"Battle of the Sexes!" (1986/04/01) from The Thing 33 (March 1986)
Reader Rating: Average; Thunderbolts Interest: Low
Summary: Battleaxe, a female wrestler, challenges the Thing to a grudge match.
The original Scourge kills Titania.
The wrestlers sport these unappealing names: The Grapplers (Letha, Poundcakes, Titania, and Screaming Mimi), Auntie Freeze, Butterball, Golddigger, Magilla, and Vavavoom.
Continuity: The Grapplers are legit again having, as Titania says, "paid their debt to society." Mimi appears in a few panels, but doesn’t speak – or scream. Some time later, Scourge kills Letha, as well. This may be the event that drives Mimi away from professional wrestling and into the influence of Helmut Zemo.
Comments: Despite crude art and the campy plot, there’s a thoughtfulness to Mike Carlin’s script that makes this better than dreck.
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