Hulk

Bruce Banner – Earth-616

NAME: DR. ROBERT BRUCE BANNER

RELATIVES: BRIAN BANNER (FATHER DECEASED), REBECCA BANNER (MOTHER DECEASED)

BASE OF OPERATIONS: NEW YORK CITY

AFFILIATION: UNITED HULK OPERATIONS

CHARACTERISTICS

HEIGHT: 5’10” (1.78 M) MALE, 7’10” – 8’0″ (GREEN HULK)

WEIGHT: 128 LBS (58.06 KG)

ALIGNMENT: GOOD

ORIGIN STORY


Bruce Banner was a child prodigy who grew under his abusive father and his loving mother. When his father, Brian Banner murdered his mother, Rebecca Banner, Brian was put in a mental health institution. From then on, Bruce was filled with rage and he was raised by his father’s sister, Susan Banner.1

After gaining his PhD from in nuclear physics at Caltech, Bruce sought philanthropic science work though he could not receive funding for his projects. He then worked on nuclear research with the United States Defense Department at Desert Base, New Mexico. There, Bruce met with General Thaddeus Ross and his daughter Betty. Bruce and Betty fell in love.

Bruce worked on the construction of the Gamma Bomb or “G-bomb”, a bomb with high gamma radiation output.2

BECOMING THE HULK

Banner was present at the first test of the G-bomb. Realizing that a civilian had crossed security and entered the restricted area, Gamma asked his collaborator Igor Starsky to delay. Being a secret Soviet agent, Igor did nothing. Bruce, sent the teenager named Rick Jones, into a protective trench.

Before Bruce could get into safety, the bomb detonated. Bruce was irradiated with large amounts of gamma radiation. Due to a genetic factor, Bruce Banner was not killed; instead, he was transformed into the green humanoid monster who General Ross called “the Hulk.”2

At first Bruce changed into Hulk at sunset and reverted at dawn. Then, his transformations became triggered by vast discharges of adrenaline when he was excited or angry at any times of the day.2

POWERS


POWERS
  • Gamma Radiation Physiology:
    • Transformation.
    • Unlimited Strength.
    • Superhuman Stamina.
    • Dynamic Durability.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor.
    • Superhuman Speed.
    • Reactive Adaptation.
    • Telepathic Resistance.
ABILITIES
  • Super-Genius Intelligence.
  • Master Combatant.
  • Multilingualism.

PARAPHERNALIA


EQUIPMENT
  • BannerTech PDA.
  • BannerTech Shield/Gamma Dome Generator.
  • BannerTech Wrist-Watch Teleporter.
  • BannerTech Nanoparticulates.

STORY ARCS

  • Planet Hulk.
  • Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
  • Gray.
  • Future Imperfect.

NOTABLE COMIC BOOK BATTLES

  • Hulk vs Thor.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Marvel Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide To The Characters Of The Marvel Universe.
  2. Incredible Hulk #1.

Marvel Day: Who Are The New Mutants?

MARVEL DAY

In 'New Mutants' (2020) #1, the New Mutants embark on a space-faring adventure.
In ‘New Mutants’ (2020) #1, the New Mutants embark on a space-faring adventure. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN ORIGINS


WHO ARE THE NEW MUTANTS?

By Betty Brant

“We are living in the sixth Age of Homo Superior, the Sextant!”

These are the words of Sunspot, leader of the mutant super-powered team, the New Mutants.

Sitting during our interview on the mutant island nation of Krakoa, I am mesmerized by the paradisiacal feel of it all! Lush verdure, breathtaking scenery and the sense of community where these young people, teenagers for the most part, are finally home.

Who are these New Mutants?

The New Mutants: Karma, Wolfsbane, Mondo, Cypher, Mirage, Sunspot, Chamber and Magik.
In ‘New Mutants’ (2020) #1 The New Mutants team appears: Sunspot, Mirage, Cypher, Chamber, Magik, Karma, Wolfsbane and Mondo. Photo/Marvel Comics

The New Mutants were originally meant to continue Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters after Xavier’s failure to protect his most beloved proteges, such as Jean Grey who later became the Dark Phoenix and died multiple times. They were a young team, bred by Xavier to hone their powers and integrate into a community.

Things have changed a lot since the 20th century for this group of super-powered beings once regarded as rebels, renegades and outcasts.

Since the modern period, the emergence of Professor Xavier and his X-Men and of Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, came the first wide-scale emergence of mutants on the Earth, as Mirage explains. Then, the mutant population exploded.

In 'X-Men Unlimited' (1994) #7, Magneto appears with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
In ‘X-Men Unlimited’ (1994) #7, Magneto appears with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Photo/Marvel Comics

Mirage, leads the New Mutants with Sunspot. A mutant with the power to read minds and sense emotions, Mirage detailed her own struggle with the New Mutants, from losing her powers to an Asgardian goddess to being infected by the Transmode Virus which made her feel like a living computer virus!

Since Krakoa, however, everything has changed for the New Mutants. The Sextant, the Sixth Age of mutants has come and Krakoa has become the island nation-state for the mutant population where they feel welcome despite their difference and unique talents.

I left the New Mutants as they embarked on their new top-secret adventure in space. It is a way to continue a long body of work of space travel, missions around the world and yes… community work.

In 'New Mutants' (2020) #1, the New Mutants embark on a space-faring adventure.
In ‘New Mutants’ (2020) #1, the New Mutants embark on a space-faring adventure. Photo/Marvel Comics

SOURCES

‘New Mutants Vol 4 #1’ in the Marvel Database.
‘New Mutants’ in the Marvel Database.
‘Mirage’ in the Marvel Database.

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