Appearing in "Above the Earth, a Titan Rages"
- Reed Richards (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Arctic Ocean
- United States of America
- Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Topical reference) (Should be considered Russia to modern readers)
- Reed Richard's weapon
- Vortex Beam (First appearance)
- Soviet Helicarrier (First appearance) (Destroyed)
Synopsis for "Above the Earth, a Titan Rages"
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.
- A flashback from Savage Hulk #1 and the events of Captain America #110, wherein Rick Jones becomes Captain America's sidekick again, happen between page 5 and 6 of this story.
- All Cold War references, specifically that refer to Russia as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- Dum Dum Dugan's appearance here is a complicated one. As revealed in Original Sins #5 Dugan was seemingly killed in action back in 1966 and it was suggested that he was replaced by a complex LMD that thought it was Dugan. However as revealed in New Avengers (Vol. 4) #17, Dugan's body was kept alive and his mind was transmitted into LMDs.
Events in this story occur behind the scenes that affect the chronology of the following characters:
- Page 1-5 - Banner turns into the Hulk, continues to battle the Missing Link.
- Page 6-20 - Hulk defeats the Missing Link, is kidnapped and taken to Russia.
- According to the credits on page one, Archie Goodwin scripted the first ten pages of this issue and Roy Thomas scripted pages 11-20.
- This issue contains a letters page, Green Skin's Grab Bag. Letters are published from Michael Henderson, Mike Scheidler, Chuck Ettensohn, and Chris Brown.
- Page 32 of this issue contains a full page cover reproduction ad for Silver Surfer #1.