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1625: Incredible Hulk #160 (v1)

" Nightmare in Niagara Falls! "
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Incredible Hulk #160 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Steve Englehart
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Sal Trapani
Colourists: Clara Bear
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: February 1973
Release Date: October 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 263                 Times Rated: 169
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Warlock #4 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #159 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #160 (v1)
Night Nurse #2
Thor #209 (v1)
1623: Warlock
#4 (v1)
1624: Incredible ...
#159 (v1)
1626: Night Nurse
1627: Thor
#209 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
The Hulk has learned of Betty's marriage to Major Talbot and has set off in a rage to find them. Meanwhile, a most unexpected foe lies in wait.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #159 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Fantastic Four #133 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Glenn Talbot
Glenn Talbot last appeared in Incredible Hulk #158 (v1). Glenn Talbot next appears in Incredible Hulk #162 (v1).
  Betty Talbot
Betty Talbot last appeared in Incredible Hulk #158 (v1). Betty Talbot next appears in Incredible Hulk #162 (v1).
  Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #159 (v1). Thunderbolt Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #161 (v1).
  The Rhino
The Rhino last appeared in Incredible Hulk #159 (v1). The Rhino next appears in Incredible Hulk #171 (v1).
  Spad McCracken
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Spad McCracken in the mainstream continuity. Spad McCracken next appears in Incredible Hulk #223 (v1).
  Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark last appeared in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1). Tiger Shark next appears in Marvel Team-Up #14 (v1).
Group Appearances
United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces last appeared in Incredible Hulk #159 (v1). United States Armed Forces next appears in Fantastic Four #139 (v1).
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Issue Review
   October 11, 2013
Englehart hits his stride (somewhat) with an issue that is much better than the series has seen in a while. Certain elements are (still) absurd, but it holds together very well and it is an enjoyable (rather than disappointing) read.

Hulk wants to get to Niagara Falls (having been told that Betty is there). Once he reverts back to Banner, Bruce also wants to head to Niagara Falls. Idiot. Anyway, he finds travelers cheques in his pocket. Really!? After all that he's been through while wearing those pants. Hmmm.

Anyway, we get to watch him secure a flight to find Betty only to get all annoyed as he gets close and transform. Once he arrives at the Falls, he is attacked by Tiger Shark who thinks that he is there to find him. Another idiot.

Their fight (and the efforts of newly married Glenn Talbot to get Betty away) make for entertaining. I love the bit where Hulk puts an end to Tiger Shark. Cool. 6/10
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-10-11 10:27:33  
  Tiger Shark's appearance at Niagara Falls is a bit too convenient, but the action and characterization is quite good in this one!  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-13 17:42:48  
  Tiger Shark makes a good run at the Hulk. Sometimes it's good to see different villains pop up to battle Banner.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-02-20 07:48:26  
  Eric Larsen is the modern day Herb Trimpe. This could be a Savage Dragon comic! Clearly Eric was heavily influenced by this. This story is leaps and bounds beyond all the other titles. Nevermind the ridiculous continuity faux pas's. Hulk didn't need to breathe when in space recently & now a few minutes underwater is too much? Poppycock! Nevermind that, the soap opera is compelling enough. If anything, this book piqued my interest in Tiger Shark's origin story. (3)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-03-14 21:35:34  
  Really despise the new way Talbot is drawn.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-05-19 20:51:24  
  Didn't Tiger-Shark require salt-water or he's weaken and die? Regardless, choosing to hide in one of the tourism capitals of the world is just silly. Seeing Hulk smash him against the rocks was awesome though.  

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-07-23 22:17:44  
  This is quite possibly the best written Hulk issue yet. I'm still not a huge fan of the green guy, but a few more issues handled this well and I might reconsider.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-07-18 20:31:59  
  It speaks volumes for Namor as a badass when Tiger Shark hides in a cave for months just to hide from him after killing his father.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-01-20 22:53:27  
  3 stars. Niagara Falls...slowly Hulk turned...step by step...inch by inch...!!!

Cover Me - I like how Trimpe & Trapani signed their names!!

Camo - p2,p1 mentions tiny cars, but with the coloring, they just look like part of the trees!!

?Question? - Would Banner know that Betty married Talbot??

Threads - Well, that purple suit wont last long...

Unfit For Command - That's nice of Ross to let the Abomination wander off like that...

Amigo - Yes! More Spad McCraken appearances in the future!!!

Retreat - I'm pretty sure Talbot crapped his pants!!!

Threshold - Eww, Talbot and Betty have been illicit together!!!

'Nuff Said - "But Tiger Shark's not for grabbing!"-Testy Tiger Shark

  edrlima Says:    
  2017-01-22 15:58:46  
Jim told Banner about Talbot and Betty marriage in Hulk #157

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-29 15:41:57  
  - "Hulk Comes!" True gentleman always give warning

- Spad McCraken Spad McCraken Spad McCraken

- Poor Spad McCraken finding Hulk in his back seat, made me laugh

- Betty likes feeling illicit. Also, judging by her acquiescence to Talbot's borderline violent insistence she would love a good Dom.

- I don't feel like Tiger Shark is a good fit as Hulk's Moriarity

- @Locust75 Niagra Falls! Forgot about that routine!

- Now Playing "Niagra" The Wedding Present


  Russ Says:    
  2017-05-27 00:14:44  
  Tiger Shark actually isn't a bad opponent for the Hulk; he's fast and wiry even out of water. It's like fighting Namor, except he has teeth. He isn't great as a regular opponent, but it worked well here.

So the general and Talbot are going to keep the Hulk's existence away from Betty? Good luck with that! Taking her on a drive is nice and all that, but they'd also have to keep her away from TV, radio, newspapers, the Internet; can you imagine the two of them trying to get Betty's smartphone from her? "But Glenn, I want to know how the Mets did last night!" "They won again, Betty; trust me on this." I'm looking forward to the realization once she finds out; no, it's not a spoiler, it's simply inevitable.

And speaking of which, Betty feels illicit? Did we just learn a side of Betty we couldn't have possibly imagined? Let's not tell the father of the bride!

3 stars. Nice little arc going here. But I can't wait until Betty finds out!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-06-07 08:45:49  
  Hulk likes pretty. Best line in a Hulk story so far.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-02-22 11:15:45  
  I laughed at the sequence in the plane. Spad McCraken is an example of comic relief done well.

Good issue overall.

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-03-11 19:17:20  
  The Marvel Cinematic Universe needs a Spads McCraken movie: "The Adventures of Spad McCraken Across the Hulk Dimension"  

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