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1473: Incredible Hulk #148 (v1)

" But Tomorrow -- The Sun Shall Die! "
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Incredible Hulk #148 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe, John Severin
Writers: Archie Goodwin, Chris Claremont
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: John Severin
Colourists: Mimi Gold
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1972
Release Date: November 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 22
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 310                 Times Rated: 190
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Captain America #147 (v1)
Captain America #148 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #148 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #149 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #150 (v1)
1471: Captain Ame...
#147 (v1)
1472: Captain Ame...
#148 (v1)
1474: Incredible ...
#149 (v1)
1475: Incredible ...
#150 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
The Hulk is captured by the Hulk Buster unit and transported back to base. Dr. Banner's old college roommate believes he has perfected a process to make sure that the Hulk is never revived.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #147b (v1). The Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #149 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Jarella last appeared in Incredible Hulk #140 (v1). Jarella next appears in Incredible Hulk #154 (v1).
  Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #147a (v1). Thunderbolt Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #149 (v1).
  Betty Ross
Betty Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #147a (v1). Betty Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #149 (v1).
  Peter Corbeau
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Peter Corbeau in the mainstream continuity. Peter Corbeau next appears in Avengers #103 (v1).
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Captain America #148 (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Captain America #149 (v1).
  Dum Dum Dugan
Cameo Appearance
Dum Dum Dugan last appeared in Captain America #145 (v1). Dum Dum Dugan next appears in Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1). This is a cameo appearance.
  Glenn Talbot
Glenn Talbot last appeared in Incredible Hulk #147a (v1). Glenn Talbot next appears in Incredible Hulk #149 (v1).
Torla last appeared in Incredible Hulk #140 (v1). Torla next appears in Incredible Hulk #156 (v1).
Holi last appeared in Incredible Hulk #140 (v1). Holi next appears in Incredible Hulk #156 (v1).
Moli last appeared in Incredible Hulk #140 (v1). Moli next appears in Incredible Hulk #156 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Fialan in the mainstream continuity. Fialan next appears in Incredible Hulk Annual 2001 #1a. He dies in this issue.
Visis last appeared in Incredible Hulk #140 (v1). Visis next appears in Incredible Hulk #156 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Hulkbusters
This is the first appearance by The Hulkbusters in the mainstream continuity. The Hulkbusters next appears in Incredible Hulk #149 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Life Model Decoys
Life Model Decoys last appeared in Captain America #144 (v1). Life Model Decoys next appears in Incredible Hulk #152 (v1).
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Issue Notes

Issue Notes

This is the first issue worked on by long time X-Men writer Chris Claremont, who is credited with plotting assistant on this issue.
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Issue Review
   November 27, 2016
Yet another story where Banner is cured.
But, despite reusing the same idea as earlier tales, this is actually a very enjoyable story. It brings back a great love interest for Hulk/Banner and creates a crisis that threatens the world.
A crisis that - it must be said - makes no sense whatsoever but one which is extremely well told (name-dropping every well known big brain in the Marvel Universe, as you would expect with a global crisis).
   May 20, 2013
Iím going to start with the low points of this issue. First, I want to point out, that changing Jarellaís size should have had no effect on the sun as mass can be neither created nor destroyed, simply transformed. 60ís physics, whatever. The only other low point I noticed, is that this and Captain America seemed to similarly parallel with seeming loss of a loved one.

Now on to the many accolades of this issue, while it did parallel Captain America, to see the Hulk kill the enemy so forthrightly was profound. P-R-O-F-O-U-N-D, we have not seen such direct murder from any hero up to this point in the order, and it was incredible to see the transformation. Secondly, this issue was different because even though Bannerís life is marked by loss because of his inability to be close to Betty as the Hulk, he has found acceptance of the Hulk. There was no misunderstanding that led to the Hulk feeling betrayed, no actual betrayal. There is love between him and Jarella and this was painful to watch their parting. A highly emotional issue, which was hard for the early years of the Order to portray outside of Spider-Man. I truly loved this issue, 5 out of 5 stars!!!!
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-09-10 03:00:47  
  Scientifically speaking, this one made no sense on so many levels...  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-10-31 07:39:47  
  Herb Trimpe is not the best illustrator in the Order at this point, but I think he is the best visual storyteller.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-09 09:29:57  
  I would love to watch Congress argue the Budget for combatting the Hulk.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2014-11-25 05:39:52  
  I love Trimpe art. Some of Sevrin's work makes me feel like this book was from the mid60s. This isn't the greatest artwork, but it speaks to me. This is an excellent story. We do get romance too like many Marvel books of this time. The script is the weakest part, but this story saves the day. I loved this book. (4)

  cotter2 @ leisch (original post):    
  2015-01-13 17:15:40  
  Right, also General Ross's obsession with the Hulk (to the point of putting soldiers at risk) would probably get him relieved of command in real life.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-15 11:45:18  
  While I liked it, I couldn't get past the science fail that jfpj mentioned in the blurb above. That bothered me since nothing happened on Earth when Hulk shrunk to their size in the earlier Hulk issues.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-03-30 18:03:13  
  Oh, I'm sure that the Hulk wont be able to escape that base, and the world will not have to fear him ever again. But why is he so small in that last panel?  

