Battles Of The Week: Hulk vs Sentry Part II (Hero vs Villain)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “VICIOUS CIRCLE”

Hulk has brought an invasion and gladiatorial combat to Earth in order to get revenge on the Illuminati. Hulk pits Illuminati members against one another, and when Mister Fantastic must make the impossible choice, Sentry comes to his aid.

In an epic fight that spanned the pages of ‘World War Hulk,’ Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk!

IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

SENTRY UNLEASHED! CAN HULK WITHSTAND THE POWER OF A MILLION EXPLODING SUNS?
In 'World War Hulk' (2005) #5, Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk.
In ‘World War Hulk’ (2005) #5, Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants near Madison Square Garden in New York. On the left side is World Breaker Hulk and on the right side is Sentry, with the power of a million exploding suns.

Let’s look at the stats.

HULK – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: STELLAR
SUPER SPEED: WARRIOR
DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL
ENERGY PROJECTION: PLANETARY
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR MADNESS
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • BannerTech PDA.
  • BannerTech Shield/Gamma Dome Generator.
  • BannerTech Wrist-Watch Teleporter.
WEAKNESSES
  • Gamma Radiation Draining.
  • Radiation Bombardment.
  • Gas Inhalation.
  • Adamantium and Vibranium Blades.
  • Magic.
In 'World War Hulk' (2005) #5, Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk.
SENTRY – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: STELLAR
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: STELLAR
ENERGY PROJECTION: GALAXY
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • CLOC.
WEAKNESSES
  • Psychic Assault.
  • The Negative Zone.
  • Lack Of Control.
  • Vulnerability To Chi.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: DEATHSTROKE VS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

THE FIGHT

World Breaker Hulk has given Reed Richards the ultimatum to kill Tony Stark. However, Reed has rejected it. As the situation becomes dire, Reed asks Hulk to surrender. At that moment, Sentry explodes in.

The battle to decide who is the cosmic god!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight continues with Sentry going berserk. He busts out the power of a million exploding suns on World Breaker Hulk.

SENTRY GALAXY BUSTING ATTACK: 11 DAMAGE PTS.






On the following pages, it is an all-out battle between Sentry and World Breaker Hulk. World Breaker Hulk hits Sentry with three Planet-Busting punches.

SENTRY EXPLOSION + GALAXY BUSTING ATTACKS (x2) = 5 DAMAGE PTS + 11 DAMAGE PTS (x2) = 27 DAMAGE PTS.

HULK PLANET-BUSTING ATTACKS (x3) = 27 DAMAGE PTS.


As both combatants are locked in punches, Sentry unleashes three Galaxy-Busting attacks reverting both he and World Breaker Hulk to their human forms.

SENTRY GALAXY-BUSTING + BATTLE FIELD REMOVAL ATTACKS (x3) = 11 DAMAGE PTS (x3) + 6 DAMAGE PTS = 39 DAMAGE PTS.


HULK BATTLE FIELD REMOVAL ATTACK = 6 DAMAGE PTS.


In the end, Robert Reynolds is exhausted and collapses on the floor while Bruce Banner is still standing.

TOTAL


HULK’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE: -313 DAMAGE PTS

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-313 DAMAGE PTS.

Power Of Sun = 3.846E+26 J.
Gravitational Pull Of Sun = 3.52E+22 N.

-(313 DAMAGE PTS * 4.0296675*10^62 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -3.0030617*10^55 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

SENTRY’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE: -60 DAMAGE PTS

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-60 DAMAGE PTS.

Gravitational Pull Of Sun On Earth = 3.52E+22 N.

-(60 DAMAGE PTS * 3.846*10^26 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -5.4942857e+18 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

OUTCOME: HULK WINS BY BATTLE FIELD REMOVAL.

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HULK IN COMICS

‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3 marks the second appearance of Spider-Man and Hulk in Marvel continuity. The issue featured the Avengers’ offer for Spider-Man to join and indeed, a brief scuffle between Spidey and none other than… Captain America! ‘Nuff said!

