TITLE: Marvel Two-in-One Annual #7
COMPANY: Marvel Comics
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Pencils: Ron Wilson
Inkers: Camp, Esposito, Giacoia, Green, Gil and Stone
Letters: Jim Novak
Colors: George Roussos
Editor: Jim Salicrup
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Back in 1978, DC Comics unveiled their cosmic boxing match between Superman vs. Muhammad Ali.
A popular storyline written by Denny O’Neill and Neal Adams, which the greatest fighter must take on an alien fighter in a boxing match. A similar concept was featured in the seventh annual of “Marvel Two-in-One” starring Fantastic Four’s The Thing.
But what made this annual so entertaining is that it incorporated characters from the Marvel Universe such as the Fantastic Four, Avengers, X-Men, Alpha Flight and more.
In fact, the antagonist, the greatest boxer in the universe known as The Champion wants to take on Earth’s greatest superheroes in a boxing match going by official boxing rules. And if they don’t participate, Earth is at stake.
With three rounds set and no one having completed one round against the Champion, will Earth’s strongest superheroes have a chance?
Billed as the greatest boxing match on Earth, drafted into the fight are Fantastic Four’s The Thing, The Incredible Hulk (Banner version, although if Banner gets too angry, the destructive Hulk comes out), The Mighty Thor, former Avenger Wonderman, X-Men’s Colossus, Namor (The Sub-Mariner) and Alpha Flight’s Sasquatch.
As these fighters are forced to train and fight for the boxing match, Mr. Fantastic tries to find ways to save them.
Of course, not all of the superheroes are down with the rules and fight back. Thor uses his hammer, Namor wants to fight (but not by boxing rules) and the strongest of all of them, the Hulk, unfortunately Banner loses control and the brute comes out and tears up his gloves, thus getting disqualified.
Thus leaving the remaining fighters (Sasquatch, Colossus, Wonderman and The Thing) to take on the Champion.
Personally, I don’t want to spoil how this annual issue ends but I will say it’s one of my favorite comic books that I owned as a kid and enjoyed it as an adult.