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Essential Series Vol 1 The Incredible Hulk 2
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Appearing in "Turning Point!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #92.

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Synopsis for "Turning Point!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #92.
Tales to Astonish Vol 1 92 001

With the entire world on the look out for either Hulk or Bruce Banner, Banner himself has gone into hiding and disguises himself when out in public.

Having gotten an apartment in New York, Banner has collected together parts needed to build a device that would bombard him with Gamma Radiation, in the hopes that it will finally cure him of being the Hulk.

However, after the experiment Banner once more turns into the Hulk. The Hulk bursts out of the apartment and tries to find a safe place to hide. Hopping through the city, the Hulk begins hoping to find a way off the planet. He spots what he thinks is a spaceship and tries to stop it, but gets pushed away by an unseen force.

Angry at this rejection, he doesn't realize that who he had tried to stop was none other than the Silver Surfer.

Appearing in "He Who Strikes the Silver Surfer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #93.

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Synopsis for "He Who Strikes the Silver Surfer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #93.
Tales to Astonish Vol 1 93 - 1

The Hulk demands the Silver Surfer to take him away from Earth, to find a new home where he won't be hounded. Unaware that the Surfer is unable to leave the Earth, the Hulk attacks when the Surfer refuses to help the Green Goliath.

The police soon show up as the Surfer makes his escape and try to keep the Hulk at bay with flamethrowers until the military arrives. The Surfer returns to fly the Hulk to safety. However, the two again end up in battle with the Hulk trying to gain control of the Surfer's board. The attempt is futile and nothing he does can get the Surfer's board to follow his commands.

The battle ends with the Hulk being knocked unconscious. Using his Power Cosmic to probe the Hulk's mind, he learns of Banner's curse. Attempting to use his Power Cosmic to cure the Hulk, the Hulk awakens and believes that the Surfer is attacking him and fights him off. The Surfer leaves in frustration and the Hulk vows to one day make him help him escape this planet.

Appearing in "...To the Beckoning Stars!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #94.

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Synopsis for "...To the Beckoning Stars!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #94.

Wandering the countryside, the Hulk is spotted by some hunters who have been charged with collecting animals and sending them to the High Evolutionary, who has since set up his operations on a new world called Wundagore II. The Evolutionary has been trying to solve the problem of his New Men who have been becoming more feral and animal-like and revolting against his rule. Learning of the Hulk's presence near the hunters, the High Evolutionary orders them to capture the Hulk with the weapons he provided them with, as the Hulk may prove to the key to solving his problem.

The hunters succeed in knocking the Hulk out with their gas guns and load him up on the ship that the Evolutionary has provided for them. After launching the ship, they destroy the Evolutionary's equipment as per his instructions. The ship is piloted by Sir Ram, one of the New Men still loyal to the High Evolutionary. When Ram checks over the latest specimen for his master, the Hulk revives and strikes Sir Ram, knocking him out. The Hulk finds himself on a ship in deep space and not even knowing where he is going.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "A World He Never Made!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #95.

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  • Vacuum-ray blaster

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  • Starship

Synopsis for "A World He Never Made!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #95.

Continued from last issue...

En route to the planet Wundagore II to be used as a solution to the rebellion of the Knights of Wundagore, the Hulk is completely unaware that he is to be used as a pawn for the High Evolutionary. With Sir Ram knocked out, the Evolutionary tries to warn the ship that they are about to fly into a cosmic radiation storm, to no avail.

When Sir Ram revives and realizes the truth, it is too late and the entire ship is bombarded with radiation. The resulting bombardment kills Sir Ram and causes Hulk to transform back into Bruce Banner. When the ship arrives on Wundagore II, the High Evolutionary is shocked to find Banner instead of the Hulk. However, the Evolutionary realizes that he can still use Banner to solve his problem. Distracting Banner by showing him his scientific achievement, the Evolutionary uses a weapon to knock out Banner and place him on a machine that will advance Banner's evolution by ten million years, so that he can use the advanced being against the invading Knights of Wundagore.

Appearing in "What Have I Created?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #96.

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Synopsis for "What Have I Created?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #96.

Continued from last issue...

With the Knights of Wundagore storming the High Evolutionary's citadel, the Evolutionary himself is attempting to advance Bruce Banner's evolution by 10 million years. However, it is too late to complete the experiment as the Knights storm the citadel and attack the Evolutionary. Believing that Banner can become the Hulk at will, the Evolutionary frees Banner and demands that he save him.

