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The Hulk
Variant cover art for The Incredible Hulk vol. 3, #92 (April 2006) by Bryan Hitch.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Robert Bruce Banner
Species Human
Place of origin Earth
Team affiliations Warbound
Hulkbusters (Banner)
Mighty Avengers
Notable aliases Joe Fixit, The Green Scar, War
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and durability
Regenerative healing factor
Genius level intellect in later incarnations

The Hulk (popularly known as The Incredible Hulk) is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). In 2008, the hobbyist magazine Wizard named the Hulk the seventh-greatest Marvel Comics character.[1] Empire Magazine named him the fourteenth greatest comic book character overall, and the fifth highest ranked in the Marvel stable.[2]

The Hulk is cast as the emotional and impulsive alter ego of the withdrawn and reserved physicist Dr. Bruce Banner. The Hulk appears shortly after Banner is accidentally exposed to the blast of a test detonation of a gamma bomb he invented. Subsequently, Banner will involuntarily transform into the Hulk, depicted as a giant, raging, humanoid monster, leading to extreme complications in Banner's life. Lee said the Hulk's creation was inspired by a combination of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein.[3]

Although the Hulk's coloration has varied throughout the character's publication history, the most consistent shade is green. As the Hulk, Banner is capable of significant feats of strength, which increases in direct proportion to the character's anger. As the character himself puts it, "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets!" Strong emotions such as anger, terror and grief are also triggers for forcing Banner's transformation into the Hulk. A common storyline is the pursuit of both Banner and the Hulk by the police or the armed forces, due to the destruction he causes.

The character has since been depicted in various other media, most notably by Lou Ferrigno in a live action television series, six television movies, and an animated series; through the use of CGI in Hulk (2003) and The Incredible Hulk (2008), as well as in three animated series and various video games.


Publication history

Concept and creation

The Hulk first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962) by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller and co-plotter Jack Kirby, who was inked by Paul Reinman. Lee cites influence from Frankenstein[4] and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the Hulk's creation:

"I combined Jekyll and Hyde with Frankenstein," he explains, "and I got myself the monster I wanted, who was really good, but nobody knew it. He was also somebody who could change from a normal man into a monster, and lo, a legend was born."[5] Lee remembers, "I had always loved the old movie Frankenstein. And it seemed to me that the monster, played by Boris Karloff, wasn't really a bad guy. He was the good guy. He didn't want to hurt anybody. It's just those idiots with torches kept running up and down the mountains, chasing him and getting him angry. And I thought, 'Wouldn't it be fun to create a monster and make him the good guy?'"[5]

Lee also compared Hulk to the Golem of Jewish myth.[4] In The Science of Superheroes, Gresh and Weinberg see the Hulk as a reaction to the Cold War [6] and the threat of nuclear attack, an interpretation shared by Weinstein in Up, Up and Oy Vey.[4] Kaplan calls Hulk "schizophrenic".[7] Jack Kirby has also commented upon his influences in drawing the character, recalling as inspiration the tale of a mother who rescues her child who is trapped beneath a car.[8]

Debut and first series

The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). Cover art by Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman.

In his debut, the Hulk was grey because Lee wanted a color that did not suggest any particular ethnic group.[9] Colorist Stan Goldberg, however, had problems with the grey coloring, resulting in different shades of grey, and even green, in the issue. After seeing the first published issue, Lee chose to change the skin color to green.[10] Green was used in retellings of the origin, with even reprints of the original story being recolored for the next two decades, until The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #302 (Dec. 1984) reintroduced the grey Hulk in flashbacks set close to the origin story. Since then, reprints of the first issue have displayed the original grey coloring, with the fictional canon specifying that the Hulk's skin had initially been grey.

The original series was canceled with issue #6 (March 1963). Lee had written each story, with Kirby penciling the first five issues and Steve Ditko penciling and inking the sixth. The character immediately guest-starred in Fantastic Four #12 (March 1963), and months later became a founding member of the Avengers, appearing in the first two issues of that superhero team's eponymous series (Sept. & Nov. 1963), and returning as an antagonist in issues #3 and #5 (Jan. & May 1964). He then guest-starred in Fantastic Four #25–26 (April–May 1964) and The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964).

Around this time, co-creator Kirby received a letter from a college dormitory stating the Hulk had been chosen as its official mascot.[4] Kirby and Lee realized their character had found an audience in college-age readers.

Tales to Astonish

Tales to Astonish #60 (Oct. 1964). Cover art by Jack Kirby and Sol Brodsky.

A year and a half after the series was canceled, the Hulk became one of two features in Tales to Astonish in issue #60 (Oct. 1964). In the previous issue, he appeared as an antagonist for Giant-Man, whose feature under various superhero guises had run in the title since issue #35. This phase also introduced the concept of Banner's transformations being caused by extreme emotional stress, which would become central to the character's status as an iconic figure of runaway emotion. This new Hulk feature was initially scripted by writer-editor Lee and illustrated by the team of penciller Steve Ditko and inker George Roussos. Other artists later in this run included Jack Kirby from #68-84 (June 1965 - Oct. 1966), doing full pencils or, more often, layouts for other artists; Gil Kane, credited as "Scott Edwards", in #76 (Feb. 1966), his first Marvel Comics work; Bill Everett (inking Kirby in #78-84, April-Oct. 1966); and John Buscema. Marie Severin finished out the Hulk’s run in Tales to Astonish; beginning with issue #102 (April 1968) the book was retitled The Incredible Hulk, and ran until March 1999, when Marvel canceled the series and then restarted the title with a new issue #1. This run of stories introduced readers to the supervillains the Leader,[11] who would become the Hulk's archnemesis, and the Abomination, another gamma-irradiated being.[11] In issue #77 (March 1966), Bruce Banner's and the Hulk's dual identity became publicly known.


