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Sunday, December 4, 2011

HULK VS JUGGERNAUT

HULK VS JUGGERNAUT

THE DEFINITIVE WRITE UP ON THE IRRESISTIBLE FORCE AGAINST THE IMMOVABLE OBJECT



By
John "THE MEGO STRETCH HULK" Cimino


In the annals of comic history, very few names can invoke intimidation and fear like The Incredible Hulk and The Unstoppable Juggernaut. That is because they are both at the top of the food-chain when it comes to total mass-monsters with tremendous raw physical strength and pure high-end durability. Their levels of physical power are so far off the charts that they have become the standard in the comic's world. Despite what even the most obsessive fanboys think of them personally, these two brutes will always be in their conversations when talking about the subjects of strength and durability. That is because they are the hypothetical "irresistible force" and the equally theoretical "immovable object." And regardless of the occasional low-end showings to fit a story or situation (something writers do to all characters), these two forces of nature are widely considered the "be all, end all" prime examples of the comic terms "brick" or "team-buster." Their respect is legendary as we read it all the time in comic after comic; "My god, he hits almost as hard as the Hulk!!" or "I can't believe anyone could do that tthe Juggernaut!"  Yup, when either one of them shows up you can bet the Avengers will be calling in their most powerful members because very few characters have ever garnered as much awe and respect as the Hulk and the Juggernaut.

Despite the crazy intrigue of this match up and considering how old these characters are, it really didn't take form until the mid 1990s. That was almost twenty years after the first and only time they clashed in The Incredible Hulk #172 (1974). Even the letters page in The Incredible Hulk #176 (1974) when discussing the issue surprisingly didn't really mention anything about their immortal clash. And even the writer of this historic issue, Tony Isabella said this to me about it; 
"I'm amazed that this is such a big deal. For me, it was one of several "bail out the schedule" jobs I did for Marvel and I didn't always take credit for them. I scripted it in two days over the weekend. I might not even have seen it again until it was published as I didn't always get a chance to proof read my own work." 
I always believed it was because "Hulk vs Thing," "Hulk vs Wolverine" and "Hulk vs Thor" were so classic, heralded and in-demand (plus the Juggernaut was more of an X-Men villain) that comic fans and writers just kinda pushed this match up into the background and went on to the more popular ones. It's hard to imagine that two incredibly powerful characters would only be mentioned or acknowledged as opponents in just eleven issues from 1974 to 1993 until they fought again:

* The Incredible Hulk #200 (1976)
* The Incredible Hulk Annual #7 (1978)
* The Amazing Spider-man #229 (1982)
* The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5 (1983)
* The Incredible Hulk #314 (1985)
* The Uncanny X-Men #194 (1985)
*Marvel Fanfare #29 (1986)
* The Mighty Thor #412 (1989)
* The Incredible Hulk Annual #16 (1990)
*Avengers West Coast #64 (1990)
*What If #13 (1990)

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5 (1983). This was 1 out of only 11 issues that acknowledged the Hulk and Juggernaut as adversaries or compared them in an almost 20 year span.

(I'll also have to give shout outs to a Presto Magix Hulk Transfer Game (1978) that had Juggernaut attacking the Hulk on the cover of it and the Spider-man and his Amazing Friends cartoon episode "A Firestar is Born" (1982) where the X-Men guest star and they all fight the Juggernaut. What makes this interesting in the comparison between the two brutes is that the Juggernaut although voiced by William Marshall for dialogue, had the same stock grunts as the Hulk did in his Animated Series at this time voiced by Bob Holt)

Juggernaut started reaching all new levels of popularity being associated with Wolverine and the X-Men in the 1990s when they skyrocketed to super stardom. He now begins to feature more prominently in Marvel titles, even starring in a one-shot as well as cartoons, toys, posters, video games, etc. because let's face it, Juggernaut was cool as hell! He was a big and nasty individual who got what he wanted, when he wanted it. He was one of the roughest and toughest men on the planet, who knew it and enjoyed it. How could you not love the guy?

The Hulk was always the legendary "most powerful being walking the face of the earth" tormented by the world around him. But now in the 90s, that Hulk was gone and a new Hulk persona was walking around (thanks to writer Peter David) who comic fans would come to call the "Merged" Hulk (later dubbed the "Professor" Hulk). This Hulk incarnation was much more handsome, intellectual and wisecracking than ever before (plus he had a habit of always wearing boots and a stupid belt... UGH!!). But most importantly, this Hulk had lost his savage-edge. He was way too analytical and docile to get madder and stronger and somehow he would bleed all the time until his healing factor power would kick in and put him back together again... UGH!! His personality was so different now; he had a bunch of friends who backed him up, was reluctant to fight, always thinking things through and so emotional that he cried like a baby all the time... UGH!!! To tell you the truth, I HATED this Hulk and all the changes Peter David made to the Hulk's history that unfortunately happen to stick and ruin the character forever. This was a new Hulk that Marvel advertised to the masses and this Hulk was not the one I wanted to remember. You can read about this rant in full here: "My Top 20 Greatest Hulk Stories Ever Told."

The "Merged" Hulk incarnation of the 90s did more damage to the Hulk-mythos than most people realize. He was nothing like the "Savage" Hulk of the previous years. Just looking at this picture, you can clearly see why people began to doubt his dominance in the Marvel Universe (not to mention, suffering a bunch of embarrassing defeats against lesser opponents such as Dr. Octopus. Yes, you read that right -- Dr. Octopus???). And with a boost in popularity due to his association with the X-Men, Juggernaut was primed and ready to take the mantel as "The most powerful being on Earth." With this Hulk on the scene, there was no doubt in my mind that he could do it.

But even with this new "Merged" Hulk on the scene and his constant uncharacteristic foul ups making a mockery of his former-self, the curiosity factor was always there. It was still the Incredible Hulk! And both brutes at their best wrecked other characters and caused so much destruction that they were very comparable. You couldn't help but ask; Who was truly physically superior Hulk or Juggernaut? Was the Hulk really the strongest one there is when compared to the Juggernaut? Was Juggernaut really unstoppable when compared to the Hulk? It was all so intriguing to comic fans.

A letter from The Incredible Hulk #183 (1975). As you can see, just about no one is going to match the "Savage" Hulk of this time period in pure physical strength... not even the Juggernaut.

A letter from The Incredible Hulk #424 (1994). With Juggernaut riding high on the wildly popular X-Men coattails during the 90s and with Peter David's Hulk run in full effect starring the "Merged" Hulk, fans had a real argument on who was the stronger of the two. As you can see some of Marvel editorial claim it's the Juggernaut that has superior strength and many people agreed with them.

But as you can see here in the same issue of The Incredible Hulk #424 (1994), they change their minds and call the Juggernaut one of the strongest beings on Earth and urge on the debate of his strength compared to the Hulk's strength. This clearly shows that even the editorial department at Marvel had no idea who was the stronger character.

All that speculation was nice. But it was the coming of The Marvel Superheroes arcade game by Capcom in 1995 that would take the mythos of "Hulk vs Juggernaut" and change it forever in the eyes of the public. After this game hit the world, it brought along a bunch of new controversies and debates when comparing these two giant combatants. Now it was more than who could beat who, it was also who is bigger than who?

