There are few men in comics with chests quite as manly as Wolverine and Nick Fury. There’s also few men in comics who like to show off their chests as much as Wolverine and Nick Fury. Seriously, it’s like those guys are allergic to shirts.
But have you ever asked yourself which one of them spends more time running through the pages of comic books baring their chests?
Well, whether you have or not, I’m going to settle that debate right now, with the Definitive Shirts-Off Competition. A five-round battle that will finally decide once and for all whether Nick Fury or Wolverine has spent more time subjecting us all to their man-nips.
Before I begin, I’ll explain my very scientific method for developing this competition. In the name of fairness, I picked two sets of comics, each one a solo-title for one of our competitors, and each one that ran around the same era of comics (between the 80’s and 90’s). For Nick Fury, I chose comics from Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD vol. 2, which ran from 1989 – 1992. For Wolverine, all comics were chosen from Wolverine vol. 1, which ran from 1988 – 2003 (though the most recent comic I used was from 1998). All the issues I chosen were picked at random, with the help of a random number generator. Comics were only rejected if they didn’t include any shirtless panels at all. Because hey, if this is a bare chest competition, then we needs some bare chests.
For each of the ten comics chosen (five of each), I did a count of how many panels involved either full bare chests or panels where Wolverine or Fury’s shirts were ripped to the point that they might as well be shirtless. At the end, I’ll tally up who has a higher number of shirtless panels, and we’ll have our winner!
And now, let the battle begin!
I’ve made no secret on this blog of my love of Doctor Doom. He is, in fact, the awesomest villain of all time. (This is a Fact. Don’t dispute me on it. You’ll be Wrong. All Hail Doom!)
One of the things that makes him so awesome? Even when wearing a mask made of solid metal, he can easily convey the depth of his emotions. Metal yields to the strength of his will!
And Doom? He is a man of many, many emotions. Some people make the mistake of thinking that his only emotions are anger, furor, and ire but that’s just not true. Our Once and Future Overlord is capable of of feeling feelings much, much deeper than that.
To get a glimpse into Doctor Doom’s soul, one needs to look no further than Fantastic Four #16 (July 1963)
See! It says he’s the “most amazing” right there on the cover. That makes it a FACT!