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Appearing in "The Incredible Hulk"

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  • Alligator

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Synopsis for "The Incredible Hulk"

In the town of Joyeux, Mississippi, the Hulk has ran afoul of the patrons of the Riverside Bar. After fighting off the patrons, the Hulk once more laments about being alone. When the local sheriff gets the drop on the Hulk, the brute manages to flee out a window before getting shot and swims up river.

No far away, Frankie Carson is out fishing with her grandfather when an alligator swims in for the kill. Spotting the massive lizard, the Hulk intercepts the gator and fights it off, ultimately killing it by slamming it into a tree.

When the sheriff catches up and tries to shoot the Hulk, Frankie spoils his aim explaining that the Hulk saved her life. However, by the time everything has been explained, the Hulk has already fled the scene.

Appearing in "The Black Knight"

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Synopsis for "The Black Knight"

Continue from Hulk Comic (UK) #1...

The Black Knight has been shot out of the sky by a R.A.F. fighter plane when suddenly two of Mordred's Hellravens appear in the sky. They attack the fight plane first, forcing the pilot to bail out. When the creatures turn their attention to the Black Knight, they attack his horse Valinor. The Black Knight then draws his Ebony Blade and rushes to the aid of his faithful steed.

Not far away, the mysterious Stranger helps the pilot out of the water, the grateful pilot is confused when this mystery man simply walks away without even introducing himself. While back at the battle, the Black Knight manages to slay one of the Hellravens, while the other escapes. With his horse wounded, the Black Knight leads Valinor to a nearby cave to recuperate. Watching this from a monitor, Mordred is delighted to see his enemy trapping himself and prepares his next move.

Inside the cave, the Black Knight finds a bed and a strange object wrapped in cloth. As he tries to learn more about this set up he is suddenly attacked by the Stranger who tackles the Knight to the ground and begins choking him.

Appearing in "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Synopsis for "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D."

While a civil war rages in the city of San Miguel, some organization is plotting against S.H.I.E.L.D., killing its agents in Cairo, however, there is no evidence as to who is responsible. Nick Fury has called together Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, and the Countess to discuss the situation in San Miguel. Fury orders Gabe and Valentina to go to San Miguel to investigate the situation and meet up with the S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives stationed there. As Fury and Dum Dum begin to plan what to do next, they are given an urgent dispatch from Cairo.

Meanwhile, in San Miguel, the organization that has been plotting against S.H.I.E.L.D. is working on affecting the situation in town. Soldiers for this organization then disguise themselves as guerilla fighters and head out to cause trouble. Back aboard the Helicarrier, Fury learns that their agent in Cairo has been killed. The only clue as to who is responsible for the attack is a note with the words '5 Sept", which they confuse for a date, opening more mysteries. Fury decides to head to Cairo to investigate further leaving Dum Dum in charge while he is gone.

Back in San Miguel, both Valentina and Gabe jump from their plane and fly down to the S.H.I.E.L.D. operation. They discover that the operatives there are dead, they also observe that the guerrillas are attacking the capital. They report this back to Nick Fury, who decides to abandon his mission to Cairo to rendezvous with them.

While things are becoming more destabilized in San Miguel, Garcia Juanilla, the countries most wealthy businessman, pays a visit to President Gomez. Juanilla explains that he has an organization that can help stop the rebellion, offering his aid only if they can utterly wipe out the resistance movement.

Appearing in "The Man in the Ant Hill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #27.

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  • Henry Pym (First appearance) (Origin revealed)

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  • Various scientists
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Synopsis for "The Man in the Ant Hill!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #27.
Tales to Astonish Vol 1 27 Title

Doctor Henry Pym declares success! He has successfully used his reducing serum to shrink a chair to doll size and used his enlarging serum to return it to normal size. Pym had been ridiculed months ago by his peers for his outlandish theories but has now perfected a pair of serums capable of changing the size of any object. Confident that his serums work, Pym tests them on himself.

Henry Pym (Earth-616) from Tales to Astonish Vol 1 27 0001

Placing a few drops of reducing serum on his arm, Henry Pym quickly shrinks. Now ant-sized, he realizes that he left the enlarging serum on the window sill; it might as well be on the moon. He goes out into the yard. Ants sense his presence and move toward him. Pym, still not thinking clearly, runs into an ant hill. Fleeing blindly through the tunnels, he falls into a shaft and lands in a pool of honey. Hopelessly trapped, he spots an ant crawling towards him. To Pym’s surprise, the ant pulls him free from the honey and lets him go unharmed. More ants appear. Pym notices a matchstick set in the ground and, hoping to create a diversion, throws a pebble at it. His aim is true, and the match lights.

Henry Pym (Earth-616) from Tales to Astonish Vol 1 27 0002

Pym fashions a lasso and climbs up to a ledge. There, another ant grabs him in its mandibles. Pym uses judo to flip the ant over the ledge and scrambles upward. Once out of the ant hill, with the colony in hot pursuit, he sees the friendly ant who saved him earlier. He points upward to tell the ant where he needs to go. The ant climbs the wall with Pym aboard. He wades into the test tube with the serum and immediately returns to normal. Convinced that his invention is dangerous, he dumps his serums down the drain.

Appearing in "Night-Raven"

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  • Mrs. Venuti
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  • Venuti's pawnshop
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Synopsis for "Night-Raven"

At Sam Venuti's pawn shop, the owner of the business is confronted by the Taxman, who is in the protection racket, and his hired thug. Venuti tries to tell them that he doesn't have the money to pay for his protection. In the other room, Venuti's wife calls the police for help. In response, the Taxman has his heavy toss Venuti out of the store window. They then clan out his cash register and his wallet of all the money, finding enough to cover the cost for "protection".

