Sunday, 13 December 2015
The Incredible Hulk #126 (Marvel/1970)
The Incredible Hulk #126 (Marvel Comics)
Roy Thomas (w) Herb Trimpe (a)
Following his battle with the Absorbing Man in the previous issue, the Hulks battle and subsequent transformation back into puny Bruce Banner is witnessed by a group of hippies that turn out to be more than they seem.
Cultists for the "Undying Ones", previously seen in Sub-Mariner #22 where they were stopped by the combined might of Namor and Doctor Strange.
These worshippers of evil have use for his power.
"If the green skinned Hulk falls, he dies", "but if he triumphs..then the entire earth falls screams Mandrake their deranged leader.
And off to a mystical dimension our hero goes to face a dilemma he cannot win.
One of the cultists, a certain Barbara Norris changes her mind and tries to intervene. For her betrayal she too is banished to the realm of the Nightstalker.
The fight is on as Hulk smashes his way to victory, meeting an imprisoned Doctor Strange during his struggle and Barbara makes the ultimate sacrifice by changing places with the good doctor to be imprisoned for all eternity.
One of the stories that made Marvel great back in the day and was not the last we saw of young Barbara either.