|The Incredible Hulk|
Lee (characters / created for television)
Jack Kirby (characters)
|Voices of||Michael Bell
|Narrated by||Stan Lee|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||David H. DePatie
|Production company(s)||Marvel Productions|
|Distributor||ARP Films (syndication)|
|Original airing||September 18, 1982|
|Followed by||The Incredible Hulk (1996 TV series)|
The Incredible Hulk is an animated television series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The series ran for 13 episodes on NBC in 1982, part of a combined hour with Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (as The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk).
The series is often fondly remembered for the overwrought nature of its musical score and accompanying narration by Hulk creator Stan Lee. Some of the same background music tracks were used for Dungeons & Dragons.
Unlike the live-action The Incredible Hulk TV series, which wound up the year this was produced, this series was based more closely upon the Hulk comic in regards to the origin story (albeit with supposedly alien involvement rather than Soviet spies), as well as featuring more characters from the comics including Rick Jones (who would often refer to Bruce as "Doc"), Major Ned Talbot, who was essentially the same character as Glenn Talbot (although perhaps a little less intelligent and more clumsy then his comic book counterpart and as a result of this is referred to by his men as Noodlehead Ned), Betty Ross, and General Ross, along with the first cartoon appearance of the She-Hulk. Yet only one classic Hulk villain appeared in a single episode of the series, The Leader, with a number of villains normally associated with other Marvel characters and newly created foes filling out the other episodes.
Also introduced were the Hispanic family of Rio and his daughter Rita, the father and his efforts to advertise his restaurant (Rio's Rancheros) providing more chances for comic relief and Rita providing a love interest for Rick Jones.
The series did have a number of changes to avoid censorship issues with a younger audience including arming the troops at Gamma Base with futuristic sci-fi style weaponry. There's also the more frequently remembered quirk that whenever the Hulk transformed back to Bruce Banner, his clothes would miraculously return to normal.
It is currently owned and distributed by The Walt Disney Company, which acquired all Fox Kids-related properties from News Corporation and Saban International in 2001.
|1||"Tomb of the Unknown Hulk"||When high cosmic ray activity triggers Bruce's transformations without him getting angry he tries to lock himself in a cave to protect his friends, but the cosmic rays also block communications and allows Doctor Octopus an opening to stage an attack on Gamma Base.|
|2||"Prisoner of the Monster"||Rick stumbles upon a map for a potion held by a lost tribe that can cure Bruce of the Hulk, but the cure becomes bitter sweet when the Spymaster kidnaps Betty and her father, stealing a deadly weapon from Gamma Base that only the Hulk can defeat.|
|3||"Origin of the Hulk"||The retelling of the origin of the Hulk, with the original Russian Cold War spies replaced with aliens seeking the secrets of Bruce's Gamma Bomb.|
|4||"When Monsters Meet"||Arriving in Paris for a scientific conference, Bruce is given a possible cure for his condition, but his chances of using it are threatened by the appearance of a descendant of Quasimodo who wreaks havoc in the city. (This episode was adapted in comic book format by Marvel, in the one-shot "The Incredible Hulk versus Quasimodo". A back-up, one-page comic featuring editor Al Milgrom disguised as the Hulk explained how this book fit into the animated cartoon continuity, and not current Marvel Comics continuity).|
|5||"The Cyclops Project"||Due to the inadvertent actions of the Hulk, Cyclops, the most world's powerful military defense computer malfunctions and seeks to take over the world, trying to obtain the aid of the Bruce Banner and Hulk to do so.|
|6||"Bruce Banner Unmasked"||When the Puppet Master attempts gain control of the Hulk as a part of his plan to take over Mesa City and its surrounds, the army are finally able to defeat the creature and learn of Bruce Banner's secret identity.|
|7||"The Creature and the Cavegirl"||Bruce learns of a colleague whose developed a working time projector, seeing it as a chance to go back and stop the creation of the Hulk, only for the device to malfunction and transport the entire lab and its occupants back to 1,000,000 B.C.|
|8||"It Lives! It Grows! It Destroys!"||A rival scientist at Gamma Base develops a part plant, part animal lifeform which can eat almost anything in its path, but the creature escapes and threatens the planet as it grows uncontrollably.|
|9||"The Incredible Shrinking Hulk"||After his latest gamma experiment malfunctions, Bruce is shrunk down until he is one inch tall, as two spies attempt to steal a new tank.|
|10||"Punks on Wheels"||When a motorcycle gang kidnaps Rita, Bruce and his friend discover the gang is secretly working for the Leader, who seeks their aid in stealing a shipment of Vibranium.|
|11||"Enter: She-Hulk"||Bruce and Rick travel to Los Angeles to visit Bruce's cousin Jennifer Walters to try and learn how she is able to maintain her intelligence when she changes into the She-Hulk, but their attempt is endangered thanks to the efforts of terrorist group HYDRA to take over the city.|
|12||"The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow"||Betty's nephew Jonah arrives at Gamma Base to demonstrate his amazing psychic ability, able to predict the future with uncanny accuracy he has a vision of Betty's space shuttle crashing into a mountain, with the Hulk and a mysterious madman involved.|
|13||"The Hulk Destroys Bruce Banner"||While testing his new Transmat teleporter on himself, Bruce transforms into the Hulk in mid-teleportation, convincing Betty that the Hulk interfered and leading the charge to capture the creature to attempt to save Bruce.|
Bruce Banner was played by voice actor Michael Bell, while the Hulk himself was voiced by Bob Holt, whose stock library of roars created for this series would be used in various other Marvel Productions series and movies.
This series was planned for release on Region 2 DVD in the UK in August of 2008 by Liberation Entertainment as part of a release schedule of Marvel animated series. However, due to unforeseen circumstances the release day was pushed back to October, and then again until November 3. Liberation Entertainment then closed its UK division, making 12 staff redundant. This brought many delays to the releases.
This is a two disc set and includes a restoration featurette.