Banner finds himself outmatched, and is soon attacked by one of the Knights. During the altercation, Banner is excited enough to cause his transformation into the Hulk, and he does battle off the Knights of Wundagore with relative ease. However, the Hulk is still outnumbered, and the mortally wounded High Evolutionary decides to subject himself to the very experiment that he had intended for Banner.

With the experiment a success, the Evolutionary has his evolution sped up by 10 million years and transforms into a god like entity. Before he becomes one with the universe, the Evolutionary uses his powers to change the Knights of Wundagore back into their original evolution and returns the Hulk to the Earth.

Appearing in "The Legions of the Living Lightning!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #97.

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Synopsis for "The Legions of the Living Lightning!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #97.

Back on Earth, the Hulk bounds across the countryside where he accidentally crashes into a low flying airplane. Checking the wreckage, he finds the plane's sole occupant injured and administers first aid to him. The pilot then tells the Hulk of his friends the Lords of the Living Lightning and asks the Hulk to go to their meeting place. He does so, and upon landing at the site of the Lords secret base, he activates a giant lightning machine.

Meanwhile, while Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade continues to search for the Hulk, General Ross calls in Glenn Talbot and reassigns him to deal with the Lords of the Living Lightning as the Hulk has not been seen in some time, a decision that doesn't sit well with Talbot.

Meanwhile, the Hulk manages to disable the lightning device and is soon greeted by the members of the Living Lightning. The leader of the Lords offers the Hulk friendship and convinces the Hulk that they are working to end all war on Earth. Later that night, Talbot finds their secret base and finds himself captured by the Lords when they find him. Taken before the Hulk, the leader of the Lords tell the Hulk that Talbot is their enemy and tells the Hulk to go and destroy the Air Force base, a command the enraged Hulk complies with.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Puppet and the Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #98.

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  • Lightning rays
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Synopsis for "The Puppet and the Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #98.

Continued from last issue...

Tricked into doing the bidding of the Lords of the Living Lightning, the Hulk attacks the Air Force base. General Ross begins a counter-attack, but not before confining Betty to quarters so that she is not put at risk during the counter-attack against the Hulk.

While the army is otherwise busy dealing with containing the Hulk, the Lords are able to storm the base and take Betty hostage and force General Ross to surrender his base over to them. While at the same time, the Hulk is knocked out by a powerful gas. In order to ensure the continued co-operation from General Ross, the leader of the Lords of Living Lightning shows Ross that they have locked his daughter Betty in the same cell as the Hulk who is just now reviving from the knockout gas.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "When the Monster Wakes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #99.

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Synopsis for "When the Monster Wakes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #99.

Continued from last issue...

With Betty locked up with the Hulk, the leader of the Lords of the Lightning hopes that it will prove to be a bargaining chip to force General Ross to do his bidding. However, when the Hulk revives he remembers Betty as a friend, and Betty begins trying to talk the Hulk into helping free the base. Members of the Lords of Lightning storm into the room and blast the Hulk with their lightning weapons causing him to change back into Bruce Banner, and Betty faints.

Meanwhile, Glenn Talbot manages to overpower one of the guards and take on his guise, while the rest of the Lords flee the Air Force base to enact the next part of their plan. Talbot rounds up Banner, Betty and General Ross. Banner appeals to Ross that the Hulk is the only one powerful enough to stop the Lords of the Living Lightning who are now getting ready to deploy their stockpile of missiles at their secret base. Using a duplicate of his old Gamma Ray device, Bruce bombards himself with Gamma radiation once more triggering his transformation into the Hulk.

The Hulk then leaps to the Lords of the Living Lightning base, and attacks them head on, causing their missiles to detonate within their base, destroying it totally, seemingly killing all the Lords, and leaving everyone to believe that the Hulk is dead as well.

Appearing in "Let There Be Battle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #100.

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Synopsis for "Let There Be Battle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #100.

In need of allies, the Sub-Mariner views the Hulk's most recent battle and decides to establish a partnership between them. On his way to the surface, the Sub-Mariner is attacked by two men aboard a hydrofoil which unknown to him are under the control of his old enemy the Puppet Master. Furious to have one of his plans fouled by the Sub-Mariner once again, the Puppet Master (inspired by a newspaper story) decides to make the Hulk his next puppet and use him as a weapon against the Sub-Mariner.

On the mainland, the military is cleaning up the mess following the Hulk destroying the home base of the Lords of the Living Lightning. General Ross and Glenn Talbot have brought Rick Jones on the scene in the event that the Hulk survived the blast believing that the Jones boy would be able to control the Hulk should he lash out. This proves to be incorrect due to the fact that the Hulk is revived by the Puppet Master's manipulations, and he strikes out at Rick before jumping away, leaving all present (Rick included) to finally believe that the Hulk is an irredeemable menace.

