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Drawing Crazy Patterns – The Thing’s Floating Superhero Poker Game

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Drawing Crazy Patterns – The Thing’s Floating Superhero Poker Game

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

Today we take a look at the Thing’s floating superhero poker game (which seems to almost always get interrupted by bad guys)…

NOTE: This is a special FIFTIETH edition of Drawing Crazy Patterns. I was all set to make this a normal “five examples” edition when I came across the Appendix to the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and I saw that they had what looked to be every single instance of Thing’s floating poker game, so I said to myself, “Self,” I said, “There’s not TOO many examples – why not just post them all?” So here are what appears to be every instance of the Thing’s floating superhero poker game! This will need a few pages as there are a lot of images to come!

The idea came about surprisingly late into the history of the Marvel Universe, in 1979’s Marvel-Two-in-One #51, by Peter Gillis, Frank Miller and Bob McLeod. Isn’t it awesome to note that Frank Miller, on top of everything else, also co-created the Thing’s floating superhero poker game?

Miller was a great artist even back then.

The game next showed up in 1981’s Marvel Two-in-One #75 by Tom DeFalco, Alan Kupperberg and Chic Stone…

In Marvel Two-in-One #96 (by DeFalco, Ron Wilson and Mike Esposito), the Thing is recuperating after his legendary battle with the Champion. Cap tells the Thing that they’ll postpone the game…

In Marvel Fanfare #24 (released in 1986 but set a few years earlier in continuity), Chris Claremont, Dave Ross and Bob Wiacek introduce a certain Canadian mutant to the game (something he would adapt to quickly)…

In Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #24 in 1991, Doug Murray, Norm Dwyer and Jack Torrance give us a quick game…

In 1992’s Wolverine #53 by Larry Hama, Marc Silvestri and Dan Green, the story ends with Wolverine having a memory lapse and ending up at a poker game…

Go the next page for more poker fun! Including a really weird one featuring the X-Men…

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