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Incredible Hulk #2: Review

Jul 1962
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

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The Terror Of The Toad Men! Part 1: Enter... The Toad Men

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3 stars

Incredible Hulk #2 Review by (February 15, 2010)
The color of the Hulk's skin changes from gray to green because the gray color did not print correctly in the printers of those days. The color change will later be explained using Hulk incarnations. First issue with a "Letters to the Editor" page, address to mail letters was "Editors," The Hulk, Third Floor, 655 Madison Ave., New York 21, N.Y."



The Hulk has no friends!
I'll never understand what you see in a weakling like Bruce Banner, Betty!
Our grapplers have focused on the most brilliant scientific brain on Earth, according to our command! Bruce Banner.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #2 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Image from Incredible Hulk #2

Out of control, Hulk rampages through a city at night, until Rick Jones is able to calm him down and take him away. At dawn, Hulk turns into Bruce Banner, who decides to build a resistant underground compartment to hold the Hulk at night, and prevent the monster from running free. That is a temporary measure until Banner can find a cure for himself.

Meanwhile, an alien race, the Toad Men approaches our planet, planning an invasion. Needing to know humankind's technological and weaponry advances, they scan the population for the "brightest scientist" and find Banner. The Toad Men kidnap Banner and Jones.

Story #2

Part 2: Prisoners of the Toad Men!

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Finding Rick Jones useless, the Toad Men return him to Earth. Trapped in space, Bruce Banner receives moonlight and turns into Hulk. The monster (who now has green skin instead of gray) defeats his captors easily.

Hulk finds powerful weapons on the alien ship and decides to use them against humankind because they hound them. Thunderbolt Ross launches missiles destroying the starship which falls into the ground.

Story #3

Part 3: Bruce Banner, Wanted for Treason!

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Toad Men survive the crash and escape unseen. Daylight turns Hulk into Bruce Banner. When he comes out of the ship, everyone believes he is a traitor and he is locked up.

Suddenly, thousands of Toad Men starships fill the skies.

Story #4

Part 4: Hulk Runs Amok!

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The leader of the Toad Men lets the world know about their intentions. Humans should surrender! They move the moon closer to the Earth causing floods and earthquakes.

At night, Bruce Banner turns into Hulk and breaks free from the cell. He goes to Betty Ross house. Rick Jones, Thunderbolt Ross, and his soldiers find them.

Story #5

Part 5: The End of the Hulk?

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hulk easily dispatches the soldiers, grabs Betty Ross and leaves. Rick Jones believes the Hulk took Betty to Bruce Banner's secret cave lab and goes there. He was right. Hulk tries punching Jones but an earthquake makes them fall, knocking them out.

At sunrise, Hulk turns into Banner. The brilliant scientist realizes how to get rid of the Toad Men. Using his Gammatron super cannon, Banner shoots the starships to a far away point in space. Considered a hero, Banner is pardoned. But Thunderbolt Ross becomes suspicious about Banner's relation with the Hulk.

Right before sunset, Jones and Banner visit their secret cave. Banner is locked in the underground chamber to prevent Hulk from rampaging at night.

Preview Pages
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Jack Kirby
Steve Ditko
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Steve Ditko (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Art Simek.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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