Forcing the Hulk to battle the Sub-Mariner, their battle takes them across the coast, causing damage in their wake. However, the Sub-Mariners constant immersion in water and the Hulks inability to fight effectually in that element tip the fight in the Sub-Mariners favor. While back on the mainland, Rick is brought to a hospital where Betty is torn between her love for Bruce Banner, and the menace of the Hulk, which leave Talbot torn as well because if he kills the Hulk, Betty would never love him.

Meanwhile, the battle between the Hulk and the Sub-Mariner rages on, and is taken out into sea, where their combat causes a giant enough tsunami to wipe out the Puppet Masters island base and defeat the foe. When the water finally settles, Namor finds the unconscious body of Bruce Banner on shore. Not realizing that Banner is truly the Hulk, and believing the behemoth to have perished in the waves, the Sub-Mariner leaves Banner to his own fate and returns to the sea.

Appearing in "Where Walk the Immortals!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #101.

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Synopsis for "Where Walk the Immortals!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #101.

Loki, hoping to use the Hulk as his pawn to take over Asgard, captures the unconscious body of Bruce Banner, transforms him into the Hulk and transports him to Asgard. There the Hulk fights his way past Heimdal and enters Asgard, where he gets into combat with the Warriors Three. Taking note of the battle raging on, Odin summons an army to also best the Hulk.

However, during the battle with the Warriors Three, the Three realize that the Hulk doesn't know how he ended up in Asgard and that the creature is probably being used as someone else's pawn. When the Asgardian army arrives, Fandral manages to make them stop. When Loki arrives to call the Warriors Three cowards, they refuse to be goaded into battle by Loki, suspecting him to be responsible.

To find out what Hulk is doing in Asgard, the Warriors Three ask him to follow them to see Oldar the Oracle. However, as the Hulk is jumping over the bottomless chasm, Loki strikes Hulk with a spell, not wanting the Warriors to know the truth. The spell causes Hulk to change back into Banner and fall into the chasm. The story is continued in Incredible Hulk #102...

Appearing in "A Refuge Divided!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk Special #1.

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  • Romnar (Only in flashback) (First appearance)
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  • Sceptre of Justice
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  • Disintegrator
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  • Inhumans' patrol ships

Synopsis for "A Refuge Divided!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk Special #1.

As the Hulk wanders the South American countryside, there is a trial going on in the Hidden Land of the Inhumans. Black Bolt is trying a number of his subjects: Aiero, Leonus, Falcona, Nebulo, Timberius, and Stallior for the crime of treason, a crime they are found guilty of. Black Bolt has them banished to another dimension which is facilitated by Lockjaw.

Later, Lockjaw appears on the mountains where the Hulk is fighting off some panicked villagers. The Hulk attacks Lockjaw, who promptly teleports Hulk to the dimension where the evil Inhumans have been banished. The evil Inhumans try to befriend the Hulk, who tries to break out. Maximus arrives and recruits them all to his plan to overthrow Black Bolt, and teleports them all back to the Hidden Land. The Hulk, not wanting to get involved in Maximus' plot breaks free and begins smashing his way through the Inhumans' home. This provides Maximus the distraction he needs to get the weapon he seeks to use to overthrow Black Bolt: a device created by ancient Inhuman scientist Romnar that can absorb people.

However, they realize the only one with the power to break through the barrier behind which the weapon is stored is the Hulk, and so Nebulo tricks the Hulk into helping them break the barrier and gain access to Romnar's device. Building a ray-gun to use the device, the evil Inhumans use it to attack Black Bolt, while the Hulk is let loose upon the Hidden Land once more. Black Bolt is able to defeat them when they cannot stop squabbling and are all fighting for control over the Romnar device to use for their own ideals of conquest. To try and get back in Black Bolt's good graces, the evil Inhumans try to stop the Hulk along with Gorgon; however, it takes the might of Black Bolt to stop the Hulk's rampaging.

Realizing that the Hulk is an outcast seeking a home, Black Bolt invites him to stay in the Hidden Land; however, the Hulk knows that while Black Bolt accepts the Hulk all the other Inhumans fear and hate him, and so the Hulk leaves the Hidden Land to find his own place in a world that fears and hates him.

Appearing in "--This World Not His Own!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #102.

