- All right, you freaks -- just hold it! If you really want to tangle with someone -- why not try your luck against -- the Wolverine!
- -- Wolverine
Appearing in "And the Wind Howls... Wendigo!"
- Georges Baptiste
- Wolverine / Weapon X (Logan) (First appearance) (Cameo)
- Hector (Only appearance)
- Jasper (Only appearance)
- Canadian Army
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "And the Wind Howls... Wendigo!"
The Hulk drops down out of the air and lands on a farm in upstate New York, crashing through farmer Jasper's brand new $658.27 knotty-pine fence. Unlike most that the Hulk encounters, Jasper does not turn and flee, but instead stands his ground and berates the Hulk for the damage he has caused. At first, the Hulk seems truly apologetic, but then he realize how silly it is to apologize to a "puny human" and bounds away.
Before long, he crosses the Canadian border and is instantly detected by the Canadian Air Force. They remember the Hulk from the last time he visited Canada, and are prepared to deal with him. In fact, this particular facility was built for the express purpose of monitoring the Hulk’s activities. Following the Hulk's progress on their radar, an unnamed military commander barks the order, "Mobilize – Weapon X!"
The Hulk finds a quiet patch of forest to relax in, but his comfort is quickly disrupted as a pack of ravenous wolves surround him. The wolves pile on top of him, driving backwards into a ravine. The Hulk flexes his muscles causing the wolves to scatter.
Meanwhile back at Hulkbuster Base, General Ross meets with Colonel Armbruster and Major Talbot. They discuss a pending visit by the President of the United States, and Armbruster is concerned that Glenn (having only recently escaped from imprisonment in Russia) may not be ready just yet to greet the Chief Executive. Glenn stands up and animatedly announces his determination to meet the President. Betty comforts him, and succeeds in calming Glenn down.
In Quebec, the Hulk continues wandering through the woods. Suddenly, he hears a mysterious feminine voice in his ear. He doesn't know where it is coming from, and the buzzing in his brain is driving him into even greater fits of anger. The sound eventually lures him to a small cave. Inside the cave are Marie Cartier and Georges Baptiste. Marie, having acquired knowledge of the dark arts, wishes to free her brother Paul of the curse that transformed him into the monstrous Wendigo. Her plan is to use an occult ritual to pull the essence of the Wendigo out of Paul's body, and transplant it into a surrogate host form – namely, the Hulk. Georges thinks that Marie’s plan is reprehensible, but she is more than willing to curse another, so long as it saves her brother.
As the Hulk enters deeper into the cave, Marie approaches him and offers him food and broth. The food is laced with a drug that renders the Hulk incredibly sleepy. As she prepares the ritual, the Wendigo enters the cave. The Hulk’s body chemistry quickly burns the drug out of his system, and he rises to fight the Wendigo.
The two monsters engage in an epic struggle that nearly tears the entire forest down. The Hulk hurls large boulders at the Wendigo, and the Canadian creature responds by bashing a tree trunk overtop the Hulk's head. As they continue to trade blows, another player enters the scene – a costumed adventurer with metal claws named the Wolverine.
- Multiple references are made to the last time the Hulk was in Canada which occurred in Incredible Hulk #161-162 and Amazing Spider-Man #119-120. (This issue only mentions the Incredible Hulk issues.)
- This story states that Glenn Talbot was believed to have been killed in action in Incredible Hulk #166 however he survived but was taken prisoner. It is believed that he managed to escape in Incredible Hulk #176. In reality, this is a Russian spy named Gregori Kronski, his duplicity is revealed in Incredible Hulk #188.
- The arrival of Wolverine at the end of this story is revisited in Wolverine: Origins #28 and Free Comic Book Day 2009: Wolverine.
Events in this story occur behind the scenes that affect the chronologies of the following characters:
- This cover is reprinted in part in the British publication, Mighty World of Marvel, (June 30, 1976). The cover is slightly altered on the Mighty World of Marvel cover. Specifically, the Wendigo has been redrawn by an unknown artist.
- The modified cover of "Mighty World of Marvel" was used for one of the Hulk's 1977 Slurpee cups.
- Incredible Hulk #162 (1st appearance of the Wendigo)
- Incredible Hulk #181 (1st full Wolverine story)
- Incredible Hulk #340 (Wolverine vs. Grey Hulk)
- Giant-Size X-Men #1 (Wolverine joins the X-Men)
- Hulk/Wolverine: Six Hours #1-4
- Wolverine/Hulk #1-4
- Ultimate Wolverine vs. the Hulk #1-6 (Alternate continuity)
- What If? #31: What If Wolverine Killed the Hulk?
- What If? Vol 2 #50: What If the Hulk Killed Wolverine?
Links and References
- First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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