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1291: Incredible Hulk #138 (v1)

" Sincerely, The Sandman! "
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Incredible Hulk #138 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Sam Grainger
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1971
Release Date: January 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 302                 Times Rated: 187
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Universes:   Earth-616  
Go to Issue #137 Go to Issue #139

Daredevil #75 (v1)
Daredevil #76 (v1)
Incredible Hulk #138 (v1)
Sub-Mariner #34 (v1)
Sub-Mariner #35 (v1)
1289: Daredevil
#75 (v1)
1290: Daredevil
#76 (v1)
1292: Sub-Mariner
#34 (v1)
1293: Sub-Mariner
#35 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
While Banner visits Betty in the hospital the Sandman attempts to force a doctor to attempt a dangerous blood transfusion. The doctor selects Betty as the subject and Banner must find a way to save her.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #137 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Sub-Mariner #34 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Betty Ross
Betty Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #136 (v1). Betty Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #139 (v1).
  Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson last appeared in Incredible Hulk #136 (v1). Jim Wilson next appears in Incredible Hulk #139 (v1).
  Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross last appeared in Incredible Hulk #136 (v1). Thunderbolt Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #139 (v1).
  Glenn Talbot
Glenn Talbot last appeared in Incredible Hulk #136 (v1). Glenn Talbot next appears in Incredible Hulk #139 (v1).
  Albert Marquand
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Albert Marquand in the mainstream continuity.
Sandman last appeared in Fantastic Four #94 (v1). Sandman next appears in Marvel Team-Up #1 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 21, 2016
Silly story, driven by coincidences and characters making dumb decisions. 3/10
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  Wady Says:    
  2012-08-14 16:01:32  
  I just love the fact that they can talk under water  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-08-20 07:21:43  
  Quite a good issue, and something different than the usual Hulk stories.

And interesting to note the underwater speech phenomena finally being addressed (and ignored at the same time) in the comic itself.

  bigkat5582 Says:    
  2013-01-07 17:37:29  
  LOL "The Sand Witch"  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-09-28 09:21:03  
  That was probably Trimpe's best art yes. But why did Betty's clothes trun to diamond as well? I know, I know, comic book physics...  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-01-31 15:09:06  
  Decent issue with the ending situation for Betty a real shocker. The Hulk and a glass woman-that would never end well.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2014-07-26 01:20:26  
  Sandman calls Hulk "Jade Jaws"...is this the first time we see that nickname? The story is pretty far-fetched coincidence, but the script is a big improvement on recent Roy Thomas. The ending was very good, even if it is pretty obvious. (3+)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-24 11:27:09  
  This reminds me of one of my favorite games... Earthbound. Always frustrated the hell out of me when Paula got diamondized.  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-01-22 07:19:49  
  I'm still trying to figure out how you get any kind of blood from the Sandman. Isn't he just sand in human form at this point?  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-05 11:34:56  
  My biggest question is: why was Betty about to serve to the other volleyball team when she turned to glass? She knew she wasn't feeling well. No standing between a woman and the sport she loves, I suppose.  

  sbcolt15 Says:    
  2015-03-14 16:59:12  
  If I had a dollar for everytime the scene on the cover doesn't actually play out in the comic...  

  phogbear @ specialque (original post):    
  2015-08-12 13:28:06  
  I was wondering that too. Is he human, who can change into sand? I thought he was sand all the time. Its not often I'm really surprised. I was hoping for Sand Witch, but that ending was a big surprise.


  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-09-24 15:04:24  
  Extra star for "sand witch".  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-01-17 14:55:49  
  3 stars for the Sandman finding affordable healthcare!!!

'Nuff Said - "Yer gonna pay for each and every throb."-Sinful Sandman

  g2thet Says:    
  2016-03-30 17:31:59  
  Hope Sandman loses that horrendous suit he's wearing sometime soon. Story was decent. 3 Stars!  

  yack Says:    
  2016-08-01 06:52:32  
  Love the ending of this issue!  

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2016-10-10 12:13:18  
  My big question on the premise of this issue is: Why does Sandman's blood have to go into Betty to cure him?  

  HeffElf Says:    
  2016-12-22 23:24:22  
  Page 6 panel 6 - Bruce Banner emerges from Betty's head and The Hulk emerges from Betty's butt? Somewhere else?
I also laughed out loud when I read the Sand Witch comment.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-01-05 21:11:12  
  Hey doc, I've got this radiation problem so I need a blood transfusion.
No worries, I'll just take some of this woman's blood and put it in you.
Great, thanks doc, I feel much better.
Then I'll take some of your blood and put it in her.
Wait, what? Were you even listening when I mentioned the radiation?

  Russ Says:    
  2017-02-08 20:15:40  
  Well, we always knew that Betty was a pain in the glass, but this was kind of ridiculous!

Decent enough story, but the medical premise here comes straight from the Stan Lee School of Science. Aren't they actually swapping blood then? If Sandman needed a fresh supply couldn't they have just hit the blood bank for enough units instead of taking from one person then dumping the bad stuff on her? Weird, even for the time period.

3 stars. The "Sand Witch" comment by Sandman was a bit sexist, but still funny.

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-14 18:36:37  
  Three star story but five star Herb Trimpe. That was outstanding work.
There is a diary of his making the rounds online that he wrote when he was fired from Marvel and became a public school art teacher that is well worth the read.

  Nsmash Says:    
  2017-04-27 22:40:13  
  The worse Trimpe'so art gets, the more the comments here seem to love it. This was bottom of the barrel, as bad as it gets chicken-scratch. How do people think think this is good art?  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-10-18 09:22:32  
  I'm pretty sure that doctor violated a number of his ethical rules by doing this. He is going to lose his license at best; he'll go to jail as well, probably.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-11-14 11:29:56  
  Trimpe's art was fantastic in this issue. There were a number of pages that sort of stepped outside the box for art of this era. I loved the simplicity of pg 2. Kudos to the colorist and inker for Betty's dream on 6 & 7. And I loved the building standing in for the panels on page 8. The rest of the book was by and large excellent, but these three exampled really stood out to me.  

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-01-22 14:06:00  
  Did Sandman mean to call the nurse Clara Barton (founder of the Red Cross) as opposed to Sally Barton? (pg 5 pn 3). I can believe him getting that mixed up as he probably isn't well-educated.  

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   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   March 15, 2016 fragsel Added Albert Marquand to the issue.
   May 5, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   November 20, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
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