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Incredible Hulk #131: Review

Sep 1970
Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe

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A Titan Stalks The Tenements

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4 stars

Incredible Hulk #131 Review by (February 15, 2010)
First appearance of Iron Man and Jim Wilson in a Hulk comic.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Incredible Hulk #131 Synopsis by Jeff Grubs
Hulk, separated from Bruce Banner (last issue), is seeking the scientist, wanting to smash him for good. At a military base in the suburbs, Thunderbolt Ross confronts Banner with the decision to destroy the Hulk regardless of Banner's theory that doing so would kill both, the Hulk and Banner.

Back in the city, a young Afro American boy robs a woman's purse. But repented of his actions, he leaves it behind for the woman to find. Returning to the burned out tenement of his parents, who died, he finds the Hulk in it!

The boy introduces himself as Jim Wilson, and the two realize they have much in common. Hulk, knowing he can't find Banner on his own (was not he linked to Banner?), commands Jim to find Banner and bring him so he could smash him.

Wilson sneaks onto the military base, but after over hearing Banner, he likes the guy and decides not to lead him to the Hulk. Guards catch Wilson and bring him before Banner and Ross where he reveals what the Hulk asked him to do. While discussing their next move, Iron Man arrives to help them capture or destroy the Hulk.

Jim returns to his tenement and tells the Hulk that Banner is waiting for him outside. Hulk senses is a trap as Iron Man springs it. Iron Man turns a gamma device on the Hulk to weaken him but the Hulk grabs Jim, mad of his betrayal!

Iron Man attacks the Hulk as Jim escapes. The Hulk's strength overcomes Iron Man, who uses his repulsor rays to collapse a close by building onto the Hulk. But the monster emerges unscathed from the rubble. Perfect opportunity to fire the gamma device, weakening the Hulk somewhat. Banner rushes alongside the Hulk who grabs him, the gamma blast engulfs them both, and they remerge.

Hulk lies unconscious. So Ross, Iron Man and Wilson fear Banner has been trapped inside the Hulk forever...

Preview Pages
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Herb Trimpe
John Severin
Herb Trimpe (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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