Batman vs Hulk

This unlikely team-up was one of the last tabloid format comics. Published towards the end of 1981, it followed on the heels of the ground-breaking Superman vs Spider-Man tabloid and its sequel and is a solid, if undemanding read. I know — I just re-read it yesterday!

Len Wein’s story sees an unwell Shaper of Worlds coming to Earth and seeking out the Joker to help effect a cure. The cure turns out to be an experimental gamma gun that a certain Bruce Banner is helping to develop, so you know that pretty soon it all goes awry and poor Bruce is once more splitting those purple trousers. Batman joins the party and everything is ultimately resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. Hooray!

If for nothing else, it’s worth finding just to gaze in awe at the amazing artwork of Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. He was, of course, a DC stalwart — still is, in fact — and this is one of the very rare occasions that he handled Marvel characters. His Hulk is fabulous. The artist himself has said that he’s most proud of his work on the Joker’s appearances in this book, and it’s true, the material towards the end, where the Shaper of Worlds creates realities from the Joker’s twisted imagination are stunning and full of innovative layouts.

Batman vs Hulk

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