Incredible Hulk Epic Collection #1 - Man or Monster?
([June] 2016)

Marvel, 2015 Series
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Volume
1
Price
34.99 USD; 45.00 CAD
Pages
396
On-sale date
2016-06-08
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Worldwide, Inc.
Brand
Epic; Marvel
ISBN
978-0-7851-9600-6 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9780785196006 53499
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
cardstock cover; glossy interior
Binding
softcover
Publishing Format
collected editions

Issue Notes

Collects The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1962 series) #1-6; Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #12, 25-26; The Avengers (Marvel, 1963 series) #1-3, 5; The Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) #14; Tales to Astonish (Marvel, 1959 series) #59 and material from Journey into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #112.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

Man or Monster? (Table of Contents)

Hulk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Paul Mounts
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; Tyrannus [Romulus Augustulus]
Reprints

Epic Collection (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Hulk: Man or Monster? (Table of Contents: 2)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Letters
typeset

Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; Tyrannus [Romulus Augustulus]

Indexer Notes

Title page. Includes a detail from the cover of The Incredible Hulk #5.

[Credits and Indicia] (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]

Indexer Notes

Credits and indicia of the book. Includes a detail of the Hulk's face from the first page of The Incredible Hulk #5.

[Table of Contents] (Table of Contents: 4)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Is He Man or Monster or... Is He Both? (Table of Contents: 5)

Hulk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Betty Ross; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo's examination on his blog:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/09/kirby-inking-kirby.html

The Hulk, Part 1: "The Coming of the Hulk" (Table of Contents: 6)

Hulk / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Ray Holloway; Artie Simek (see notes)

Job Number
V-709
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner] (first appearance, origin); Igor Drenkov (first appearance); General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross (first appearance); Betty Ross (first appearance); Rick Jones (first appearance)
Synopsis
Scientist Bruce Banner saves a young boy from being killed by a nuclear blast but absorbs deadly amounts of gamma radiation which transforms him into a monster dubbed the Hulk. Bruce Banner is scientist by day, but transforms into the Hulk once the sun goes down.
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Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Nick Caputo observes that Artie Simek lettered the logo and title on the splash page, but the rest of the chapter is lettered by Ray Holloway.

[The Hulk], Part 2: The Hulk Strikes! (Table of Contents: 7)

Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Ray Holloway; Artie Simek (see notes)

Job Number
V-709
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Igor Drenkov
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo notes that Artie Simek lettered the title splash; the rest of the chapter is lettered by Ray Holloway.

[The Hulk], Part 3: The Search for the Hulk (Table of Contents: 8)

Hulk / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Bruce Banner [Hulk]; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; Igor Drenkov
Reprints

The Hulk, Part 4: "Enter...the Gargoyle!" (Table of Contents: 9)

Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Igor Drenkov; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross; The Gargoyle [Yuri Topolov] (first appearance)
Reprints

[The Hulk], Part 5: The Hulk Triumphant! (Table of Contents: 10)

Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-709
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; The Gargoyle [Yuri Topolov] (death); Betty Ross; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross
Reprints

The Terror of the Toad Men! (Table of Contents: 11)

Hulk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Toad Men; Betty Ross; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross
Reprints

"The Terror of the Toad Men", Part 1: "Enter...the Toad Men" (Table of Contents: 12)

Hulk / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
V-781
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner] (origen retold); Bobby (first appearance); Tommy (first appearance); Rick Jones (first appearance); Toad Men (first appearance); Torrak (first appearance); Betty Ross; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross
Synopsis
The Toad Men are above Earth, in search of its brightest scientist. Meanwhile, Rick and Bruce explore an underground cave where they hope to imprison Hulk each night.
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Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

[The Terror of the Toad Men], Part 2: Prisoners of the Toad Men! (Table of Contents: 13)

Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
V-781
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Toad Men; Torrak; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross
Synopsis
The Toad men capture Bruce Banner and bring him to their spaceship.
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[The Terror of the Toad Men], Part 3: "Bruce Banner, Wanted for Treason!" (Table of Contents: 14)

Hulk / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
V-781
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross; Toad Men; Torrak; Toad King (first appearance); Rick Jones; Betty Ross
Synopsis
Bruce Banner is found in a Toad Men crashed spaceship while their fleet arrives on Earth.
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[The Terror of the Toad Men], Part 4: Hulk "Runs Amok!" (Table of Contents: 15)

Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
V-781
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Toad Men; Toad King; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross; Rick Jones
Synopsis
Hulk escapes from his cell while General Ross forget about the Toad Men.
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[The Terror of the Toad Men], Part 5: The End of the Hulk? (Table of Contents: 16)

Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
V-781
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; Toad Men
Synopsis
Bruce Banner repels the Toad Men invasion.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

Hulk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I can't control him anymore! The Hulk has gone berserk!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones
Reprints

Banished to Outer Space (Table of Contents: 18)

Hulk / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
V-869
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner] (also in flashback); Rick Jones (also in flashback); General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross
Synopsis
The military captures Rick and Ross convinces him that they need the Hulk to test a new experimental rocket for national security. Rick tricks the jade giant into the capsule but once it is shot into space, he realizes that Ross deceived him to get rid of his foe. Rick overrides the programming and returns the rocket to earth but not before Banner (he transformed back to his human form when the rocket came into view of the sun) is doused with further radiation. The Hulk is now unable to revert to his human form and is under Rick's control but only while Rick remains awake.
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Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

The Origin of the Hulk! (Table of Contents: 19)

Hulk / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Job Number
V-870
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner] (origin retold); Rick Jones
Synopsis
With the Hulk safely in the underground bunker, Rick dozes and thinks about his origins.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

The Ringmaster (Table of Contents: 20)

Hulk / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
V-871
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Circus of Crime [Ringmaster [Maynard Tiboldt]; Tenna [Mary Stenson]; Human Cannonball [Jack Pulvar]; Bruto] (first appearance of all); Mike (frist appearance); Polly Jones (first appearance); General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross
Synopsis
Rick takes a break from his Hulk-sitting duties and goes to the circus. Unfortunately, he picks one run by a hypnotic criminal who mesmerizes his audience and then robs them. When the Hulk arrives to bail out his buddy, he is captured and made part of the act thanks to the fact that Rick is in thrall and cannot give him any commands. Rick returns with the FBI and the Hulk finds himself free to kick some circus tail.
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Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

The Monster and the Machine! / Mongu!! Gladiator from Space! (Table of Contents: 21)

Hulk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Mongu [Boris Monguski]
Reprints

The Monster and the Machine! (Table of Contents: 22)

Hulk / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner] (origin retold); Rick Jones (also in flashback); Betty Ross (also in flashback); General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross (also in flashback); Mike (first appearance); Charlie (first appearance); Bobby (first appearance)
Synopsis
Rick uses some of Banner's machinery to transform the Hulk, who was stuck in his monster persona, back into Bruce. Bruce is incredibly weakened by the transformation and takes a chance in using the machinery on himself again which transforms him back into the Hulk's body but with Bruce Banner's mind. Now Bruce and the Hulk can switch at will using the gamma ray machine.
Reprints

The Gladiator from Outer Space! (Table of Contents: 23)

Hulk / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Mongu [Boris Monguski] (first appearance)
Synopsis
An alien invades Earth and claims his people will conquer the planet unless he is met in battle by the strongest opponent the world has to offer. Hulk meets the challenge but finds out it is all a ploy by the Russians to capture him and create an army of hulks of their own.
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Beauty and the Beast! (Table of Contents: 24)

Hulk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; Tyrannus [Romulus Augustulus]
Reprints

Beauty and the Beast! (Table of Contents: 25)

Hulk / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
X-48
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Betty Ross; Tyrannus [Romulus Augustulus] (first appearance); Rick Jones; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross
Synopsis
Underground overlord Tyrannus kidnaps Betty and lures the Hulk into his subterranean kingdom, forcing the Hulk to do his bidding to keep Betty safe. The jade giant is powerless until Rick frees Betty, thus leaving the Hulk free to bring the house down on Tyrannus.
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The Hordes of General Fang! (Table of Contents: 26)

Hulk / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
X-47
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross; Rick Jones; High Lama (first appearance); General Fang (first appearance)
Synopsis
The Hulk thwarts a would-be Genghis Khan conqueror named General Fang from taking over the Asian province of Llhasa, and he only has to dress up as the Abominable Snowman once to do it.
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A Last!!! The Fantastic Four Meet the Hulk! (Table of Contents: 27)

Fantastic Four / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [The Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; The Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; The Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Dick Ayers has confirmed to Nick Caputo that he inked this cover (GCD Error List 2 November 2006).

