Marvel Team-Up #126 (Spider-Man / Hulk)
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up #126 (Spider-Man / Hulk story only)
It's a very generic story. Rampaging Hulk.
Spider-Man jumps in to help the police.
Eventually the Hulk turns back in to Bruce Banner. Peter Parker gives him a coat and his last $5.
Later, Banner tries to help a mugging victim, turns into the Hulk and chases off the muggers, and then hands the victim the $5.
Spider-Man catches a compact car at one point, which seems to require a bit more strength than Spidey ought to be casually displaying.
This panel reminds me a lot of the cover to Amazing Spider-Man annual #12 (which reprinted ASM #119-120).
Definitely not a swipe. But i wanted to bring it up because i recall John Byrne telling a story somewhere about that cover. Byrne was at the Marvel office and Jim Shooter came out and went into a tirade about how when someone throws a punch they shouldn't just extend their arm; they should throw their whole body into it. And Byrne got the impression that Shooter was directing his tirade at him. But this cover was hanging on the wall, so Byrne pointed to it and said "You mean like this?". And Shooter slunk away, shamefaced. Take it all with a grain of salt; it's my unsourced recollection of something i think Byrne wrote somewhere once. But since Shooter wrote this issue it felt like it was worth bringing up. The cover was published in 1978. I don't know when this story was originally drawn for the newspapers.
I also don't know anything about Tomoyuki Takenaka except that this seems to be the only thing he did for Marvel.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This could really take place almost anywhere in both characters' chronologies as long as (per a footnote) it's before Hulk #272, but the MCP places this between Amazing Spider-Man #209-210 and Hulk #253-254, and i'm following that. The other half of this issue takes place circa publication date.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I think Tomoyuki Takenaka might be the most awesome name ever.
Posted by: kveto from prague | August 6, 2013 1:29 PM
Moses Magnum is a close second.
Posted by: clyde | February 20, 2015 1:56 PM
Tomoyuki Takenaka's only known credit is this story, so his name may be a pseudonym used by a Japanese manga artist that Shooter got to do a story for them. Shooter has said that he was courting Japanese talent at this time, guys like Monkey Punch (creator of Lupin III), but they generally turned him down because of the pay cut.
If this is a pseudonym I have no idea why the artist would use it other than to maybe hide from an exclusivity contract back in Japan so that he could draw a Spider-man and Hulk story.
Posted by: Red Comet | September 27, 2015 5:27 PM
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