||FEATURE: Hulk; GUESTS: Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross; VILLAIN: Banner Bot
||Bruce creates an indestructable robot which is able to withstand the power of a nuclear blast but the stress of completing it on schedule causes him to transform into the Hulk and he leaves this massive weapon of awesome power unattended; So of course, a foreign spy who has been hanging around gamma base looking for just such an opportunity jumps into the robot and takes off (Geez, those guys need better security or maybe a better screening process for applications); The Hulk tries to stop the robot but can't and once he is worn out from the battle, he transforms back into Banner; Found lying in the desert by Ross and Betty, Bruce vows to build a bigger and better robot to take down the first one.
||George Roussos [as George Bell]
||Story continues from Incredible Hulk #6 but with significant changes; In the original series ending, Bruce still used his gamma ray machine to transform himself into the Hulk and, although "meaner" than his alter ego, the Hulk still retained Bruce's intellect. Here in Tales to Astonish all of a sudden, Bruce realizes that it is stress that causes him to become the jade giant and he does not turn back until he either calms down or wears himself out physically; Bruce and the Hulk now also have completely different personas and are only vaguely aware of what the other does; Creating a more inexplicable no-prize worthy mystery, without Rick Jones to hold them (there is your previous solution), what happens to Bruce Banner's glasses when he transforms to the Hulk and back again (in this story, they magically appear on the ground next to him in the desert after he makes the change).
||in Marvel Super-Heroes (Marvel, 1967 series) #25; in Incredible Hulk, The (Simon and Schuster, 1978 series) #[nn]; in Essential Hulk (Marvel, 1999 series) #1; in Incredibile Hulk, L' (Editoriale Corno, 1980 series) #13