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Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk #1

Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk, Vol. 1

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The first six issues of Marvel Comics' The Incredible Hulk comic books are collected in this volume presented as a hardcover graphic novel.

150 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 1978

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Stan Lee

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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) was an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Thor as a superhero, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scarlet Witch, The Inhumans, and many other characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

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Profile Image for Dan Schwent.
3,005 reviews10.6k followers
March 10, 2022
This is the first six issues of The Incredible Hulk. It's pretty clear Lee and Kirby didn't know what to do with him at this point. I respect its place in Marvel's formative years but it's not great. I might haul it to half price books next time I go.
Profile Image for Aaron.
274 reviews62 followers
April 12, 2016
The original six-issue run of The Incredible Hulk from 1962, prior to its cancellation. Scientist Bruce Banner rescues teenager Rick Jones from the testing grounds of his gamma bomb, only to have it go off and transform him nightly into a gray (and then greenish beginning in issue 2) combination of Frankenstein's monster and Mr. Hyde. The Hulk goes up against several typically goofy science fiction and Communist enemies, but his primary antagonist is General Thunderbolt Ross, who hunts him obsessively.

While nostalgically enjoyable, I'm not that surprised this line was cancelled after six issues; the Hulk barely smashes anything and is constantly trapped by forces that seem dated today like magnetism and hypnotism. Eventually Rick Jones starts controlling his mind to force Hulk to only do good deeds, which seemed odd and a bit of a cheat. And then there's the Teen Brigade... Lee and Kirby clearly created a great character, but he wasn't yet being used properly.

Most interesting to me was watching Lee struggle with shoehorning Banner's transformations back and forth into the stories. Banner began by transforming into the Hulk only at night, which clearly had limitations and only lasted three issues; the final three issues, Banner is able to use gamma rays to change back and forth at will, which also has problems. To make Hulk change back into Banner voluntarily, he was given some of Banner's intelligence which made him too much like Banner; later changes must have reversed this once the transformation was based on Banner's level of anger. The only notable story here aside from the origin is in issue three, where Hulk is lured to a rocket and shot into space, which was to be used again at least once more as the setup for Planet Hulk.
Profile Image for David Dalton.
2,515 reviews
June 19, 2018
Yes these early Hulk stories are very corny and very simple. Yet, they represent the early tales of the Incredible Hulk! Most of the art is by Jack Kirby with Steve Ditko in issue #6, with stories by Stan Lee.

Just think of these stories as Hulk 101, the early early years. Rick Joes was only 16 yrs old. Yet he seemed to have access to all areas of that Army base in the great Southwest. Simple stories and simple art. Almost no details.

Sign of the times. Thanks to Comixology Unlimited I got a chance to read these stories again, some for the first time.
Profile Image for Clint.
491 reviews8 followers
July 30, 2021
Fun Read

It is interesting to connect the dots between these early issues and Peter David's run. Jack Kirby illustrates the first five issues and Steve Ditko pencils issue 6. The story lines are zany early Marvel, aliens and communists attempt to take over the world. The Hulk saves the day, always hunted by General Thunderbolt Ross.
Profile Image for Glen Engel-Cox.
Author 4 books54 followers
November 21, 2020
This collection is the first series with the Hulk, which only ran for six issues. Many things are different here from what most people think of the character, including how Hulk is not as monosyllabic as he would later become or how Banner constructs a gamma ray machine that enables him to change back and forth at will (although how willing the Hulk is to do so is questionable, and the toll it takes on Banner to do so). What this start reveals, however, is how much debt the concept owed to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, with Banner playing the good doctor and the Hulk as the raging monster. Yes, there’s a difference—Hulk never intentionally does bad things, although he destroys enough property. The side characters are there from the very beginning—Hulk/Banner’s military antagonist, General Thunderbolt Ross; the love interest, Betty Ross, the general’s daughter; and the kid sidekick, Rick Jones, ostensibly the one who got Banner in all this trouble in the first place.

There’s very little realism in these comics. How can Banner create a hidden laboratory with machinery that can cage the Hulk when needed, not to mention power his gamma ray transformations. How Rick Jones is able to hang around a military facility—does he not have any school to attend, is there no security in this facility? The fact that Hulk is always letting Jones hang on to him and the fact that Jones is always hanging around Banner never clues either of the Ross kin into revealing that Banner and the Hulk are one and the same?