'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3 marks the first appearance of Spider-Man and Hulk in Marvel continuity.
‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3 marks the first appearance of Spider-Man and Hulk in Marvel continuity. Photo/Marvel Comics

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: THANOS VS ETERNITY. MAY 20TH.


SOURCES

World War Hulk Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Robert Reynolds (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.

Battles Of The Week: Hulk vs Sentry Part I (Hero vs Villain)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “VICIOUS CIRCLE”

Hulk has brought an invasion and gladiatorial combat to Earth in order to get revenge on the Illuminati. Hulk pits Illuminati members against one another, and when Mister Fantastic must make the impossible choice, Sentry comes to his aid.

In an epic fight that spanned the pages of ‘World War Hulk,’ Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk!

IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

SENTRY UNLEASHED! CAN HULK WITHSTAND THE POWER OF A MILLION EXPLODING SUNS?
In 'World War Hulk' (2005) #5, Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk.
In ‘World War Hulk’ (2005) #5, Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants near Madison Square Garden in New York. On the left side is World Breaker Hulk and on the right side is Sentry, with the power of a million exploding suns.

Let’s look at the stats.

HULK – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: STELLAR
SUPER SPEED: WARRIOR
DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL
ENERGY PROJECTION: PLANETARY
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR MADNESS
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • BannerTech PDA.
  • BannerTech Shield/Gamma Dome Generator.
  • BannerTech Wrist-Watch Teleporter.
WEAKNESSES
  • Gamma Radiation Draining.
  • Radiation Bombardment.
  • Gas Inhalation.
  • Adamantium and Vibranium Blades.
  • Magic.
In 'World War Hulk' (2005) #5, Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk.
SENTRY – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: STELLAR
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: STELLAR
ENERGY PROJECTION: GALAXY
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • CLOC.
WEAKNESSES
  • Psychic Assault.
  • The Negative Zone.
  • Lack Of Control.
  • Vulnerability To Chi.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: DEATHSTROKE VS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

THE FIGHT

World Breaker Hulk has given Reed Richards the ultimatum to kill Tony Stark. However, Reed has rejected it. As the situation becomes dire, Reed asks Hulk to surrender. At that moment, Sentry explodes in.

The battle to decide who is the cosmic god!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Sentry using energy manipulation to dive bomb World Breaker Hulk through Madison Square Garden.

SENTRY ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK (x3): 18 DAMAGE PTS.






On the following page, Sentry hits World Breaker Hulk with an energy manipulation punch that does serious damage. Hulk is sent through buildings three times before being momentarily halted.

Then, World Breaker Hulk gets up and deals the Sentry a punch that creates an explosion.

SENTRY ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK + CONCUSSION ATTACK (x3) = 6 DAMAGE PTS + 9 DAMAGE PTS = 15 PTS.
HULK EXPLOSION ATTACK = 5 DAMAGE PTS.


The fight goes into high gear as World Breaker Hulk deals Sentry three Planet-Busting punches to the face.

HULK PLANET-BUSTING ATTACK (x3) = 27 DAMAGE PTS.


The battle is not over.

TOTAL


HULK’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-33 DAMAGE PTS.

Power Of Sun = 3.846E+26 J.
Gravitational Pull Of Sun = 3.52E+22 N.

-(33 DAMAGE PTS * (3.846*10^26 J + 3.52*10^22 N * 1609 m) * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -3.4668605*10^18 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: UNIVERSAL

SENTRY’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-27 DAMAGE PTS.

Gravitational Pull Of Sun On Earth = 3.52E+22 N.

-(27 DAMAGE PTS * 3.52*10^22 N * 1 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -8.3809524*10^12 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: STELLAR

OUTCOME: HULK VS SENTRY PART II. MAY 21ST.

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HULK IN COMICS

‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3 marks the second appearance of Spider-Man and Hulk in Marvel continuity. The issue featured the Avengers’ offer for Spider-Man to join and indeed, a brief scuffle between Spidey and none other than… Captain America! ‘Nuff said!

'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3 marks the first appearance of Spider-Man and Hulk in Marvel continuity.
‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3 marks the first appearance of Spider-Man and Hulk in Marvel continuity. Photo/Marvel Comics

SOURCES

World War Hulk Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Robert Reynolds (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.

