Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Indexible Hulk #38!

Tales to Astonish 082Issue: Tales to Astonish #82

Title: “The Battle Cry of the Boomerang!”

Credits: Written by Stan Lee, layouts by Jack Kirby, finishes and inks by Bill Everett, letters by Art Simek.

Supporting Cast: General Ross, Major Talbot, Rick Jones, Betty Ross.

Villain: Boomerang.

Hulk Intelligence: Dumb brute!

Guest-Stars: None

Plot: The Hulk materializes on the surface, and immediately there is a series of explosions, because the Hulk has arrived in the middle of a missile testing range (good thing that's not where Major Talbot, Rick Jones, and Betty Ross ended up at, right?). When the soldiers spot the Hulk, they stop firing, and the Hulk leaps away, just before General Ross arrives on the scene. Ross has decided that the Hulk is responsible for Betty's disappearance, but then Talbot and Rick arrive, and Talbot tells Ross what happened to Betty. Ross puts Talbot personally responsible for Betty's safety, but it's Rick who suggests that the Hulk is the only one who has a chance against Boomerang! Meanwhile, at the Secret Empire, they watch Boomerang flying off with Betty. Number five wonders if Boomerang can be trusted, but he's assured that no one would dare cross the Secret Empire! Number Five goes to a console to contact Boomerang, but a hidden jet of gas sprays from the panel, killing Number Five instantly, and Number Nine is suspected! The others decide to be careful and wary of Number Nine, who's vowed to lead the Empire. Meanwhile, as Boomerang flies off with Betty, they cross paths with the Hulk! Betty calls to the Hulk for help, and the Hulk recognizes her voice, and changes course to intercept Boomerang. Boomerang maneuvers and dodges as best as he can, but the Hulk keeps coming at him, and never tires! Boomerang lands, sets Betty down, and pulls a number of magnetic discs on his costume, which he puts together into a larger disc, which he throws at the Hulk's left leg, where it adheres. A second larger disc strikes the Hulk's right leg, and the magnetic force causes the Hulk's legs to be forced together, toppling the green goliath. Boomerang then pulls out his electric boomerang, and sets it for maximum discharge before throwing it! The discharge barely stuns the Hulk, but succeeds in loosening the magnetic discs. Boomerang figures it's time to split again, grabs Betty, and activates his boot jets again... but the Hulk still follows him! Meanwhile, a plane has spotted the Hulk and Boomerang, and reports to Ross! Ross tells Talbot to order the strike force that they move out in 30 seconds, but Talbot isn't going with them to get Boomerang (didn't Ross just put Talbot responsible for Betty's safety?), instead he's to guard the Orion Missile! Rick, of course, doesn't have to wait with Talbot, he climbs onto one of the army trucks heading out! Meanwhile, Boomerang finally realizes that the Hulk will not quit, and tosses Betty away! The Hulk catches Betty, and immediately loses interest in Boomerang. Boomerang enters a waiting Secret Empire helicopter and flees. The Hulk, landing on the ground, sets Betty down gently, bellows out “Hulk beat Boomerang! Hulk beats everything! Nothing can stop the Hulk!” which makes Betty wonder why she ever thought the Hulk could really be Bruce! Then he looks down at Betty, and frightened, she looks in the Hulk's eyes for any sign of Bruce within!

Invention Exchange: Boomerang's magnetic discs.

Reprinted In: Marvel Super-Heroes #37, Essential Hulk #1

Notes: Adapted as episode 38 of the 1966 Hulk animated series. This issue was the first time the next issue box uses the word “Hulkinued,” although I think usually it's hyphenated, i.e, “Hulk-Inued”!

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