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Colonel Talbot

Real 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 Hulk.

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.

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