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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Classic Comic Battles Key Comics Part 6

Continuing from Part 5 of this classic comic battles series, it's time we took a look at two characters I've yet to discuss yet. Once again, this is all Marvel classic battles in Part 6. I really am neglecting DC so far and will have to start throwing more of those in after this one.

Until then, this is how it is. If you missed Part 5, the link can bring you back. Here's four more classic comic battles and most are key comics.

1st Daredevil & Punisher battle
1st Daredevil & Punisher meeting

Netflix is making good use of Marvel's street-level heroes. Well, at least, in the Daredevil TV series. Have yet to see Luke Cage or Iron Fist.

We already got to witness the Daredevil and Punisher match up live-action this year and quite a few fans liked it including me. Didn't much care for the long conversation between Daredevil and Punisher while the Man Without Fear was chained up on the roof top, but that scene was taken from the 2000 Punisher #3 comic book written by Garth Ennis.

However, the first published meeting between the two is right here in Daredevil #183, and it is a classic but pretty brief battle brought to you by Frank Miller and Roger McKenzie.

Punisher ends this duel by shooting the Man Without Fear in the gut with a tranquilizer, and this is how the two vigilantes meet. First battle between the two, and it would not be the last for sure. 

Daredevil and Punisher battles have become fan-favorites, and they would only get a lot better in time. June, 1982 is the cover date for Daredevil #183.

2nd Daredevil & Punisher meeting
2nd Daredevil & Punisher battle

This is the 2nd time the Punisher and Daredevil meet and battle. Some fans out there claim that this battle is a classic, but I kinda question that.

Not really much of a battle in this issue to be honest, and I'm only putting it on here because it's the 2nd meeting and bout between the two. I don't think there's actually any physical contact between the two except for a very brief skirmish in the beginning of the comic.

Punisher takes off, but they soon meet up again later in this issue.

Like I said, not really a full-blown battle. Punisher fired a few shots at Daredevil, and Daredevil evades them. Then they get to this yabbering standstill before ole DD tricks the Punisher and shoots him.

It is pretty cool that Daredevil straight-up shoots Punisher, and that's a great scene. I'm not sure if Punisher got away or Daredevil takes him in like he says he's going to do. Story doesn't say anything about the Punisher after this scene, so I'm assuming he got away when Daredevil was trying to convince Billy not to shoot Hogman.

Anywho, this story was also written and penciled by none other than Frank Miller, and the cover is definitely a bad ass one for sure. Daredevil #184 has the cover date of July, 1982.

Punisher & Daredevil battle

This is the first Punisher vs. Daredevil battle I read while growing up, and my favorite Punisher artist was definitely Whilce Portacio. He drew a clean and very detailed Punisher. Just look at the cover and you'll see what I mean.

Punisher #10 also has a somewhat short battle between him and Daredevil, but they do come to blows and it's a fun read. Well, at least, I think so.

The fight between the two pretty much ends after that left hook Daredevil doles out. Frank Castle basically gets worked in this battle. Short battle but still a classic Copper Age bout between the two. 

Brings back good memories. Punisher #10 has the cover date of August, 1988. Jeez, I was thirteen-years-old when I first bought this comic right off the stands. How time flies.

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Hulk vs. Thing battle
1st Thing solo book
1st Thing & Hulk team up?

Written by Len Wein with pencils by Jim Starlin, the cosmic master of comics, brings us another classic comic battle between the Thing and the Hulk. Although a pretty hokey story, the Leader and a villain named Kurggo have chosen the Thing and Hulk to battle, and the winner will get to employ both titans for their own purposes.

The Leader convinces Ben to tangle with the Hulk only because there is a bomb that could destroy the Earth. So, the Thing is forced to fight the Hulk in 8 pages of pure classic comic book action, and here's some highlights.

Despite the Thing being stronger (courtesy of Kurrgo who was obviously cheating), Hulk gets the upper hand in the fight. Of course, Hulk doesn't really care what the Thing has to say.

Hulk stalks away to the other side of the shanty western town, which is conveniently deserted. It's also conveniently where this bomb is located as well. Thing goes after Hulk and...

Thing knocks Hulk through the wall of a building where the bomb is located. He finds the bomb, and to defuse it, he smashes it? Before the Hulk can continue the battle, the two are whisked away to Kurrgo's ship and the two actually team up to destroy the spacecraft.

Pretty much a colossal fight that takes place after Fantastic Four #112 as noted in one of the panels where Thing realizes he is oddly stronger. I believe this is the 5th Thing vs Hulk battle, and Marvel Feature #11 has the cover date of September, 1973.

I'm not entirely sure but I think Marvel Feature #11 actually has the first Hulk and Thing team up. The issue also begins the first Thing solo book.

So, that book is a significant clash. As for Punisher #10, it's a pretty cool fight between the two, but I'm not sure if it's really a significant battle. It is one of the more sought-out issues from the volume 2 series though.

They're 2nd meeting and battle I find kinda boring except for the fact that Daredevil shoots the Punisher at the end. A lot of fans say it's a classic battle, but I dunno about that to be honest. Still a very, very awesome Daredevil cover.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Classic Comic Battles Key Comics Part 5

Part 5 to this classic comic battle series, and this time we will look at some classic Spidey battles. We'll also be revisiting some Hulk classic battles since the two did battle each other quite early during the Silver Age.

Kinda hard not avoid Hulk battles for long when it concerns Marvel. Actually, Part 5 will consist of all Marvel and all Spider-Man. There's only three in Part 5, and that's because I included more panels, so I do a lot less commentating and pretending to be Howard Cosell or something.

Part 4 link will bring ya back if need be. Otherwise, here's more classic comic battles and key comics for ya!

