Tales to Astonish #77

Posted in To Be HULKinued · Dec. 2, 2016, 1:18 p.m. · 128 words

"Bruce Banner is the Hulk!" — Readers of the early Spider-Man comics will remember the unsettled period after romance artist John Romita took over from series originator Steve Ditko, and the scenes of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy hanging out in the Coffee Bean suddenly became much more compelling than Spidey's latest battle with the Vulture or Doc Ock. Something similar afflicts the action scenes this issue, which has Jazzy Johnny providing finished art over Kirby's pencil layouts: the Hulk's time travel plot climaxes with a fairly uninspiring battle vs. The Executioner before literally fading away. In the present day, where Bruce Banner is thought to be both dead and a traitor, a guilt-wracked Rick Jones confesses the secret of the Hulk's identity to Major Talbot. Deeply OKAY.