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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  • TV scanner
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  • Jet planes

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.

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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.

Solicit Synopsis

From out of the glorious past of mighty Marvel - ol' Greenskin goes on a many-chaptered rampage! A mind-blowing must!

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