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Synopsis for "--This World Not His Own!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #102.
Incredible Hulk Vol 1 102 001

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Having been transported to Asgard by Loki, the Hulk leaps across a deep, bottomless chasm. For an inexplicable reason, the Hulk transforms back into Bruce Banner in mid-leap and begins falling to his doom. On a lower ledge of the chasm, the Enchantress and the Executioner watch the mortal plummet towards certain death. The Enchantress suspects that this mortal might have connections to her (would-be) lover, Hercules, and uses her power to save Banner's life.

At the top of the chasm, the Warriors Three look downward, convinced that the Hulk has met his doom. They continue on their journey to the Forbidden Forest to seek the council of Oldar the Oracle. The aged crone reveals that the Hulk has not perished, and she creates a window in time, through which she reveals how Bruce Banner first became the Hulk. Knowing that the Hulk is still alive, the Warriors grow concerned that he might threaten the Realm Eternal. Leaving the lair of Oldar the Oracle, they make haste towards Asgard.

The Enchantress and the Executioner meanwhile keep vigil over the unconscious Bruce Banner. When Banner revives, he turns into the Hulk and begins fighting with the Executioner. The Executioner strikes him with his Bloodaxe, but this proves ineffective against the Hulk. The Hulk manages to stagger his foe with one crushing blow to the jaw. The Enchantress grows bored watching the two combatants fight one another and teleports herself and the Executioner to a safe distance.

The Enchantress calls together a massive army of trolls and leads them on a quest to overtake Asgard. The Hulk gets involved in the fight, and keeps the trolls at bay by sealing them inside of a rocky cavern. Enraged, the Enchantress turns her magic against the Hulk and kills him.

The Warriors Three, along with Odin recover the Hulk's body after the battle is over. Admiring the Hulk's bravado, Odin uses his Scepter of Strength to bring the Hulk back to life. The Hulk is confused and angry and trusts no one. He threatens to attack Odin, little realizing that the All-Father is responsible for bringing him back from the dead. Angered by the Hulk's lack of gratitude, Odin uses his power to teleport the Hulk away from Asgard into the depths of outer space.

Appearing in "And Now... The Space Parasite!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #103.

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  • Solar Sceptre

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  • Randau's ship
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Synopsis for "And Now... The Space Parasite!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #103.

Materializing in the middle of New York following his battle on Asgard, the Hulk gets away from the mob that forms around him; upon reaching the relative safety of the rooftops, the Hulk changes back into Bruce Banner. As Bruce steals some clothing and tries to find his way to Rick Jones' apartment, Rick, General Ross, and Glenn Talbot are appearing on the TV with talk show host Jack Klyne to talk about the menace of the Hulk. Meanwhile, an alien known as the Space Parasite has decided to target the Hulk to drain him of his energy, believing that the Hulk's strength will power it for some time.

Meanwhile, Bruce manages to find Rick's apartment and convinces the landlady to give him a key to enter. Reading in Rick's date book that he is to appear on Klyne's show, Bruce turns on the television and hears Rick tell the audience that the Hulk is a menace and must be stopped. This devastates Bruce, who sits in quiet waiting for Rick to return home. When Rick arrives, he pulls a gun on Bruce, but cannot bring himself to shoot his old friend, shooting the floor instead as Betty also arrives on the scene.

The Space Parasite observes all of this, and believes he can use Bruce's current fragile mental state to bring out the Hulk. Just as Betty is about to tell Bruce that she still loves him, the Parasite plants a thought in her mind to make her hate him as well, and picks that moment to reveal himself.

Bruce transforms into the Hulk and attacks the Space Parasite, while the Parasite's own people, the Xeronians, watch the battle from their home planet. They recount that they used their technology to mutate their king into what became the Space Parasite to ward off invaders; however, when the Space Parasite succeeded in its task, it continued on into the universe, battling other beings of power to sustain its own life. They anxiously watch the battle, debating on if they should kill their former ruler or not.

As the battle rages on at Yankee Stadium, the military moves in ready to attack at a moment's notice. While the Space Parasite initially has the upper hand, the Hulk eventually overpowers the creature until its strength is at its lowest ebb. Believing he is about to die, the Parasite teleports himself back to his ship. However, the Xeronians detonate the ship while the Parasite is in mid-teleportation, and it ends up dying among the wreckage.

Although victorious in battle, the Hulk is then bombarded with gas fired by the police, which causes him to revert back to Bruce Banner, and is promptly arrested.

Appearing in "Ring Around the Rhino"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #104.

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Synopsis for "Ring Around the Rhino"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #104.