The Incredible Hulk was published through the 1970s, and the character also made guest appearances in other titles. Writers introduced Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk, in a title of her own. In the first issue of the She-Hulk comic, Banner gave some of his blood to Walters in a transfusion, and the gamma radiation affected her, but she maintained most of her intellect. She later appeared in the Hulk comic proper, as well as other Marvel titles. Banner’s guilt about causing her change became another part of his character.

Writers changed numerous times during the decade. At times, the creative staff included Archie Goodwin, Chris Claremont, and Tony Isabella, Len Wein handled many of the stories through the 1970s, working first with Herb Trimpe, then, in 1975, with Sal Buscema, who was the regular artist for ten years. Harlan Ellison plotted a story, scripted by Roy Thomas, for issue #140 (Jun 1971), "The Brute that Shouted Love at the Heart of the Atom". Also of notability was Incredible Hulk #181, which featured the introduction of the character Wolverine, who would go on to become one of Marvel Comics' most popular characters.

In 1977, Marvel (under its Curtis Magazines imprint) launched a second title, The Rampaging Hulk, a black-and-white comics magazine.[11] Originally, the series was conceived as a flashback series, set between the end of his original, short-lived solo title and the beginning of his feature in Tales to Astonish.[12] After nine issues, the magazine was retitled The Hulk! and printed in full color. Near the end of the magazine's run, it went back to black-and-white.[13] Back-up features included Bloodstone during the Rampaging Hulk issues, and later Moon Knight and Dominic Fortune. Ultimately, the stories from both incarnations of the magazine were quietly retconned as "movies" based upon the Hulk for alien audiences.

1980s and 1990s

Following Roger Stern, Bill Mantlo took over the writing with issue #245 (March 1980). His Crossroads of Eternity stories, which ran from issue #300 (Oct. 1984) to #313 (Nov. 1985), explored the idea that Banner had suffered child abuse. Greg Pak, a later writer on The Incredible Hulk volume 2, called Mantlo's Crossroads stories one of his biggest influences on approaching the character.[14] After five years, Mantlo and artist Mike Mignola left the title for Alpha Flight,[15] and Alpha Flight writer John Byrne took over the series, followed briefly by Al Milgrom, before new regular writer Peter David took over.

David became the writer of the series with issue #331 (May 1987), marking the start of a 12-year tenure. David's run altered Banner's pre-Hulk characterization and the nature of the relationship between Banner and the Hulk. David returned to the Stern and Mantlo abuse storyline, expanding the damage caused, and depicting Banner as suffering dissociative identity disorder (DID). David's stories showed that Banner had serious mental problems long before he became the Hulk. David revamped the personality significantly, giving the grey Hulk the alias 'Joe Fixit', and setting him up as a morally ambiguous Vegas enforcer and tough guy. David worked with numerous artists over his run on the series, including Dale Keown, Todd McFarlane, Sam Kieth, Gary Frank, Liam Sharp, Terry Dodson, Mike Deodato, George Pérez, and Adam Kubert.[11]

In issue #377 (Jan 1991), David revamped the Hulk again, using a storyline involving hypnosis to have the splintered personalities of Banner and Hulk synthesize into a new Hulk, who has the vast power of the Savage Hulk, the cunning of the grey Hulk, and the intelligence of Bruce Banner.

In the 1993 Future Imperfect miniseries, writer David and penciller George Pérez introduced readers to the Hulk of a dystopian future. Calling himself the Maestro, the Hulk rules over a world where most of the heroes have been killed, and only Rick Jones and a small band of rebels fight against The Maestro’s rule. Although The Maestro seemed to be destroyed by the end, he returned in The Incredible Hulk #460 (Jan 1998), also written by David.

In 1998, David followed editor Bobbie Chase's suggestion to kill Betty Ross. In the introduction to the Hulk trade paperback Beauty and the Behemoth, David said that his wife had recently left him, providing inspiration for the storyline. Marvel executives used Ross' death as an opportunity to push the idea of bringing back the Savage Hulk. David disagreed, leading to his parting ways with Marvel.[16] His last issue of Hulk was #467 (Aug 1998), his 137th.

Also in 1998, Marvel relaunched The Rampaging Hulk, this time as a standard comic book rather than as a comics magazine.


Following David's departure, Joe Casey took over as writer though the series' relaunch after issue #474 (March 1999). Hulk vol. 2[17] began immediately the following month, scripted by John Byrne and penciled by Ron Garney. Byrne departed before the first year was over, citing creative differences.[18] Erik Larsen and Jerry Ordway briefly filled scripting duties in his place, and the title returned to The Incredible Hulk vol. 3[19] with the arrival of Paul Jenkins in issue #12 (March 2000).

Jenkins wrote a story arc in which Banner and the three Hulks (Savage Hulk, grey Hulk, and the Merged Hulk, now considered a separate personality and referred to as the Professor) are able to mentally interact with one another, each personality taking over the shared body. During this, the four personalities (including Banner) confront yet another submerged Hulk, a sadistic Hulk intent on attacking the world for revenge.[20] Jenkins also created John Ryker in issue #14 (May 2000), a ruthless military general in charge of the original gamma bomb test responsible for the Hulk's creation, and who plans to create similar creatures. Ryker's actions briefly result in Banner becoming the sadistic Hulk before the four other personae subdue the beast.