Battles Of The Week: Daredevil vs The Kingpin (Hero vs Villain)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “IN THE KINGPIN’S CLUTCHES”

Kingpin has risen among the ranks of Hell Kitchen’s criminal organizations. Now, it is up to Daredevil to find information about the crime-lord, or else, Kingpin will take over crime in New York.

In one of the most sensational fights, Daredevil fights Kingpin!

IN SUPERVILLAINS

DAREDEVIL GOES UNDERCOVER TO INVESTIGATE KINGPIN.
In 'Daredevil' (1981) #171, Matt Murdock goes undercover to investigate the Kingpin.
In ‘Daredevil’ (1981) #171, Matt Murdock goes undercover to investigate the Kingpin. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants at Kingpin’s Headquarters in New York. On the left side is Daredevil, the Man Without Fear and on the right side is Kingpin.

Let’s look at the stats.

DAREDEVIL – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: PEAK HUMAN
SUPER SPEED: METAHUMAN
DURABILITY: METAHUMAN
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: EXPERT COMBATANT
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Daredevil’s Suit.
  • Lock-picking Set.
  • Billy Club.
WEAKNESSES
  • Blindness.
  • Superhuman Sense Disruption.
  • Radar Sense Disruption.
  • Water Immersion.
KINGPIN – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: PEAK HUMAN
DURABILITY: METAHUMAN
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: STREET FIGHTER
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Walking Stick.
WEAKNESSES
  • Devotion to wife.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: WOLVERINE VS HULK.

THE FIGHT

As Matt Murdock goes undercover to investigate Kingpin, he is met with a foe of gigantic strength! Matt has to use his radioactively enhanced physiology in order to take down Kingpin.

The battle to decide who rules the streets of New York!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Kingpin trying to find Matt in his safe. Daredevil hits Kingpin with his Billy Club, causing Fisk to drop his flashlight.

DAREDEVIL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.




On the following page, Daredevil deals Kingpin one kick to the face and two kicks to the back.

DAREDEVIL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK(x3): 3 DAMAGE PTS.


Daredevil then hits Kingpin with three Billy Club hits to the head. However, Daredevil is tired by the fight. So, Kingpin knocks him out with a punch.

DAREDEVIL CONCUSSION ATTACK (x3): 9 DAMAGE PTS – 3 DAMAGE PTS KINGPIN DURABILITY = 6 DAMAGE PTS
KINGPIN CONCUSSION ATTACK = 3 DAMAGE PT.

At the end of the battle, Daredevil is knocked out.

TOTAL


DAREDEVIL’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Metahuman Strength = 1 ton.
Daily Energy Expenditure Of An Elephant = Durability = 236171737.6 J/day.

-(3 DAMAGE PTS * 9810 N * 1 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.00000700714 DAMAGE PTS * Ton of TNT.

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DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

WOLVERINE’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-10 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Strength = 750 kg.
Daily Energy Elephant = Durability = 236171737.6 J/day.
Calories Burned In Martial Arts/Hour = 3686536 J.

-(10 DAMAGE PTS * ((7357.5 N * 1 m) + 3686536 J)) * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.0008847538 DAMAGE PTS * Ton of TNT.

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DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

OUTCOME: KINGPIN WINS BY KNOCKOUT

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DAREDEVIL IN COMICS

‘Daredevil’ (1964) #1, titled “The Origin of Daredevil,” marks the first solo appearance of Daredevil in Marvel continuity. The comic tells the origin story of Daredevil told in flashbacks and his attempt to take down the Fixer.

The issue was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett.

'Daredevil' (1964) #1, marks the first appearance of Daredevil in Marvel continuity.
‘Daredevil’ (1964) #1, titled “The Origin of Daredevil,” marks the first appearance of Daredevil in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: HULK VS SENTRY. APRIL 23RD.


SOURCES

Daredevil Vol 1 171 in Marvel Database.
Matthew Murdock (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Wilson Fisk (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Daredevil Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Battles Of The Week: Spider-Man vs Captain America (Hero vs Hero)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “THE WAR AT HOME: PART THREE OF SIX”

Iron Man, Spider-Man and the pro-Registration operatives are transporting some anti-Registration forces they captured. Spider-Man is uneasy about the events. Suddenly, Spider-Man’s spider sense tingles. When their transport is intercepted, Spider-Man springs into action.

