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Quote1 It's too much for me! I've got the most powerful thing in the world under my control, and I don't know what to do with it! But one thing I do know... I don't dare go to sleep again, unless he's locked up back in his dungeon! Quote2
Rick Jones

Appearing in "The Origin of the Hulk!"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Incredible Hulk #3

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Synopsis for "The Origin of the Hulk!"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Incredible Hulk #3

While Rick Jones keeps vigil over the Hulk, his mind drifts back to the events that changed both of their lives forever.

On a dare, Rick trespassed onto the desert base in the middle of a top secret military test involving Doctor Bruce Banner's Gamma Bomb. Seeing Jones riding across the blast area in his jeep, Bruce Banner abandoned the safety of the bunker and tossed him into a ditch just as the bomb exploded. The intense wave of gamma radiation altered Banner's chemistry, transforming him into a muscle-bound hulk whenever night fell. By day, the Hulk transformed back into the form of Robert Bruce Banner.

Appearing in "The Titan and the Torment!"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Tales to Astonish #79

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Synopsis for "The Titan and the Torment!"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Tales to Astonish #79

Continued from last issue... The Hulk is being attacked by Bruce Banner's Gamma Base replacement, Konrad Zaxon. Zaxon has built a suit of armor and a weapon to siphon the Hulk's powers in a scheme to try and take over the world. During the fight with the Hulk, Zaxon is overpowered and his weapon is knocked from his hands. Its beam is directed at Zaxon, killing him instantly. Military police arrive shortly after and attack the Hulk for killing Zaxon, so the Hulk flees the scene.

Meanwhile aboard a train bound for Hollywood, Hercules and his new agent are discussing the hiring of Hercules to act in motion pictures. The two discuss the potential publicity if Hercules were to battle the Hulk. Coincidentally, the Hulk (fleeing the Air Force) ends up damaging the stretch of track the train carrying Hercules is on.

The two end up battling each other, both able to withstand the attacks of the other. The fight is evenly matched until the Air Force finds the Hulk and drops bombs on the two of them. Both men survive, and the Hulk retreats into the desert hoping to escape his tormentors. As the Hulk hides in a cave, Hercules helps move his train past the damaged part of the railroad so that it can continue its course to Hollywood.

Appearing in "Let There Be Battle!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #100

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Synopsis for "Let There Be Battle!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales to Astonish #100

In need of allies, the Sub-Mariner views the Hulk's most recent battle and decides to establish a partnership between them. On his way to the surface, the Sub-Mariner is attacked by two men aboard a hydrofoil. Unknown to Namor, the men are under the control of his old enemy the Puppet Master. Furious to have one of his plans fouled by the Sub-Mariner once again, the Puppet Master (inspired by a newspaper story) decides to make the Hulk his next puppet and use him as a weapon against the Sub-Mariner.

On the mainland, the military is cleaning up the mess following the Hulk destroying the home base of the Lords of the Living Lightning. General Ross and Glenn Talbot have brought Rick Jones on the scene in the event that the Hulk survived the blast believing that Jones would be able to control the Hulk should he lash out. This proves to be incorrect due to the fact that the Hulk is revived by the Puppet Master's manipulations, and he strikes out at Rick before jumping away, leaving all present (Rick included) to finally believe that the Hulk is an irredeemable menace.

Forcing the Hulk to battle the Sub-Mariner, their battle takes them across the coast, causing damage in their wake. However, the Sub-Mariner's constant immersion in water and the Hulk's inability to fight effectually in that element tip the fight in the Sub-Mariner's favor. While back on the mainland, Rick is brought to a hospital where Betty is torn between her love for Bruce Banner, and the menace of the Hulk, which leaves Talbot torn as well because if he kills the Hulk, Betty would never love him.

Meanwhile, the battle between the Hulk and the Sub-Mariner rages on, and is taken out into sea, where their combat causes a tsunami large enough to wipe out the Puppet Master's island base and defeat the foe. When the water finally settles, Namor finds the unconscious body of Bruce Banner on shore. Not realizing that Banner is truly the Hulk, and believing the behemoth to have perished in the waves, the Sub-Mariner leaves Banner to his own fate and returns to the sea.

Appearing in "Many Foes Has the Hulk!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #139

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Synopsis for "Many Foes Has the Hulk!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #139

The Leader is once more formulating a plan to destroy the Hulk once and for all, and considers the idea of putting the Hulk through so much strain to cause the brute a heart attack. To serve this end, the Leader approaches Glenn Talbot and offers him an attempt to cure Betty (who has been transformed into glass after a blood transfusion from the Sandman) and to destroy the Hulk once and for all. Talbot, hating the Hulk and Banner as he sees them as an obstacle for winning Betty's love agrees to talk General Ross into letting the Leader aid them.

