If you are just learning about comics but are unsure of where to start? Here is a great chance to kick start your new weekly habit.
1) First appearance:
The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962) created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby - http://goo.gl/uwmW1
2) Who has been a Hulk
Robert Bruce Banner; Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk in Savage She-Hulk #1 Feb 1980); Betty Ross (Red She-Hulk in Hulk vol 2 #15); General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross (Red Hulk in Hulk #1 January 2008); Skaar (Son of Hulk in What If? Planet Hulk #1 Dec 2007),
3) Cancellation - The series was cancelled after 6 issues (March 1963). The Hulk became a founding member of the Avengers and appeared in guest starring appearances until he became a feature in Tales to Astonish in issue #60 (Oct 1964) through issue #102 (April 1968) when it was retitled The Incredible Hulk vol 2.
4) Jumping off point:
The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk - http://goo.gl/LMn6lO - exile on a distant planet
World War Hulk - http://goo.gl/ksgFST - return to Earth to seek vengeance
5) Top Villan:
The Leader (Samuel Sterns) in Tales to Astonish #62 (December 1964) created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko - http://goo.gl/iqz1U
The Abomination (Emil Blonsky) in Tales to Astonish #90 (April 1967) created by Stan Lee and Gil Kane - http://goo.gl/8g8yUp
6) Movies like comics:
No. The movies are entertaining for what they are, but the origin is wrong.
TV origin was also wrong and didn't even use the correct name of Dr. Banner. The producer didn't like alliterative names because he didn't think they were believable (Bruce Banner), so he changed it to David Banner.
7) Why I like him:
Bruce Banner initially comes off as whiny and easily dismissed. He is someone you can't wait to leave the page to be replaced by the Hulk. This is missing the whole point of the character. Banner represents each of us. We all have rage when we feel slighted and sometimes it explodes from us. What would it be like to have the rage turn you into an eight-foot-tall green rage monster? This is the underlying story of the Hulk. As a childlike character, he is misunderstood and just wants to be left alone. At times, he retains his intellect and can be quite formidable. Also, he can be somewhere in-between as a self-indulgent bully in the character of Mr. Fixit. All are manifestations of his inner turmoil. How he is able to deal with the difficulties of life is the challenge. He finds a way to persevere even when he doesn't really want to. The Hulk persona saves him from himself. The Hulk gives everyone an outlet for our rage and hopefully keep it in check.
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