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Friday Night Fights: Plundered Pulverizin’!

Awright, kids, we got another great weekend ready to kick off, and we’re gonna kick it off the only way we know how — with FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!

Today’s battle comes from February 1978’s Fantastic Four #191 by Len Wein, George Perez, and Joe Sinnott, as the Thing, Mr. Fantastic, and the Human Torch take on the Plunderer and his minions.

And that’s whatcha call a room-clearing punch!

Everyone have a great weekend — see y’all on Monday!

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Friday Night Fights: Wrecked!

Okay, kids, it’s time for another weekend, and it’s time to get things started with another edition of… FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!

Today’s battle is from August 1991’s Fantastic Four #355 by Danny Fingeroth and Al Milgrom. This was a great story — it had the Wrecker tearing up Yancy Street, and Ben Grimm just letting the bad guy hit him with his magic crowbar to keep him from attacking the Yancy Streeters. But the Thing eventually gains the upper hand…

See youse mugs on Monday, unless I end up seeing you earlier…

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Friday Night Fights: Doooom!

Awright, ya long-eared varmints, it’s been a long week, and we all need a little dose of mayhem and chaos to kick off the weekend, which means it’s definitely time for… FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!

Tonight’s battle comes from September 2003’s Fantastic Four #500 by Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo, in which the Invisible Woman and the Thing use a temporarily magic-focused Dr. Doom as a pinata.

I’m just sorry I couldn’t put that last panel in here full-sized. But a two-page spread of Mike Wieringo’s glorious art would break the page layout — and possibly your brains, too.

See y’all on Monday, and have a Happy Easter, too.

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Friday Night Fights: Mangled Miracle!

Okay, kiddios, if it’s late Friday afternoon, and we’re in the mood for some random comic book violence to kick off the weekend, then it must be time for FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!

Tonight’s battle comes from October 1973’s Fantastic Four #139 by Gerry Conway, John Buscema, and Joe Sinnott, as Ben Grimm takes on some guy called the Miracle Man.

Short and sweet — and now you’re ready to head out and punch your weekend’s head off, too!

Y’all be good — or not so good, if you’d prefer — and I’ll see you back here on Monday.

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Friday Night Fights: A Thing to Remember!

Okay, time for a new set of 12 rounds of Friday Night Fights, and this time, SpaceBooger has declared a theme — every new round has to include a character from the previous fight.

And honestly, there’s no way I can do that.

My comics collection isn’t that vast, the organization is pretty poor, and an awful lot of my comics aren’t really known for good fights. Twelve fights, all linked from one character to another? I could never get something like that to work.

So instead, I’m gonna cheat.

I’ve got an old CD-ROM that includes every single issue of “Fantastic Four” all the way from the first issue to 2006. (Y’all know where I can find more of those? Wotta bargain, I gotta say.) And I’m pretty blasted sure I can find 12 Fantastic Four comics that feature Ben Grimm kickin’ some yahoo’s patootie, or sometimes, getting his own craggy butt whupped.

So here we go: From October 1968’s Fantastic Four #79, by the one-and-only Stan Lee and the even more one-and-only Jack Kirby: Ben has finally found a way to shed his rocky exterior and rejoin the human race, but when he and Alicia Masters are attacked by one of the Mad Thinker’s androids, he has to choose between letting the android wreck the place up, or putting on a pair of gloves that’ll turn him back into a rock monster permanently. What do you think he decides?

And there we go, with Round 1 out of the way. Next week? I think it’ll probably include the Thing.

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Friday Night Fights: Mail Call!

Awright, people, line up! We’ve all had a rough week, and we’re all aching for the weekend to get started. I assume you’re all going to get busy with your usual weekend plans — eating club crackers, painting the doghouse, shaving various body parts, and re-organizing your silverware drawer. Well, forget it! You are going to live this weekend like you’re not going to get another one for five whole days, and that’s all there is to it! And the right way to start off a good, crazy weekend? Say it with me now — FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!

We’re going to make sure tonight’s battle is one for the ages — we’re going with a true comic classic: February 1963’s Fantastic Four #11 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! It all starts quietly as the FF are going through their fan mail…

Waitaminute — no return address? No, Ben, don’t open it — it’s from your greatest archnemeses…

Yep, the Yancy Street Gang strikes again!

See you guys back here on Monday — hope you get rested and refreshed before then…

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Friday Night Fights: Clobberin’ Time!

Friends and neighbors, we’re at the end of the latest cycle of Friday Night Fights. What’ve we had in the last 12 weeks? Well, we’ve gotten to spotlight battles from Lovecraftian Killer Croc, alternate-future Green Arrow and the Atom, Tabitha Smith and Aaron Stack, Thor (and the winner of that week’s all-blogs contest), Nick Fury, Bruce Wayne, Captain America (another win for me!), another from Cap plus Iron Man, Spider Jerusalem, Brickhouse, Hellboy (another winner!), and Captain Marvel!

So tonight, we’ve got the prize round — I get to post another fight, you get to head over to SpaceBooger’s place (hmm, probably sometime around 9 or 10 tonight), look over the other entrants, and cast your vote for which one of us brought the best battle. Y’all ready?

My entry tonight is from all the way back in September 1973, with Marvel Feature #11 by Len Wein, Jim Starlin, and Joe Sinnott. There are some great comic book matchups all through comic history, but there are few that are as consistently awesome as the brawls between that blue-eyed idol of millions, the Thing, and ol’ Jade Jaws, the Hulk!

Awright, there you got it. Don’t forget, pay SpaceBooger a visit later tonight or this weekend and pick your favorite battles!

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Friday Night Fights: Thing vs. Hulk!

It’s the end of another rough-and-tumble week, and we all need a nice dose of the weekend to help us unwind. And what’s the best way to start the weekend? A heaping bowl of mindless violence and, as always, FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!

This week’s brawl comes from July 1971’s Fantastic Four #112 by Stan Lee, John Buscema, and Joe Sinnott:

If there are two poster boys for rambunctious comic violence, it’s gotta be those two brawling beauties, the Thing and the Hulk.

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Friday Night Fights: Double Dragon!

If there’s one thing that Bahlactus likes, it’s gotta be starting the weekend with some copious and entirely gratuitous violence. And so when Bahlactus demands Friday Night Fights, who are we to refuse him?

From 2002’s “Thing/She-Hulk: The Long Night” by Todd Dezago, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary, Ivan Reis, and Randy Emberlin:

The Thing sets Dragon Man up…

…and She-Hulk knocks Dragon Man down!

It’s violentastic!

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