In the black corner... it's Batman and the Phantom Stranger, written by Bob Haney and drawn by Jim Aparo, Brave and the Bold #98, Mansion of the Misbegotten!
In the orange corner... we have the Thing and a Mystery Menace (but Spider-Woman is still around), written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Ron Wilson and Sam Grainger, Marvel Two-in-One #31, My Sweetheart--My Killer!
... DING DING DING!
Things we don't know about Batman: There's this guy called Roger who considers the Bat his best and oldest friend, even though we've never heard of him, so much so that his son Enoch is Batman's godson! Wait, Enoch?! What kind of Omen-type name is that?!
Ben cranks it up a notch as well, and his loved one in danger is actually someone we know! Alicia Masters has been taken by Hydra, and Ben will stop at nothing to get her back. He'll rip their hydrofoils apart while swimming against the current! He'll EAT THEIR BASE!
The Phantom Stranger has a strange role in this piece, because he spends much of it in other forms. To protect himself from the witches, he puts an energy cloak on so readers can think he's Roger's ghost or something. Later, he disguises himself as Lucifer(!) to trick to coven. And while he's making potions and advising Batman on occult matters, I'm sort of tickled that he's sometimes relegated to holding a flashlight.
Ben is essentially teamed up with two Spider-Women. One is Jessica Drew who finally breaks Hydra's mind control. The other, well...
There's this coven of witches, see, and its masters are Roger's widow Clorindra and Batman's godson Enoch. Major creeps, all of them. And handy with a chimney.
First, there's the British tentacle of Hydra (so... SPECTRE?), which uses hydra-foils to get around. Get it? HYDRA-foils!
Odds vs. Ends
From Brave and the Bold:
-Battle Shovel Moment!
battle shovels! +1 Bat-point
-Harsh double death!
From Marvel Two-in-One:
-Ron Wilson, that is NOT how physics work:
-Once Ben and Alicia are in the truck, things get very strange indeed. We never see who's driving, if anyone, but that truck is a runaway!
Farewells and Scoring
Friendly farewell: Not only does the Phantom Stranger look forward to fighting alongside Batman on the next "occult battleground", but the Bat has a touching farewell with Enoch's goodie twin brother, Roger Jr., to whom he pledges eternal love and protection. In fact, Roger Jr. becomes the next Robin--what? No he doesn't? He's never heard from again? Ah well. +2 Bat-points