He faces a familiar former ally, his foe is… Captain America.

IN GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

SPIDER-MAN IN HIS IRON SPIDER SUIT MUST FACE CAPTAIN AMERICA OR BE WON TO HIS CAUSE!
In 'Amazing Spider-Man' (2006) #534, Spider-Man in the iron spider suit faces Captain America.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (2006) #534, Spider-Man in the iron spider suit faces Captain America. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants at Yancy Street, in New York. On the left side is Spider-Man, the Iron Spider and on the right side is Captain America, the Super Soldier.

Let’s look at the stats.

SPIDER-MAN – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: BUILDING
ENERGY PROJECTION: CITY BLOCK
FIGHTING SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Web-shooters.
  • Utility belt.
  • Spider-tracers.
  • Spider-signal.
  • Avenger Identicard.
WEAKNESSES
  • Spider-sense disruption.
  • Ethyl chloride.
  • Bad luck.
CAPTAIN AMERICA – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: SONIC
DURABILITY: BUILDING
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Captain America’s Uniform.
  • Utility Belt.
  • Captain America’s Shield.
  • Photonic Shield.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: SPIDER-MAN VS VENOM.

THE FIGHT

It is the Civil War. As the pro-Registration SHIELD operatives transport arrested anti-Registration rebels, Spider-Man’s spider sense tingles. Their transport is intercepted and Spider-Man must face Captain America.

The battle to decide who is the American hero!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Spider-Man and Captain America running at each other. In the first pages, Captain America has the advantage. Captain America lands two punches on Spider-Man.

CAPTAIN AMERICA BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 2 DAMAGE PTS.







On the following pages, Captain America is on the offensive and throws his shield at Spider-Man. Spider-Man evades the ricochets and webs the shield. However, Captain America lands another punch to the ribcage.

CAPTAIN AMERICA BLUNT FORCE: 1 DAMAGE PT.
SPIDER-MAN MATTER MANIPULATION: 6 DAMAGE PTS.


Spider-Man goes on the offensive and attempts to web sling Captain America who evades the attack. Then, Spider-Man draws first blood with his spider arms.

SPIDER-MAN INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACK: 3 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the battle, Captain America departs to aid the conflict on the street.

TOTAL


SPIDER-MAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Energy Burned For 24 Hour Martial Arts = 105215722 J. -(3 DAMAGE PTS * 105215722 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.07515408714 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: BUILDING

CAPTAIN AMERICA’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-9 DAMAGE PTS.

Energy Consumed By A City Block = 290000000 J/s -(10 DAMAGE PTS * 290000000 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.69047619047 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

OUTCOME: DRAW

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CAPTAIN AMERICA IN COMICS

‘Captain America Comics’ (1940) #1, titled “Meet Captain America” marks the first appearance of Captain America in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Captain America and his recruitment in the war effort against the Nazis during World War II. The issue also tells the relationship between friends and allies Captain America and Bucky Barnes.

The comic was written and penciled by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

CAPTAIN AMERICA FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR
Captain America Comics’ (1940) #1, titled “Meet Captain America” marks the first appearance of Captain America in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: SUPERBOY VS SUPERBOY-PRIME. APRIL 21ST.


The Amazing Spider-Man #534 in Comic Vine.
Captain America Comics Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day: In A Celebration Of Black Power, Luke Cage Becomes Power Man

MARVEL DAY

IN A CELEBRATION OF BLACK POWER, LUKE CAGE BECOMES… POWER MAN!
In 'Power Man' (1974) #17, in a celebration of Black Power, Power Man is born!
In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, in a celebration of Black Power, Power Man is born! AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

IN AN ORIGIN STORY FOR AN EX-CON, LUKE CAGE SETS UP HERO FOR HIRE TO START HIS CRIME-FIGHTING CAREER

In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #1, the origin story of the ex-con Lucas Cage is told before he became Power Man. Luke Cage and Willis Stryker were gang members in Harlem. They were involved in crimes and were fugitives from the law. Over time, Willis became a knife specialist, while Lucas was a brawler. Tired of running, Lucas tried to reform until a girl named Reva came along. Lucas and Willis both competed for her attention. The wealthier Willis who had ascended among the gangs of New York, was able to win Reva’s favors for a while until one night when he was beaten by two members of the Syndicate mafia for cutting onto their turf.

