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Most people who have heard of the Incredible Hulk will have got to know him via that unbelievably awful American TV series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno (what a wonderful ACTOR the man was!) as the two sides of the Jolly Green Giant.
The series was based (a little loosely) on the original Marvel Comics strip from the Sixties, where Banner was a scientist involved in military operations who got exposed to a dose of radiation which, rather than killing him or scarring him (as would be the case in real life, but since when have we allowe dthe facts to make any difference), led to him becoming a very changeable character.
At times of great emotional stress, Banner undergoes enormous physical changes, piling on muscly bulk like there's no tomorrow and splitting all his clothes.
[Break off for a minute to discuss the greatest mystery of the modern age: When Banner changes into the Hulk, he becomes incredibly muscle bound and the entirety of his body assumes massive proportions, right? However, for some odd physiological reasons, the Hulk's groin region and thighs remain the same size as Bruce Banner's, for there is never the slightest little rip in those amazing purple trews of his. Uncanny! We are left with no option but to conclude that the fearsome green monster must have some of the smallest genitalia in the western world. Perhaps it's the steroids....]
Banner becomes a very tortured individual fearing to continue his relationship with Betty Ross because of what he might do to her when he assumes the role of Mr Small Groin (well, he certainly wouldn't be scaring her in the bedroom department, would he girls?) and spends his life searching vainly for some remedy for his curse.
The Hulk is a well meaning but tempestuous great bean brain whose first reaction when threatened by the military might of the Army commanded by betty's pater, General Ross, is to go on a rampage and give them a bit of a thwacking (Now if only I could persuade Mr Small Groin to don a large cod piece and speak as he finds at the office of BT, I'd be a very happy bunny). The Hulk becomes a vagrant superhuman beast, wandering the countryside and having all sorts of adventures. he is neither good nor evil, but a misunderstood behemoth with a very sane and terrified individual trapped by his alter ego.
The comic strip tried to make some headway with the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde theme and the troubled soul that was Banner, but it was never quite real enough to compete with the original Mr Troubled, Spiderman. The Incredible Hulk was always pretty much a second rate strip and never very popular.
The Marvel strip was never one of my all time faves (that honour went to Spidey, the Avengers and the X Men), but it was always a good read and well worth dipping into when you had a moment (unlike those amazing pants of his - dip into them and you'd need tweezers and magnifying glass to find his todger).
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I don't really think you have read much 'Hulk' or researched this review as you would know that (1) Banner's trousers do not rip because he uses a material created by Reed Richards(of 'Fantastic 4' fame) called unstable molecules. (2) Also you should know that 'The Incredible Hulk' comic book is nothing like that anymore, and is more about government conspiracy and Bruce running from a crime The Hulk may or may not have committed. I feel you are not really giving Hulk a fair review and should pick up Bruce Jones' run in graphic novel format starting with 'The Incredible Hulk Volume 1: Return of the Monster'.
jennystevenson 15.09.2001 01:40
Hehe! Great op! lol, why is there a picture of snoopy for the incredible hulk? Hmm.... =)
TheNeil 04.06.2001 13:28
Go on, tell Mr Muscley about his tiny todger to his face. Dare ya