The Incredible Hulk #2

    The Incredible Hulk » The Incredible Hulk #2 - The Terror of the Toad Men released by Marvel on July 1962.

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    Part One – Enter the Toad Men

    The Hulk (now green in color) is seen staggering out of a swamp by a local police officer who races off to alert the town that the monster is nearby. The Hulk responds to the local’s attempts to subdue him with violence but is eventually coaxed off the battlefield by Rick Jones. Meanwhile, the Earth is about to get several strange new visitors (the Toad Men) who armed with advanced magnetic technology beyond human understanding use a 'magnetic grappler' to lock on to Dr. Banner’s vast scientific mind and land nearby to capture him. Their intention is to capture the smartest man on the planet and force him to reveal how far the planet has come technologically.

    Bruce and Rick meanwhile are preparing an underground cave with an isolation chamber in which to trap the Hulk each night before the transformation occurs. Suddenly their process is interrupted when they are captured by the toad men from outer space!

    Part Two – Prisoners of the Toad Men!

    Trapped by the toad men's magnetic ray guns, Bruce and Rick are transported to the toad men’s spaceship and rocketed out of Earth’s atmosphere. Captain Torrak of the toad men explains that Bruce and Rick are his prisoners and that Earth is surrounded by their invincible fleet. Demanding the technological knowledge of the Earth he threatens to use their magnetic powers to knock cities free of the planet’s crust, empty the world’s oceans of life, or root everyone to the ground preventing them from moving.

    The toad men realizing that Rick is of no value and transport him safely back to Earth but as the ship moves to the dark side of the Earth, the transformation begins and Bruce Banner once again becomes the brutish Hulk. The Hulk breaks free of his confinement and attacks his captors and realizes that with the toad men’s weaponry, he could wipe out all of mankind once and for all Just then the U.S. Anti-Missile Base below detects the ship in the night sky and fires on it and the UFO crashes to the ground as General Ross and his men surround it.

    Part Three – Bruce Banner, Wanted for Treason

    As the military officers move in to investigate the crashed ship, a bedraggled Bruce Banner stumbles free and the surviving toad men escape via a tunnel they blast under their ship. Bruce Banner is then taken into custody and once in the clear the toad men on the surface send a flare into the sky to signal their armada to attack. The sky is soon fills with the ships of the toad men fleet from outer space.

    Part Four – Hulk Runs Amok

    The toad king contacts the Earth and warns humanity that his forces are preparing to shift the moon toward Earth using their magnetic powers. This will eventually lead to the destruction of Earth unless mankind surrenders. Meanwhile, the night falls and Bruce Banner once again turns into the Hulk. The Hulk escaping his captivity, sets off in search of General Ross who imprisoned him but instead comes upon Betty alone in the Ross house. Betty screams as the army attacks the Hulk in an attempt to rescue Betty from him.

    Part Five – The End of the Hulk

    The Hulk manages to escape capture and takes Betty as a hostage. Rick figures that the Hulk must have taken Betty back to Banner’s Lab and makes his way there as the Hulk explains to Betty that he hates humanity for what they have done to him. Rick confronts the Hulk but before the Hulk can silence Rick forever a tremor from the toad men’s magnetic weapons shakes the lab knocking all three unconscious.

    As the sun rises, it is who Banner awakes first and along with Rick runs to the storage site of the gamma ray gun. Bruce then fires at the toad men’s ships and the blast of energy causes them to lost control of their movement and hurtle out of control into the void forever. Banner is regarded a hero for saving the Earth but General Ross remains skeptical believing he is somehow connected to the Hulk.


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    Hulk vs. Toad Men 0

    I can accept that an alien race evolved on another planet to look a lot like toad men - but the fact that they actually call themselves the Toad Men? Granted, 'the Skrulls' was already taken, but maybe they could have come up with something else to call themselves.  Then there's the fact that all their technology is based on magnetism - cool concept, until they do all sorts of things with magnetism that they shouldn't be able to do. Really, Stan Lee needs to get over using 'radiation' and 'magne...

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    The Terror of the Toad Men! 0

    Despite being an issue often mocked by fans, I found this one to be an improvement over issue 1. Sure, the central villains are evil toad men… sure… but central to this outing’s appeal for me is a mixture of Steve Ditko’s only appearance in the series as Hulk’s inker making for a much more striking issue visually, and of course the whacky antics of seeing Hulk kick toad ass in space. It’s ridiculous really, but somehow Lee pulls it off to be a decent issue despite its obtuse plotting.For full re...

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    The Incredible Hulk #2 0

    This issue is positively goofy, even by Silver Age Marvel standards. Hulk battles Toad Men from outer space. It's a B-movie, through and through. The Toad Men are nearly exactly the same as the Skrulls from Fantastic Four #2, seen just a few issues ago, so we already have some lame plot recycling coming from Marvel. It was probably the case that launching both Fantastic Four and Incredible Hulk as new comics with new characters within a few months of each other wasn't that great of an idea, as t...

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