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The Incredible Hulk #165 (1973) – The Review

The Incredible Hulk #165

A few of my issues... ūüôā

It includes the Herb Trimpe signed copy!

I have talked about this issue for years now, I have mentioned numerous times how this is my favorite issue – and was shocked to learn that I haven’t even reviewed¬†it yet!¬† At last count I have about a dozen copies of this issue – none of which are CGC graded – that will be my next project.¬† I have¬†three extremely beautiful copies – one signed by Herb Trimpe – a few¬†reading copies and some in the middle grade.¬†¬†Why?¬† I have no idea.

Captain Omen's prisoner!

So, this issue begins with¬†the Hulk on the bottom of the¬†ocean – captured and imprisoned by Captain Omen.¬† The Hulk must keep¬†following Captain Omen’s ship¬†to keep getting oxygen filled helmets.¬†¬†It’s at one of the helmet switches that the Hulk learns that Captain Omen’s crew wants to revolt against him.¬† They want to live on land – they are tired of the¬†bottom of the ocean, deformed and alone.¬† They tell Hulk that he is the only one who can help save them.

Best Tag-Lines EVER! Half-Man, Half-Fish, All HATE!

Meanwhile, Ross, captured by the Russians, is to be killed off; but Talbot is off to save him.¬† The Hulk, assisted by Omen’s crew, begin the mutiny and are ready to take over the ship!¬† They go crashing through the wall – but Captain Omen¬†has another trick up his sleeve – a trick called… AQUON!¬† A¬†half-fish, half-man type creature that it as strong as the Hulk – but can breathe underwater!¬† The Hulk and Aquon¬†have a fearsome battle that ends when they rip through one of the walls of the ship and the ocean pours in!

Hulk and Aquon battle it out!

As the ship fills up with water Omen tells his son to seal off that section or the entire ship will sink.  When they do, the Hulk and Aquon are stuck in the flooding part of the ship Рstill battling Рbut now Aquon has the advantage!  As Aquon takes control of the fight, Omen opens a hatch that drains the water back into the sea.  Aquon and Hulk get caught up in the whirl pool Рonly Hulk stops himself from being sucked out of the ship.

The crew... explode!

Finally, the ship is saved – but Omen’s crew still demands to be taken to the surface.¬† Omen obeys and the crew finally gets taken to the land.¬† They rejoice and celebrate their new freedom – and thank the Hulk – the one they revere as a¬†God, for fulfilling their dreams.¬† Then, the crew, one by one, begin to explode.¬† They burst right out of their skin.¬† Filius, Omen’s son jumps back onto the ship as it¬†ascends into¬†the sea.¬† He begs his Father to let him back onto the ship – but Omen says he dare not open the door again – so that the remainder of the crew does not die as well.¬† He apologizes to his son and continues the dive.¬† His son goes down with the ship, banging on the door, begging for his father to reconsider and open the door to let him in.¬† But he does not.¬† The Hulk is left alone, standing on the beach where a whole group of people once stood who thought of him as a God.¬† He wonders how a Father and Son can live together their whole lives – but not even know each other.

Classic Hulk inner struggle!

This issue represents the best of what the Hulk comic can offer.  The Hulk Рa reluctant hero once again Рsaves people Рonly for them to meet a horrible, ironic fate.  The end of the issue has such a great moment with the Hulk thinking about the Father/Son relationship.  A relationship that will not even be explored until quite a many issues later.  Such a sad, fantastic end.  I could read this issue a thousand times and never get tired of it!  Grade: A+  Funny enough Рif you go to this page and scroll down you will see that there is a mistake on this page РIssue #165 is put on the page twice, once as the cover of #163 AND #165

My Original Trimpe Aquon Sketch

Amazing Spiderman #119 & #120 (1973)

The Amazing Spiderman #119

The Amazing Spiderman #119

What classic covers!¬† When I decided it was time to get the Hulk guest appearances I looked up all of the issues – especially the early issues, the silver age comics – and found early issues of The Amazing Spiderman that weren’t too crazy.¬† Thus my quest began… I searched every comic shop I knew in my area that had only the best back issue collections.¬† The story was the same in almost every shop I visited.¬† If they had early issues of Spidey it started after #150.¬† One shop had #107 – #134 – but missing these 2 issues!¬† I hate when that happens!¬† And then, on a trip to my LCS the guy behind the counter told me that the main store¬†just got in a huge lot of Silver Age Comics – mostly DC – but they got in Amazing Spiderman – the first few hundred or so – I immediately called and asked about #119 and #120 – luckily they DID have them in!¬† I told them I’d be right over…

The best part?¬† #119 is in NM condition – it’s such a beautiful book – If I were to get this CGC’d I’m guessing it would get a ripe 9.4 or 9.6!¬† I’m thinking about it…¬† But man, oh man, these 2 classic covers are just great.¬† I mean, it might be just my opinion – but #119 is so classic!¬† It has a whole LINE of tanks heading to take on the Hulk – while Spidey is there hanging there narrating his own demise!¬† “I’ll stop you even if it kills me!¬† And it probably will!”¬† Who says that?¬† And no one can argue how amazing John Romita Sr.’s work is!

The Amazing Spiderman #119

The Amazing Spiderman #120

Incredible Hulk #161 (1973)

Hulk #161 Beast

Of all the X-Men – I never thought of the Beast as any kind of match for the Hulk.¬† This issue is the lead into the introduction to Wendigo.¬† Hulk is in the Canadian wilderness where canadian hunters are searching for prey and find the Hulk – I think they say things like – “The Hulk?¬† What’s that all a-boot?” – Anyways, Hulk makes quick work of them but Hank McCoy hears a-boot the Hulk being in the area and tries his luck in defeating him.¬† Entertaining issue to say the least – and now only 4 issues to go!