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2042: Incredible Hulk #182 (v1)

" Between Hammer and Anvil! "
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Incredible Hulk #182 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Len Wein
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Herb Trimpe
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: December 1974
Release Date: September 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 17
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 247                 Times Rated: 150
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Incredible Hulk #180 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #181 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #182 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #183 (v1)
Sub-Mariner #72 (v1)
2040: Incredible ...
#180 (v1)
2041: Incredible ...
#181 (v1)
2043: Incredible ...
#183 (v1)
2044: Sub-Mariner
#72 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
What happens when you take and unstoppable force and an immovable object, chain them together and stick the Hulk in between? Find out when the Jade Giant faces of with Hammer and Anvil!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #181 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #183 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  John Armbruster
John Armbruster last appeared in Incredible Hulk #180 (v1). John Armbruster next appears in Incredible Hulk #183 (v1).
Wolverine last appeared in Incredible Hulk #181 (v1). Wolverine next appears in Giant-Size X-Men #1.
  Crackajack Jackson
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Crackajack Jackson in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Chleee in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Anvil in the mainstream continuity. Anvil next appears in Marvel Team-Up #86 (v1).
  Hammer (Leroy Jackson)
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Hammer (Leroy Jackson) in the mainstream continuity. Hammer (Leroy Jackson) next appears in Marvel Team-Up #86 (v1).
Group Appearances
Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Armed Forces last appeared in Incredible Hulk #181 (v1). Canadian Armed Forces next appears in Giant-Size X-Men #1.
This is the first appearance by Glx in the mainstream continuity. Glx next appears in Avengers Spotlight #24b.
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Issue Review
   March 31, 2016
Otherwise ordinary action tale is lifted by the Hulk's friendship with an old man, who teaches him to write. Sad ending. All the coincidences, particularly the alien who just appears out of nowhere and gives the bad guys their powers, are what stop me from enjoying the issue more. 7/10
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-12-12 13:56:02  
  A random alien visitation is always a sign for a poor issue!  

  JWC Says:    
  2013-01-11 20:25:16  
  Now that's a fun issue. It has an alien, it has odd-couple villians, it has action, it has heart, it has Wolverine (briefly), and the Hulk learns how to spell. You can't ask for much more than that.  

  john54542 Says:    
  2013-01-29 23:12:31  
  This was a good issue but a bit depressing at the end. Hulk learning to spell and then using that knowledge was powerful.  

  Canuck Says:    
  2013-03-10 19:39:18  
  I find it interesting to see the writers trying to write Canadian. I wonder if they just assumed, that everyone here uses British words and measurements.  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-05-01 05:41:58  
  The alien was really annoying in this, but I liked everything else.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-08-12 17:37:20  
  The alien was useless, the villains uninteresting, but the friendship and the emotionally filled ending redeemed this issue.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-25 19:08:17  
  Damn good story. Crackajack would have made a great regular. And I want the Hulk on beans in his next movie.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-10-07 19:58:40  
  Crackajack was awesome. He had a lot of good dialogue. I liked the traveler's tale format of this issue.  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-03-02 11:58:22  
  Strange that the alien came from nowhere to give these convicts their power. Decent story,but the villains were lame. I was more interested in what that alien was all about. Wonder if Hulk will remember how to write.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-16 20:57:34  
  Take away the villains and alien and this is a 4 star story. The ending was perfect.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-10-06 23:38:34  
  Other than the opening captions telling us how racist and hateful the two baddies are, we never really see it. They seem to get along really well.
I guess Crackajack was an okay character, but I was continually cringing due to the minstrel show style speaking he employed. Even in the 70s I've got to think that sounded wrong.

  Vancelot Says:    
  2016-01-30 22:59:54  
  The alien stuff was silly, but the relationship of Hulk and Cracker jack, and the obvious emotion from the Hulk was really well done and heartbreaking.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-08-29 22:17:42  
  The only other time I read a story with Hammer & Anvil was a John Byrne Hulk story in Marvel Fanfare. It was all splash pages which was cool. They met The Scourge which was even better.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-10-29 17:43:18  
  Kind of a sweet little rapport that developed between the Hulk and Crackerjack. Sad that it ended the way it did, but that means we get these reminders that the Hulk isn't always all anger and rage; he can grow attachments to people and feels the loss when something happens to them. It's an oft-overlooked trait.

So the Hulk likes beans, eh? He's probably figuring that eating enough of them will enable him to respond to these puny humans with a gas attack of his own!

And the brief time we see Wolverine here seems to have him a bit out of character. Instead of pleading with his bosses about his failure, I thought he'd be more "So I let him go. You pick up the pieces, I'm goin' to the bar; screw you!" But that's ok; at risk of giving up a spoiler, I think he quits his job in his next appearance.

3 stars. A 2-star story gets an extra star for the poignant ending. Hammer and Anvil are meh villains and the alien that gave them their powers didn't stick around for any length of time to make his existence worthwhile.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-12-25 01:58:47  
  What everyone else said - eh villains but a great relationship between Hulk and Crackajack.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2018-01-03 22:12:03  
  Mongo likes beans!

Actually, I kinda wish this had been a crap issue instead of a sad one.

Three stars.

  youngnastyman88 Says:    
  2018-02-04 20:43:02  
  Such a weird and odd issue. Crackajack and Hulk's relationship really reminded me of Frankenstein's Monster and the old man. Like what others said, this could have been bad but the heart saved it.  

  mrdollar11 Says:    
  2018-02-05 13:40:51  
  This is the best Hulk story iíve read in a while. It was so cute and sad. 5 stars dude.  

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Date User Name Update
   February 12, 2018 TStarnes
   February 12, 2018 TStarnes
   July 28, 2015 fragsel Added Chleee to the issue.
   July 28, 2015 fragsel Added Glx to the issue.
   July 28, 2015 fragsel Added Crackajack Jackson to the issue.
   August 6, 2014 fragsel Added Canadian Armed Forces to the issue.
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