The Incredible Hulk Issue 106- “Above the Earth… a Titan Rages!”
Published August 1968
Editor: Stan Lee
Script (First 10 Pages): Archie Goodwin
Script (Last 10 Pages): Roy Thomas
Layouts: Marie Severin
Pencils: Herb Trimpe
Inker: George Tuska
Letterer: Artie Simek
Irving Forbush, er…?
Still in her getaway car, Betty is wondering about the fate of Bruce Banner, especially when she can’t seem to help him when he’s in his monstrous form. The cops that stopped her are trying to tell her that she should leave the area, as a creature that makes the Hulk look like a flying nun is in mortal combat with her beau. Betty drives right to the melee, even though she knows its suicide, she just loves Banner too much! I’m surprised her father didn’t get a psychologist to check her out, though mental health wasn’t exactly all the rage back then.
In the battle, Major Talbot is trying to slow down the radioactive beast man with a mere gun, and it obviously isn’t working. Right as the monster retaliates, Betty drives into the fracas and smashes into it, barely doing any damage except to herself. With the car a wreck, Betty falls out of it and boy howdy are they in trouble now!
Meanwhile, General Ross gets Nick Fury on the line and demands that the Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division to deal with the monster and let the Hulk’s capture be done by the Air Force. The immortal spy prepares his equipment for the mission ahead, telling his men to launch their glide-slider when ready.
Back at the battlefield, Bruce and the others try to get away, but the monster grabs Bruce with such force that it might have killed him if it weren’t for the fact that the ray from last episode was temporary! The Hulk returns and smashes the caveman in the face. Realizing what has happened all along, Betty being hurt, the green titan’s fury grows ever bigger, allowing him the upper hand in this fight. The Missing Link is then thrown into a nearby building, and the Hulk climbs after him. The beast jumps onto the emerald brute but before the fight can continue, a flying machine suddenly takes the two a la alien abductions!
General Ross arrives on the scene, thinking it’s SHIELD that did it, but… it was some dirty commies! Their leader named, Colonel Brevlov, is rather satisfied that this mission is over and prepare to take everyone back to the USSR. On the ground, Nick Fury arrives and learns that the Hulk being taken away wasn’t his doing. He tells his right hand man, Dum Dum Dugan that “Brevlov’s back in action!”
Back on the Ruskie Airship, Colonel Brevlov does not wear a protective suit like the others and tells a soldier that something must be done about the Radioactive Beast, especially when the North Koreans/Chinese couldn’t handle it. Before they can even start planning on how to destroy it, the Hulk breaks free from his prison and starts wreaking havoc on the the ship. Clearly, he is searching for his glowing monster foe. Haven’t the Soviets even remembered how to keep the Hulk gassed and unconscious?
The Radiant Crystal Caveman in his cage starts to remember how he came to be. He was just a mere caveman wandering the Earth until a volcano erupted and ignited some radioactive material. Trapped in his hole, he basically turned into the creature seen today.
The Hulk continues his rampage through the ship, and the Soviet soldiers try to keep him under control. By then Brevlov realizes what a fool he’s been, as an entire hole is blown through the side of the hull. To make matters more complicated the beast man under the influence of the Soviet Containment Ray explodes. At least that takes care of that enemy, but all those poor cannon fodder back on the ship. Brelov is currently free-falling with the Hulk, thankfully, and is saved by a Soviet Saucercontaining the rest of the crew.
The Hulk is dumped on some random farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, and the debris causes a farmhouse to burn. All that is left inside is a little boy, and the Hulk decides to save the poor brat and flees. Brevlov must make the decision to kill the Hulk using the saucer’s powerful laser, but is then complicated by the small bundle in the brute’s arms. What will happen now?
This was a quite disappointing episode regarding the Missing Link, especially when it could’ve used some Banner to stop it B-Movie style, even with Nick Fury’s help. But it exploding because of the intense pressure on its head caused by the Soviets? Pretty sad way to go.