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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Batman Fought...Thor?!?

Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we're talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.

Today we take a look at a classic meeting between Batman and...Thor?!?! It's from Batman #127 and it was written by Bill Finger and drawn by Sheldon Moldoff (who just passed away recently)...

Batman and Robin come across the Thunder god as he is robbing a bank...

After a Bat-smackdown at the hand (and hammer) of Thor, Batman and Robin do some investigating....

You have to love Gotham City headlines! They're basically paragraphs! Plus, I love the idea behind a museum that is just replicas of famous objects. That's a sure-fire money maker! And sure enough, the hammer of Thor is missing from the exhibit.

Thor next shows up capturing some crooks (so he isn't clearly a bad guy). Batman and Robin step in, but copper tubing is not all it is cracked up to be...

Finally, they discover the truth behind Thor and it is striking how similar it is to Don Blake becoming Thor (well, the whole "mild mannered guy transforms into Thor when he holds the hammer" part, at least)...

Man, this must be where Stan Lee got the idea that magnets could do ANYthing.

And I love that closing line from Batman. I imagine it going one of two ways.

1. He says it like Horatio Caine on CSI Miami. "It still has power....the power to interest people."

or...

2. likely more appropirately, as a laugh line at the end of an episode, as he and Robin start laughing and the shot freezes.

How has this version of DC Thor not been brought back since?!?! It predates the Marvel superhero version of Thor, after all!

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