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Nathan Summers


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Was the Cobalt Bomb that Zarrko the Tomorrow Man came back to our time period to steal, and Thor was going to help test (cf. Journey into Mystery #86), originally created by Bruce Banner? Just that the testing location seemed to be New Mexico and the outspoken general at the testing site looked remarkably like "Thunderbolt" Ross! Or was Ross planning to use this C-Bomb against the Hulk? Once Bruce was on the run, who became Ross's weapons developer?




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    Was the Cobalt Bomb that Zarrko the Tomorrow Man came back to our time period to steal, and Thor was going to help test (cf. Journey into Mystery #86), originally created by Bruce Banner?


Banner's never been shown to experiment with any other radiation than Gamma. The Cobalt Bomb's development seems to be in question since the President doesn't think the US has one in INCREDIBLE HULK #174 after Roger Roberts blows up. Perhaps the bomb test after Thor recovers the C-Bomb in JiM#86 was a dud. They should have gotten help from Roberts, whom Banner met in #173. Banner mentioned nothing about developing a cobalt explosive in that issue or the following one.


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    Just that the testing location seemed to be New Mexico and the outspoken general at the testing site looked remarkably like "Thunderbolt" Ross!


He only really appeared in one panel. I don't think it was Ross. I couldn't see all the stars he was wearing, though.


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    Or was Ross planning to use this C-Bomb against the Hulk? Once Bruce was on the run, who became Ross's weapons developer?


Dr. Konrad Zaxon was Banner's immediate successor, assigned in TtA#78. He immediately displayed signs of megalomania and the desire for world conquest. In one of the quickest defeats ever, the would-be "Zaxon The First" was destroyed by his own ray-gun after shooting the Hulk with it a few times. The Hulk, more annoyed than injured, knocked it out of his hands and Zaxon was killed while approaching his damaged gun which fired at him. This confrontation took a grand total of 3 pages(the concluding 2 pages were in TtA #79, so one page was a splash page).

I chose to believe "Thunderbolt" chose to leave the position vacant after that.


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Nathan Summers


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    Banner's never been shown to experiment with any other radiation than Gamma. The Cobalt Bomb's development seems to be in question since the President doesn't think the US has one in INCREDIBLE HULK #174 after Roger Roberts blows up. Perhaps the bomb test after Thor recovers the C-Bomb in JiM#86 was a dud. They should have gotten help from Roberts, whom Banner met in #173. Banner mentioned nothing about developing a cobalt explosive in that issue or the following one.

No, the C-Bomb from JiM#86 got ferried away to the 26th Century by Zarrko the Tomorrow Man!


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    He only really appeared in one panel. I don't think it was Ross. I couldn't see all the stars he was wearing, though.

He's at least a two star (Major General), which is on the collar of his shirt above the tie.

The location is specifically ID'd on the last page as a desert in New Mexico, so if it is Ross it would fit between Hulk #3 & #4.


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    Dr. Konrad Zaxon was Banner's immediate successor, assigned in TtA#78. He immediately displayed signs of megalomania and the desire for world conquest. In one of the quickest defeats ever, the would-be "Zaxon The First" was destroyed by his own ray-gun after shooting the Hulk with it a few times. The Hulk, more annoyed than injured, knocked it out of his hands and Zaxon was killed while approaching his damaged gun which fired at him. This confrontation took a grand total of 3 pages(the concluding 2 pages were in TtA #79, so one page was a splash page).

It's too late for Zaxon as the story comes much earlier, as mentioned above.





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I thought it was pretty much assumed to be Ross by every MU historian. For instance, sites like Chronology Project consider it to be him.

Whether or not Banner was involved in the C-Bomb is up in the air. I do tend to agree that Banner's thing was Gamma, but he's shown other expertise. Who knows.




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