What If? #23 [Direct]
(October 1980)

Marvel, 1977 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.75 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [various positions]
Editing
Denny O'Neil (credited) (editor); Mark Gruenwald (credited) (editor); Jim Shooter (credited) (editor-in-chief)

Issue Notes

What If the Hulk Had Become a Barbarian? (Table of Contents)

The Hulk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Buscema (signed as JB)
Inks
Al Milgrom (signed as AM)
Colors
?
Letters
Rick Parker ?; typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]
Reprints

What If...Hulk's Girlfriend Jarella Had Not Died? (Table of Contents: 1)

The Hulk; What If / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Peter Gillis (credited)
Pencils
Herb Trimpe (credited)
Inks
Mike Esposito (credited)
Colors
Carl Gafford (credited as Gaff)
Letters
Tom Orzechowski (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I am the Watcher! And it has been my solemn duty...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Watcher [Uatu]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Queen Jarella Banner; Clay Quartermain; Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross; Glen Talbot; Hank Pym [Ant-Man]; Lord Visis; Crypto-Man; Torla; Holi; Moli; Cnerla; Hrond; Ythaer; Vidias; Glunno; Psyklop (flashback)
Synopsis
Jarella lives and the Hulk goes to live in her world.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Based on The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1968 series) #203.

The First Celestial Host! (Table of Contents: 2)

Untold Tales of the Marvel Universe! / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Mark Gruenwald (credited)
Pencils
Ron Wilson (credited) (breakdowns ?); Chic Stone ? (finished art ?)
Inks
Chic Stone (credited)
Colors
Carl Gafford (credited as Gaff)
Letters
Michael Higgins (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I am the Watcher. In times past I have shared with you...
Feature Logo
Untold Tales of the Marvel Universe!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Watcher [Uatu]; Celestials [Gammenon the Gatherer; Ziran the Tester; Nezzar the Calculator; Oneg the Prober; Hargen the Measurer; Tefral the Surveyor; Eson the Searcher; Tiamut the Communicator]; Deviants (origin); Eternals (origin)
Synopsis
The story of the Celestials' first visit to Earth.
Reprints

What If Aunt May Instead of Her Nephew Peter Had Been Bitten by That Radioactive Spider? (Table of Contents: 3)

Spider-Man; What If / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Skeates (credited)
Pencils
Alan Kupperberg (credited)
Inks
Alan Kupperberg (credited)
Colors
Alan Kupperberg (credited)
Letters
Alan Kupperberg (credited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I sure hope Peter has a good time...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Spider-Lady [May Parker]; Peter Parker; Ben Parker; Leap Frog [Vincent Patilio]; Warren Savin
Synopsis
Aunt May gets bitten.
Reprints

The Human Torch Saves the Valley! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Hostess Fruit Pies; Human Torch / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Why Not? / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mark Gruenwald (credited)
Letters
typeset

Feature Logo
Why Not?
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Noel Mayeske, Jeffrey Lowndes, Chris Bradley, Deborah L. Rose, Tom Fineran, David Holliday, Cliff, Vicok, Steven Sawnolkin, John B. Lawton, and Steve Billnitzer.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. What If the Hulk Had Become a Barbarian?
    The Hulk
  2. 1. What If...Hulk's Girlfriend Jarella Had Not Died?
    The Hulk; What If
  3. 2. The First Celestial Host!
    Untold Tales of the Marvel Universe!
  4. 3. What If Aunt May Instead of Her Nephew Peter Had Been Bitten by That Radioactive Spider?
    Spider-Man; What If
  5. 4. The Human Torch Saves the Valley!
    Hostess Fruit Pies; Human Torch
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Why Not?
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