The Incredible Hulk Issue 112- “The Brute Battles on!”
Published February 1969
Powerfully Presented by: Smilin’ Stan Lee and Happy Herb Trimpe
Embellishment: Dan Adkins
Lettering: Artie Simek
On the alien planet, its princess is told that her Warlord Supreme uncle has brought back a green-skinned creature from Earth. She stops playing with her zap ray and goes checks out this new prize for herself. Meanwhile, the misanthropic menace opposes the Galaxy Master with all his might, and the prestigious plasma responds with a bevy of words desiring to find out what drives his new pet.
The Galaxy Master transforms into a Shuma-Gorath-like creature and starts whaling on the Hulk. Our hero leaps at him trying to tackle this new monstrosity and the Galaxy Master collapses into his plasma form once again. During the battle, a solider whispers to the Warlord that if the Hulk wins this planet will be free once again, but the head egghead shushes him as this is close to treason as one can get. The Galaxy Mater turns into giant maggots to pester our green giant but he lifts the spaceship and chucks it down, causing an explosion. The plasma god reconfigures himself once again and now desires to finish this match.
In the Royal Throne room the Princess tells her uncle of her plan to use this opportunity of getting rid of the Galaxy Master by leading a revolt. Of course, the Warlord betrays her, thinking that he will be rewarded greatly for this information. He orders one of him men to alert the Galaxy Master.
The Hulk is finally pinned down by the Galaxy Master making it impossible for him to breathe. While our hero is down for the count, a minion appears and tells the GM that the Warlord serves and wishes to protect him. The Galaxy Master zaps the poor soldier and declares only he protects himself! Mad with power indeed. The forces attack the plasma king, and he retaliates by shooting down their ships. Meanwhile, the Warlord shoots down his niece, as he will rule when all has fallen.
The Princess is quickly taken by the Galaxy Master and the Hulk rises to save her, leaping a great distance. He enters the heart of the Galaxy Master, a mere computer and smashes it, saving the Princess. With this victory, the eggheads are free, and the Warlord is disposed.
A rocket is made for the Hulk, but the cabin pressure needs to be adjusted for him. The impatient brute demands that he should go now! and suddenly turns back into Banner. With the overbearing pressure crushing the milksop, it’s definitely to be Hulkinued!
It was a thrilling filler episode as usual. Another chance at an alien planet but the Hulk impulsively wants to leave anyway, who can blame him after all this drama? It’s not like he was going to eat anything suitable for him here.
The Incredible Hulk Issue 113- “Where Fall the Shifting Sands!”
Published March 1969
Proudly Produced by: Smilin’ Stan Lee and Happy Herb Trimpe
Embellishment: Dan Adkins
Lettering: Sam Rosen
Bruce Banner is slowly being crushed to death by the cabin pressure of the space ship he’s one and luckily for him, this ship runs on Gamma Energy! He pulls a lever, opening a door that releases all those Gamma Rays, allowing him to turn into the Hulk again. The brute manages to shut the door. Well that was a tense five minutes!
Back on Earth, the Sandman buys a paper and reads about the new Air Force “space-warp” ship. Flint Marco schemes to steal it and bring back a powerful being named Blastaar. He recounts the events of Fantastic Four #62, where Reed Richars was hurled into the Negative Zone and was rescued by Triton the Inhuman. They also brought back Blastaar, a lion maned alien from the zone. The alien wreaked havoc on the planet and the Sandman joined in the fracas. Ever since that incident was dealt with, the Sandman has planned to bring his ally back for revenge.
Betty Ross is still crying over the missing Bruce, and despite her father’s words to forget him, she just can’t. If she does it would mean losing her heart and soul! So melodramatic ain’t it?
The rocket returns to Earth and the Hulk destroys it so humans won’t send him up into space once again. Never mind that it would advance research by a 1000 years, they’re going to take our lovable lug away! As the Hulk lies down for a nap, the Sandman attacks him and tells him that they should divert their attention to the missile base. The Hulk hesitates, as it would mean hurting Betty but is forced into action as the military begins firing at him. After tearing up a part of the base, the brute realizes that he’s been made a patsy by the Sandman!
Marco manages to take the space warp ship and as he is about to leave, he nearly crashes into Betty’s car, but the Hulk stops him. The Sandman quite angered, begins their fight anew. No matter what the Hulk does, the Sandman keeps splitting into grains of sand. For pages the fight continues, until the Hulk figures out that if he stops his foe from recombining, he can get away clean. He uses a fighter jet and fans the entire base, creating a tornado and forcing everyone in the vicinity to take shelter. In the aftermath, General Ross tries to reach out to the brute, but he leaps away. Little does anybody know that it is not the last they’ve seen of the Sandman!
I can’t help but laugh every time I look at the Sandman’s costume, especially when he wore something normal when he fought Spider-Man. Anyway, this is Hulkinued with a special villain reappearing next time!