> Hulk Masterworks Volume 2

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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"What have I got to lose? Every man on Earth is my enemy! Hounding me...fearing me...! I owe the human race nothing!

-- Hulk, pg. 3

Stan spells out a little lesson in electro-waves....Well, as much as he can when he's talking to us dummies!

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The Incredible Hulk
from Tales to Astonish #72

October 1965 10 pages

Script: Stan Lee Letters: Sam Rosen
Layouts: Jack Kirby
Pencils/Inks: Mike Esposito (credited as Mickey Demeo)

Title: "Within the Monster, Dwells a Man!"

Villain: The Leader, Humanoids

Guest Appearance: Glen Talbot, General "Thunderbolt" Ross, Rick Jones

Gadgets & Technology: Matter-Portation Machine, Leader's Statue Gallery

Letters Page: Page One

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Story Synopsis: As General Ross' soldiers converge on the Hulk's hidden cave, the Leader becomes more insistent in his appeal for the Hulk to join forces with him. Outside the cave, Rick Jones pleads with Gen. Ross to back off the attack, but Ross lobs a bunch of missiles at the cave, sending Banner's machinery and equipment toppling over on top of the Hulk. From the rubble, the Hulk realizes he might as well join forces with the Leader, since he owes nothing to the human race that hounds and persecutes him. With his agreement, the Leader transports the Hulk to his base in Italy using a Matter Teleporter. The Leader shows the Hulk around his lair, introducing him to his Humanoids. The Hulk grows restless, and attempts to fight against the Leader, but is put to sleep by an odorless gas.

Talbot and Ross scour the hidden cave, and after being frustrated by finding no Hulk and no Banner, they turn on Rick, who remains silent to all their queries. They take him into custody as a material witness.

Across the world in Italy, the Leader ponders on the Hulk as he bides his time in his art gallery, where stand many statues of his Humanoids, but with a green skin tone and wielding large bats. While the Leader is lost in his thoughts, the Hulk awakes from his sleep earlier than the Leader had intended, and crashes his way out of his holding tank. An alarm tips the Leader off to the Hulk's rampage, and he turns the power on his "art gallery" of statues, and they attack the Hulk. They fire ray guns from the end of the bats they hold, and it knocks the Hulk down to the ground, where he begins to fearfully detect the emergence of his Bruce Banner persona, a transformation which will result in certain death!

--synopsis and panel images by Gormuu

--letters page and house ads provided by Justin Fairfax

Issues Reprinted
Giant-Man from Tales to Astonish #59
& Incredible Hulk from Tales to Astonish #60-79

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.

TTA #59 TTA #60 TTA #61 TTA #62 TTA #63 TTA #64 TTA #65
TTA #66 TTA #67 TTA #68 TTA #69 TTA #70 TTA #71 TTA #72
TTA #73 TTA #74 TTA #75 TTA #76 TTA #77 TTA #78 TTA #79


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