With Bruce Banner finally captured, the military has him under 24 hour observation, keeping him drugged so as to prevent him from transforming into the Hulk, in spite of the protests made by Betty Ross who is concerned over Bruce's fate, not wishing him to be locked up in a jail and doped up for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, after serving his sentence, the criminal known as the Rhino has been freed from jail and is debating what to do with himself, when he is once more visited by the Soviet spies who originally gave him his powers. Deciding to let their previous differences subside, they offer to grant the Rhino his powers again if he would aid in them in capturing Bruce Banner for their superiors, hoping to unlock the secret behind the Hulk. The Rhino agrees, and they use Gamma radiation and new technology to not only restore his power, but to enhance his strength to make him a match for the Hulk should he need to battle him. The Rhino attacks the convoy bringing the unconscious Banner to JFK airport for transport back to the Air Force's base, when the Rhino attacks and tries to take Banner away. Things don't go as planned thanks to interference made by Rick Jones who tries to rush to Bruce's aid in his car, and Betty trying to stop the Rhino from capturing Bruce. Bruce manages to revives long enough to transform into the Hulk once more and battle the Rhino. However, when the Rhino tries to take Betty hostage, the Hulk brings her to safety. During the fight, a fuel truck is used as a weapon by the Rhino, however the resulting explosion greatly weakens the Rhino and the Hulk is able to beat him into submission and the Rhino seemingly dies. With the battle over the Hulk grabs Betty, believing her to still be in danger with the military around, and jumps into safety, leaving Rick, General Ross, and Glenn Talbot to wonder what the Hulk will do to her.

Appearing in "This Monster Unleashed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #105.

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  • Reed Richards' machine

Synopsis for "This Monster Unleashed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #105.

Having fled the army with Betty Ross in his arms, the Hulk bounds through the city, until Betty convinces the Hulk to land at her hotel to get her things. When they land in the back of the hotel, they encounter an attempted robbery. As the Hulk scares off the crooks, he begins to change back into Bruce Banner. Taking advantage of this one of the fleeing crooks takes a shot at Bruce and hits his leg.

Meanwhile some spies on a freighter off the coast of New York have just unleashed the Communists' latest weapon against the United States: The Missing Link, prehistoric man who was unearthed and mutated into a powerful radioactive being as a result of atomic weapons tests. They launch the beast to the mainland where it frees itself and begins wandering the city, trying to make sense of its situation.

Meanwhile, Betty has loaded the injured Banner into her car and as the two are leaving the hotel, they are stopped by the police. Banner begins to change into the Hulk again and jumps out of the car ordering Betty to flee. Fully transformed into the Hulk, Banner smashes through the ground and escapes on the subway. Smashing his way back to the surface, Hulk happens upon the Missing Link and the two engage in a battle through the city. However, the Missing Link's radioactive body causes the Hulk to change back into Banner again, but still with the Hulk's mind. The Missing Link notices the transformation but is uninterested in fighting Banner, and so walks away.

Elsewhere, Rick Jones and Glenn Talbot have commissioned Reed Richards to build a device designed by Banner they hope will stop the Hulk. While in the city streets, the Hulk transforms back into his massive form and resumes his fight against the Missing Link. During the battle, Rick and Glenn arrive just as the Hulk has finished burying the Missing Link in the rubble of a demolished building. Talbot uses the device built by Richards to change the Hulk back into Banner. The timing couldn't be worse as the Missing Link burns its way through the rubble and approaches the three men, bent on destroying them.

Appearing in "Above the Earth, a Titan Rages"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #106.

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Synopsis for "Above the Earth, a Titan Rages"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #106.

Betty Ross comes to the rescue of Rick, Glenn and Bruce, who are at the mercy of the Missing Link, and she rams the beast with her car. As they are fleeing, Banner is grabbed by the Missing Link and the creature's radiation causes Banner to change into the Hulk once more.

Elsewhere, General Ross is giving S.H.I.E.L.D. the go-ahead and try to capture the Hulk. While the two beasts battle through New York, they are captured by what appears to be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s helicarrier, but it turns out to be that of a Soviet spy agency led by Yuri Brevlov, Nick Fury's Soviet counterpart. As S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Air Force try to figure out what happened and try to track down the Hulk, Brevlov and his minions plot to use the Hulk and the Missing Link for their own ends.

However, the Hulk breaks free from his cell and begins trashing the Soviet helicarrier, and fighting off Brevlov and his men. The Missing Link, however, reaches critical mass and explodes, destroying the helicarrier. Hulk and a ship containing Brevlov and his minions manage to escape. The Hulk lands near a home destroyed in their battle and finds a lone boy left alone. The Hulk picks up the child as Brevlov targets the Hulk and prepares to fire a fatal shot.

