Another surprising, if considerably lighter, “THUD!” today, though this time it wasn’t because I forgot I’d bought it but because I didn’t expect it to arrive so quickly.

Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk
Writer Len Wein
Penciller José Luis García-López
Inker Dick Giordano
Colorist Glynis Oliver-Wein
Letterer John Costanza
Cover Penciller José Luis García-López
Cover Inker Dick Giordano
Editor Al Milgrom | Dick Giordano | Jim Shooter

This is only the second original Treasury Edition in my collection, as most of the others are hardcover reprints, like this one.

Would I prefer having a copy in slightly better condition than this one? Sure, but I can’t complain, as I paid a fiar price and having a less-than pristine copy is better than not having one at all. (Even though comics this size are a pain for me to store.)

As a kid, this always struck me as a “versus” that was as uneven as Superman vs. Spider-Man, but back then I could only ever wonder what it was like, as I never saw a Treasury Edition in the wild, and unlike the second Superman and Spider-Man crossover, I never encountered a mass market paperback edition of this (if there was one).

It also stands out in my memory because a parody version of the cover appeared in an issue of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, being drawn by BC Comics artist Roger Rodney Rabbit, AKA Captain Carrot.

In any case, I didn’t have it then, but I do have it now, and even sooner than anticipated.

Born and raised in the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Jon Maki developed an enduring love for comics at an early age.

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