The Night Raven is passing by just as the Taxman and his minion flee the scene. Night Raven helps the pawn shop owner out of the garbage pail he landed in. However, a police officer arrives and tries to arrest Night Raven. The vigilante is forced to knock the officer out and steals his car to chase after the Taxman.

At that moment, the Taxman has paid a visit to Carlo's Italian restaurant. Carlo less than cooperative and refuses to keep on paying the protection money. Surprisingly, the Taxman agrees that he will not and they leave seemingly in peace. However, Carlo and his staff soon realize to their horror that the Taxman has left a bomb. The bomb goes off just as Night Raven arrives on the scene and the blast knocks him off his feat. As the masked man recovers from being knocked down, he is suddenly ordered to stand down by the police.

Appearing in "Beyond the Border Lurks Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #161.

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Synopsis for "Beyond the Border Lurks Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #161.

This story follows up from Amazing Adventures Vol. 2 #16...

The Hulk has landed in Canada in his usual fashion: With a bang. The impact of his last leap causing enough racket to draw the attention of a group of RCMP officers on horseback and prompting them to go an investigate. When they spot the Hulk, the Mounties calmly orders the Hulk to surrender to them to be turned over to the American authorities. The Hulk responds by pulling up the ground up from under their feet sending the Canadian law enforcers tumbling to the ground. Regaining their feet the Mounties begin to fire upon the Hulk, but the Hulk stops the attack when he strikes a tree causing it to tumble into path and leaps away.

The news Hulk's arrival into Canada spreads quickly and at a border crossing between Ottawa and Montreal refuses American travelers for their own safety. Among the cars in line is one being driven by Hank McCoy and his old girlfriend Vera Cantor. This set back upsets Cantor who needs Hank's genetics expertise on some important mission to save the whole world. Unknown to Vera, Hank was a member of the X-Men known as Beast, who recently mutated himself further to have the appearance of a literal beast. Hank knocks her out by punching a nerve and changes out of his human disguise and reveals himself to the border patrol guards carrying Vera over his shoulder. This startles the border guards long enough for Hank to slip by into Canada and into the woods. There he changes back into his human disguise before Vera wakes up, when Vera asks him how they got across the border, he tells her it's an old Rum smuggler secret and tells her that he needed to knock out. Due to the urgency of Vera's problem, Vera accepts this and the two continue on their quest.

The Hulk meanwhile is continuing to leap and bound across the Canadian wilderness when suddenly he realizing his great strength and abilities are slowly waning away, but he has no idea why. Realizing that if he goes a certain direction he continues to grow weaker, the Hulk decides to follow the trail and stop whoever is sapping away his strength.

While elsewhere, the Hulk and Vera reach their destination, a log cabin in the woods, after being signaled that the coast is clear, Hank learns that Vera has brought him to see his old foe and former X-Men teammate Mimic. When he considers that Mimic didn't tell Vera about his secret identity, which confirms to Hank that Calvin Rankin really does need his scientific expertise to tackle whatever problem is threatening the world. Inviting them in, Calvin explains to Hank that his mimicking power has grown out of control and that he's begun not only mimicking peoples powers but leeching them away to the point where he can potentially kill them. Calvin has been trying his best to control his abilities, but they continue to grow and fade as time progresses getting stronger each time. By his calculations, Calvin believes that his powers could cause him to suck the life out of every living thing on the planet. Taking them to the basement of the cabin he reveals that he and Vera have pooled all their money into expensive equipment to try and cure Mimic of his powers, however to date they have not succeeded and decided to seek Hank out to see if he can help somehow.

The Hulk meanwhile is continuing his trek toward the source that is draining his powers, now finding that his leaping ability and his strength have been greatly diminished, but he continues to plod on even if it means the end of the Hulk. Back in the States, General Ross has learned that the Hulk has arrived in Canada and asks for permission to cross the border and deal with the Hulk. This request is denied as the Canadian authorities wish to study the situation and determine their own solution and Ross is ordered to remain in the United States. Furious that the Hulk is in Canada where his daughter Betty is currently on her honeymoon with Glenn Talbot, the General swears to prevent the Hulk from ruining her recent marriage to Talbot, and is not willing to let bureaucracy stop him from doing it.

The Hulk meanwhile has tracked the source of his power drain to Mimic's cabin. Before the Hulk can climb down to its location he suddenly has a fainting spell and falls down on the cabin, crashing down to the basement where Hank has begun his experiments on trying to cure Calvin of his powers. Hank tries to reason with the Hulk, get him to understand that Calvin is sick and that he should leave, but the Hulk realizes that Mimic is the source of his waning power and swats Hank aside.

With Vera having gone to seek cover, Hank changes out of his disguise and attacks the Hulk as the Beast. The two pummel each other but find that they are equally matched. Not wishing his potential savior to be harmed by the Hulk, Calvin gets up off the table and tries to join the fight. Realizing that there is no help for him, and feeling guilty that the Hulk is suffering because of his powers, Mimic decides to do the drastic: absorb the properties of the Hulk's Gamma radiation into his body. Dying of radiation poisoning, Mimic thanks Hank for his attempt at helping him, but even though he is dying, he has at least saved the world. With his strength returning, the Hulk tries to comprehend what just happened and decides to leave, determining that whatever went on didn't involve him. As the Hulk wanders off into the woods already beginning to forget the encounter, Hank changes back into his human disguise and tells Vera the bad news.

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Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • Dum Dum Dugan's appearance here is complicated as he's not in the flesh. He was mortally wounded decades ago as revealed in Original Sins #5. He has since been operating in sophisticated LMD bodies as revealed in New Avengers Vol 4 #17.

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