Bruce Jones followed as the series' writer, and his run features Banner using yoga to take control of the Hulk while he is pursued by a secret conspiracy and aided by the mysterious Mr. Blue. Jones appended his 43-issue Incredible Hulk run with the limited series Hulk/Thing: Hard Knocks #1-4 (Nov. 2004 - Feb. 2005) , which Marvel published after putting the ongoing series on hiatus.

Peter David, who had initially signed a contract for the six-issue Tempest Fugit limited series, returned as writer when it was decided to make the story, now only five parts, part of the ongoing series instead.[21] David contracted to complete a year on the title. Tempest Fugit revealed that Nightmare has manipulated the Hulk for years, tormenting him in various ways for "inconveniences" that the Hulk had caused him, including the sadistic Hulk Jenkins had introduced.[22] After a four-part tie-in to the House of M crossover and a one-issue epilogue, David left the series once more, citing the need to do non-Hulk work for the sake of his career.[23]

Planet Hulk and World War Hulk

Promotional art for World War Hulk #1 by David Finch.

In the 2006 crossover storyline Planet Hulk by writer Greg Pak, a secret group of superhero leaders, the Illuminati, consider the Hulk an unacceptable potential risk to Earth, and rocket him into space to live a peaceful existence on a planet uninhabited by intelligent life. After a trajectory malfunction, the Hulk crashes on the violent planet Sakaar. Weakened by his journey, he is captured and eventually becomes a gladiator who scars the face of Sakaar's tyrannical emperor. The Hulk becomes a rebel leader and later usurps Sakaar's throne through combat with the Red King and his armies.

After Hulk's rise to emperor, the vessel used to send Hulk to Sakaar explodes, killing millions in Sakaar's capital, including his pregnant queen, Caiera, and the damage to the tectonic plates nearly destroys the planet.

The Hulk, enraged, returns to Earth with the remnants of Sakaar's citizens, and his allies, the Warbound, seeking retribution against the Illuminati. After laying siege to Manhattan, the Hulk learns one of his allies was responsible for the explosion. He reverts to his Bruce Banner form and is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.

Retitling and new Hulk series

As of #113 (Feb. 2008), the series was retitled The Incredible Hercules, still written by Greg Pak but starring the mythological demigod Hercules and teenage genius Amadeus Cho.

Marvel also launched a new volume of Hulk, written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Ed McGuinness. The series featured the debut appearance of a new, Red Hulk, Banner coming out of a coma and resuming his changes into the Green Hulk, and appearances from a wide range of characters such as the Grandmaster, Terrax, Tiger Shark, and others. After issue #12, Incredible Hulk #600 was released, where Red Hulk absorbs Hulk's radiation and claims Banner can never turn into the Hulk again. The Hulk book then continued with issue #13 with Banner questioning whether he should be glad that Hulk is gone or even if the Hulk is truly gone. The Incredible Hulk book also continued with #601 onwards where Banner seeks out his son Skaar, offering to train him to kill the Hulk.

While training Skaar for the eventuality of the Hulk's return, Banner encounters Ms. Marvel and Norman Osborn's assistant, Victoria Hand, who he thinks are trying to cross the Hulk off of Osborn's "List". They expose him to a gamma radiation facility, re-initiating the radiation in his body. Osborn explains that he wants the Hulk to return, taking the super-intelligent Banner out of the equation, and fight Skaar, hopefully killing each other.

December 2009 saw the beginning of an event called Fall of the Hulks, which according to solicitations, was a lead up to a crossover called World War Hulks. Covers depict all of the "Hulks" (Banner, Skaar, Red Hulk, She-Hulk, Red She-Hulk, Lyra, A-Bomb, and Leonard Samson) defeated, as well as a new supervillain team-up, the Intelligencia. During this time, Banner enters into an alliance with the Red Hulk, a former Intelligencia agent. Under Banner's direction, Red Hulk has killed General Ross, an important player in the Intelligencia's overall goal.[24]


Bruce Banner

The core of the Hulk, Bruce Banner has been portrayed differently by different writers, but common themes persist. Banner, a genius, is emotionally withdrawn in most fashions.[11] Banner designed the gamma bomb which caused his affliction, and the ironic twist of his self-inflicted fate has been one of the most persistent common themes.[4] Arie Kaplan describes the character thus: “Bruce Banner lives in a constant state of panic, always wary that the monster inside him will erupt, and therefore he can’t form meaningful bonds with anyone.”[7]

Throughout the Hulk's published history, writers have continued to frame Bruce Banner in these themes. Under different writers, his fractured personality led to transformations into different versions of the Hulk. These transformations are usually involuntary, and often writers have tied the transformation to emotional triggers, such as rage and fear. As the series has progressed, different writers have adapted the Hulk, changing Hulk's personality to reflect changes in Banner's physiology or psyche. Writers have also refined and changed some aspects of Banner's personality, showing him as emotionally repressed, but capable of deep love for Betty Ross, and for solving problems posed to him. Under the writing of Paul Jenkins, Banner was shown to be a capable fugitive, applying deductive reasoning and observation to figure out the events transpiring around him. On the occasions that Banner has controlled the Hulk's body, he has applied principles of physics to problems and challenges and used deductive reasoning.

