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Subj: Re: But the problem is...
Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 at 11:10:09 am EDT (Viewed 242 times)
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    if i recall the issue correctly, thor's getting more of the business end of things prior to realizing that the fight putting people in danger.  after he realizes it, it's still getting the business end of things.  the set up, of course, was that hulk threatened a woman if thor didn't ditch mjolnir.  but other than that, i don't recall hulk getting some kind of upper hand (except for mjolnir being tossed) due to hulk's actions.  there was one moment where thor realizes he's about to hit a bus full of people, and that's where he realizes the carnage he/hulk are creating.  but keep in mind that he's realizing this as he just got casually thrown into said bus. 

    i remember picking that issue up in my (relative) youth.  i thought "this is great.  thor doesn't quit."   i still have the same impression of that issue, and since it was written by stan, i give it a lot of weight in the thor/hulk debates.  

Basically Erik Larsen had the idea to resolve the Hulk/Thor rivalry by saying/showing that Hulk was stronger but that Thor was more powerful with Mjolnir. Both this story and the 2001 Annual he wrote push this point pretty clearly.

Theres a lot of weird things about 385 that dont add up - i've heard rumours that there were art changes etc which may be why Thor's face is suddenly bruised in the last panel. Also Stan Lee was brought on to do the script and it feels like he tried to make things more ambiguous in the dialogue (which didnt always match the art very well) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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