Tales to Astonish #74, Dec. 1965
Devastating drama by: Stan Lee
Shattering spectacle by: Adam Austin
Explosive embellishment by: Vince Colletta
Cataclysmic calligraphy by: Sam Rosen
Dreamed up by: Stan Lee!
Designed by: Jack Kirby!
Drawn by: Bob Powell!
Delineated by: Mickey Demeo!
Doodled by: S. Rosen
I gotta admit, I don’t really understand why Namor taking a break from his quest to save Lady Dorma from being eaten by the Faceless Ones (wait, how can they eat if they don’t have a face?) means that he fails the quest. Can’t he just go back and continue afterward? Why would there be a time limit on something like that?
Dorma’s protected by a little dome thing from the onslaught of the Faceless Ones, but it’s only a matter of time before it cracks. The Sub-Mariner uses his usual conflict management style of punching everything in his path to try and save her. Meanwhile, Krang is dealing with an armed revolt in Atlantis, which he manages to pacify by hiding in a room and using a goofy robot tank to stun everybody in the entire city. That’s how you tyrannize.
The Hulk is on the moon fighting a big red alien monster that’s nearly as strong as he is for the chance to steal one of the Watcher’s devices. The alien thinks he’s got the Hulk’s number when they dive underwater (the “blue area” of the moon where the Watcher lives has water, okay? Shut up) and he wedges the Hulk in a crevice. Of course the Hulk breaks free and throws the alien into space. He grabs the golden orb that the Leader wants him to, then beams back to Earth. The Leader wears the thing as a hat in hopes of gaining all knowledge in the universe, but instead it kills him. Whoopsie.
I can’t stress how much bullshit the Watcher’s “non-interference” is. First he beams the Hulk and the red guy out of his lab so they won’t break any of his stuff, then he beams the red guy back to his home planet when the Hulk throws him into the air, figuring that means the Hulk won. Hey, Uatu, watch with your eyes, not your magic powers.