Sunday, July 08, 2012

The Indexible Hulk #28!

Tales to Astonish 072Issue: Tales to Astonish #72

Title: “Within the Monster Dwells a Man!”

Credits: Written by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Mickey Demeo (Mike Esposito), letters by Sam Rosen.

Supporting Cast: General Ross, Major Talbot, Rick Jones

Villain: The Leader

Hulk Intelligence: Not staying at Banner levels!

Guest-Stars: None

Plot: As Ross' soldiers continue to attack the Hulk's cave, within it the Leader's transmitted image continues to try to talk the Hulk into joining him. Outside, Rick is trying to talk Ross into stopping the attack, but it's no use. Finally, the missiles and bombs start damaging the lab equipment in the cave, making the Hulk angry! He realizes that without his equipment, he can't avoid changing back to Banner again, so he agrees to the Leader's offer! The Leader then uses his matter-portation ray to transport the Hulk to Italy, where the Leader's current base is. When the Hulk arrives, the Leader asks him about the lab equipment in the cave (since he'd known the Hulk as a strong but dumb brute, not intelligent), but the Hulk blows him off. The Leader shows the Hulk around, demonstrating how he grows his Humanoids. The Leader's arrogance starts to tick the Hulk off, and he's about to attack, but then he starts to fall down, unconscious. The Leader's been exposing him to a sleep gas (that doesn't affect the Leader) that's put him to sleep. Meanwhile, the soldiers investigate the base, and when the find the damage lab equipment, Talbot and Ross figure this is proof that Banner and the Hulk were working together. Talbot tries to get Rick to tell them everything, but Rick's not talking. Ross decides to have Rick taken into custody for questioning. In Italy, the Leader checks on the Hulk, who's still asleep but then wakes up after the Leader walks away (the Hulk being more powerful than he suspected). The Hulk starts to break out, trashing a bunch of lab equipment and setting off an alarm. The Hulk blunders into a room of statues of the Humanoids, but then they start to move and attack him! The Hulk begins fighting them, but the he starts to feel his body preparing to change to Banner!

Invention Exchange: The Leader's matter-portation ray (previously referred to as a “projecto-ray”).

Reprinted In: The Incredible Hulk Special #3, The Incredible Hulk (Simon & Schuster, 1978), Essential Hulk #1.

Notes: Adapted as episode 19 of the 1966 Hulk animated series. When the Hulk arrives at the Leader's Italy headquarters, he steps out of a “screen” similar to the teleportation system used by the Enclave, who created Him/Adam Warlock in Fantastic Four.

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