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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 88

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at an awesome fight scene involving two unlikely opponents – The Thing and the Mighty Thor!


The basic plot of the Fantastic Four #73 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby is that the Fantastic Four think that Daredevil is really Doctor Doom disguised as Daredevil (since Doom had just done that in the first part of this particular story). Daredevil goes to Spider-Man for help, and Spider-Man in turn enlists the aid of the Mighty Thor (who actually was going through a stretch of time when he was not so mighty, but more mighty than most, at the very least).

This is also just precursor to one amazing full-page splash by King Kirby, which you’re about to see…

Man, even in a fairly filler issue of the Fantastic Four, Kirby brought it like crazy!


No I don’t see it… Are you planning on loading it later?

Should be there. I see it. Try reloading!

“Think you the Thunder God be not swift of eye and fleet of limb?”

It should be illegal to script Thor any other way.

Thing versus Thor! One of the earliest classic “misunderstanding battles” in comics. Awesome.

The only problem I have is with calling Thing and Thor “unlikely opponents”. This is, after all, a Marvel comic, where the heroes fight heroes more often than villains… :D

Great choice. This was eleven-year old Rob M’s favorite storyline when it was first published. It started with Dr. Doom swapping bodies with Daredevil (Gene Colan at the top of his game), and wrapped up with one of Stan Lee’s trademark hero-vs-hero fights, wonderfully executed by Jack Kirby. Good times.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

March 30, 2009 at 6:20 am

It should be noted that a footnote in FF #73 takes pains to point out tis is the Odin-handicapped Thor from issues #148-51 or so of that title.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

March 30, 2009 at 6:20 am

Ah, and Brian’s already said as much. Ne’er mind.

cool moment. another of jack and Stan’s gems. Thor vs the thing and reed trying to figure out if daredevil is the real one and not doom as dd. a classic

“Fairly filler issue”? That sounds like the greatest plot ever!

“Fairly filler issue”? That sounds like the greatest plot ever!

Well, just imagine how amazing the Fantastic Four was when this issue was comparably a bit of a filler issue!

Awesome. Of course, Thor would wallop the Thing on any other day.

*BAM* That splash page is awesome!

Current script writers need to be educated and let artists have pages like that to draw more often.

Touche Brian!

I really should invest in a few more of the Essentail FF trades.

“Watch yer langwich, cornball! There may be some chicks around!” Awesome! :)

The FF, Spider-man, Thor, Daredevil. It’s like a company wide crossover in one random issue. What a great time it must’ve been for a comic book reader back then. Too bad I missed it by a decade or two…

Again, Brian, a cover date would be helpful with these moments for those of us who don’t know off the top of our heads! But even without it, this whole blog remains a great read.

I love the Thing’s face on the splash page.

Does he always have a nose? Why does this seem like the first time I’ve seen it?

I forgot to say, I love how they use the Thing to make fun of their own characters.

Had this in a reprint [Marvel’s Greatest Comics, i believe]. Great ‘widescreen’ action between good guys. Loved it!

Two incredible pages.

A misunderstanding battle and an ad hoc team up, great stuff.

Kirby always drew great close-quarter fighting. Cap, Thor, and Ben Grimm would regularly display the kind of feints and “bob and weave” typical of American-style boxing, while Ditko was creating Spidey’s revolutionary pinball style of fighting. I have to guess that the King had some background in boxing.

Wonder who owns this piece of art? It blew me away then, still does.

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