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Appearing in "The Incredible Hulk!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #60.

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Synopsis for "The Incredible Hulk!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #60.

In a hidden cave in the New Mexico desert, the Hulk is once again going through the process of reverting into his alter ego: Bruce Banner. After the transformation is complete, Banner wonders if the Hulk is his true self, and if he'll ever be free of his curse.

At the military rocket base, General Ross is complaining to his daughter Betty about Banner's tardiness and that the new robot (which is supposed to study nuclear explosions at close proximity) he just built is likely a dud. Banner shortly arrives, nobody knowing that there is a spy in their midst. General Ross scolds Banner for being late to work on the robot, and Betty asks Bruce to confide in her the reasons he is so frequently absent (a request he denies). Banner works on the robot again, but his thoughts soon return to the Hulk and the nature of his transformations. He works through the day, until General Ross tells him that he must have the robot ready for testing the next day.

Working through the night to finish the robot, Banner discovers someone fleeing the outside hall. Getting too excited over the events, Banner transforms into the Hulk. The Hulk, not caring about the possible spy or Banner's invention, leaves the base to plan his next attack against humanity.

At dawn, the spy knocks out the robot's intended pilot and climbs into the device and walks it out to the testing range. The robot withstands a nuclear attack, and attacks from tank artillery. Suddenly, the spy has the robot destroy the tank, much to everybody's shock. The Hulk, witnessing this display recognizes the robot as Banner's creation and wants to destroy it.

The spy battles the Hulk as an ultimate test of the robot's indestructibility. During the battle, the robot withstands the Hulk's attack, and gains the upper hand when the Hulk gets excited enough to cause his transformation back into Bruce Banner. The spy easily knocks out the weakening Hulk and flees the scene.

Investigating the scene, some soldiers find Banner and bring him to General Ross for questioning. Ross refuses to believe that there was a spy. He suspects that Banner piloted the robot and hid it somewhere, until a soldier reports that the robot was spotted moving through the desert. He orders his troops to pursue it, and when Bruce offers to build an even stronger robot to combat the original, Ross declines, because he suspects that Banner is somehow involved with the spy. The story ends with Betty trying to console Bruce, and Bruce's thoughts considering the menace that the Hulk poses to them all.

Appearing in "Captured At Last!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #61.

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Synopsis for "Captured At Last!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #61.

Bruce Banner has once more become the Hulk and is in battle with the spy who walked away with his new robot. The spy escapes just as the Hulk begins transforming into Banner, retreating into one of Banner's many secret caves filled with scientific equipment. The spy reasons he has just the right amount of equipment to build a crude missile that he can use to destroy the nearby rocket base.

Bruce Banner returns to the base to work on a device that will allow him to track the stolen robot. As he's finished and is about to sneak off the base, he spots the arrival of the new officer: Major Glenn Talbot.

Talbot reports to General Ross and informs him that he's been sent by Washington to investigate the allegations that Banner is possibly working for foreign spies. Just then, Betty enters the room and she is introduced to Talbot and asked to show him around the base. When they arrive at Bruce's lab, they find him missing. Talbot learns from the guard that he was spotted going into the hills with a strange device. Talbot asks Betty to give him a tour around the area surrounding the base.

From a helicopter, Talbot and Betty spot Banner tracking his robot. As the helicopter lands, Banner sees the spy in his robot preparing to throw a boulder at the helicopter. Turning into the Hulk, he jumps up to stop the rock from falling on Betty and Talbot. Talbot dives to shield Betty, while the Hulk smashes through the rock. Its debris hits Talbot, giving him minor injuries and gaining Betty's concern.

The Hulk battles the robot, until the spy's missile launches, and the Hulk knocks the robot down a cliff to the spy's apparent death. Hulk jumps after the missile and smashes it in mid-air. The resulting explosion knocks out the Hulk, who is captured and restrained by the military. Talbot suggests to Ross that somehow the Hulk and Banner must be connected. As the Hulk regains consciousness, Ross orders a tank battalion to prepare to fire. The Hulk desperately tries to break free of his shackles before he can be executed.

