Tales to Astonish Issue 99- “When the Monster Wakes!”
Published January 1968
Produced by: Stan (the Man) Lee & Marie (the She) Severin
Inked by: John Tartaglione
Lettered by: Sam Rosen
Trapped inside a prison cell with the Hulk, there’s only one thing Betty Ross can do, try to show her love to the man inside of him. The Hulk just stands there and stares at Banner’s beau, feeling the gentleness of her touch.
Outside, General Ross remains defiant to the Lord of Lightning’s orders. The faux-kaiser demands he surrenders on a national broadcast, and Thunderbolt’s conditions are clear, set Betty free or die by his hand. So the LoL goes to check on his prisoners, and tries to convince the Hulk that Betty is the enemy. With the trust grown between the two after two volumes, of course the green giant disobeys the lord’s order and hurls him into a wall. Before he take Betty outside, the lord’s minions zap Banner forcing him to turn back into Banner.
On another part of the base, Major Talbot takes out his guard and takes his uniform. He has to reach the radio transmitter to call the Pentagon, and save Betty.
At the prison, General Ross is finally thrown in with the prisoners and the Lord of the Lightning commands one of his cronies to shot Banner. They think that by killing Banner they will be rid of the Hulk, but before anybody can do it, Talbot comes to the rescue. The Major’s reinforcements come soon after and the Living Lightning, or what’s left of them, make a hasty retreat. Before anybody can start the cleanup, one big problem remains. The terrorists still have some of Banner’s missiles and intend to use them. Didn’t Banner invent a anti-missile system?!
Banner transforms into the Hulk, and in his rage goes directly after the Living Lightning for lying to him. He smashes the base to smithereens and so the LL are gone, good riddance!
Next issue is a whopper as the two main characters of the the Tales to Astonish series meet up for a titanic tussle.