The Hulk finally took over the Tales to Astonish title in issue 102, making it The Incredible Hulk. I was okay with this because Silver Age Sub-Mariner just didn't do it for me and the abbreviated space in shoving two stories into a regular-sized comic didn't make for mesmerizing storytelling.
So, I skipped a lot of issues and I regret nothing. But just to catch up, the secret of the Bruce Banner / Hulk connection was out by then and Bruce had figured out he could change into the Hulk by getting himself excited... something that sounds dirty, but wasn't supposed to be. Anyway, we're at issue #104 wherein the Hulk tangles with the Rhino and kills him. Thusly:
And yes, it's not like the Hulk meant to start the fatal fire.
Wait a minute.
You knew that song was coming, but at least I gave you something different.
Anyway, Hulk tries to save the Rhino:
Now, it's important to note that the fire may not have been what the Hulk was going for, it was still the direct result of the Hulk's actions. And he meant to inflict damage. The fact that he was more effective than he thought he would be really isn't much of a mitigating factor.
Anyway, Rhino knows he's dying and gives it one last shot:
Before you say, "Yeah, but he didn't intend to kill the Rhino," I'm going to cut you off there. It's not the intent to kill the Rhino that is at issue. The Hulk intentionally committed the act that brought about the Rhino's death and even someone with diminished mental capacity like the Hulk could have arguably foreseen that smashing a vehicle would cause the gas inside to explode. Not that I wouldn't have raised that defense if I were defending him, but this is different from your typical "the bullet bounced off the hero's chest and struck the villain" or "the villain gets knocked off the cliff in combat" scenario.
In retrospect, the powers that be probably saw this as a bit problematic from a morality perspective (the Hulk was supposed to be sort of a hero, after all) and changed "death" to "coma" several issues later. But still.
See you Monday!