Appearing in "Enter... the Chameleon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #62.

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Synopsis for "Enter... the Chameleon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #62.

Continuing from last issue, the army is about to execute the Hulk. Meanwhile, the mysterious Leader hires the Chameleon to travel to New Mexico to find out what happened to the spy he hired to steal the robot from the missile base. While in New York, Rick Jones hears of the Hulk's fate and gets permission from Captain America to go to his friend's rescue. Both the Chameleon (in disguise) and Rick Jones end up flying to New Mexico on the same plane.

While in New Mexico, Betty Ross worries that perhaps Bruce ran into the Hulk while out in the desert, not knowing that the Hulk is really Bruce Banner himself. The Hulk, meanwhile, is attempting to break free of his bonds, bringing him near to the point where his level of excitement would cause him to revert into Bruce Banner. Rick Jones arrives on the base and tries to get near the Hulk, but fails each time.

The Chameleon fares better however, disguising himself as Thunderbolt Ross and asking the Hulk to aid him. When the Hulk refuses, the Chameleon, using General Ross' brass, sends the other soldiers away so they can talk more. While his back is turned, the Hulk's constant strain causes him to change back into Banner. He escapes the bonds that were made to hold someone of the Hulk's size. Rick Jones find the fleeing Banner and secrets him away long enough for Bruce to change clothes.

Banner reports to Ross, who is reprimanding his soldiers for allowing the Hulk to escape. Talbot attempts to question Banner, but Banner rebuffs him. Walking out of the room, Banner is knocked out and tied up by the Chameleon who disguises himself as Banner in order to steal the plans and a prototype for a grenade-type gamma bomb.

Betty interrupts the Chameleon and soon realizes that she's talking to an impostor. As the Chameleon tries to capture the girl, Bruce Banner (who is locked in the closet) turns into the Hulk and smashes through the wall to save Betty. The Chameleon holds the Hulk at bay by threatening him with the Gamma grenade until the Hulk is scared off by an approaching military patrol.

The Chameleon tries to get rid of Betty by shooting her off into a rocket speed-velocity test sled, but the Hulk stops it and saves Betty, then chases after the Chameleon.

Knocking away an army of soldiers, the Hulk dives on the Gamma grenade, which the Chameleon attempted to use to destroy the Hulk. The resulting explosion is contained by the Hulk's body. The gamma radiation causes the Hulk to revert to Bruce Banner, who escapes in the smoke.

Later, during a board of inquiry, due to Betty's testimony, Banner is cleared of any suspected involvement, but Ross explains that he will find out what sort of connection (if any) there is between Banner and the Hulk. Elsewhere, the Leader decides that it's time for him to get involved in finding the government secrets he seeks...

Appearing in "A Titan Rides the Train!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #63.

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Synopsis for "A Titan Rides the Train!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #63.

The Leader has just completed his special humanoid. He reflects back on the events that led to his super-intelligence:

He was a lowly laborer working in a chemical research plant. One day, while hauling waste material in the plant's sub-basement, he was caught in a Gamma explosion caused by an exploding Gamma-ray cylinder. Surviving the ordeal, he soon found that he had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and began reading books at a frenzied rate. One day, while reading in his study, a dizzy spell struck him, and eventually the effects of the Gamma rays had completed his transformation into a man of emerald skin and a large brain. He began calling himself the Leader and became a scientific genius. He organized his own spy ring in order to overthrow the government. His Humanoid is his most recent attempt to do so.

Meanwhile, at the New Mexico rocket base, the Chameleon revives and digs himself out of the rubble caused by his battle with the Hulk (Last issue). Elsewhere on the base, General Ross and Major Talbot discuss the Pentagon's request to have Bruce Banner and one of his latest nuclear inventions moved to another base. Not trusting Banner, and expecting interference from the Hulk, Ross sends Talbot to act as security officer to keep an eye on things. Later, the Chameleon – now in a new disguise – overhears these plans being told to Bruce Banner and informs the Leader. The Leader sees this as a perfect chance to use his Humanoid.

