The Incredible Hulk Issue 108- “Monster Triumphant!”
Published October 1968
Written by our leader, Smilin’ Stan Lee who misses his green-skinned gargoyle!
Illustrated by our follower, Happy Herby Trimpe who longs for his phantom eagle!
Embellishment: John Severin
Lettering: Irving Watanabe
Last time, the Mandarin brought the Hulk into his lair to make him his ally. The tests to prove his strength only served to piss off our emerald giant and made him go after the Fu Manchu himself. With plenty of tricks up his sleeve, the ten-ringed Mandarin managed to infuriate his guest even more and finally trapped him in a pit of quick sand. The usually idiotic Hulk struggles more and more in the sand barely realizing he’s sealed his doom until now.
The gargoyle figures out that the pit has walls, and so he smashes one of them, allowing him a safe escape out of it. But the Mandarin traps him once again by dousing him with nerve gas, not realizing that once you make an enemy of the Hulk, he never forgets. He commands his army to prepare for battle, and while the Hulk is still knocked out, he plants a control device on the brute’s thick neck. The Mandarin is now ready to plunge the world “into cataclysmic warfare!” I thought he wanted the colonize the Earth and reap it for all its got. The Hulk soon wakes up and the control device is activated. He is told to destroy a major railroad terminal at the Tsen-Te River.
At the headquarters of the Red Colonel Yuri Brevlov, Nick Fury has been invited to talk with him. Now dressed in a fancy suit, Brevlov tells Fury that he has found the Hulk in Chinese territory. If they aren’t stopped, the world could go into nuclear war, and so Fury and Brevlov ride a supersonic rocket to their destination. Meanwhile in China, Chairman Mao has told his men that the enemy attacks and they must retaliate. Little does he know that the Mandarin is behind this, as it is the Hulk that’s destroying their train stations and the like.
While the Hulk is fighting the Chinese Army, the unlikely duo is busy trying to deal with the Mandarin, reaching his stronghold in a matter of minutes. They invade in spectacular spy fashion, as the Red Colonel jumps toward ole Manchu and Nick is flying a rocket car. Elsewhere, the Hulk’s control device falls off and now it’s time for revenge.
The Mandarin manages to get rid of Brevlov with a well-timed karate chop, causing him to lose his balance. Fury arrives to save the day and their battle continues. The Mandarin continues to shoot his ring lasers at them but is knocked off his perch with the use of a grenade launcher the size of a .357 Magnum. The ten-ringed one retaliates by shooting them both with knockout gas, but Fury has a gas mask ready. While the super spy attempts to attack the Mandarin once more, a big honking laser gun is pointed at the now unconscious Brevlov. Before anybody can do anything, the Hulk smashes in.
Seeing Brevlov, the Hulk flips out at seeing Brevlov, who kidnapped him two issues ago. He gets a bit confused and realizes that the only solution is to totally destroy the castle. While Brevlov and Fury escape on their rocket, the Mandarin hides in a secret trapdoor. The base destroyed, the Hulk wanders a desolate landscape once more.
The Incredible Hulk Issue 109- “The Monster and the Man-Beast!”
Published November 1968
Script: Smilin’ Stan Lee
Layouts: Fearless Frank Giacoia
Penciling: Happy Herb Trimpe
Inking: Jovial Johnny Severin
Lettering: Adorable Artie Simek
As the Hulk charges through the rest of China, soldiers try futilely to stop him. He has wandered to a military installation, and as the army struggles, their general refuses to give up the fight. Everything is soon destroyed, and the Hulk is now hungry. He continues and finds a rocket amid the chaos. Thinking that it would take him into space again, he goes after it. The Army thinks by launching the missile it would save the American Devils from taking it, but at least it gets the Hulk out of their country.
The Hulk grabs on to the rocket and veers it off course, and it explodes. The blast causes to the green brute to fall down a giant chasm in the middle of nowhere, and under it is a gigantic jungle!
In America, General Ross is trying to find Dr. Bruce Banner so he can help with the crisis at hand, the crazy weather the world’s been experiencing. Hurricanes have been detected along the East Coast, cats and dogs are flying around, just what is causing this?
We’re back to the Hulk, and he turns back into the weakling Banner. He wakes up and wonders where he is, and we find out in the next panel. It’s Kazar and his trusty sabretooth tiger, Zabu. The story takes place in the lost world under Antarctica, where dinosaurs roam the Earth, and the only white man here is annoyed by savages from thousands of years before Egypt. The Swamp Men have found and taken Banner hostage, and Kazar leaps to save him. Banner asks the blond barbarian where he is and how he got here, and Kazar responds that he willed it! Well, a man is in charge of his destiny, and he made it so that fate will happen, never mind predestination by Stan Lee and Frank Giacoia.
Banner and Kazar go to see this strange machine that has been activated for quite a while. The scientist realizes that it is the work of a genius, considering it is atomic powered. He looks at it and tells Kazar if nothing is done, the world will be destroyed by unnatural disasters! The King of the Jungle wants to destroy it, but if anything is done, it will speed up the process. Banner gets easily excited due to the tense nature of this task, and he turns into the Hulk. The Swamp Men return and Kazar tells the Hulk that he must stop the machine. Unfortunately, the blond one gets knocked out and the story is Hulkinued!
I never did like the stories too much that took place in the Savage Land, but it seems interesting enough this time.