The Hulk

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Pak Celebrates The Incredible Hulk's Life, Mourns His Death in "Civil War II: The Fallen"

2 days ago
By Dave Richards

Greg Pak discusses the life and death of Bruce Banner, and how Amadeus Cho's anger fuels "Totally Awesome Hulk's" "Civil War II" involvement.

Top Five Best Hulk/Wolverine Fights and More Top Five Lists

Sun, July 24th
By Brian Cronin

CSBG has a library of top five lists, including their latest, the best battles between Marvel's Incredible Hulk and Wolverine over the years!

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SDCC: "Thor: Ragnarok" Props Confirm "Planet Hulk" Elements

Sat, July 23rd
By Anthony Couto

"Totally Awesome Hulk" #9 Preview Totally Spoils "Civil War II's" Superhero Trial Verdict

Fri, July 22nd
By CBR News Team

Did the Hulk's Various Personalities Ever Actually Merge into One?

Thu, July 21st
By Brian Cronin

"Could Hulk Have Torn Apart Wolverine's Adamantium Skeleton?" & More Questions Answered

Sun, July 17th
By Brian Cronin

"Top Five Most Destructive Hulk Rampages" & More Top Five Lists

Sat, July 16th
By Brian Cronin

Marvel's Women of Power Swoop Into Disney's Tsum Tsum Line

Sat, July 16th
By Kevin Melrose

Axel-In-Charge: The Major "Civil War II" Death, Lingering Marvel NOW! Questions

Fri, July 15th
By Axel Alonso

That Time Hawkeye Defeated the Hulk One-on-One... Nearly 50 Years Ago!

Fri, July 15th
By Brian Cronin

10 Times Hawkeye Ironically Said Superheroes Shouldn't Kill

Thu, July 14th
By Brian Cronin

The Incredible Hulk's 17 Greatest Moments of All-Time

Wed, July 13th
By Brian Cronin

"Civil War II: The Fallen," "The Accused" Covers, Creative Teams Unveiled

Wed, July 13th
By Anthony Couto

A Classic Marvel Hero Dies By Another's Hand, As "Civil War II" Gets Complicated

Tue, July 12th
By Kiel Phegley

ICYMI: 13 Superhero Movie/TV Replacement Actors That Improved on the Original

Sun, July 10th
By CBR News Team

13 Times Bruce Banner Was Cured of Being the Hulk

Fri, July 8th
By Brian Cronin

LEGO Smashes SDCC With Preview of Hulk Vs. Red Hulk Set

Fri, July 8th
By TJ Dietsch

13 Superhero Movie/TV Replacement Actors That Improved On The Original

Wed, July 6th
By Chris Gates

Latest Marvel NOW! Teaser Sees Awesome Hulk Call it Quits... But From What?

Thu, June 30th
By Anthony Couto

EXCL. PREVIEW: Cho Tracks Down Banner in "Totally Awesome Hulk" #8

Thu, June 30th
By CBR News Team

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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