The Humanoid is dropped off onto the train and is spotted by military personnel, who quickly learn that the Humanoid is immune to their weapons. Informed of the situation, Talbot locks Banner in a room aboard the train while he deals with the crisis. Banner gets worked up enough to trigger the change that will turn him into the Hulk.

The Hulk smashes out of the train and spots the Humanoid, just as it removes the rail-car containing the nuclear device. The Hulk battles the Humanoid, but finds that he cannot damage its pliable form, and is soon tossed off the train.

The Hulk bounds back onto the train for a second attack, and during the skirmish causes the rail-car with the nuclear device to unbolt. Part of his memories as Banner make the Hulk realize that if the device is knocked loose from the car it will devastate a nearby town. He knocks the Humanoid off the train, breaking its connection with the Leader. The Hulk jumps back to the train and stops the device from breaking free.

Landing on the ground, the Hulk suddenly feels the transformation changing him back into Banner kick in. Later, Talbot finds Banner in the desert. Suspicious that the supposedly detained Banner is free (and in possession of the missing device!), he orders Banner arrested. Back at the Leader's hideout, the Leader determines that he must learn more about the Hulk so that he can destroy him, while Banner himself is locked in a military jail cell.

Appearing in "The Horde of Humanoids"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #64.

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Synopsis for "The Horde of Humanoids"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #64.

Starting as the last issue ended, Bruce Banner is locked in a government prison for allegedly trying to steal a device that he created for the Army. He has been taking tranquilizer pills to keep him from turning into the Hulk while in jail, but Thunderbolt Ross and Major Talbot simply assume he is taking them to keep from panicking. When Bruce is moved to Washington DC prior to his trial, Rick Jones pays him a visit, and tells Bruce that he should just tell everyone the truth about who he is. Bruce says that he can never do that for if enemies of America discovered who he was and how he got his powers, they might try to study him and use his powers for their own desires, or maybe even make a whole army of new Hulks. Banner thinks aloud that he would reveal his identity but only to someone who would never let the information get out. This gives Rick an idea, and he goes see the President of the United States himself, Lyndon B. Johnson. At first Rick can't get through to him, but he gets through easily once he shows the staff his Avengers badge. Once President Johnson knows the truth, he immediately gives Bruce Banner a pardon.

Now a free man, Banner is ordered to travel to Astra Island with Glen Talbot to test his new nuclear device. Talbot still does not trust him however. This mistrust coupled with the fact that Banner has run out of his tranquilizer pills sees Banner turn into the Hulk again. He is able to get away from Talbot first, and thus Talbot simply thinks that Banner called the Hulk somehow. At that moment, the Leader's army of Humanoids strike the Hulk, attempting to capture him for the Leader so the Leader can learn the Hulk's secrets, and possibly convince the Hulk to work for him. His logic is that since they both have green skin they must have both gotten their powers in the same way, and thus have a connection to each other. As the Hulk is battling the Humanoids, Talbot protects the device and then radios the Army for help. Continued next issue...

Appearing in "On the Rampage Against the Reds!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #65.

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Synopsis for "On the Rampage Against the Reds!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #65.

Continuing from last issue, the Hulk is battling an army of the Leader's humanoids on Astra Island, just as an army strike force arrives on the island to subdue the creature. Using grenades they blast the ledge that the Hulk is battling the Humanoids on, knocking him into the ocean and sweeping him away in its current. With the Hulk defeated, the Leader calls his Humanoids back to base to fight another day. The army conducts a fruitless search of the island for both the Hulk and Bruce Banner.

The Hulk is swept out into international waters just as the transformation that changes the brute back into the form of Bruce Banner kicks in. Struggling to the oceans surface, Banner is spotted by a Communist sub and is taken aboard. Realizing who Bruce Banner is, the captain of the sub decides to take him back to the Communists' home country. As the submarine submerges, a US military plane flies and spots Banner and they report back to Talbot who believes this is proof that Banner is a traitor to his country. While back at the Leader's base, the Leader muses that perhaps the best way to learn more about the Hulk is to capture Bruce Banner, making a connection that where one is, the other is never too far behind.

