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10: Incredible Hulk #2 (v1)

" The Terror of the Toad Men! "
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Incredible Hulk #2 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1962
Release Date: May 1962
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Pages: 24
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,907                 Times Rated: 979
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The Toad Men wish to invade Earth but first must capture the Earth's most intelligent mind in order to determine Earth's weaknesses. Little do they realize that by capturing Bruce Banner they also captured the Incredible Hulk!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #1 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #3 (v1).
  Rick Jones
Rick Jones last appeared in Incredible Hulk #1 (v1). Rick Jones next appears in Incredible Hulk #3 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Betty Ross
Betty Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #1 (v1). Betty Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #4a (v1).
  Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #1 (v1). Thunderbolt Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #3 (v1).
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Toad Men
This is the first appearance by Toad Men in the mainstream continuity. Toad Men next appears in Incredible Hulk #190 (v1).
United States Military
United States Military last appeared in Incredible Hulk #1 (v1). United States Military next appears in Journey into Mystery #83 (v1).
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Issue Notes

Issue Notes

The story is split into 5 chapters:

Enter... The Toad Men
Prisoners of the Toad Men!
Bruce Banner, Wanted for Treason!
Hulk Runs Amok!
The End of the Hulk?
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Issue Review
   October 17, 2017

3 stars. Average issue, which is a big drop in quality over the first Hulk. Classic alien invasion story, nothing special. Beginning of Stan's obsession with magnets.
   October 4, 2017
Fun. But a definite drop in quality from the first issue.

There’s a heck of a lot of silly stuff here. More than most of the 1960s comics I’ve read. The script keeps piling it on, for page after page. And the more absurd it gets, the less entertained you are.

Also, for the second time in a row, it is Banner and not the Hulk who saves the day. He used some fake ‘science’ stuff to drive the aliens away. Mindbogglingly dumb. But, then, the aliens and their invasion plan was dumb to begin with, so this was an apt defeat.

   March 10, 2016
I never minded the Toad Men... actually they should of appeared a lot more in the series.
   October 24, 2012
I hope everyone is ready for some hate, cause for this issue I have very little of anything else. Although many have problems with the “space-men” type stories, I am not holding that against the issue. The general premius of little green men and their visits to earth can be, and have been, done very well. Not just comics, but movies, books, you name it. While not original, this plot is a fairly good place to build a story off of, if you do it right.

This issue however doesn’t do it... (continued)
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Issue Synopsis
The issue opens with the Hulk emerging from a swamp and being spotted by troopers who run to warn the nearest town of his presence. The police attempt to subdue the Hulk who easily overpowers them. Rick Jones shows up to calm the Hulk enough to lead him away from the town while we are treated to flashback of how Dr. Banner became the Hulk.

The Toad Men are then shown advancing towards Earth using a magnetic source far beyond what the Earth is capable of. The Toad Men then use a magnetic grappler to land on Earth and track down the smartest man on the planet so that they can know what technologies the planet has to defend itself from invaders.

Bruce Banner and Rick Jones are now on their way to a secret hideout where Bruce has set up a chamber, with 10-feet thick concrete walls that extends slightly under a lake, in order to hold the Hulk during his night-time transformations. Before Dr. Banner can get into the chamber, the Toad Men shoot both Banner and Rick with a magnetic gun to immobilize them and transport them back to their ship.

The Toad Men then tell their prisoners what they are after and tell them what would happen if they don't, such as making cities float off into space, draining the oceans, or making the people unable to move. Rick Jones mouths off and since he wasn't the one they wanted sent him back to Earth. The ship then orbits to the dark side of the Earth, making Banner transform into the Hulk.

With the Toad Men unaware of Banner's ability, they are caught off guard when the Hulk escapes his confinement and taking one of the guards’ magnetic weapons locking them into a room. With the ship now under the Hulks control, he decides that he will use it to wipe out mankind. The ship is picked up on radar and General Ross order the ship shot down, which they are able to accomplish.

When the troops approach the ship, the only person they find is Banner who is taken into custody being labeled a traitor. The Toad Men use their magnetic weapons to escape underground away from the wreckage and send an invasion signal for the remainder of their fleet. The Toad King then jams all broadcasts around the world to send a message that they are planning to cause the moon to collide with the Earth, destroying it.

As night falls onto the cell holding Bruce Banner, he transforms in the Hulk, breaking out of the cell and destroys everything in his path towards General Ross' house since he blames him for imprisoning him. The General has troops surround the house and attempts to storm in to take the Hulk. They rush the Hulk and attempt to tackle him, but he throws them off.

