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TV Legends Revealed: Did Bill Bixby Star in a She-Hulk Pilot?

20 hours ago
By Brian Cronin

This week, we examine whether there was a failed "She-Hulk" TV pilot that would've been Bill Bixby's final appearance as David Banner.

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEWS: "Angela" #1, Starlin's "Thanos Vs. Hulk" #1

20 hours ago
By CBR News Team

Marvel serves up an exclusive pair of new #1s with Kieron Gillen & Phil Jimenez' "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" & Jim Starlin's "Thanos vs. Hulk."

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REVIEW: Soule & Pulido's "She-Hulk" #10

Mon, November 17th
By Meagan Damore

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Betty Banner's Death & A Secret Titans Crossover

Fri, November 14th
By Brian Cronin

Charles Soule Prepares "She-Hulk's" Closing Argument

Fri, November 14th
By Dave Richards

TOYING AROUND: DC's New 52, She-Hulk, Plenty of Pops & More!

Sat, November 8th
By TJ Dietsch

5 Marvel Movies for "Anchorman's" Adam McKay

Sat, October 25th
By Brett White

NYCC: Wilson & Pak Talk Process, Passion & Diversity on Nerdist Comics Panel

Thu, October 23rd
By Marc Buxton

In Your Face Jam - 10/22

Wed, October 22nd
By Brett White

TOYING AROUND: New York Comic Con Recap

Sat, October 18th
By TJ Dietsch

Intergalactic Titans Tussle in Starlin's "Thanos Vs. Hulk"

Fri, September 26th
By Dave Richards

META-MESSAGES: Hulk With a Fin on His Head Revisited

Thu, September 18th
By Brian Cronin

"Hey, It's the Hulk with a Fin on His Head!" & More Meta-Messages

Sun, September 14th
By Brian Cronin

Doc Green Opens His Gamma-Powered Practice in Duggan's "Hulk"

Mon, September 8th
By Dave Richards

REVIEW: Soule & Pulido's "She-Hulk" #8

Mon, September 8th
By Jennifer Cheng

Bechko & Hardman Send the "Savage Hulk” Back to the Crossroads

Thu, September 4th
By Dave Richards

FAN EXPO: Marvel All Access Talks Female Heroes, Wolverine's Death

Thu, September 4th
By Alexa Tomaszewski

"Captain America," "Hulk" & More to Feature Anti-Bullying Variant Covers in October

Wed, September 3rd
By Steve Sunu

CBR TV @ SDCC: Charles Soule on Ambition, Staying Busy & the Science of "Letter 44"

Tue, September 2nd
By Jonah Weiland

EXCL. PREVIEW: A-Bomb Wreaks Havoc in "Hulk" #6

Mon, August 25th
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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