Incredible Hulk Number 2: Attack of the Toad Men

Since its evolution, it has been established that mere mortals are no match for the Hulk. And thanks for that, because we see Stan Lee’s creativity go wild with Bruce Banner and the Hulk. In this comic, we are introduced to The Toad Men.


Plot:

At this time, Rick jones and Bruce Banner have made peace with their role in life. Rick has to make sure the Hulk does minimal damage when he returns every night, and make sure Banner survives the violence the Hulk goes through.

One day, the duo decide to make their headquarters in a strong, custom-built cave, and while they decide to make their life simpler, an alien race, The toad men make your way to earth. The Toadmen, of course, seek to capture the earth, but before that they want to know how advanced or primitive the planet is.

To do this, they want to find out who the smartest man on earth is, and their research shows them to Bruce. They use a special magnetic power to capture Bruce and Rick.

Back in their spaceship that travels the Earth, they free Rick, because they are not the person they want. Bruce turns into the Hulk and single-handedly defeats the Toad Men. On Earth, the army sees the alien ship and shoots it down, taking down a scruffy Bruce, who has by then returned to his natural form. The Toad Men escape from an underground passage, and thus Bruce is the supposed mastermind of what appears to be a plot to take over the world.

While Bruce is incarcerated, the leader of the Toad Men contacts General Ross, and after a threatening dialogue, Ross decides that they will fight until their last breath. Meanwhile, Bruce transformed into the Hulk and disappeared from prison. Angry at General Ross for imprisoning him, he jumps and flies to Ross’s house to confront him, but finds Betty, whom he kidnaps.

This is the second time Betty has had a confrontation with the Hulk. This time, she asks him why he hates humanity, and the Hulk answers with another question. Why not hate the civilization that has only tortured and imprisoned him?

In fact, the Hulk is about to destroy his only hope of a normal life when Rick walks in and tells him about the Toadmen. But any chance for a conversation turns to nothing when the Toad Men attack Earth and there are a series of earthquakes throughout the night.

Finally, with daylight comes Bruce, the only person who knows the power of the Gamma Ray pistol, which he uses to send the Toad Men and their spaceship to another galaxy.


Discussion:

Reading back issues of The Hulk, it seems impossible that the green monster had such a long run. All the other comics that we see in those times are about some criminal or something small. But with the Hulk introducing concepts like aliens, of course like Superman, it was definitely an amazing change that made the comics more interesting.