Recommended only for those interested in the history of the character, as the plot, writing, and even art are fairly basic if not badly done.
Profile Image for Evan Leach.
462 reviews143 followers
June 10, 2012
This book contains all six issues from the original run of The Incredible Hulk (May, 1962 to March, 1963). After six issues, the series was cancelled and the Hulk was limited to cameo appearances for about 18 months before getting a new feature of his own in 1964. Frankly, it’s not hard to see why this initial run was so short lived. The Hulk was very much a work in progress at this time, from the color of his skin:

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…to the cause of his transformation. Initially Doctor Banner turns into the Jade Giant when the sun goes down, sort of like a big green werewolf, before designing a machine that can turn him from Hulk to Banner, and vice versa. Nowhere is the “you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” trigger to be found. In addition, the poor Hulk was saddled with a truly pitiful rogue’s gallery. When he’s not battling commies, the Hulk is saving humanity from horrors such as the Toad Men:

img: Hulk 2

…or the Gargoyle:

img: Hulk 3

All of the Marvel comics from the early ‘60s feel pretty dated. They were mostly intended for children, and generally tell simple stories where nobody gets seriously injured, or God forbid killed. The best of them are good, cheesy, nostalgic fun. The weaker ones are just silly, and unfortunately these six issues fall squarely in the second category. While it’s interesting to see how it all began for Dr. Banner, this first run was not very engaging. 2 stars, recommended for true die-hards only.
Profile Image for Paul.
770 reviews22 followers
October 5, 2013
For the die-hard fans only.
This is a nice hardcover collection of the Hulk`s beginnings.
The stories are, by todays`s or even the 60s standards, cringe worthy.
The art isn`t all that great, most of it is rushed.

But, it did bring back some great childhood memories.
I`ve always had a soft spot for the Hulk, after all, we are the same age, and we do share so many childhood memories together. This book was a must-have for me.
Profile Image for Matthew.
1,032 reviews23 followers
May 28, 2014
Excellent hardcover edition of the first 6 Hulk issues. The story is a bit dated but the ferocity of the Hulk and the sympathy one feels for him over his plight is what makes the story enjoyable. The villains are also a bit stock and "cheesy" but overall a great comic collection with an infamous anti-hero of sorts
Profile Image for IriidaV.
201 reviews4 followers
February 11, 2022
Read via scans of the original issues.

While I've read a fair amount of Hulk over the years I'd never attribute myself as a big fan of the character. I enjoyed Bruce Jones' take on the character as well as Pak's lengthy run of giving him a family before Duggan tidied everything up and Ewing reinvented the mythos around him. Maybe I am a big fan of the Hulk then... Either way I highly enjoyed these stories - they are quite campy yes and don't really have a strongfocus on what the character actually brings to the table, but over the course of these issues there's a good solid sense of progression in plot and carry over between issues as well as a whole array of plot ideas and elements that funnilly enough will be returned to again much later.

Banner being able to switch to the Hulk at will? Being shot off into space by humans who are sick of him? Being a gladiator for a tyrant's amusement? Being able to heat his body to high temperatures? Turning into the Hulk at night? All these and more are in these stories and it's amazing how natural, if a little disjointed, it all feels here. It does start to feel a little tired by the fourth issue however and it feels very directionless with no clear reason given to why Banner would want to keep turning into the Hulk.

A surprise highlight for me was the first story of the second issue while Hulk lumbers through a town at night time, silently swatting away people who get in his way. It all looks suitably moody and dark, helped all the more by Ditko's inks on Kirby's pencils which looked honestly amazing.

Overall a fun and campy time if you're in the mood for some Silver Age Marvel comics although I can see why the series didn't last as long as other characters such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.
Profile Image for Paul Stanis.
100 reviews
April 1, 2023
In the first run of The Incredible Hulk, the rules are constantly changing. He’s grey for one issue, then green (a twist on the Universal Frankenstein’s monster being green but appearing in black and white movies?). For two issues, Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk with the fall of night. By #4, we already have Smart Hulk, but the sliding scale of Banner and Hulk is always shifting.

In my read-through of early Marvel so far, earnest, loyal Rick Jones is my favorite character. Look for the Toad Men using magnets to ram Earth with the Moon, and the Hulk punching an elephant.