Reva escaped and alerted Lucas who was nearby. Lucas beat up the two men then took Willis to the hospital. Reva told Lucas on the way that she feared her company with Willis. Upon hearing Reva’s comments, at the hospital, Willis broke up with both Reva and Willis. From that time, Lucas and Reva entered into a serious relationship that was leading to marriage. Watching over the couple, Willis set up Lucas, planted drugs at his apartment and tipped off the police. Lucas was then sentenced to prison for a crime he did not commit. Re-kindling her connection to Willis, Reva was then shot by the Syndicate. Willis survived the attack.

In 'Hero For Hire' (1972) #1, Luke Cage tells Dr. Burnstein he was sentenced to jail for a crime he did not commit.
In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #1, Luke Cage tells Dr. Burnstein he was sentenced to jail for a crime he did not commit. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

This is the story Lucas Cage told Dr. Burnstein before he would become Power Man. One year ago, Lucas Cage had been transferred to Seagate Prison for his crime. Lucas had a violent temper and wanted revenge on Willis for his set-up. He was confined to solitary and got into fights. His plan was to be the first to escape Seagate Prison which was known as “Little Alcatraz.”1 When the prison came under new management, Lucas was offered an opportunity that would forever change his life.

He was contacted by a scientist called Dr. Burnstein who been given a grant by Tony Stark to pursue research on an electro-biochemical system that would enhance cellular regeneration. Dr. Burnstein said Lucas was uniquely qualified for the project for being one of the strongest and healthiest inmates. Seeing it as a chance to get on parole for volunteering in the research project, Lucas eventually accepted. During the initial trial, Lucas tolerated it well. However, one of the prison guards, Billy Bob Rackham saw it as an opportunity to kill Lucas. Increasing the dials to dangerous levels.

 

In 'Hero For Hire' (1972) #1, despite a murder attempt, Lucas Cage emerges alive and enhanced from the Burnstein Process.
In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #1, despite a murder attempt, Lucas Cage emerges alive and enhanced from the Burnstein Process.

Amazingly, Lucas survived the process and on busting out of the machine, he accidentally knocked out Rackham. Realizing his enhanced strength and bulletproof skin, Lucas eventually escaped Seagate Prison. The guards who intercepted him on the way out, finding his clothing on the shore assumed him dead.

Lucas eventually made his way back to New York with a boat he found. On the street, looking for money he stopped a robbery while being bulletproof. The store congratulated him and offered him a reward with an advice to buy clothing to start his superhero career. Lucas started Hero For Hire and took on the name Luke Cage.

In 'Hero For Hire' (1972) #1, Luke Cage dons his costume and starts Hero For Hire from his hotel room.
In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #1, Luke Cage dons his costume and starts Hero For Hire from his hotel room. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WORKING AS A MERCENARY, LUKE CAGE THEN BEATS DOWN ON DOOM FOR NOT PAYING HIS $200

In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #8, Doctor Doom sends an emissary at Hero For Hire. The man hires Luke Cage and offers to pay him $200 a day to capture four men at Bedford-Stuyvesant who have secrets about an unknown company.

Luke heads to the place, investigates and finds the men. He ends up finding them and finds out that the men are robots. Later, he traces his client’s address to the Embassy of Latveria. Going through the security detail, he finds the man only to be stopped by… Doctor Doom! Doom has a job proposition for Luke Cage. Find out in the next issue, why Luke beats down on Doctor Doom.