For many years they have been very comparable in size and mass and always drawn that way. The Hulk was listed at 7 feet tall and weighing 1,040 pounds and the Juggernaut was 6 feet 10 inches and weighing 900 pounds. As this new "Merged" Hulk incarnation hit the scene, the Hulk was even bigger at 7 feet 5 inches and weighing 1,150 pounds. And when this Hulk tangled with the Juggernaut in The Incredible Hulk #402-404 (1992/1993), artist Gary Frank clearly drew the Hulk the bigger of the two. But the Capcom designers took it upon themselves and decided to make the Juggernaut much more massive and devastating in this video game than the "Merged" Hulk was (and much more fun to play I might add). And what was also strange is that the Juggernaut could "power up" and increase his strength and durability even higher while the Hulk could not. Although the Hulk could do a lot of damage with his moves in his own right, one-on-one the Hulk got his gamma-butt kicked just about every time by the Juggernaut.

Now why does this video game have anything to do with the real "Hulk vs Juggernaut" rivalry in the comics? Because this game became incredibly popular on a world-wide scale. It changed the perception on how people looked at the Hulk and Juggernaut not only in strength and power, but also in size and mass (I should also point out that Marvel artists were also influenced by it and occasionally drawing the Juggernaut well over 10 feet tall). And since the majority of the mainstream audience would rather play video games than read comics or any Marvel Handbook for that matter, this video game would influence and educate them. And it did! Now the response to who was truly the biggest and baddest Super-Heavyweight in the Marvel Universe was open for debate!

The Marvel Superheroes Arcade Game by Capcom from 1995. The game that truly changed the appearance of the Hulk and Juggernaut forever to the public.

 Capcom made the Juggernaut look like a huge massive tank. In this screen shot you can see the difference in the sheer size and mass the Juggernaut has over the Hulk. It sure wasn't like this in the comics, but the Capcom designers and mainstream audience could care less about that. 

Here is a screen shot of the Juggernaut "Powering Up!" and is ready to pound on the puny Hulk with his increased strength and durability. This game showcased the Hulk with no anger increasing powers and to tell you the truth, since this is the silly "Merged" Hulk sporting that embarrassing belt buckle, I don't blame them. 

Capcom spawned more sequels to their Marvel vs Capcom video game series (up until  Marvel vs Cacom 2: New Age of Heroes in 2000) and they did make the Hulk more powerful with each new release eventually matching the Juggernaut in damage and durability (although they both stayed the same size). But the damage was already done. All the influence that occurred from this video game around the world and the Juggernaut's rise to fame in the 90s was what changed the perception of the "Hulk vs Juggernaut" fight forever. To be honest, I have to say far more people who never picked up a comic were leaning towards Juggernaut as being the stronger and more powerful of the two and I couldn't blame them. As for the hardcore comic collector? No one really knew who was bigger or stronger and fanboys from both sides made their claims of each character's superiority over the other. But there was no doubt to the educated reader, these two brutes were evenly matched and peers until the end.

As we enter into the mid 2000s, Wolverine and the X-Men were no longer the most popular superheroes on the block with Spider-man taking back the mantel as the icon and symbol of the Marvel Universe (as it should be). Even the Marvel vs Capcom series ended and dwindled away. The only public reminder of this rivalry was at the Hulk Roller Coaster Ride at the Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. While you waited in line, the screens above would show a short animated feature of the Hulk fighting the Rhino. But before the Hulk and the Rhino clashed you got to see a few of the Hulk's rouges gallery of villains and Juggernaut makes an appearance.


A view of the Hulk Roller Coaster cartoon clip in Orlando Florida. This animated short features a glimpse of the Juggernaut (although it is not shown in this video) listed as one of the Hulk's major adversaries. For a while, this was the only reminder to the masses of Hulk and Juggernaut as enemies.


Shortly after this, Juggernaut wasn't even a villain anymore in the comics. During his streak to fame, Juggernaut became such a likable character that the creators had to make him a good guy. Courtesy of a ruse engineered by Juggernaut's friend Black Tom Cassidy to destroy the X-Men, Juggernaut allies himself with the team and then eventually official join them. The Juggernaut would reform and join other teams from time to time. Now Juggernaut's origin grows deeper as the stories reveal that Marko is only the most recent of a series of incarnations of Cyttorak's avatar, with each battling a challenger to the death for the right to retain the entity's power. And to be granted the full-power of the gem of Cyttorak, Marko must do his bidding as the Juggernaut. This seemed to explain the height and weight difference that Juggernaut now has because when he doesn't have full-power he is smaller (at his old listed statistics) and when he is at full-power he is now officially listed at being 9 feet 5 inches and weighing 1,900 pounds. So I'm guessing that Juggernaut is now considered bigger than the Hulk... right? 

Well, maybe not because when Juggernaut fought the "Green Scar" Hulk in the World War Hulk story line, Juggernaut was at full-power and both were drawn the exact same size (it's said that the "World War" Hulk incarnation is listed at 8 feet 8 inches and weighing 2,400 pounds, so take this as you may). I'm sure artists have their own interpretations of these muscle mass man-monsters and could care less what any Marvel Handbook has to say. So I guess we'll never truly know.

Despite the arguments on the actual size and mass of the Hulk and Juggernaut, they are both relatively comparable to the other mass-monsters in the Marvel Universe.
 
The Marvel Universe today is a much different place than ever before. With different incarnations of these characters running around, we may never see this match up again. But who knows? As comics progress, things constantly change and maybe one day readers will want the originals back to inspire more questions, controversies, debates and of course, capture our imaginations. I guess only time will tell.

Enough background, let's see the combatants...


TALE OF THE TAPE


Name: Hulk

Height: 5’9 ½” (Banner), 7’ (Hulk)

Weight: 128lbs (Banner), 1,040lbs (Hulk)

Real Name: Robert Bruce Banner

Origins: Gamma bomb explosion at Desert Base New Mexico

Home Base: Earth

Nicknames: Green Goliath, Green-Skinned Goliath, Jade Jaws, Annihilator, Captain Universe, Joe Fixit, Mr. Fixit, Mechano, Green Scar, Jade Giant, The Jolly Green Giant, Green King, Holku, Green One, Eye of Rage, Eye of Anger, Harkanon, Haarg, Once-Savage, Two Minds, Professor, War, Maestro, Two-Hands, Greenskin, Gray Goliath, Mighty Bob, Anti-Hulk, Friday, Green Golem, Golem, Man-Monster, World-Breaker, Sakaarson, Nul: Breaker of Worlds, Doc Green, The Most Powerful Being on Earth, The Strongest One There Is 

Powers: Possesses the potential for near-limitless levels of vast superhuman strength ranging beyond the limits of virtually any other known humanoid being, depending directly on his emotional state, particularly his anger. He is extremely resistant to physical damage, psychic assaults, temperature extremes, and is completely immune to disease and poisons. He can breathe underwater, survive unprotected in space, and when injured, possesses superhuman healing, enabling him to regenerate body tissue (including internal organs) within minutes to seconds. His aging is also slowed, or may have ceased altogether, due to these regenerative properties of his gamma ray irradiated cells. His powerful legs allow him to cover 3 miles in a single bound, but he has been known to leap into lower Earth orbit or even across continents when angry. Besides great strength, his durability, healing, endurance, and possibly speed, likewise also increase in relation to his anger levels. He can maintain this peak output for hours on end and still continue to grow even more powerful as his adrenaline levels continue to increase with no apparent limit. Unrelated to his physical abilities, he can see astral (spirit) forms normally invisible to the naked eye and can locate his place of birth; Desert Base New Mexico no matter where he is in the world via psychic bond. As Bruce Banner, he is considered one of the greatest minds on Earth. He is the foremost expert on Gamma Radiation and has developed expertise in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physiology, and has a PhD in Nuclear Physics.