In parallel with Fantastic Four: It’s a time when a smart character is indicated by them smoking a pipe (Reed, Bruce), the issue 1 villain is a deformed outcast human (Mole Man, Gargoyle), issue 2 is fighting off an alien invasion (Skrulls, Toad Men), and issue 3 is a hypnotism showman (Miracle Man, Ringmaster). In parallel with Spider-Man: It’s a time when teenagers have elderly aunts (Peter and May, Rick and Polly).

Certain story elements foreshadow future Marvel. In #3, the Hulk is already exiled to space. In #4, Hulk comes up against a space gladiator and in #5 becomes one himself. And in #6, the Metal Master pre-dates Magneto.
Profile Image for Philip Athans.
Author 62 books231 followers
October 23, 2018
I had a blast reading this--enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. This is the first time I've read the original first Hulk comics and though (of course) I knew he was gray, not green, in issue #1, I had no idea that he didn't start out transforming when Bruce Banner got angry. At first, Banner transforms into the Hulk at night and returns to his human form in the morning. Then he builds a gamma ray machine that allows him to transform whenever he wants to, though it takes a toll on poor Dr. Banner. There seems to be a hint about the whole "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry" thing at the very end of #6, but I'm not sure when that became the green guy's new normal.

I was also charmed by the goofy Cold War stuff. At one point the Hulk squares off against a Soviet agent and his soldiers and after he disables their helicopter, the description reads: "But there is a limit to the frustrations which any men can endure--even Communists!"

What the…?

After that, the Hulk says, "I'm leavin' ya now… but if you're not on the way back to Vodkaland by the time I hit earth, I'll be back! And I won't be so easy on ya next time!"

Okay… Cold War much?

Loved it!
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Profile Image for Alberto Martín de Hijas.
407 reviews41 followers
January 20, 2023
Se nota que son las primeras historias del personaje porque no saben muy bien que hacer con él. Cada número está dividido en episodios breves que a veces se enlazan en una sola historia y otras no. Además, se nota que el superhéroe estilo Marvel todavía está germinando porque los argumentos tienden mucho a los temas de monstruos y ciencia ficción que entonces publicaba la editorial. El personaje dará mucho más de si en épocas posteriores. El dibujo de Kirby es muy bueno claro, pero pese a lo estrambótico de los argumentos, está extrañamente contenido. Prefiero el estilo más desmadrado (¿pop? ¿abstracto?) que abrazó en los años siguientes.
22 reviews13 followers
August 18, 2010
The first 6 issues of The Incredible Hulk are, for my money, a cut above almost everything else I've read from this era of comics. The art is fairly typical of the period, but done so incredibly well that it stands head and shoulders above whatever you might care to compare it to. The action is brilliantly drawn, and puts many modern artists to shame. When rhe Hulk smashed a Jeep and bowled over a group of State Troopers in the early pages (in his original grey form!), I knew I was in for a treat.

The writing, as ever, is a different matter. 1960s Stan Lee could create great characters and poignant moments like no other. Believable dialogue and gripping narratives, not so much. But that's not why we read old comics.

We read them for the action, the wicked smash and crash of the sequence where the Hulk slaps a flying Human Cannonball vertically through a circus big top before punching out an elephant, or the issue where he catches a grenade and lets it explode harmlessly in his hand.

We read them for the genius ideas, and here there be plenty. You can actually see the Hulk's abilities get tweaked and altered issue by issue. We see; a strong Hulk; a Hulk that changes only at night; a Hulk controlled by his spunky sidekick Rick Jones; the Hulk's body with Bruce Banner's mind; and even the Hulk's body with Bruce Banner's face (?!). Stan Lee and co let their imaginations run wild in the early days of Marvel superheroes, and the results are fun, clever, and hilarious (often all at once).

We read them for the moments of poignancy. Like when the Hulk stares hatefully at an image of himself in issue #1, or when the Gargoyle weeps for his lost humanity. The whole concept of "the Hulk against mankind" is a fascinating one. And nowhere else but in comics will you see themes of isolation explored briefly before a swift cut to a hideous Toadman invasion in the very next frame. Many of the stories in this collection are smothered with a topical layer of anti-Communist sentiment that is both funny and frightening. Were people really so paranoid?

