Tales to Astonish #76, Feb. 1966
Story: Stan Lee
Pencilling: Adam Austin
Delineation: Vince Colletta
Lettering: Sam Rosen
Script: Stan Lee
Layout: Jack Kirby
Pencilling: Scott Edward
Inking: Mickey Demeo
Lettering: Artie Simek
Namor wraps up a now seven issue long plotline here… though they’re only half-issue stories, so I guess it’s more like three and a half issues long. Still, that’s pretty long for as lame as this Sub-Mariner series has been. Especially since basically nothing at all happens in this final issue of it… which… I guess that only makes it three normal issues long.
Namor gets back home and beats the crap out of Krang for being a bad man who dun tried to steal his underwater empire. He promotes the old guy who helped him to Grand Vizier and exiles Krang because he couldn’t possibly be a threat anymore. That’s it, that’s all that happens. This would be good pacing for the non-action stuff if this was a full-magazine feature, but it ain’t so it ain’t.
The Hulk is in the 25th century because the army stupidly shot him with a time-travel gun without knowing anything about what it does. He’s attacked and eventually captured by a bunch of future soldiers in goofy Kirby-esque costumes who bring him to their king. The king asks the Hulk’s help against an evil guy who’s attacking them, but the Hulk really doesn’t give a shit and breaks out just in time to see future tanks approaching the city. He rips the top off one of the tanks to see just who this evil one is, and who would it be but the Executioner!
The last we saw the Executioner, he was running away from the Avengers along with the Enchantress, who later joined up with Power Man and did her own thing. But this is also 500 years or so in the future, and since the Executioner is one of Asgard’s immortals, it could just be him from this time period having fun raiding castles and the like and not have anything to do with time travel. I guess we’ll find out in the next Tales to Astonish!