Favorite Expressions: “Hulk Smash!”, “Hulk is the Strongest One There is!”, "BAH!", “Nothing Can Stop Hulk!”, "The Madder Hulk gets, the Stronger Hulk gets!", “Don’t make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I’m angry.”

Incarnations: I listed the “Savage” Hulk’s classic stats up above because it is generally considered that this Hulk persona is the most popular and most powerful of all the incarnations. But his height, weight and powers varies to a degree depending on his current incarnation. Within each “Hulk vs Juggernaut” comic description listed below, I included which incarnation of the Hulk was present for that fight. 

*Please note that all incarnations listed are only "real" Hulk incarnations with Bruce Banner. No alternate future or  pseudo-Hulk incarnations are included. 



Name: Juggernaut

Height: 6'10" to 9'5"

Weight: 900lbs to 1,900lbs

Real Name: Cain Marko

Origins: Temple of Cyttorak, Korea

Home Base: Earth

Nicknames: Avatar of Cyttorak, Examplar of Physical Power, Juggie, Jug-Head, The Unstoppable One, Captain Universe, Kuurth: Breaker of Stone

Powers: The Cyttorak Gem empowers Cain Marko with magical energies and transformed him into an immortal avatar. As Juggernaut he possesses extreme superhuman strength and durability, he is also amplified by a mystical force field that grants him near invulnerability (even with the force-field removed Juggernaut's natural durability proved to be sufficient enough to exchange blows with Thor), when in motion and moving forward he is considered physically unstoppable, he does not tire and is able to survive without food, water or oxygen indefinitely and is immune to all poisons, toxins and diseases.

Weaknesses: Cain must constantly do the will of Cyttorak, in which he must cause destruction and become essentially a villain to the world to utilize the full-power of the gem. When he does not meet this criteria his size and powers sufficiently decrease. Despite Juggernaut's full-power invulnerability, he is vulnerable to mental attacks, a weakness that has been exploited via the removal of his helmet. He has circumvented this weakness by on occasion wearing a metal skullcap inside his main helmet. If he loses his helmet he can recreate it by touching certain materials (as long as he possesses full-power of the gem). He has also been known to be vulnerable to certain magical items. It should be noted, that it is also possible for an opponent with a sufficient amount of strength on their own to turn his irresistibly against him by redirecting his motion so he gets stranded in a position in which he has no purchase.

Favorite Expressions: "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut!", "I'm Unstoppable!", "I'm the Juggernaut Bitch!"


THE SLUGFESTS
















The comics listed in this section are each time the Hulk and Juggernaut have squared off, had words and fought each other in actual official Marvel continuity. I will also explain each encounter in detail. Unfortunately, all fights and situations are not always so clear cut and I've tried my very best to be fair, objective and unbiased about the outcome of each battle. A "MATCH UP" is considered a round within a fight or face off confrontation. Since situations can be erratic in the story, there can be multiple outcomes between opponents in a fight. I will continually list each "MATCH UP" with a result and tally it. A "MATCH UP" will only result in a "WIN" if the losing character is rendered unconscious, teleported away against their will or immobilized in such a fashion that they are only freed by the other combatant or an ally. There may even be cases when a character gets a victory due to interference of their teammates, partners, etc. This may not be a definitive "WIN" but it will still be tallied against the losing opponent and explained so. When a character gets an "EDGE" result, they had the advantage at the end of the fight but the opponent may still be conscious or fighting on, so it will not be tallied against him. A "DRAW" result means no one was victorious during that encounter and a "NONE" or "UNKNOWN" result means there was no way a logical result could be given in that confrontation or situation from the two characters facing off. These results can occur for a number of reasons and will be explained in the text. At the end, I tallied up the totals so you can come to your own conclusions and be the judge to see who holds the overall edge in this legendary battle. I also spoke with a few creators to shed some light on the more controversial issues and hopefully it will clear up some of the arguments that they spark off.



THE INCREDIBLE HULK #172 (1974)
This legendary first fight between the two behemoths has been debated on in the past by fanboys. The question that always seems to come up is if the Hulk increased his strength, high enough to overpower Juggernaut when he was on the Hulk's back. So to answer this lingering question I asked, the issues writer Tony Isabella about the fight; 
"From what I see, the Hulk got stronger and was able to swing Juggy around by his helmet. The helmet came off. I don't think the helmet was mystically attached or anything since the X-Men removed it in their first meeting with Juggy. Without the helmet protecting his head, Juggy sustained some damage when he slammed into the mountain head first. That and the subsequent fall probably knocked him out." 
With the "Savage" Hulk locked up in a Hulk-Buster cell, the military attempts to use an experimental space-time warp transporter to transport the Hulk into another dimension where he can never do damage to the Earth again. As they turn on the transporter and manage to transport the Hulk away, at the same time it allows the Juggernaut to make his way back to Earth. Soon the Juggernaut starts hitting the walls of the cell the Hulk was in to break out. Then the military tries to use the teleporter again, but its feedback causes the Hulk to reappear. The Juggernaut recognizes the Hulk and says they should escape together. The Hulk doesn't trust Juggernaut, but decides to help him as they bust out of the cell and defeat the Army. After the Hulk leaps away, he sees the Juggernaut cause a family to drive off a road and threaten them. This causes the Hulk to confront Juggernaut and fist start to fly. Both brutes knock each other around until the Juggernaut gets on the Hulk's back and tries to break his neck. The Hulk will rage, get stronger, grab Juggernaut by the helmet and spin him around in the air to throw him back to the Army base. But the helmet becomes loose and the Juggernaut flies into a mountain. The Hulk walks away thinking that the fight is over, but Juggernaut recovers from his fall and is about to attack the Hulk again when Professor X, Cyclops and Marvel Girl show up and easily defeat him since his helmet is off. RESULT: DRAW

TALLY: MATCH UPS: 1  HULK: 0 - JUGGERNAUT: 0




THE INCREDIBLE HULK #402 (1992)
The "Professor" Hulk takes it upon himself to check out why acres upon acres of the rain forest are being leveled. When he gets there he gets ambushed and attacked by a huge man in plain civilian clothes. The Hulk thinks this is just a construction worker and he will keep asking this man who he is while never getting a direct answer. Not wanting to fight back, the Hulk gets knocked around until he is eventually knocked unconscious. Juggernaut takes such pleasure in this advantage, that the Red Skull has to tell him to stop or he'll kill the brute. RESULT: WIN JUGGERNAUT (This wasn't a definitive "win" by any means as the Hulk questioned who he was fighting and never really fought back. When he realized it was Juggernaut it was already too late.)

