Quote1.png Bruce! Go Away! Leave me alone! I hate you!! I hate you!! I HATE YOU!! Quote2.png
--Betty Talbot


Appearing in "To Destroy the Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #167.

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Synopsis for "To Destroy the Monster!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #167.

The Hulk is wandering just outside of the city when he is startled by an airplane that is passing by. This plan is carrying General Ross, being returned home after his ordeal of being a prisoner of the Russians. He grimly wonders how he should break the news to his daughter Betty that her husband Glenn seemingly perished in his rescue attempt of him. So consumed in his thought, he finds it difficult to believe it when he sees the Hulk leap past the plane.

Arriving at the airport, General Ross is led through the terminal with Colonel Armbruster and is reunited with Betty. When Ross breaks the news to her she suddenly snaps, accusing him of killing her husband and slaps him across the face before storming out of the room. What results is a public display where Betty suddenly faints before airport crew and a smarmy reporter. When the reporter notes that Ross is in civies and wants to know what all the secrecy and the "nutty chick" is about, Ross punches the man out and walks away.

At the secret headquarters of AIM, MODOK is informed of the situation by one of his spies that work at the airport. Deciding to take advantage of the situation to get revenge against the Hulk, MODOK watches the final touches being put on his gigantic robotic body and plots to use gamma radiation to create a creature more powerful than the Hulk and has determined the best subject for it: Betty Talbot.

While out near the airport, Jim Wilson finds the Hulk and learns about what the Hulk has been up to of late. When the brute cannot make sense of his most recent trials he begins to cry and in his grief changed back into Bruce Banner. Jim hands Bruce some clothes and explains that Betty has had another nervous breakdown and suggest that they go and pay her a visit. When Bruce meets with Betty at the rest home, she lashes out at him screaming over and over how much she hates him. The ordeal gets Bruce worked up enough to change into the Hulk. The Hulk is about to strike Betty for hitting him when the doctors come in and tell him that he deserves for Betty to hit him. The Hulk then begins to think this is all his fault and smashes out of the hospital.

One of the nurses is a spy working for AIM, and she reports back to MODOK about what happened. Meanwhile, the Hulk has gone to a glade and decided to try and make up to Betty and begins picking her flowers. While the Hulk is gone, MODOK visits Betty and uses his mental powers to amplify her hate and orders her to kill the Hulk the next time she sees him.

As MODOK is working, the Hulk returns and attacks MODOK's giant robotic body. MODOK returns to it in order to fight back and the two are locked in combat. No matter what MODOK tries to do to destroy the Hulk, the monster just breaks off more and more pieces of the armor until he smashes loose MODOK's head prompting him to flee the scene. However, he is satisfied because the next phase of his operation is ready to begin which leads to what he hopes is the destruction of the Hulk.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Hate of the Harpy!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #168.

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Synopsis for "The Hate of the Harpy!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #168.

Continued from last issue...

The authorities have arrived following the Hulk's battle with MODOK outside the rest home that Betty Talbot has been placed in following her most recent breakdown. Naturally, they attack the Hulk who responds in kind, fending off the authorities the Hulk then charges off into the home to try and find Betty. Betty, however, has stripped off all her clothing and wandered off the property in response to the mental beckoning of MODOK. When the Hulk finds Betty's clothing everyone figures the Hulk did something to her. When they call out to "Mrs. Talbot", the Hulk freaks out at her being called by her married name and bursts out through one of the walls.

There he finds Jim Wilson waiting for him in a truck to facilitate the Hulk's getaway, and sneaks him past the police by claiming to be out trying to find a good place to "park" with his girlfriend. Betty meanwhile has been led to a giant rocket that is beckoning her to enter, when she does it blasts off into the sky toward AIM headquarters.

