Tales to Astonish Issue 85- “The Missile and the Monster!”
Published November 1966
Script: Stan Lee
pencils: John Buscema
Inks: John Tartaglione
Lettering: Ray Holloway
Hulk’s Pants-Pressing: Irving Forbush
Emerging from the subway, the Hulk continues his rampage throughout the city, with the NYPD in hot pursuit. He leaps from building to building, and it looks like the police department might have to call in some helicopters, which they might not have in this time.
Meanwhile, Rick Jones rushes to New York with the Lincoln Tunnel up ahead. Little does he know is inside the trunk, as in Cape Kennedy, his employer is going back into his base talking to himself as any maniacal villain. Inside the trunk is a tracking device that will determine the target of the Orion Missile. When Jones arrives in New York, the device will be activated and when the Orion is launched, it will choose the city as its target. If the missile was strong enough to hurt the Hulk, think about what would happen!
At the Air Force Base in Cape Kennedy, General Ross prepares to test launch the Orion Missile. He thinks the test will go smoothly, so they can retrieve it from somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, but the Secret Empire has another plan in mind. The missile launches, and the military brass at the base can only watch.
Back in New York, the Hulk is being menaced a la King Kong, as planes fly around him shooting missiles and such. A few of them hit, and he falls to the ground. Before the police can react, Rick Jones suddenly arrives and drives away, parking somewhere in the outskirts of the city. At the same time, the military police have honed on on the spy, named “Gork.” They’ve come to arrest him, but it’s too late to stop him as he activates the device. The trunk opens, and it turns out that it was a robot! It emits high voltage electricity, and the Hulk manages to destroy it after a few tries. By the time the task is done, it’s too late, the Orion changes course, and is now headed for New York!
The Hulk grabs on but and he suddenly turns back into Bruce Banner! How will this milksop disarm the most dangerous nuclear missile in the world?!
Tales to Astonish Issue 86- “The Birth of.. the Hulk Killer!”
Published December 1966
Superlative Script: Smilin’ Stan Lee
Ameliorative Art: Jovial John Buscema
Imaginative Inks: Mirthful Mick Demeo
Lucrative Lettering: Adorable Arite Simek
The citizens of New York panic at the sight of a big honkin’ missile headed right for the heart of their city! A cop somehow manages to notice that somebody is riding that missile, and that somebody is… or was the Hulk! Bruce Banner is barely holding on as he tries to figure out what to do. He climbs to the control panel and manually changes direction of the missile, swerving into the ocean. All that’s left is to get off this thing!
The missile falls into the sea with the Hulk leaping away in time. As he swims toward shore, an Air Force jet starts firing at our green jumbo. The fighter pilot retreats as the Orion is disposed of and that his weapons aren’t working on the Hulk. Think about the cleanup for later on, how is anybody going to dredge up a giant missile? That’s what Stark Industries is for!
In another part of the country, the Military Police have found the Leader’s hidden lab. By “the name of Benjamin J. Grimm” they find all sorts of strange gizmos and whatnot, including a humanoid shape. According to the Leader’s diary, this is the only one left in the lab is this one, designed to destroy the Hulk no matter what. General Ross arrives shortly to find this new weapon and is giddy once again. He orders a scientist to revive the monster according to the Leader’s notes, but Betty quietly objects to the thought. The Hulk-Killing Humanoid is awakened, and it leaves going toward our favorite brute like the Terminator. The MPs try to disable it, and as usual, bullets bounces off the thing. Thunderbolt gives the orders to watch the Humanoid.
The Hulk gets out of the water, and Rick takes him somewhere safe. They break into an iron foundry to hide low for a while. At another secret hideout, the Boomerang has perfected his weapons and techniques. Instead of using solid washers, he now uses razor sharp discs, to both save money on materials and cut things more efficiently. He shows off a few of his improved skills and vows that he is ready to defeat the Hulk next time.
The military quickly regrets activating the Humanoid as he lays waste to the Army base, destroying anything in its path. A new sound cannon is used, and it bounces off him due to some special circuitry that seals off all “auditory circuits.” The bombardment continues, until the Hulk arrives. He was led here by the sound of fighting, and now that the Humanoid is in his sights, the battle commences. The fight proves to be rather challenging, but before our humongous hero can do anything, it’s to be HULK-INUED!