Original Art Stories: Alan Kupperberg's 'Chudda's Revenge', The Missing Marvel Team-Up
Even more difficult is finding the pages for a non-published story. The reasons for this are simple – if the story wasn’t published then more often than not the pages were ditched, or re-used for another story, or just not finished. I own all of the pages that exist for the Brian Postman Falcon story, but not all of the pages that were intended, as Brian only drew a handful of pages from the script provided. However I recently had the chance to get my hands on a complete story – and it’s a ripper!
Alan Kupperberg was busy at Marvel drawing any number of titles, from Spider-Man through to Transformers through to the Avengers through to the Defenders and much more. Two of the titles that he probably did more work for were Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-In-One. The first title featured Spider-Man teaming up with any number of Marvel heroes, usually for a one-off story, and the latter featured the Thing doing the same. Some of Alan’s best work was done for these titles, including my all time favourite Marvel Two-In-One story, issue #75’s The Thing and The Avengers, which I can clearly remember buying from the newsagent when it was on sale. I loved it then and still love it now and am very happy to own a smattering of pages from that story.
During a conversation a few years back Alan mentioned how he was finishing up a cover that he started quite a number of years ago, the cover being to an unpublished Marvel Team-Up issue. Once the cover was finished I was keen to work out a deal, but Alan sent it over as a gift, something that both delighted and stunned me and still does. I resolved there and then that if any of the pages to that story ever turned up then I’d grab them. All of the pages eventually did turn up, so I got them.
“I did that Spider-Man/Thor story on spec for MARVEL at a time when I didn't have any paying work in the pipeline,” said Alan. “I took a one off story and villain from The Mighty Thor and just started drawing. I thought it came out fairly well in comparison with what I was doing back then. I believe Jim Salicrup or perhaps Roger Stern edited Marvel Team-Up.
“The story's rejection didn't hurt my feelings very much though. Marvel hadn't solicited it; I had shouldered the enterprise of my own volition. Though the story wasn't published, I was paid in full for the art and script in August of 1979. The very next month I wrote and drew Marvel Team-Up #96 with Spidey and Howard The Duck. I was surprised at the stuff I was WRITING at the time, like Spidey Super Stories.
“When you think of it, I could have submitted a two-page plot synopsis instead of full penciling a 17 - twenty page story.”
So, finally, here it is, in all its pencilled glory! Titled “Chudda’s Revenge”, this unpunished Marvel Team-Up story was written and pencilled by Alan Kupperberg nearly thirty years ago! Enjoy!