The Hulk takes Betty hostage, escaping into the darkness towards his secret lab with Rick following close behind. Rick confronts the Hulk so that he doesn't hurt Betty as the moon gets ever closer; causing an earthquake that knocks the Hulk out until the morning when Bruce regains control. Bruce and Rick make their way to a Gamma Ray Gun so that they can reverse the attraction of their magnetic rays.

Bruce fires the gun just as the soldiers break in and are held back by Rick spraying them with a powerful fire hose. Since Bruce was able to save the world, the charges against him are dropped and he heads back to his secret lab with Rick, where the Hulk tries his best to break out of his temporary cell.
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-16 01:21:01  
  And the award for "Most Uses of the word 'Magnetic' in one issue goes to....."

Also: Kirby made Hulk look very Frankensteinesque in this issue. It's a good thing that gamma rays reverse magnetic polarity.

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-04-18 23:12:56  
  It's unfortunate that the Hulk originally didn't succeed, but reading these early issues the reason is obvious. Poor writing, incoherent story lines and just some really bad moments.  

  Psikonetic Says:    
  2012-06-16 00:31:12  
  Most people already said it, but I'll add my hat to the pile. The Hulk had issues out of the gate in terms of direction and this shows it. By Issue 2, there are many inconsistencies with the first, a real sense that even Marvel didn't know what to do with the character, and even more over the top "pseudo-science" and alien invasion garbage than other Silver Age tales. Hulk needs better direction and we'll see if he gets it next time he shows up in the Order.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-22 22:40:15  
  This issue was a step down from the previous Hulk installment. The strong points of issue one were downgraded here, also the terrible science is distracting. The poor quality of this issue makes you question even trivial things like, "When does Rick ever have time to sleep?" I don't remember much about the remaining four issues from when I read them a while back, but I don't doubt that they are just as bad as this one seeing as the series initially fails.  

  aramina Says:    
  2012-06-25 12:28:06  
  Maybe it's because I've been reading them in order, but compared to the Fantastic Four comics; where atomic bombs go off with no side-effects and the FF themselves casually destroy stuff all the time with no repurcussions, I found the "science" in this much better in comparison.  

  Dinak Says:    
  2012-07-17 21:47:35  
  Toad men? With incalculable power? Gamma rays send them spinning out of control forever? Groan. I have to agree with the others... it's obvious why this failed.  

  Borealis Says:    
  2012-09-08 23:35:29  
  Yeah...this one isn't exactly on the Essentials list, is it? My son hasn't read this one yet, but I hopped ahead just a wee bit to keep moving. I don't know if he'll even read this one; he's more interested in the Fantastic Four. Easily the weakest issue in the order so far.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-13 10:22:42  
  I can't entirely hate the Toad Men since I love old time sci fi. Pretty decent.  

  Borealis Says:    
  2012-09-15 22:32:26  
  Well, my son finally got to read this one with me. He enjoyed it, but the Hulk is confusing him; is he a hero, or a bad guy? And that makes two issues in a row where Dr. Banner and not the Hulk saves the day. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of being a superhero in the first place?  

  gonzo Says:    
  2012-09-20 15:56:02  
  You would think that someone who leads an all powerful race like the Toad Men could afford to get himself a pair of pants.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-14 17:48:44  
  Ugh. This is the first issue that I HATED in The Order. The Toad Men are pretty much the opposite of what I think a good Hulk villain should be. Plus, MAGNETISM ISN'T F@#$ING MAGIC, STAN!!  

  allenryals Says:    
  2013-01-11 17:32:53  
  Ugh. Toad men. They say that Bruce is the smartest human on the planet? Is that just because they haven't fully established the MU yet, cause I'd argue Reed is smarter.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-13 14:45:44  
  Once upon a time i made a comment on this page but it is no longer here. Not sure if i just didn't submit it or what and i can't remember what i said, but it was basically this:

This is a horrible issue. If i was to read the order again from scratch then i would probably just read the Hulk origin and skip the rest of this volume. I wasn't too impressed by any of the Hulk issues, but the origin is pretty important so i would read it again.