Meanwhile, Banner is taken to the Communists' homeland and there he is brought before their military commander, who tells the hungry Bruce Banner that they will only feed him if he works for them. Banner is soon taken to a lab where the Communists are forcing scientists who were previously reported dead or missing to work on secret projects for them. While being put to work, one of the scientists finally cracks and tries to destroy one of the devices being built in the lab and he is quickly beaten into submission and taken away.

Refusing to aid the Communists, Banner is then locked in a tiny cell until he agrees to serve them. Dwelling on the horrors that he's witnessed, Banner excites himself to the point where he transforms into the Hulk. The Hulk then smashes out of his cell and begins tearing the Communist base apart, destroying most of their weapons. However, he is shot in the shoulder by a vaporizer ray.

After he's scared all the soldiers into retreat, he is found by one of the captive scientists, who treats the Hulk's wound and provides him with food. Meanwhile the Communists' military commander orders an entire fleet of tanks to attack the Hulk and sets to attack the creature himself with a Proton Gun.

Appearing in "The Power of Doctor Banner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #66.

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Synopsis for "The Power of Doctor Banner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #66.

The scientist who helped the Hulk finishes treating the Hulk's wounds from his battle against the Communist soldiers. Just then the Communists' military commander arrives on the scene with a proton gun. When he is about to shoot the Hulk, the scientist jumps in the way, taking the shot for the giant creature. Fearing retribution from the Hulk the commander flees. The Hulk realizes the commander killed one of the few people the Hulk considered a friend. This causes the Hulk to get angry and go on another rampage. Eventually, the Hulk exerts himself too much and reverts back into Bruce Banner, who passes out from exhaustion. All the while, the Communist tank battalion draws ever closer.

Meanwhile, back in the US, Glenn Talbot reports to his superiors that they spotted Bruce Banner being taken into a Communist sub. Talbot offers to go and get Banner back, but the request is denied. News of Banner being held behind the Iron Curtain gets to General Ross, who tells his daughter Betty. She cannot believe that Banner would defect to the Communists. Talbot enters the room and tries to comfort her.

While at the Leader's lair, the Leader is contacted once more by the Chameleon, who informs him of Banner's capture by the Communists. The Leader then contacts one of the Commissars of the Communists to confirm that Banner and the Hulk are behind the Iron Curtain. When this is confirmed, the Leader breaks contact, content that the Hulk would eventually defeat the Communists and return to the States.

Back behind the Iron Curtain, Bruce Banner finally wakes up to find the ruins he passed out in are being bombed by Communist jet fighters. Banner runs for cover and eventually finds the body of the scientist who sacrificed his life for the Hulk. Remembering what happened, Banner gets mad enough to trigger his transformation into the Hulk just as a bomb blows up next to him. When the smoke clears, the Hulk is back and smashes all the airplanes in the area. Madder than ever, the Hulk then storms off to smash everything that stands in his way.

Appearing in "Where Strides the Behemoth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #67.

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Synopsis for "Where Strides the Behemoth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #67.

Continuing from last issue, the Hulk confronts the Communist tank battalion that has been ordered to capture him. Making short work of their tanks, the Hulk then escapes, jumping farther East in great leaps and bounds before stopping to rest in Mongolia. There the Hulk stops in the mountains to rest, and in his exhaustion reverts back into Bruce Banner.

He is awakened some time later by Kanga Khan, a Mongolian bandit chieftain. Banner explains his situation, and that if they can get in touch with other Americans they will be rewarded for returning him to the States. Realizing that Banner could be potentially worth a large sum of money, Kanga Khan agrees.

Word reaches the United States and Major Talbot is sent to retrieve Banner from Kanga Khan. Arriving in Mongolia, and meeting with Khan, Talbot demands to see Banner before making any payments. While Talbot confirms that the bandit does indeed have Banner as his hostage, a band of other thieves plot to kidnap Banner and ransom him off themselves.

