June 1973 Volume 2 USA 278 Collected
INCREDIBLE HULK, THE #164
1st Appearance of Captain Omen

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June 1973
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.20
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As the Hulk continues his search for Betty, he ends up somewhere near the North Pole, where General Ross and the Hulkbusters attack him. During the attack, the ice the Hulk is standing on is blasted, and he falls down an icy cavern and lands before a hidden military complex owned by the Russians. The base is commanded by a deformed man known as the Gremlin, son of the Gargoyle, the Russian operative the first being to ever clash with the Hulk.

Seeing the Hulk's arrival as the perfect opportunity to test his new Super-Trooper armor, he sends out his operatives to attack the Hulk. The Hulk holds his own against the Super-Troopers until they gas him unconscious and take him prisoner. The Gremlin then deals with the Hulkbusters, still patrolling the area. Firing a null ray, they stop the ship from piloting General Ross over the Arctic. Overhearing Ross on the radio, he sends his Super-Troopers to capture the General as a high-ranking prize. Ross tries his best to stop the Super-Troopers but is easily captured.
The Gremlin then meets with the Hulk and tells the Hulk how he blames him for his father's death and how he's always vowed revenge. However, he has now changed his mind and decides to learn as much as he can from the Hulk by pushing the limits of the beasts' abilities. Keeping the Hulk mildly sedated, he puts the Green Goliath through different tests. When asking the Hulk about politics, the Gremlin doesn't get the answer that he'd like and gasses the Hulk twice as much as normal, causing him to revert to Bruce Banner.
Furious at this turn of events, the Gremlin has Banner locked up until he transforms into the Hulk again. Along the way, Banner sees that Ross has also been taken, prisoner. When the guards come to take Ross out of his cell for a bit, he manages to toss Banner a note asking him to transform into the Hulk so that they can both escape from captivity. The next day the Gremlin decides to take Banner out of his cell, deciding to take a blood sample to analyze. Banner takes this moment to get worked up enough to prompt a transformation into the Hulk.
When the Gremlin sends his Super-Troopers against the Hulk and attempts to gas him again, the Hulk smashes through the wall to escape. He meets with Ross, who asks the Hulk to break him out. The Hulk, hating Ross for his constant harassment, refuses to do so and smashes out of the facility by himself.
While back in the States at Project: Greenskin, Betty and Glenn return from their honeymoon. Getting the paper, Betty is joyed to read about the Hulk's recent exploits knowing that Bruce Banner is still alive, much to Glenn's chagrin. However, Betty's joy is replaced with grief when she learns that the Russians have taken her father prisoner.

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INCREDIBLE HULK, THE # 164
Marvel 1969-1973 Volume 1 UK
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