> Hulk Masterworks Volume 2

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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Hulk!! Do you hear me? I'm waiting for you, you unspeakable monster! You can leave your little prison now...if you dare dave the man who is your master!

-- Dr. Konrad Zaxon, pg. 10

The Hulk is trapped in humiliating fashion (and, no, I'm not talking about his funky purple pants!)

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The Incredible Hulk
from Tales to Astonish #78

April 1966 10 pages

Script: Stan Lee Letters: Sam Rosen
Layouts: Jack Kirby Pencils/Inks: Bill Everett

Title: "The Hulk Must Die!"

Villain/First Appearance: Dr. Konrad Zaxon

Guest Appearance: Glen Talbot, Rick Jones, Betty Ross

Gadgets & Technology: Anti-Matter Force Shield Generator, Organic Energy Attractor

Letters Page: Page One

House Ads: Page One

Story Synopsis: From a great whirlwind appears the Hulk, confused and seemingly less intelligent than before. He stumbles out of the cave and is spotted by an army stakeout. While Major Talbot is welcoming the new scientist who is to take Banner's place- Dr. Zaxon- he is alerted to the presence of the Hulk. He takes off immediately to trap the green giant. The Hulk bounds across the desert and is harassed by missiles and artillery fire, and when he lands, he comes down into a deep twenty-foot pit. A knockout gas pours down into the pit, and he is subdued.

At the base, Rick Jones breaks the news to Betty Brant that her love Bruce Banner was also the Hulk. She struggles to believe it, but it comes as a great shock. Major Talbot bursts in and tells them that he's trapped the Hulk, who is still alive, and Rick worries that he's betrayed his friend's secret. As the military men go to check on their captive, he struggles to leap out of the hole, but is kept inside by anti-matter laser beams which create a containment force shield. Zaxon is eager to begin doing research on the Hulk. He determines that the Hulk is full of organic energy, which can be exploited with the right know-how. Betty Brant is brought to view the Hulk, and she still cannot bring herself to believe it is really Bruce Banner. For a moment, the Hulk seems to respond to her, but then he breaks down in a raging fit.

Dr. Zaxon requests full authority to research the Hulk, and Talbot says he'll ask Gen. Ross at once. Later, Dr. Zaxon enacts his real plan- he has every intention of stealing the Hulk's power through his organic energy equipment and using it for his own purposes to dominate the world! He builds his Organic Energy Attractor and heads out to fire it upon the Hulk, to suck him dry of all his power. He goes to the trench the Hulk is imprisoned in and turns off the anti-matter force beam, and then calls him out to "meet his master!" The Hulk stirs from below, and sticks his head up over the pit, and then....

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--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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