Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Origin of the Hulk

Season: 1
Episode Number: 1a
Season Episode Number: 1a
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Writer: Stan Lee

Voices: Paul Soles (Bruce Banner, Rick Jones), Max Ferguson (Hulk), Bernard Cowan (Narrator), Gillie Fenwick (General 'Thunderbolt' Ross), Peg Dixon (Betty Ross), (Igor), (Doctor), (Soldier).

Plot: Doctor Bruce Banner is caught in a gamma explosion and turns into the Incredible Hulk!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): The early days of the Hulk are very interesting. He is not the completely mindless beast, nor is he the 'Smart Hulk'. He is sort of a cross between the two. In fact, he sort of reminds me of the Frankenstein monster.

The origin of the Hulk is first told in the pages of The Incredible Hulk #1, 1962. At first glance, it doesn't appear to differ from the comics at all. The story seems intact and the Jack Kirby artwork is perfectly represented.

But there are a few differences. First, the colouring of the Hulk's skin in this series is green, but his original comic book appearance is grey. It was only changed to green because the colourist couldn't get a consistent shade of grey with the paints he was using. I'm sure the Hulk is green in this episode because green had quickly became his signature colour.

In the early days of the Hulk, Bruce Banner changed into the Hulk at nightfall and back to Banner at dawn. This is mentioned several times throughout the first issue, but is not mentioned at all in this episode, most likely because by 1966 the Hulk had firmly established the whole 'anger management' issues. EDIT: I stand corrected! The next episode shows him turning into the Hulk at night several times!

DVD Releases:
  • The Incredible Hulk (1996 Animated Series)

  • Back to Episode Guide


    eli said...

    A cross between smart Hulk and dumb Hulk? Like in Planet Hulk?

    Kurtis said...

    No, not like Planet Hulk. Planet Hulk is Albert Einstein compared to this Hulk.

    This original Hulk doesn't act like an animal. He is capable of cognisant thought and even a hint of rational decision making. But he is still to dumb to put that to good use.