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2. Incredible Hulk vs. Wendigo vs. Wolverine by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe Incredible Hulk #180-181 (October thru November 1974)
If you want to go for greatest individual rumble in comicdom, you could do worse than a single battle that spanned the better part of two issues and involved three separate powerhouses, each fighting for their own side. There's a story here -- at least enough of one that it gets me shedding a tear by the close upon each re-read -- but the savage battle that dominates these issues happens almost without reason; it exists in and of itself. Hulk sees Wendigo, Hulk doesn't like Wendigo. Boom. Wolverine is sent in to stop Hulk. Boom. It's super powered MMA at its finest, with trees getting ripped out of the ground and split, entire sections of Earth getting flung, and a savage new hero that Wein hadn't quite figured out yet savagely eviscerating an immortal being who (by all rights) should have died several times over.
Sure, later writers and artists found ways to make battles between Wolverine and the Hulk more intense and more thrilling, but there's no replacing the classic original, displaying a level of gleeful violence for violence's sake that, frankly, I don't think anyone had tried in a comics-code approved book prior to this.
Plus, I've always loved Wein's man-child approach to The Hulk best.
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2019 23:34:01 GMT -5 by shaxper
Post by Icctrombone on Jun 28, 2019 6:29:16 GMT -5
2. Galactus vs. Everybody Fantastic Four # 242-244 John Byrne
I read a complaint about the first attack by Galactus on earth that the other heroes all should have been there to help the Fantastic Four. Where were the Avengers, Spider-Man , Dr. Strange, etc? Well, this story arc answers those questions when Galactus arrives on earth at a severely starved state and proceeds to do what he does to survive. Terrax the Tamer arrives on earth first and damages most of Manhatten in an attempt to force the FF to help him repel Galactus , but what happens is that the big G is pissed and proceeds to take back the cosmic power from his traitorous herald. In short order Galactus binds the FF and proceeds to assemble his converting equipment when Thor and the Avengers arrive. In concert with the FF and Dr. Strange ( who delivers the key blow) they defeat a drained and noticibly smaller World Devouerer. It’s a Fanfest seeing them all in a tight well drawn story. This is before the days of 12 issue mini series dominating events and making your wallet smaller. I cherished those days, and I cherish this 3 issue arc. Byrne at the peek of his powers and his best FF tale IMHO.
by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum X-Men #100 , May 18 1976
Have the New X-Men been betrayed by Professor X (yet again?) and forced into fighting the original team? It’s a fatal face off as Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel, Havoc and Polaris confront Storm, Wolverine, Colossus, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Banshee as Xavier screams from his wheelchair for his X-Men to kill the imposters. All of this occurring in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s space station where the New X-Men had been taken to and held captive by Stephen Lang’s newest generation of mutant hunting Sentinels. The New crew are at a distinct disadvantage and holding back against their fellow/former team mates as they must be under mind control somehow.
Dave Cockrum delivers the artistic goods as we are treated to the dexterous match up of Beast and Nightcrawler bouncing off the walls and everyone. Cyclops blasts Nightcrawler. Wolverine attempting to turn Iceman into so many ice cubes before Angel tosses Wolvie into Colossus and Colossus returns the favor with tossing Wolvie right back at him in the good ole’ Fastball Special which provides Havoc an open shot at Colossus. Ironclad Rasputin takes it in stride while striking back with a steel beam knocking Havoc across the room. Marvel Girl and Polaris pin Storm under debris as Banshee comes screaming in for the rescue.
During the entire struggle the New X-Men keep trying to talk sense into their friends of the original team to no avail. Wolverine finally confronts Professor X, calling him out and suddenly Xavier rises up from his wheel chair to stand and punch Wolvie. While down (but not out) Marvel Girl mentally attacks Wolverine and he can’t think for the pain burning through his mind and with only his “instincts” left to guide and push him forward the man with adamantium bones goes feral while saying he is like an animal and doesn’t know from face, he knows from scents, voices and feelings and that he recognizes now that Marvel Girl is NOT Jean Grey as he strikes with his claws and disembowels her.
Everyone is in shock as Banshee asks the Bloody Homicidal Maniac if he knows what he has done and Lang shifts camera shots for a full screen pull back revealing Wolvie standing over Marvel Girl with mechanical guts spewed forth as he says he has met the enemy and they Ain’t us! The real Cyclops and Marvel Girl break free from their test tube imprisonment as the New-X-Men, who are no longer holding back against their “supposed” friends blast away destroying these robots in minutes. All rush off the space station in a space shuttle as a solar flare erupting envelopes them in the final panels cliff hanger ending…which of course leads to a whole different story!
But daaaaaaaang, what a celebratory 100th issue anniversary! And a splendid friends versus friends fight of original versus new. A fight that of course every fan would want to see and read at some point, and it’s delivered in fast and furiously entertaining style! This was a breath taking stunning issue fresh off the stands for me and from here on the New X-Men only keeps getting better.
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!
2. Spider-Man vs Juggernaut (Amazing Spider-Man #230, 1982, Roger Stern/John Romita, Jr./Jim Mooney)
Juggernaut has been hired to abduct the precognitive Madame Web but finds he can’t move her without killing her, so he trudges off. Spider-Man uses all sorts of tricks to try to bring Juggy down, all to no avail. The best Spider-Man can do is cover Juggernaut's eye-holes while taking a severe pounding. But plucky Spidey won’t give up, and a victory of sorts comes from an unexpected quarter.