The Hulk

During the experimental detonation of a gamma bomb, scientist Bruce Banner rushes to save a teenager who has driven onto the testing field. Pushing the teen, Rick Jones, into a trench, Banner himself is caught in the blast, absorbing massive amounts of radiation. He awakens later in an infirmary, seeming relatively unscathed, but that night transforms into a lumbering grey form that breaks through the wall and escapes. A soldier in the ensuing search party dubs the otherwise unidentified creature a "hulk".[25]

The original version of the Hulk was often shown as simple and quick to anger. His first transformations were triggered by sundown, and his return to Banner by dawn. However, in Incredible Hulk #4, Banner started using a Gamma ray device to transform at will.[26] In more recent Hulk stories, emotions trigger the change. Although grey in his debut, difficulties for the printer led to a change in his color to green. In the original tale, the Hulk divorces his identity from Banner’s, decrying Banner as "that puny weakling in the picture".[25] From his earliest stories, the Hulk has been concerned with finding sanctuary and quiet,[4] and often is shown reacting emotionally to situations quickly. Grest and Weinberg call Hulk the "...dark, primordial side of [Banner's] psyche."[6]. Even in the earliest appearances, Hulk spoke in the third person. The Hulk retains a modest intelligence, thinking and talking in full sentences, and Lee even gives the Hulk expository dialogue in issue six, allowing readers to learn just what capabilities the Hulk has, when the Hulk says, “But these muscles ain't just for show! All I gotta do is spring up and just keep goin'!" In Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics, Les Daniels addresses the Hulk as an embodiment of cultural fears of radiation and nuclear science. He quotes Jack Kirby thus: "As long as we're experimenting with radioactivity there's no telling what may happen, or how much our advancements may cost us." Daniels continues "The Hulk became Marvel's most disturbing embodiment of the perils inherent in the atomic age."[27]

Though usually a loner, the Hulk helped to form both the Avengers[28] and the Defenders.[29] He was able to determine that the changes were now triggered by emotional stress.[30]

Fantastic Four #12 (March 1963), featured the Hulk's first battle with the Thing. Although many early Hulk stories involve General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross trying to capture or destroy the Hulk, the main villain is often, like Hulk, a radiation based character, like the Gargoyle or the Leader, along with other foes such as the Toad Men, or Asian warlord General Fang. Ross' daughter, Betty, loves Banner and criticizes her father for pursuing the Hulk. General Ross' right-hand man, Major Glenn Talbot, also loves Betty and is torn between pursuing the Hulk and trying to gain Betty's love more honorably. Rick Jones serves as the Hulk's friend and sidekick in these early tales.

In the 1970s, Hulk was shown as more prone to anger and rage, and less talkative. Writers played with the nature of his transformations,[31] briefly giving Banner control over the change, and the ability to maintain control of his Hulk form.

Hulk stories began to involve other dimensions, and in one, Hulk met the empress Jarella. Jarella used magic to bring Banner’s intelligence to Hulk, and came to love him, asking him to become her mate. Though Hulk returned to Earth before he could become her king, he would return to Jarella's kingdom of K'ai again.

When Bill Mantlo took on writing duties, he led the character into the arena of political commentary when Hulk traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, encountering both the violence of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and the Jewish Israeli heroine Sabra. Soon after, Hulk encountered the Arabian Knight, a Bedouin superhero.[4]

Under Mantlo's writing, a mindless Hulk was sent to the "Crossroads of Eternity", where Banner was revealed to have suffered childhood traumas which engendered Bruce's repressed rage.[32]

Having come to terms with his issues, at least for a time, Hulk and Banner physically separated under John Byrne's writing. Separated from the Hulk by Doc Samson,[33] Banner was recruited by the U.S. government to create the Hulkbusters, a government team dedicated to catching Hulk. Banner and Ross married,[34] but Byrne's change in the character was reversed by Al Milgrom, who reunited the two personas,[35] and with issue #324, returned the Hulk to his grey coloration, with the changes occurring at night, regardless of Banner's emotional state. The Hulk appeared to perish in a gamma bomb explosion, but was instead sent to Jarella's home dimension of K'ai.

Shortly after returning to Earth, Hulk took on the identity of "Joe Fixit," a shadowy behind the scenes figure, working in Las Vegas on behalf of a casino owner, Michael Berengetti.[36] For months, Banner was repressed in Hulk’s mind, but slowly began to reappear. Hulk and Banner began to change back and forth again at dusk and dawn, as the character initially had, but this time, they worked together to advance both their goals, using written notes as communication as well as meeting on a mental plane to have conversations. In The Incredible Hulk #333, the Leader describes the grey Hulk persona as strongest during the night of the new moon and weakest during the full moon. Eventually, the Green Hulk began to reemerge.[37]

In issue #377, David revamped the Hulk again. Doctor Leonard Samson engages the Ringmaster's services to hypnotize Bruce Banner and force him, the Savage Hulk (Green Hulk) and Mr. Fixit (grey Hulk) to confront Banner's past abuse at the hands of his father, Brian Banner. During the session, the three identities confront a ‘Guilt Hulk’, which sadistically torments the three with the abuse of Banner’s father. Facing down this abuse, a new larger and smarter Hulk emerges and completely replaces the "human" Bruce Banner and Hulk personae. This Hulk is a culmination of the three aspects of Banner. He has the vast power of the Savage Hulk, the cunning of the grey Hulk, and the intelligence of Bruce Banner.

Peter David then introduces the Hulk to the Pantheon, a secretive organization built around an extended family of superpowered people.[38] The family members, mostly distant cousins to each other, had codenames based in the mythos of the Trojan War, and were descendants of the founder of the group, Agamemnon. When Agamemnon leaves, he puts the Hulk in charge of the organization. The storyline ends when it is revealed Agamemnon has traded his offspring to an alien race to gain power. The Hulk leads the Pantheon against the aliens, and then moves on.

Hulk: Future Imperfect #2 (Jan. 1993), depicting the Maestro. Cover art by George Pérez.

