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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"I thought I heard someone crashing thru the underbrush! Better see who-- who-- oh no! NO!!!!!"

- - State Trooper, on discovering "you know who!", page 1

"I'm King of the Toad Men!
I'm in charge of 47 people!
I drive a Dodge Stratus!"


Incredible Hulk #2
July 1962 • 24 pages

Publication Date: May 1, 1962

Letters Page: No letters page published in this issue.

I: Feature Story: Part 1: "The Terror of the Toad Men"
Part 2: "Prisoners of the Toad Men!"
Part 3: "Bruce Banner, Wanted for Treason!"
Part 4: "Hulk Runs Amok!"
Part 5: "The End of the Hulk?"

Pages: 24

Script: Stan Lee

Pencils: Jack Kirby

Inks: Steve Ditko

Letters: Artie Simek

Origin: The Incredible Hulk, Rick Jones

Guest Appearance: General Thunderbolt Ross, Betty Ross, Rick Jones

Villain: The Toad Men, Torrak, King of the Toad Men

Gadgets & Technology: Magnetic Grapplers, the Hulk's hideout/prison cave, The Gamma Gun

Synopsis: The Hulk reappears at the edge of town, menacing a state trooper who has stumbled upon him. The trooper flees to the town where he hysterically warns all citizens to hide in their homes. As the Hulk wanders the streets, a truck tries unsuccessfully to run him over, and a gang of policemen cannot gang tackle him. Rick Jones emerges from the rabble, trying to calm the Hulk down. As Rick Jones leads the Hulk away from town to safety, their origin is recounted.

Meanwhile, an unearthly spacecraft reaches Earth's orbit. Inside the craft is an advance team of Toad Men, who deploy their "magnetic grappler" device to lead them to the "most brilliant scientific mind on Earth" so they can better determine the ease with which they can take over the planet. (It will lead them to, of course, Dr. Bruce Banner.)

Unaware of the Toad Men's scheme, Bruce and Rick wander off to a secret desert cave underneath a lake. They begin the construction of a cell which will contain the Hulk and his rage inside during the night, while Rick Jones stands by to release him when the sun comes back up and he is once again Bruce Banner. As they finish construction, they are overtaken by the Toad Men and their magnetic guns and whisked off to the alien craft in orbit.

Captain Torrak of the Toad Men shares with them all the awful things they will do to Earth via their control over magnetism. The Toad Men find they don't much care for Rick Jones, so they ship him back to Earth. At this time, the craft orbits around the moon and the sun is obscured, leading Bruce to change into the Hulk! He immediately begins to dismantle everything around him and turns the Toad Men's guns back on them. Interestingly, the Hulk imagines what he could do to mankind with all the advanced weaponry on board.

Before he gets this opportunity, General Ross commands a missile strike on the now-detected Toad Men ship. The missiles score a direct hit, and the craft falls to Earth in the vicinity of Ross' base. The Toad Men escape, leaving only Bruce Banner (changed from the Hulk now that he is in broad daylight) to emerge from the wreckage, holding the bag. Ross brands him a traitor and confines him to a jail cell. At this time, the escaped Toad Men toss a magnetic flare to the sky, alerting the whole fleet of Toad Men space crafts in outer space to attack. The skies of cities across the world are filled with Toad Men craft. The Supreme Commander of Toad Men (my designation, the story credits him with no name - Gormuu) takes over control of all television broadcasts and declares his plan: the moon will be knocked out of orbit and rammed into the Earth unless there is total worldwide surrender! Blustering General Ross, of course, won't stand for this!

Then, proving that no cell that can hold Bruce Banner can also hold the Hulk, night falls and the Hulk blasts out of the prison! He rampages through the base on his way to the home of the general to get vengeance, but simply winds up making Betty Ross freak out in fear. Realizing she is in danger, Gen. Ross and his troops break away from the Toad Men crisis to go rescue his daughter, with Rick Jones tagging along. The Hulk doesn't seem to respond well to Rick Jones, and knocks him and all of Ross' troops away. He grabs Betty as a hostage and rampages off towards Banner's lab, with Rick Jones following. Rick again tries to talk sense into the Hulk, but the green giant will hear nothing of it, and advances towards the boy when an earthquake caused by the nearing moon knocks him off his feet.

The sun rises, and Banner comes back to reality as the Hulk fades. He puts Betty Brant to sleep after she has fainted and heeds Rick's urgent pleas to do something about the Toad Men. Bruce remembers he has a "Gamma Gun", which just may do the trick. He climbs into the massive Gamma Gun and fires into outer space. The Gun miraculously reverses the magnetic attraction of the Toad Men fleet, and sends them hurtling back into infinity. The Earth has been saved, and Betty Ross talks her father into dropping treason charges against the man who saved the world, Bruce Banner.

In the final, poignant scene, Rick Jones stands behind the huge door in the cave under the lake, listening as the Hulk rages into the night, a prisoner inside the cell, and inside himself.

--synopsis by Gormuu

Issues Reprinted
Incredible Hulk #1-6


IH #1

IH #2

IH #3

IH #4

IH #5

IH #6


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