|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.