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Name: Glenn Talbot Occupation: Major, later Colonel in United States Air
Force, head of security at Desert Base, New Mexico, later adjutant
to General T.E. "Thunderbolt" Ross, later commanding
officer of Gamma Base, New Mexico. Identity: Publicly known Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal
record Other Aliases: None Place of Birth: Unrevealed Place of Death: Mount Kuroishi, Japan Marital Status: Divorced Known Relatives: Elizabeth "Betty" Ross Talbot
Banner (ex-wife, deceased), General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt"
Ross (ex-father-in-law, deceased) Group Affiliation: U.S. Air Force, Hulkbusters Base of Operations: Desert Base, New Mexico, later Hulk
buster (also known as Gamma) Base, New Mexico First Appearance: TALES TO ASTONISH #61 Final Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK #260
History: Major Glenn Talbot was brought to Desert Base,
New Mexico by its commanding officer, General
Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross, for two
reasons. First, Ross wanted Talbot, who was the base's
new security chief, to investigate nuclear physicist Dr.
Robert Bruce Banner, who had been working on various government
projects at the base. Due to Banner's continuous and mysterious
disappearance, Ross suspected not only that Banner was
a traitor but also that he had some connection with the
monstrous Hulk, who prowled
the vicinity. Second, Ross objected to his daughter love
for Banner, whom Ross believed to be unmanly even if he
was not a traitor. Ross hoped that Betty
would instead fall in love with Talbot, whom the general
regarded as a fine example of a military man.
Talbot, now General Ross's adjutant, continued to help Ross
try to capture or destroy the Hulk, whom they still regarded
as a menace. Banner was unable to maintain his own intelligence
and personality when he transformed into the Hulk. Eventually,
though, he found a means by which his own persona could
maintain control of the Hulk when he transformed into
that monstrous being. It appeared that the menace of the
Hulk was over, and General Ross reluctantly consented
to the wedding of Bruce Banner and his daughter. But the
wedding ceremony was ruined when, before Banner and Betty
Ross were officially joined in matrimony, the Hulk's arch
foe, the Leader, transformed
Banner back into the savage Hulk of old.
Thinking that Banner was forever lost to her as a potential
husband, Betty Ross married Glenn Talbot on the rebound.
But Talbot and General Ross believed that Betty still
actually loved Banner more, although Betty herself believed
during her first marriage that she truly loved Talbot,
not Banner. Nevertheless, Talbot and General Ross were
correct about Betty's true emotions in this matter.
With the permission of the Canadian government, General Ross
and his "Hulkbusters" pursued the Hulk through
Canada into the Arctic. Ross was taken prisoner by the
Gremlin, who then headed a secret Soviet base that had
been established there. The general was sent to a prison
in the Soviet Union. Talbot volunteered to help rescue
Ross from the Soviet Union. However, although Ross was
freed, Talbot himself was shot during the rescue mission
and was believed dead. Betty Talbot blamed her father
for Talbot's reported demise.
In actuality, however, Talbot was still alive and was being
held prisoner by the Soviets at Bitterfrost, a top secret
Soviet installation in Siberia. A man named Gregori Kronski
was subjected to surgery that made him a double of Talbot.
The Gremlin used his "psiclone" device to imprint
the memories and personality of Talbot upon Kronski's
mind, and those of Kronski upon Talbot's. Kronski was
then sent to the United States, claiming to be an escaped
Talbot. However, a bomb was concealed within Kronski's
body. The Gremlin's plan was to use the bomb to assassinate
the President of the United States when the latter came
to visit Gamma Base, where Talbot was stationed. Colonel
Jack D. Armbruster saved the President's life, but both
Armbruster and Kronski were killed when the bomb exploded.
General Ross then accompanied a team of S.H.I.E.L.D.
agents led by Clay Quartermain into the Soviet Union to
rescue the real Talbot. With assistance from the Hulk,
Ross and Quartermain succeeded in freeing Talbot, who
believed himself to be Kronski, and returning with him
to the United States. There, Talbot's true personality
and memories were restored to him.
Talbot learned to his dismay that Betty no longer believed
herself to be in love with him, and that she realized
she had never stopped loving Banner. Glenn and Betty Talbot
were therefore soon received a divorce.
The strain of the many years of failures in trying to end the
menace of the hulk caused General Ross to suffer a nervous
breakdown. He was relieved of command of Gamma Base, and
Talbot, as the man most experienced in battling the Hulk
next to Ross himself, was promoted to colonel and given
command of Gamma Base by the Pentagon. Determined to gain
vengeance for the loss of his wife's love and for Ross's
nervous collapse, Talbot was intent on destroying the
Talbot though, proved no more successful at destroying the
Hulk than Ross had been. Dissatisfied with Gamma Base's
repeated failures to end the menace of the Hulk, Congress
finally shut the base down. Now obsessed with killing
the Hulk, Talbot committed treason by stealing the War
Wagon, a highly sophisticated flying battle cruiser, and
going off on his own to find and slay the Hulk in defiance
of military and congressional authority.
Talbot finally caught up with the Hulk at Mount Kuroishi, an
inactive volcano, in Japan. Talbot launched a massive
onslaught against the Hulk using the War Wagon's immensely
powerful arsenal of weaponry. The battle triggered an
earthquake that reactivated the volcano. During the fight
Talbot wore an "encephalo-helmet" that enabled
him to take direct mental command of the War Wagon's controls
(which ordinarily were run by on-board computers). Talbot
bombarded the Hulk with intense sonic beams, causing the
monster tremendous pain. The Hulk then struck the mountain
so hard that its cone was shattered and a torrent of lava,
ash, and super-heated air struck and covered the hovering
War Wagon. The heat and force that thus struck the War
Wagon caused an electrical overload in its systems that
traveled through the encephalo-helmet and incinerated
Talbot's brain. Talbot died immediately, and with no one
to control the War Wagon, the flying vehicle crashed to
Earth. The Hulk escaped the scene, having suffered no
permanent injury; Talbot had failed to stop the Hulk for
the final time, this time at the price of his own life.
Height: 6 ft. 1in. Weight: 215 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown
Strength Level: Glenn Talbot possessed the normal human
strenght of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged
in moderate regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: None
Weapons: At times Glenn Talbot employed advanced weaponry
against the Hulk, such as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Super-Mandroid battlesuit
and the flying fortress called theWar Wagon.