We read them for the dialogue that's so ridiculour it comes right back round to fantastic again. General "Thunderbolt" Ross swearing to track the Hulk to the ends of the Earth at every opportunity is a personal favourite (spoiler alert - first 6 issues; the jolly green giant remains on the loose). And who can resist a line like "RELEASE THE JET-POWERED FACSIMILE OF THE HULK!"?

In short, the Hulk's early escapades make the first days of other superheroes look dull. If you like great art, 60s cheese, and plain old-fashioned fun, do yourself a favour and check out this book.
Profile Image for Michael.
Author 1 book19 followers
May 23, 2018
Jack Kirby's Hulk is my favorite look for the character and all the art in this collection is a joy. There's one non-Kirby issue, but that was drawn by Steve Ditko, so it's great, too.

What's interesting about these stories is seeing Kirby and Stan Lee figuring out how they want to handle the character. He's gray in the first issue, green in the rest, and Bruce Banner's transformations are triggered by everything EXCEPT his emotions. It starts as a nighttime change and by the end of the collection it's something that Banner and the Hulk control with a machine (although an unpredictable one that seems to be having a negative effect on them). There's also a weird issue or two where the Hulk is mind-controlled by Rick Jones.

Looking forward to the next volume and seeing how long it takes to settle into a status quo for the series. It's all over the place in the beginning, but that's not a complaint.
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Author 3 books66 followers
March 29, 2012
Honestly, at best these primitive stories told with no sense of direction deserve two stars, but there is something fun about them despite Stan Lee thrashing about in his attempt to find out what kind of stories will work best for this character and what elements can sustain in the character's continuity. It is also interesting to see the Hulk as he later evolved in his fish-with-lungs state. These stories are hugely flawed, but are fun for a couple of the right reasons and several of the wrong ones.
Profile Image for Rich Meyer.
Author 56 books56 followers
December 8, 2013
If you can't afford the Marvel Masterworks, this is one of your budget alternatives. Mind you, a regular size paperback does not come close to doing justice to the artwork in these Tales to Astonish reprints. But it worked for us when we were kids. The first volume in this series reprints the first six issues of the original Incredible Hulk title, so that's worth a look too.
Profile Image for Nicholas Driscoll.
1,228 reviews13 followers
March 5, 2021
I was pretty disappointed in this book, which kind of surprised me after I really enjoyed the classic Spider-Man and Fantastic Four collections. This one, though, I felt has some major problems--weak writing, boring characters, and tons of inconsistencies.

Basically Bruce Banner is a scientist who creates a gamma bomb and, when he tests his new invention, ends up getting hit by tons of gamma radiation when he saves the life of a dumb teen named Rick. After the accident, Banner turns into Hulk whenever night falls (NOT when he gets mad--that must come much later, and in fact there is a part in this first volume where Hulk gets mad and then changes into Banner!). Only Rick knows of Banner's double-life, and, as the story plays out, for a while Rick develops the power to command Hulk to do what he wants, and then later Banner develops the ability to change into Hulk and still retain some of his intelligence. They fight against a series of really forgettable foes--toad men from space, some reds from Russia wearing a robot suit as a trick, basically an alien version of Magneto but lamer.

The storytelling is just all over the place. I didn't care much about any of the characters, who might have some pathos, but are not convincing or interesting. I always felt like something was missing. Plus massive and annoying plot holes abound, such as somehow Rick by himself fixing a super-powerful prison that can hold Hulk, or how sometimes Rick can contact Hulk through his mind and sometimes not, and so on. Hulk can talk throughout the comic, and also appears to fly (even if they call it jumping--but he can swerve sideways through the air).

I kind of want to see how Hulk eventually develops that whole rage thing, but I am not sure I have the wherewithal to get that far!
Profile Image for Subham.
2,642 reviews68 followers
March 10, 2023
This one was so good omg and took me quite a while to finish but its like pure fun and I know the texts and dialogue and language of the 60s can be a lot, but its the feel of those eras that is so fun like right out of the gate you have the origin, the enemies pouring in left and right and every issue someone new which is great like the first is Gargoyle which was meh, then Toadmen, Ringmaster (who made for a fun mind control villain and gave Hulk great challenges), Tyrannus and General Fang were great and actually gave Hulk his own challenges and not testing him physically but also his smarts and thats when you know its something special.