  Trebek Says:    
  2013-02-23 17:27:59  
  I already am beginning to wonder if Stan even knows what magnetism is.  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-02 18:30:17  
  the first hulk issue was superb and i loved it. this follow up is one of the worst comics i've ever read. i can't think of any part of it that i thought was any good. apart from perhaps that the hulk is more green! i seems that it was cobbled together in 5 minutes. absolute rubbish i'm afraid. i never want to see it again!  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2013-05-02 13:59:23  
  Quick, to the Gamma Ray Gun!!!! Oh yeah, I totally should have thought of that! I love how the Hulk's side-kick is such a smart-ass. He could be played by Seth Green.  

  FoxyShoxzy Says:    
  2013-06-06 23:14:23  
  The only redeeming quality of this issue is the growing dynamic between Bruce Banner and Rick Jones. Unfortunately, that's still not enough to award the book more than 1 star.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-14 17:23:00  
  An OK story, and I like the look of the Hulk in this one.  

  Garfieldicus Says:    
  2013-07-23 23:31:13  
  Magnetism: you keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.  

  TheGrandIgloo Says:    
  2013-08-13 16:42:05  
  Magnets, how do they work?  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-08-25 23:45:28  
  Ok, this was a little tough for me to enjoy. I managed to get through it. 2 Hulk comics down, I just hope they don't get any worse then the Toad Men.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-09-23 08:30:56  
  Not a very good second issue IMO. It establishes a little bit of characterization between Bruce and Rick, but I didn't find it very enjoyable. What I don't understand is why General Ross thinks Bruce is a traitor just because he was in a space ship. I know Ross doesn't like Bruce, but does he really think Bruce would build a space ship just to commit treason? That seems like a far fetched conclusion for Ross to make. And I'm no expert on alien logic, but I don't think people from outer space, that just happen to resemble earth toads, would call themselves Toad Men.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-05 14:14:09  
  I love how the Hulk is able break through the hull of the alien ship without an issue, but he is forever stopped by a wall of concrete.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2013-11-23 21:04:09  
  Ah, the Terrible Toad King and his Toadies! Funny the Skrulls came out about the same time, and had a weak 1st appearance also. Although they went on to become a true alien threat. While the Toads just...well croaked...

It's Not Easy Being Green - I like Ditko inking the Hulk. It gives him that sinister look that fits his personality in these early issues.

You Are Here - Are there any swamps in a desert???

Symbolism - I like that the Toad Men spaceships are shaped just like toad heads.

Mother Nature - A natural rock outcropping that just happens to be cube shaped...

Father Knows Best - Gen Ross tells his men to hold their fire because they might hit Betty. Right after ordering a tank to smash into the house where Betty is.

Magnetic Attraction - I'm surprised Kirby didn't draw giant u-shaped magnets on all of the Toad Mens gear.

'Nuff Said - “What chance do the puny earthlings have against our invincible magnetic powers?!!”-Toad Soldier


  Bramwell Says:    
  2013-12-07 02:31:18  
  1. Green good - Frankenstein bad

2. Demoniacal is not a word

3. The primitive earthly sciences understand magnetism better than the Toad-men

4. A magnetically-guided plastic escape cylinder. Magnetic plastic...wait...what?

5. Page 12 - lovely panel

Terrible science but still a fun issue.
3 stars.

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-01-02 14:12:20  
  I haven't been this scared for a protagonist since the Ferengi showed up on Star Trek.  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-03 12:13:47  
  I love the Hulk, but with comics like this, it's no wonder the first run didn't succeed.  

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-07-20 15:55:09  
  I'm guessing it's Ditko's idea to ink Hulk green?
He's a creative genius.

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2014-07-20 19:24:31  
  It's my understanding that Hulk became green instead of grey due to a printing error.  

  mushroommunk Says:    
  2014-09-18 19:10:09  
  I dunno, this one seemed about average for the time frame when I compose it to the FF. Yeah the science is lame, but it's the sixties.  

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2014-10-07 23:06:01  
  I have no idea why, but I actually liked this one more than the previous Hulk issue. It's still bad, but something made me like it.  

  horror4life Says:    
  2015-01-25 15:47:33  
  Page 7: lets just take a moment to admire the Toad mans fabulous clothing
Page 8 Panel 6: What?
Page 8 Panel 7: Uhh?
Page 8 Panel 8: Are you sure you can do that?
Page 9 Panel 2: Why not just kill him?
Page 10 Panel 6: Why not just kill them?
Page 15 Panel 3: King Toad sure is stylish

Difficult issue to rate
A one star for plot/character
A two star for art
But a four star for enjoyment
I'll give it two stars even though that makes it seems I didn't like the issue I did

But what can I do do.

