Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Make Mine Marvel: The Incredible Hulk

Doctor Bruce Banner was preparing a test of his new gamma-ray bomb created for the United States government, when he noticed a youth on the bomb site. In rushing to save the trespassing Rick Jones, Banner was bathed in rays of the explosion, changing him into a green skinned raging monster. Borrowing heavily from both Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde this creation of writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby debuted in 1962 as The Incredible Hulk. Misunderstood by the public as an evil monster, this green goliath's only friend was the boy he saved, Rick Jones, as Bruce tried to evade capture from his former boss, General "Thunderbolt" Ross. Betty Ross rounded out the cast as Banner's girlfriend in between his transformations to the creature as the doctor continually searched for a cure. After a short six issue run in the original series, Hulk was featured in Tales to Astonish before he took over that title with issue #102. Out of all the artists that worked on the popular Marvel Comics feature, Herb Trimpe is best remembered in depicting the emerald giant. 


1 comment:

Beez said...

Jack Kirby inked by John Romita - that was true art. Why on earth couldn't they have worked together more often?