Issue(s): Thor #385
In a pairing that works surprisingly well, this issue is scripted by Stan Lee himself, off of a standard Hulk vs. Thor plot by Jim Shooter. Between the scripting and the stiff art, i could almost believe i was reading some early issue of Tales to Astonish, maybe with Dick Ayers stepping up to pencils for some reason.
I say "standard" but everybody loves a Hulk/Thor battle.
The underlying theme is Thor's inability to resist the thrill of battle, which causes him to fight even when fighting results in more destruction that the Hulk's initial rampage.
It's not really "good" in any sense of the word, but it's fun enough as long as you don't go in expecting more than 20 pages of the Hulk and the Thing pounding the crap out of each other.
The Hulk is in pure "Hulk smash" mode, although he's especially nasty. Very aggressive towards bystanders...
...and willing to take a hostage.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Opening narration says this takes place "at a time in the not-too-distant past, when the God of Thunder went beardless and his beloved father Odin still strode the halls of Asgard". The Hulk is wearing fitted purple shorts like he did in the Banner-brain days. I was tempted to push this back even further in time, but the shorts caused me to go along with the MCP's placement, which is after the Hulk starts descending into madness again, circa Hulk #266. For Thor, that suggests around/during Thor #341. It actually fits about as well as you could ask.
Continuity Implant? Y
Reprinted In: N/A
According to Erik Larsen's website, the story was published "years later" than it was drawn:
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