|Joe Fixit/Grey Hulk|
|Real name:||Bruce Banner|
|First Appearance:||(Grey Hulk) Hulk issue #1|
(Joe Fixit) Hulk issue #324
|(Grey Hulk) Stan Lee & Jack Kirby |
(Joe Fixit) Peter David
|Smart thinking and very strong|
Originally, Stan Lee wanted the Hulk to be grey, but due to ink problems, the Hulk's color turned to green. This was explained by saying that the Grey Hulk was the original Hulk to appear when Banner first got hit by the Gamma Bomb. However, due to Banner's repeated use of gamma radiation projectors, the much better known/more common Hulk Green Hulk/Savage Hulk emerged.
His rare appearances are also explained by saying that the Grey Hulk persona and the Green Hulk persona are battling in Bruce Banner's sub-conscious. Due to his superior strength, Green Hulk/Savage Hulk, won most of the time thus showing the Savage Hulk persona more often.
Peter David's run altered Banner's pre-Hulk characterization and the nature of the relationship between Banner and the Hulk. David returned to the Stern and Mantlo abuse storyline, expanding the damage caused, and depicting Banner as suffering dissociative identity disorder (DID). David's stories showed that Banner had serious mental problems long before he became the Hulk. David revamped the personality significantly, giving the Grey Hulk the alias "Joe Fixit", and setting him up as a morally ambiguous Las Vegas enforcer and tough guy.
This incarnation represents the personality that can do all the not so nice things that Bruce was too unsure of to do himself. Tricky, manipulative, shows little thought of others, make up some of his traits. This incarnation can lift approximately 75 tons. This incarnation does possess the "madder he gets, the stronger he gets" ability, but at a much slower rate, since this incarnation has some level of intelligence and reasoning and would not "lose control" as easy as the Savage Hulk incarnation.
- Height: 6 ft. 6 in.
- Weight: 900 lbs.
- Eyes: Gray
- Hair: Black
- Intelligence: Normal
- Transformation: Initially, Bruce would transform into the Grey Hulk at night and then back at dawn. This was subconscious due to the fact that Bruce was ashamed of the dark, not very nice thoughts the Grey Hulk represented and would only let him out at night, in the dark, where he would not be seen. Later, the change was due to will power or stress.
- Physical Appearance: Interestingly enough, the Grey Hulk's head shape is reminiscent of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster, while his behavior is more in line with a self-confident Mr. Hyde. The Savage Hulk, on the other hand, behaves like the aforementioned lonely, hunted Monster, but his head looks more 'human'.
- The Grey Hulk seems to have the ability to drive a car.
In other media
He appears in the cartoon series The Incredible Hulk (1996). In the story the characters thought they had removed Bruce Banner's radiation power and transferred it to his friend Rick. But when night fell he turned into the gray Hulk. There were episodes where he went back to being the normal Hulk, and the Green Hulk and the Gray Hulk fought in Bruce's mind for control of his body.
In the Super Hero Squad Show cartoon, one of the infinity sword fragments turned the Hulk into a more controlled version of him. And this gray Hulk had the disadvantage of being a prick who thinks he knows everything and doesn't recognize anything as a mistake he made. He wasn't good at fighting because he refused to behave like he used to. The episode was a kind of episode with the moral lesson of "you must always be yourself", it all ended with Falcon convincing him to go back to how he was always throwing away the fragment of the sword of infinity.
In the Iron Man: Armored Adventures cartoon, a Gamma radiation machine that tried to trap the Hulk turned him into the gray Hulk. More controlled and smarter. The character returned in the last episode of the cartoon, but it was not clear what would have happened to him after the villain with the Mandarin rings turned the gray Hulk back to Bruce Banner. How the cartoon was canceled was not clear now if whenever Bruce became the Hulk he would be the Gray Hulk or if he would revert to the Green Hulk when he transformed.
In an episode of the Ultimate Spider Man cartoon, Spider-Man returned to the Noir universe, and the Hulk of that world was Joe Fixit (instead of being a Bruce Banner who never became the Hulk). He was a criminal, Spiderman even dubbed the SMASH group the Hulk and Gangsters (in a play on the fact that the connected cartoon Hulk has the Hulk group and SMASH agents).
In the video game based on the aforementioned cartoon, a similar thing happened. In this case the fragment transformed the Hulk and at the same time sent him to another dimension. He was fighting the beings there and trying to get back home. This gray Hulk different from the cartoon accepted to fight. Hulk was back to normal as he left his place and landed near the squadron base.
In the online video game "Super Hero Squad Online", Joe Fixit is a character you can use to play. And he appears to be armed with a Gamma radiation weapon (since Marvel's tradition is that the color of Gamma radiation is green.