Author Archives: Matthew Colbert

Spidey and the Human Torch Team-Up for the Holidays

Marvel Team-Up #1: Featuring Spider-Man and the Human Torch, December 21, 1971

Synopsis of “Have Yourself a Sandman Little Christmas!”

It’s the holidays in New York City, and Peter Parker is covering the Polar Bear Swim for old Jolly Jonah and the Daily Bugle.  The event turns dangerous when Peter notices that Sandman (Flint Marco) has appeared on the beach. Peter quickly changes into Spider-Man in attempt to stop the villain.  Unsuccessful in his pursuit, Spidey decides to head to Baxter Building, home of the Fantastic Four, since Sandman has become more their villain than his in recent years.  Upon his arrival, the web slinger finds only that the Human Torch (Johnny Storm) is a present.  The pair agree to track down Sandman together and along the way stop some thieves from stealing Christmas presents from Misty Knight*.

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1st Issue: The Tomb of Dracula

Marvel’s Dracula

Real Name/Alias: Vlad Tepes Dracula, Count Dracula, Alucard, Frank Drake, Count Orlok

1st Appearance: The Tomb of Dracula #1, April 1972

Place of Origin: Schassberg, Transylvania, Kingdom of Wallachia

Profession: Ruler of Earth’s Vampires

Affiliations: Vampires, Legion of the Undying, Defenders

Partnerships: Maria (wife)

Created by: Gerry Conway and Gene Colan

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Fun Facts Fall 2022

It’s not hard to find interesting or useful facts when you crack open a book in the library.  Let’s see what fun facts Matt found when she browsed through the reference related materials.

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1st Appearance: Juggernaut

Juggernaut

Real Name/Alias: Cain Marko, Captain Universe, Kuurth: Breaker of Stone

1st Appearance: The X-Men #12, July 1965

Place of Origin: Berkeley, California

Profession: Mercenary

Affiliations: Brotherhood of Mutants, X-Men, Thunderbolts

Partnerships: Black Tom Cassidy

Created by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Abilities:

  • Superhuman strength, stamina, and durability
  • Invulnerability via mystical force field
  • Immunity to mental attacks via his helmet

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Business Ethics LibGuide

The bread and butter of this institution is business education and the multiple concepts, themes, and occupational preparedness courses it encompasses. One of the chief components of business education is understanding the ethical standards business professionals must adhere to.  To that end, the best place to find materials which explain and describe how to utilize these ethical standards is the LibGuide Business Ethics.

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1st Appearance: Valkyrie

Valkyrie

Real Name/Alias: Brunnhilde, Samantha Parrington, Barbara Norriss, Sian Bowen, Annabelle Riggs

1st Appearance: The Defenders #4, November 1972 (Appeared as a guise for Amora the Enchantress in The Avengers #83, December 1970)

Place of Origin: Wristead Arms

Profession: Leader of the Valkyrior, Chooser of the Slain, Shield-Maiden, Super Heroine

Affiliations: Defenders, the Valkyrior, Avengers, Secret Avengers

Partnerships: Sigmund, Amora the Enchantress, her steed Aragorn

Created by: Roy Thomas and John Buscema

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1st Appearance: Baron Mordo

Baron Mordo

Real Name/Alias: Baron Karl Amadeus Mordo

1st Appearance: Strange Tales #111, 1963

Place of Origin: Castle Mordo, Varf Mandra, Transylvania, Romania

Profession: Sorcerer

Affiliations: Servant of Dormammu, the Offenders, the Circle Sinister

Partnerships: None

Created by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Abilities:

  • Skilled martial artist
  • Extensive knowledge of magical lore
  • Astral projection
  • Teleportation
  • Hypnotism
  • Mesmerism
  • Thought and illusion casting
  • Force blast projection
  • Magical energy manipulation
  • Ability to conjure demons

Synopsis of First Appearance: “Face-to-Face with the Magic of Baron Mordo!”

Baron Mordo in his astral form makes his way to the home of the Ancient One deep in the mountains of Asia.  Once he arrives, he compels the servant of the Ancient One to put a poisonous drug in his master’s food.  Mordo hopes to obtain mystical secrets from the Ancient One by threatening him with the poison that will gradually kill him. Meanwhile, in New York City, Dr. Strange attempts to contact the Ancient One but is unable to.  Fearing something has befallen his master, Strange uses his astral form to check on the Ancient One.  Once Strange arrives, he and Mordo engage in battle. In order to save his master, Strange uses his amulet to transfer a fair amount of his energy to the Ancient One, which greatly weakens the future sorcerer supreme.  Now concerned about the safety of both himself and his master, Strange bluffs Mordo into thinking that he can keep the Baron from returning to his physical body.  Fear sets in, and Mordo flees in order to protect his physical body.  The servant he controlled is now in charge of his senses and Strange follows Mordo to make sure he knows his plot has failed.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Mordo

https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Karl_Mordo_(Earth-616)

https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Strange_Tales_Vol_1_111

Lee, S., & Ditko, S. (2018).  Doctor Strange Epic Collection: Master of the Mystic Arts.  Marvel Comics.