Incredible Hulk #167 is just a treat. I mean the cover alone is worth the post. It's got a Herb Trimpe Hulk, it's got speech bubbles on the cover and it's got M.O.D.O.K. in a giant robotic body. What more could you possibly want?
So grouchy old Thunderbolt Ross has spent the last bunch of issues having a relaxing vacation in a scenic Russian gulag right? Then in the previous issue he was heroically rescued by Major Glenn Talbot who mere days before had married the Hulk's main squeeze Betty Ross.
Well this issue opens with his happy homecoming. Warm and fuzzy as ever old T-bolt ruins the mood by choosing the middle of Betty's hearfelt 'Welcome Home' to tell her that he left her new hubby back in snowy Russkie-land. That results in this little bit of awesome:
I Love You Too Honey
Look at those eyes! And the expression of her old man's face? That says it all - clearly that was one hell of a nasty slap! Why so many guys want to date that crazy bitch I'll never know.
While awesome may not run in the Ross family. Betty's pop has got it in spades in this issue. When a slimy reporter type demands the skinny on the crazy bitch eyes and face slapping. Old T-bolt gets all Russell Crowe on his ass. Check it out:
I'll Give You The Last Good Film I Made Was LA Confidential!
Meanwhile over in A.I.M. headquarters we find Marvel's most awesome Mobile Organism Designed Only For Killing sucking the brains out of his minions for kicks. We get a brief rundown of his plan to wack the Hulk using a giant robot body. Sounds awesome right?
Sadly it turns out that the guts of his Kill-Hulk-With-Giant-Robot-body plans really just boils to getting his Peeping Tom on outside of Betty Ross' window.
C'mon dude. You're a floating, giant, gentically engineered brain with little stumpy arms and legs. I would've thought you could've come up with a more interesting plan that that! Come to think of it M.O.D.O.K. is a floating, giant, genetically engineered brain with little stumpy arms and legs is he even equipped to...y'know. Did A.I.M. build some kind accessory into that robot body for - -
- -okay, We're getting into a weird area here. Let's get back on point.
While M.O.D.O.K. is doing things other than what he's been designed only for, the Hulk is off picking flowers for Betty. Seriously, that dude is picking 'I'm-sorry-your-new-husband-died-but-maybe-you-could-forgive-my-big-green-alter-ego-for-ruining-your-life-and-get-back-together-with-me' flowers. Get on that one Hallmark!
Sadly when he arrives to deliver his posies he finds M.O.D.O.P.(Mobile Organism Designed Only For Peeping) trying to mack on his chick. Understandably he gets a little upset and well...punches his head off.
Like I said people...wack-a-doodle.
70s Hulk has some quality wack-a-doodle, those comics are packed end to end with crazy bat-shit stuff like this. From Steve Gerber and Roy Thomas and their Leader-possessed Rhino verus Hulk throw-down on Counter Earth to Steven Englehart turning Betty Ross into feathery, gamma-freak-job the Harpy. It's all good stuff.
Go buy some today.