Attacking the village, the rebels outnumber Khan's men and he orders them to run to the hills. Talbot and Banner manage to escape together, however when in the mountains they are pinned in one spot by enemy fire. Just then the path they are standing on gives way and both men are sent falling down the cliff.

Appearing in "Back from the Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #68.

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Synopsis for "Back from the Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #68.

Talbot and Banner are falling to their doom after making their escape from Mongolian bandits. The fall causes Banner to change into the Hulk, who saves Talbot (who was knocked unconscious by the speed of the fall.) On the ground the Hulk decides he wants to go home and so he jumps all the way back to the States, leaving Talbot behind. While the Hulk is returning home, the Leader is plotting his next attempt at capturing the Hulk, by shrinking his Humanoids down to microscopic size for easy smuggling.

The Hulk arrives back in New Mexico and seeks refuge inside Bruce Banner's home. Falling asleep, the Hulk changes back into Banner, who awakens sometime later to find General Ross, Betty, and an entire army in his room. Banner is quickly arrested.

Days later, having been rescued and returned home, Major Talbot addresses the President with his concerns that the Hulk and Bruce Banner are in league with Communists, not knowing that the President was informed of the Hulk's true identity by Rick Jones. The President informs Talbot that the Absorbatron on Astra Island is ready for testing again and that he and Bruce Banner are to go back and test it again. While the arrangements are being made, the Leader flies over Astra Island and dusts it with his microscopic Humanoids.

Meanwhile, in jail again, Bruce Banner is visited by Rick Jones who is also beginning to question Banner's loyalty to his country. Talbot then arrives to take Banner to the test site, but first rails him for leaving him behind. Angered by the idea of leaving Talbot to die, Banner almost loses control of himself, but Rick manages to calm him down before he can change into the Hulk.

Arriving on Astra Island, Banner and Talbot enter the control room of the Absorbatron. As they are doing so, the Leader orders the Humanoids to grow to their natural size and seize the two men. Talbot tries to hold off the Humanoids but is easily knocked out. The Humanoids then attack Banner, prompting his transformation into the Hulk. The Hulk, however, is quickly subdued by knockout gas. With the Absorbotron and the Hulk soon to be in his hands, the Leader turns his ship around to collect his prize...

Appearing in "Trapped in the Lair of the Leader!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #69.

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Synopsis for "Trapped in the Lair of the Leader!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #69.

The Leader's Humanoids have succeeded in knocking out the Hulk. The Leader himself arrives on Astra Island to collect the Hulk and the Absorbatron for more study. Before the Navy can stop the Leader, he manages to escape in his ship, transporting the Absorbatron and the Hulk along with him via a magnetic beam. The military land on the island and revive Major Talbot and the group search for Bruce Banner but find him missing.

Meanwhile, at the Leader's secret base located in the southwest, the Leader attempts to examine the Hulk's body but finds that his devices cannot pierce the Hulk's dense skin and so he begins working on stronger components. While distracted he misses seeing that the gas he used to knock out the Hulk has triggered his transformation back into Bruce Banner. Banner awakens and then begins modifying one of the Leader's devices to send out Morse Code to alert someone of his location.

Back at base, General Ross and Major Talbot discuss the situation, Ross explaining that when they find Banner he wants him shot on sight. Overhearing this, Rick Jones hurries to Bruce's secret lab out in the desert to figure out a way to find Bruce himself and soon notices one of the devices is picking up Bruce's Morse Code. Realizing the army will pick up the signal as well and shoot him on sight, Rick rushes to rescue Bruce by himself. Indeed the army does pick it up and soon sends an attack force to get Banner.

Meanwhile, the Leader notices the Hulk is not on the table where he left him and figures that the Hulk is trying to escape and floods the room with twice the dosage of gas. This causes Banner to change into the Hulk once more who goes on a rampage in the Leader's lab and smashes his way out of the room he was captive in.