Juggernaut sinks to the bottom of a newly poured foundation, and it’s a good long time before he gets free.
Also, I'm not going to be available to post my #1 pick tomorrow, so I'm putting it in this thread.
1. Electra vs Bullseye (Daredevil #181, 1982)
Writer/artist Frank Miller struck gold in the early 80s, moving Daredevil away from gimmicky super-foes and into a combination of wuxia and noir. Miller became a master of wordless, balletic fight sequences, and any one of them could have been featured here. I already featured Daredevil in one of my previous selections, so this time I’ll choose his romantic interest, the assassin Elektra getting the wrong end of the stick—or rather, her own sai—from Bullseye, who proves as deadly with melee weapons as with the ranged attacks that give him his name.
Post by Crimebuster on Jun 28, 2019 9:01:03 GMT -5
2. Hawkeye vs. the Collector Avengers #174
In the middle of the Korvac Saga, with the Avengers just waking up to realize they are facing a threat that could alter or destroy reality itself, members of the team start mysteriously vanishing without warning, fading into thin air right before our very eyes. With just a few Avengers left standing, the remaining members of the team finally figure out that their members are being abducted by The Collector. They find his spaceship and launch an attack to rescue their teammates, with the fate of the universe at stake. Fail, and Korvac will have free reign.
But The Collector is ready for them. Thi sis what he does, after all. One by one he captures or neutralizes every member of the team, until there's just one left standing: Hawkeye, who The Collector calls the weakest Avenger of them all.
And then Clint has to take down one of the Elders of the Universe by himself, or else reality itself falls. No pressure!!
In the end, Hawkeye manages to outwit the Collector and defeats him. The Avengers are released, and they learn the truth behind Korvac, allowing them to ultimately defeat him (sort of) in #177.
Hawkeye is one of my favorite characters, thanks in large part to moments like this — where just a regular guy with no powers at all goes toe to toe with the most cosmically powerful beings in the universe, all on shear chutzpah and force of will.
2. SPIDER-MAN VS. KRAVEN THE HUNTER The Amazing Spider-Man #34 - "The Thrill of the Hunt"
Written by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee Art by Steve Ditko
This one's pretty simple. Kraven the Hunter lures Spider-Man into a building. A bunch of generic New York crooks follow Spider-Man into the building because this is their chance to get this web-spinning scourge of the NYC underworld. And they all fight for pages and pages!
There at the end of his Spider-Man run, Ditko was getting credit for plotting the stories and producing some of the best stories of the run. Spider-Man #31 to #33 contains the iconic "The Final Chapter" where Spider-Man lifts the imposing pile of machinery and debris off his back and saves himself from drowning, then defeats Doctor Octopus and save Aunt May! And #34 is Kraven's best appearance. And I like #35 a lot too! (The Molten Man is such a loveable loser.)
I just love #34 for its simplicity and its non-stop action and Kraven's single-minded obsession with "the hunt." Also … Kraven's trophy room, the mannequin head that's already attached to the wall for Spidey's mask and there's a lovely Ditko lion for Kraven to fight and release, just to stay in practice.
With this flying dreadnaught under me, I can wipe out all mankind! Now the Hulk will be the HUNTER instead of the HUNTED!
Post by codystarbuck on Jun 28, 2019 13:05:20 GMT -5
Number 2 is Master of Kung Fu #106. It is the climax of Doug Moench and Gene Day's revisiting where it all began, as Carlton Velcro, Chi's adversary in the first regular Moench & Gulacy story, turns up alive and looking for vengeance, with 2 Razor Fists. Shang has defeated one and learned the location of Velcro's fortress. Now, he and Leiko infiltrate it and fight their way through Velcro's mercenaries, using swords and wearing armor. Chi kicks booty, then runs up against Razor Fist #2 and is kicking his hinder, when Velcro shoots him dead, in an attempt to kill Shang Chi. Now he has to face Chi, who strips off his armor to fight the madman. Velcro has bionic components, thanks to the explosion at his base, in the original story. This includes a nasty bladed arm weapon. Shang Chi takes the fight to him, despite the weapon, because he knows that Velcro's fear is his undoing.
Velcro relents and surrenders and Chi takes him alive, is reunited with Leiko and Reston & Tarr, who have finally arrived with the cavalry.
Moench and Gulacy had been on a nostalgic look back at the glory days of the comic, revisiting Juliette and the Cat, as well as Velcro and Razor Fist. This was pretty much an attempt to revive the fortunes of the series and Day was the perfect artist, capturing the cinematic stylings that made Gulacy so great, while bringing his own style to the book. Sadly, Day would pass away from a heart attack, just as he was really starting to make noises, at Marvel (after a long career in the indie world and fanzine community). This fight builds and builds, as Shang Chi and Leiko face their past and work towards a future, after turmoil. It is symbolic of both the life of the book and the characters.
Post by Slam_Bradley on Jun 28, 2019 13:26:28 GMT -5
2. Superduperman v. Captain Marbles
by Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood Mad #4 April-May 1953
Besides being a superduper fun fight this story is considered a turning point for Mad. Prior to this story the stories in Mad had been broader lampoons. As the stories became more focused the sales of Mad increased. The story was cited by Alan Moore as being a big influence on his work, particularly on Watchmen.