Daily Archives: May 24, 2010

Giant Size Super-Stars featuring Fantastic Four #1 (1974)- The Review

My Nice and Reader copy of GSSS#1

This is the all time favorite Hulk vs. Thing match up.  Throughout the years, this is still one of the hottest comics featuring this match up – and if you can get your hands on a sweet copy, do it!  I was lucky enough to find a nice copy AND a sweet reader copy – and this is what I chose to read waiting to get into Boston Comic Con this year.

Hulk and Thing - no couple in history needed more counseling than these 2!

This issue starts with Bruce Banner looking for Reed Richards – who is supposed to have a cure for him!  But when he arrives at the Baxter Building it is only the Thing who is home.  Hearing that Reed has perfected a cure for the two man-monsters Thing has Banner hook the machine up and try it out on them.  Banner, ready and willing to get his cure, and almost as smart as Reed, figures out the machine and straps Ben in.  But the Hulk decides to take a part in the experiment and begins to destroy the machine in a fit of rage.  This makes the machine go haywire and the most remarkable thing happens…

Thundra joins the party!

The machine explodes and when the smoke clears we see the Hulk – but the Hulk doesn’t sound like himself – in fact, he sounds a lot like Thing – and for good reason!  The Hulk and Thing’s minds have been switched!  This may have been the only time that Thing could have taken Hulk, but such is not the case!  Thing/Hulk comes charging out and attacks Hulk/Thing and sends him flying!  Down on the street, the public see the explosion and head for the hills – but there is a person in the crowd heading toward the disaster… a beautiful powerhouse named Thundra! 

Thundra’s soft spot for Thing has her going to his aide – only, it’s the Thing/Hulk – and she is greeted with a powerful punch!  Meanwhile, Hulk/Thing and Thing/Hulk really go at it.  One of the best and most brutal fights between the heroes ever!  Sure enough, the FF (minus Sue Storm – who was missing at that point- but replaced by Medusa) finally arrive and see that Grimm is in trouble!  They follow the brawl as it goes into a boxing arena and watch as the Thing/Hulk is really giving Hulk/Thing a run for his money!  Suddenly, Reed knows what to do!  He grabs some tranquilizer and injects Hulk/Thing.  Ben shouts out – saying that Reed has made a huge mistake!

One of the best Hulk/Thing issues EVER!

But as Hulk/Thing is knocked out he transforms into – not Grimm – but Bruce Banner!  And even better, the Thing suddenly has his mind back!  But now Thundra comes out of nowhere to exact revenge on Grimm – who she thinks has hit her, not one, but TWICE!  The Thing wants to reciprocate – but Reed tells him to just let it go.  The story concludes with Thing claiming that it was just not worth getting out of bed some days…

A classic tale drawn by a master, Rich Buckler.  It’s a tale that has a twist, written to perfection, and a whole lot of fun.  I love everything about this issue!  A+

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