The Hulk (Bruce Banner)

The Religious Affiliation of
The Hulk
Bruce Banner

Religion: Catholic (lapsed) CBR Scale: I

Name: The Hulk

Alter Ego: Bruce Banner

Other Names: Robert Bruce Banner; David Bixby; David Banner; Bruce Bancroft; Mr. Bergen; Bruce Jones; Joe Fixit; War; Green Scar; The Incredible Hulk; Maestro; Greenskyn Smashtroll

Classification: hero hero   scientist scientist  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (vol. 1) #1 (May 1962): "The Coming of the Hulk"

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 4,551

   Comic Book Appearances: 4,372

   TV, Film Appearances: 170

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 9

Teams/Affiliations: Hulkbusters; Pantheon; Secret Defenders; The Avengers; The Defenders; The Order; The Ultimates; Warbound; Weapon X (Exiles); X-Saviours

Enemy of: Thunderbolt Ross, Colonel Glenn Talbot, The Abomination, The Leader

Ally: Rick Jones
Ally: Betty Ross
Ally: Doc Samson

Occupation: homeless, janitor, nuclear scientist, physicist

Worked for: U.S. Army

Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio, USA

Race: white

Gender: male


BELOW: Thor explicitly refers to himself as the "God of Thunder" in response to the Hulk's impious banter: The Hulk was one of the founding members of the Avengers, but his time with the team was shot-lived. The friction between the Hulk and his teammates is evident in this Avengers meeting when the the Hulk calls Thor a "yellow-haired yahoo" and threatens to "boot him up to Asgard for good!" Thor, demonstrating his genuinely godly self-identity, responds: "You dare speak so to the God of Thunder?!! Why, with one blow of my hammer, I--"

Thor explicitly refers to himself as the God of Thunder in response to the Hulk's impious banter

Source: The Avengers (vol. 1) #2 (Nov. 1963): "The Avengers Battle... the Space Phantom", pg. 1-2. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman. See also: gods; impiety; Norse/Teutonic paganism; The Hulk (Bruce Banner); Thor (Donald Blake)

BELOW: Bruce Banner (The Hulk) believes that General Thunderbolt Ross is "obsessed" with hunting the Hulk: Bruce Banner (The Hulk) recalls yet another time that General Thunderbolt Ross searched for the Hulk: "I'm certain that others were searching as well... But General Ross has played this game many, many times. I hide... He seeks. He's obsessed with it. And, I think, he's obsessed with me."

Bruce Banner (The Hulk) believes that General Thunderbolt Ross is obsessed with hunting the Hulk

Source: Marvel Double-Shot #1 (Jan. 2003): "Spinach", pg. 2, panels 1-3. Written by Rob Haynes. Art by Rob Haynes. See also: obsession; idiosyncratic; The Hulk (Bruce Banner); Red Hulk (Thunderbolt Ross)

BELOW: The Hulk and Namor the Sub-Mariner join forces, united in their hatred for humanity: Upon meeting the Hulk for the first time, Prince Namor tells the green behemoth: "We BOTH share a burning hatred for the human race! If we act TOGETHER, we can bring humanity to its knees!" The Hulk concurs, saying, "I hate humans, too!" Their shared hatred for humans is somewhat ironic, given he fact that Namor is half-human and the Hulk's alter-ego is fully human.

The Hulk and Namor the Sub-Mariner join forces, united in their hatred for humanity

Source: The Avengers (vol. 1) #3 (Jan. 1964): "The Avengers Meet... Sub-Mariner!", pg. 17-18. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman. See also: hate; The Hulk (Bruce Banner); The Sub-Mariner (Namor)

BELOW: The Hulk's irrational hatred of humanity is not shared by his Bruce Banner, his alter-ego: During a battle with the Avengers, the stress the Hulk is experiencing causes him to revert to his normal form: Bruce Banner. Banner does no hate humanity (he is, after all, completely human). He has no desire to battle the Avengers. He simply flees the scene, leaving his temporary ally the Sub-Mariner to face the super team alone. The Hulk's hatred of humanity may seem irrational, given the fact that the Hulk is actually a human, Bruce Banner. But this hatred is understandable on one level when one considers the fact that the Hulk is not really a distinct individual, but is a manifestation of Bruce Banner's negative emotions, primarily his inner rage and hatred.

The Hulk's irrational hatred of humanity is not shared by his Bruce Banner, his alter-ego

Source: The Avengers (vol. 1) #3 (Jan. 1964): "The Avengers Meet... Sub-Mariner!", pg. 24, panel 5. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman. See also: hate; The Hulk (Bruce Banner)

BELOW: The alliance between the Hulk and Sub-Mariner is a tenuous one: Although temporarily allied against the Avengers, they are both already thinking about betraying each other.

