Red Hulk (Thunderbolt Ross)

The Religious Affiliation of
Red Hulk
Thunderbolt Ross

Religion: Catholic; atheist CBR Scale: I

Name: Red Hulk

Alter Ego: Thunderbolt Ross

Other Names: General Thaddeus E. Ross; Zzzax; Redeemer; Rulk; Red Man; Hulk

Classification: supporting character supporting character   villain villain   hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

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

First Appearance (Additional Details): (as Thunderbolt Ross) The Incredible Hulk (vol. 1) #1 (May 1962): "The Coming of the Hulk"; (as Red Hulk) Hulk (vol. 3) #1 (Mar. 2008): "Who is the Hulk?"

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman

Number of Appearances: 350

   Comic Book Appearances: 340

   TV, Film Appearances: 8

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 2

Teams/Affiliations: Code Red; Control; Hulkbusters (U.S. Military); The Avengers; The Offenders; U.S. Air Force

Enemy of: Bruce Banner, Rick Jones

Family/Relative: Red She-Hulk (daughter)

Race: white

Gender: male

The character who became known as "Red Hulk" first appeared in Hulk (vol. 2) #1 (Feb. 2008), which was written by Jeph Loeb, with art by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines. It was over two years before the true identity of Red Hulk was finally revealed: He was Thunderbolt Ross.

Thunderbolt Ross was thought to be a Catholic, at least nominally so. His daughter, Betty, even became a Catholic novitiate and almost became a nun. But in his guise as the villainous and vicious Red Hulk, Thunderbolt Ross expressed clearly atheist views. As Red Hulk, Ross largely retained his normal intellect, but his change did appear to have some effect on his mental state. It is not yet entirely clear if Red Hulk's expressions of religious disbelief reflect views held by Ross prior to his transformation. This is a possibility. It is also possibility that the massive transformation into Red Hulk altered his views.


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)

Red Hulk (Thunderbolt Ross) Red Hulk (Thunderbolt Ross)

This character is in the following 77 stories which have been indexed by this website:
A+X #1 (Dec. 2012): "Cake" (cameo)
The Avengers
Dark Reign Files #1 (Apr. 2009)
The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #12 (Mar. 1963): "The Incredible Hulk"
Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine! #11 (Dec. 2001): "Doom Triumphant!"
Heroes for Hire (vol. 2) #14 (Nov. 2007): "Procreation" (mentioned)
Hulk Smash Avengers #5 (July 2012): "The Conversation"
Hulk: Gray #1 (Dec. 2003): "A Is for Apple"
The Incredible Hulk
King-Size Hulk
Marvel Double-Shot #1 (Jan. 2003): "Spinach"
Marvel Feature (vol. 1) #3 (June 1972): "A Titan Lurks Among Us!"
Marvel Heroes
Marvel Super Hero Squad (20 Oct. 2009)
Marvel: The Lost Generation #12 (Mar. 2000): "This is where it Ends!" (photo/picture/video)
Ms. Marvel (vol. 2) #44 (Oct. 2009): "War of the Marvels, Chapter 3: Weak Points and Strong" (mentioned)
The New Avengers
Tales to Astonish
Thunderbolts (vol. 2) #1 (Feb. 2013): "Enlisted" (lead character)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man

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