When Did Marvel's 'Science Bros' First Work Together?

In "When We First Met", we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, "Avengers Assemble!" or the first appearance of Batman's giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man's face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that.

Reader Thomas F. wanted to know when the "Science Bros" first worked together. "Science Bros" is a popular fan thing where fans come up with fan fiction and drawings spotlighting the friendship of fellow scientists Bruce Banner and Tony Stark from the Avengers films.

So when did they first work together in the comics?

It appears to be Incredible Hulk #131 (by Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe and John Severin), which was a period where Hulk and Banner had been forcibly separated, so Banner works with Iron Man to come up with a machine that would merge Banner and the Hulk back together so that the Hulk could be taken down...

If you prefer specifically Banner and TONY STARK working together, as opposed to Iron Man, you'd have to wait until the convienently numbered Iron Man #131 (by David Michelinie, Bob Layton and Jerry Bingham), which would also make the heads of some of the "Science Bros" fans explode as it shows Tony and Bruce working on a project in basically their underwear...

Thanks for the suggestion, Thomas! If anyone else has a suggestion for a notable comic book first that they'd like to see, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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