|The Hulk usually turns out
Superman's sparring partner in these DC vs Marvel showdowns,
but this time way back in the early 80's, in one of the giant
sized Marvel and DC collaborations, Batman did the unthinkable.
He took on the Incredible Hulk. It wasn't Batman's idea of
course. It was all due to that maniac the Joker. He just had to
steal a gamma gizmo Bruce Banner was counting on to help him rid
himself of the curse of the Hulk, and then convince the Hulk
that Batman was the bad guy. The pointy ears just didn't sell
the Batman's good guy status to the Jade Giant.
But how does a superb athlete and and all
around brilliant detective defeat someone that can knock down a
mountain? Very carefully.
In round one the Hulk grabs Batman and
almost crushes Batman's back years before Bane gets his chance.
Thinking quickly Batman boxes the Hulk's ears which as Batman
explains only startles the monster long enough for him to get
free. Batman goes for the old gas trick, but the Hulk
pulls a fast one and refuses to breathe in the bat gas.
In a move that would only work for the
Batman, Bats kicks the Hulk right in the solar plexus causing
the Hulk to breath the gas in and pass out.
Even then as a child reading this story for the
first time I felt that the Hulk's powers were toned down a bit to
fit into a Batman storyline. The Hulk seemed a little more like the
TV Hulk than his usual awesomely powered comic self, but nonetheless
I really enjoyed this story and read it over and over again. It's
still a lot of fun even as an adult to see this unlikely team up of
these two heroes battle it out.
My favorite action scene occurs in the second
round between Batman and the Hulk when the Hulk throws an entire car
Batman vs Hulk
- Hulk almost crushes Batman's back
before Bane got his chance.
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