The Hulk

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Who Needs Hulk When You Have Solo Members of the West Coast Avengers?

3 days ago
By CBR News Team

CSBG's latest spotlight on "bad" comic book fights examines when both Wonder Man and Hawkeye (?!?) defeated Hulk foe the Abomination by themselves.

Did Hawkeye Just Defeat She-Hulk... Without His Bows & Arrows?

Sun, May 17th
By Brian Cronin

In their latest look at "bad" superhero fights, CSBG checks out the time Hawkeye defeated She-Hulk even after she destroyed his bow and arrows.

Articles

PREVIEW: The Maestro Strikes in David & Land's "Future Imperfect" #1

Wed, May 6th
By CBR News Team

Forget Iron Man - Is Batman the REAL Hulkbuster?

Fri, May 1st
By Brian Cronin

PREVIEWS: "Secret Wars" Kicks Off & More Marvel Comics On Sale May 6, 2015

Thu, April 30th
By CBR News Team

Ruffalo Says Hulk Is Great As An Avenger - But Don't Rule Out a Solo Film

Wed, April 29th
By Scott Huver

Was a Finished Issue of "Ghost Rider" Delayed Because the Inker Never Returned the Art?

Sat, April 18th
By Brian Cronin

"Incredible Hulk," "G.I. Joe" Artist Herb Trimpe Passes Away at Age 75

Tue, April 14th
By Albert Ching

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" Limited Edition 3D Glasses Really Pop

Sun, April 5th
By Ben Kaye

"Wait, the Hulk Can Breathe Underwater?" & Other Famous Comics Retcons

Sun, April 5th
By Brian Cronin

Taking a Final Look at "Thanos vs. Hulk"

Tue, March 31st
By Chad Nevett

Maestro Dominates in Marvel's "Secret Wars," Joins "Contest of Champions'" Mobile Game

Thu, March 5th
By Stephen Gerding

TOYING AROUND: "Age of Ultron" Hulk, Batman and Beyond!

Sat, February 28th
By TJ Dietsch

Here Are Your Favorite NFL Players as Your Favorite Superheroes

Sat, February 28th
By Ben Kaye

Mark Ruffalo Debuts Hulk "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Character Poster

Thu, February 26th
By Albert Ching

Makeup Artist Transforms People Into Living Comic Book Heroes

Thu, February 26th
By Kevin Melrose

In Your Face Jam - 2/25

Wed, February 25th
By Brett White

REVIEW: Soule and Pulido's "She-Hulk" #12 is "Wonderful"

Mon, February 23rd
By Jennifer Cheng

EXCLUSIVE: Humphries Invades "Planet Hulk" with Steve Rogers & Devil Dinosaur

Thu, February 12th
By Dave Richards

Doc Green Flexes Mental & Physical Might in Act II of Duggan's "Omega Hulk"

Tue, February 3rd
By Dave Richards

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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