Friday, August 17, 2012

The Indexible Hulk #32!

Tales to Astonish 076Issue: Tales to Astonish #76

Title: “I, Against a World!”

Credits: Written by Stan Lee, layouts by Jack Kirby, finished pencils by Gil Kane (as Scott Edward), inks by Mike Esposito (as Mickey Demeo).

Supporting Cast: General Ross, Major Talbot

Villain: King Arrkam

Hulk Intelligence: We're basically back to dumb brute Hulk, still using personal pronouns though!

Guest-Stars: Well, there's one at the end, but that would be telling!

Plot: Having arrived in the future thanks to having Banner's T-Gun used on him, the Hulk is surrounded by a group of future soldiers who recognize him immediately! The Hulk starts attacking, and the ruler of these men, King Arrkam, wishes to stop the Hulk, as they're already beset by someone they refer to as “The Evil One.” He orders Exploso-Ray Gunners to fire, but the weapon has no effect other than to make the Hulk mad! Next, the Delta Missile is called into play, and while it creates a huge explosion, the Hulk still stands! Next, Arrkam orders the Captivator, a sort of two-legged walking device that fires a ray that intensifies gravity around the Hulk, which actually causes him to fall to the ground! Back in the present, the soldiers are looking for a trace of the Hulk, and when a captain calls in saying the T-Gun must've been some kind of disintegrator, he's told it was known Banner wasn't working on any such thing! Talbot realizes if it was a disintegrator, some of the surrounding terrain would've been destroyed as well, but there was no such effect. Next, the deputy Chief of Staff arrives to question Ross about where the Hulk is! Ross is ordered to figure out what happened to the Hulk, or they'll get someone who can! Back in the future, the Hulk's gravity-affected body has somehow been put onto a cart so he could be wheeled into Arrkam's fortress. He's placed in a dungeon and left there. Shortly, the effects of the gravity ray wear off, and the Hulk realizes he needs to think, “Just like Bruce Banner woulda done!” Later, the Hulk is brought to King Arrkam, who tells the Hulk about the Evil One, and he tries to get the Hulk to help, but the Hulk won't hear of it. Arrkam orders his men to overwhelm Greenskin, but it does no good! They try bringing up a Paralyzer Howitzer to use, but the Hulk breaks out of the fortress before it can be trained on him, and leaps away, having sighted some tripod-like vehicles approaching. The Hulk figures they must belong to the “Evil One,” and figures that maybe this guy has a way to return the Hulk to the present! But when the Hulk lands on top of one of the tripods, the hatch opens to reveal... The Executioner!

Invention Exchange: Arrkam's Exploso-Ray Guns, Delta Missile, Captivator and Paralyzer Howitzer; the Executioner's tripod attack vehicles.

Reprinted In: Incredible Hulk Special #4, Marvel Visionaries: Gil Kane, Essential Hulk #1,

Notes: Adapted as episode 35 of the 1966 Hulk animated series. I have no idea why Stan decided to make the Executioner “The Evil One”!

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