Team-Up #82-85 (1979)
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Letterer: Rick Parker
Spiderman crosses paths with the Black Widow who thinks herself to be someone
else; a normal school teacher. Vindictive S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, who finally relinquish
when Nick Fury himself shows up and shoots Widow and Spiderman, pursue her.
Later Spiderman awakens and realizes that Fury shot them with a tranquilizer.
He goes out in search of the Widow and finds her being held at S.H.I.E.L.D. Central.
Enter Nick Fury who explains that she has been brainwashed and holds vital
that may be linked to his agents' recent abnormal behavior.
Meanwhile, the Helicarrier
is taken over by Viper with a team that includes Silver Samurai. Together
with Shang-Chi Master of Kung-Fu, Spiderman, and Black Widow, Fury
sets out to reclaim the Helicarrier and prevent the death of President
Jimmy Carter and the entire U.S. Congress.
issues #82-83 & 85
by Val, Quartermain, and Sitwell
Widow recues the helicarrier a second
time in Marvel
where its her partner Ivan who has amnesia.
and involving story by master scribe Chris Claremont mixes Spidey into
a class-A espionage tale that is sure to please any S.H.I.E.L.D. fan. Although
the cast grows with each issue, there is plenty of story to go around
and no one is left robbed. The plot is eerily prophetic as Fury confronts
Viper in a quest to uncover something "wrong" with S.H.I.E.L.D. echoing the
future miniseries. Nonetheless the story holds itself a product of the
time as Nick Fury's dubious status as a hero is used to good effect at
the end of the first issue where he shoots Spiderman and Widow. Also
worth noting is the intense similarity between Black Widow's identity
crisis and the 90's film The Long Kiss Goodnight. Sitwell and
Val make small but welcome appearances, while Quartermain is shown to
have a low ESPer score as he's easily hypnotized, foreshadowing yet another
future plot twist. All in all much of the plot shown here would be recycled
in some way later, even the hijacking of the Helicarrier. A must have
for all Fury fans.