|Hulk #265, Writer Bill Mantlo, Artist Sal Buscema, Colourist our friend Bob Sharen.
Hulk #265 has a really original plot line. A villain (the Corrupter) is menacing the Hulk, and Rick Jones sends a message to the Avengers to try and get their help. The message, however, doesn't get through and instead a whole bunch of other random super heroes hear the call! They come together as a team to fight both the Hulk and the Corrupter! Wait... that's starting to sound familiar.
This issue is of course an homage to Avengers #1. Which is either a really awesome reference, or compeltely devoid of creativity, depending on your view of Bill Mantlo. I fall in the 'think it's awesome' category, even if I do acknowledge that sometimes coming up with new and original plots could be a weakness of Mantlo's.
Without a doubt the best thing about this issue is the pair of Sal Buscema punches contained therein. First the Hulk gets kicked by a horse... and then...
|You just know he's screaming under that mask.
(Oh yeah baby. That's good stuff.)