The alliance between the Hulk and Sub-Mariner is a tenuous one

Source: The Avengers (vol. 1) #3 (Jan. 1964): "The Avengers Meet... Sub-Mariner!", pg. 18, panel 3. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman. See also: betrayal; The Hulk (Bruce Banner); The Sub-Mariner (Namor)

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This character is in the following 902 stories which have been indexed by this website:
A+X #1 (Dec. 2012): "Cake" (lead character)
Abominations #1 (Dec. 1996): "Blood Rush" (cameo)
Alpha Flight (vol. 1) #40 (Nov. 1986): "Love" (only on cover)
Amazing Fantasy (vol. 2) #15 (Jan. 2006): "Mastermind Excello"
The Amazing Spider-Man
Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #40 (Sep. 2011): "Meanwhile, Part Two" (cameo)
The Avengers
Avengers Academy #1 (Aug. 2010): "Permanent Record" (photo/picture/video)
Avengers Annual #20 (June 1991): "Avengers Origin"
Avengers Assemble (vol. 1) #1 (July 2010)
Avengers Finale #1 (Jan. 2005) (1-panel cameo)
Avengers: A Marvel Treasury (1982): "The Brute That Shouted Love at the Heart of the Atom" (lead character)
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (vol. 1) #1 (Jan. 2005)
Avengers: The Initiative
Battletide II
Cage (vol. 1) #10 (Jan. 1993): "Payback!"
Captain America
Captain America 70th Anniversary Magazine #20 (Winter 2011): "Captain America Joins...The Avengers!" (imagination)
Captain America and the Falcon
Captain America Special Edition #1 (Feb. 1984): "No Longer Alone!"
Captain America: Who Won't Wield The Shield? #1 (June 2010): "The Incredibly Normal and Bourgeois Idea of Doctor America, Occult Operative of Liberty"
Captain Britain (vol. 1) #4 (3 Nov. 1976): "The Thing -- Amok!" (cameo)
Captain Universe / Hulk #1 (Jan. 2006): "Secrets and Origins" (lead character)
The Champions
Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1 (Mar. 2007)
Classic X-Men #6 (Feb. 1987): "Merry Christmas, X-Men..." (mentioned)
Cloak and Dagger (vol. 2) #9 (Nov. 1986): "The Lady and the Unicorn" (only on cover)
Comet Man #3 (Apr. 1987): "When the Truth Is Found to Be Lies!"
Conspiracy #2 (Mar. 1998): "Print the Legend"
Contest of Champions II
The Daredevils #9 (Sep. 1983): "What If: Obnoxio the Clown Fought Crime?" (someone disguised or dressed as)
Dark Avengers
Dark Reign Files #1 (Apr. 2009)
Dark Reign: The List - Avengers #1 (Nov. 2009) (mentioned in text & seen in picture)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers
Dark X-Men #2 (Feb. 2010): "Journey to the Center of the Goblin: Part Two" (photo/picture/video)
Dark X-Men: The Beginning
Dazzler #6 (Aug. 1981): "The Hulk May Be Hazardous to Your Health!"
DC/Marvel All Access #1 (Dec. 1996): "The Crossing!"
Deadpool (vol. 3) #900 (Dec. 2009): "One Down" (photo/video (3 panels))
The Defenders
Doc Samson (vol. 1) #1 (Jan. 1996): "Greenness Envy"
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1 (Nov. 1988): "Love is the Spell. The Spell is Death!" (cameo)
Doctor Strangefate #1 (Apr. 1996): "The Decrees of Fate" (character based on)
Essential Savage She-Hulk
Essential Spider-Woman #2 (25 June 2007): "Doctor of Madness!" (lead character)
Exiles (vol. 1) #10 (Apr. 2002): "A World Apart: Part 3"
Fall of the Hulks: The Savage She-Hulks (Aug. 2010): "Weapon of A.R.M.O.R." (mentioned)
The Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine!
Giant-Size Avengers (vol. 2) #1 (Feb. 2008): "Memorial Day"
Giant-Size Defenders
Giant-Size X-Men
Heroes for Hire
Hostess ad
The Hulk
Hulk Comic
Hulk Family: Green Genes
Hulk Smash Avengers
Hulk Vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide #1 (June 2008): "When Titans Collide" (lead character)
Hulk/Wolverine: Six Hours #1 (Mar. 2003): "Six Hours: Part One" (lead character)
Hulk: Destruction
Hulk: Future Imperfect
Hulk: Gray #1 (Dec. 2003): "A Is for Apple"
Hulk: Raging Thunder
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk and Sub-Mariner Annual 1998 (Aug. 1998): "Lifesblood" (lead character)
The Incredible Hulk Annual
The Incredible Hulk Versus Quasimodo #1 (Mar. 1983): "The Hulk Meets the Hunchback of Notre Dame!" (lead character)
The Incredible Hulk: Abominations (1997) (lead character)
Incredible Hulk: Hercules Unleashed #1 (Oct. 1996): "In the Shadow of Argo" (lead character)
The Inhumans (vol. 1) #1 (Oct. 1975): "Spawn of Alien Heat" (cameo)
Iron Man
J2 #3 (Dec. 1998): "Hittin' N' Hasslin' with the Hulk!"
