The Hulk

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Wait - Just How Many Toes Does the Hulk Really Have?

3 days ago
By Brian Cronin

Gamma rays won't just turn you big and green -- they'll really do a number on your feet.

Ant-Man & The Hulk Have Their Own "Civil War" Over Can of Coke In Super Bowl Spot

Sun, February 7th
By Kiel Phegley

The Marvel Studios stars crossover for the first time in a new ad for Coco-Cola featuring Paul Rudd.

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"Civil War II" #0 Cover Revealed, Alonso Talks Upcoming Marvel Event

Wed, February 3rd
By Albert Ching

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Wed, January 27th
By Kevin Melrose

TOYING AROUND: Star Wars, "Batman v Superman," "Walking Dead" & More!

Sat, January 9th
By TJ Dietsch

This New Hulk Statue Will Definitely Smash Your Piggy Bank

Fri, January 8th
By Kevin Melrose

EXCL. PREVIEW: Lady Hellbender Ruins the Fun in "Totally Awesome Hulk" #2

Thu, December 31st
By CBR News Team

Mark Ruffalo Hints at Banner's New Influence on Hulk in Future Marvel Films

Wed, December 23rd
By Meagan Damore

COMIC REEL: Quicksilver Sells An Energy Drink In Still From Ad; Ty Simpkins' "Iron Man 3" Audition Revealed

Wed, December 23rd
By Brett White

Mark Ruffalo Reveals The Real Reason For No More Marvel Cinematic Universe "Hulk" Films

Tue, December 22nd
By Kiel Phegley

Axel-In-Charge - 12/4

Fri, December 4th
By Axel Alonso

Pak & Cho Have Fun, Break Stereotypes with "Totally Awesome Hulk"

Wed, December 2nd
By Albert Ching

Artist Reveals the Superhero Within Every Child

Mon, November 23rd
By Kevin Melrose

That Time Arnim Zola Disguised Himself... as the Hulk's Pants?!

Thu, November 19th
By Brian Cronin

Pak's "Totally Awesome" Amadeus Cho is Going to Be the "Best Hulk There Ever Was"

Wed, November 4th
By Jonah Weiland

EXCLUSIVE: Soule Gives "She-Hulk" Fans an X-Mas Gift in the "Gwenpool Special"

Wed, November 4th
By Dave Richards

Mark Ruffalo Doesn't See a Standalone Hulk Film Coming Anytime Soon

Fri, October 30th
By Lauren Gallaway

PREVIEW: Amadeus Cho Is "The Totally Awesome Hulk"

Wed, October 28th
By Stephen Gerding

COMIC REEL: Ruffalo Explains Hulk's Role In "Thor: Ragnarok"; "Wonder Woman" Villain Report

Sat, October 24th
By Kiel Phegley

Clash of the Tartans: Kiltmaker Debuts Superhero Inspired-Line

Fri, October 23rd
By Kevin Melrose

Biography

The Hulk

What's big, green and knows how to throw his weight around?

The Incredible Hulk.

However, beneath the emerald veneer, muscles and anger of the Hulk lies reserved scientist Bruce Banner. Described by the character's co-creator Stan Lee as a combination of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein's Monster, the Hulk has muscled into the mainstream public's eye as the prototypical brute who is powered by uncontrollable force. Rarely a team player, the Hulk was both the impetus for the founding of the Avengers and also one of the team's earliest members.

His story is simple: a quiet scientist named Bruce Banner is accidentally exposed to gamma radiation from one of his own experiments while trying to get an innocent bystander out of harms way. This radiation reveals an angry, impulsive and emotional side to Banner's mind, and turns this "id" into a green-skinned behemoth lashing out against anyone who would oppose him. As one of the strongest beings in comic books, the Hulk's nature, both animalistic and child-like, proves to be a potent mix and has placed him on both sides of the law at one time or another.

Although at times he's driven into more superheroic territory for his stories, the monstrous nature of the Hulk has given comics creators the opportunity to explore numerous other types of tales with the character, taking him to far-off planets, psychiatrist's chairs and the far future. The dichotomy of a brutish monster and scientific sharing one body – and one mind – has proven to be fertile ground to tell stories of a character tortured by themselves and competing urges.

Spurred by the success of the Hulk, Marvel Comics has introduced other characters in his family throughout the years. In the early 80s, Banner's cousin, Jennifer Walters, was given the Hulk treatment, turning her into She-Hulk, a super-strong woman whose body changes but who's mind remains intact. In recent years, the Hulk family has grown by leaps and bounds, with the recent introduction of an opposing entity known as the Red Hulk, as well as a son named Skaar from one of the Hulk's adventures on a barbaric planet profiled in the successful Planet Hulk story arc. There is also Lyra, the Hulk's daughter from the future, and another son from Planet Hulk who has not yet made his way to Earth or to his father's life.

Over the course of the character's history, the Hulk has gone through changes of his own – from his skin tone (he has, at times, maintained a grey hue) down to his emotional states that go with it. Artist Jack Kirby's simple design of a green-skinned muscled man in shredded clothes makes the Hulk stand apart from the superheroes he stands with, while ensuring that he remains recognizable to comics fans and the general public alike. Although his big screen adventures to date have proven less than blockbuster when compared to those of his Marvel cohorts, the Hulk remains one of the most popular characters in fiction today, thanks in no small part to the long-running television series in the late 70s and early 80s starring the late Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno as his emerald counterpart. Fans of the character can expect to see more of his silver screen exploits in the near future, as he is rumored to be one of the central characters of Marvel's announce Avengers movie, scheduled for release in 2012. - Chris Arrant

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