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1053: Incredible Hulk #123 (v1)

" No More the Monster! "
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Incredible Hulk #123 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Herb Trimpe
Colourists: Nelson Yomtov
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: January 1970
Release Date: October 1969
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 321                 Times Rated: 191
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Go to Issue #122 Go to Issue #124
 
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Sub-Mariner #21 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #122 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #123 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #124 (v1)
Tower of Shadows #2a
1051: Sub-Mariner
#21 (v1)
1052: Incredible ...
#122 (v1)
 
1054: Incredible ...
#124 (v1)
1055: Tower of Sh...
#2a
 
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Reed Richards finds a cure for the Banner that allows him to change at will and retain his own mind. Bruce spends some much needed time with Betty until an urgent call from Thunderbolt Ross brings Banner, and the Hulk, back into the military fold.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Hulk
Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #124 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Betty Ross
Betty Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). Betty Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #124 (v1).
     
  Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). Thunderbolt Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #124 (v1).
     
  Glenn Talbot
Glenn Talbot last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). Glenn Talbot next appears in Incredible Hulk #124 (v1).
     
  Crystal
Crystal last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). Crystal next appears in X-Men #65 (v1).
     
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in X-Men #65 (v1).
     
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Fantastic Four #94 (v1).
     
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in X-Men #65 (v1).
     
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). The Thing next appears in X-Men #65 (v1).
     
Villains
  Leader
Leader last appeared in Incredible Hulk #117 (v1). Leader next appears in Incredible Hulk #124 (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster IV)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in X-Men #65 (v1).
   
     
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RikerDonegal
   November 14, 2016
Fast-paced and story-filled.
We open with Banner being cured of the Hulk, for good. From now one, we are told, he can change at will and stay in control. An interesting tweak on the formula of the series. If they keep it.
It seems foolish when our hero immediately forgoes further testing, and opts to rush off to a life of bliss with Betty Ross.
By the mid-point of the story, the Hulk's longtime nemesis is seeking him out. Not to fight. But for help.
In a world with the Avengers and the Fantastic Four (earlier in this very issue!) it seems far-fetched that Ross would ask the Hulk to perform sentry duty like this. But in a rapid-paced tale like this, there's no time to ponder because the convoy he's guarding is soon under attack and Banner must go into action as the Hulk.
It's definitely fun to see such a different type of story in the series, but it moves too fast and strains credulity once or twice.

7/10
 
 
 
 
bastos
   February 24, 2014
I make no secret that I never really liked the Hulk. WHAT? That seems to be news, most certainly. You don't like the Hulk? Really? And this change in Banner and the Hulk - I WISH that the writing kept it around - and I know that it won't. So strange that it's one of the key differences to the future - gray, red, whatever Hulks that make such a big change and difference in everything that makes the book successful.

Is this story simplistic? Disgustingly so. But I just wished so much for Bruce to make these changes - and can't QUITE get over the wish that they'd learn this - WAY back then, right? Alas, it won't happen - but enjoy it here.
 
 
 
 
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-29 11:27:22  
  Finally, they are trying new things with the Hulk. And with it, stories are becoming more interesting... About time.  
 
 

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-07-29 12:15:58  
  Finally, they are trying new things with the Hulk. And with it, stories are becoming more interesting... About time.  
 
 

  Xythe Says:    
  2012-09-06 07:31:21  
  Wow, they resisted the urge to have everything back to normal by the end of the issue, colour me impressed.  
 
 

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-16 02:39:52  
  Excellent Trimpe art looks like modern Frank; the story is very good, new era for the '70s...one can hope...(4)  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-21 14:25:28  
  Hasn't the Army noticed how Stiltman is easily defeated every time he shows up? Why would they build the tripod?  
 
 

  FearThePaw Says:    
  2014-02-11 08:58:47  
  Betty Ross is the early version of overly attached girlfriend.  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-10-01 22:38:26  
  PAW at least Betty had something to do this issue other than say "But if you kill the Hulk, you'll murder the man I love!"  
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-27 21:01:24  
  Awesome! I like this little change of direction. It will make things a little more interesting now.  
 
 

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-11-16 06:38:23  
  Ross pulled a 180 on his Hulk hate a little too easily, but other than that a good issue.  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-16 12:37:45  
  I like this version of the Hulk, but lets see how long they stick with it.

Marvel stays goofy with their "next issue" tags.
 
 
 

  alendor Says:    
  2015-05-31 15:40:26  
  I like the new developments for Hulk in this issue and the art was fine. Seems to be a real Hulk-classic... depending on how significant and lasting the new developments are.  
 
 

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2015-06-07 09:33:54  
  I admit, I did chuckle at the 'It does!' next issue plug.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-09-20 14:04:52  
  3 stars for Banner confronting his inner demons!!!

Breakdown - So, did Reed just create a transporter device to help Banner with?? Also, it has a fishbowl just like the Watcher's Ultimate Machine that the Leader tried to use!!

Rocky - Also, why not try out the machine on the Thing??

Frisky - Watch out world, Banner's not wearing purple pants!!! (p6,p2)

Splash - It took a full page to fit the Leader's head!!!

'Nuff Said - "Must flee...till I can plot a mutate's vengeance!"-Leader
 
 
 

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-09-20 08:07:14  
  How did Thunderbolt Ross get "Banner is in control of the Hulk" from "Banner is cured"? Seems a bit of a leap.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-12-05 13:09:40  
  Do you have anger management issues? Ever turn into a big green rage monster beyond your control? See your doctor and ask about Gammacin. Gammacin in one big dose can cure you of your monster transformations. However, Gammacin is not right for everybody. Side effects include turning into a big green scientist. Drug interactions with gas can revert you into a big green rage monster. Tell your doctor about any other side effects you experience, assuming you haven't killed him in a fit of rage.

Gammacin. Because it's not easy being green. 4 stars.
 
 
 

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-05-31 12:26:12  
  Oh, look: the cure isn't complete. Who would have guessed? Why does the Leader think stealing a human invention will make him unstoppable. Humans keep multiple copies of design plans. Also, to quote contact: "The first rule of government spending: why build one, when you can build two at twice the price?"  
 
 

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-09-13 11:11:06  
  You know, Ross, you could have asked the FF, or the Avengers, or SHIELD to help you guard that tripod. Any of them would do *at least* as good a job as Banner/Hulk.

I think you're just mad your white whale was taken away, Ahab.
 
 
 

 
 
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Updates
Date User Name Update
   March 16, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Fantastic Four.
   January 2, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for The Human Torch.
   January 2, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for The Invisible Girl.
   January 2, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Mr. Fantastic.
   January 2, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for The Thing.
   January 2, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Crystal.
     
 
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