The Jack of Hearts #1 (Jan. 1984): "Murmer of the Heart..!" (cameo)
King-Size Hulk
Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013)
Machine Man & Bastion Annual '98 (June 1998): "Deus X Machina" (cameo)
Magic Snake ad (Feb. 1983): "The Hulk and the Creepy Crook" (lead character)
Marvel Age Annual
Marvel Comics Presents
Marvel Double-Shot
Marvel Fanfare
Marvel Feature
Marvel Graphic Novel #29 (Aug. 1974): "The Big Change" (lead character)
Marvel Heroes
Marvel Holiday Special #1 (Dec. 1991): untitled illustration
Marvel Holiday Special 1993
Marvel Knights (vol. 1) #11 (May 2001): "Hero for Hire" (mentioned)
Marvel Knights 4
Marvel Knights Spider-Man
Marvel Monsters: Devil Dinosaur #1 (Dec. 2005): "The Battle That Time Forgot"
Marvel Super Hero Squad (20 Oct. 2009)
Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions
Marvel Super-Heroes
Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars
Marvel Team-Up
Marvel Treasury Edition
Marvel Two-in-One
Marvel Universe: Millennial Visions
Marvel Universe: The End
Marvel Year-in-Review #4 (1992)
Marvel: The Lost Generation #12 (Mar. 2000): "This is where it Ends!" (photo/picture/video)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (24 Oct. 2006)
The Marvels Project #1 (Oct. 2009) (1-panel cameo)
Maximum Security
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet #1 (Oct. 2000): "A Very Dangerous Planet" (1-panel cameo)
Megaton Man
The Mighty Avengers
Moon Knight Saga (Oct. 2009) (1-panel cameo)
Moon Knight Special Edition #2 (Dec. 1983): "An Eclipse, Waxing" (lead character)
Moon Knight: Countdown to Dark (Aug. 2010): "An Eclipse, Waxing" (lead character)
Mythos: Captain America #1 (Aug. 2008)
The New Avengers
The New Avengers 100 Project (May 2011)
The New Mutants (vol. 1) #45 (Nov. 1986): "We Were Only Foolin'" (only on cover)
New Thunderbolts #15 (Jan. 2006): "Does Anyone Remember the Squadron Sinister?" (cameo)
Nova (vol. 1) #15 (Nov. 1977): "The Fury Before the Storm!" (someone disguised or dressed as)
Omega the Unknown Classic
The Order
Over the Edge #3 (Jan. 1996): "Toad's Night Out!" (lead character)
Peter Parker: Spider-Man
Prime / Captain America #1 (Mar. 1996): "Accept No Substitutes" (mentioned)
Prime (vol. 2) #∞ (Sep. 1995): "What's a Hero Anyway?" (cameo)
Prime Versus the Incredible Hulk #0 (July 1995): "Monsters of Manhattan" (lead character)
Questprobe #1 (Aug. 1984): "Questprobe!" (lead character)
The Rampaging Hulk
The Savage She-Hulk
The Secret Defenders
Secret Wars II
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #4 (Sep. 1992): "My Dinner with Doom?" (cameo)
The Silver Surfer (vol. 1) #12 (Jan. 1970): "Gather, Ye Witches!" (cameo)
Special Edition X-Men #1 (Feb. 1983): "Second Genesis" (mentioned)
The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #8 (Nov. 1988): "Chapter Ten: The Son of Earth"
Spider-Man & the Incredible Hulk: Rampage (1996) (lead character)
Spider-Man / The Incredible Hulk / Captain America / Spider-Woman (1981): "The Mystery of the Power Crown"
Spider-Man and X-Factor: Shadowgames #1 (May 1994): "Shadow-Games" (cameo)
Spider-Man Team-Up #6 (Mar. 1997): "Breaking and Entering!" (lead character)
Spider-Man Unlimited (vol. 3) #11 (Nov. 2005): "Place Your Bets"
Strange Tales
Super-Villain Team-Up #1 (Aug. 1975): "Slayers from the Sea!" (cameo)
Tales of the Marvel Universe #1 (Feb. 1997): "Thunderbolts"
Tales to Astonish
Thunderbolts Prelude #1 (Jan. 1997): "Brakoow"
The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007)
Ultraforce / Avengers #1 (Fall 1995): "Becoming More Like God"
The Uncanny X-Men
Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual '97 (1997): "It's Always Darkest..."
Untold Tales of the New Universe (June 2006): "Adventures in the Mulletverse" (cameo)
Untold Tales of the New Universe: Starband #1 (May 2006): "Adventures in the Mulletverse" (cameo)
Web of Spider-Man Annual (vol. 1) #3 (1987) (cameo)
World War Hulk Aftersmash: Warbound #4 (May 2008): "Tales of the Warbound: Part 4"
X-51 #0 (1999): "A Mere Technicality" (cameo)
X-Factor (vol. 1) #10 (Nov. 1986): "Falling Angel!" (only on cover)
The X-Men
X-Men: Legacy Annual #1 (Nov. 2009): "Devil at the Crossroads: Part 1 of 4" (only on cover)
X-Men: The Hidden Years #1 (Dec. 1999): "Once More the Savage Land"
X-Treme X-Men
Young Avengers

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