Shortly after, Hulk encounters a depraved version of himself from the future, called Maestro. Thrown into the future, Hulk finds himself allied with Rick Jones, now an old man, in an effort to destroy the tyrant Maestro. Unable to stop him in any other manner, Hulk uses the time machine that brought him to the future to send the Maestro back into the heart of the very Gamma Bomb test that spawned the Hulk.

In 1998, David followed Editor Bobbie Chase's suggestion, and wrote a storyline centering on the death of Betty Ross. Betty has radiation poisoning, and desperate to save her, General Thunderbolt Ross worked with Banner, but they fail (later revealed to be due to interference by the Abomination), and Betty dies. The story was used to close Volume 2 of the Incredible Hulk title. Following the story, David left Marvel, following a conflict about the direction of the series.

In 2006 Greg Pak introduced the Planet Hulk story arc, which opened with a cabal of Earth’s superpowers, called Illuminati, sending Hulk into deep space to protect the Earth from his destructive rampages after his involvement in the destruction of the Godseye Satellite orbiting Earth. Hulk’s rocket, intended for a desolate, empty planet, instead crashed onto Sakaar. On Sakaar, Hulk rises from slave to king leading a rebellion, and finds love with a wife, Caiera. Shortly after, the rocket that brought Hulk to Sakaar malfunctions and explodes, setting off the planet’s destruction. Following the death of his wife, unborn child, and hundreds of millions of innocents, Hulk gathers some survivors and heads to Earth to exact revenge.

In World War Hulk, Hulk along with an alien invasion force, confronts and defeats the members of the Illuminati and several of Marvel's major superhero teams, but he later surrenders and is captured. Bruce Banner is later seen in custody in a military facility where General Ross and Doc Samson seek out Bruce Banner's help with the emerging mystery of a new Red Hulk.

Artistically, the character has been depicted as progressively more muscular in the years since his debut.[39]

Powers and abilities

The Hulk possesses the potential for near-limitless physical strength depending directly on his emotional state, particularly his anger.[40] This has been reflected in the repeated comment "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets." After probing, the entity Beyonder once claimed that the Hulk's potential strength had "no finite element inside".[41] His durability, healing, and endurance also increase in proportion to his temper.[42] Greg Pak described the Hulk shown during World War Hulk as having a level of physical power where "Hulk was stronger than any mortal --and most immortals-- who ever walked the Earth." [43]

The Hulk is resistant to most forms of injury or damage. The extent varies between interpretations, but he has withstood the equivalent of core solar temperatures,[44] nuclear explosions,[45] and planet-splitting impacts.[46] He has been shown to have both regenerative and adaptive healing abilities, including growing tissues to allow him to breathe underwater,[47] surviving unprotected in space for extended periods (yet still eventually needing to breathe),[48] and when injured, healing from most wounds within seconds.[49]

His powerful legs allow him to leap into lower Earth orbit or across continents,[50] and he has displayed sufficient superhuman speed to match Thor,[51] or the Sentry.[52] He also has less commonly described powers, including abilities allowing him to "home in" to his place of origin in New Mexico,[53] resist psychic control,[54] grow stronger from radiation[55] or dark magic,[56] and to see and interact with astral forms.[57]

As Bruce Banner, he is considered one of the greatest minds on Earth. He has developed expertise in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, and physiology, and holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics. He possesses "a mind so brilliant it cannot be measured on any known intelligence test".[58]

In The Science of Superheroes, Lois Grest and Robert Weinberg examined Hulk’s powers, explaining the scientific flaws in them. Most notably, they point out that the level of gamma radiation Banner is exposed to at the initial blast would induce radiation sickness and kill him, or if not, create significant cancer risks for Banner, because hard radiation strips cells of their ability to function. They go on to offer up an alternate origin, in which a Hulk might be created by biological experimentation with adrenal glands and GFP.

Charles Q. Choi from further explains that unlike the Incredible Hulk, gamma rays are not green; existing as they do beyond the visible spectrum, gamma rays have no color at all that we can describe. He also explains that gamma rays are so powerful (the most powerful form of electromagnetic radiation and 10,000 times more powerful than visible light) that they can even create matter- a possible explanation for the increased mass that Bruce Banner takes on during transformations. "Just as the Incredible Hulk 'is the strongest one there is,' as he says himself, so too are gamma ray bursts the most powerful explosions known."[59]

Related characters

Over the long publication history of the Hulk's adventures, many recurring characters have featured prominently, including his sidekick Rick Jones, love interest Betty Ross, and her father, the often adversarial General Thunderbolt Ross.

He has a son named Skaar through Caiera Oldstrong on the planet Sakaar who was introduced in November 2007 and now has his own comic series. He also has a daughter named Lyra through Thundra first introduced in August 2008.

Other versions

In addition to his mainstream incarnation, Hulk has also been depicted in other fictional universes, in which Bruce Banner's transformation, behavior, or circumstances vary from the mainstream setting. In some stories, someone other than Bruce Banner is the Hulk.