  Robareid Says:    
  2015-08-10 13:40:32  
  From the "science" being spewn in this issue pal, I think your high school physics instructor didn't quite get his point across to you.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-04-10 09:11:04  
  I spit on the fact that Jarella emerged at the exact place Bruce just happened to be at the time.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-06-12 17:47:45  
  3 stars for the return of Jarella the girl from the emerald atom!!!

Credit Due - Another early credit for an young Chris Claremont!!

Starcore One - Nice 1st app of Peter Corbeau! Also, I'm surprised Betty didn't fall for him!!!

Top Gun - Nice scene of the jets buzzing the Hulk, and the use of the rocket darts!!

Object - Hmmm...in Torla's retreat it looks like a Ditko sculpture in the background!!! (p7,p4)

Wardrobe Malfunction - There are a couple of panels where the colorist couldn't tell where Jarella's outfit began or ended!!

Urine Therapy - Watch out Hulk! That could be a golden shower raining down on you!!!

Mumbo Jumbo - Yeah, I agree with others above. I don't see how some magic spells from the Microverse can effect the Sun when it is being used to cure gamma radiation??!!

Brain Power - Fialan looks like the lovechild of the Leader and Brainiac!!!

Level Clearance - Shouldn't Gen. Ross know about LMD's???

Sun Faded - It looks like a side effect of curing Banner is his hair changing color!! (p16,p5)

'Nuff Said - "Touch her and see how fast the Hulk can smash!"-Rampaging Hulk

  edrlima Says:    
  2016-12-14 18:51:38  
  I would expect Betty asking about Jarella and some kind of jealous but coincidentally Betty dissappear and they never met each other  

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2017-02-17 08:51:25  
  Excited to see both Claremont and Peter Corbeau on this book! Makes me eager to get to the X-Men revamp. (still a ways off, I know)

Hulk killing the assassin was pretty brutal. Have we seen him kill like that before?

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-03-26 08:29:04  
  I think that's the smartest the army have ever been in combating the Hulk. Knock Hulk over, then fire at him with a machine gun that fires tranquilizers that's mounted on a plane.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-04-03 18:53:23  
  Science fails aside (and I'll get to that in a minute), I enjoyed this story. I was waiting to see Jarella again and was pretty ecstatic that it was so soon. And yeah, Betty did disappear pretty fast once Jarella showed up, didn't she? Guess there was no room in this issue for a cat-fight, but still, Bruce does have a lot of explaining to do.

Now, most of you have figured out that in several (but not all) situations, I try to put a plausible explanation to some of the silliest non-sensical incidents in these stories. As far as the spell, the energy drain-off, and the sun goes, everyone thinks that Torla's spell caused that crisis with the sun. Nope, it didn't. I think there's a bird-like creature up there, waiting for a certain red-headed telepath that it can merge with and make rise from the ashes. Torla's spell might have even attracted it somehow, for all anyone knows....

3 stars. Liked the first appearance of Peter Corbeau and Starcore One. Who knew the role they'd be playing on the universal stage shortly?

  blueballs9 @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2017-11-26 00:18:21  
  Urine Therapy - Maybe they were thinking of a retcon for the origin story that included jellyfish.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-01-17 06:27:25  
  I think this story would have had a little more punch if they hadn't just done the 'Bruce Banner is cured then voluntarily becomes the Hulk to get/save the girl' just 8 issues ago.

That aside, this was a really good issue. The Jarella stuff is a nice departure from the norm for the Hulk.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-03-21 09:54:12  
  Poor Bruce; he finds a woman who loves him, and is willing to break the immutable laws of physics (in this universe) for him, and he loses her, again.

Why would any of these things cause the sun to supernova? How is Jarella or her microverse linked to the sun?

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Date User Name Update
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Life Model Decoys listing.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   April 14, 2016 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   April 10, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Fialan.
   April 10, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Fialan.
   April 9, 2016 MattzLadd Added Chris Claremont creator listing.
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Moli to the issue.
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Holi to the issue.
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Torla to the issue.
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Visis to the issue.
   August 9, 2015 fragsel Added Fialan to the issue.
   July 8, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   October 31, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Dum Dum Dugan.
   October 31, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Glenn Talbot.
   October 31, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Thunderbolt Ross.
   May 30, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
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