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The Hulk vs. The Thing

The Fantastic Four #25, April 1964

Synopsis of: “The Hulk vs. The Thing”

Reed Richards, aka Mister Fantastic, is once again trying to concoct a formula that will turn his best friend Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, back to his human form.  However, Ben has no time for it as his girlfriend, the blind artist, Alicia Masters likes in his rocky form.  Thing even goes so far as to destroy the beaker with the potential cure in it.  When Alicia does arrive at the Baxter Building she informs the team about the news of the Avengers going on a manhunt for the Hulk.

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1st Appearance: Wasp

Wasp

Real Name/Alias: Janet van Dyne and Winsome Wasp

1st Appearance: Tales to Astonish #44, June 1963

Place of Origin: Cresskill, New Jersey

Profession: Socialite and Glamour Girl

Affiliations: Avengers, West Coast Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Defenders

Partnerships: Henry “Hank Pym” (aka Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, and Yellowjacket), her husband and Iron Man

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1st Appearance: Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Real Name/Alias: Dr. Henry Jonathan “Hank” Pym, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellow Jacket

1st Appearance: Tales to Astonish #35, September 1962,

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1st Silver Age Appearance: Namor the Submariner

Namor the Submariner

Real Name/Alias: Namor McKenzy, Namor the First, The Avenging Son, Imperious Rex

1st Appearance: The Fantastic Four #4, May 1962

Place of Origin: Atlantis

Profession: Prince of Atlantis

Affiliations: Avengers, Invaders, All- Winners, Defenders, Illuminati, Cabal, X-Men

Partnerships: Namora, Namorita, Fin, Storma, Stingray

Created by: Bill Everett

Abilities:

  • Aquatic adaptation
  • Superhuman strength, speed, agility, senses and reflexes
  • Mild invulnerability
  • Flight via tiny wings on his ankles
  • Telepathic control over sea creatures
  • Longevity
  • Hydrokinesis
  • Ability to copy the powers of oceanic life forms
  • Bodily water generation
  • Marine life empathy

Synopsis of First Appearance: “The Coming of…Sub-Mariner!”

Johnny decides to the leave team.  Reed, Sue, and Ben decide to use the Fantasti-Car to search the city for their absent teammate.  Ben has a hunch that Johnny is hanging out at a local garage.  Ben is right on the money and heads out to confront Johnny.  Due to the gasoline in the garage, Johnny cannot flame on.  Ben is about to slug Johnny when he suddenly turns back to his human form.  Johnny leaves the garage and flames on into the distance.  Ben returns to his rocky Thing form.

Johnny heads to the Bowery and acquires a bunk.  On the bunk he finds an old Sub-Mariner comic from the 1940s.  One of the other men at the Bowery states that there is a “stubble bum” with same strength as the Sub-Mariner.  A group of men ask the mysterious man to tear apart a phone book apart, but he refuses. The group rushes the mysterious men but are quickly dealt with.  The mysterious man then proclaims that he cannot remember anything and questions his existence.  Johnny then uses his flame with one finger and removes the mysterious man’s beard, revealing that man looks exactly like Namor the Sub-Mariner!

Johnny takes the mysterious man to the sea and places him in the water.  Now in the water, Namor remembers who he is and swims to his home Atlantis.  Once Namor reaches Atlantis he finds it in ruins, a causality of atomic testing.  Returning to New York,  he tells Johnny he will take revenge by conquering humanity.

At the Baxter Building, the other members of the Fantastic Four are relieved to see Johnny’s flame and depart to his location with the Fantasti-Car.  Once there, Johnny fills in his other team members about Namor’s plan.

Namor, meanwhile, has found the Horn of Proteus and calls forth the largest living animal to his service, Giganto.  With Giganto in tow, Namor attacks New York.  The army attempts to bombard the beast, but to no avail.  Ben comes up with the idea of placing a nuclear weapon on the beast.  When Giganto decides to take a nap, Ben goes ahead with his plan, placing it inside the beast’s paw.

Ben succeeds, barely escaping a nuclear blast.  Namor threatens to use of the Horn of Proteus again, but it is taken away from him by Sue while invisible.   Namor tackles Sue as she returns to normal and states that he might let the human race live if she agrees marry him.  Namor threatens to use the horn again and Sue reluctantly accepts.  Just as that happens, Johnny creates a massive tornado that sends the Horn of Proteus to the bottom of the sea.  Namor swears he will be back to complete his revenge on human kind.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namor

https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Fantastic_Four_Vol_1_4

Lee, S., & Kirby, J. (2003). Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four. Volume 1 (Barnes and Noble ed.). Marvel Comics.

1st Appearance: Dr. Doom

Dr. Doom

Real Name/Alias: Victor Von Doom, King, Boss, Doombot, Infamous Iron Man

1st Appearance: The Fantastic Four #5, July 1962

Place of Origin: Latveria

Profession: Monarch of Latveria

Affiliations: Sorcerers Supreme, The Cabal, Intelligence, Future Foundation, Avengers, Lethal Legion

Partnerships: Prince Namor: The Submariner, Rama-Tut, Puppet Master

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