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Amazing Adventures #12 (1972, May)

November 24, 2012

Before I get to the next issue of Amazing Adventures, I should mention Incredible Hulk #150 from April 1972, by Archie Goodwin and Herb Trimpe. After some standard “Hulk attacked by the military” stuff, he starts bounding after a car being chased by bikers. The car is being driven by a woman with green hair. He finally catches up with the car, and the bikers have been scattered around, saying the woman did it. The woman comes across a hut in the middle of the desert, when another biker catches up, before being blasted down. Obviously, it’s Alex and Lorna, aka Havok and Polaris. Lorna’s there because Xavier wants her to talk Alex into rejoining the X-Men. Apparently, he and Bobby were arguing over Lorna, and he almost lost control of his power, and almost killed Bobby. Alex refuses to come back, and Lorna gets upset and starts running away. The Hulk grabs her, and only after he takes her to the top of a mesa does he realize she’s not Jarella, a sub-atomic woman he fell in love with. Havok shows up before the Hulk can hurt Lorna, and after he blasts the Hulk a couple times, the Hulk picks up a huge chunk of the mesa. Havok focuses his power on the Hulk’s forehead, and gets him to put down the rock. Then Havok lowers Lorna, and agrees to return to the X-Men. It’s a pretty good issue. Fairly standard Hulk story, but good use is made of Alex and Lorna.

Anyway, Amazing Adventures #12, by Steve Englehart and Tom Sutton. The Beast is thinking about how he’ll be hunted. Jean and Xavier try to contact him, but he tells them to leave him alone. He decides to create a Hank McCoy disguise, stealing a library book and some supplies. He makes a rubber mask that’s effective, and the next day, goes to his lab. Tony Stark drops by, but before they can really talk, Hank goes to lunch with Linda. Later, Beast is running around, and Iron Man shows up. They fight. Eventually, the Beast falls. Some guards arrive, and the Beast gets back up and attacks Iron Man some more. The guards shoot him, but he heals immediately. He continues attacking Iron Man, and ultimately kills him. He freaks out and jumps out the window, running away into the woods. Leaving behind a very confused Iron Man, still alive and well. He refuses to chase after the Beast, because he saw in the Beast’s eyes a soul in torment. Meanwhile, Mastermind, Unus and the Blob are talking about how, now that the Beast believes he’s a killer, he’ll be willing to join them.

Pretty good issue. Dropping the second-person captions was a good idea. Englehart, of course, is one of the big names in comics, with a great knack for characterization. This was his first credited work with Marvel. This issue also has a letter from Paty Cockrum (whose last name isn’t actually printed), who chews them out for a whole bunch of mistakes from issue #10. She worked at Marvel in the ’70s as part of the production staff, then became a colourist (and also penciled three comics). She was also married to the late, great Dave Cockrum.

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