bleeker Street home.
Things of Interest:
This story continues, loosely, in Defenders 20, though unlike the earlier Daredevil team-up (issue 3) you aren't left hanging at the end of this story...
The letters page includes Marvel Value Stamp #45: Mantis! (Mantis only appears in MTIO in the value stamps, sigh- she would have been a great guest star for Ben.)