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1281: Incredible Hulk #137 (v1)

" The Stars, Mine Enemy! "
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Incredible Hulk #137 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1971
Release Date: December 1970
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 311                 Times Rated: 190
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
On a strange spaceship, The Hulk becomes a slave to Captain Cybor. When the Abomination, the ship's first mate, sees his old enemy and the two battle aboard the ship. The feud between the two takes a brief respite when the ship's target, Klaatu, seeks escape from Earth.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #136 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #138 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Xeron the Starslayer
Xeron the Starslayer last appeared in Incredible Hulk #136 (v1). Xeron the Starslayer next appears in Incredible Hulk #306 (v1).
  Captain Cybor
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Captain Cybor in the mainstream continuity. Captain Cybor next appears in Incredible Hulk #306 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Cerexo in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ztlol in the mainstream continuity.
Abomination last appeared in Incredible Hulk #136 (v1). Abomination next appears in Incredible Hulk #159 (v1).
Klaatu last appeared in Incredible Hulk #136 (v1). Klaatu next appears in Incredible Hulk #306 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 21, 2016
Three things to enjoy here.
Pace. The story moves fast, setting up fights, situations and new characters in rapid succession.
Setting. The location is fresh and interesting, as the Hulk helps crew a spaceship.
Abomination. Enjoyable watching the Hulk fight a foe strong enough to take him on.
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-03-23 18:44:52  
  "John Bonham....Moby Dick!"  

  green_flame_616 Says:    
  2012-03-23 19:01:08  
  With a cursory nod to Herman Melville?  

  sewixo Says:    
  2012-05-27 17:34:12  
  Apparently, breathing is "too mainstream".  

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-12-28 14:43:40  
  Bad art, bad writing, bad concept and a horrible understanding on the basics of space. I was more forgiving of this kind of carelessness a decade ago but come on! They've sent a man to the moon by this point. It should be common knowledge of how these things work.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-09-26 17:44:53  
  Moebius or Druillet or Enki Billal or some other trippy Metal Hurlant European comic creator could maybe, just maybe, create an interesting take on "Moby Dick" along the lines of what this issue was attempting. Herb Trimpe gives it the old college try, but Roy Thomas is just not up to the task.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-01-31 10:15:14  
  Fun ending to the Moby Dick tale.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-23 13:11:54  
  I hate this oxygen in space thing that Marvel liked playing at. #ScienceFail  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-01-18 08:19:56  
  Pretty sure there's no way that kid at the end could have recognized those two falling figures as being people.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-01-10 18:29:22  
  3 stars for Captain Cybor catching his destiny!!!

Punching Bags - I always love it when Hulk and Abomination beat the crap out of each other!!!

Hitchhiker's Guide - I wonder how the Abomination wound up on a asteroid? The last time we saw him, he was still a prisoner on the Stranger's Planet!! (Thor #178)

Pirate's Booty - I guess Ztlol is Captain Cybor's cabin boy?!

Half And Half - Captain Cybor reminds me of DC's Tharok of the Fatal Five!!

'Nuff Said - "Behold the half-man--the once-was-human--the used-to-be being!!"-Captain Crunch

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-02-17 19:42:33  
  What a fantastically imaginative story. Despite the scientific inaccuracies, I enjoyed the action and the supporting characters' involvement in this book.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-01-02 04:27:23  
  Yeah, turning into a giant green rage monster is fine, but rowing a space dinghy with a bunch of aliens, that's just crazy!  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-02-05 13:37:00  
  There were quite a few gaping holes in the plot, but ignoring those, it was kind of an enjoyable read. I get what Roy was trying to do here, although it kind of needed some of the scientific inaccuracies in order to work as Roy intended. At least we got to see Hulk and Abomination throw down with each other, though on both occasions it was a bit short.

2 stars. Maybe this story can be retconned as a Banner fever dream while he's the Hulk. He hinted at it, at least (pg 15 pn 5).

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-14 07:40:19  
  So that's what happened to Tharok when he merged with The Dark Man in Legion of Super Heroes

Best comic Moby Dick Adaptations: Rick Vietch "Abraxas and The Earth Man"
Bill Sienkiewicz "Classics Illustrated: Moby Dick"


  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-09-28 11:07:57  
  The Moby Dick parallels are pretty spot on. We just need Klaatu to be an albino.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-18 10:41:07  
  The science in this story doesn't matter any more than it matters in Doctor Who. It's the drama of the story that matters. Yes, others have made better SF versions of Moby Dick since 1971, possibly before it, too. However, this is possibly the most ambitious Marvel story in the Order so far that wasn't written by Stan Lee.

We razz Thomas a lot about his writing in these books but here is a story where the Hulk is peacefully living with a bunch of aliens in a, dare we say it, space commune (okay, he's a slave aboard a whaling ship, but never mind that). The story doesn't revolve around the Hulk trying to escape or fight with those who imprison him, instead it's about his conflict with the ship's First Mate. There are depths here being explored for the first time.

Four Stars.

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Date User Name Update
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   November 10, 2017 fragsel Added Ztlol to the issue.
   November 10, 2017 fragsel Added Cerexo to the issue.
   May 5, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   March 23, 2014 Drax Changed comic details.
   December 31, 2013 fragsel Updated the listing for Captain Cybor.
   December 31, 2013 fragsel Added Captain Cybor to the issue.
   December 31, 2013 fragsel Added Xeron the Starslayer to the issue.
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