Real Name: Bruce Banner
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #1 (May, 1962)
Powers: Limitless Strength. The Angrier he Becomes, The Stronger He Becomes
Affiliation: Avengers, Defenders, Horsemen of Apocalypse
Enemies: Abomination, Leader, Thunderbolt Ross (Red Hulk)
Love Interests: Betty Ross,
Did You Know:
- Bruce is considered a genius in Nuclear Science.
- There have been numerous portrayals of the Hulk both on television and in the movies. Most recently, he has been brought to life by Mark Ruffalo
A Little History
Have you ever come across somebody who just doesn’t seem to have it together?
I mean, have you ever known someone to be flat out depressing?
Bruce Banner had a father who just might exemplify these qualities.
Brian Banner was an Atomic Physicist who suffered from alcohol addiction. He commonly took out his frustrations on Bruce, who was repeatedly consoled by his mother. Sadly, this led to Brian murdering her and his placement in a psychiatric ward.
Brian’s goal in life was to create clean, nuclear energy, but because of his work, he had a lingering doubt that Bruce’s genes would become mutated due to his constant exposure. When Bruce began to show genius-level intellect, Brian’s thoughts became amplified.
As Bruce went through school, he should’ve probably called the children’s helpline as he found himself at the mercy of constant bullying due to his aloof and timid nature. Little did they know, but he was in constant battle with himself to contain the rage that was building inside.
Fast forward and now employed by the military, Bruce would conduct experimental work on a bomb; a Gamma Bomb.
During a testing of the Gamma Bomb, an idiot decided that it was in his best interest to walk into the testing area. Bruce, being noble, decided that he should run in and push him out of the way. The explosion left Bruce struck with the full force of the bomb and all its radiation.
At first, he would transform, much like a werewolf at sunset, into the Grey Hulk. Over time, this would change and he could transform at any given time (triggered by adrenaline) into the Green Hulk.
Simply put, the madder he got, the more he became the Hulk…almost like me when I am hungry.
The Hulk is a founding member of the Avengers.
In fact, his joining came as a direct result of Loki proving just how stupid he was.
Using a spell, Loki tricked the Hulk into thinking a train was a dragon, resulting in the Hulk attacking the train. The unformed Avengers came to the rescue. Once The Hulk was subdued, they came to understand what was happening and asked him to join.
If you don’t know what I am about to tell you, you need to thank the person who sent you to this website. The most famous Marvel mutant EVER made his first appearance in The Incredible Hulk run. He made a small cameo in Issue #180 but came to the forefront in Issue #181.
My brother and I are both proud Canadians and as such, cling on to the fact that so is this mutant. In Canada, we like to say that we have “Poutines, Loonies, Toonies and Wolverine.”
Yes, that’s right, Wolverine.
Wolverine and the Hulk have had many battles over the years, most to a stalemate.
If I may make a suggestion to you?
You should go and pick up Incredible Hulk #340 and give it a read. It will demonstrate to you how stupid both characters can be, all the while, giving you a glimpse of the power that both hold.
- Brian Banner was a physicist looking to create clean, nuclear energy
- Brian Banner was an abuser who took out his frustrations on his son, Bruce
- Brian Banner killed his wife
- Bruce was employed by the military to create the Gamma Bomb
- Bomb explodes and Bruce gets caught in the middle
- Becomes Hulk
- Found member of Avengers
- Constant battles with Thor, Wolverine and The Thing
- Sent to a far away planet to protect Earth
- Marries and has a child who is killed by spaceship
- Returns and wreaks havoc on Earth