1st appearance of Green Goblin
1st battle and meeting Spider-Man & Green Goblin
1st Spider-Man vs Hulk battle
1st meeting of Spider-Man & Hulk

Now everyone knows that this issue is the first appearance of the Green Goblin, and he's one of Spidey's most iconic and classic of foes. That notation is the primary reason this comic is so sought-out and in-demand.

It's kinda comical. Green Goblin dupes the Web-Head into thinking that they're shooting a movie, and then the battle begins.
For the most part, Spidey battles Gobby's goons, but there are action scenes where Gobby takes some shots at our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man with some pumpkin bombs.
Outnumbered, Spidey does retreat to a nearby cave where the baddies follow and the battles ensues.
In their first ever battle, Spidey mainly eludes Green Goblin's pumpkin bombs. I don't think they ever trade blows.
Although this key issue is excellent with just Spidey's first encounter and battle with the Green Goblin, those fine folks at Marvel decided to throw an extra something special into the mix as well. 

Enter: the Hulk who just happens to be in the cave hiding out, and this is the first time Spider-Man and the Hulk and battle as well.

Not the last time Spidey would go up against the Hulk either. In the end Spidey escapes the cave and has a short and brief altercation with Gobby again before the baddie escapes.

This story is a double whammy battle issue. Not only does Spidey go up against the Green Goblin for the 1st time, he also goes up against the Hulk.

Yes, Amazing Spider-Man #14 has the 1st meeting and battle between the Web Slinger and the Jade Giant. Hard to keep away from the Hulk when it comes to early Marvel classic battles.

Definitely a classic battle issue and Steve Ditko art. This one is full of key issue goodness. Amazing Spider-Man #14 has the cover date of July, 1964.

1st Spider-Man vs. Avengers
2nd Spider-Man vs. Hulk battle

This comic here is actually a double whammy battle issue, and contains two classic battles. First Spider-Man is invited to join the Avengers, but he has to go through a series of tests.

Spidey is a cocky, smart mouth for the most part, and Hawkeye takes it as disrespect. Hawkeye then chastises Spidey and invokes the Web-Slinger's ire.

Yep, that's right Spidey loses his temper and brazenly attacks the Avenger. A fight ensues between the team and him as a  result. See for yourself the first classic battle goodness this key issue offers.
When this brief battle ends, Thor admires the Web-Head's courage, but Iron Man gets the idea of another test. That test is to go after the Hulk and bring him to the Avengers.

Wanting to be an Avenger badly, Spidey doesn't hesitate to go after the green brute. It does not take long for him to find the Hulk and the 2nd classic battle between the two takes place in pure Marvel fashion.

The battle is more of Spider-Man evading the Hulk's attacks, but the Hulk turns into Bruce Banner. Bruce tells Spidey how terrible it is have this curse called the Hulk and yadedadeda until he once again Hulks-out!

So in the end, Spidey feels sorry for the Hulk and lets him go. He then tells the Avengers that he couldn't even find the guy and that they'll need to do their Avenging without him.

Pretty fun issue, and this issue here is where Spider-Man learns that the Hulk is Bruce Banner. Spidey almost joins the Avengers in this issue, two classic battles, and learns of Hulk's real identity. 

Classic Spidey art by John Romita and Don Heck and definitely a classic battle key issue, and Spider-Man Annual #3 has the cover date of November, 1966.

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1st appearance of Venom
1st Spider-Man vs. Venom

When we are talking about a classic Copper Age key issue, Amazing Spider-Man #300 and the 1st appearance of Venom is definitely one. Like a few other Copper Age characters, Venom broke out to be extremely popular.

Also, this comic is another Todd McFarlane masterpiece, and Venom and the artist kept me buying Amazing Spider-Man comics back in the day. This is not only a great 1st appearance key issue, but the battle in it is the first for these two crazy kids.

It's also a great one and packed with loads of action. 
In typical comic book fashion, Eddie Brock reveals how he became Venom and why he has such a hate on for Spider-Man. In the meantime, Spidey is trying to reach the sonic blaster that Reed Richards created to combat the alien symbiote.

When Spidey makes a leap for the blaster, Venom finally notices and attacks Spidey before he fire it off.

Spidey makes the mistake of thinking that Venom is defeated after firing the sonic blaster at him and tries to leave the scene. However, Venom is far from done.

Venom thwips a web on Spidey's feet and violently yanks our hero through a wall and knocks him out proper. Fade to black. In the next scene, Spidey wakes up all webbed up inside a church bell.

Venom has taken him back to the very church where Peter learned that the alien symbiote's weakness was intense sound vibrations (Web of Spider-Man #1) and broke free from it's grasp. Thinking that he's won, Venom leaves down the stairs and this gives Spidey the chance to break free from Venom's webbing, mere seconds before the huge bell would have crushed Spider-Man's skull.

Since Eddie didn't hear any sound of something crushing, he goes back up stairs to find that Spider-Man has escaped. Welcome to round 2 of this classic battle in Amazing Spider-Man #300, but their 2nd go around is a pretty brief one and no real slug fest.


This time Venom and Eddie Brock are knocked out from the fall and the fight really is over. The ending scenes has Spider-Man at the FF headquarters and the alien symbiote is contained.

Thing is there and they have a brief little chat. At the very end of Amazing Spider-Man #300, Mary Jane makes Peter burn his black Spider-Man outfit, and persuades him to return to his original costume design.

Wow! I actually loved reading this one again. 1st appearance for a very popular Copper Age villain and a classic 1st battle between Venom and Spider-Man. 

Oh, yes, and Todd McFarlane! Amazing Spider-Man #300 has the cover date of May, 1988.

Gonna keep this outro short and sweet. Actually, there really isn't much to say about these classic comic battles. I think the battles speak for themselves.

Hope you enjoyed and see ya at Part 6!