The Leader tries to shoot the Hulk but his attack appears ineffectual. The Hulk then smashes the Absorbatron, causing the Leader to flee. Crashing through the base the Hulk eventually encounters the army who attack him. Rushing past the soldiers, Rick Jones finally makes it to the front line to find that the soldiers have stopped fighting because they have found Bruce Banner, and to all present he appears to be dead...

Appearing in "To Live Again!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #70.

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Synopsis for "To Live Again!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #70.
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While preparing yet another device to destroy the Hulk, Ross fumes over the loss of the Absorbatron, and the apparent death of Bruce Banner, when one of his subordinates informs him that Banner's body has gone missing. Elsewhere in the desert, Rick Jones takes the inert body of Bruce Banner to Banner's hidden laboratory and bombards it with more Gamma radiation in hopes of reviving Banner. Banner's body turns into the Hulk and revives, where Rick is startled to learn that the Hulk has retained Banner's mind. To make matters worse, Banner informs Rick that if he were to change back into his human form he would surely die and decides to find a way to make his change into the Hulk permanent.

Elsewhere the Leader is contacted by his employers, who berate the Leader for his failure to obtain the Absorbatron. The Leader offers them an even greater weapon for a million dollars, however the Communists are not sold and tell the Leader that he will only get the money if he proves his claims by destroying a missile base. The Leader agrees and unleashes his latest creation: A gigantic Humanoid which he sends into the desert to go and destroy the nearby missile base. All opposition in its path are unable to destroy the gigantic humanoid.

Meanwhile, at the Nevada military base, Glenn Talbot tells Betty of Banner's apparent demise and the suspicion that he may have been a traitor to his country. Both are unaware that the Hulk had arrived on the base and has been listening in on their conversation. The Hulk concludes that in the state that he is in, he will let Betty believe what she may so that she may live a normal life without the Hulk.

Just then, the humanoid arrives at the base and begins its attack. The military's counter attack does not work, and the Hulk bounds in to try and stop the creature itself. However, the Hulk's strength is still not enough to defeat the creature either. Undaunted, the Hulk tries again and starts bounding towards the humanoid. At that moment, Ross has ordered their new "Sunday Punch" super-missile be deployed against the creature. Overhearing this, Rick tries to warn the Hulk, but Banner chooses to ignore Rick's pleas and continues on his path to destroy the humanoid. This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Like a Beast At Bay!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #71.

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Synopsis for "Like a Beast At Bay!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #71.

With the Hulk about to attack the gigantic humanoid, Rick rushes to stop the Hulk before he gets caught in the explosion of the giant "Sunday Punch" missile deployed by General Ross. Hulk finally hears Rick's warning and he grabs the boy and tries to escape. The missile meets its mark, hitting the humanoid and exploding, and while Rick and the Hulk were clear of the explosion itself the two are rocked by the shockwave. Landing on a plateau, Hulk realizes that Rick has been knocked unconscious and performs artificial respiration on the boy to revive him.

Elsewhere, the Leader watches on his monitor as his gigantic humanoid is toppled. As the military tries to take custody of the gigantic android, the Leader causes it to self destruct. The Leader then decides to try to either make the Hulk his ally, or destroy him.

The military meanwhile spots the Hulk making his escape with the revived Rick Jones, and manages to follow the two to Banner's secret lab, where they have the two cornered. In spite of the Hulk's defensive attacks, hurling rocks at the military personnel, Ross orders an air strike on the base and orders the Hulk to surrender or else be bombed from above. The Hulk, not wanting to put Rick in danger, sends the boy out to safety and prepares for the worst. At that moment, the mental image of the Leader appears and appeals to the Hulk to be his ally as he has the means to teleport the Hulk out of his current predicament, giving the Hulk just moments to decide. This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Within the Monster Dwells a Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #72.

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Synopsis for "Within the Monster Dwells a Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #72.

With the military about to bomb his hidden base, the Hulk decides to join the Leader and is teleported out of there by the Leader's devices. After the military bombs Banner's cave, they search the ruins and assume that the Hulk has been atomized in the attack and all believe him to be dead.

