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Incredible Hulk #3: Review

Sep 1962
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Story Name:

Banished To Outer Space

Review & Comments

4 stars

Incredible Hulk #3 Review by (February 15, 2010)
The cosmic rays that bathed the Hulk could explain why he is able to maintain his form during day time and his ability to fly.

Incredible Hulk #3 Review by (March 13, 2010)
This early Hulk moved very slowly (as Rick Jones testifies when he tricks the Hulk to follow him to the missile)

The idea for casting the Hulk into space (Planet Hulk saga), and then if he returned, humans won't be able to stop him (World War Hulk saga), might very well have come from this early issue from 1962 entitled "Banished to Outer Space". In the last panel of page 6, Ross cheers after sending the Hulk to space in a rocket saying "Well, we've done it! That's the end of the Hulk!". An officer replies "Let's hope so, sir! For if he ever returns, he'll be so filled with fury that we'll never be able to stop him!". Ross responds "Don't worry about the Hulk returning! That missile is on a flight to infinity... And it's a one-way journey!"


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #3 Synopsis by John Hoffman
Image from Incredible Hulk #3
Thunderbolt Ross tricks Rick Jones into thinking that the USA needs the Hulk to test a new rocket. Rick returns to the underground chamber as the Hulk breaks through the door!

The Hulk chases Rick; he's angry but fortunately for Rick, slow. Rick reaches the rocket, Hulk follows him into the ship's capsule. Jones exits, and Ross orders the rocket to launch, shooting the Hulk to space!

When in orbit, sunlight turns the Hulk into Bruce Banner and the rocket is exposed to a sudden rain of cosmic rays. At that moment, Rick uses a control panel to change the rocket's course and bring it back to Earth. A strange discharge is released from the rocket, and hits Rick through the control panel. The rocket crashes on a deserted area.

Since it's daylight, Rick realizes Hulk had turned into Banner, and believes to have killed his friend. Rick goes to the crashing point, but it is the Hulk coming out of the rocket, in plain daytime, the first time this occurrs!

Rick now fears for his life, but the cosmic rays and the discharge he received created some kind of bond between the Hulk and him. The monster is now under the complete control of Rick. However, only when Rick is awake.

Story #2

The Origin of the Hulk!

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Three page story retelling the origin of the Hulk.

Story #3

Will the Mighty Hulk be a Match for the Ringmaster

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Dick Ayers. Letterer: Art Simek.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

People visit the new circus in town. His owner, a magician with hypnotic abilities called the Ringmaster uses his talents to put the audience in a trance while his team, the Circus of Crime, robs them.

Rick Jones is among the crowd. He is paralyzed but manages to mentally call Hulk for help. The green goliath arrives quickly and fights the bandits. But Jones lets the Hulk be captured by the villains.

Jones follows the circus to the next city. They have the Hulk chained in a cage with large animals. Jones mentally orders the Hulk to break free and attack the Ringmaster and his team. Jade Jaws defeats them easily.

Soldiers show up and try to lock the Hulk, but he grabs Jones and flies (?!) away.

Preview Pages
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Jack Kirby
Dick Ayers
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Dick Ayers (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Art Simek.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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