Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Indexible Hulk #41!

Amazing Spidey Annual 2Issue: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3

Title: “...To Become an Avenger!”

Credits: Written by Stan Lee, layouts by John Romita, pencils by Don Heck, Inks by Mike Esposito (as Mickey Demeo), letters by Art Simek.

Supporting Cast: Not applicable

Villain: Not applicable

Hulk Intelligence:

Guest-Stars: The Avengers (Captain America, Goliath, Wasp, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye), Daredevil. I suppose I could say Spider-Man, but this was Spidey's annual, and the Hulk was actually the guest-star, and probably considered the villain!

Plot: The Avengers have been meeting, and Captain America decides to offer Spider-Man membership in the Avengers. Hawkeye agrees, but Goliath wants him tested, and the Wasp votes no, as she hates spiders in general. Thor and Iron Man appear undecided. It's decided that they try to learn more about Spidey, and Hawkeye suggests they send for Dareevil, as he's worked with the Webhead. Knowing (somehow) that DD is sensitive to high-frequency signals, they summon him that way. When DD shows up, he gives Spider-Man his highest recommendation. So, the Avengers decide to split up and track Spidey down! Thor is the one who finds him, but Spidey wants to think about the offer. Later, as Peter Parker, he decides that he'd get more respect from the Daily Bugle and J. Jonah Jameson as an Avenger, so he decides to head over to Avengers Mansion. There, Captain America says Spidey must be tested, and when Spidey gets angry, he starts a fight with the other Avengers. This proves his courage, but the final test is to bring the Hulk back to Avengers Mansion, as he's been at large in the area. Spidey webs over to the Daily Bugle, where he overhears that the Hulk's been sighted near a downtown Gamma Ray Research center, and he's off. Spidey and the Hulk battle for a bit, but the Hulk's too strong for Spidey, and Spidey's too fast for the Hulk. When the Hulk is accidentally bathed in gamma radiation, he turns back to Banner. Spidey feels sorry for him, and decides that the Hulk deserves help, not punishment. While he's deciding this, Banner turns back into the Hulk, but before he gets his full strength, Spidey staggers the Hulk with a punch and webs him up... but then decides to set him free. Spidey returns to the Avengers and say he couldn't find the Hulk, and the Avengers are disappointed (not knowing Spidey could've passed the test). Spidey changes back to Peter and walks home, deciding that this is fate's way of telling him he's a loner.

Invention Exchange: The gadget in Avengers Mansion Goliath uses to summon Daredevil.

Reprinted In: Giant-Size Spider-Man #2, Marvel Tales #181, Marvel Masterworks #22, Spider-Man's Greatest Team-Ups, Essential Spider-Man #2, Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man #5.

Notes: Not much happens with the Hulk per se here, obviously... Spidey, “loner” that he is, would headline most of the issues of Marvel Team-Up starting in the 1970s for its 150-issue run, as well as guest-starring in pretty much every Marvel comic at least once or twice, and eventually joined the Avengers. The Wasp's attitude towards Spidey is explained away as the natural enmity between wasps and spiders.

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