Meanwhile, at the Pentagon, Colonel Armbruster and General Ross have been called before their superiors regarding Project: Greenskin. There the top brass has decided that due to recent embarrassing events they are asking that General Ross stand down as head of the project and be replaced with Colonel Armbrust. Although Ross protests initially, he calms down and accepts the decision even after Armbruster tells Ross that he's just "holding" the position until the military deems that Ross is fit to run the project again. While in Newark, New Jersey, Jim brings the Hulk to his girlfriend Talia's house. She is less than excited at the idea of having the Hulk stay at their home which leads to the two lovers to argue. Realizing the girl doesn't like him the Hulk decides to just leave. Jim attempts to go after him but the argument between him and Talia heats up and the Hulk manages to walk away before Jim can stop him.

While at AIM headquarters, MODOK puts Betty on a Gamma Ray machine that mutates her in the vicious Gamma spawned Harpy, complete with wings, talons for feet and able to fire rays of Gamma radiation from her hands. Thirsty for the destruction of the Hulk, MODOK tracks the brutes location and sets her loose to kill him. She finds the Hulk wandering around downtown New York and attacks him. As the two fight, the Hulk ultimately gets the upper hand, but before he can land a knockout blow the Harpy reveals that she is really Betty Talbot. This distracts the Hulk long enough for her to fire a knock-out blast of Gamma radiation that knocks the Hulk out. Standing over the Hulk's unconscious body, she vows to destroy the Hulk once and for all.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Calamity in the Clouds!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #169.

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Synopsis for "Calamity in the Clouds!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #169.

Continued from last issue...

The Harpy has just defeated the Hulk, and as General Ross watches the news coverage on TV he rushes out to the scene of the battle, recognizing the Harpy as his daughter Betty. When he confronts his daughter he tries to talk her out of killing the Hulk. Thinking it's all a trick she flies away with the Hulk in her clutches. When the military sends out fighter jets to stop her she shoots one out of the sky before she and the Hulk are swept up in a strange tornado that sweeps them into a giant cloud mass.

They soon find themselves on some strange city hidden in the clouds. As the Hulk revives they are confronted by a two-headed creature calling itself the Bi-Beast. When they grab the Harpy in interest she lashes out with Gamma ray blasts, and the Hulk, wanting to protect Betty attacks the creature as well. The Harpy is easily knocked out with a single blow, but the Hulk proves to be more of a challenge. However, despite the fight the Hulk puts up, the thin air in the upper-atmosphere is what does him in and he collapses from lack of oxygen and reverts back to Bruce Banner.

When Banner revives he explains to the Bi-Beast that he is a scientist, leading the creature to believe that destiny has brought him to the floating island. The Bi-Beast explains that this island was created by the Bird People and the Bi-Beast was created to be a living monument of their achievements once they have passed on. They explain that the machines are starting to break down and they have no knowledge on how to repair them and ask that Banner figure out how to fix them. They also explain that they captured the Harpy because they yearned for the company of someone that resembled their creators.

When Banner begins to consider a way to change Betty back to her human self, however when he goes to get her he finds that the Bi-Beast had put her in a cage. Bruce demands to have access to the Harpy otherwise he will not work for them and the creature agrees, sedating her and handing her over to him. Bruce then devises a machine to change her back to her human form.

Things go from bad to worse when MODOK, searching for the Harpy, arrives and seeks to exploit the island. Learning what is going on, he tricks the Bi-Beast into believing that Bruce Banner is evil and the creature leads him to Banner and stops him from doing anything just as he activates the machine to change Betty back to normal. This works up Bruce enough to transform back into the Hulk and resume fighting the Bi-Beast. MODOK then betrays the Bi-Beast, claiming the island for AIM and deploying his troops and shooting the Hulk in the back, knocking him out.

When the Bi-Beast tries to fight back MODOK and his forces open fire on the creature, delivering a killing bombardment of ray blasts. In his last effort, Bi-Beast sets the island to self-destruct sending MODOK and his minions fleeing for their lives. The Hulk has reverted back to Bruce Banner once more and goes to grab the now revived Harpy to try and find a way off the island. When a crumbling building falls on the Harpy, Bruce goes to her aid and when the dust clears he is relieved to find that she has transformed back into Betty Talbot again. Without the Harpy's wings to fly them to safety they brace themselves for the island's destruction, however, the ground beneath them breaks open sending them falling to the ground as the island explodes. While they have escaped being killed in the explosion the fall will surely see them to their doom.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Death From on High!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #170.

