Tales to Astonish (vol. 1) #59 (Sep. 1964):
“Enter: The Hulk”
by Stan Lee, Dick Ayers, Paul Reinman

Tales to Astonish (vol. 1) #59

Title: “Enter: The Hulk”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Sep. 1964

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Stan Lee
Art by: Dick Ayers, Paul Reinman

11 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner)
(lead character)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
Hulkbusters; Pantheon...  Marvel 4,551
Giant-Man Giant-Man (Hank Pym)
(lead character)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: U atheist
Commission on Superhuman Activities; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 1,543
The Wasp The Wasp (Janet van Dyne)
(lead character)
CBR Scale: U Dutch Reformed (nominal); atheist
Lady Liberators; The Avengers...  Marvel 1,339
Captain America Captain America (Steve Rogers) hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Redeemers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel Timely 5,992
Iron Man Iron Man (Tony Stark) hero
CBR Scale: I futurist; technophile; mostly secular; sometimes prays; Alcoholics Anonymous
Force Works; Illuminati...  Marvel 5,673
Thor Thor (Donald Blake) hero deity
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic deity
Asgardian; Cosmic Avengers...  Marvel 4,362
Red She-Hulk Betty Ross supporting character
CBR Scale: S Catholic (former novitiate)
Code Red; Home Base... 
[girlfriend (later wife) of Dr. Bruce Banner (the Hulk)]
Marvel 463
Red Hulk Thunderbolt Ross supporting character villain hero
CBR Scale: I Catholic; atheist
Code Red; Control...  Marvel 350
Human Top (David Cannon) villain
  Batroc's Brigade; Initiative... 
[ice skating competitor]
Marvel 113
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Secret Defenders; Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends...  Marvel 10,664
CBR Scale: M Vegan religion
[scouting agent for the Vegans]
Marvel 1

With issue #59, the Tales to Astonish comic book series had long featured Hank Pym (a.k.a. "Ant-Man" and then "Giant-Man") as the series star and featured cover character. This had been the case since Tales to Astonish #35. In issue #59, the cover story prominently features the Hulk as a co-star in Giant-Man's feature story. This is a "warm-up" for the next issue, #60, in which the series begins featuring the Hulk as the series co-star.

Tales to Astonish continued to be split between features starring the Hulk and Giant-Man (with logos for both heroes emblazoned prominently on the cover), from issue #60 through #60. Beginning with issue #61, the co-features in Tales to Astonish switched from the Hulk and Giant-Man to the Hulk and Sub-Mariner. The series continued that way for over 40 issues, until issue #101. Then the series title switched to The Incredible Hulk, continuing the numbering of the Tales to Astonish series with #102.