P.S magnetism isn't magic stan.

  Aldous Says:    
  2015-04-24 14:00:34  
  The Toad King is so cute.  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-20 20:06:03  
  I'm convinced that the first few issues of The Incredible Hulk are a sick parody on alcoholism.  

  jfw1980 Says:    
  2015-05-27 02:25:44  
  There are some rough groundwork moments but the toad men seem like an after thought.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-19 15:16:28  
  The toad men are stuipid  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-06 04:23:30  
  Good use of the "Hulk only at night" concept. Fun comic.  

  CeeNote12 Says:    
  2016-01-18 12:08:32  
  I love the way Thunderbolt Ross refers to Banner as "Milksop" and "Goldbrick" LoL He also uses the "Devil-ment" when referring to connection between Bruce and Hulk  

  J-hat Says:    
  2016-03-25 09:09:33  
  Radiation, Magnetism, and Hypnosis... Strap in kids in going to be a wild ride.


  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-06 23:35:08  
  Never been a Hulk fan and this issue didn't help any. Did like play on day and night in this issue but that was it. Definitely had a Frankeinstein look to the Hulk.  

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-17 16:23:38  
  General Ross is a horrible father and the Toad Men fail to be either remotely intimidating nor particularly fun. And as others have said, Stan's overuse of magnetism here (and grasp of science in general) leaves an awful lot to be desired  

  hawkeye64 Says:    
  2016-11-01 15:53:03  
  Ok, this was not a great issue. It had some moments, but overall not that great. Also to me it seemed liked the art leaned more to Ditko than Kirby, even though Kirby was listed as the artist.  

  Kyle759 Says:    
  2016-11-29 11:12:38  
  3 stars solely for comedic value.  

  Zaktks32 Says:    
  2017-02-10 13:23:32  
" The Terror of the Toad Men! "
What an accurate title. It was a terrible reading...

  philvt101 Says:    
  2017-03-15 12:15:19  
  Science be damned!!!  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2017-03-20 04:01:02  
  Was Toad Men ever an acceptable enemy for a second issue?? Even in 1962 that couldn't have been that exciting.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2017-03-20 04:07:37  
  I do like how Kirby draws Banner. Probably one of the best portrayals.  

  Nenriel Says:    
  2017-03-21 10:00:57  
  ~*~MaGnEtS aRe MaGiC~*~
I liked this slightly better than #1 I think, but I could've just been in a better mood when I read it. Lots of great Were-Hulk action since we see multiple sunsets/sunrises in a day due to space travel. Also, Thunderbolt Ross is a jerk.

  Corlagon Says:    
  2017-03-24 15:08:28  
  The plot felt too random for me, in addition to all the silliness, to feel decent.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2017-04-18 22:51:56  
  • I can’t believe they went for the Frankenstein look but green is an improvement. Or maybe it's just because of I got used to that color for the Hulk over the years.

  • The Toad Men actually have a vessel that looks like their heads? And they look even worse than the Skrulls. When you want your aliens to be taken seriously, you need to avoid designing them like someone from The Simpsons. I mean, first panel on page 10, the alien even emotes like Moe. And the King!?! Silly outfit, btw.

  • Funny thought, last panel of page 6 reminded me of this Velcro jump game.

  • I think that the aliens are confusing magnetism with gravity, but that does not make the story plausible either way.

  • Why did the Toad Men bother to send Rick back to Earth? And how the hell could Bruce even assume he landed safely. Did Gamma Rays grant him extra long-range vision too?

  • It is really odd seeing the Hulk use a gun when he can do so much damage with his bare hands.

  • As a father, would you EVER consider crashing into your house with a tank if your daughter was inside?

  • Very complex and well executed splash on page 20.

  • Banner is really convinced that radiation is an answer to everything, ain’t he?


  razzledazzlepg Says:    
  2017-05-03 00:49:19  
  Houses floating off in to space is actually caused by global warming.  

  SamScrolls Says:    
  2017-06-13 00:01:59  
  2/5. Bruce Banner is kidnapped then accused of treason.  

  Microbug118 Says:    
  2017-08-11 18:02:06  
  We're 10 issues in, and the Earth's already been invaded 3 times.  

  beerzerked Says:    
  2017-10-08 18:28:57  
  Figures the Toad Men would have a massive inferiority complex.  

  stiffmeyster Says:    
  2018-01-17 02:47:55  
  The beginning of the Stan's addiction to magic magnetism  

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