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7: Incredible Hulk #1 (v1)

" The Hulk "
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Incredible Hulk #1 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, George Roussos
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Paul Reinman
Colourists:
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1962
Release Date: March 1962
Story Arc: -
Pages: 24
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,819                 Times Rated: 911
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales to Astonish #29 (v1) [A Story]
Tales to Astonish #30 (v1) [E Story]
Incredible Hulk #1 (v1)
Fantastic Four #4 (v1)
Tales to Astonish #32d (v1)
5: Tales to Aston...
#29a (v1)
6: Tales to Aston...
#30e (v1)
 
8: Fantastic Four
#4 (v1)
9: Tales to Aston...
#32d (v1)
 
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Issue Blurb
Witness the birth of the Jade Giant, the strongest mortal on earth! Is he man, monster, or both?
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  The Hulk
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Hulk in the mainstream continuity. The Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #2 (v1).
     
  Rick Jones
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Rick Jones in the mainstream continuity. Rick Jones next appears in Incredible Hulk #2 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Betty Ross
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Betty Ross in the mainstream continuity. Betty Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #2 (v1).
     
  Thunderbolt Ross
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Thunderbolt Ross in the mainstream continuity. Thunderbolt Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #2 (v1).
     
Villains
  The Gargoyle
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Gargoyle in the mainstream continuity. The Gargoyle next appears in Rampaging Hulk #1a (v1).
     
  Igor Drenkov
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Igor Drenkov in the mainstream continuity. Igor Drenkov next appears in Incredible Hulk #312 (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
Soviet Military
This is the first appearance by Soviet Military in the mainstream continuity. Soviet Military next appears in Strange Tales #101 (v1).
   
     
United States Military
United States Military last appeared in Tales to Astonish #29a (v1). United States Military next appears in Incredible Hulk #2 (v1).
   
     
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Issue Notes
 

Issue Notes

The story is split into 5 chapters:

The Comming of the Hulk
The Hulk Strikes!
The Search for the Hulk
Enter... the Gargoyle!
The Hulk Triumphant!

Why Essential Notes

he origin story and first appearance of the Hulk and his supporting cast.
 
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Issue Review
 
Marvel_Crusader
   November 27, 2016
A great start for one of Marvel's most famous heroes.

No matter what anyone tells you about early comics, if you're interested in reading earlier comics, like "The Incredible Hulk", you should formulate your own opinion instead of believing those who might dislike them. The best way to do that is by reading a few of them. The reviews I've come across for other earlier comics don't really do them justice.

Luckily I ignored the majority of people I've talked to or come across and have been enjoying "The Incredible Hulk" and other Marvel comics from the 60s immensely.
 
 
 
 
yack
   March 10, 2016
Very first Hulk and he is grey what is there not to love :)
 
 
 
 
TStarnes
   January 29, 2010
This first issue, and mostly this first 6 issue run, of the Hulk is not like the green machine we come to know later in the marvel universe. Clearly they were going for a different feel then the (at least for a while) anger filled monster that we get in later runs of the series.

You can definitely feel that Lee wanted a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type feel, with a strong mix of atomic hoopla and red scare that predominates much of the comics of this time. There is the clear... (continued)
 
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Issue Synopsis
 
The story starts in a desert military base. Scientists, specifically Dr. Bruce Banner, are preparing to test a new gamma bomb, The Incredible G-Bomb. Preparations are interrupted by General Ross who urges Bruce to start the test while his daughter, Betty, praises Bruce's intelligence.

As the countdown behind one of Bruce's peers, Dr. Igor, pleads with Bruce to share the secrets of the bomb. Bruce refuses. Bruce, watching the bomb, notices a ten driving into the test area, he asks Igor to pause the countdown as he rushes off to retrieve the teen.

As Bruce pushes the teen into a safety trench Igor, mad that Bruce wouldn't share the secrets, lets the detonation proceed. This catches Dr. Bruce Banner in the full blast of the gamma rays leaving him screaming in agony. The teen carries Bruce back to base where they are both kept for observation. As night falls Bruce transforms into a giant grey monster!

The transformed Dr. Banner, confused, breaks down walls and smashes jeeps as he flees to the desert to hide, pursued by the teen, Rick Jones.

The Hulk, as the creature is now called by the pursuing soldiers, instinctively sneaks to Bruce's cottage. At the cottage, The Hulk finds Igor searching for Bruce's formula. Igor quickly shoots The Hulk but the bullet does nothing. The Hulk in turn smashes Igor into a table.

Rick notices some notes revealed by the Hulk smash and guesses they are what Igor wanted. The Hulk, hearing Rick mention Bruce's name is disgusted calling it weak.

