MADRIPOOR TOURISM BOOST
Instigator: Prince Baran, Tyger Tiger
Purpose: To boost Madripoor’s tourism trade
Allies: Avengers (Black Panther (T’Challa), Black Widow (Natalia Romanova), She-Hulk (Jen Walters), Thor Odinson, Tigra (Greer Nelson), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)), Betty Banner, Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Cage (Carl Lucas), Clea, Cloak (Tyrone Johnson), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Dagger (Tandy Bowen), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Doc Samson (Leonard Samson), Generation X (Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Chamber (Jono Starsmore), Husk (Paige Guthrie), Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), M (Claudette & Yvette St. Croix), Mondo (cloned construct), Penance (Monet St. Croix), Skin (Angelo Espinosa), Synch (Ev Thomas)), Hector (of the Pantheon), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Marlo Jones, Rick Jones, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Elektra Natchios, New Warriors (Firestar (Angel Jones), Hindsight Lad (Carlton LaFroyge), Justice (Vance Astrovik), Kymaera (Namorita Prentiss), Powerpax (Alex Power, see comments), Speedball (Robbie Baldwin), Turbo (Mickey Musashi)), Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Roxanne, Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Silver Sable (Silver Sablinova), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Tony Stark, Dr. Stephen Strange, Typhoid Mary, Venom (Eddie Brock), Mary Jane Watson, X-Men (Lucas Bishop, Cyclops (Scott Summers), Iceman (Bobby Drake), Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers), Psylocke (Betsy Braddock), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Wolverine (Logan/James Howlett))
Opposition: Enchantress, Nightmare (neither directly bothered the heroes but were there for their own ends)
First Appearance: Marvel Swimsuit Special#4 (1995)
(Marvel Swimsuit Special#4 (fb) – BTS) – Hoping to boost Madripoor’s tourism trade, Prince Baran invited numerous superheroes (and some less heroic types) to Madripoor.
(Marvel Swimsuit Special#4) – Despite having reservations that the abundance of heroes would impede potential "business," Tyger Tiger nonetheless decided to let the heroes remain after some coercing by Wolverine. During the heroes' stay there, She-Hulk aided Madripoor in retrieving archaeological treasures from the deep while Rick Jones caught up on his manga comic collection and Venom took in a bit of fishing. Despite the Enchantress' attempt to charm an entire local beach and Nightmare's localized dream warp, many of the heroes continued to enjoy themselves. Dr. Strange managed to fit in some sun while Cyclops and Phoenix enjoyed some private time together. Tigra playfully stalked the Black Panther while Elektra enjoyed the bathhouses and Typhoid Mary impeded Daredevil's flying disc practice. As Colossus took in some surfing, the New Warriors played a game of "Speedball," in which they punched a ricocheting Speedball back and forth over a web-net created by the Scarlet Spider. The Hulk enjoyed time with his wife Betty while Northstar shared some time with the Pantheon’s Hector. Despite all of the fun and festivities, Doc Samson managed to get in a bit of psychoanalysis of some of the local women. As the festivities came to a close, Tyger Tiger thought to herself that it really wasn't so bad to have heroes in Madripoor and she looked forward to receiving that kind of attention from Wolverine sometime in the future.
Comments: Created by Paula Faye, Rob Tokar and a slew of artists (see below & in Appearances section).
Like the previous Marvel Swimsuit Specials, Marvel Swimsuit Special#4 was treated as if it were a magazine within the Marvel Universe (complete with fake ads), meaning that the creative team that worked on it had Earth-616 counterparts. The creative team included: Douglas T. Wheatley, Ariane Lenshoek-Pinheiro, Paul Mounts, Salvador Larroca, Sergio Melia, Tom Smith, Jan Duursema, Angel Medina, Val Semeiks, Terry Austin, Carlos Pacheco, Cam Smith, Art Thibert, Lou Harrison, Joe Bennett, Mike Witherby, Sean Tiffany, James Fry, Harry Candelario, Joe Phillips, John Dell, Ian Laughlin, Chris Wozniak, Ralph Cabrera, Adam Hughes, Gary Frank, Christopher Hawkes, Bret Blevins, P. Craig Russell, Greg Hildebrandt, Tim Hildebrandt, Joe Jusko, Tom Mandrake, Pat Broderick, Mike Deodato, Scott McDaniel, Rick Leonardi, Darick Robertson, Roger Cruz, Dante Bastianoni, Jeff Johnson, Dan Panosian, David Williams, Jasen Rodriguez, John Cebollero, Scott Benefiel, Joe Quesada, Tom Palmer, Joyce Chin, Steve Moncuse, Stan Lee, Bobbie Chase, John Romita, Sr., Darren Auck, Virginia Romita, Gene Durante, Alison Gil, Linda Gilmore, Chris Cooper, Dawn Geiger, Cindy Emmert, Kevin Tinsley, Paula Foye, Rob Tokar, Jack Abel, Flo Steinberg, Robbie Carosella, Jesus Gonzalez, Jim Hoston, Terry Stewart, Gerard Calabrese, Paul E. Shapiro, Robert L. Losey, Jim Sokolowski and Matt Ragone.
Captain America has a page in the Marvel Swimsuit Special#4, but the image is actually a photograph from 1943 showing Pvt. Steve Rogers posing on the Madripoor beach with a dancing native.
In the New Warriors group shot, there was a character with blond hair & a strange logo on his shorts. The only blonde guys on the New Warriors I knew were Scarlet Spider and Powerpax. The logo on the shorts did not look even remotely like a spider. It looked closest to a miscolored Power Pack costume logo, hence I chose to identify the character as Powerpax.
The X-Men’s Gambit and Rogue were pictured on the issue's cover but are not seen within the issue.
Profile by Proto-Man.
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Marvel Swimsuit Special#4, p2-3, splash page (Wolverine waiting on Tyger Tiger, main image)
Marvel Swimsuit Special#4, p12-13, splash page (Generation X enjoying Madripoor)
Marvel Swimsuit Special#4 (1995) – Paula Foye, Rob Tokar (writers), Douglas T. Wheatley, Salvador Larroca, Jan Duursema, Angel Medina, Val Semeiks, Carlos Pacheco, Art Thibert, Lou Harrison, Joe Bennett, James Fry, Joe Phillips, Chris Wozniak, Adam Hughes, Gary Frank, Christopher Hawkes, Bret Blevins, P. Craig Russell, Greg Hildebrandt, Tim Hildebrandt, Joe Jusko, Tom Mandrake, Pat Broderick, Mike Deodato, Scott McDaniel, Rick Leonardi, Darick Robertson, Roger Cruz, Dante Bastianoni, Jeff Johnson, David Williams, Dan Panosian, Scott Benefiel, Joe Quesada, Joyce Chin (pencils), Ariane Lenshoek-Pinheiro, Sergio Melia, Jan Duursema, Angel Medina, Terry Austin, Cam Smith, Art Thibert, Mike Witherby, Harry Candelario, John Dell, Ralph Cabrera, Adam Hughes, Bret Blevins, P. Craig Russell, Tom Mandrake, Pat Broderick, Mike Deodato, Chris Wozniak, Joe Bennett, Scott McDaniel, Dan Panosian, Jasen Rodriguez, Tom Palmer, Steve Moncuse (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
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