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SHOWDOWN: LUKE CAGE VS IRON MAN

In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, Luke Cage celebrates Black Power and becomes Power Man. Frustrated by the lack of news coverage for his heroics, Luke Cage wants to take Hero For Hire to the next level. Fortunately, Luke’s luck may have just turned out. Mr. Orville Smith, who works for Stark Industries communicates to Luke Cage Mr. Stark’s need for the hero to steal his new deep-space exploration suit. However, Luke is not convinced and is ready to throw Orville out but when he sees a personal check from Tony Stark, he changes his mind. The theft is meant to test the factory’s new security system. Only Luke, Orville and Mr. Stark are said to be aware of the test, not even Stark’s personal bodyguard, Iron Man, is in the know.

On the outskirts of Long Island, at night, Luke hitches a ride to Stark Industries on a van. He soon gets past the perimeter and looks up the map Smythe gave him. Moving through corridors he finally reaches the Astrophysics Lab. Seeing two security guards he quickly dispatches them. This causes a whole security unit to rush to the area. Tony Stark, in his office, sees the commotion. Sensing that the space suit is in danger, he changes into Iron Man. Before Luke Cage can leave with the suit, Iron Man intercepts him. The fight is on. Soon, Iron Man is impressed by Cage’s strength and toughness. When Luke damages his suit, “..the kid gloves are OFF!”2

In 'Power Man' (1974) #17, Luke Cage punches Iron Man through the brick wall.
In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, Luke Cage punches Iron Man through the brick wall. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

What follows is a flurry of punches that knock the wind out of Luke Cage. Iron Man is about to land one final punch though Luke is still standing. Seeing how tough Iron Man is, Luke Cage decides that the Stark Industries’ test is successful. Iron Man retorts that Stark hired Luke for a test and that he did not know about it. Luke reveals he was hired by Orville Smythe. Iron Man claims he knows every executive on Stark’s payroll and both realized it was a set-up. The real plan was for Luke Cage to serve as a diversion while Orville stole the star-suit. The two superheroes race in the complex and find Orville attending to make his exit with one of the experimental sky-skates. During the battle, Luke damaged Iron Man’s armor so his boot-jets are not working.

Heroically, Luke Cage jumps onto the sky-skates. The ship takes to the air with Luke holding onto it. Barreling through the ship’s door, Luke enters and tussles with Orville in the star-suit. Luke comments the star-suit has the power of a cannon and might kill him. Damaging the star-suit’s circuitry, Luke Cage kicks Orville outside the ship with Orville, unable to fly, crashing down. As the ship is crashing down, Luke Cage gets on com and notifies Iron Man of his predicament. Following Iron Man’s instructions, he is able to put it on remote control. In the end, Luke Cage rips the forged check and asks Iron Man to compensate him for his time.

In 'Power Man' (1974) #17, Luke Cage barrels through titanium doors to stop Orville Smythe flying a sky-skate.
In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, Luke Cage barrels through titanium doors to stop Orville Smythe flying a sky-skate.

CHECK OUT THE STORY: In “Tower Of Babel”, Ra’s Al Ghul Uses Batman’s Mad Science To Take Out The Justice League Of America.

LUKE CAGE BECOMES POWER MAN

IN A CELEBRATION OF BLACK POWER, LUKE CAGE BECOMES… POWER MAN!
In 'Power Man' (1974) #17, in a celebration of Black Power, Power Man is born!
In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, in a celebration of Black Power, Power Man is born! AP Photo/Marvel Comics.


SOURCES

Hero for Hire Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Hero for Hire Vol 1 8 in Marvel Database.
Power Man Vol 1 17 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Hero For Hire #1.
  2. Power Man #17.

Battles Of The Week: Spider-Man vs Venom (Hero vs Villain)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “RISE OF THE OLYMPIAN PART 1: PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE”

In this origin story re-telling, the symbiote has fully bonded to Eddie Brock. He is now prepared to get his revenge on Spider-Man for losing his reporter job at the Daily Globe. Venom becomes a stalker and goads Spider-Man into a fight…

IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

VENOM STALKS SPIDER-MAN AND GOADS HIM INTO A FIGHT
In 'Venom: Dark Origin' (2008) #5, Venom stalks and goads Spider-Man into a fight.
In ‘Venom: Dark Origin’ (2008) #5, Venom stalks Spider-Man and goads him into a fight. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants at the Daily Bugle in New York. On the left side is Spider-Man and on the right side is Venom.

