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1989: Giant-Size Super-Stars #1

" The Mind of the Monster! "
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Giant-Size Super-Stars #1
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Editor-in-Chief: Len Wein
Cover Artists: Rich Buckler, Joe Sinnott
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Rich Buckler
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Colourists: Petra Scotese (Goldberg)
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: May 1974
Release Date: February 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 24
Cover Price: $0.35
Times Read: 220                 Times Rated: 144
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Universes:   Earth-616  

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Issue Blurb
Bruce Banner seeks Reed Richards's help to rid himself of the Hulk for good, but things go awry, resulting in a Hulk vs Thing battle unlike any seen before.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Marvel Two-in-One #4. Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #145 (v1).
Medusa last appeared in Marvel Two-in-One #4. Medusa next appears in Fantastic Four #145 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Marvel Two-in-One #5. The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #145 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Marvel Two-in-One #2. The Human Torch next appears in Giant-Size Spider-Man #1.
Supporting Characters
Thundra last appeared in Fantastic Four #133 (v1). Thundra next appears in Fantastic Four #148 (v1).
  Walter Collins
Walter Collins last appeared in Fantastic Four #127 (v1). Walter Collins next appears in Fantastic Four #177 (v1).
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Defenders #14 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #173 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster V)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Marvel Two-in-One #5. The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #145 (v1).
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   March 28, 2016
A terrific Thing/Hulk battle where they have mind-swapped. It's EXACTLY as cool as it sounds. There was also a great cameo from Thundra. I loved this issue. So much fun. And Mister Fantastic fuels a very clever ending. 10/10
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  Kez Says:    
  2013-04-19 17:49:23  
  Ah, the old switched bodies gag. My favourite. Golly, there's nothing more engaging than the classic switcheroo. Gee whiz. I sure hope there are more stories like this.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-08-06 09:00:42  
  I love Thing vs. Hulk showdowns, even if this one was particularly far-fetched.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-24 00:14:33  
  A nice twist plus the addition of the wonderful Thundra adds up to a different kind of Thing-Hulk slugfest.  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2014-03-15 11:54:46  
  A fun little slugfest.  

  Neskit Says:    
  2014-08-10 14:07:52  
  Nice issues, this seems like the most issue time Banner has had in a while  

  Xythe Says:    
  2015-01-29 16:24:33  
  Shame about the resolution, but Hulk's dialogue makes this a solid 4 star.  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2015-04-04 17:08:03  
  Ridiculous premise, but I really enjoyed the Thing and Hulk having an old fashion slugfest at the Garden. And I guess we're just not gonna talk about how Hulk basically murdered a subway car full of people?  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-08 21:59:49  
  Lame, cop out of an ending. All the buildup of the fight and Thundra's appearance fizzled out because of a horrible ending...  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-09-12 01:19:03  
  So...why was Thundra there to begin with?
I find it interesting that the Hulk still controlled most of the fight, even though he was in the weaker body and is more easily confused. I guess there's something to be said for berserker rage.
The fact that the Hulk kept calling himself ugly kept a little smile on my face.

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-12-03 22:22:11  
  It's a good thing Thundra and Medusa were in this one - with Sue and Crystal gone, the FF desperately need some women to stand around and be confused about what's going on.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-10-18 22:40:21  
  Any time we have a Thing vs. Hulk throwdown, it's pretty entertaining, even with the twist this time of having the two switch bodies. And, of course, an ending only a Reed could love!

Some other notes....

Sight for sore eyes: The last time Bruce Banner saw the Thing, he immediately turned into the Hulk (Fantastic Four #111). That didn't happen here. Maybe Reed's little coffee maker made decaf this time?

Who could turn the world on with her smile: Say, what does Thundra do while she's on Earth and not harassing Ben? Does she have her own apartment? A job? Beat up bad guys on her own? Just a token appearance here, mostly for comedy relief.

Next issue, Ben will try to program a VCR: I guess both Ben and Bruce couldn't wait to be cured, so they went ahead and tried that Psi-Amplifier without waiting for Reed to come back. You know, to make sure they were operating it properly?

3 stars. Sure, the body-swap was a gimmick, but it still resulted in a fun little story.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-11-24 05:37:18  
  How strong was that tranquiliser??? Who the hell needs to keep Hulk strength tranquiliser on hand?  

  Nsmash Says:    
  2017-12-17 20:40:56  
  The art this issue was so Jack Kirby. And not in a good way.  

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