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Appearing in "Courtroom Sequence"

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Synopsis for "Courtroom Sequence"

In a crowded courtroom, Judge Lieber presides over a case of the People v. the Incredible Hulk. The plaintiffs are represented by a lawyer named Robert Ingersoll, who is suing the Hulk for financial reparations for the damage he has caused over the years. Representing the Hulk is Maria Alvarez, who argues that all her client wants is to be left alone.

The first witness that is called to the stand by a man who was injured during one of the Hulk's attacks. He recounts how he was afraid when the Hulk was going on a rampage, until Captain America arrived to fight the gamma-spawned monster. The next witness to the stand is Terry Sznolick, who talks about his encounter with the Hulk and how, after his mother heard about it and panicked over how he could have been killed, he had been plagued with nightmares. Next on the stand is Doc Samson, who tries to answer questions to the best of his ability, pointing out to the lawyers that he is protected by doctor-patient privilege. Samson admits that the Hulk has some anger issues to work out but points out that part of it has to do with the fact that he is the strongest mortal on Earth. Tony Stark is the next witness, and he reveals that Iron Man had battled the Hulk early in both of their careers, as part of a covert military operation that was kept top secret. This comes to a shock to everybody, because this information was even stricken from the Avengers records. The court next calls a Native American man named Stormflower to the stand. Stormflower explains that he can relate to the Hulk's desire to be left alone, as it was the same plight faced by his people. He explains that if they are to judge the Hulk for his actions, they should judge themselves accordingly as well. One of the last witnesses is a shop owner whose store was destroyed by the Hulk, and, because there were tremors in the area at the time, he was unable to claim the insurance. He curses the Hulk for ruining his life.

The final witness to the stand is the Hulk himself, who explains that while he has acted in hostility, it has been in direct response to a world that treats him the same way. However, before they can get into the Hulk's testimony, the courtroom is attacked by an army of supervillains led by the Leader. The courtroom is thrown into chaos as the Hulk tries to fend off dozens of villains. In the heat of the battle, things are made worse when the Mad Thinker uses a weapon to transform Betty Banner back into the Harpy and Rick Jones back into his Hulk form. As the courthouse clears out, the building collapses, but this doesn't stop the Hulk from defeating all his foes. In the aftermath of the battle, the Hulk's lawyer asks to have the trial dismissed, and Judge Leiber agrees.

Appearing in "Old Friends"

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The Hulk is being chased by the military and has been chased into a dead-end alley. Wanting to be free, the Hulk smashes through the brick walls to get by. However, the soldiers catch up and blast the Hulk with an ionic energy projector. Captain America arrives on the scene and tells the soldiers to stand down while he handles the situation. However, before Captain America can do anything, Rick Jones rushes onto the scene and tells Captain America not to harm the Hulk.

By this time the Hulk has recovered and tries to throw some debris at Captain America, but Captain America manages to smash it with his shield. Captain America tries to explain to the Hulk that he wants to help, but the Hulk doesn't believe him and attacks. Rick tries to get between them, but Cap manages to free himself. When Rick begs the Hulk to stop fighting, he grabs the boy in a rage. Soldiers soon converge on the scene with tanks. The Hulk then pulls a lamppost out of the ground and tosses it at the tank.

Wanting to be left alone, the Hulk tosses Rick to the ground and leaps away, leaving Captain America to come to the boy's aid. Feeling nothing but pain, the Hulk begins to cry as he flees the scene.

Appearing in "The Power of Bullies"

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Not far away from where the Hulk is currently engaged in a battle with the Rhino, young Terry Sznolick is being pushed around by some local bullies. Before the boy can be beaten up, the unconscious body of the Rhino lands nearby, tossed by the Hulk. When the two bullies see the supervillain, they panic and flee the scene.

Terry is frozen in his tracks when the Hulk arrives. Noticing the boy and that he is apparently not afraid of him, the Hulk asks why. Terry explains that the Hulk is the strongest there is and he admires that he isn't afraid of anybody. The Hulk admits that he is afraid of somebody: Banner. The Hulk explains his relationship with Banner and the gamma bomb accident that created him. The way he tells it to Terry, this "Banner" sounds like a mad scientist who unleashed the gamma bomb upon the Hulk for the sole purpose of causing him pain.

After this, the Rhino wakes up and decides that he has had enough and leaves. The Hulk rejoices that he defeated his foe, but he changes back into Bruce Banner.

Appearing in "The Strongest One There Is"

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Synopsis for "The Strongest One There Is"

The Hulk is in a three-way battle against the Bi-Beast, Abomination and Juggernaut. With the Bi-Beast already down, the Hulk smashes the Abomination and Juggernaut together, leaving only the Juggernaut standing. However, the Hulk quickly dispatches this foe as well by giving him a powerful headbutt, shattering the Juggernaut's helmet. He adds these defeated foes to the pile of others which include the Absorbing Man, Hammer, Anvil, and the Rhino.

