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Tales to Astonish #61: Review

Nov 1964
Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

Story Name:

Captured At Last!

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Tales to Astonish #61 Review by (February 15, 2010)
First appearance of Glenn Talbot in a Hulk comic. Talbot gives a good impression to Thunderbolt Ross.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tales to Astonish #61 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara

The Pentagon sends Major Glenn Talbot to the Air Force base under General Thunderbolt Ross command. Talbot becomes the chief security officer. Like Ross, Talbot is suspicious of Bruce Banner and his relationship with the Hulk.

Talbot gives Ross a very good first impression. And he likes Betty the moment he sees her. Ross asks Betty to show Talbot around.

Meanwhile, Banner created an electronic scanner to find the indestructible robot, and heads for the hills. The unnamed spy, still inside the robot, finds one of Banner's secret cave labs. There, he stumbles upon a missile, and sets it to destroy the military base.

Riding a helicopter, Talbot and Betty find Banner in the hills. The robot sees the aircraft and throws a big boulder at it. Banner turns into the Hulk and breaks the boulder into small pieces. Talbot uses his body to shield Betty, getting hit by a stone. While both ignore the Hulk's heroics, Betty appreciates Talbot's bravery.

Hulk fights the robot, reaching to the edge of a deep pit. At the same time, the missile launches toward the base. Hulk throws the robot into the pit and leaps to the sky, breaking the missile with a blow. The explosion knocks the Hulk out, who falls into the ground. 

Back on the helicopter, Talbot finds the unconscious Hulk and informs Ross who is delighted by the news.

Soldiers lock the Hulk with unbreakable chains of Tony Stark and Banner invention. Hulk wakes up, and unsuccessfully tries breaking free. Oh, oh, it seems the strain may turn him back into Banner in front of Ross, Talbot and Betty!

Preview Pages
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Steve Ditko
George Bell
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Betty Ross
Betty Ross

(Elizabeth Ross)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

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