For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by the meeting of opposites.
Although Marvel Team-Up was essentially a Spider-Man title, fellow hotshot The Human Torch "guest hosted" in a number of issues...one of which was the memorable Marvel Team-Up #23. As you can see from the dynamic cover (click for a larger view), the Torch was bringing the heat against his chilly counterpart the Iceman, a teenage member of the original X-Men.
As these intramural Marvel conflicts usually went, a misunderstanding lead to a full-fledged battle, as gloriously choreographed by artist Gil Kane...
(click on the pages for a larger view)
The Torch then jumped into "summary flashback" mode, passing on an account of a mysteriously icy bank robber that Spider-Man had told him about earlier. We now resume the clash of the temperature titans...
Question: What's cooler than a fire lasso? Answer: Ice scissors!
A few panels later, the X-Men showed up and stopped the battle...which lead to a reluctant team-up between Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake. Patrolling the area, they finally located Equinox the Thermo-Dynamic Man (sort of a composite, making it a triple (or would that be quadruple?) Fire vs. Ice extravaganza.
Does it compare to today's standards of more subtle and sophisticated comic book storytelling? Some would say "no" and dismiss it as a simplistic slugfest with hokey dialogue. Me? I'm an unapologetic fan of these so-called "old school" stories, especially when it features such a cataclysmic clash of opposites!
In other words, another clip for The Hightlight Reel!