In other media

The Hulk character and the concepts behind it have been raised to the level of iconic status by many within and outside the comic book industry. In 2003 the Official PlayStation magazine claimed the character had "stood the test of time as a genuine icon of American pop culture."[60]

The Hulk is often viewed as a reaction to war. As well as being a reaction to the Cold War, the character has been a cipher for the frustrations the Vietnam War raised, and Ang Lee said that the Iraq War influenced his direction.[6][61][62] In the Michael Nyman edited edition of The Guardian, Stefanie Diekmann explored Marvel Comics' reaction to the September 11 attacks. Diekmann discussed The Hulk's appearance in the comic book Heroes, claiming that his greater prominence, alongside Captain America, aided in "stressing the connection between anger and justified violence without having to depict anything more than a well-known and well-respected protagonist."[63]

In Comic Book Nation, Wright alludes to Hulk's counterculture status, referring to a 1965 Esquire magazine poll amongst college students which "revealed that student radicals ranked Spider-Man and the Hulk alongside the likes of Bob Dylan and Che Guevara as their favorite revolutionary icons." Wright goes on to cite examples of his anti-authority symbol status. Two of the most notable are "The Ballad of the Hulk" by Jerry Jeff Walker, and the Rolling Stone cover for 30 September 1971, a full color Herb Trimpe piece commissioned for the magazine.[31][64] The Hulk has been caricatured in such animated television series as The Simpsons[65] Robot Chicken, and Family Guy,[66] and such sketch comedy TV series as The Young Ones.[67] The character is also used a cultural reference point for someone displaying anger or agitation. For example, in a 2008 Daily Mirror review of an EastEnders episode, a character is described as going "into Incredible Hulk mode, smashing up his flat".[68] The Hulk, especially his alter-ego Bruce Banner, is also a common reference in rap music. The term was represented as an analogue to marijuana in Dr. Dre's "2001"[69], while more conventional references are made in Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri's popular single "Welcome to Atlanta."[70]

The 2003 Ang Lee directed Hulk film saw discussion of the character's appeal to Asian Americans.[71] The Taiwanese born Ang Lee commented on the "subcurrent of repression" that underscored the character of The Hulk, and how that mirrored his own experience: "Growing up, my artistic leanings were always repressed -- there was always pressure to do something 'useful,' like being a doctor." Jeff Yang, writing for SF Gate extended this self identification to Asian American culture, arguing that "the passive-aggressive streak runs deep among Asian Americans -- especially those who have entered creative careers, often against their parents' wishes."[72]


  • The Incredible Hulk #1–6 (Marvel Comics, bi-monthly, May 1962–March 1963)
  • Tales to Astonish #59–101 (Marvel Comics, September 1964–March 1968)
  • The Incredible Hulk Vol 2, #102–474 (Marvel Comics, April 1968–March 1999, continued numbering from Tales to Astonish)
  • The Incredible Hulk Special #1–4 (Marvel Comics, 1968–1972)
  • The Incredible Hulk Annual #5–20 (Marvel Comics, 1975–1994, continued numbering from The Incredible Hulk Special)
  • The Incredible Hulk #-1 (Marvel Comics, July 1997, ISSN 0274-5275)
  • The Incredible Hulk '97 (Marvel Comics, 1997)
  • The Incredible Hulk/Sub-Mariner '98 (Marvel Comics, August 1998)
  • Hulk Vol. 1, #1–11 (#475-485) (Marvel Comics, April 1999–February 2000)
  • Hulk 1999 (Marvel Comics, 1999)
  • The Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 #12–112 '#486-586' (Marvel Comics, monthly, March 2000–January 2008, continued numbering from Hulk #1-11)
  • The Incredible Hulk 2000 (Marvel Comics, 2000)
  • The Incredible Hulk 2001 (Marvel Comics, 2001)
  • Hulk Vol. 2 #1–12 (#587-598); #13-present, King-Size #1 (Marvel Comics, March 2008–present) *NOTE: counts #-1 from 1997 in the issue count to #600)
  • The Incredible Hulk #600-present (July 2009–present)
  • Hulk Weekly #1–69, Marvel UK title published between 1979–1981. Features original material produced by the likes of Paul Neary and Steve Dillon.
  • Hulk: Broken Worlds #1-2 (2009)
  • Hulk: Destruction #1-4 (2005)
  • Hulk 2099 #1-10
  • Hulk: Future Imperfect #1-2
  • Hulk: Smash #1-2 (2001)
  • Hulk Grey #1-6 (2003-2004)
  • Hulk vs Hercules #1 (2008)
  • Hulk: Winter Guard #1 (2009)
  • Hulk: Let the Battle Begin #1 (2009)
  • Hulk/Wolverine #1-4
  • Wolverine/Hulk #1-4
  • Incredible Hulk: The End #1
  • Giant-Size Hulk #1
    • As a Team Member
  • Avengers Vol. 1 #1-2
  • Marvel Feature Vol. 1 #1-3 (Joins Defenders)
  • Defenders Vol. 1 #1-124, Annual #1
  • Defenders Vol. 2 #1-12
  • Defenders Vol. 3 #1-5
  • Doctor Strange Vol. 3 #50 (Secret Defenders)
  • Fantastic Four #347-349 (New Fantastic Four)
  • The Order Vol. 1 #1-6


  • Rampaging Hulk #1–9 (Marvel Comics, January 1977-June 1978)
  • Hulk! #10–27 (Marvel Comics, August 1978–June 1984, continued numbering from Rampaging Hulk)

