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- I'm not packin' enough laser-power to drive that automaton back to its own territory! Time for a new strategy! Running!
Appearing in "Now Somewhere In the Black Holes of Sirius Major There Lived a Young Boy Name of Rocket Raccoon!"Edit
- Judson Jakes (First appearance)
- Uncle Pyko (First appearance)
- Blackjack O'Hare (First appearance)
- Killer Clowns (Appears in flashback and main story) (First appearance)
- Loonies (Appears in flashback and main story)
- Shrinks (Appears in flashback and main story)
- Halfworld Robots (Appears in flashback and main story)
- Dark-Crawler (Appears in flashback and main story)
- Torgo (Only in flashback)
- Amphibion (Only in flashback)
- Daydra (Appears in flashback and main story)
- Galaxy Master (Appears in flashback and main story)
- Lylla (First appearance)
- Keystone Quadrant Kops (First appearance)
- Stinker (First appearance)
- Gideon's Bible
- The Rakk 'n' Ruin
Synopsis for "Now Somewhere In the Black Holes of Sirius Major There Lived a Young Boy Name of Rocket Raccoon!"Edit
The Hulk awakens on Halfworld - a planet populated by sentient, talking animals. Two of the natives, Rocket Raccoon and Wal Rus discover him and try to make sense of the Hulk's presence. The Hulk decides that he likes these two critters and helps defend them against a powerful tank called a Robomower. The three of them flee into Rocket's space ship the Rakk 'n' Ruin and blast off. Rocket Raccoon explains to the Hulk that Halfworld is threatened by an insidious mole named Judson Jakes. Jakes seeks to acquire the fabled Gideon's Bible, which he believes will enable him to conquer not only Halfworld, but the entire Keystone Quadrant. The Hulk agrees to help Rocket and Wal Russ safeguard Gideon's Bible from Judson Jakes clutches.
On Earth, Betty Ross is in the old cave sanctuary in the deserts of New Mexico. Lying on the floor before her is Rick Jones who has just suffered a massive overdose of Gamma radiation. Betty's panic is interrupted by the arrival of the bird-woman Bereet. Bereet is reluctant to aid Rick Jones as it goes against the Krylorian Code, but as she has frequently rebelled against the code, she decides to use the technology at her disposal to help Rick.
Back on the Rakk 'n' Ruin, Rocket Raccoon flies to the Cuckoo's Nest, where he discovers that Judson Jacks has not only stolen Gideon's Bible, but he has also kidnapped Rocket's girlfriend Lylla as well. The three board the ship once again and head towards Judson's satellite headquarters, the Spacewheel.
While Rocket Raccoon desperately searches for Lylla, the Hulk has an encounter with Judson's chief scientist Uncle Pyko. Pyko knows that the Hulk's prodigious strength would give the opposition a great advantage, so he convinces the Hulk to return home to Earth. He provides the Hulk with the means to teleport his body back to his homeworld. Rocket Raccoon meanwhile gets the drop on Judson Jacks. Although he fails to recover Gideon's Bible, he does succeed in rescuing Lylla.
- This issue contains the first canon appearance of Rocket Raccoon (his first appearance is in Marvel Preview #7) and the first appearance of his entire supporting cast.
- Issue includes flashbacks from Incredible Hulk #270.
- There are many references to the British rock band The Beatles found in this issue. The character of Rocket Raccoon is a lampoon of the eponymous character featured in the song "Rocky Raccoon" from the Beatles' 1968 "White Album". The story from the song, which involves Rocky's attempt to save his girlfriend from a villain, reflects events chronicled in this issue. The title to this issue, "Now Somewhere In the Black Holes of Sirius Major There Lived a Young Boy Name of Rocket Raccoon!" is a play on the opening lyric of the song, Now somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota, There lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon. Another Beatles reference is Rocket's sidekick Wal Rus who happens to be a talking Walrus. Magical Mystery Tour had the song "I Am the Walrus" and Paul McCartney wearing a mask of the pinniped, something referenced in another track of the White Album, "Glass Onion" ("here's a clue to you all\the Walrus was Paul").
- Incredible Hulk (Volume 1)
- Incredible Hulk (Volume 2)
- Defenders (Volume 1)
- Defenders (Volume 2)
- Rampaging Hulk (Volume 1)
- Rampaging Hulk (Volume 2)
- Tales to Astonish (Volume 1)
- Rocket Raccoon (Volume 1)
Links and ReferencesEdit
- Incredible Hulk profile at Wikipedia
- Incredible Hulk profile at Marvel Universe
- Incredible Hulk profile at Toonopedia
- Incredible Hulk series index at the Grand Comics Database
- Incredible Hulk series index at CBDB
- Incredible Hulk series index at Comicbookdb.com
- Hulk Library
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