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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Classic Comic Battles Key Issues Part 10

Another part, another round of classic comic battles. Now, there's only one really valuable key issue in Part 10 of this series. The rest do have classic battles, but aren't overly valuable monetarily. 

Then again, I'm not going by value or even speculation or comic investing. I probably should be in order to narrow the subject down by a lot.

Some are just great, classic battles that have some sort of distinction may it be the content, the artwork, the story arc, etc. And they can come from any era. 

If you missed Part 9, the link will bring you back. Battle stations!

300 #4
1st battle between Spartans & Persians
1st appearance of Xerxes

I wanna change gears here for a brief second. Classic comic book battles can come from any era, but this is by no doubt a classic battle and comic series by Frank Miller. The movie is quite different in the way the story is told, and maybe some enjoy the actual comic better and some enjoy the movie better.

Either way, the movie did depict great battle scenes plucked right out from the comic. Of course, the film was more graphic and fluid in terms of the fight scenes, but the comic was pretty graphic as well

Yes, a lot of things were added to the film in order to produce a more dramatic story, but the first battle scenes between the Spartans and the Persians in issue #4 are freakin' awesome.

The art is truly a work of art and just gorgeous, and there are two battles that occur in issue #4. One is during the day and the other is at night where they battle the Immortals. I'll cover both.
The pages above is actually from issue #3 and ends that issue. The pages below are from issue #4 of the limited comic series and starts the iconic battle based off of history.

A 1998 comic series that is definitely great work by Frank Miller. I'm a big fan of both the movie and the comic series and both absolutely have their merits.

The artwork for the comics are all on double page spreads, giving the effect of how colossal the battle and story is. Although the movie had embellishments, I think they captured the grandness and ferocity of the story and battles depicted in 300 #4.

Classic Frank Miller comic series, and definitely a ferocious classic comic book battle that's based on actual history. I highly recommend both the movie and the comics for highly enjoyable entertainment.

SPARTANS, PREPARE FOR GLORY!!! 300 #4 has the cover date of August, 1998 and was published by Dark Horse comics.

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1st appearance of Baron Mordo
2nd appearance of Doctor Strange
1st Dr. Strange & Baron Mordo battle

Even though this comic is far more widely known as the 1st appearance of Baron Mordo, it does have the first classic battle between Doctor Strange and his arch enemy Baron Mordo as well. Strange Tales #111 is definitely a key issue that has gotten a lot of heat in the market since a Doctor Strange movie was rumored way back when this site first started out.

I'm not all that into magic battles or magic based characters, but Mordo and Strange do have a classic battle in astral form in this issue. Once again, Jim Frye did a video that captures this comic and battle. It's embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

Pretty obvious for a classic battle that also has the first appearance of a major Doctor Strange villain. 

What else is there to say? We'll definitely be seeing these two face off for the first time on the big screen this coming September, and it should be an exciting flick.

The first trailer definitely looked trippy, and this issue has been quite a valuable comic investment for the past few years. I would still keep a sharp on it, though. No telling how this book will do a few months after movie hype.

Anyways, Strange Tales #111 has the first appearance of Baron Mordo, first battle between Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo, 2nd appearance of Doctor Strange and the cover date of August, 1963.

Thor vs. Thanos

Let's go with something even more obvious. Since the Infinity War films have been confirmed and most of the Marvel flicks are leading up to the two climatic films, there's a good chance we'll see Thor and Thanos duke it out on the big screen. I'm sure the Hulk and Thanos will have a go in the films as well.

In the comics, they have brawled several times for sure, and this isn't the first time they had a go at it. However, since the films Infinity War I & II are supposedly based off this comic's limited series, probably very loosely based off it, we might as well throw it in here.

Not to mention that this is a classic Copper Age comic book series written by none other than Jim Starlin. It's hailed as a fan-favorite for a reason, and the battles contained in it are all classic.

Thor vs. Thanos is actually stretching it a bit. This entire comic holds an epic battle between Thanos and many heroes such as Nova, She-Hulk, Wolverine, Cyclops, Spidey, and more. I'm just gonna focus on the Thor vs. Thanos part of the battle. or else I'd basically be showing the entire comic. Besides, I think Thor and Thanos go at it the longest in this issue.

Thanos just tosses Thor away like trash. While Firelord, Wolverine, and other heroes get easily dispatched by Thanos, Thor turns back into Eric Masterson for a tick until he reaches his hammer again. After transforming back to Thor, he returns for another round at the Mad Titan, Thanos!

Thanos turns Thor into glass and then shatters him. This entire comic is a classic comic battle between a slew of Marvel heroes as you can tell from the panels just focusing on Thor and Thanos. 

Captain America, Hulk and Drax the Destroyer have their tussles with Thanos, and also Nova and Quasar. I'm really excited in seeing this battle being played out on the big screen in the Infinity Wars movies.

I know it's not going to be like the comic, but it still should be an epic battle regardless.The Infinity Gauntlet #4 has the cover date of October, 1991.

Alright, I know there's a ton of classic comic battles I've yet to discuss, but this series was expected to be a big one and switching gears to something else is needed before we all get burned out on it. So, we will have an unspecified and undetermined intermission of sorts before venturing back to this topic.

By the way and totally off topic, Netflix and Marvel Television did recently confirm a Punisher spin-off TV series! Awesome and not too surprised.

Anyways, taking a break from this series for a while, but don't worry. We'll definitely be getting back to it in time. Hope you all enjoyed so far and see ya soon for something else.



  1. Heya Mayhem,

    still thinking about your origin series and
    stumbled upon Batman 410 - origin of Jason Todd. Nice one. The Joker appearance doesn' t hurt either...


    1. Is his origin in that issue? I know that he discovers that Two-Face killed his father in that issue, but Batman discovers that in the previous issue.