Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Indexible Hulk #29!

Tales to Astonish 073Issue: Tales to Astonish #73

Title: “Another World, Another Foe!”

Credits: Written by Stan Lee, layouts by Jack Kirby, finished pencils by Bob Powell, inks by Mike Esposito.

Supporting Cast: None

Villain: The Leader

Hulk Intelligence: Starting to go downhill fast!

Guest-Stars: The Watcher

Plot: The Hulk is still fighting the change back to Banner while the Humanoids attack him! The Leader arrives at the scene, and dismisses the Humanoids. Coincidentally enough, his mere presence offers the gamma ray force to keep the Hulk from changing back to Banner! Still, the Hulk is unconscious, so the Leader has him brought to the lab to examine him. It's the work of seconds for him to find the bullet in the Hulk's skull and use a gamma ray laser to dissolve it. Later, when the Hulk revives, he realizes he didn't change back. The Leader tells him about the surgery, and that he also gave him an extra booster of gamma ray energy. Since the Hulk now owes the Leader his life, he agrees to follow his directions. Minutes later, the Leader is measuring the strength of the Hulk as well as his durability. Once the testing is done, the Leader tells the Hulk about the blue area of the moon (previously visited by the Fantastic Four) and that he sent his own probe to examine it closer. It was there he spotted the Watcher. Then, his probe followed the Watcher as he traveled around the galaxy, finally finding him at his home (despite the Watcher being depicted as having his home on the moon in the FF). The Leader plans to send the Hulk via a teleportation device that will convert the Hulk into a thought wave beamed into space! In moments, it's done, and the Hulk is in the Watcher's home. The Watcher welcomes him, of course he won't interfere. The Hulk wanders around the Watcher's home, taking all the wonders in, while the Leader directs him by thought projection. Finally, the Hulk reaches a radiant sphere hanging in the air – the Leader's target. But what he didn't tell the Hulk was that someone else was also coming to get the machine, the most powerful creature in the galaxy!

Invention Exchange: The Leader's gamma-ray laser, space probe, thought-wave teleporter.

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

Notes: Adapted as episode 20 of the 1966 Hulk animated series. Interestingly, the creature the Hulk will be battling in the next issue looks like nothing more than the Thing, but with reptilian skin instead of rock-like skin!

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