FANTASTIC FOUR #25-26 (1964 and The Top 10 Hulk vs Thing Fights

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This is an ageold fanboy battle, and the second time it graced the pages of Fantastic Four.  Hulk is tearing NYC apart looking for The Avengers, but they’re out of town.

So Hulk beats up 75% of the Fantastic Four. This is what Johnny looks like injured:

Then Hulk and Thing fight for most of issue #25.

And into #26.

Until The Avengers show up.

And Hulk beats them up, too. Until Ant-Man’s ants defeat him, and he floats away.

This is really the first World War Hulk.

The Hulk vs Thing fights are some of the best and most fun in Marvel history. They even made it to TV.

This guy here has a pretty thorough review of most of the major battles between these two guys.  Fun post to read.  But, according to one of my favorite bloggers, this one: F4 #25-26, is the best Hulk/Thing battle of all time.  But I would have picked the ones you’ll see below here, if you click the “read more” tag.

AVENGERS #112 (1973): 1st Mantis

It’s more than a little annoying that so many early Black Panther stories involve weird, mean African Gods.  But as far as these things go, this one is better than most.  Of course, it involves the whole team saving the day in the end.

Animal combat!

But at least they acknowledge that he’s a very busy king.

Black Widow is still hanging out with The Avengers during this issue because she’s conflicted about going back to San Francisco with Daredevil (after the two of them helped defeat Magneto last issue).  But in the end, she decides that team life is not for her and she returns to Matt Murdock.

But not until after Iron Man hits on her.  She’s been with Hawkeye and Daredevil, both sexist alpha males (and both kinda broke most of the time), but she says “no” to Tony Stark the millionaire.  Good for her!

She’s staying at Avengers Mansion because she’s homeless.  But by the end of the adventure…

She quits and goes back to DD.

And Mantis joins in her place.  This is also the first time we see Mantis, a character who Steve Englehart created, in his own words, to be a “hooker” who causes dissension between team members.  I’m sure he never would have guessed she’d be a movie star.