Appearing in "Ten Rings Hath the Mandarin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #107.

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  • Mandarin
  • The Mandarin's Giant Android
  • A robot of the Mandarin (Destroyed)

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  • Alexi (Last appearance)
  • Ivan (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "Ten Rings Hath the Mandarin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #107.

The Hulk is protecting a little boy from Yuri Brevlov and his men attacking him. The Hulk is able to shrug off all the shots. However, Brevlov's ship is shot down by S.H.I.E.L.D. who has managed to track them down and Brevlov is taken as their prisoner. Meanwhile, the Mandarin has targeted the Hulk to be used as a pawn for his world domination schemes. He transports the Hulk to his lair after the Hulk turns the boy over to some villagers. The Mandarin then tests the Hulk's abilities to see if the Hulk truly lives up to the Mandarin's expectations. The Hulk manages to pass all the Mandarin's tests however when the Mandarin asks the Hulk to join him, the Hulk refuses.

Battling his way to the Mandarin's throne room, the Hulk is about to attack him, when the Mandarin uses his rings to knock the Hulk into a pit of quicksand which the Hulk sinks into as he struggles to free himself.

Appearing in "Monster Triumphant"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #108.

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Synopsis for "Monster Triumphant"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #108.

When trying to trap the Hulk in quicksand fails, the Mandarin manages to capture the Hulk in a glass dome and knock him out with gas, then fits him with a control device in order to use him as a pawn to attack Chinese interests in the hopes that the Chinese government would blame the United States and spark World War III, so that the super-powers in question would wipe each other out leaving the stage open for the Mandarin to take over.

Meanwhile, Nick Fury and Yuri Brevlov (with the help of Tony Stark) learn that the Mandarin is behind the Hulk's attack on Chinese weapons. Attacking the Mandarin at his base, Fury and Brevlov destroy the device that is controlling the Hulk. Furious, the Hulk bounds back to the Mandarin's castle and begins to attack all present. During the battle the Hulk causes the Mandarin's castle to fall apart, but Fury and Brevlov manage to escape.

With the Mandarin defeated, the Hulk walks away trying to sort out where he should go next.

Appearing in "The Monster and the Man-Beast"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #109.

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Synopsis for "The Monster and the Man-Beast"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #109.

The Hulk rampages across a Chinese military base, swatting away soldiers with a long piece of timber. The soldiers fire a shell from a tank, but the Hulk uses his pole as a lever and upends the tank. More soldiers arrive and open fire on the Hulk, but the bullets bounce harmlessly off him. Annoyed, the Hulk leaps into the air and lands some distance away from the base.

As night falls, the Hulk walks through a dark canyon, accidentally setting off a hidden electronic eye. The signal alerts more soldiers and they mount a second attack against him. The Hulk dives into the soldiers and sends them sprawling. He then picks up a Howitzer cannon and begins swinging at them.

He then realizes that he has wandered towards a missile base. A large rocket is in the final phases of its countdown, so the Hulk leaps onto the hull of the ship, hoping to ride it to a better place. The Hulk's weight alters the calibration of the rocket's guidance systems, altering its course. The unmanned missile crashes into the middle of Antarctica and the resulting explosion from the crash renders the Hulk unconscious.

He awakens as Bruce Banner and discovers that he is now in the ecological oddity known as the Savage Land. A tribe of barbarian Swamp Men finds him and prepares him for a ritual of human sacrifice. Ka-Zar, Lord of the Savage Land finds the Swamp Men, and battles them, freeing Bruce Banner.

A short time later, Ka-Zar tells Banner about a glowing yellow energy emanating from a mysterious cave. Banner asks Ka-Zar to show him the cave, and he discovers an ancient device generating atomic radiation. Banner examines the artifact and is horrified to learn the machine is designed to gradually alter the rotation of Earth's axis. Such an act would ultimately destroy the entire world.

Suddenly, the Swamp Men swarm into the cave and attack Ka-Zar and Banner. Bruce transforms into the Hulk and attacks the Swamp Men, but Ka-Zar is stunned during the melee. After the Swamp Men are defeated, the Hulk turns his gaze towards the atomic device.

Appearing in "Umbu, the Unliving!"

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Incredible Hulk #110.

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Synopsis for "Umbu, the Unliving!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #110.

Having transformed into the Hulk, Bruce Banner is unable to stop the device that is changing the Earth's orbit. Having struck Ka-Zar who tried to get the Hulk to help, the Hulk is attacked by Zabu. Ka-Zar revives and he and Zabu manage to knock the Hulk into a near-by river.

