Tales to Astonish #77


When earthquakes rock Atlantis, Namor heads to the surface to find out what is causing the mayhem; What he finds is a giant drill being utilized by Hank Pym as he searches for clues to the origins of life on earth.

The Hulk and the Executioner battle for the fate of the future earth and once the Asgardian is defeated, the Hulk returns back to his own time; Hounded by the military and thinking that Banner and the Hulk are dead, Rick tells Talbot the secret of the Hulk's alter ego.

Printed: Mar 1966
Writers: Stan Lee
Art: Gene Colan [as Adam Austin], Vince Colletta, Jack Kirby, and John Romita Sr.
Cover: Jack Kirby and John Romita Sr.

- First use of Namor's battle phrase, 'Imperious Rex'
- Decades later, when Thor asks Namor the meaning of the phrase, Namor answers, 'It means I’m going to feed your sorry Asgardian hide to the biggest sharks I can find.'
- 1st appearance of Behemoth, a protector of Atlantis