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The Incredible Hulk #242, December 1979. "Sic Semper Tyrannus!" Written by Roger Stern, art by Sal Buscema, lettered by Jim Novak, colored by Glynnis Wein, edited by Al Milgrom, cover by Bob Layton.

They-Who-Wield-Power -- the ruling triumverate of El Dorado, are no more. Tyrannus, one of the three, killed the other two, and he now controls the sacred flame. The Hulk smashes away at the hill Tyrannus stands on, revealing the sacred flame is sustained via a machine, which the Hulk cannot smash. Tyrannus reveals the machine was created by the Deviants, and that he plans to use the Hulk to stoke the flame so that he may rule the world!

The Hulk leaps up to Tyrannus, but a forcefield prevents him from getting to the villain. The Hulk then starts to pull at the field until it bursts. Threatened by the Hulk, Tyrannus activates a defensive system which fires brain mines, and upon being hit, the Hulk falls asleep. Tyrannus then becomes linked to the flame via a war harness, and at his will, a gigantic metal arm emerges from the flame, which grabs the elder Tulak, and kills him. Tulak's people flee the city for the caves.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the criminal Goldbug, whom Tyrannus thinks is unconscious, escapes the net he's entangled in, and removes the brain mine from the Hulk using his aqua regia solution. The Hulk, awakened, charges Tyrannus but is grabbed by the metal arm, but the Green Goliath breaks free easily, tering the fingers of the hand off, and then smashing away at the sacred flame machinery with the remainder of the arm. Having access to the interior of the machine, Jade-Jaws starts tearing away at it, which not only causes earth tremors, but causes Tyrannus great pain. Tyrannus then becomes one with the flame, and starts tearing apart the city. The Hulk takes hold of the machinery of the sacred flame and tears at it again, causing the flame/Tyrannus to scream in pain!

Note: No letter column in this issue.

A couple of ads to share from this issue, the first being ABC's Saturday Morning cartoon promotion, which is chiefly included because of three -- count 'em, three -- comics-based cartoons, starting with the second (or is it third) incarnation of the Super Friends, then with Plastic Man, and finally the original Spider-Woman (certainly the latter two were strange choices for cartoons, as neither character was familiar to children. But then, CBS just had Batman and Tarzan, and I think around this time NBC had Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends or the Fantastic Four cartoon with Herbie in it).

Note that Plas had to share his show with "Mightyman and Yukk" (a shrinking superhero a la the Silver Age Atom and his dog, who was so ugly he wore his doghouse on his head... so hideous he was that anything or anyone who saw his face would be immediately defeated or destroyed), Rickety Rocket (think "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids meet Speed Buggy in Space"), and Fangface (a werewolf who would change just by seeing a photo of a full moon... sort of a Shaggy and Scooby-Doo in one). I believe you can still see this on the Cartoon Network.

Oh, and there's the inevitable Scooby-Doo cartoon, long a staple of Saturday mornings. ABC had managed to steal Scooby and the gang from CBS, but we were then inflicted with Scrappy Doo (die! die! die!).

Thank goodness for a good 'ol Heroes World ad to help get the taste of Scrappy-Doo out of one's mouth! Admittedly, this wasn't one of the best ads Heroes World had ever run, being limited to some rubber masks, a Kiss Make-Up Kit, a Hulk coin bank (well, that's kind of cool), and a Marvel stamp pad set... but still, I feel obligated to always share Heroes World ads with you guys.

Probably more enjoyable is the ad below for Parker Brothers Rom, a character who had more success as a comic book than as a toy.

 

 

Note that the ad makes Rom appear shiny... he wasn't! I had onen of these for a while, and the dude was gray, not chrome-plated, as one might figure from this as well as from the comics (perhaps if he *was* chromed, he might've done well -- then again, since Rom was a one-off figure, with no enemies or anything...). Rom just plain looked goofy, but he was still a cool toy, one that I'm surprised nobody has tried to bring back (chromed, of course! Hmmm... maybe Playing Mantis might be interested)...

As I see it, Parker Brothers should've followed up on the Marvel Comic of the same name, and created Dire Wraith figures (actually, there was plans for Toy Biz to put out a Dire Wraith figure not too long ago, but that plan went south... maybe they should consider acquiring the license?).

Anyway, with these latter two ads, the same applies as for the other pages... do you have any of this stuff? Do you have a picture of you with it? Do you have a scan of that picture? Do you have a story about the item? Then why haven't you sent it to me yet at waffyjon@execpc.com so I can add it to this page then?