Meanwhile at the home of the Swamp Men, Umbu a robot brought to them to protect the device in the mountain, activates and seeks out those who disturbed the device. Meanwhile, the Hulk tosses Zabu and Ka-Zar away, and they are captured by the Swamp Men. Hulk himself is attacked by Umbu, which proves to be a difficult task as the robot is able to self-repair. During the fight, Umbu blasts the Hulk with a gas that causes him to revert back into Bruce Banner. Back in his human form, Banner is ignored by Umbu.

Banner then rushes to the cave and works on stopping the device, while at the home of the Swamp Men, Ka-Zar manages to free himself and Zabu and rush to the cave. There, Umbu attacks the cave while Banner rushes to try and stop the device. In pulling out one of its circuits, Banner deactivates the device and at the same time Umbu deactivates as well. Although victorious, Banner collapses from his exposure to the machine's radiation. He is found shortly after by Ka-Zar who pronounces Banner dead.

Appearing in "Shanghaied in Space!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #111.

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Synopsis for "Shanghaied in Space!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #111.

The aliens who created the device to change Earth's orbit have detected the machine's destruction and send a robot out to bring them the one responsible. While in the Savage Land, Ka-Zar and Zabu leaves the dying body of Bruce Banner behind to seek out herbs to try and heal Banner, leaving him to be picked up by the alien's robot and brought to their ship in space, where they intend to bring him to their master, the Galaxy Master.

Reviving Banner with their technology, the aliens are ordered to put Banner in a pressure lock and kill him. However, Banner begins to transform into the Hulk and smashes his way loose. He battles the aliens and their weapons in the vacuum of space. During the fight the Hulk enters an exhaust tube, where the aliens try to burn him alive. However, the engine explodes, causing the ship to crash on their home planet. When the Hulk revives, he finds himself before the Galaxy Master, a giant mass of energy, that boasts that it is indestructible.

Appearing in "The Brute Battles On!"

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Incredible Hulk #112.

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Synopsis for "The Brute Battles On!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #112.

With the Hulk battling the Galaxy Master, the princess of the aliens enslaved by Galaxy Master decides that now is the best time to attack their master and win their freedom. This is a plan her uncle disapproves of, and to further his own ambitions of rule he decides to warn the Galaxy Master of this revolt.

As the Hulk attacks the Galaxy Master, the princess and her forces counter attack, but all who go to warn the Galaxy Master of the revolt are killed by the Galaxy Master himself. Finally realizing that he cannot defeat the Galaxy Master externally, the Hulk jumps into the being's energy form and destroys it from the inside, causing the creatures destruction.

Liberated, the aliens confront the princess' uncle, who backs away cowardly and ends up stumbling over the edge of a cliff to his death. Afterwards, the princess offers the Hulk a home on their planet, an offer the Hulk refuses. Providing him with a shuttle, the Hulk takes it before it can be calibrated to sustain life aboard, knowing that as the Hulk he cannot be hurt. While blasting off however, the Hulk begins to transform back into Bruce Banner and begins to be effected by the lack of air and the extreme pressure aboard the ship.

Appearing in "Where Fall the Shifting Sands?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #113.

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Synopsis for "Where Fall the Shifting Sands?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #113.

Trapped in a ship that hasn't been conditioned to sustain human life, Bruce Banner is being slowly killed by the immense pressure while it takes him back to Earth. However, he manages to calibrate the machines to expel Gamma radiation that turns Banner into the Hulk again so that he may survive the rest of the trip home.

Meanwhile on Earth, the Sandman plots to steal a new experimental rocket from the Missile Base in the hopes that he can pilot it to the Negative Zone and reunite himself with Blastaar. Heading to the base, the Sandman witnesses the Hulk's ship landing on Earth. After the Hulk destroys the ship, the Sandman convinces the Hulk to attack the base, providing Sandman with the distraction he needs to steal the rocket he seeks. However, when Betty's life is put at risk when the Sandman almost crashes into her car, the Hulk intervenes and stops the Sandman.

As the Hulk battles the Sandman, General Ross begins to believe that the Hulk was trying to stop the Sandman when they attacked the Hulk on site. Hulk manages to defeat the Sandman who escapes and the Hulk flees the base as well, leaving Betty and the others to wonder what to do about the Hulk, and the Sandman vowing to destroy the Hulk for good.

Appearing in "At Last I Will Have My Revenge!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #114.

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Synopsis for "At Last I Will Have My Revenge!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #114.