When the Hulk appears in the Leader's lab, the Leader shows him around and tells him that he intends to use his humanoids to take over the world. The Hulk decides that he will not side with the Leader in his goal of conquest, however, he soon finds himself knocked out with an odorless gas and put in a room for later observation. The Leader intends to find out how the Hulk got smarter since their last encounter.

As the Leader checks on his experiments, the Hulk awakens to find that his body is slowly going through the change that will turn him back into Bruce Banner which will cause his death. Not wanting to die without a fight, Hulk tries to smash his way through the Leader's base in hopes of finding a device that will save his life. The Leader, thinking the Hulk is trying to escape, has some of his new camouflage humanoids attack, which staggers the Hulk. Overpowered and knocked off his feet, the Hulk is determined to stop the transformation or else he will die. This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Another World, Another Foe!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #73.

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Synopsis for "Another World, Another Foe!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #73.
Bruce Banner (Earth-616) and Humanoids (Leader) (Earth-616) from Tales to Astonish Vol 1 73 0001

Overpowered by the Leader's humanoids while fighting to stop from changing back into Bruce Banner, the Hulk is on the verge of death should he return to his human form due to the bullet in his head. Realizing that there is something wrong with the Hulk, the Leader calls off his humanoids and takes Hulk to his medical lab. There he bombards Hulk with more Gamma radiation -- stabilizing his transformation and keeping him as the Hulk -- and removes the bullet from his brain.

After testing the Hulk to ensure that he has reached full strength, the Leader tells the Hulk of his mission. Having discovered the Watcher's citadel on the Blue Area of the Moon, the Leader had also tracked the Watcher's travels to his home planet. There the Leader became aware of the Ultimate Machine, a device which he seeks in order to conquer the Earth. The Leader sends the Hulk to the Watcher's home world in order to obtain the device, teleporting Hulk the light years in space between his destination.

The Watcher welcomes the Hulk and tells him that he will not interfere with anything the Hulk may choose to do on the Watcher's home. Guided by the Leader to the location of the Ultimate Machine, the Leader warns the Hulk of another who had come to the Watchers planet seeking the Ultimate Machine as well. However, before the Hulk can be adequately informed, he is struck by the creature in question, the being known as the Amphibion. This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Wisdom of the Watcher!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #74.

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Synopsis for "The Wisdom of the Watcher!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #74.

Locked in battle with the Amphibion over possession of the Watcher's Ultimate Machine, the Hulk finds that he is evenly matched against the creature. Not wishing for his home to be destroyed, the Watcher transports the Hulk and the Amphibion to a desolate area in which they can fight without damaging anything.

While at first the Amphibion has the upper hand, the Hulk soon overpowers the creature and throws it into orbit. The Watcher, seeing that the battle has been won by the Hulk, transports the Amphibion back to its home world.

With the battle over, the Watcher -- not wishing to interfere -- transports the Hulk back to his home world where the Hulk collects the Ultimate Machine, in spite of the Watcher's warnings. The Hulk is then suddenly transported back to Earth where the Leader takes the Ultimate Machine from him. When trying to use the device, the machine affixes around the Leader's head, seemingly killing him.

Appearing in "Boomerang and the Brute!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #88.

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Synopsis for "Boomerang and the Brute!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #88.

As the Hulk comes to and is hailed as a hero, the President okays a plan to try and cure Bruce Banner from changing into the Hulk. However, all the media attention upsets the Hulk, who bounds away. Just before anything can be done, General Ross gets a memo charging him with the duty of granting the Hulk amnesty once he is confident that the Hulk is no longer a menace.

Meanwhile, Boomerang, having watched everything, follows the Hulk and attacks hoping to get his revenge on the Hulk. Their battle takes them to a dam, which Boomerang destroys part of, causing the water to flow out of control. With both at risk of drowning, Boomerang asks for the Hulk to take him to safety. As the Hulk jumps to a safe place, he changes back into Bruce Banner. Unable to hold Boomerang's weight, he is forced to drop Boomerang, who seemingly dies.

Notes

Reprints: Tales to Astonish #60-74, #88

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Tales to Astonish #62
  2. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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