Collected editions

Title Writer Penciler Material Collected ISBN
Marvel Masterworks: Incredible Hulk Vol. 1-5
Essential Hulk Vol. 1 Stan Lee Jack Kirby Hulk #1-6 and Tales to Astonish #60-91 (b&w) 978-0785123743
Incredible Hulk Omnibus Vol. 1 Stan Lee Jack Kirby The Incredible Hulk #1-6, Tales to Astonish #59-101, and The Incredible Hulk Vol 2 #102
Essential Hulk Vol. 2 Tales to Astonish #92-101, Incredible Hulk #102-117, Annual #1 (b&w) 978-0785107958
Essential Hulk Vol. 3 Incredible Hulk #118-142, Captain Marvel #20-21, and Avengers #88 (b&w) 978-0785116899
Essential Hulk Vol. 4 Incredible Hulk #143-170 (b&w) 978-0785121930
Essential Hulk Vol. 5 Incredible Hulk #171-200 and Annual #5 (b&w) 978-0785130659
Hulk: Heart of the Atom Incredible Hulk #140, #148, #156, #202-205 and #246-248, and What If? #23
Hulk Visionaries: John Byrne Vol. 1 John Byrne John Byrne Incredible Hulk #314-319, Annual #14, Marvel Fanfare #29
Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 1 Peter David Todd MacFarlane Incredible Hulk #331-339
Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 2 Peter David Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, & Jeff Purves Incredible Hulk #340-348
Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 3 Peter David & Steve Englehart Jeff Purves, Alex Saviuk & Keith Pollard Incredible Hulk #349-354, Web of Spider-Man #44 and Fantastic Four #320
Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 4 Peter David Incredible Hulk #355-363, and Marvel Comics Presents #26 and #45
Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 5 Peter David Incredible Hulk #364-372 and Annual #16
Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 6 Peter David Incredible Hulk #373-382
Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 7 Peter David Incredible Hulk #382-389 and Annual #17
Hulk/Wolverine: Six hours Bruce Jones Scot Collins Hulk/Wolverine #1-4 and Incredible Hulk 181
Incredible Hulk: The End Peter David Dale Keown and George Pérez Incredible Hulk: The End and Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1-2
Incredible Hulk: Dogs of War Paul Jenkins Ron Garney and Mike McKone Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #12-20
Incredible Hulk Vol. 1: Return of the Monster Bruce Jones John Romita, Jr. Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #34-39
Incredible Hulk Vol. 2: Boiling Point Bruce Jones John Romita, Jr. Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #40-43
Incredible Hulk Vol. 3: Transfer of Power Bruce Jones Stuart Immonen Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #44-49
Incredible Hulk Vol. 4: Abominable Bruce Jones Mike Deodato Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #50-54
Incredible Hulk Vol. 5: Hide in Plain Sight Bruce Jones Leandro Fernández Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #55-59
Incredible Hulk Vol. 6: Split Decisions Bruce Jones Mike Deodato Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #60-65
Incredible Hulk Vol. 7: Dead Like Me Bruce Jones & Garth Ennis Doug Braithwaite & John McCrea Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #65-69 , and Hulk Smash #1 and #2
Incredible Hulk Vol. 8: Big Things Bruce Jones Mike Deodato Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #70-76
Incredible Hulk: Tempest Fugit Peter David Lee Weeks & Jae Lee Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #77-82
House of M: Incredible Hulk Peter David Jorge Lucas & Adam Kubert Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #83-87
Incredible Hulk: Prelude to Planet Hulk Daniel Way Keu Cha & Juan Santacruz Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #88-91
Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk Greg Pak Carlo Pagulayan, Aaron Lopresti, Juan Santacruz, and Gary Frank Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #92-105, Giant-Size Hulk #1, Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #15
World War Hulk Greg Pak John Romita, Jr. World War Hulk #1-5
Hulk Vol. 1: Red Hulk Jeph Loeb Ed McGuinness Hulk Vol.2 #1-6
Hulk Vol. 2: Red & Green Jeph Loeb Art Adams and Frank Cho Hulk Vol. 2 #7-9 and King-Size Hulk #1
Hulk Vol. 3: Hulk No More Jeph Loeb Ed McGuinness Hulk #10-13, Incredible Hulk #600


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From Wikiquote

The Incredible Hulk (2008) is a superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character The Hulk.


Bruce Banner

  • [Speaking Portuguese badly] Don't make me hungry. You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry. (Pause, then in English) Wait, that's not right.

General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross

  • Fire! God-damn it!

Emil Blonsky

  • I've run into bad situations on cram missions before. I've seen good men go down purely because someone didn't let us in on what we were walking into, I've moved onto the next one, 'cause that's what we do, right? I mean that's the job, but THIS... This is a whole new level of weird, and I don't feel inclined to step away from it. So if you're taking another crack at him... I want in. AND with respect, you should be looking for a team that's prepped and ready to fight, because if that thing shows up again... you're going to have a lot of professional "Tough Guys" PISSING in their PANTS... Sir.
  • [To the Hulk] Is that it? Is that all you've got?
  • (First lines) Is he a fighter?


  • [To the Hulk] Is that all you've got?!
  • You don't deserve this power! Now watch her DIE!
  • Give me a REAL fight!
  • [After hearing a load roar behind him] HULK!
  • [After being fired at by a Copter] ROSS!
  • General. Any last words?!


  • Hulk... SMASH!
  • Leave me alone. (4 seconds before pushing the soda cart)


[Ross and Blonsky meet after their failed attempt to capture Banner]
Emil Blonsky: Forgive me, sir? Doesn’t anybody want to talk about what when down in there? ‘Cause… He didn’t lose us. And he was not alone sir. We had him. And then something hit us… Something big hit us!
[Ross is still silent; taking all this in]
Emil Blonsky: [Frantically] It threw a forklift truck like it was a softball!!! [Breathing; more calmly] It was the most powerful thing I’ve ever seen.
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: Well it’s gone.
Emil Blonsky: Well, if Banner knows what it is, I’m gonna track him down, I’m gonna put my foot on his throat, and I’m gonna…
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: [Interupting] That was Banner.
[Blonsky looks at him dumbfounded]
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: It… was Banner.
Emil Blonsky: You have to explain that statement, sir.
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: No I don’t.
[Blonsky stares at him]
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: You’ve done a good job. Pack up and get our men on a plane. We’re going home.

Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: Banner’s work was very early phase. It wasn’t even weapons application. He thought he was working on radiation resistance. I would never have told him what the project really was. But he was so sure of what he was onto, that he tested it on himself. And something went very wrong. Or it went very right. As far as I’m concerned, that man’s whole body is property of the US Army.
Emil Blonsky: You said he wasn’t working on weapons, right?
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: No
Emil Blonsky: But you were. You were, weren’t you? You were trying other things.
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: One serum we developed… was very promising.
Emil Blonsky: So why did he run?
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: He’s a scientist. He is not one of us.

Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: You did the right thing, calling us. I need to know where they’re going. She’ll be in incredible danger as long as she’s with him.
Dr. Leonard Samson: From who? He protected her. You almost killed her.
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: I give you my word, her safety is my main concern at this point.
Dr. Leonard Samson: You know, It’s a point of professional pride with me that I can tell when’s somebody’s lying. [Pauses] And you are.
[Ross stares at him]
Dr. Leonard Samson: I don’t know where he’s going. I know she’ll help him if she can.
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: Then she’s aiding a fugitive. And I can’t help either one of them. [Walks away]
Dr. Leonard Samson: I used to wonder why she never talked about you. Now I know!
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: [As he’s getting into his car] Where does she meet these guys?

Betty Ross: What is it like? When it happens, what do you experience?
Bruce Banner: Remember those experiments we volunteered for at Harvard? Those induced hallucination? It’s a lot like that, just a thousand times amplified. It’s like someone poured a liter of acid into my brain.
Betty Ross: Do you remember anything?
Bruce Banner: Just fragments. Images. There’s too much noise. I can never derive anything out of it.
Betty Ross: But then it’s still you inside of it.
Bruce Banner: No. No, it’s not.
Betty Ross: I don’t know. In the cave, I really felt like it knew me. Maybe you mind is in there, it’s just overcharged and can’t process what’s happening.
Bruce Banner: I don’t want to control it. I want to get rid of it.

Major Kathleen "Kat" Sparr: Sir, Blonsky...
Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: Does anyone know if he had any next-of-kin or family?
Major Kathleen "Kat" Sparr: Ask him yourself...
Emil Blonsky: [salutes Ross] Sir!

Betty Ross: The subway is probably quickest.
Bruce Banner: Me in a metal tube, deep underground with hundreds of people in the most aggressive city in the world?
Betty Ross: Right. Let's get a cab.
Taxi Driver: Hey, you drive like a woman.
Betty Ross: Are you out of your mind?!
Taxi Driver:TBA
Betty Ross:(growling) Asshole!

General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: Betty.
Betty Ross: I will never forgive what you’ve done to him.
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: He’s a fugitive.
Betty Ross: You made him a fugitive… to cover your failures and to protect your career. Don’t ever speak to me as your daughter again.
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: It’s only because you’re my daughter that you’re not in handcuffs too.

Major Kathleen "Kat" Sparr: Are you telling me you can make more like him?
Dr. Samuel Sterns: No, not yet! I've sorted out a few pieces, but it's not like I can put together the same HUMPTY DUMPTY, if that's what you're asking. He was a FREAK ACCIDENT, the GOAL is to do it BETTER!
Major Kathleen "Kat" Sparr: So Banner was the only- wajt- [knocked unconscience]
Emil Blonsky: Ahh, she's an annoying bitch, isn't she?
Dr. Samuel Sterns: WHY are you always hitting people?!
[Blonsky pulls out his gun and points it at Dr. Sterns]
Dr. Samuel Sterns: Now what... could I have POSSIBLY done... to deserve such aggression?
Emil Blonsky: It's not what you've done, it's what you're gonna do.
[Dr. Sterns raises his head, interested]
Emil Blonsky: I want what you've got off Banner, I want that.
Dr. Samuel Sterns: [rising] You look like... you've got a little something in you already, don't you?
Emil Blonsky: Yeah, well, I want more. You've seen what he becomes, right?
Dr. Samuel Sterns: I have... and it's beautiful... Godlike!
Emil Blonsky: I want that... I NEED that... Make me that.
Dr. Samuel Sterns: I don't know what you've got inside you already... the mixture could become... an ABOMINATION.
[Blonsky grabs Dr. Sterns by the collar and raises him into the air]
Dr. Samuel Sterns: [Choking] I didn't say I was unwilling... I just need informed consent.
[Blonsky lowers Dr. Sterns down lightly so they're face to face, but he's still in the air]
Dr. Samuel Sterns: [Still choking] and you've given it.

[After movie, Before Credits. A Dirty Bar]
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: [To the Barkeep] Reload.
[Ross chugs the shot]
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: [To the Barkeep] Reload.
[The Bar door opens and a shadowy figure, in a really nice suit, enters the Bar]
Shadowy Figure: Mmmm, the smell of stale beer and defeat. Y'know, I hate to say "I told you so" general, but that Super-Soldier program WAS put on ice for a reason.
[The figure turns around revealing himself to be Tony Stark]
Tony Stark: I've always felt that Hardware was much more reliable.
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: Stark.
Tony Stark: General.
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: You always wear such nice suits.
Tony Stark: Touché... I hear you have an unusual problem.
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: You should talk.
Tony Stark: You should listen.
[The General leans in a bit]
Tony Stark: [in more of a whisper] What if I told you we were putting a team together?
General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross: Who's "we"?
[Stark clears his throat, looks at the General, and smiles.]


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The Incredible Hulk

Developer(s) Edge of Reality
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date June 3, 2008
Genre Action
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB rating: Teen (T)
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii
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