Having viewed the Hulk's battle with the Sandman, the Mandarin decides that an alliance with the Sandman to get revenge on the Hulk would lead to the successful defeat of the brute. The Hulk meanwhile, having fled the military, once more transforms back into Bruce Banner. While the Mandarin meets with the Sandman and they form an alliance, Banner returns to Gamma Base where he confronts Betty.

However, the military bursts into Betty's room and Banner transforms back into the Hulk. Hulk and Betty however are captured by the Mandarin and Sandman, who take the two to one of the Mandarin's secret bases. There they attempt to keep the Hulk prisoner and use Betty as a hostage to make the Hulk do their bidding.

However the Hulk bursts free and in the ensuing the battle the Mandarin determines that the Sandman is a failure and knocks him into a chemical vat while making his escape. When the Sandman emerges his sand form has been fused into glass. Betty convinces the Hulk not to shatter the Sandman and let him leave. Shortly after, Talbot and General Ross arrive and knock out Hulk with a new weapon and take him prisoner.

Appearing in "Lo, the Leader Lives"

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Incredible Hulk #115.

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Synopsis for "Lo, the Leader Lives"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #115.

With the Hulk captive at Gamma Base, General Ross tries to figure out how they are going to contain him. When they are unable to reach Rick Jones, they are surprised by the timely arrival of the Leader, alive and well and offering to help them contain the Hulk to amend for his past crimes. He explains that after he was seemingly killed by the Ultimate Machine, one of his humanoids brought him to his lab and revived him with Gamma radiation.

While the Leader is working on a way of containing the Hulk for good, the Hulk revives and goes on a rampage on Gamma Base until knocked out again with the neutralizer. The Leader has completed his device, a giant plasti-thene prison that keeps the Hulk contained for good.

Reviving once again inside the plasti-thene prison, the Hulk remembers who the Leader is, and tries to break out of the prison, but to no avail. Convinced that the Hulk has been contained, General Ross and the others leave the Leader alone with the Hulk. Left to his own devices, the Leader boasts to the Hulk that he has trapped the one person who could stop plans to take over the world.

Appearing in "The Eve of... Annihilation"

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Incredible Hulk #116.

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Synopsis for "The Eve of... Annihilation"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #116.

To further deal with the Hulk, the Leader builds a Super-Humanoid to accompany the plaste-thene cage which traps the Hulk. While General Ross is content that the Hulk is dealt with, Betty ends up stumbling upon the Leader's latest plot: with the Hulk out of the way, he intends to take over Gamma Base and launch its nuclear warheads at targets in the east, hoping to spark World War III and annihilate the Earth, so that he may rule whoever survives.

Betty convinces Talbot to help her, and the two try to persuade General Ross of the danger, but he dismisses the story, seeing in it Betty's love for Banner and Talbot going along with it due to his own love for Betty. Deciding to take matters into their own hands, Glenn calls all the soldiers to arms, against the General's orders, to try and stop the Leader. However, the Leader is able to use his mental powers to put all the soldiers under his control. Giving Betty a device that makes her immune to his powers (feeling that she is not a threat), the Leader leaves her be so that he can initiate his plan.

Betty then uses the device that sealed Hulk in his prison to free the Hulk and convinces him to stop the Leader. However, the Hulk is forced to fight the Leader's Super-Humanoid, which distracts the Hulk long enough for the Leader to blast him with a weapon that traps him in a form-fitting plaste-thene prison. With the Hulk once more subdued, the Leader pushes the launch button for the missiles.

Appearing in "World's End?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #117.

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Synopsis for "World's End?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #117.

With the Hulk trapped in a plaste-thene prison, the Leader is about to launch the missiles that will start World War III. However, the Hulk manages to break free from his prison through sheer strength alone. In order to stop the Hulk from interfering with his plans, the Leader transports the Hulk and his super-humanoid to a deserted island.

The Hulk quickly defeats the super-humanoid by knocking it into the island volcano causing the island to explode. Returning to the Gamma Base, the Hulk is too late to stop the Leader from launching the missile. Betty believes that Bruce banner could stop the already launched missile and convinces the Hulk to calm down enough to change back to his alter ego. Banner then uses a interceptor missile to destroy the one launched by the Leader.

Launching a second missile, the Leader insures that he cannot be stopped with an interceptor. Banner allows himself to change into the Hulk once more, and the Hulk manages to catch up to the missile and redirect its trajectory into space instead of its intended target. When it explodes, the Hulk crashes down to Earth. As the Leader escapes he flies past the unconscious Bruce Banner, unaware that he just flown past his arch-nemesis.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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