Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #46

Writer – Alan Kupperberg
Artist – Alan Kupperberg
Inker – Chic Stone
Colours – Alan Kupperberg
Letters – Gaspar Saladino, Shelly Leferman

Famous actress Karen Page has a chance to star in the Incredible Hulk television series, but decides that it is not the right fit thanks to none other but the real Hulk and the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing. Alan Kupperberg starts the tale off with The Thing watching television when he sees a commercial for the new show about the Hulk and starring Karen Page. He is a little angry because if anyone should be famous it should be him, Ben Grimm smashes his TV, has an altercation with the Human Torch which is the funniest scene in the entire book, and finally sets his sights on Hollywood to make it big. Also on their way to Los Angeles is the actual Hulk who thinks that the makers of the show are making fun of him and he means to put a stop to it. Of course, once arriving in the City of Angels, it is plainly obvious to the reader just what will happen and it does indeed as the two monsters battle it out throughout the studio. In the meantime, Kupperberg throws in an additional plotline which sees a few former employees looking to kidnap Page and hold her for ransom. When it all comes to a head, said plot is introduced to wrap up the first in a nice, neat bow and it does just that. Overall, it is a quick and fun tale that features no villains, just a miscommunication between the two heroes who could be called friends when it matters the most. The scene with Johnny Storm is hilarious and will make readers laugh, for those that get the Laverne and Shirley reference and if not, the tone of said joke is still fairly obvious. There is a ton of action thanks to the Hulk and it is almost a long-running gag at this point seeing The Thing always getting into trouble, most of it not of his own accord. Be that as it may, the man always manages to get his way out of it, usually with a bit of help and does so again, putting aside his battle with the Hulk in order to catch the kidnappers. Seeing Karen Page in the book was nice, what with her being more of a Daredevil mainstay, but also proving just how interconnected the Marvel Universe can be. With some fantastic artwork by the author himself, Alan Kupperberg who does triple duty with colours as well, the book not only reads well, but looks good too. This was a great issue, a good interlude between those villain-of-the-week battles, but it will be nice to see The Thing get back to beating up on some real big bads.

3.5 out of 5

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