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1131: Incredible Hulk #125 (v1)

" And Now, the Absorbing Man "
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Incredible Hulk #125 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Herb Trimpe
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1970
Release Date: December 1969
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 347                 Times Rated: 213
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Doctor Strange #183 (v1)
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Thor #172 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
After waking up from his most recent change into the Hulk, Banner hears about a comet that could destroy Earth. He heads towards the nearest military installation and offers his services. That leads him into an unexpected adventure.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in X-Men #66 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #126 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Betty Ross
Betty Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #124 (v1). Betty Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #126 (v1).
  Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #124 (v1). Thunderbolt Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #126 (v1).
  Glenn Talbot
Glenn Talbot last appeared in X-Men #66 (v1). Glenn Talbot next appears in Incredible Hulk #126 (v1).
  Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man last appeared in Thor Annual #2. Absorbing Man next appears in Thor #206 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Ball and Chain
Ball and Chain last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #122a (v1). Ball and Chain next appears in Thor #206 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 15, 2016
The battle which occupies the second half of this story is great. A knock-down, drag-out fight between the Hulk and one of Marvel's best villains. It's a hoot!
The set-up for all this, which dominates the first half of the story, is extremely far-fetched and implausible. Bruce Banner is inexplicably chosen to pilot a rocket ship that will save planet Earth. Instead of, say, Reed Richards. Or about twenty other prominent Marvel characters.
It just doesn't work. The weak point of an otherwise great comic.
   February 24, 2014
And this one brought together both the new character - and a pretty good Hulk foil - along with a WAY too over-arching story about a comic. Do I think that he could have really absorbed - or become - a part of the comic and steered it from space? Probably not.

But this time - it really didn't matter. I liked this one. Hulk - sort of controlled - perhaps some effects from Banner's slight control over the last few issues - or even that the comic turned itself up a notch or two. I wish that these kind of stories could stay. Trite as they may have been - and filled with smashing - I kind of felt the story - and certainly the end was put together well. Absorb Hulk essence - that makes him pass out - and then the essence becomes Banner. Can't do much with that. Love the conclusion of the issue. Made sense. Loved it.
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-02-18 15:56:56  
  Did Bruce really fly that rocket into space with no shirt on?  

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2012-11-02 07:37:44  
  Would you wear a shirt if you turned into the hulk every few minutes? That's like the one perk, no one can really complain about your dressing habits.

Again we get that terrible cliche that scientists can operate anything sufficiently technical. There's no way that Banner, a radiation specialist, could pilot a rocket like that. I also doubt that he could keep in control of his heart rate while escaping the Earth's atmosphere.

Still, I've been waiting for the Hulk to fight the Absorbing Man. It's a no-brainer, even though the actual fight was brief and had an underwhelming conclusion.

  podgejeff Says:    
  2013-05-09 09:53:31  
  Shirts aside, Bruce should count himself blessed that his pants are apparently made of unstable molecules.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-16 02:36:32  
  great art; "Music soothes the savage breast"? wwhat the ...??! Maybe it fits in with the no shirt phenomenon y'all is bangin on about....I am surprised I am the only one who cracked about that lettering goof(3+)  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-23 09:09:36  
  Absorbing Man makes a great villain for the Hulk and he's also a welcome addition to anything he's in.
Poor Crusher, always mistakenly absorbing the wrong object at the wrong time.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-06 20:46:36  
  Great little one-shot story.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-21 21:16:36  
  Pretty weak ending, since Crusher could just absorb whatever fell on him and survive.  

  jwerth @ MrRsBB (original post):    
  2015-03-05 16:54:56  
  That's no goof - the line is often misquoted as "music soothes the savage beast," but the actual phrase, which comes from the play The Mourning Bride by William Congreve, is "music has charms to soothe a savage breast." Roy and Stan had it right.  

  MrRsBB @ jwerth (original post):    
  2015-03-06 04:23:11  
  OK, point taken:-) Roy was/is clearly very well read with all his literary depth and knowledge that he puts into his writing & I don't really commit many words to memory....focused more on art...i would have gotten the QI sound blast for my comment;-)  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-11-08 19:06:39  
  3 stars for the Absorbing Man vs the Hulk in a battle of wits!!!

Infirmary - Why would the room number be on the back of the door inside the room?? (p5,p6)

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem - @Redsvetz: Yeah, who does Banner think he is...Nick Fury!!!

'Nuff Said - "When he penetrates its tail, he'll have to jettison that warhead fast...and withdraw!"-Private Parts

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-11-08 20:04:52  
  @Locust75 - I chuckled at the Nick Fury comment, but your choice (and attribution) for 'Nuff Said has to be the best one yet. Well played, my good man!  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2016-03-24 21:14:16  
  This was a weak issue. Roy has definitely become a better writer and has found his swagger, but this issue is not his finest. I also don't like Herb Trimps art.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-11-05 05:52:33  
  You can all wonder why Bruce flew into space without his shirt on, I'm going to wonder how he managed to do so with his eyes closed!  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-12-27 12:45:39  
  Slightly weak overall issue, but still a fun read. Anytime you put a couple of bruisers together like the Hulk and Absorbing Man, there should be a slugfest for the ages. This wasn't quite it, but it was still a good read.

But by this time, any time there's a serious astronomical threat to the Earth, I'm like "There's a comet headed for Earth and its tail contains enough radioactive gas to obliterate all life on the planet. Big deal, so does my uncle after a chili dinner. Who's playing the Dodgers this week?"

3 stars.

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2017-07-30 11:34:20  
  The first half feels very much like a throwback to the dodgy late-50s pulp science-fiction comics I thought we'd moved on from -- but the second half redeems it somewhat with a good, classical fight. Three stars.  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-08-23 09:35:39  
  Bruce if a very selfless man. I respect that.

I wouldn't be so selfless, but more power to him.

  Marksman Says:    
  2017-12-31 10:05:43  
  This comic was also adapted into a Viewmaster reel in 1978. Packet No. J26.  

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Marvel Masterworks: Incredible Hulk, Volume 6
This collection includes Incredible Hulk #122 (v1), Incredible Hulk #124 (v1), Incredible Hulk #125 (v1), Incredible Hulk #126 (v1), Incredible Hulk #127 (v1), Incredible Hulk #128 (v1), Incredible Hulk #129 (v1), Incredible Hulk #130 (v1), Incredible Hulk #131 (v1), Incredible Hulk #132 (v1), Incredible Hulk #133 (v1), Incredible Hulk #134 (v1)
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   April 13, 2018 ViolentPhlegm
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes Added Ball and Chain listing.
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