TALLY: MATCH UPS: 2  HULK: 0 - JUGGERNAUT: 1




THE INCREDIBLE HULK #403 (1993)
With the "Professor" Hulk locked up, he finds out it was the Juggernaut who attacked him in the previous issue. Then he will taunt Juggernaut into trying to fight him without any tricks. Of course, Juggernaut steps up, but the Red Skull will stop him. Soon Red Skull uses Mentallo to take control of the Hulk's mind by sending images of his greatest enemies to beat him down mentally. The Juggernaut is among the enemies that attack and try to pound on the Hulk. RESULT: NONE


TALLY: MATCH UPS: 3  HULK: 0 - JUGGERNAUT: 1



THE INCREDIBLE HULK #404 (1993)
As the "Professor" Hulk was being mind-controlled by Mentallo to team with the Juggernaut to battle the Avengers under the pretense that Juggernaut is his father, Juggernaut will compliment the Hulk. Now the Hulk knows that Juggernaut can't be his father because his father would never do that. The Hulk fights the mental control by raging and attacking Juggernaut. The Hulk is now mad enough to pound on Juggernaut (knocking his helmet off in the process) and fight off the mental control. Finally the psychic backlash from the Hulk breaking free of the mind control will knock Juggernaut out as well as all the other Avengers. RESULT: EDGE HULK (While the Hulk clearly had Juggernaut hurt and humbled, it was the psychic backlash that would actually knock him out and not the Hulk's attacks.)

TALLY: MATCH UPS: 4  HULK: 0 - JUGGERNAUT: 1



THE INCREDIBLE HULK #457 (1997)
Enhanced by the science of the villain Apocalypse, the "Heroes Return" Hulk has become his super-powered pawn called War! Juggernaut charges and crashes into this Hulk and keeps pushing him backwards. That is until War manages to completely stop him dead in his tracks! Juggernaut cannot believe what just happened and begins to get pummeled. Soon War beats Juggernaut down and will take out his sword to decapitate him. Luckily, the Absorbing Man crashes on top of War and saves Juggernaut's life. War will then hit Rick Jones by accident and the impact sends him into a brick wall. The Hulk then comes to he senses and rips off his armor and leaps away screaming in shame. RESULT: WIN HULK (even though the Hulk got the "win" in this fight by having the Juggernaut helpless and almost beheading him, he was enhanced by Apocalypse. This cannot be considered a definitive "win" due to this advantage.)

TALLY: MATCH UPS: 5  HULK: 1 - JUGGERNAUT: 1



DEFENDERS #10 (2001)
The "Savage" Hulk with the Defenders are attacked by villains under the control of Orrgo. The Juggernaut is among the many that attack and try to overwhelm the heroes. The battle royal will end when the spell is finally broken and the villains become free of the mind control. RESULT: DRAW

TALLY: MATCH UPS: 6  HULK: 1 - JUGGERNAUT: 1



WORLD WAR HULK: X-MEN #2 (2007)
Ever since Cain Marko refused the bidding of Cyttorak he became a weaker version of his former self. And now with a raging mad "Green Scar" Hulk beating up every X-Men in sight looking for his step-brother Charles Xavier, Cain Marko knows it's up to him to stop the brute. Marko makes a plea to Cyttorak, to amp his powers back up, ostensibly so he can rescue his step-brother. But as Marko makes an all out attack on the Hulk, he ends up getting dropped into the action still at half-strength. The Hulk will pound on Marko unmercifully and decisively. RESULT: WIN HULK (Although Juggernaut got totally humbled in this fight, he was not up to full-power.)

TALLY: MATCH UPS: 7  HULK: 2 - JUGGERNAUT: 1



WORLD WAR HULK: X-MEN #3 (2007)
This issue has some controversy to it and has been debated on by both Hulk and Juggernaut fanboys. Did the Hulk stop Juggernaut's forward movement or was Juggernaut slowly pushing the Hulk back when they were locked up? A panel shows a close up of their feet, but it is still hard to judge. The only one who can truly answer the question is the writer of the issue Christos Gage. This is what he has to say on the controversy to end this debate once and for all.

Is the Hulk physically strong enough to stop the Juggernaut? I'm not sure Juggernaut fanboys are going to like the answer -- D'oh!!!



So in conclusion to what Gage said, the Hulk did stop the Juggernaut's forward movement with his physical strength and redirected it's irresistability in another direction (in this case down) to actually give the Juggernaut pause. I guess that debate ends with another one beginning -- How long can the Hulk stop the Juggernaut for? I guess we'll save that for another time. Let's see the issue...

With the "Green Scar" Hulk continuing to pummel the rest of the X-Men, Marko asks Cyttorak why he let him fight the Hulk at half-power. We learn that Cyttorak wants his avatar back to being vicious, and realizing on some level that's what Marko wants as well. Cain agrees to go back to being the one-true Juggernaut at full-power, armoring back up and charging at the Hulk for a battle of the century! The two behemoths go back and forth until they are in a deadlocked stand off pushing against the other. Soon Professor X comes running out and yells at the two brutes to stop their pushing match because the extreme force they are using is breaking the foundation of the school and it will collapse. The Hulk will take this moment of hesitation and sidestep Juggernaut who topples forward and gets pushed in the back by the Hulk, which sends him running wildly into the bottom of a lake. RESULT: WIN HULK (While this is not a definitive "win" for the Hulk by any means, he did remove the distracted Juggernaut from the fight long enough to encounter Professor X and set things straight with him.)

TALLY: MATCH UPS: 8  HULK: 3 - JUGGERNAUT: 1



THE INCREDIBLE HULK #602 (2009)
This is an interesting match up between the Hulk and Juggernaut because this fight has more to do with "Bruce Banner and his son Skaar vs the Juggernaut." But since Bruce Banner is essentially the Hulk in his normal form, this issue counts and makes the list (I know it's confusing so please bear with me).

Bruce is training Skaar to take on the Hulk when he eventually turns into him (Yes, the Hulk's son wants to kill him). So, in preparation Bruce has Skaar take on the Juggernaut to test his skills. But Skaar shows no interest in the fight so Juggernaut attacks Bruce and starts to pound on him. Bruce uses his electronic shield to save his life from Juggernaut's assault. Soon Skaar attacks Juggernaut and they battle it out while Bruce yells out directions on how Skaar must fight him. Eventually Skaar tricks Juggernaut and at the last moment hits him so hard that he flies into space. It ends with Skaar and Bruce in a comic shop looking up Conan to see why the Juggernaut called him that. RESULT: NONE (Or it should actually say Bruce Banner and Skaar with the "win" because they used teamwork and tricks to defeat Juggernaut. But in truth, this has to be a "no contest" when talking about "Hulk vs Juggernaut" because even though Bruce Banner was involved in this fight, the Hulk wasn't ever present...or was he...who knows.)

