Marvel Two-in-One #46: Battle in Burbank!
Writer: Alan Kupperberg
Penciller: Alan Kupperberg
Inker: Chic Stone
Letterer: Shelly L.
Colorist: Alan K.
Editor: Roger Stern
The Guest Star:
the Incredible Hulk
the Hulk, and some hostage takers
Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Karen Page, Uncle Waddles (?)
The Set Up:
Ben's sitting at home watching the tube, checking out the new series about the Incredible Hulk. Our hero can't imagine why the Hulk gets a TV show while the Thing doesn't. After he punts the TV, the rest of the Fantastic Four calm him back down and at Reed's suggestion Ben heads out for California to visit the studio.
Out in California, a trio of recently fired stuntmen are coming up with a plan for cash- the kidnapping for ransom of Karen Page, soon-to-be co-star on the Hulk show.
In the Nevada desert, Bruce Banner is wandering through a town clad only in his traditional shredded purple shorts when he sees the Hulk TV show in an apliance store window. He gets so angry that he changes into the Hulk, who sees the show as well and leaps off for Hollywood to get some revenge.
The next morning, Ben arrives at the studio and, after some minor misadventures, winds up in an office to discuss a Thing show. Karen Page settles in to wait in the office outside, apparently having the next appointment. The three crooks slip onto the lot to kidnap Karen, and grab her in the waiting room. The Hulk bounds onto the lot, and comes breaking into the office where Ben and the exec. are talking. Mayhem and wackiness ensues...
No Clobberin' Time this month.
No Petunia either.
Things of Interest:
--- Original art, from your editor's personal collection, such as it is. Ben is out in Hollywood, on the studio lots, and asks directions of 'the famous Uncle Waddles', host of a Saturday morning kiddie show, or so he says. Uncle Waddles is a dead-on twin of Howard the Duck, down to the stogie. Hmm. I don't know if it is Howard or if it really is supposed to be a guy in a duck suit! -- A few years later: The Howard the Duck entry in 2006's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe did include Uncle Waddles as an alias, so I guess it is him...
"Thing in the Family": 'Shuddup, ya orange meathead!"
A couple fun Hollywood jokes/references- The editor, Roger Stern, is listed in the guest star credits that roll for the Hulk show on the TV in the appliance store window on page 6. Also, the Hulk busts through the M.A.S.H. set on page 15.
Hey- we get a Willie Lumpkin appearance on page 31!