Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Indexible Hulk #30!

Tales to Astonish 074Issue: Tales to Astonish #74

Title: “The Wisdom of the Watcher!”

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

Supporting Cast: None

Villain: The Leader, unknown alien.

Hulk Intelligence: Getting back to “normal” quickly!

Guest-Stars: The Watcher.

Plot: The Hulk and the alien who was also after the Watcher's device begin to battle! Although the Watcher will not interfere, he doesn't wish his equipment damaged, so he teleports the two of them far away! As the fight continues, Banner starts to feel his control slipping away, and the Hulk's personality reasserting itself. The two battle on land and sea, and at one point, it appears the alien has won... but the Hulk emerges, and stuns the alien before throwing him away into space! However, the Watcher intervenes and sends the alien back to his home world. By this time, the Hulk is pretty much back to savage brute. The Watcher sends the Hulk back to the Watcher's home, where he picks up the globe. Then, the Leader causes the Hulk to return to Earth. Upon arrival, the Leader snatches the globe from the Hulk and dons it. The globe will give him the knowledge of all the universe, but it's too much for the Leader, who falls to the ground! The Hulk decides the Leader is dead!

Invention Exchange: The Watcher's knowledge globe.

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

Notes: Adapted as episode 21 of the 1966 Hulk animated series. As noted last time around, this whole story is predicated on the idea that the Watcher keeps a home on a distant planet – also that he watches more worlds than just the Earth. This seems to be contrary to what we've come to expect from Uatu, who seems to focus on Earth.

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