FINAL TALLY: MATCH UPS: 9  HULK: 3 - JUGGERNAUT: 1



OTHER BATTLES






The Hulk and Juggernaut have fought a few times in non-cannon stories, alternate time-lines, against fake incarnations of themselves, etc. and I've noticed throughout the years that both Hulk and Juggernaut fans often make arguments showing these comics to make claims to their debates. But truth be told, despite some interesting stories, these issues don't count. I see them as writers interpretations of “Hulk vs Juggernaut” battles without continuity restraints so they always have fun twists of “What could have been.” Listed here are the best of the best of the Hulk and Juggernaut battles that occurred outside of actual Marvel continuity.



THE INCREDIBLE HULK #200 (1976)
The "Savage" Hulk (with a special helmet on that gives Bruce Banner's brain control of the Hulk) battles illusions of his greatest foes inside the infected mind of Glenn Talbot. There, an illusion of Juggernaut is among the many foes that attack and get defeated by the raging Hulk (who has long destroyed the helmet) which eventually frees Talbot from the control.



THE INCREDIBLE HULK #314 (1985)
Doc Samson gets word that the "Savage" Hulk has returned from the Crossroads of Time and races to meet him in the New Mexico desert. Samson gets there first and upon the arrival of the Jade Giant, they begin to fight. As the Hulk is creaming the good Doctor, Samson pleads with the inner Banner to "try to take control!!"
The Bruce Banner personality inside the Hulk brings illusions of attacking enemies to the Hulk's mind. First, he is attacked by Juggernaut and then is replaced by MODOK. and then Rhino. As Rhino runs right through the Hulk like a ghost and then the brute realizes that they aren't real. After few more adversaries attack, the Hulk doesn't even bother fighting back.
Now Doc Samson has recovered enough to address the Hulk again. The Hulk thinks that Leonard is a ghost now as well and won't fight him. The Doctor takes advantage of the situation and sucker-punches the Hulk, knocking him out.



AVENGERS WEST COAST #64 (1990)
This issue claimed that Steve had a run-in with the Hulk and they both defeated the Juggernaut with his gem of Cyttorak in a story he used for "show and tell." But it was said that story hadn't been told yet (in the comics) so it is unknown what truly happened or if it even happened at all.


WHAT IF #13 (1990)
An alternate timeline tale of Professor Xavier becoming the Juggernaut and taking over the world. While there isn't any actual confrontation in this issue of the Juggernaut physically fighting the Hulk, it is mentioned that the Hulk was eliminated from this timeline by Xavier developing a formula that cured Bruce Banner of his alter-ego.




DRAKES MINI-COMIC #3 (1993)
In this promotional mini-comic we see a glimpse at how some artist interpret Juggernaut's size (here he is looking about 10 feet tall) which dwarfs the "Professor" Hulk. In the comic, the Hulk teaming with Wolverine and Spider-man can't even hurt the Juggernaut as they all get knocked around. But once Spidey and Wolverine use tactics to remove the Juggernaut's helmet (and despite his plea to surrender), the Hulk will step up and knock him out with a huge haymaker!!



SPIDER-MAN MAGAZINE #7 (1994)
Once again the Juggernaut is drawn to look like a giant (about 10 feet tall) and dwarfs the "Professor" Hulk. In this story, Juggernaut wants to have the solar collector to boost his strength, but it's up to the Hulk and Spider-man to stop him. After a short battle the Hulk will knock Juggernaut out with a huge punch. Eventually Juggernaut wakes up for round two and while the Hulk has to make sure the solar collector doesn't explode, it's up to Spider-man to take him on alone. Spidey tricks Juggernaut into crashing into the solar collector and then knocks it on top of him for the victory.


SAVAGE HULK: ONE-SHOT (1996)
Stories that include some of the Hulk's greatest rouges. In this tale with the "Professor" Hulk standing trial, he gets attacked by just about every enemy he's fought in the past. The Juggernaut is among the villains that attack and brawls with the Hulk.



MARVEL ADVENTURES #14 (1998)
A dying Juggernaut seeks out Dr. Strange for the Cyttorak crystal to bring him back to full-strength. As he takes it from the magician a portal to Cyttorak's dimension opens up and Bruce Banner will tackle Juggernaut through it. When they land Juggernaut powers up and becomes more powerful than ever. Dr. Strange who is now in astral form fights Juggernaut until he weaves a spell to change Banner into the "Savage" Hulk. Both brutes then have a huge back and forth fight until the Hulk punches Juggernaut near a Cyttorak ruby which he tries to absorb to give him even more power. But Juggernaut will get overloaded with power and explodes and then dissipates to another place.



MARVEL ADVENTURES: THE AVENGERS #7 (2007)
With the Juggernaut looking for a man who double crossed him, he is met up by the Avengers. After Captain America, Spider-man and Iron Man are defeated Juggernaut is now faced with the Avengers strongest member, the "Savage" Hulk! The two behemoths trade blows with Juggernaut eventually knocking the green brute back. Wolverine would then attack and fair no better. Storm, watching all this tries a different approach and begins to talk the Juggernaut down. It almost works but the Hulk roars back into battle, knocking himself and Juggernaut off the clifftop into the sea below. Soon the Hulk swims to shore asking where the Juggernaut is and he is nowhere to be found.



MARVEL ADVENTURES: THE AVENGERS #8 (2007)
The Avengers battle Loki, who has enlisted the help of some villains including the Juggernaut. As the "Savage" Hulk battles Iron Clad of the U-Foes, Wolverine locks up with Juggernaut and doesn't fair very well against him. Eventually, the Hulk will help out his teammate and smack Juggernaut around with Iron Clad's limp body. Soon realizing that the Avengers are the better team, Loki escapes.



MARVEL ADVENTURES: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #10 (2008)
Bruce Banner is in South Korea looking for the Amulet of Cyttorak to see if it can stop him from changing into the "Savage" Hulk. He is met by an American guide, who happens to be Cain Marko in civilian clothing. He is willing to show Bruce, Rick Jones and his pet monkey, Yoink the way for a price. Eventually they find the Shrine of Cyttorak and the amulet, which Marko takes for himself! He transforms into the Juggernaut and now wants to destroy the amulet so there won't be anyone to stop him. But before he can, Banner tries to grab it and is easily tossed aside and while Juggernaut is distracted, Jones and his monkey steal the amulet from him. As Juggernaut chases them to retrieve it, Banner changes into the Hulk and the battle begins!