As The Hulk starts to remember what happened he attacks Rick for knowing who he really is. Mid attack the sun rises and the Hulk transforms back to Bruce who declares the nightmare over.

The military arrive moments later looking for The Hulk. They arrest Igor, revealing him to be a spy, and leave. After Betty cuddles Bruce and leaves, Dr. Banner confused in Rick that he fears he will change again come nightfall.

Igor, now imprisoned, users a hidden transmitter to tell the USSR of The Hulk. An agent, named The Gargoyle, travels to the US in a missile to capture the Hulk. Bruce goes to the desert to endure the transformation again,he stumblesacross Betty who faints.

The Gargoyle find The Hulk and uses a gun that enslaves people to capture The Hulk and Rick. As he transports them back to the USSR in an X-15 Betty awakens and her father vows to catch The Hulk.

Upon landing the Gargoyle sees Bruce, who transformed back during flight, andrealizes the Hulk and Bruce are one and the same, he express a desire to be normal. Bruce uses radiation to turn the disfigured Gargoyle into a normal man again, in return the Gargoyle launches The Hulk and Rick back to America while he sacrifices his life to detonate a bomb to cover their escape.

Thus ends the issue.
 
 
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Comments
   
 
  fragsel Says:    
  2011-11-05 03:47:49  
  Seriously, what's with those guards? Are they blind? And deaf? Or maybe there are not real guards, just cardboard silhouettes? Thats just stupid, Stan!  
 
 

  Skerk Says:    
  2011-12-11 17:07:17  
  It is interesting to watch how Hulk gets defined throughout these early issues. For example, the "Jade Giant" starts out gray, and he does not change due to stress but rather because of nightfall.  
 
 

  greyjackal Says:    
  2012-03-11 20:09:26  
  "You keep out of this Betty. This is MAN talk!"  
 
 

  Psikonetic Says:    
  2012-06-16 00:17:42  
  There's some good stuff in here, shades of what the Hulk will be, but still a process of figuring out the character. The vibe of the "horror of not being in control" is there, the supporting cast we'll know and love and of course the Silver Age craziness of The Gargoyle, the Red Scare, and just how much wasteful resources are used to get anything done (look at what the Gargoyle does just to get to America and back, the funding for that trip...)  
 
 

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-20 19:55:48  
  There's some bright spots in this issue, such as the human Bruce Banner scenes and character interactions. However, I can't stand seeing the Hulk talk like a human, and commie stuff is just plan stupid to me. All the problems with this issue are due to Silver Age norms, so you can't really fault it. Three stars for this one.  
 
 

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-06-30 19:54:38  
  This one is very much of it's era. Having Bruce change into the Hulk at night gives it a real monster story feel and the connection to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is obvious. Okay, but not brilliant.  
 
 

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-15 17:18:06  
  There's one panel where, due to bright coloring, the Hulk actually gets his classic green hue.
I think it's just supposed to be light reflecting off his skin. But, it's a neat shock for anyone who's expecting to only see gray skin, all issue.
 
 
 

  Dinak Says:    
  2012-07-17 21:37:05  
  After reading some of the letter pages in these early issues you can kind of tell Stan was stuck in cheesy monster horror mode.  
 
 

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-07-23 05:40:05  
  I suppose I could post the same gripe for a lot of these early comics. Just going to read & enjoy what I can & look forward to the better issues further down the line  
 
 

  Nick Says:    
  2012-07-23 14:06:05  
  That last anonymous comment was me forgeting to log in first.  
 
 

  Borealis Says:    
  2012-09-04 19:03:55  
  Another exciting tale to stimulate the imagination of my son. The Hulk is scary, but he cheered for him to win against the Gargoyle. We'll see what the future stories of the Hulk bring. This is a fun trip through time for me, and a revelation for him. Again, the silliness of the story and the huge plot holes aren't an issue when you're a kid.  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-13 10:20:01  
  I liked the Gargoyle as a villain, and Bruce's screaming face after the explosion was pretty creepy. I'm not a Hulk fan, but I enjoyed this one.  
 
 

  gonzo Says:    
  2012-09-26 01:21:12  
  My wifi went down before I started to read this issue. Good thing I had another router triggered to the sub-miniature transistor taped onto my thumbnail.  
 
 

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-05 14:31:50  
  Aside from the obvious, my favorite thing that I learned in this issue is that apparently the military allowed pipe-smoking in highly sensitive facilities in the 1960s.  
 
 

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-14 17:39:47  
  Overall, I really enjoyed this issue. I already like Rick Jones more than I thought I would, and the story is by far the best of the first volume of The Incredible Hulk.  
 
 

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-10-18 02:11:05  
  HULK SMASH CONTINUITY SOON!  
 
