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Part One – The Coming of the Hulk

Far away from civilization, Dr. Bruce Banner prepares to test a new weapon for the U.S. military. The gamma bomb has been a secret project for a long time. Bruce is under pressure for General Ross to test the weapon and pressure from visiting scientist Igor Drenkov. Bruce is also distracted by the presence of General Ross’s daughter Betty. When a civilian, Rick Jones, stumbles into the test area Bruce rushes out to get Rick to safety leaving Igor to delay the test.

Igor has other plans though as he wishes to steal the secret of the U.S.A. new super weapon at take it back to Russia. The gamma bomb detonates as scheduled and Bruce is bombarded with gamma radiation while Rick is safely shield by a bunker. Bruce later wakes up in a military hospital, as the sun begins to set; Bruce begins to change into a grey-skinned goliath called the Hulk. As the Hulk, he escapes the military base and runs off into the desert followed by Rick Jones.

Part Two – The Hulk Strikes

Now hunted by the military, the Hulk instinctively seeks out Banner’s home to recover Banner’s notes on the gamma bomb. He interrupts Igor Drenkov ransacking his lab. The Hulk defeats Drenkov and recovers Banner’s report on the gamma ray bomb. The Hulk sees a picture of Banner and demands the picture be taken away because Banner is weak and soft. As the sun rises, the Hulk changes back into Dr, Bruce Banner just as the military police arrive.

Part Three – The Search for the Hulk

The military police discover Rick and Bruce and take the spy Igor Drenkov into custody. They police tracked the Hulk to Banner’s home but can find no trace of the monster. The officer in charge takes Banner’s report on the gamma ray bomb and Betty, Bruce and Rick are left to talk and recover from the night’s extraordinary events. After Betty leaves, Bruce begins to realize that when night falls again he may well revert to the monstrous Hulk.

Part Four – Enter the Gargoyle

From his prison cell, Igor Drenkov is able to transmit a secret message back to Russia to inform them of the appearance of a powerful creature called the Hulk. The message is received by the most feared man in all of Asia, The Gargoyle. The Gargoyle decides that he must either slay the Hulk or capture him and bring him in as a symbol of the Gargoyle’s might.

The Gargoyle travels to the U.S.A. via an experimental man-carrying rocket and begins to seek out the Hulk. When night falls, Dr. Banner again transforms into the Hulk. As the Hulk, he begins to seek out Betty Ross. When he finds Betty, she faints from the sight of him. The Hulk and Rick are then surprised by the Gargoyle.

Part Five – The Hulk Triumphant

The Gargoyle quickly uses a gun firing mind-control pellets to bend the Hulk and Rick to his will. Ross finds his daughter unconscious on the ground, she is badly shaken with her encounter with the Hulk. Seeing his daughter traumatized, General Ross vows to find and destroy the monster known as the Hulk.

The Gargoyle slips back behind the iron curtain with the Hulk and Rick. When they arrive back at the Gargoyle’s base, Bruce has transformed back into Dr. Banner.

The Gargoyle is frustrated by the loss of the Hulk but recognizes Dr. Bruce Banner as one of America’s foremost atomic scientists and realizes that Bruce and the Hulk are the same person. Bruce discovers that the Gargoyle hates his mutated form and Bruce offers to try and cure him of his hideous form. The Gargoyle is cured and transformed back into a man. As a man, he rebels against his former commanders and helps Banner and Rick escape before destroying his base. The Gargoyle dies as a man.

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The Incredible Hulk #1 0

The first issue of Hulk is pretty interesting. It seems pretty clear that Marvel had no idea what to do with the character early on, as the Hulk's appearance and how Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk changes pretty frequently in these early issues. Hulk is gray here, for example. Marvel isn't the only company that seems to have a hard time figuring out what to do with the Hulk, as neither of the last two movies seemed to know what direction to take the character in.   The level of atomic age...

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The Coming of the Hulk 0

Another first for the medium (as far as I can see) in that Lee not only devotes an entire book to a single monster, but puts him in the role of protagonist up against someone else who wants to destroy and terrorize and all that evil stuff. What’s most interesting about this is that despite only being a handful of issues into their Superhero Rebirth titleFantastic Four, Lee and Kirby are already reconstructing what it means to be a hero. As an origin story, it’s bit tighter than the Four’s debut,...

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