The Incredible Hulk Issue 110- “Umbu, the Unliving!”
Published December 1968
Script and Editing: Stan (the Man) Lee
Pencilling: Happy Herby Trimpe
Inks: John Severin
Lettering: Sam Rosen
Woah! Spoiler alert! They’re fighting a stone robot this episode?! Well, what else were they going to fight, another abomination?
Right after the Hulk knocked out Kazar by accident, Zabu attacks him, as “even animals hate the Hulk!” even though he just said “Zabu… protects his master!” Anyway, the brute throws down the tiger, and Kazar awakens to tell the Hulk that the machine must be stopped. Bruce Banner must return to stop it, but hitting the Hulk in the head to induce that transformation doesn’t help one bit. While they continue to fight, every city in the world is experiencing floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, the works! The consequences are indeed dire, and as Banner said, if nothing is done the world will be torn apart.
The Swamp Men manage to activate the story’s villain, Umbu, a stone robot that looks like it would make a cromulent toy. While it awakens, the head shaman tells the story of its arrival, that an egg headed human-shaped alien basically came to Earth with the glowing machine. If the machine were harmed, the robot they included will activate and wreck havoc on the sabotagers. A procession is made and they head toward the machine.
The Hulk manages to throw Kazar and his tiger Zabu right into the hands of the Swamp Men. Umbu commands that the two be taken for a sacrifice, and the robot will go to the machine alone. It eventually finds the Hulk and attacks him, deeming him the being that threatens the machine. The green giant throws a boulder through the stone automaton, but it repairs itself rather easily. A tree trunk is thrown but is disintegrated in a matter of seconds. A mountain is smashed, and Umbu still walks. The robot finishes the match by emitting one of the Hulk’s known weaknesses, knock out gas. He turns back into Banner and the robot leaves him alone, as the giant was his target.
Kazar is made to be a human sacrifice, but a little finesse sets him free from the bonfire. The jungle king frees Zabu and they defeat all of the Swamp Men rather handily. Meanwhile, Banner manages to disable the machine resulting in the saving of the world once again, and the shutdown of the robot. However, exposure to the radiation has caused his death! And it’s to be Hulkinued!
It was an alright episode, and now Banner is dead from radiation despite fighting that caveman a few issues earlier?!
The Incredible Hulk Issue 111- “Shanghaied in Space!”
Published January 1969
Written by: Smilin’ Stan Lee
Art: Happy Herby Trimpe
Embellishment: Dan Adkins
Lettering: Swining’ Sammy Rosen
A brand new year begins as last issue ended with the death of Bruce Banner. As you may notice the Hulk’s kinda squinty on the cover. If anything, Dan Adkins’s ink reminds me of Jim Lee’s work if you put the bold setting in a word processor on. Be prepared when reading this issue, as everybody will be lacking irises and pupils, though the excitement still remains!
Last time, Dr. Banner saved the world by shutting down the machine that caused all those unnatural disasters around the world. He succeeded at a price, his life! after absorbing all that radiation that pile of junk emitted for days. Up in space, this draws the attention of the egg-headed aliens who left it there in the first place. They are not happy that the Planet Destroyer has been disabled, and now get ready to invade the Earth.
While Kazar leaves Banner somewhere relatively safe, he and his comrade tiger must go in search of herbs and plants that will cure him of his ailment. Though wouldn’t contacting the shaman from Conan the Barbarian help? It matters not, as by the time they return, Banner’s body is missing! Kazar attempts to track him down and finds a trail of circular footprints leading from where Banner once was. They reach to the top of freezing Antartica, leaving the tropical jungle, and find the trail stops here.
The aliens have successfully captured the saboteur and realize that he’s just a puny Earthling. Although he is presently dead, a little bit of life still lingers and they revive him using a resuscitator. Of all the times to have a dead Hulk, they have to bring him back, General Ross must be stomping on his hat! They need Banner alive in order to appease the “Galaxy Master.”
Back on Earth, the military is still dealing with the aftermath of Doomsday Machine. General Ross is adamant that Banner had a hand in the world being blasted by earthquakes and hurricanes. At the hospital, Betty is worries about what happened to Banner, especially since no news has been heard about him for quite awhile. Rick Jones tries to comfort her, but she still remains rather inconsolable again.
In space, Banner awakens and the eggheads use the “brain beam” on him. What they extract is only proof that he is a master scientist, not so much about the Hulk. The alien leader is not pleased with this result and sentences Banner to death, a crewman pleads for mercy for the human but is struck down for trying to oppose the will of the Galaxy Master. It turns out this Galaxy Master is some kind of plasma being.
They throw Banner into the decompression chamber, but he turns into the Hulk and tears apart the space ship once he’s outside. Somehow he’s able to keep fighting for quite awhile without a space suit, though holding his breath for over half-an-hour is one of his abilities. The bubble boy squadron is sent after the green gargoyle, and they are swatted away with the use of one of the aliens’ satellite antennas. Now, the Hulk enters the ship and prepares to beat up whoever’s behind this.
He enters through the port engine side, right in the exhaust and nearly gets burned to a crisp by the rockets. He ends up smashing the thing and continues to go after him. Luckily for the aliens, they are very close to their ome planet, and they land with the brute in tow. When he exists, who else but the Galaxy Master greets him and it’s to be Hulkinued!