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Follow the History of the Hulk Pt. 42

Iron Man enters the picture as an old foe puts his master plan into effect!

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For over 50 years, the Incredible Hulk has been smashing his way through the Marvel Universe and into the hearts of fans. Whether you’ve discovered the tale of Bruce Banner and his other self through comics, TV, or film, get the whole story here…

The Krill, strange little creatures, attacked The Hulk in INCREDIBLE HULK #63 in an effort to secure a blood sample for their masters at Home Base, a secret government agency. While Doc Samson, Nadia Blonsky, Sandra Verdugo, and Betty Ross continued to battle the Krill in INCREDIBLE HULK #64, the Jade Giant followed one when it returned to its headquarters.

Later, a nuclear explosion decimated Home Base in INCREDIBLE HULK #65, seemingly killing Sandra and her young son Ricky in the blast. Disturbed by the event, Bruce Banner turned to Nadia for consolation in INCREDIBLE HULK #66, while Betty decided to reveal to Samson that she suffered from cancer.

Home Base unleashed a clone of Banner in INCREDIBLE HULK #67, one which possessed the ability to transform into a twisted version of The Hulk. Banner and Samson debated using the scientist’s blood in an attempt to cure Betty in INCREDIBLE HULK #68, but the question became moot when a battle between the two green behemoths seemed a certainty. That battle to the death occurred in INCREDIBLE HULK #69.

Incredible Hulk (1999) #63

Incredible Hulk (1999) #63

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After an odd, clairvoyant man failed in a plan to get The Hulk to kill him in INCREDIBLE HULK #70, Bruce Banner approached his old friend Tony Stark in INCREDIBLE HULK #71. Stark offered him a place to stay, although he’d become embroiled in a scandal over one of his employees who’d committed suicide.

The two men planned a gamma radiation experiment in INCREDIBLE HULK #72, but the late employee’s brother interfered when he sought revenge against Stark in INCREDIBLE HULK #73. The radiation drove the industrialist to a rampage as Iron Man in INCREDIBLE HULK #74, one put down by the efforts of The Hulk.

INCREDIBLE HULK #75 unveiled The Leader as Home Base’s secret commander, as well as the mastermind’s offer of a time machine to Banner and the chance for the scientists to wipe away his irradiated past. Iron Man and Doc Samson moved in to confront a Leader-controlled Hulk in INCREDIBLE HULK #76, but Nadia Blonsky lost her life in the ensuing confusion.