 

  allenryals Says:    
  2013-01-11 17:30:26  
  Birth of one of the best characters ever (and I don't mean Rick Jones.) Good issue.  
 
 

  Trebek Says:    
  2013-02-23 16:58:51  
  It's interesting that one man so devoted to Russia will turn his back on his country simply with meeting one man and talking with him for about 5 minutes.  
 
 

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-02 18:01:53  
  so far my favourite book in the order. i love the art in this. i love the panel showing bruce turning into the hulk. the whole thing was well done. meeting rick jones for the first time being a teenager asking bruce quite innocently if it "was a gas" being the hulk. very enjoyable. i enjoyed the pace of the book. introducing the villain halfway in and concluding that he never really wanted to be a villain after all was a good twist.

i'm not a big fan of the communist themes that crop up in some of the early marvels but when you think that at the time it was a big deal and a real threat, its understandable that it would be often used.
 
 
 

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-04-26 13:23:50  
  Wow, they really packed the story in. In my memory, this was actually two different issues, not one.  
 
 

  skabeaters Says:    
  2013-05-02 13:56:44  
  HULK SMASH! This makes me want to be in a nuclear attack.  
 
 

  Bestboy7850 Says:    
  2013-05-03 08:18:40  
  Could someone please make a Plot for this issue?  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-13 14:57:12  
  Despite some of the Silver Age Red Scare silliness, this one holds up really well. I'm glad they traded the night transformation for stress transformation down the line. Kirby seems to portray the Hulk in several different styles here-at times, he seems less bulky and more human sized.  
 
 

  Azuran Says:    
  2013-07-24 23:17:08  
  Rick Jones is one tough dude. He manages to survive two direct slaps by Hulk, and a car crash without a single scratch. Hell, he probably would have manage to survive the explosion if Banner wasn’t there to save him.  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-08-25 16:35:36  
  Kirby's art was pretty good in this issue. The Hulk wasn't drawn very well, but everything else great. I could see the emotions in the character drawings. Loved seeing the introduction of the Hulk.  
 
 

  Vic Says:    
  2013-09-19 15:08:06  
  I enjoyed the art, especially how they illustrated Banner getting caught in the gamma blast.  
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-09-23 08:13:58  
  This issue reminded me of an episode of Tales from the Crypt for some reason. I don't know why exactly, but I enjoyed this story. I like the dichotomy of Bruce's two personalities and I've never heard of his confidant Rick, but he seems interesting. I hope to see Rick developed a little more in future stories. Betty has some potential too, and I especially like her relationship with her father. I'd like to see her break the mold of damsel in distress, but this is the early 60s so I won't get my hopes up too high. One thing I don't understand though: is Hulk a werewolf? What's with the moon thing?  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2013-11-22 20:27:53  
  5 stars for being the 1st app of the Hulk, and for being grey which I always liked.

Cover Me Bad - A very strong cover that stands out well.

Resume - You know I think I would have done a very detailed background check on a guy named IGOR. He may have worked at Stark Idustries before this gig, and stole an hangnail transistor. As we all know transistors are very powerful indeed!

Safety First - Just how protective is a trench against radiation?

Beautiful Mind - I think that we can all agree that the Gargoyle is a wee bit unbalanced.

'Nuff Said - “Human?? Why should I want to be human?!?”-Hulk
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2013-12-05 01:32:50  
  1. Too much Frankenstein but I look upon the grey color with fondness.

2. BB is blonde and childish looking on the cover but much better in the story.

3. Page 2 - portraying the US military in this fashion is important. It is a hint at the potentially subversive nature of the medium. These are the seeds for later social commentary through comic books.

4. Page 4 - to my mind this is one of the greatest origin stories ever written. Simple, pure, effective. And panel 6...just...wow. Like an Edward Munch painting.

5. Very much a Jekyll and Hyde revamping. Hyde prefers to be hide while Jekyll fears him.

6. Switching from the day/night trigger to the anger trigger was a good move for many reasons, but it is also the device that gives more dimension to the inner struggle for mastery over the beast.

7. The red scare angle really dates the material and will make it less accessible to future generations. It makes absolutely no sense to my 10 year old, even after I explained the Cold War. Not Marvel's fault but a very poor reflection on that aspect of US culture of the day.

8. Page 18 - looking good in green for an glimpse

5 stars
 
 
 

  Schabenc Says:    
  2014-05-10 13:25:59  
  He's gray and can speak full sentences? Well, that took me by surprise.  
 
 

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-03 12:08:38  
  Not a bad origin story, too bad this series' quality decreases so dramatically in the next few issues...  
 
 

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-07-20 15:42:56  
  Grey Hulk ftw  
 
 

  mushroommunk Says:    
  2014-09-18 18:06:24  
  For those who asked, I just submitted a synopsis, don't know when/if it will go through. I can see The Hulk becoming a favorite of mine though.  
 
