FW Team-Up: The Thing and Ghost Rider

Siskoid and Ryan Daly's coverage of Marvel Two-in-One brings them to issue #8 (March 1974) just in time for the Holidays! That's right, it's the infamous issue where the blue-eyed Thing and the demonic Ghost Rider visit the Baby Jesus in his manger. Or something kind of like that. Marvel in the 70s... what were they ON?! Season's greetings and Ben Grimm beatings, everyone!

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16 responses to “FW Team-Up: The Thing and Ghost Rider

  1. Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider?

    Okay, Ryan, now we have a project to bring to fruition!

    I think it writes itself. I can even recommend a few ghost towns. Including the one I grew up near.

    Ranger Gord
    Host of Prairie Justice: The Greg Sanders Vigilante Podcast

  2. Enjoyed the show – I’m always up for a good discussion of the awesomely bonkers story in M2in1 #8.
    I think, however, that you guys made a bit too much of Gerber trying to insert Jesus into stories as a practice. I don’t think that was a necessarily a recurring theme with him; Wundarr was originally meant to be a sort of send-up of Superman and it was only under two different writers, Gruenwald and Macchio, that he became the more Jesus-like Aquarian. And Ryan correctly noted later that it was in fact Tony Isabella who pushed the idea of “A Friend” as Jesus in the pages of Ghost Rider’s solo book.

  3. Not much to say other than I’m still enjoying this, guys–and this story is charmingly weird. I think it’s the second time the network has covered it, but it’s worth the second look.

      1. Then I just don’t know. I also thought, “Maybe it was a blog!”. And of course you covered it on your Blog of Geekery — a fine rabbit hole I occasionally get lost down — but I don’t think that was it. I think I saw color scans. Hmmph. I deem this a mystery not worth pursuing.

  4. I loved this episode. Of course Sal Buscema art gets you in the door but wow what a wild story. Fantastic job covering this wacky comic Siskoid and Ryan.
    Hmm, Ryan was a contrarian of a D&D player, never would have see that coming 😉
    Siskoid taking on the D&D bully in college, everyone saw that coming.
    Keep the good hearted fun coming, both of you. Thanks for all the laughs.

  5. Another wonder full episode. Here’s my idea for a Gosht rider team up . How Gosht rider teams up with the Gosht hero Mr. justice from MLJ COMICS.
    Here’s the story : when mr. Justice is hit with a spell from a dark mage he gets sent to alternate time line where he meets then fights Gosht rider and then they team up as the Gosht force . For a two part adventure where in part two we bring in the fly and the hangman and help me justice to return to there world . I don’t know who the main villain would be .

  6. Thanks for a fun festive feast of team-up tomfoolery. What a nutty tale.

    I wouldn’t say Ghost Rider ‘languished for a year’ before his first title was cancelled. That Roger Stern, Bob Budiansky, Dave Simons
    run was the best thing

    I loved Johnny storm in red, the contrast with the rest of the FF was sharp.

    It had never struck me until you were talking about Johnny Blaze’s origin, but Blue Devil and Ghost Rider have similar starts – entertainers whose demonic persona becomes real.

  7. This was a fun episode to listen to about such a bonkers comic that feels like a quintessential 1970s Marvel comic. I forgot how many horror characters Marvel introduced back then, and I was surprised to see how much control Blaze had when he was Ghost Rider. I was used to the Spirit of Vengeance being in control.

    I’m not sure if it was mentioned in the publication history, and it probably doesn’t count since it technically was not Ghoat Rider, but I remember a Spider-Man comic where he encounters the demon that possessed Blaze. I want to say Mephisto was involved, but this is off the top of my head.

    I’m so glad you brought up the open where Ghost Rider bails on checking out the nativity scene. It was a laugh out loud moment for me because his excuse was basically that they move too slow for him.

    I loved hearing your D&D story. It reminded me of a few situations when I played a not so brave and chivalrous character and I messed up a lot of my DM’s plans by playing to the character and avoiding dangerous situations. Sometimes by closing a door and running away.

    Lastly, I love the inclusion of a song to associate with the book. It’s weird and seems like it shouldn’t make sense, just like a lot of Marvel two-in-one issues.

    1. If you enjoy role-playing stories and since you devour podcasts like nobody’s business, I hope you’ll follow our voices over to Let’s Roll, Fire and Water’s RPG Podcast.

      1. I’ll have to put it on my list. I haven’t done any RPG in years, so it was like being reintroduced to a language I used to speak.

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