Monday, October 16, 2017

Real Name: Cain Marko
First Appearance: X-Men #12 (July, 1965)
Fight Club Ranking: #43

Featured Fights:
- vs SPIDER-MAN: Amazing Spider-man #230 (Jul 1982)
- vs SPIDER-MAN: Amazing Spider-man #230 (Jul 1982)
- vs COLOSSUS: Uncanny X-Men #183 (Jul 1984)
- vs NIMROD: Uncanny X-Men #194 (Jun 1985)
- vs CAPTAIN BRITAIN: Excalibur #3 (Dec 1988)
- vs DEADPOOL & SIRYN: Deadpool: Sins of the Past #2 (Sep 1994)
- vs SUPERMAN: DC versus Marvel #1 (Mar 1996)
- vs SPIDER-MAN & WONDER WOMAN: Unlimited Access #1 (Dec 1997)
- vs TEEN TITANS: Unlimited Access #3 (Feb 1998)
- vs HULK & DOCTOR STRANGE: Marvel Adventures #14 (May 1998)
- vs AVENGERS: Thunderbolts #150 (Jan 2011)

Last year on Secret Wars on Infinite Earths we set about filling in gaps from the iconic fighting career of Juggernaut.

The X-Men villain with an occasional heart-of-gold used to be a bit of an attraction, stomping through the Marvel Universe with a relatively well maintained path of destruction. Guest appearances by Juggernaut were usually worth paying attention to, infrequent enough to keep his movements fairly consistent, even as he faced a list of increasingly diversified opponents!

The eighties were a particularly fun decade to track Juggernaut's movements, told through memorable sequential appearances in a variety of series. We added a small sampling of some of them, with loosely related fights from Amazing Spider-man #230, Uncanny X-Men #183, and Excalibur #3.

These relatively simple to read issues were always fun, and it looks like Marvel thinks so to, announcing a classic style Juggernaut return coming in Uncanny Avengers #29!

It's a reference to classics that feels in-step with Sabretooth's return to the pages of Iron Fist, and Cyborg Superman getting up to no good in Action Comics. I'm getting a real kick out of seeing more of these character-driven, stand-alone issues and I hope everyone else will too!

Sometimes it's just nice to grab an issue off the shelf and enjoy the ride with one of your old favourite characters. It may not be as absent from the modern line-up as it seems, but it feels like the kind of approach we're overdue seeing more of. There's still Secret Empire fall-out in this one, and I'm not the biggest fan of the blending line-ups (of Avengers/X-Men), but hey. Issues like this can always win you over. It's sure made Juggernaut our Hero of the Week!

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