As the Hulk boasts about how he is the strongest there is, he is attacked by the Thing. The Hulk defeats him as well and is then blindsided by an attack from Thor. But Thor is defeated and added to the growing pile of foes that the Hulk has smashed.

The Hulk wakes up in Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, the dream he was put under by Doctor Strange and his magical abilities. He thanks Strange for allowing him to fight his enemies. Witnessing this is Valkyrie, a fellow member of the Defenders. When she asks Doctor Strange why they engage in these mystical battles, Strange explains that it is a way it is a way for the Hulk to vent his hostilities without causing untold damage and destruction. When Valkyrie points out that these are merely fantasies, Strange admits that she is correct, but it doesn't change the fact that the Hulk is the strongest there is.

Appearing in "Brief"

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A high-ranking military official has called top-secret military meeting to discuss a SHIELD training operation dubbed the "Nevada Incident". He plays back footage from the training session.

The military brass witness as the SHIELD training operation was interrupted by the Hulk, who started to attack the soldiers. Tony Stark later dispatched his operative known as Iron Man to deal with the threat.

They are shocked to see that not only was the military and SHIELD incapable of stopping this monster, but Iron Man failed as well. With the footage over, the horrified military men call an adjournment to the briefing.

Appearing in "Vision-Quest"

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Synopsis for "Vision-Quest"

In the middle of Monument Valley, Stormcloud meditates in silence. This silence is broken when the Hulk and Thor come crashing down in the middle of the desert. The Hulk is furious because the thunder god insulted him. Although Thor meant no insult, the Hulk is spoiling for a fight with him. The two brawl across the desert, smashing the rock formations that have stood for millions of years. Stormcloud can only stand and watch this exchange in utter awe.

Before things can escalate further, the two titans are pulled apart by Iron Man, who has arrived on the scene. Iron Man reminds his two teammates that with the Space Phantom on the loose it is not the time to be fighting among themselves. When Iron Man gets down to it, he learns that the Hulk got mad when Thor jokingly compared the Hulk's hairstyle to that of a head of broccoli. Thor admits it was just a joke, and Iron Man smooths everything over enough so the two can rejoin their battle against the Space Phantom.

Appearing in "Dinner"

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Synopsis for "Dinner"

A shop owner and his wife wake to the sound of someone breaking into their store. Going down to see, they are shocked to see that the intruder is the Hulk, eating food. The Hulk demands that the owner turn off his flashlight. Frightened, the shop owner opens fire but his bullets bounce off the Hulk. This angers the Hulk that he smashes the entire store and leaps away. Surviving the carnage, the man's wife asks what the Hulk could have wanted, not having the slightest clue that the Hulk was merely hungry.

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Continuity Notes

Court Scene

  • The battle between the Hulk and Captain America mentioned by the first witness was originally chronicled in Captain America #110.
  • The first witness said that he first saw Captain America during World War II when he was 19 years old. As this story takes place in the modern age this is an impossibility given the Earth-616 universe operates on a Sliding Timescale. As such the reference to World War II, in this case, should be considered a topical reference. Modern readers should interpret this as the man speaking of an immediate relative that saw Captain America during the war, as opposed to this man fighting in World War II himself.
  • When Tony Stark is called to the stand, his alter-ego Iron Man is referred to as his bodyguard instead of Stark himself. At the time of this story, Iron Man's double identity was a secret from the general public. Tony reveals his double identity in Iron Man (Vol. 3) #55.
  • Some of the villains who appear here do so with great complication to continuity:
    • The Leader appears here in a physical body, prior to this he was seemingly killed in an explosion in Incredible Hulk #400. When the Leader next appears. it is as a disembodied consciousness in Incredible Hulk #436, operating in secret. Even though the Leader appears alive and well in this story, the Hulk continues to believe that the Leader was dead until they meet again in Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) #30. One could presume that the Leader used his mental abilities to make the Hulk forget his involvement here.
    • The appearance of Hammer and Anvil here is likely a continuity error as the pair were killed by the Scourge of the Underworld in Marvel Fanfare #29. One possible explanation is that these could be impostors of some kind, which is possible given that there were Skrulls seen in the middle of this battle.
    • Likewise the Executioner died in Thor #362 and had resided in the Asgardian netherworld of Hel ever since. However, Asgardians have been known to leave their realm of the dead due to various circumstances. As such it could be assumed that the Executioner was able to temporarily leave Hel.
  • Betty and Rick find themselves transformed by gamma radiation in this story. Betty is transformed into the Harpy, a creature she became between Incredible Hulk #168 and 169. Rick has been turned into a Hulk-like creature twice. Once, briefly, by the Beyonder in Rom #72 and later between Incredible Hulk #326 and 333. The transformations seen here are apparently temporary as they are back to normal in their next chronological appearances.

Old Friends

The Power of Bullies

  • The Hulk gives a somewhat skewed accounting of his origins which were first told in Incredible Hulk #1.

Vision Quest

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  • When Rick Jones is transformed into his Hulk form he retains Caucasian skin. This contradicts all other Hulk transformations which turned Rick's skin green.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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