Juggernaut's first blow sends the Hulk crashing out of the caverns and when the Hulk gets up and attacks again he cannot stop the Juggernaut's forward movement and is pushed back. Juggernaut will then land another tremendous blow which sends the brute flying off the mountain. Soon Jones and Yoink put the amulet around Juggernaut's neck and it magically binds him helpless. But the Hulk comes attacking again, fueled with rage, he punches the amulet that has Juggernaut trapped, destroying it and freeing him. Juggernaut thanks the Hulk for his luck and they brawl again. While the Hulk punches Juggernaut over and over and has no way of hurting him, Juggernaut will begin to push the Hulk back again. But this time the Hulk picks Juggernaut up and throws him back into the cavern causing a massive avalanche. The Hulk will grab Rick and Yoink and leap away to safety. Next time we see Juggernaut, he is buried alive in the cave trapped but slowly he begins to move.



1985 #2 (2008)
Small Town America, 1985: Toby Goodman is a thirteen year old boy who weathers the storm of his parent's separation, his mother's choice of new boyfriend and his father's indolence by immersing himself in the minutiae of the Marvel comics universe. Toby soon becomes possessed with this world and his humdrum existence takes a turn for the bizarre when he spots a creature that resembles The Red Skull, gazing out from a window of the local nexus of suburban folklore, the abandoned Wyncham house. Before long, more characters from the pages of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's fictional universe begin showing up in the flesh. With Toby now confronting the Hulk with Bruce Banner's mind, the brute asks if he has seen the Juggernaut. Soon the Juggernaut tackles the Hulk from behind and a brawl ensues with Toby watching in awe and then eventually running off.




MEDIA

Listed in this section is every time the Hulk squared off against Juggernaut in a movie, cartoon, video game, magazine covers, etc. Now this category might not be in actual comic continuity but it plays a very important role in how the mainstream audience views each character and where they stand when facing off with one another. It should be noted that it was the media that had more of an impact on the "Hulk vs Juggernaut" perception than even the comics did.


THE INCREDIBLE HULK: RAMPAGE ON MAIN STREET PRESTO MAGIX GAME (1978)
While this is not just a "Hulk vs Juggernaut" game. There is a Hulk and Juggernaut (as well as a bunch of other characters from Hulk-lore including Wolverine) transfer piece that you can use to create a scene and  have them fighting each other. I should also point out that Juggernaut is attacking the Hulk on the cover of this game making it very uncommon for the times.




MARVEL SUPERHEROES VIDEO GAME (1995)
The arcade fighting game released by Capcom that brought the "Hulk vs Juggernaut" rivalry into the public eyes and started a whole mess of controversies and questions especially when talking about their size and strength.

The game is loosely based on the Infinity Gauntlet story line, with the heroes and villains battling each other for the Infinity Gems. The main antagonist is Thanos, who steals whatever Gems the player had collected (at that point, all but the sixth gem, Mind) and uses them against the player, but with each gem having a strange, new effect when used by Thanos.

The game played similar to Capcom's previous Marvel-licensed fighting game, X-Men: Children of the Atom, but with a more simplified use of the super combo gauge, and the addition of the Infinity Gems. Each Gem could be activated in battle, giving the user a different power for a few seconds. In addition, each character had a Gem that he had a special affinity for, and would get additional abilities whenever he activated it.

Juggernaut is a total powerhouse in this game and when used correctly, rarely will he be defeated. The "Professor" Hulk, who can do some tremendous damage in his own right is a far second choice. Never has "Hulk vs Juggernaut" been so lopsided before.


X-MEN THE ANIMATED SERIES (SEASON: 3 EPISODE: 46 "THE JUGGERNAUT RETURNS" 1995)
While storming the mansion to find his step brother Charles Xavier, Juggernaut is met up with it's defenses. He get's attacked by a Hulk robot that is easily destroyed and defeated. Soon Juggernaut's life is at risk when someone else uncovers the Cyttorak ruby and claims the powers of the Juggernaut and uses it to pick up girls. Eventually Professor X and the X-men help Juggernaut out and stop this rouge-Juggernaut. Due to the X-Men's help, Juggernaut leaves them in peace and walks away.



MARVEL VS CAPCOM: CLASH OF THE SUPERHEROES VIDEO GAME (1998)
This was the third game in the Marvel vs Capcom series. A new twist featured back up characters that would assist your team. While the Hulk is a playable character with improved strength and durability from the previous game, Juggernaut was only an assisting one. And even though he cannot engage the Hulk fully, he can still attack the Hulk while assisting an opposing team with his head crush maneuver. It was kind of a let down because fans would have preferred to see Juggernaut as a usable character to engage this newly improved Hulk as well as other characters in this game.

The game takes place within the Marvel comic continuity, as Professor Charlies Xavier calls out for heroes to stop him before he merges with the consciousness of Magneto and becomes the being known as Onslaught, the final boss. The game was developed in late 1997 and first released in January 1998 to both the arcade and then to home game systems.



MARVEL VS CAPCOM 2: NEW AGE OF HEROES VIDEO GAME (2000)
This is the fourth overall game in the Marvel vs Capcom series. Now Capcom simplified the controls to make the game play more accessible for casual players. The button configuration was trimmed down to 4 main buttons and 2 assist buttons. The game also features a different air-combo system and 3 on 3 tag, compared to the 2 on 2 tag from previous games in the series.
The game was highly anticipated upon its release and achieved critical acclaim due to its graphics, fast action, storyline and enormous cast. The game scored and 8.8 on IGN, a 91.1 on Metacritic, and has frequently been called one of the best fighting games ever by Gametrailers, particularly by the Screwattack staff. The only complaints seemed to be the ability to stack teams as well as the jazz soundtrack, but many reviewers managed to overlook it due to the game's impressive achievements.
The "Professor" Hulk was even more improved in this game than any other previous and seemed to balance out the power levels between him and Juggernaut. Both could take and deliver huge amounts of damage with the Hulk possibly being the favorite now with his quicker movements and more range. But Juggernaut of course, still had the size over him.



 MARVEL HEROES: LOOK AND FIND BOOK (2007)
Inside cover and inside back cover shows a collage of superheroes with the Hulk and villains with the Juggernaut charging at each other in a battle royal.



SUPERHERO SQUAD SHOW (SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 5 "ENTER DORMAMMU" 2009)
This episode starts with Hulk and the Superhero Squad fighting it out with Juggernaut and Sabertooth to take back the infinity frackles. Thor and the Hulk make some attacks on Juggernaut but he can take it (to the Hulk's surprise) and tries to escape through the Great Wall where he is ambushed by more heroes. Soon a magical ray shoots into the hole of the wall and some the heroes (except the Hulk) into wacky things. When everything turns back to normal and the heroes and villains (now with Dr. Doom) square of we see it turns out to be Dr. Strange!



SUPERHERO SQUAD SHOW (SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 6 "A BRAT WALKS AMONG US" 2009)
A bratty 3-year-old named Brynnie Bratton decides to hire the Heroes for Hire (consisting of Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Misty Knight) to help her find her father, but is also wearing a tiara with a fractal making her invincible. The heroes and villains must put up with her superpower temper-tantrums while Falcon helps Heroes for Hire track down Brynnie's father and bring her under control. There is a small clash between the Hulk and Juggernaut in football-like fashion here. But it's the Thing who ends up hitting (and hurting) Juggernaut to make him lose his handle on the fractal.