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Synopsis for "Death From on High!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Incredible Hulk #170.

Continued from last issue...

Following the destruction of the Bi-Beast's floating island, Bruce Banner and Betty Talbot fall from the sky to a seeming doom until Bruce allows himself to transform into the Hulk to allow for their safe landing. They find themselves on a remote island and as the Hulk is trying to figure out what to do, it begins to rain prompting the monster to carry her to a nearby cave in order to keep dry.

Awakening and with no memory of anything after that happened just prior to her nervous breakdown she believes that she has been kidnapped by the Hulk. As the Hulk goes out to look for food Betty makes a break for it and eventually the storm breaks. As she rests for a moment the ground suddenly rises up, and to her shock and horror it is not the ground at all, but some strange alien creature. Before it can harm Betty the Hulk arrives and attacks it, knocking Betty out. The Hulk beats the creature into submission and sends it running.

Carrying Betty back to the cave, it begins to rain again and the Hulk goes out when a tree is struck by lightning and brings it's flames back to the cave to keep them warm and dry. Hulk then resumes his search for food, and spotting a deer he attempts to kill it with a rock but can't bring himself to do it. He finds a fruit tree instead and brings back it's bounty for Betty to eat. Noticing that Betty has a wound on her shoulder that has gotten infected the Hulk somehow knows how to pick roots and leaves that will heal and dress the wound so that it can heal. When Betty awakens she panics and tries to run away from the Hulk however the Hulk blocks her way not wanting her to run into the creature they faced before. Emotionally exhausted Betty goes into a dead faint asking the Hulk to let her die.

When the storm breaks the next day, a hesitant Betty agrees to go out for a walk with the Hulk. Finding some berries, the Hulk crushes them and applies their juices to Betty's face as though they are make-up, Betty uneasily accepts this. Wandering to a pond, a carnivorous lizard jumps out of the water to attack them and the Hulk beats it into submission and throws it far away hoping that Betty will swim in the water. However, Betty just wanders off, with the Hulk following in tow wondering what is wrong.

They come across an old crashed plane and Betty searches it in futility in the hopes of finding a working radio inside. That night as the Hulk is sleeping, Betty feigns sleep and waits until she has the cover of dark to escape to search the island for some means of getting off it. She finds nothing, except for the alien creature she encountered previously, and two of its comrades. The Hulk awakens to find Betty missing and tracks her and the alien creatures to the top of the islands volcano. Attacking the creatures head on, he frees Betty and knocks the monsters to their doom in the lava below. The Hulk then picks up Betty and jumps to safety just as the volcano erupts.

Spotting a military helicopter heading toward the area, the Hulk tells Betty to go with it and that he will be fine and leaves her to be rescued. However, when the military picks her up and leaves nobody is aware that the Hulk has secretly hitched a ride on the bottom of the helicopter.

Appearing in "At the Sign of the Lion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Comic #335.

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Synopsis for "At the Sign of the Lion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Comic #335.

Wolverine is in a local pub, drinking away his frustrations. He is tired of the way his teammate Cyclops leads the X-Men, and he is even more irritated by the fact that a woman like Jean Grey chose Cyclops over him.

To sour Logan's mood even more, the Olympian, Hercules, enters the room and begins drawing a crowd. He pompously instructs Logan to take a seat at the end of the bar, allowing Hercules enough room to entertain a flock of amorous women. Logan, never one to kowtow to the expectations of another, unsheathes his claws and begins fighting Hercules. The two continue fighting one another until nearly everyone else has cleared out of the establishment. Eventually, Hercules decides that Logan has fought well, and has provided the Lion of Olympus with plenty of sport. Calling a truce, the two sit down at the bar together and order drinks.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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