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Marvel Day: Rookie Speedball Teams Up With Spidey and DD In “The Evolutionary War”

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Tom DeFalco, David Michelinie


Penciler(s)

Mark Bagley


Colorist(s)

Bob Sharen


Cover

Ron Frenz, John Romita


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

May 31, 1988

IN MAD SCIENCE

In Evolutionary War, the High Evolutionary has survived his latest suicide attempt. He renews his quest to perfect the human genetic pool and create a human race superior to the Beyonders.

After a series of failed attempts, the drug war in New York City emerges. In his latest attack, High Evolutionary wants to setup a machine that puts the city to sleep, to put his sinister plan in motion. It’s up to Spider-Man, Daredevil and the unlikely hero Speedball to stop him.

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HIGH EVOLUTIONARY VISITS THE ETERNALS TO MAP THE SURFER’S GENOME

In Silver Surfer Annual (1988) #1, the High Evolutionary visits the Eternals. Successfully, he persuades them to aid his cause to perfect the human genome. To this end, they agree to map the Silver Surfer‘s genome. However, the Surfer refuses and they let him be.

THE PURIFIERS ATTACK MUTANTS DEEMED A THREAT TO HUMAN GENETIC PURITY

In New Mutants Annual (1988) #4, the High Evolutionary’s Purifiers attack mutants deemed a threat to human genetic purity. When Magma is attacked, the New Mutants and the Hellfire Club storm the villain’s base in Wyoming.

 

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SPEEDBALL, DD AND SPIDEY STOP THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY’S DEVICE IN NEW YORK

In Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1988) #22, is the first appearance of Speedball in Marvel continuity. Named Robbie Baldwin, he overhears the High Evolutionary and his plan to put New York City to sleep with his device. With the help of Spider-Man and Daredevil, they stop the Purifiers and destroy the device atop the Empire State Building.

IN THE FINALE, AN AD-HOC AVENGERS TEAM VS THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY

In Avengers Annual (1988) #17, an Avengers reservist team of Jocasta, the Captain, Falcon, Hercules, Hulk, Beast and Yellowjacket must stop High Evolutionary’s genetic bomb. In one final battle, the Avengers hyper-evolve Hercules to match High Evolutionary with the villain’s equipment. Apparently, both combatants are destroyed.

 

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LINKS

Silver Surfer Annual Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
New Mutants Annual Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 22 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Annual Vol 1 17 in Marvel Database.

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