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Monday, April 17, 2006

A Battle to Shake the Heavens

And now, my friends, a moment of pure comics joy: A kid walked into the store tonight and asked me for a comic where Galactus fought the Punisher.

For those of you keeping score at home, here's Galactus devouring the energy that powers Ultron--the bastard robot child of Hank Pym that routinely crops up to kick the Avengers around for a few issues--with a mere wave of his hand.

And in this corner, we have the ISB's own bear-punchin' patron vigilante, the Punisher, seen here in imminent danger of being killed by a transsexual Russian hitman:

Ah, to be young again...


Blogger SmoothJimmyApollo said...

But teamed up with an unconcious Spiderman, all things are possible.

4/18/2006 6:27 AM

Blogger Eric said...

Holy shit. Although I have always loved comics, I don't actually own very many, these days. But I have the first one, where Ultron tries in vain to lay the smack down on Galactus. It's right next to my Avengers comic where Jarvis goes all Marquis of Queensbury on some random street punk who's stinking up his mother's neighbourhood.

Wow. This must be what it feels like to get the call to be the "phone-a-friend" for someone on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire".

Word verification: azvjfvhr, the sound of my spluttering incoherence after I realized I actually own a comic CHris is talking about.

4/18/2006 10:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell the kid to go download Bambi vs. Godzilla. It's pretty much the same thing as Punisher vs. Galactus, just without Punisher.

Or Galactus.

(and can I just say that seeing a Secret Wars panel makes me smile? That was my first superhero comic experience. I was buying GI Joe and saw the ad for Secret Wars and thought 'Hey, that looks cool, I can get *all* those heroes for the price of one?' I've held every other 'War' comic up against it. SW2, Contest of Champions, Marvel vs. DC. All crapulence to pale in comparison.)

4/18/2006 1:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the risk of destroying your comics joy, I may have an explanation for the kid's confusion. He may have looked in an Overstreet Guide or something similar at the entry for (the original) Fantastic Four #49, which is something like "1st full appearance Galactus, 1st appearance Punisher," because that was the name of Galactus' little purple robot henchman.

I had the same confusion looking at the Guide when I was but a lad. I also didn't understand how the Human Torch's first-ever appearance could be both in FF #1 AND Marvel Comics #1. Le sigh.

4/18/2006 3:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm getting mean in my old age. When 'Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe' came out, I thought 'Screw You, Ennis!' No way could Punisher take Cap! Ooooh! He was in "The 'Nam, Man!" Like the Nazis didn't fight dirty. Like going through the Battle of the Bulge wearing a big American flag and carrying a shield was easy!

But nowadays, I think it's funny as shit to posit Squirrel Girl racking Dr. Doom, or MODOK, or Thanos, just because of the reaction it gets from the more hardcore fans. I'd love to see Frank Castle take down Galactus. Moreso because Reed Richards would spend the whole comic trying to talk him out of it and blubbering about wasting the chance to study his cosmological mysteries and whatever. I'd love to see The Watcher tell Frank Castle how to get the Ultimate Nullifier and then realize too late who he was dealing with.

4/18/2006 10:07 PM

Blogger Tom said...

Wasn't there a "Dazzler vs. Galactus" issue?

4/20/2006 8:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah yes, here it is.

4/20/2006 8:36 PM

Blogger gravitybear said...

Glittering gold boots: $200

Matching purse: $150

Battling a giant, planet-devouring space elder with your glittering light powers: priceless

8/16/2006 10:52 AM

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