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Incredible Hulk (1962 series) #1 Comic Book

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Listed in alphabetical order.

Betty Ross
Bruce Banner
Igor Starsky
Rick Jones
Thunderbolt Ross


The Coming of the Hulk!

Date of Publication
May 1962
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3.5 stars


Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Paul Reinman
Jack Kirby
Cover Penciler
George Roussos
Cover Inker

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Bruce Banner, the foremost US nuclear physicist, is working for the US government creating the G-bomb or Gamma bomb, "the most powerful weapon ever created by men.". The lab is located in a secure military area in the New Mexico desert.

Banner kept the weapon's plans a secret. This concerns Banner's assistant, Igor Starsky, since no one was able to verify his work. Starsky corners Banner violently, but Banner claims he makes no mistakes, and detests those who think with their fists.

General Thaddeus Thunderbolt Ross, the officer in charge, is impatient, and pressures Banner to test the bomb, calling him a "milksop". Betty Ross, the General's daughter, steps in to defend Banner, which is appreciated by the scientist.

On the day of the test, Banner discovers that someone is parked near the detonation area. Asking Starsky to delay the countdown, Banner jumps on a Jeep to alert the individual, Rick Jones, a teenager who sneaked in the base dared by his friends.

Banner reaches Jones on time to push him into a protective trench, but he does not make it. The G-bomb blasts, and bathes Banner with the mortal Gamma rays.

Against all expectations, Banner is not killed, or wounded. Banner and Jones are kept in a room for observation.

At sunset, Banner starts to feel strange. A Geiger counter (a device that measures radiation) goes wild. Suddenly, Banner suffers a metamorphosis and turns into a tall muscular gray skin monster: The Hulk!

Jones witnesses the incredible transformation, and is pushed aside by the Hulk who walks through a wall as if it were made of cardboard.

Hulk is accidentally hit by a Jeep; the car is damaged, but not the monster who escapes into the darkness.

Jones follows the Hulk, feeling in great debt to Banner for saving his life earlier that day.


Additional stories in this comic

The Hulk Strikes!

3.5 stars

Stan Lee
Jack Kirby

By Julio Molina-Muscara

The monster hides from the soldiers. One of them says "We've got to find that... That Hulk!!" giving the name of the monster side of Bruce Banner.

Whatever is left of Banner's mind guides Hulk back to his cabin to secure the G-bomb secret report. Rick Jones follows close by. At the cabin, Hulk finds Igor Starsky who is looking for the formula. Starsky shoots at the Hulk in the shoulder. Hulk throws Starsky over a desk, knocking him out. Jones finds the secret report taped to the bottom of a glass beaker.

Hulk grabs a frame with a photo of Banner. "I... I know that face!!" he says. "It is weak.. Soft!!" Jones lets him know that he is Banner.

Hulk recalls the bomb detonation and realizes the gamma rays made Banner turn into him. Jones offers his aid. But Hulk reacts savagely, "I don't need you! I don't need anybody!" He approaches Jones in a menacing way. He knows who the Hulk really is.

Suddenly, the sun comes up. "My head!! My brain.. It's on fire!" says the Hulk as he starts turning back into Banner.

Suddenly, someone knocks at the door. It's the Army!

The Search For The Hulk

3.5 stars

By Julio Molina-Muscara

Thunderbolt Ross and his soldiers storm into Bruce Banner's cabin. They trailed the Hulk here. But they find Banner, Rick Jones, and Igor Starsky instead. Soldiers recognize Starsky as a spy. They believe he has something to do with the Hulk and take him away.

A Captain wonders if Banner and Hulk are related. But soldiers tell him that Hulk looks like a giant gorilla or a big bear dressed in tatters. Banner gives the secret Gamma Rays report to the soldiers. They leave to continue their search for Hulk.

Along with the Army came Betty Ross. She apologizes for her father's harsh behavior towards Banner. But he's under a terrible strain, and kindly asks her to leave, walking her to the door. He regards her as "Betty" instead of Miss Ross, promising to call her later. "Please do... Bruce! I feel you're in some great trouble, and... I want to help!" Obviously these two have feelings for each other.

Jones places bandages on Banner's shoulder (where the Hulk was shot by Starsky) and asks if the nightmare is over. "No, Rick, it's just... Beginning!" replies the scientist.

Enter... The Gargoyle

4 stars

By Julio Molina-Muscara

From a prison cell, Igor Starsky sends an encoded message using a sub-miniature transistor under his thumbnail. He informs his Soviet comrades about the existence of the Hulk.

The message is delivered to the Gargoyle, a feared powerful Soviet military monster who becomes very interested in the Hulk. Gargoyle flies to the United States in a rocket. US forces detect and destroy it, but the Gargoyle manages to escape on time, landing near the New Mexico Army base.

Bruce Banner and Rick Jones are driving a Jeep. They were trying to get far away before the metamorphosis occurs. But Banner turns into Hulk while driving, causing a crash. Fortunately, Jones is not hurt in the accident.

Hulk realizes that Betty Ross lives nearby and walks to her house despite Jones naysaying. Unnoticed, the Gargoyle follows them.

Betty is troubled by her memories of Bruce Banner and of all of the recent supernatural events. Her father Thunderbolt Ross suggests her to get some fresh air. "Perhaps I can tell myself it was all a dream.. There is no Hulk!" says Betty as the Hulk himself approaches. "But there is a Hulk!! And don't you ever forget it!!" Betty faints.

Jones asks Hulk to let Betty go before someone sees them. Suddenly, the Gargoyle shows up pointing a gun at them.


3 stars

By Julio Molina-Muscara

Gargoyle shoots at Hulk and Rick Jones with hypnotic bullets. They fall under his command and leave. Unconscious Betty Ross is left behind.

When Thunderbolt Ross finds his daughter, she tells him "It was the Hulk! He came from out of the darkness! He.. He was terrifying!" The General calms down his daughter saying "I'll find him, Betty! I swear to you, my child, I'll find him and destroy him!"

The Gargoyle is anxious to return to the Soviet Union. He wants his scientists to study the Hulk and create an army of powerful creatures which they could use to rule the world. The villain and his prisoners fly to the URSS in a stealth plane. Hulk receives sunlight and turns into Banner.

At destination, Gargoyle recognizes Banner as the US scientist, and realizes he and the Hulk are one in the same. Gargoyle takes Banner and Jones to a secret stronghold and breaks in tears. "I'd give anything to be normal!" tells Banner.

"I cannot stop myself from turning into the Hulk.." says Banner. "But your case is different! I know how to cure you... " Banner manages to turn the Gargoyle back into his human self using radiation.

Gargoyle turned into a monster because of a Soviet bomb test. Now an American has cured him, so he decides to defy the Reds. He lets Banner and Jones board his escape rocket to fly back to the United States. Gargoyle blows up the Soviet base. The destruction kills him.



Librarian (February 15, 2010)
Stan Lee (concept, script) and Jack Kirby (artwork) co-created the Hulk. The original color of the Hulk's skin was gray.

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