SUPERHERO SQUAD VIDEO GAME (2009)
While this game has two options of play; Adventure Mode, where Hulk along with the other members of the Superhero Squad go through various levels defeating waves of enemies and bosses (where Juggernaut is a boss) to eventually fight the final boss Dr. Doom. The other option is Battle Modewhere you pick one character to use in free-for-all fighting action. Players defeat their opponents by depleting their health or knocking them out of the arena! Hulk fighting Juggernaut has never been cuter than this!



SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW (SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 26 "THIS AL DENTE EARTH!" 2010)
Galactus arrives in Super Hero City to devour the Earth. Since they are all over-matched, the Super Hero squad must convince Dr. Doom to help and reforge the Infinity Sword to help defeat this Cosmic-God. When the Hulk and the other heroes crash Doom's pad, they are confronted by Juggernaut and the rest of the villains. Before anything can happen, Iron Man decides to just take the frackles from Doom and fly off.



SUPERHERO SQUAD SHOW (SEASON: 2 EPISODE: 38 "TOO MANY WOLVERINES" 2011)
The episode starts off with the Juggernaut rampaging through the city and then the Super hero Squad shows up to stop him. They "Hero Up!" and then attack with the Hulk charging the running Juggernaut to no avail. Juggernaut will continue to pound on the Squad and destroying the city until Firestar shows up and melts the street around his feet holding him there. He grabs a streetlight and swings it at all the heroes until Wolverine is thrown by Reptil in dinosaur form and uses his claws to cut it down to size. Iron Man will then blind Juggernaut with a light ray as The Hulk and Thor beat him down (off screen of course) and then tie him onto a truck flatbed that hauls him off to jail.



SUPERHERO SQUAD ONLINE VIDEO GAME (2011)
This online PC game has a ton of features where Hulk and all the other Marvel heroes can be used to play. Have level games and battle minions until you meet up with the Juggernaut and other villain bosses, team up with other players online, train your heroes and interact with the entire Marvel Universe. Also there is a fun option for fighting each other in a card game style format. This game is in the style of many of the popular card games for kids, where you try to trump the card your opponent plays, or stop them from being able to put one down at all. You’ll begin by building your deck, choosing cards with a high damage potential, or cards that might help you block your opponent’s attack. Your chosen hero will face off in an arena with one opponent. Each turn you have the chance to attack, block an attack, or pass if you have nothing to play.  Make your opponent lose all of the cards in his hand to win the game. With each card you play, the character on the card will enter the battle arena and perform an action. It’s really fun to see your favorite characters attacking, blocking, or cheering their victories. When you win a game, you’ll be rewarded with a new card for your deck. Have Hulk go through the levels or fight others in a battle royal of the ages, either way this game is super fun to play!


THE MIGHTY AVENGERS LOOK AND FIND BOOK (2012)
While there is not a "Hulk vs Juggernaut" scene in this children's book, there is a double-page spread where the Hulk and the Avengers are teaming with the X-Men and fighting off some evil mutants. Juggernaut is seen battling the Beast while the Hulk struggles with Magneto. I had to include this book in this write up because even though Hulk and Juggernaut were not fighting each other, they were on opposite sides of the battlefield.


AVENGERS ALLIANCE FACEBOOK GAME (2012)
Avengers Alliance is a nod to the classic turn-based role-playing games that players have known and loved for decades. Your party will feature three members, and each member and enemy on the field will take turns performing single actions. Actions consume stamina, and range from offensive attacks and defensive buffs to item uses, stamina recharges, and more. It’s a simple enough system to understand.

While the Hulk is a character that becomes an ally and helps you on your missions, Juggernaut is a boss villain that you will eventually encounter and fight. Under the right circumstances you can have the Hulk and Juggernaut clash.


MARVEL VS CAPCOM: ORIGINS VIDEO GAME (2012)
An updated remake of the two classic Capcom fighting games for a new generation. This downloadable game includes Marvel Superheroes and Marvel vs Capcom: New Age of Heroes so Hulk vs Juggernaut is ready to go for the new age of fans.


MARVEL SUPER HEROES MAGAZINE #3 (2012)
The Hulk and the Juggernaut collide in a battle for the ages in this rivalries very first magazine cover. The actual story in this issue is a reprint of Marvel Adventures: The Incredible Hulk #10 (2008).


MARVEL HEROES ONLINE GAME (2013)
An MMO/ARPG game by Gazillion Entertainment. While not just a "Hulk vs Juggernaut" game, you can play up to 26 characters such as The Hulk, Iron ManCaptain America, Spider-man, Deadpool and Wolverine as well as 13 non-playable characters that will help you out. Juggernaut is a boss character in the game and the Hulk, as well as others can slug it out with him.


ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (SEASON: 2 EPISODE: 14 "THE INCREDIBLE SPIDER-HULK" 2013)
While Spider-man describes the Hulk always hitting things, a short cut-scene shows the Hulk punching out  Dr. Doom and then the Juggernaut (as well as scaring a hot dog vendor for not having ketchup).



  LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES VIDEO GAME (2013)
Once you completed level 8 in Story Mode, you unlock the level for Free Play Mode. In this mode you can go through the level again. However, this time you can use any character that you have unlocked. If you use the Hulk, he can meet up with the Juggernaut (who is the boss villain of this level), and have the two brutes brawl it out. It's also fun to team them up and destroy LEGO New York together or fight if you are playing with a friend. Seriously, this is the best superhero video game ever made... period.



MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST: DARK REIGN (2013)
This is a game for the IOS and PC. You must stop Norman Osborn and the Dark Avengers from taking control of the dangerous substance "ISO-8," by recruiting and leveling heroes and battling in match-three game play arenas. While Juggernaut is a boss character that can be unlocked, the Hulk and his other teammates can battle it out with him.


 
 
MARVEL DISK WARS (SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 12 "THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE, JUGGERNAUT" 2014)
After the Juggernaut trashes Iron Man, only the power of the Hulk can stop his rampage. When Ed smashes his Hulk DISK the Green Goliath is released and the main event begins. As the Hulk attacks, the Juggernaut is able to withstand his attack and they lock up in a test of strength. As the Hulk gets angry, his strength increases and he overpowers the Juggernaut while sending him to his knee. Soon the Hulk will leap high into the air and slam the Juggernaut's helmet so hard that the vibrations knock him out. Hulk smash...



MARVEL CONTEST OF THE CHAMPIONS MOBILE GAME (2014)
A mobile fighting game with 25 characters to choose from. You can collect favorite superheroes and villains to build your team as you battle through iconic Marvel locations. You can have Juggernaut and the Hulk fight each other or team up to battle together.



MARVEL HEROES: LITTLE LOOK AND FIND BOOK (2014)
Reissue of the book that came out in 2007 but made into a smaller edition. Inside cover and inside back cover shows a collage of superheroes with the Hulk and villains with the Juggernaut charging at each other in a battle royal.



MARVEL DISK WARS (SEASON: 1 EPISODE: 41 "THE 5 GOONS STRIKE BACK" 2015)
Thor and Wasp take on Juggernaut, Whiplash and Lizard until the other Avengers; Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man show up to help them out. The Hulk will attack and pound on Juggernaut until he is teleported away.



