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Fantastic Four #26: Hulk vs The Thing Round 5

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing with tags , , , , , , , on September 10, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #26, page 19, panel 2

Fantastic Four #26, page 19, panel 2

Unforgettably Written In The Grand Manner by: Stan Lee

Powerfully Drawn In The Heroic Manner by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: Art Simek

The final bout between the Hulk and the Thing begins here. Sure, there’s five other Avengers, Rick Jones, and the rest of the Fantastic Four, but the issue is really about these two slugging it out. Unfortunately, the fight lasts for less than a page before the Avengers take over, and it ends with Ben covered in quick-setting cement and unable to continue the fight. Coupled with the fact that it’s Rick Jones who forces the change back to Bruce (Robert) Banner, it would be very unfair to call this fight for anyone other than the Hulk.

The result: Another victory for Hulk, as he takes on Ben, the rest of the FF, and the Avengers and comes out on top. 4-1 to the Hulk.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #26 on our twenty-seventh episode: Hulk Goes Home And Plays With His Trains with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Fantastic Four #26: Hulk vs The Thing Round 4

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #26, page 1

Fantastic Four #26, page 1

Unforgettably Written In The Grand Manner by: Stan Lee

Powerfully Drawn In The Heroic Manner by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: Art Simek

Putting Strange Tales to one side (a wise thing to do with any issue of Strange Tales!), we’re back to the Thing/Hulk fight. It’s round 2 of this battle, round 4 in total, and it’s a rather lovely splash page as well.

I’m hesitant to call this round for The Thing, as he really only wins when he’s got the rest of the Fantastic Four, the entirety of the Avengers, and Rick Jones popping pills, helping him. But the Hulk ends this issue defeated, and the heroes survive, which makes it a victory, of sorts, for Ben Grimm.

As with the previous issue, I’ll devote a few pages to the best Hulk/Thing moments from this battle.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #26 on our twenty-seventh episode: Hulk Goes Home And Plays With His Trains with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Fantastic Four #25: Hulk vs The Thing Round 3.6

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing with tags , , , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #25, page 21, panel 2

Fantastic Four #25, page 21, panel 2

Sensational Story by: Stan Lee

Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby

Incredible Inking by: George Roussos

Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen

This is it. The final blow in this near-issue-length fight between the two biggest brawlers in the Marvel Universe at this time. It’s a slightly disappointing panel – Kirby saves the big moment for the Hulk storming away, looking for the Avengers, giving it a full 2/3-page panel.

However, there is no doubt about it in Fantastic Four #25 – the Thing is beaten thoroughly, and it’s only the Hulk’s true aim – to track down and destroy the Avengers – that keeps him from being killed. This then feeds the first true cliffhanger in the Fantastic Four, where a battered and beaten Ben hauls himself to his feet, vowing to stop the Hulk, even if it means his death. It’s a phenomenal note to end the book on, and one of the greatest cliffhangers in Marvel’s history.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It’ll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Fantastic Four #25: Hulk vs The Thing Round 3.5 / Property Damage 25

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing, Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #25, page 19, panel 1

Fantastic Four #25, page 19, panel 1

Sensational Story by: Stan Lee

Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby

Incredible Inking by: George Roussos

Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen

I’m currently in Nantes (hashtag holiday brag) but, thanks to the wonder of pre-scheduled posts, I’m also apparently blogging on a daily basis about mid-1960s Fantastic Four. We’ll see how long I manage before I mess something up with the scheduling…

This lengthy Thing/Hulk brawl continues, moving from the speedboat onto the Washington Bridge itself. As if this tussle wasn’t causing enough havoc and devastation to New York, here Ben decides to destroy the infrastructure of the bridge to keep the Hulk at bay. I’m assuming he managed to clear the bridge of civilians, rather than just destroying it in a Man Of Steel-esque rage of pique. This actually manages to hold the Hulk for an entire two pages, although if most of those pages hadn’t been devoted to Reed and Sue, I’m sure it wouldn’t have lasted that long.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It’ll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Fantastic Four #25: Hulk vs The Thing Round 3.4

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing with tags , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #25, page 17, panel 3

Fantastic Four #25, page 17, panel 3

Sensational Story by: Stan Lee

Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby

Incredible Inking by: George Roussos

Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen

How could I resist posting a panel featuring the Hulk bouncing across the water to chase the Thing, who is driving a speedboat?

I also get to talk about Stan and/or Jack’s rather liberal and unorthodox interpretation of the concept of surface tension. I’m sure we’re all aware of this concept, caused by the water molecules on the surface being pulled downwards by bonds with other molecules, causing some internal pressure and resulting in the water pushing against any force levied against it. Small insects are able to use this pressure to ‘walk on water’, their low body mass able to be counteracted by the surface tension.

The Hulk, however, is not a small insect, and certainly does not have low body mass. He is, therefore, very unlikely to be able to hop across the water as shown above.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It’ll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Fantastic Four #25: Hulk vs The Thing Round 3.3/Yancy Street Pranks 5

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing, Yancy Street Pranks with tags , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #25, page 16, panel 3

Fantastic Four #25, page 16, panel 3

Sensational Story by: Stan Lee

Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby

Incredible Inking by: George Roussos

Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen

This is a very important panel, and not just because it features The Thing and The Hulk brawling in the back of a speeding pickup truck, although that would surely place it in any list of top panels.

What makes this important is that it fundamentally changes the nature of the Yancy Street Gang. Prior to this, they had been unseen practical jokers, setting up a quick visual gag and helping redefine The Thing as a loveable curmudgeon rather than a raging monster. Here, we are introduced to the idea that as far as they’re concerned, no-one but them gets to have a go at The Thing. We’re twenty years away from John Byrne fleshing out Ben’s relationship with the gang, but by positioning them somewhere between ally and antagonist, a whole world of depth and potential is opened up. I’d argue that it’s this two-panel sequence that truly cements the Yancy Streeters in the hearts of fans.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It’ll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Fantastic Four #25: Hulk vs Thing Round 3.2

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing with tags , , , , , , on July 23, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #25, page 15, panel 2

Fantastic Four #25, page 15, panel 2

Sensational Story by: Stan Lee

Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby

Incredible Inking by: George Roussos

Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen

The battle continues, with Hulk being tricked into somehow mistaking a six-foot tall man made of rock for a bunch of electrical cables. Knowing how inconsistent the Hulk was in his early stories, maybe this was during his ‘unable to correctly parse basic visual and tactile information’ phase… HULK SMASH PUNY BLURRY OBJECT THAT IS FURTHER AWAY THAN IT APPEARS! HULK MOURN INABILITY TO TELL WHEN SHOWER IS CORRECT TEMPERATURE!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It’ll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey

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