Reporting should be done through the report button, not by telling us in a thread.
Finally, do not triple post, edit the first.
3. No, we don't. We use the current version.
4. Prep can be however long the OP says it is.
Suffering is a fact of life. You survive if you find a reason to endure it.
I think that what I recall is from Avengers 171, which would make it the late seventies, rather than the eighties. The plot summary includes mention of the Avengers being caught in a forcefield, however...
Ultron traps the Avengers in a force field, but delays their death in order to marry Jocasta, his bride. However, while Jocasta confesses her love, she turns on Ultron. Suddenly, Ms. Marvel returns to the battle with the Scarlet Witch. Her hex power disrupts Ultron's circuitry, and causes the molecular rearranger to malfunction, allowing Thor to siphon off his power and send it hurtling harmlessly into space!
... It would seem that I recalled the thing slightly wrong and it was the Scarlet Witch causing a crack in the adamantium armor what allowed Thor to do the energy drain. Which if anything would make things look better for Ultron.
It does indeed - I think I have the PDF of that issue at home on a NAS. I'll look at it tonight, if I can find it.
Found a scan through google of the incident.
Yeah, Thor power-drained Ultron exploiting a crack in the armor and managed to do so, because the forcefield had gone down already. I'll say that there is a strong case for Ultron not needing to worry terribly much about power drain at the bell.
When he is doing crazy shit like that, as well as building anti-phasing tech to counter vision, and even I believe later came up with counter-measures for the Scarlet Witch doing to him what she did here, AND he has had multiple encounters with Mjonir, AND later versions of Ultron took it to Thor just fine including frying the guy through his own hammer...
What I am saying is, I am pretty OK with Ultron making force fields to prevent Thor and Thor level people from draining his energy. It is consistent with his feats, presentation, and over all history of countering esoteric stuff.
It was not completely perfect (Wanda could still give him trouble by putting intense effort into it), but it was there and at the end of Ultron Unlimited actually caused the hex effect to benefit Ultron (instead of disrupting his systems, it improved them).
As stated, I was really asking the question to my fellows, rather than going hard core on the point. I'm OK with the resistance in general, though to be honest, Thor is typically played by a dolt in a Thor costume in Ultron fights - completely forgetting to, you know, just dump him in Mephisto's tech-free realm for one. To take that a step further, to make Avengers stories good, Thor is pretty much ALWAYS played by a dolt in a Thor costume. If not, it's Thor and his "I-really-don't-count" friends. Such is life in comics.
Also, Thor not dimension dumping (which, as far as I can tell, is probably his only viable option) and what not isn't particularly exclusive for Ultron fights or even Avengers fights-- its pretty standard for Thor and in general. Honestly, for as often as Flash and Superman forget their speed, there is an instance of Thor, Green Lantern, or other similar characters forgetting their versatility. Thor at least has an in-story excuse he can fall back on-- warrior's pride, bordering on arrogance. He often CHOOSES to fight like a dolt in order to test his mettle.
What I would love is to see a 10 issue series of Thor remembering that he can dump all his rogues into alternate dimensions. I imagine Mephisto sitting there on his throne, despondent, with his chin in his hand, crying about what a mess his realm has become now that it's full of Frost Giants, Ultrons (there have been a lot of them), Kang, Malekith, Ulik, Juggernaut, Celestials, Rigelians, Ego, annoying reporters and god knows what else. Each issue is just "bad guy shows up, Thor insta-dumps to Mephisto's realm."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963