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Keep an Eye Out For Cap!

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In the latest Comic Shop News we were served a sneak peek at the upcoming issues of #699 and the legendary #700.  Both seem to guest star the Hulk!  The original green bruiser!  Even better?  It seems we’re in for a classic throw down between the Hulk and Thing!  Issue #700 can’t get here fast enough!

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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+

Fantastic Four #166 & 167 (1976) – The Review

Fantastic Four #166

In all of the Thing/Hulk fights over the years – this two issue Hulk appearance has to be one of my favorites.  So many things happen it’s just a fun read from beginning to end.  I’ll give a basic overview of the story – see, in these issues the government is after the Hulk – big shock – and the FF are trying to help – Reed may have a way to get rid of the Hulk for good.  But the Thing is all pissy from the beginning – he’s all down on himself being called a monster and all – and after the Hulk IS captured and even as Reed is curing him the army doesn’t live up to thier end the deal to release Banner.  The Thing takes this personally and breaks Banner free prematurely, which in turn makes the experiment fail and the Hulk returns – but this time free and teamed up with the Thing!

Fantastic Four #167

As the Thing turns on the army and his former team mates he helps the Hulk escape the base.  The head to St Louis and the FF catch up to them – trying to talk sense into Grimm, who is not feeling all that well and keeps getting dizzy – but Hulk keeps attacking – telling everyone to leave him and his new found friend alone!  It’s only after the Hulk is about to severly beat down Reed that the Thing finally jumps into action to help his superhero family.  But all the dizziness that Grimm had been feeling suddenly has a turn for the strange as he turns from the rocky hyde to his former human self! 

As he is turning, the Hulk lands a sweet puch knocking him off the St. Louis Arch way and into the FF’s waiting arms – where they give Grimm the good news – that he is no longer the Thing.  Grimm can only think of one thing – to get back to NY to tell Alicia (what a horn-dog!) and the Hulk just leaps away.  One of the best things about this two page epic is that it is drawn by a young Mr. George Perez!  I have actually seen one of the original pages at the Comic Con in Boston.  I was in talks about purchasing it – and still may – but ultimately, it’s pretty expensive.  Maybe if the seller knocks off about a grand I could consider it again.  But out of the early Hulk/Thing interactions – this had a lot more to it than two powerhouses brawling through the streets.  This 2 issue arc has been collected in the Fantastic Four Visionaries: George Perez – Volume 1.  Pick these up and check them out!  Grade: A-

George Perez Visionaries Volume 1

Fantastic Four: Nightmare in Green – The Review

Fantastic Four - Season 1

Fantastic Four - Season 1

I was able to catch this episode this morning – I was psyched because I heard about how good this was.  No worries, I did think it was good too – especially with how many cameo appearances there were.  But let’s get into what this episode was about. 

Hulk - handing Thing's ass to him

Hulk - handing Thing's ass to him

First off – Alicia and Thing are sitting in the park discussing the latest issue of Cat Fancy… wait, no that was me – sorry – they were talking about Reed creating a cure for Grimm and having a Dr. Banner coming in to help him.  Some purse nappers with impeccable timing steal Alicia’s purse.  As Thing catches up to them and the crooks begin to squeal like little girls it catches the attention of the Hulk and he leaps into action.  The Thing and the Hulk begin to battle – although… it’s more like the Hulk hands the Thing his rocky ass. (Note that the Hulk wears purple pants during the fight – but suddenly is wearing blue when he jumps away)  It only ends after Alicia comes and asks the Hulk to stop.  We also see that Doom has been watching the whole time and intrigued with the powerful Hulk and thinking about using him to destroy the FF.  We also see that Rick Jones is there with Banner as they try to discover a cure for the Hulk. 

Hulk's pants go from Purple to Blue - a few times in this episode

Hulk's pants go from Purple to Blue - a few times in this episode

All the reports say the Hulk beat the heck out of Thing sending the Thing fuming around the Baxter building.  As Thing and Johnny Storm banter about the fight, Grimm finds out that Reed has actually been working on a cure for HIM.  Reed is also very sick – and as Banner and Rick Jones shows up Reed faints.  Banner gets a contraption ready to help Reed get better – meanwhile he goes back to the hotel.  As Rick drops him off he and Johnny Storm take the air cycle out for a spin.  What follows is a pretty fun, cool set of cameos including the X-Men, Juggy and it was either Spiderman – or maybe even the Scarlet Spider – take a look for yourself:

Scarlet Spider anyone?

Scarlet Spider anyone?

Doom comes to Banner’s hotel room and kidnaps him.  He brings Banner to his lair and turns him into the Hulk where he tricks the Hulk into thinking that Doom is his only friend.  He also tells him that Rick Jones has turned against him and the only way to get him back is to destroy the rest of the FF.  This time as the Hulk leaps out of  Doom’s lair  his pants turn from blue to purple… the animators obviously needed a chart to keep the issue of the Hulks pants straight.

Doom - getting a little handsy with the Hulk

Doom - getting a little handsy with the Hulk

Reed gets worse as Grimm and Johnny drop Jones off.  But Hulk arrives and starts a fight.  The Hulk takes on thing and the Torch with ease – notice Hulk’s pants are BLUE again!  As Rick is ready to stop the fight Doom comes to knock Rick out.  Sue sees the report on TV and goes to join the fight.  Seeing that everyone has left Reed alone Doom goes to take care of business.  Sue gets to the fight to help Grimm – by turning him invisible.

How many times can the Hulk beat up the Thing without getting bored?

How many times can the Hulk beat up the Thing without getting bored?

The Thing finally gets the upper hand in the fight – until Sue is knocked out of the Fantastic Car.  At that moment Doom shows up to Reed’s room (how did he get in?) to kill him – by shooting him with a Gamma Ray Gun.  Rick is there to help Reed and they throw Doom’s Gamma Gun back at him causing an explosion and knocking him out the window. 

Sue to the rescue!

Sue to the rescue!

Meanwhile Sue’s force field is the only thing stopping the Hulk from beating the heck out of the Thing.  When she falls Alicia shows up to calm the Hulk down.  But Ben, exhausted, faints.  Everyone explains to the Hulk that Rick is still his friend and the Doom is the enemy – only in time for Doom to show up to congratulate Hulk on a job well done.  As he is about the land the killing blow on the FF the Hulk attacks Doom and – even though Doom tries to escape – Hulk brings his transport down in the ocean. 

Doom gets punched in the face - YES!

Doom gets punched in the face - YES!

They all think the Thing is dead – even Reed, the genius, – but they are wrong and the Thing gets up.  Reed is fine and the Hulk and Rick Jones leave – with no one the wiser…

Pretty good episode.  I picked up the DVD set with this episode on it – found it for a pretty good price.  With the coin – certainly this is one of the better FF cartoons that has been released.  Episode: B- Whole Set: B+

Marvel Masterworks – Hulk vs. Thing (2007)

Hulk vs. Thing

This diorama set is a great new addition to my collection, bought in New York by my friend Corry for me.  The white that you see is water – Hulk stepped in a puddle.  Hulk looks like he’s about to pummel the Thing – and the Thing’s just grabbing the Hulk’s hands – whining like, “Please, stop!  Don’t beat my punk ass!”  But Hulk will anyways – because he always does.  I think I went a bit overboard on this post.