Though I would have liked a bit more to the villains than the occasional appearance but then again I am sure future writers will expand on them from here and had done it and made them more 3-dimensional but stan lee does a great job at introducing them and showing Hulk at his brute but also smarts, hinting green and grey personalities and also I like how he gave him a companion in Rick Jones who really comes into his own in this run and becomes like the reader's POV and some expositions and things he does is silly but works in the context of the story.

The recoloration helps a lot and actually makes it easier to read else it would be a nightmare to read through those faded colors. I also didn't like how Betty was talking like maybe my major flaw of this comic but then again its of its times. But yeah great read and there's a reason why this is such a valuable book establishing the origins of our favorite green goliath!
21 reviews
April 3, 2019
Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk, Vol. 1 by Stan Lee is a great six comic books compilement of some of the first Incredible Hulk comics. These comics are well-known and action packed, filled with mysteries, heroes, and explosions. We start this book off with our simple yet intelligent scientist, Dr. Bruce Banner helping the American military create a very destructive bomb that would hopefully help them dominate the field. When Bruce notices a person parked near the bomb site, he runs out to save them but as the general grows impatient and starts the bomb. Bruce is effected by the horrible gamma rays and becomes the incredible Hulk. Destroying things uncontrollably, the public begins to fear him and so Bruce decides to lock himself away every time he turns into the Hulk. Although seemingly like a monster, the Hulk sometimes unleashes his rage on the villains. From a person who has undergone an unwanted transformation and wants help from the Hulk to a group of aliens coming to destroy the Earth, and even a man that can bend metal with his powers. I don't want to spoil it all, but you need to read this. I reccomend this book to superhero and comic book lovers.
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Author 6 books19 followers
June 27, 2020
My four-year-olds became interested in the Hulk a while ago because he is big, green, and strong, so I got this Masterworks volume to read with them. Little did I know how close it was tone-wise to the current IMMORTAL HULK series I have been reading. I was shocked to see how horror-esque this comic is, and it is clear how Al Ewing's current work has been inspired by this 6-issue run. My kids liked these six issues because, as I mentioned, Hulk is big, green, and strong. I enjoyed it more than I expected to because of its Jekyll and Hyde plotline and how dark it actually is.

Fun fact: my father wrote to Marvel back in the 60s to complain after they cancelled the INCREDIBLE HULK series after these six issues. Luckily for him (and everyone else!), they eventually brought the Hulk back.

One other thing: the quality of these six issues notwithstanding, Marvel could have stood to have lowered the price a bit, since this is four issues shorter than every single other MASTERWORKS I own.
Profile Image for Rees Malwin.
223 reviews
November 28, 2021
SIGNIFICANCE: The Incredible Hulk is created.

In the few months before the release of the first Incredible Hulk, all of Marvel’s comics had text on every few pages, saying lines like “WHAT IS THE HULK?” and “THE HULK IS COMING!”

It was a slight surprise when the Incredible Hulk was finally released, since so much hype was put into it. I’m sure many people thought this would be another Thing-type character, but Stan Lee managed to deliver something new, with a fresh backstory. In the first issue, we learn of Bruce Banner, his accident with Gamma rays, and his zero-control of transforming into the Hulk. (In the first issue, he was also grey, but by the second issue, he was green, and that became the Hulk’s main trademark. Ironically, about 300 issues in, a Grey Hulk is introduced, but it’s not the same Hulk as Bruce Banner.) By the sixth issue, Bruce is able to control his transformations.
Profile Image for T-cup.
208 reviews
June 28, 2023
- Opening narration from Incredible Hulk #1 by Stan Lee. I hear his voice in all the silver-age narratives.

I'm not a Hulk fan, so my expectations weren't terribly high, but this was pretty good. A little (or a lot) corny. Clearly child-oriented (for the time). Better toward the end. But, overall, far more enjoyable than I expected.
I was surprised at how many power limitations were used before they decided on, "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." In fact, anger wasn't used in this volume at all.
Moreover, the early Hulk was fairly intelligent and a total dick to Rick Jones.
Kirby's art was good (as always), but I think I preferred the Ditko issue.
Solid three stars.
November 24, 2017
The Hulk's first days were a bit different than I was taught. Yes, Bruce Banner was hit by a massive dose of gamma radiation. But here he's able to change from human to monster and back with the help of a special ray gun. Anger has nothing to do with anything. Hulk has enough Banner in him that he can talk quite frequently, and boy, does he have a mouth on him. He's constantly insulting everyone and telling people to shut up. Hulk should be glad humans are so afraid of him or else someone would be tempted to smack him upside the head.