 

  horror4life Says:    
  2014-12-19 05:22:52  
  how can a short wave transmitter transmit thousands of miles away?
why would you drive a car if you know you're going to turn into the hulk any second?

2 stars for a pretty boring issue
 
 
 

  olgamon Says:    
  2014-12-27 15:11:43  
  I rolled my eyes many times reading this isssue. It's not as bad as the Human Torch stories, but I did not think it was good at all, as far as origin stories go. Suddenly he got a sidekick that he's known for like 5 minutes and they just travel to USSR and back casually. And of course the traitor is named Igor... Felt like they maybe tried to cram too much plot into one issue and they did a bad job of it  
 
 

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2015-01-03 22:08:29  
  Solomon Hulky, born on a Monday...  
 
 

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-15 09:31:44  
  Seems to me that being a respected genius behind the Red Curtain, would be better than being a terrorist whose limbs (and a normal sized "man" head) are scattered across the countryside. I like how these comics get away with gruesome, cruel conclusions. Just make the bad guy one of those sub-human commies.  
 
 

  jfw1980 Says:    
  2015-05-25 06:08:37  
  Took a left turn with the gargoyle story, but it was a decent first issue  
 
 

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-19 15:15:25  
  Ehh alright. I hope these get better.  
 
 

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-06 04:20:47  
  Interesting to see a different start to the hulk than expect. Becoming the hulk at night just seems weird.  
 
 

  CeeNote12 Says:    
  2016-01-18 09:46:17  
  Loved the origin page with Bruce Banners agonizing scream after gamma blast. I also liked that Banner was thoughtful enough to help Gargoyle become a man and then he in turn took revenge on those responsible for turning him into a monster  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-02-28 03:35:12  
  Great origin story. I just love the duality, the constant fight between the Jekyll and Hyde personas. Yet they both share the same obsession. Bruce is afraid of becoming the Hulk, and the Hulk feels Banner is too weak. So they never want to change into their alter egos. This makes the character very complex and interesting.

The grey Hulk makes him look a bit like a zombie. I'm not sure I like it.

The art at the beginning of each chapter is very well done. It reminds me of some great splashes of the Golden Age. Overall, Kirby did a pretty good job, except maybe for the Hulk that looks very human at some point.

The clicking made by the Geiger counter is obsessive, and along with the drawing, it really builds a dramatic tension. Very successful panels on page 5.

It's amazing what people thought you could do with radiation in the 60's!
 
 
 

  J-hat Says:    
  2016-03-25 08:57:29  
  Was not expecting the hulk to change like a werewolf rather than getting angry I guess he develops his changing later on.  
 
 

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-06 22:49:05  
  Weird doesn't touch the surface of this issue. Lot of unexpected stuff here. Holy Hanna I hope these issues get better.

 
 
 

  Shentenza Says:    
  2016-05-05 16:05:18  
  Sure it is not the Hulk we now know and love, but it is still an okay comic. But I am happy the Hulk changed a lot over the years and the soviet stuff is dumb.  
 
 

  yert1981 Says:    
  2016-05-29 20:16:45  
  I don't hold any of the red scare stuff against Lee in these early marvels any more than the style of art and print technology available then. My favorite of the early first issues thus far.  
 
 

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-17 15:06:20  
  I wasn't fond of the gray Hulk and am very glad it was changed in subsequent issues; green is much more his color. I'm even less fond of the beginning of Marvel's own version of the Red Scare, something that, unlike Hulk's gray skin, isn't going to go away for quite some time.  
 
 

  hawkeye64 Says:    
  2016-10-22 19:21:31  
  Great first issue with the Hulk. Interesting to hear why he was colored grey in the first issue. Also like the fact that Marvel brings the Grey Hulk back years later to explain it. Really liked Kirby's art here, especially compared to his first issue of FF which I thought was so-so.  
 
 

  spb Says:    
  2017-01-11 16:41:43  
  this is a killer story until the gargoyle comes into play

how does rick jones survive the blast with seemingly no side effects of the gamma radiation?

5 stars for gray hulk
 
 
 

  Zaktks32 Says:    
  2017-02-09 12:50:59  
  One of the very best origins in my opinion, despite the Gargoyle, the commies and the wordy Hulk.  
 
 

  Nenriel Says:    
  2017-02-14 04:59:32  
  Hulk is grey and changes at night instead of when angry. Weird. I guess Thing was still using up all the rage in the Marvel universe at this point. Also contains a nice dose of old-timey sexism which is always fun.

I love when I come across scans of these old issues with the advertisements. Pretty similar to today with the "make money quick" stuff. Just make sure you're not a lady.
 
 
 

 
 
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