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Fifthchild

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Jonathanos

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Subj: Re: Not really.
Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 11:04:59 pm CST (Viewed 100 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Not really.
Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 09:39:16 pm CST (Viewed 93 times)




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      And I'm pretty sure that the scene with Mjolnir is supposed to reference its unwieldability rather than Thors strength. The expanded scene from JIM112 also makes it look more like this IMO.



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    In the original, Hulk's shocked that Thor is able to prevent him from taking Mjolnir away when it was both of his hands against one of Thor's. When Thor releases the hammer, he calls it a test of strength. Just at face value, it does seem Stan may have intended Thor to be stronger in that scene.


IMO the line "Nothing that lives can pry my hammer from the hand of Thor" as Hulk is attempting to do just that and "Fool! Do you still not see that none but Thor can possess my mallett" just afterwards are at least indicative of the scene being a reference to the worthiness enchantment (or how it was thought to work at the time) rather than Thors strength. At the end of the issue Thors thoughts reveal that he is willing to conceal the truth about his dependence on Mjolnir a secret from his comrades so I think he would have been perfectly willing to let Hulk go on thinking it was a test of strength even when he might have known otherwise.

If nothing else the sheer size of the strength discrepancy that the scene would indicate, if interpreted in this way, argue against it. If it were the case that Thor was that much stronger I cant see how Namor and Hulk combined would pose any sort of struggle for him.


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    But the next time Hulk appears, it's said that only Mjolnir could match him and the time after that (FF #25, which features Thor as well) Stan's narration calls the Hulk the most powerful creature on Earth.



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      Thats interesting. Ive been wondering for a while when the first time that might have happened. Its interesting reading the first Vol of Esssential Hulk and seeing the character gradually evolve towards the familiarish Savage Hulk incarnation.



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    It's the Thing who says the Hulk is getting stronger. I believe the first time Hulk says his strength increases is in Tales To Astonish #59. Send me a PM on HC if you don't have the issue and would like a scan.


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