THE INCREDIBLE HULK - THE STING OF THE WASP (1966)
Bernard Cowen, Paul Sols, John Vernon, A case of mistaken identity, Some questionable body swapping
Written by: You’re not even reading this part, so do you really care? Directed by: Oh come on… you don’t give a damn who directed this!
Theme tune - "Doc Bruce Banner, belted by gamma rays, turned into the Hulk. Ain't he unglamo-rays!
WHAT IS IT? It’s an episode of the 1966 cartoon The Incredible Hulk, (sigh, here we go again) which just like The Mighty Thor and Iron Man was taken from the (sort of anthology show) The Marvel Superheroes.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA: The Incredible Hulk was one of five cartoons that appeared on a rotational basis (ie a different cartoon appearing each weekday) under the umbrella series The Marvel Superheroes. Like all of the other toons in the show the Hulk wasn’t awful, however the stories were simple (aka a bit dull) and the animation was GOD DAMN LAZY. In this particular episode, the villainous Space Phantom (no we’ve got no idea either) was trying to cause trouble for the Hulk and his fellow Avengers! Oh and that exclamation mark following the word ‘Avengers’ is probably about as exciting as it’s going to get, so don’t say you weren’t warned!
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Previously on the Incredible Hulk…
In the Animated Budget Marvel Universe, the Space Phantom posed as the Hulk to stir up trouble amongst the Avengers, whilst the real Hulk was sent off to… limbo!
Whilst the Hulk is trapped in limbo, the Space Phantom continues to make the Green Goliath act like a bit of a dick (even more so than usual) and so he decides to go to Tony Stark’s missile factory… to smash it up. As Tony Stark is secretly the Armoured Avenger known to the world as Iron Man it’s only a matter of minutes before he’s on the scene, ready to use his ‘armoured electrical power’ to stop the Hulk. With his plan already looking a bit ‘iffy’, the Space Phantom realises he’s made a mistake smashing up Stark’s factory and quickly transforms himself into Iron Man’s fellow Avenger the Wasp so he can escape.
With the Phantom gone, the real Hulk returns from limbo to find Iron Man trying to kick seven shades of shit out of him, which is not the greatest welcome ever. Naturally this makes the Jade Giant grumpier than Ebenezer Scrooge doing his tax returns and so in a whirlwind rage he continues to fight Iron Man. Of course with this being the Animated Budget Marvel Universe the fight is nothing more than a couple of punches and some stern words, so it’s not long before the Hulk and Iron Man make friends again.
The Space Phantom is pretending to be the Wasp in order to stir up trouble between her and Hank Pym aka Giant Man/Ant-Man/wife beater/Yellow Jacket/whatever he’s calling himself these days. Sadly for the Wasp (and the Space Phantom) Hank doesn’t seem to notice that she’s acting a little different and whilst he’s got her alone he suggests they get down to some ‘sexy time’ and then he switches on some Barry White.
THE PHANTOM MENACE: *Following some ‘sexy time’ with Hank Pym, the Space Phantom was never quite the same man.
*Although Iron Man and the Hulk have since made up, Iron Man still thinks the Hulk is a dick.
*The Wasp said that spending a few hours in limbo was on par with spending a few hours having ‘sexy time’ with Hank Pym.