The Incredible Hulk [Part 1] (Table of Contents: 28)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
X-101
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [The Thing [Ben Grimm]; The Invisible Girl [Sue Storm];The Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Alicia Masters; General Thunderbolt Ross; Captain Nelson (first appearance)
Synopsis
General Ross asks the Fantastic Four "to find and destroy the Hulk". His base was victim of a saboteur and Hulk is the only suspect.
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Part 2 Mission: Stop the Hulk! (Table of Contents: 29)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; the Hulk [Bruce Banner]; General Thunderbolt Ross; Rick Jones; Doctor Karl Kort (introduction)
Synopsis
The Fantastic Four goes to a briefing at the base in New Mexico. There, they meet Bruce Banner and his assistant, Karl Kort, to discuss how to stop the Hulk.
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Part 3 Who Is the Wrecker? (Table of Contents: 30)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]]; the Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Genral Thunderbolt Ross; Rick Jones; Karl Kort
Synopsis
Rick Jones identifies Karl Kort as the saboteur.
Reprints

Part 4 The Hulk at Last! (Table of Contents: 31)

Fantastic Four / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Dick Ayers
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Fantastic Four [the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; the Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; the Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Karl Kort; Rick Jones; General Thunderbolt Ross
Synopsis
Karl Kort brings Rick in caves where Hulk and the Fantastic Four are searching for him.
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The Metal Master! (Table of Contents: 32)

Hulk / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Metal Master [Molyb]
Reprints

The Incredible Hulk vs "The Metal Master!" (Table of Contents: 33)

Hulk / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Art Simek

Job Number
X-116
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Metal Master [Molyb] (first appearance); Rick Jones; Betty Ross; General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross; Teen Brigade [Charlie; Willie; Ted] (first appearance)
Synopsis
Finding his transformations more and more difficult using his gamma ray machine, the Hulk with Banner's brain also finds that he has Banner's features when he zaps himself to face the alien invading Metal Master and his head does not transform. The power of the Metal Master is too much for the Hulk and he is captured by Ross. Rick forms the Teen Brigade. Hulk breaks free of Ross's bunker and then pulls off one of the boldest victories against one of the most powerful aliens ever seen.
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Indexer Notes

The Hulk next appearance is in The Avengers #1.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Man or Monster?
    Hulk
  2. 1. Epic Collection
  3. 2. Hulk: Man or Monster?
  4. 3. [Credits and Indicia]
  5. 4. [Table of Contents]
  6. 5. Is He Man or Monster or... Is He Both?
    Hulk
  7. 6. The Hulk, Part 1: "The Coming of the Hulk"
    Hulk
  8. 7. [The Hulk], Part 2: The Hulk Strikes!
    Hulk
  9. 8. [The Hulk], Part 3: The Search for the Hulk
    Hulk
  10. 9. The Hulk, Part 4: "Enter...the Gargoyle!"
    Hulk
  11. 10. [The Hulk], Part 5: The Hulk Triumphant!
    Hulk
  12. 11. The Terror of the Toad Men!
    Hulk
  13. 12. "The Terror of the Toad Men", Part 1: "Enter...the Toad Men"
    Hulk
  14. 13. [The Terror of the Toad Men], Part 2: Prisoners of the Toad Men!
    Hulk
  15. 14. [The Terror of the Toad Men], Part 3: "Bruce Banner, Wanted for Treason!"
    Hulk
  16. 15. [The Terror of the Toad Men], Part 4: Hulk "Runs Amok!"
    Hulk
  17. 16. [The Terror of the Toad Men], Part 5: The End of the Hulk?
    Hulk
  18. 17. ["I can't control him anymore! The Hulk has gone berserk!"]
    Hulk
  19. 18. Banished to Outer Space
    Hulk
  20. 19. The Origin of the Hulk!
    Hulk
  21. 20. The Ringmaster
    Hulk
  22. 21. The Monster and the Machine! / Mongu!! Gladiator from Space!
    Hulk
  23. 22. The Monster and the Machine!
    Hulk
  24. 23. The Gladiator from Outer Space!
    Hulk
  25. 24. Beauty and the Beast!
    Hulk
  26. 25. Beauty and the Beast!
    Hulk
  27. 26. The Hordes of General Fang!
    Hulk
  28. 27. A Last!!! The Fantastic Four Meet the Hulk!
    Fantastic Four
  29. 28. The Incredible Hulk [Part 1]
    Fantastic Four
  30. 29. Part 2 Mission: Stop the Hulk!
    Fantastic Four
  31. 30. Part 3 Who Is the Wrecker?
    Fantastic Four
  32. 31. Part 4 The Hulk at Last!
    Fantastic Four
  33. 32. The Metal Master!
    Hulk
  34. 33. The Incredible Hulk vs "The Metal Master!"
    Hulk
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