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8. Dr. Doom vs. The Beyonder by Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars #10 (February 1985)
The perfect Dr. Doom moment. Confronted with a being of unspeakable power and ability, Doom's first instinct is to attack him and steal his power. Both the sheer audacity of Doom's actions and the sheer audacity of Zeck's pencils in trying to depict a rumble with a space god, are unforgettable high points in comicdom for me.
8. Snowbird VS Kolomaq from Alpha Flight #6 (1984)
So, what happened?
Alpha Flight's Snowbird took on Kolomaq, who had power over ice and snow. They fought in a blizzard, as "depicted" above. Illustrated by John Byrne, approved by Jim Shooter. As stated on his official forum, Byrne got paid his normal page rate as Shooter said the blank pages were an artistic decision.
You couldn't possibly wish to enlarge those panels, turn them into "posters" and have them on your wall, right?
But I do admire the creative choice behind it. It's quite amusing to look at. And very different. And perfectly logical, too, given they were fighting in a snowstorm.
You'd never put the "imagery" on a book cover or debate the merits of it for days. But for boldness and creativity, I have to include it on my list.
Post by Icctrombone on Jun 22, 2019 6:09:41 GMT -5
8. Superman vs. Thor JLA/Avengers # 2 Kurt Busiek/ George Perez October 2003
The years long awaited Crossover between the top two teams in comic history was finally published and it was a fanboys dream. You know that it would include some dream battles and in this issue, they had Superman against Thor. The First Issue gave you a taste of it as Thor throws his hammer at Superman and puts him through a building. This time around the outcome would be different. As a fan of both Superman and Thor, I didn’t have a problem with the outcome, I just wanted it more drawn out and more competitive. After all, Dc had made it clear that Superman’s powers were mostly limitless and Thor’s powers were not. The battle lasts all of three pages, and the outcome without dispute. I’m not sure we will ever see a rematch.
Post by codystarbuck on Jun 22, 2019 6:43:31 GMT -5
My number 8 is Daredevil #181, Daredevil vs Bullseye. Bullseye has fought and killed Elektra; she died in Matt's arms. Bullseye has come to kill Matt Murdock; but, it is a trap...
The fight rages through Matt's brownstone, it spills out onto rooftops. Daredevil has no regard for his own safety and takes the fight to Bullseye, staying on the attack...
Their mutual recklessness leaves them dangling from a wire, where Daredevil faces a decision.
It is brutal, it is mostly silent, and it is an emotional payoff to the trauma Matt suffers earlier in the issue. It also leads to a future issue, where Matt, in his grief, faces a helpless Bullseye, with a gun, where his character will be most tested..
8. Karate Kid vs Nemesis Kid (Legion of Super-Heroes #4, Levitz/Giffen/Lightle, 1984)
Both Marvel and DC experimented with non-newstand, direct-sales only titles in the mid 80s. DC’s foray included the popular Legion of Super-Heroes team, first up against their equals and opposites in the Legion of Super-Villains’ plot to conquer the world of Orando. The climax involved Karate Kid facing off against Nemesis Kid, who had the unfair ability to mimic the powers of others. The non-Comics Code format allowed a much bloodier fight scene than usually seen at the time. Ultimately KK gave his life to foil the LSV plot.
Post by Crimebuster on Jun 22, 2019 10:14:08 GMT -5
8). Crimebuster vs. the vaqueros Boy Comics #97
This is a short fight, as it happened during the era when the Crimebuster feature was at its shortest. But I love it. Chuck Chandler finds a strange ring that is a clue to an underworld scheme, so he travels to Spain to uncover the truth. There, he infiltrates a bullfighting operation and learns that the head of it is actually the criminal overlord. But he's found out, and the guy orders his vaqueros to kill Chuck.
Chuck, doing his best Zorro, clobbers one and grabs a sword, ready for a final showdown.
There's not a lot more to the fight, as the vaqueros realize they are screwed. But I just love that panel! It's probably my favorite Crimebuster moment.
8. THOR VS. MR. HYDE Journey Into Mystery #106 - "The Cobra and Mr. Hyde Feel Thor's Mighty Rage, When The Thunder God Strikes Back!"
Written by Stan Lee Art by Jack Kirby and Chic Stone
This battle is from the tail end of the very first time that the Cobra and Mr. Hyde teamed up against a Mrvel super-hero. It was atwo-part story in Journey into Mystery #105 and #106 and there's a bunch of Silver Age bananashenanigans with Thor turned into Don Bake and his walking stick stuck inside a complicated machine at a worldwide technology expo in New York and while getting his stick back, he has to trick Cobra and Hyde into thinking he's betraying Thor. And it's a very public venue with TV cameras and Jane sees it and thinks "Oh, Don! You betrayed Thor! What a wener you are!"
But that's not what this is about. Don turns the tables on Cobra and Hyde, gets his stick back, turns to Thor and quickly beats Cobra and hands him over the the cops. Hyde sneaks into the crowd and uses his serume to turn himself into his human form, thus hiding in plan sight. He follows Thor and bides his time, and finally takes the serum and attempts a surprise attack. He taunts Thor: "Without your magic hammer, you could never beat me!"
Thor sees Hyde's point: Thor is the god of thunder and shouldn't need his hammer to whup a loser like Hyde in sixty seconds before he turns back to Don Blake. And so he leaves the hammer and beats the snot out of Hyde in about 15 panels.
It's a great fight, with great Kirby pencils and some of my favorite Chic Stone inks. But it's also one of the milestones on the road to the best Thor stories (starting around #126) as the creators seem to realizing the reality of having a literal god as one of your super-heroes. He really shouldn't be having this much trouble with second-raters like Cobra and Hyde! Thor should be fighting Asgardians, like the Enchantress and the Executioner from #103, and menaces like Surtur from #104. He still has to get through another Cobra/Hyde two-parter and a couple of battles with the Grey Gargoyle, but the creative is getting on the right track and soon he'll be facing the Norse-inspired of the Absorbing Man, Hercules, all the minions pf Hades, the Knights of Wundagore and a living planet!
With this flying dreadnaught under me, I can wipe out all mankind! Now the Hulk will be the HUNTER instead of the HUNTED!
Post by thwhtguardian on Jun 23, 2019 15:10:33 GMT -5
Day Three The TMNT Versus The Shredder Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird TMNT #1
It's perhaps not as beautifully drawn as my previous entries but it edges out my first two smack downs simply because this fight was the first time that I saw a truly brutal beat down in a comic. The battles in the Batman and Superman books I read prior to reading this first issue were fairly sanitized compared to the action given to me here...the was real blood here, real danger that someone could die which really blew my mind.
So while not the prettiest battle, or the the most detailed it'll always stick in my mind because of the way it changed the way I saw comics.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
Post by wildfire2099 on Jun 23, 2019 17:34:50 GMT -5
Cutter Vs. Rayek Elfquest #4 (by Marvel Epic Series) Pini/Pini
This is the fight that I most think of when I picture a particular fight setting the tone not just for a comic, but for a whole series. This scene not only established the characters of a series that would last almost 40 years, but establish the main plot points and dramatic tension of the series for quite a signifigant portion of that time. Not bad for one scene!