The Hulk


Artist Reveals the Superhero Within Every Child

Mon, November 23rd
By Kevin Melrose

In his series new "Super Shadows," artist Jason Ratliff showcases the imaginations of children, and unlocks the superheroes lurking within.

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

Thu, November 19th
By Brian Cronin

In their latest look at awesome but strange stories, CSBG remembers when the Avengers fought evil scientist Arnim Zola, AKA the Hulk's new pants?!


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

Hulk Rampages Through Los Santos in "Grand Theft Auto V"

Thu, October 22nd
By Kevin Melrose

John Byrne Wrote a "Fantastic Four" Issue Based on a Kevin Nowlan Pin-Up?

Sun, October 18th
By Brian Cronin

Hulk to Smash "Thor: Ragnarok": Marvel Studios Reportedly Near Deal

Thu, October 15th
By Albert Ching

BCC: The Marvel Comics Panel Talks Totally Awesome Hulk, Black Knight, Daredevil and Inhumans

Sun, September 27th
By Steve Climaco

36 More Totally Awesome Hulks

Sun, September 20th
By Brett White

Hulk SMASH (Gender Roles): Dad Makes Daughters A Hulk Princess Cake

Tue, September 15th
By Kevin Melrose

PREVIEW: "Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe" Spotlights Hulk, Iron Man

Wed, September 9th
By Stephen Gerding

"Oh No, the Only Creature Stronger Than the Hulk... a Werewolf?"

Sun, September 6th
By Brian Cronin

Axel-In-Charge - 9/4

Fri, September 4th
By Axel Alonso

POLL: Do You Think the Hulk's New Identity is Totally Awesome?

Fri, September 4th
By CBR News Team

Marvel Reveals New Hulk's "Totally Awesome" Identity

Fri, September 4th
By CBR News Team

This "Butt-Kicking" Wheelchair Hulk Cosplay is Simply Incredible

Thu, September 3rd
By Kevin Melrose


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