Tales to Astonish Issue 87- “The Humanoid and the Hero!”
Story: Smilin’ Stan Lee
Art: Big John Buscema
Inks: Mighty Mickey D.
Lettering: Adorable Artie S.
We begin the new year with one titanic tussle, as the Hulk and the Hulk-Killer Humanoid trade blows against each other. No matter what our hero can do, his fist are absorbed by the enhanced bakelite construction of the android. All the army can do is watch as these giants beat the stuffing out of each other. General Ross is admiring the scene, reminding the viewer of what happened last issue, as the Hulk almost destroyed New York City (sic). Never mind that the MP arrested the spy responsible for that…
Luckily, the ADA manages to elicit a confession from “Gork,” and quickly alerts the authorities that the Hulk tried to save the city and that they have caught the real perp. Talbot gets the news, and hesitates on whether or not he should tell the General about the Hulk’s heroics. With that Thunderbolt has a change of heart about the evil of his long hated foe, and Betty is ecstatic about the news.
The battle still rages on, with commentary by onlookers.
The “Bombastic Boomerang” has finished his final adjustments and now prepares to go fight the Hulk. He hopes to reach the scene of the brawl so he can gloat at the Hulk’s “loss.” When he arrives, the two are still locked in combat right above a bridge, with the city below barely unable to take this pounding. The army arrives, and Rick is accidentally hit by the Humanoid. In addition, the Hulk suddenly transforms back into Bruce Banner. The android, unable to find the Hulk continues its rampage, and now it’s up to the weakling Banner to stop him.
He throws some cables at the Humanoid, and forces himself to turn into the Hulk once again. A high current runs through the cable and it shocks the android, reducing to a mere heap of junk. The Hulk also gets knocked out, but too bad for him, it’s almost time to fight the Boomerang. The villain waits until our green giant turns back into the pasty Banner before he can make his move. As usual it’s to be HULKINUED!
Tales to Astonish Issue 88-“Boomerang and the Brute!”
Published February 1967
Hulkamorous Script by: Stan (The Man) Lee
Hulkituoinous Art by: Gil (Sugar) Kane
Hulkifying Lettering by: Sammy (Dozin’) Rosen
The Hulk gets up, and he is easily startled by the flashes of the cameras and the hubbub. Like any fighter after a bout, he demands to be led away. Meanwhile back in Washington DC, President Lyndon B. Johnson orders that Dr. Bruce Banner, the Hulk, be pardoned for his alleged crimes. What an honor!
The Boomerang hides in the shadows and waits for the Hulk to enter his line of sight. He fires a disc, angering the Hulk and triggering a rampage. The crowd runs at the sight of the enraged brute, and the Army prepares to fire again. The pardon came to late, as General Thunderbolt Ross orders that the Hulk be hunted once again.
The Hulk is chased into the mountains by Boomerang, and their fight begins. First boulders are smashed, delaying the Hulk from landing a blow, and it ends with his foe throwing a tranquilizer ring. It forces the Hulk to go to sleep, and the Boomerang flies to the dam, destroying the walls and flooding the battleground. He attempts to lay the final blow, but it’s too late! Our hero has recovered enough to fight back, and now once bombastic pitcher has no means of escaping. He pleads with the Hulk to spare his life, but he’s already turning back into Banner. Banner tries to save him, but the rushing water and the strain is too much. The Boomerang falls to his apparent death.
Why are the villains so stupid, how is a dam going to hurt the Hulk? And by destroying it it would hurt the local county, not to mention dooming your own life? They never understand.