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The Mandarin

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Subj: Article that includes Mandarin beating Hulk
Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 at 09:50:41 pm EDT (Viewed 259 times)

    the Mandarin was a really strange character when he debuted, because despite having ten powerful rings that he would wear on his fingers, it always seemed like he wanted to do stuff that had nothing to do with the rings. When he first fought Iron Man, he mostly used his martial arts skills.

    Likewise, when he fought the Hulk in Incredible Hulk #107 (by Gary Friedrich, Marie Severin, Herb Trimpe and Syd Shores), the Mandarin certainly used his rings on the Hulk, but for the most part, he just used robots and electronics to take the Hulk down. That’s what happened when he encased the Hulk in a gas chamber to knock him out.

What I find interesting is that the article treats something I consider a feature like it's a bug. Yes, for a long time the Mandarin was more about blending cunning scientific prep with superhuman martial arts abilities, and the rings were these moderately useful side-things. The gradual retconning of the rings into being his root-n-spine was a horrible idea. The rings should have remained these tertiary occasionally useful tools.