Let’s look at the stats.

SPIDER-MAN – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: METAHUMAN
ENERGY PROJECTION: CITY BLOCK
FIGHTING SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Web-shooters.
  • Utility belt.
  • Spider-tracers.
  • Spider-signal.
  • Avenger Identicard.
WEAKNESSES
  • Spider-sense disruption.
  • Ethyl chloride.
  • Bad luck.
VENOM – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: BUILDING
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: BUILDING
ENERGY PROJECTION: CITY BLOCK
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR MADNESS
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Venom Symbiote.
WEAKNESSES
  • Mental Instability.
  • Sonics.
  • Heat.
  • Knull.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: CAPTAIN AMERICA VS IRON MAN.

THE FIGHT

In order to get revenge on Spider-Man who caused him to lose his reporter job at the Daily Globe, Venom stalks Spider-Man with a camera. Venom goads Spider-Man into fighting him in New York.

The battle to decide who is the true Spider-Man!

OUTCOME: SPIDER-MAN WINS BY INCAPACITATION

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VENOM IN COMICS

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1988) #300, marks the first appearance of Venom in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Venom who bonded to Eddie Brock as he was attempting suicide at Our Lady of Saints. The issue reveals Eddie’s hatred for Spider-Man over the latter’s involvement in Eddie’s loss of employment at the Daily Globe.

The graphic novel was created by Tom DeFalco and David Michelinie.

VENOM’S FIRST SINISTER ISSUE
'Amazing Spider-Man' (1988) #300, marks the first appearance of Venom in Marvel continuity.
‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1988) #300, marks the first appearance of Venom in Marvel continuity.

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: CAPTAIN MARVEL VS ROGUE. MARCH 17TH.

SOURCES

Venom: Dark Origin Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Peter Parker (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Edward Brock (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 30 in Marvel Database.

Battles Of The Week: Punisher vs Deadpool

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

In 'Deadpool: Suicide Kings' (2009) #2, Punisher tracks down Deadpool because of an attack he was framed for.
In ‘Deadpool: Suicide Kings’ (2009) #2, Punisher tracks down Deadpool because of an attack he was framed for. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Enter the two contestants at Deadpool’s apartment in New York City. On the left side is Punisher and on the right side is Deadpool.

Let’s look at the stats.

PUNISHER – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: PEAK HUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: PEAK HUMAN
DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING-SKILLS: PEAK HUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Punisher’s Suit.
  • Punisher’s Battle Van.
  • Punisher’s Arsenal.
WEAKNESSES
  • Physical Conditioning.

DEADPOOL – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEEd: METAHUMAN
DURABILITY: METAHUMAN
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTINg-SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Deadpool’s Suit.
  • Image Inducer.
  • Amalgamated Symbiote.
  • Loop Temporal Dislocation Harness.
  • Teleportation Device.
  • Deadpool’s Katanas.
WEAKNESSES
  • Mental State.
  • Annoyance.
  • Cure For Cancer.
  • Phobias.
  • Mystical Curse.

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: STORM VS PYRO

THE FIGHT

In ‘Deadpool: Suicide Kings’ (2009) #2, Deadpool is framed for an attack by a rich kid and Tombstone for blowing up an apartment. This sets Punisher on Deadpool’s trail.

The battle to decide who is the greatest assassin in New York!

For the full battles, check out the issue on Comixology.

OUTCOME: DEADPOOL WINS BY KNOCKOUT

PUNISHER IN COMICS

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1974) #129, titled “The Punisher Strikes Twice!”, marks the first appearance of Punisher in Marvel continuity. The Jackal hires the Punisher to destroy Spider-Man.

'Amazing Spider-Man' (1974) #129, titled "The Punisher Strikes Twice!", marks the first appearance of Punisher in Marvel continuity.
‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (1974) #129, titled “The Punisher Strikes Twice!”, marks the first appearance of Punisher in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: IRON MAN (HULKBUSTER ARMOR) VS HULK. NOVEMBER 11TH.


SOURCES

Deadpool: Suicide Kings Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Frank Castle (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Wade Wilson (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 129 in Marvel Database.