Saturday, May 26, 2012

Iron Man #132 (March 1980)

Title: The Man Who Would Be Hulk
Cover: Bob Layton
Plot: David Michelinie, Bob Layton
Script: David Michelinie
Penciler: Jerry Bingham
Inker: Bob Layton
Colorist: George Roussos
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: “No one can hold Hulk! Hulk will smash puny men! Smash!” Angry words we would expect to hear from the incredible Hulk are instead coming from the mouth of Bruce Banner who has retained the persona of the Hulk despite his body’s reversion to the mild mannered scientist’s form.  At Stark International, Scott Lang and Tony Stark work desperately to help the man and ultimately succeed with a treatment designed to calm the Hulk’s brain waves to return him to Banner. Relieved to have restored Banner’s mind to his body, they are all crestfallen that the heart implant they devised last issue as a cure to Banner’s transformation did not work.  In fact, Stark realizes too late that the implant is actually making things worse as Banner transforms back into the Hulk and breaks out of his containment cell at Stark International, leaving behind a trail of wreckage and unconscious guards and police.  Stark dons his Iron Man armor and rushes to the scene, prepared to fight the Jade Giant once again.  Iron Man lures the Hulk to the waterfront on Long Island Sound where he tries to trap him underwater, but the green behemoth leaps to freedom and lands at the Stark International airfield where the fight continues. The Hulk is stunned when the fuel tank of a Lear Jet explodes in his face and Iron Man seizes the opportunity to deliver a blow packed with all the energy his incredible suit of armor has to offer.  The Hulk falls unconscious and as the crowd assembles to congratulate Iron Man, the hero falls over as rigid as a statue.  To be continued next issue in The Hero Within! 

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

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