*Ha. I always thought the character name of 'Betty Ross' was too close to 'Betsy Ross'. Turns out someone at Marvel thought the same thing as in one panel Betty is indeed referred to as Betsy.
Profile Image for Fraser Sherman.
Author 10 books29 followers
March 6, 2022
This collects the first six issues of the Hulk's magazine, then his revival — it was canceled as a backup feature in Tales to Astonish. It's a mixed bag.
The early issues have the intensity of Kirby's art coupled with some very dull stories and some very obvious "throw it at the wall, see if it sticks!" plotting. Bruce Banner changes at night. He changes via a special ray. He's under Rick Jones' mental control.
The revival by Lee and Ditko (according to later Marvel editor Tom Brevoort, the prime mover behind giving Hulk his own series again) is surprisingly bland compared to Dr. Strange or Spider-Man. The soap opera is duller, the stories weaker than most of Marvel's output at this point (late '64). Obviously it worked anyway.
Profile Image for Rocío.
410 reviews14 followers
May 7, 2022
Ya tendría que estar acostumbrada a este punto, pero nunca va a dejar de darme risa leer a los héroes de marvel pelear contra los comunistas.

Leer este cómic fue interesante porque hay un montón de cosas sobre Hulk que no sabía. Tiene una muy fuerte influencia en Frankenstein y El extraño caso de Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde, el monstruo rechazado por la sociedad por su aspecto, y como al principio Banner se convertía en Hulk cuando se hacía de noche. Recién para el final del 6to issue podemos ver los indicios de una transformación controlada por las emociones.

Como siempre, los personajes femeninos solo están para ser, intereses amorosos, secuestrados y floreros. Y todos los personajes en gral se sintieron medio planos, pero fue más entretenido que Thor.
2,092 reviews5 followers
September 9, 2017
While these aren't really very good comics, they're some of the most interesting of the early Marvel Universe stories. Its so obvious that Stan Lee didn't have a very clear idea of who or what he wanted the Hulk to be....numerous ideas are used and then abandoned in these issues, from a grey Hulk to a green one; from one with Banner's intelligence to one without to one that only obeys Rick Jones; and from a creature that turns into a Hulk when the sun goes down to Banner initiating the transfer himself with a machine. It's just fascinating to watch the ideas fly fast and furious. I'd be curious to see where this series would have gone had it not been cancelled.
Profile Image for Mark Plaid.
196 reviews7 followers
February 24, 2022
The Hulk's Early Days Are Not the Best

I was introduced to the Hulk more than a decade after his debut. I remember him being angry and gruff, but at least he was a little sympathetic. However, As Stan Lee writes the character in his early days he is too harsh and nasty. He's always being verbally abusive to people In ways that don't garner much sympathy for him. So much so that I want his enemies To beat him. However, at least Bruce Banner is a consistently sympathetic character and quite likable in a comic where everyone seems to be an unlikable jerk except for him and Betty Ross.
Profile Image for Max Driffill.
138 reviews4 followers
April 8, 2019
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby give us Marvel’s surliest hero. This is apparently Stan Lee’s attempt to give the world a good Mr. Hyde. The first six issues (contained in this volume) do a very good job of introducing us to the central Hulk cast and establishing the central conflicts internal and interpersonal that will drive the Hulk.

The foes aren’t terribly memorable but the original arc succeeds in spite of its villain of the month formula. The heroes and their struggles are actually the stars. Memorable villain will emerge later. This is all Hulk.
Profile Image for Crossbreaker96.
113 reviews37 followers
February 6, 2023
Este año he querido leer la etapa clásica de marvel pero uffff por momentos hay escenas y dialogos bastante infumables y me aburre mucho es lo reiterativos que son con el tema de "El personaje más increíble de la tierra", "El Más poderoso", "El Más inteligente", "El Más temible", etc. Y es que es algo en lo que hacían mucho énfasis en aquella época y con todos sus personajes porque con Los 4 Fantásticos y Spiderman pasa exactamente lo mismo jajajaja en eso Stan Lee falla monumentalmente. Entiendo perfectamente que era otra época pero vamos, ser repetitivo antes o ahora es igual de aburrido.
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