Thursday, November 07, 2013

The Indexible Hulk #52

Tales to Astonish 095
Issue: Tales to Astonish #95

Title: “A World He Never Made!”

Credits: Written by Stan Lee, Penciled by Marie Severin, Inked by Herb Trimpe, Lettered by Sam Rosen

Supporting Cast: N/A

Villain: New Men

Guest-Stars: High Evolutionary, Sir Ram

Plot: The Hulk's wish has been granted, as he finds himself aboard the High Evolutionary's space craft! From the ship's radio comes the voice of the Evolutionary, trying to reach the unconscious Sir Ram, but the Hulk, angry that he doesn't know how to use the radio, smashes it. The Evolutionary is concerned because the ship is headed to a cosmic storm. The Hulk goes to find Sir Ram, figuring he'll be awake by now. Back on the Evolutionary's planet (apparently not Counter-Earth, or at least not named as such here), the High Evolutionary needs the Hulk's help to save him from his own creations. Some time ago, the HE took earth animals to this world and artificially evolved them, establishing the Knights of Wundagore, but their baser instincts soon took over, making them so bestial that he can't control them any more.
Back on the ship, Sir Ram recovers, and is dragged by the Hulk to the ship's bridge. Ram immediately spots their danger, but it's too late to change course. The first blast hits, but Sir Ram is able to change course enough to suffer only a glancing blow from the second blast. However, both blasts have had their effect, and Sir Ram dies. This saddens the Hulk, who hoped to make a friend. Suddenly, the effect of the cosmic rays causes the brute to turn back to Bruce Banner.

The High Evolutionary sees this on his monitor, and believes that someone who can change like this could prove dangerous. He prepares by getting he most potent weapon available, the vacuum blaster... But then fears that if he can't get Bruce to change to the Hulk, he'll be of no use. On the other hand, he may find a use for Banner.

On the ship, Bruce, still confused at what's going on, finds Sir Ram's body, and assumes the Hulk killed him. The ship lands on Wundagore II, as it's now named, and the Evolutionary introduces himself to Banner, and shows him around. As Bruce starts to examine the advanced equipment, the Evolutionary blasts him, paralyzing Bruce, who's then placed in a transparent tube, where the Evolutionary plans to evolve Bruce into man as he will be in a million years!

Invention Exchange: The High Evolutionary's vacuum blaster and evolution machine.

Reprinted In: Marvel Super-Heroes #50, Essential Hulk #2, Incredible Hulk (Pocket Books)

Notes: The Evolutionary's logic is iffy, to say the least, isn't it?

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