Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962, the Incredible Hulk has had a long journey to form into what he is today. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about The Incredible Hulk.
The Incredible Hulk was one of the original Marvel characters being created along-side Spider-Man and Iron Man. Despite being on oof the first, he was always on the verge of getting cancelled for good. In fact after 6 issues of the “Hulk” series, the solo title was cancelled.
9. Seeing the dead
Hulk has many special powers in the comics, and one of which allows him to see ghosts. For some reason, they chose to really keep this secret and away from the public until later on. This makes him one of the few characters fully able to see Doctor Strange.
8. Red Hulk
At one time, Marvel launched the Red Hulk in hopes of reviving interest in the Hulk character. This Red Hulk was not a good guy and did all sorts of terrible things. Later on, the Red Hulk’s identity was revealed as General Ross.
7. Name Change
Back in 1978 when Hulk got its own TV show, the producer changed his first name from Bruce Banner to David. This change was made because the producer claimed it was unrealistic to have a character’s name with alliteration. The producer must’ve forgotten that Bruce Banner was played by Bill Bixby who’s name was alliteration.
6. What Actually Happened
According to Stan Lee, the name change was not from it containing alliteration as he later spoke out to the public. He stated that CBS bosses stated that they needed to change the name because “David” sounded much more manlier than “Bruce”.
5. Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno was the insane bodybuilder who played the Incredible Hulk. Since playing him, he has been involved in every live-action performance of the incredible Hulk. He has also had many cameo appearances in other versions of the Hulk movies.
Arnold Schwarzenegger applied to play the role of the Incredible Hulk but was rejected due to his height. He was only 6’2”, while Ferrigno was 6’5”.
3. Not Green?
In the super early comic versions of Hulk, he was a light shade of grey and not green. His color was later changed to green because it was easier to print rather than trying to get the right shade of grey for each publication.
At one point in the comic book version of the Hulk’s lifespan he actual became nocturnal only becoming the Hulk in the night. This makes him kind of like a vampire or a werewolf.
1. Afraid of Hulk
Although the Hulk is one of the original members of the Avengers, in the comics, he actually left the group after one of his first battles. This is due to the fact that he feared his teammates were afraid of him and didn’t want to be around him.