As the Hulk finds some peace and quiet in the woods, Talbot tells General Ross of the Leaders plan. Ross, finding the idea crazy but decides to try and get permission from the President. Calling President Nixon on a secure line, General Ross gets the Presidential okay from Nixon to carry on with the Leaders plot to use a new experimental brainwave projector device. Setting up extra security around the hospital, and setting the Leader up with the device, the gamma spawned mastermind begins his attack.

Using the Mentallo-Projector to create artificial constructs of the Hulk's foes and sending them to attack the green giant. The Hulk is forced to fight mental projections of the Rhino, Xeron, the Sub-Mariner, Missing Link. As this continues it becomes clear that the Leader is intending to kill the Hulk, and when General Ross tries to stop him the Leader uses his mental powers to freeze both Ross and Talbot, before continuing his assault on the Hulk. The Hulk continues to battle more artificial foes like the Nightcrawler, Mandarin, Sandman, Glob and Iron Man, as the Leader hopes to draw the Hulk closer to the hospital, hoping that not only will he destroy his foe, but also the vibrations from the battle would cause the fragile glass form of Betty Ross to shatter.

As the Hulk tangles with a duplicate of the Absorbing Man, Jim Wilson realizes what the Leader is up too and breaks into the hospital. There, Jim uses the Leader's own device to create an army of Hulk duplicates. Faced with impossible odds and not knowing how it is possible the overtaxed Leader ends up falling into a catatonic state, ending his threat, and he is taken into military custody. The Hulk meanwhile is fighting a recreation of Abomination who suddenly disappears, and the Hulk having nobody left to fight promptly jumps away from the hospital, ending the threat toward Betty's fragile form.

Appearing in "His Name is... Samson!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #141

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Synopsis for "His Name is... Samson!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #141

Following his return from the Microverse, the Hulk is plagued with vague memories of a woman named Jarella, a love that he vaguely remembers. While elsewhere, the military is transporting the glass form of Betty Ross. In an attempt to cure Betty of her condition, General Ross has hired psychiatrist Leonard Samson, who has some theories on how to cure Betty Ross, but it involves them capturing the Hulk.

When the Hulk is spotted on a rampage in a nearby town, Samson, Talbot and Ross all confront the beast. When the Hulk tries to attack them, they show him a projected image of Betty and ask the Hulk for his help in curing her. Calmed by the image of Betty, the Hulk changes back into Bruce Banner who agrees to help out in any way he can.

Taking Bruce back to the base, they hook him and Betty up to a Cathexis Ray device that would siphon the gamma radiation pumped out of Bruce's body while he transforms into the Hulk and bombard Betty's glass form. As a boon, Bruce would also be cured of being turned into the Hulk. When they use the device, Bruce transforms into the Hulk, however, the drain of gamma ray energy causes Bruce to revert back to normal. The experiment proves to be a success however and Betty and Bruce are cured.

Left alone in his lab, Leonard Samson begins initiating his other intention of involving himself in the fate of the Hulk: Bombarding himself with the gamma radiation siphoned from the Hulk's body in a controlled burst. Succeeding in his experiment, Samson is endowed with long green hair and super-human strength. Samson takes on a new costumed persona of Doc Samson and then begins fighting crime as well as courting Betty Ross, much to Bruce's chagrin.

Furious, Bruce sneaks into a lab and once more bombards himself with gamma radiation turning himself into the Hulk once more. The Hulk then tracks down and fights Doc Samson, whom the Hulk manages to overpower. However, when Betty arrives on the scene and calls out to Leonard in concern, the Hulk stops his attack and leaves Betty to escort Leonard away to safety.

Appearing in "Cry: Monster!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Feature #11

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Synopsis for "Cry: Monster!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Feature #11

The story opens with the Thing destroying one of Mr. Fantastic's inventions, which is revealed to be another attempt at returning the Thing to his human form. Grimm states that he could not stand another failure, and is left alone. He reflects on his origin as Kurrgo reads his thoughts from a space craft in Earth’s orbit. Kurrgo retells his own story, revealing that since being abandoned on Xantha, he was saved by his loyal robot who took him to a hidden spaceship which they used to escape the doomed planet. He traveled to the new world of his former servants, where he was warded off by their advanced technology. Kurrgo and his robot then traveled to Earth in an attempt to use the planet’s strongest creature to control New Xanth. The Leader blocked his attempt to recruit the Hulk, and the two villains agreed to stage a contest between the Thing and the Hulk, with the winner’s patron gaining the use of both titans.

They trick the Hulk into attacking the nearby Thing, and after the two have a lengthy battle, Kurrgo and the Leader try to transport the Hulk to their ship when it is determined by them that the Hulk would be the victor. Thing hitches along for the ride, and when the two are before both Kurrgo and the Leader, Thing realizes that the whole thing was a trick. The two then attack Kurrgo's robot, knocking it into the ship's controls. They manage to escape just before the ship explodes, seemingly destroying Kurrgo, his robot, and the Leader. Afterwards the Thing and the Hulk part company.

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