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Hulk
Real name: Bruce Banner
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962)

Created by:

Stan Lee (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)

Team affiliations:

Avengers, Warbound, Defenders, Pantheon, Hulkbusters, Horsemen of Apocalypse, The Order, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Abilities:

Bruce Banner: Genius-level intellect

Hulk: Superhuman strength and speed, invulnerability, anger empowerment, regeneration, longevity, resistant to mind control, able to see astral forms, able travel long distances by leaping, superhuman lung capacity, limitless stamina

Portrayed by:

Lou Ferrigno
Mark Ruffalo

The Incredible Hulk is a character created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Reserved physicist Dr. Bruce Banner is accidentally exposed to the blast of a test detonation of a gamma bomb he invented while trying to save Rick Jones. Subsequently, when Banner is angry, he involuntarily transforms into a huge, incredibly strong creature known as the Hulk.

Beginning in comic books in the early 1960s, the character has since been depicted in various other media: in a live-action television series, in three animated series, various video games, and through the use of CGI in seven films: Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, The Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

Beginnings[]

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The Hulk was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962, in response from fans who indicated that their favorite character was the Thing (Lee also created the Fantastic Four). So he wanted to make a character much like him.

The Hulk's first series was called The Incredible Hulk. The series was only six issues. After that, the Hulk guested on other characters' comics until he was in the anthology superhero series Tales to Astonish. It only had the Hulk for half of each issue, then featured another superhero. Then Tales to Astonish became The Incredible Hulk in 1968.

Incarnations[]

See List of Hulk incarnations.

Powers[]

The Hulk has several powers and abilities, including:

Super-Strength:

  • Hulk's strength and anger has been repeatedly stated to have no actual threshold to its capability, as Hulk's strength rises with his anger. However, this is not to be confused with infinite strength.
  • Ability to lift a car or even an island; lifted 150 billion tons of mountain dropped on top of him in secret wars-- while calm; once lifted 6 sextillion tons.
  • Has been encased in pure diamond and completely shattered it simply by flexing; destroys things and structures built to withstand power "of the gods".
  • Hulk's strength can be planetary in scale. he held a planet together and shifted its plates to avert worldwide catastrophe.
  • Destroyed an asteroid twice the size of earth with one blow; punched through a time storm; can destroy planets just with his footsteps.
  • To give a sense of scale as to the amount of effort required for these lifting feats, it is described that the weight of forty tons, "might as well weigh as many ounces!" (from Incredible Hulk vol.2 #22).

Long-Range Leaping: Can make huge leaps from one place to another; some can be seen from space; jumps thousands of miles in a single bound.

Super-Speed: Can run at Mach 5; it has been described as having "lightning-fast reflexes" (in Marvel Feature #3 and Incredible Hulk #276). Despite Hulk's speed not being as prominent as his strength in most situations, he still has no limits physically, via his anger.

Invulnerability:

  • Can withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures, and has even endured the sun's heat.
  • Has dropped from a planet's orbit and been completely unhurt.
  • Was hit with a 1-ton wrecking ball to the back of the head, but no damage was visible at all regarding his head.
  • Even the Human Torch's full nova blast does nothing to the Hulk.

Stamina:

  • Hulk has near-infinite stamina.
  • Can leap endless miles for hours and not break a sweat.
  • Doesn't require sustenance of any kind.

Healing Factor:

  • Has one of the best Healing factors in the Marvel universe, since the ability improves itself proportionate to Hulk's anger.
  • Has had skin torn off reducing him to bones and muscles.
  • Has regrown his neck after the Maestro snapped it during the future imperfect storyline.
  • Can regenerate limbs and organs.

Other Media[]

Gallery[]

See Hulk/gallery.

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