MARVEL HEROES OMEGA VIDEO GAME (2017)
A spinoff of the Marvel Heroes online game (2013) but for new video game consoles like the PS4 among others. With the Hulk included as a playable character and Juggernaut as a boss character their will be plenty of brawls to keep the "Hulk vs Juggernaut" rivalry alive and well.



THE END??


So what's the conclusion between these two powerhouses? Even though the Hulk has the overall edge 3 to 1 in 9 official match ups, it really is a dead even draw. Because despite some controversial wins and loses to each, neither brute can claim a definitive victory over the other. I think it's because they are very similar in styles and almost exactly the same in their physical attributes. They both have the biggest egos, they both talk huge amounts of trash, they both have the same style of fighting (just keep moving forward, brawl and pound your opponents until they become nothing but meat sauce), they both never quit, they both cause trillions of dollars in real estate damage and they both put the fear of god into everybody they face

But you have to give the Hulk the edge in pure physical strength over Juggernaut (full-power or not) because that's his bread and butter. We all know; the madder the Hulk gets, the stronger he gets. Juggernaut fights with a mixture of his durability and unstoppable magic ability while slugging it out with others. This fearsome combination puts an illusion on his physical strength when fighting top-tier opponents. Fanboys tend to forget this in their arguments so I'll state it again; When Juggernaut is pushing back opponents and obstacles when he is moving forward, he's NOT using physical strength -- he's using MAGIC!  

 
When Juggernaut tries pushing the Hulk off a cliff in Marvel Adventures: The Incredible Hulk #10 (2008) he's not using his physical strength in the attempt, it's the magic of Cyttorak that's empowering his force of irresistiblity while he's moving forward.

While Juggernaut is immeasurably strong and a Super-Heavyweight that ranks with the Hulk (base-level), Thor, Hyperion, Thanos and Hercules class, he is not in the rage-induced Hulk strength class. This fact was proven when the Hulk showed his superiority in strength in their first meeting in The Incredible Hulk #172 and he has shown that he is quite capable of stopping the Juggernaut's forward movement with his physical power as he did in World War Hulk vs X-Men #3 (you can't really count The Incredible Hulk #457 because the Hulk was powered up by Apocalypse in that fight). This speaks volumes because before his encounters with the Hulk, the Juggernaut was always considered absolutely unstoppable. I know many militant Juggernaut fanboys will discredit this feat in their arguments and say it was the Hulk, who got pushed back (despite what the writer of the fight Christos Gage has stated). But the debate is now floating in the ether and that's what makes it so significant. And if they still have their doubts about who's actually the stronger between the two; the Hulk is known as the standard of physical strength within the Marvel Universe and is advertised that way, the Juggernaut has never been regarded as such. He has always been advertised as a peer to the other Super-Heavyweights of the world and has never proven otherwise. NUFF SAID.

Who's stronger Hulk or Juggernaut? Watch this cartoon (by clicking the link below) and understand how the Hulk's powers work. Many Juggernaut fanboys will argue that this is just a cartoon so it doesn't count but this is a perfect example of what I'm talking about when Marvel advertises the Hulk as its strongest character to a mass audience. You don't see Juggernaut overpowering the Hulk do you?



Another example from the book The World According to Spider-man (2014). A strength comparison of Juggernaut and the Hulk. Is there any doubt on who is the physically stronger?

And lastly, let this page end all debates on just how strong the Hulk can truly become. Even after his battles with Juggernaut, Sentry and all the heroes of the world from the World War Hulk story line, it's revealed that the Hulk was actually holding back the true extent of his power. This has to be one of the most defining moments in the Hulk's history. He isn't dubbed the "Worldbreaker" for nothing.

So who has the better durability? Both of these guys can take a ground level nuclear blast and keep on going! The Hulk has increased durability and healing with his near-limitless rage and Juggernaut has the near-limitless magic of Cyttorak to keep him invulnerable. It's so close, but you have to give the edge to Juggernaut because that's his bread and butter. I will admit that both brutes have been shown to be able to hurt the other physically on a consistent basis despite the reputation of their high-end invulnerability. But I have to give it to the Juggernaut because outside of the Hulk, he has been able to use his force-field with awesome results in other appearances. Plus his durability seems to be portrayed much more consistently than the Hulk's (which fluctuates from comic to comic and is related to his current adrenaline levels) and his invulnerability is what he is mainly know for within the Marvel Universe, so Juggernaut has the edge here, and rightly should. NUFF SAID.

There is no doubt that Juggernaut has always shown a consistency with his invulnerability throughout the years. Although he is roughly equal to Thor in terms of physical strength, Juggernaut's ability to take full-power shots from Mjolnir is telling on how durable he is.

 And his force-field has the ability to slow down the velocity of Thor's hammer when thrown at him (which is pretty impressive if you ask me).

Looking at these facts with unbiased eyes, it's no surprise that this match up is a solid draw for now. And if fanboys want to get more extreme and talk about their super-powered-up versions like "Worldbreaker" Hulk or "Trion" Juggernaut, etc. then please argue among yourselves because I'm outta here!

And for personal reasons I want to finally point out that the Hulk looks like his ol' savage self in the recent Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011) video game that has returned after an almost eleven year layoff. The good part is that the horrid "Merged/Professor" Hulk is long gone and the "Savage" Hulk has taken his place! He also is one of the strongest characters in the game with some great moves that do crazy damage (nobody but Galactus can beat him hit for hit). The game play, graphics and technology have never been better. The downside is that the Juggernaut was not included within the 46 characters in this game. And I got even more upset when they looked passed him again when Capcom released an improved version of this game (with the Hulk now becoming even more powerful than ever before) by adding twelve more characters later in the year called Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (2011). I would've been interested to see how big they would have made Juggernaut and how he would match up against the Hulk (or even Thor). What this does show you is that the Juggernaut's fame is not what it used to be, despite appearing in the movie X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006). One more thing that I can't stand about this game and continually gets my blood boiling... the Hulk still sports a silly belt buckle... UUGGHHH!!



 


Hulk vs Juggernaut!


Agree? Disagree? Let's hear it fanboys!!


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Superman vs Captain Marvel

Thor vs Ulik

Hulk vs Thor
Hulk vs Hercules
Hulk vs Sub-Mariner



John "The Mego Stretch Hulk" Cimino
John Cimino is a Silver and Bronze Age comic, cartoon and memorabilia expert that runs a business called "Saturday Morning Collectibles." He buys, sells, appraises and gives seminars on everything pop culture, so if you got something special, let him know about it. He contributes articles to ALTER EGO, BACK ISSUE and THE JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR from TwoMorrows Publishing and has appeared on the AMC reality show Comic Book Men. He also represents some of comicdoms biggest stars and brings them to a Comic Con near you. John still thinks he's really Captain Marvel, people just don't have the heart to tell him he's just an obsessed fanboy that loves to play superheroes with his daughter Bryn. Contact him at johnstretch@live.com or follow on twitter at @Elastic_Hulk and have some fun.