- All right, you freaks -- just hold it! If you really want to tangle with someone -- why not try your luck against -- the Wolverine!
- -- Wolverine
Appearing in "And the Wind Howls... Wendigo!"Edit
- Georges Baptiste
- Wolverine (First appearance)
- Hector (Only Appearance)
- Jasper (Only Appearance)
- Marie Cartier
- Canadian Army
Synopsis for "And the Wind Howls... Wendigo!"Edit
The Hulk drops down out of the air and lands on a farm in upstate New York, crashing through farmer Jasper's brand new $658.27 knotty-pine fence. Unlike most that the Hulk encounters, Jasper does not turn and flee, but instead stands his ground and berates the Hulk for the damage he has caused. At first, the Hulk seems truly apologetic, but then he realize how silly it is to apologize to a "puny human" and bounds away.
Before long, he crosses the Canadian border and is instantly detected by the Canadian Air Force. They remember the Hulk from the last time he visited Canada, and are prepared to deal with him. In fact, this particular facility was built for the express purpose of monitoring the Hulk’s activities. Following the Hulk's progress on their radar, an unnamed military commander barks the order, "Mobilize – Weapon X!"
The Hulk finds a quiet patch of forest to relax in, but his comfort is quickly disrupted as a pack of ravenous wolves surround him. The wolves pile on top of him, driving backwards into a ravine. The Hulk flexes his muscles causing the wolves to scatter.
Meanwhile back at Hulkbuster Base, General Ross meets with Colonel Armbruster and Major Talbot. They discuss a pending visit by the President of the United States, and Armbruster is concerned that Glenn (having only recently escaped from imprisonment in Russia) may not be ready just yet to greet the Chief Executive. Glenn stands up and animatedly announces his determination to meet the President. Betty comforts him, and succeeds in calming Glenn down.
In Quebec, the Hulk continues wandering through the woods. Suddenly, he hears a mysterious feminine voice in his ear. He doesn't know where it is coming from, and the buzzing in his brain is driving him into even greater fits of anger. The sound eventually lures him to a small cave. Inside the cave are Marie Cartier and Georges Baptiste. Marie, having acquired knowledge of the dark arts, wishes to free her brother Paul of the curse that transformed him into the monstrous Wendigo. Her plan is to use an occult ritual to pull the essence of the Wendigo out of Paul's body, and transplant it into a surrogate host form – namely, the Hulk. Georges thinks that Marie’s plan is reprehensible, but she is more than willing to curse another, so long as it saves her brother.
As the Hulk enters deeper into the cave, Marie approaches him and offers him food and broth. The food is laced with a drug that renders the Hulk incredibly sleepy. As she prepares the ritual, the Wendigo enters the cave. The Hulk’s body chemistry quickly burns the drug out of his system, and he rises to fight the Wendigo.
The two monsters engage in an epic struggle that nearly tears the entire forest down. The Hulk hurls large boulders at the Wendigo, and the Canadian creature responds by bashing a tree trunk overtop the Hulk's head. As they continue to trade blows, another player enters the scene – a costumed adventurer with metal claws named the Wolverine.
- This issue is reprinted in the Incredible Hulk and Wolverine one-shot special, as well as the Wolverine Battles the Incredible Hulk one-shot special.
- This cover is reprinted in part in the British publication, Mighty World of Marvel, (June 30, 1976). The cover is slightly altered on the Mighty World of Marvel cover. Specifically, the Wendigo has been redrawn by an unknown artist. (If anyone knows the identity of this unknown artist, please document this and add it to this database).
- The modified cover of "Mighty World of Marvel" was used for one of the Hulk's 1977 slurpee cups.
- The Hulk chronologically appeared last in flashback in the first story in Marvel Comics Presents #59. His last previously published appearance was in Giant-Size Spider-Man #1.
- This issue is technically the first appearance of Wolverine. Most authoritative sources credit Wolverine's first appearance as Incredible Hulk #181, where he appears throughout the entire issue. Wolverine chronologically appeared last in flashback in Wolverine (Volume 2) #144.
- The Weapon X Project is referenced for the first time in this issue.
- This issue features the first canonical appearance of Adamantium, although it won't be referenced as such until issue #181.
- First and only appearance of Jasper and Hector, two farmers.
- Jack Armbruster makes reference to Major Talbot's recent escape from Russia. This event took place in Incredible Hulk #176.
- There is an episode in The Incredible Hulk (1996) TV Show named "And the Wind Howls"... Wendigo!" whose name is probably inspired by this issue's name, only instead of "And the Wind Howls... Wendigo!" the episode was named "And the Wind Cries... Wendigo!.
- No trivia.
- Incredible Hulk #162 (1st appearance of the Wendigo)
- Incredible Hulk #181 (1st full Wolverine story)
- Incredible Hulk #340 (Wolverine vs. Grey Hulk)
- Giant-Size X-Men #1 (Wolverine joins the X-Men)
- Hulk/Wolverine: Six Hours Vol 1
- Wolverine Hulk Vol 1
- Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk Vol 1 (Alternate continuity)
- What If? #31: What If Wolverine Killed the Hulk?
- What If? Vol 2 #50: What If the Hulk Killed Wolverine?
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