Hulk, The

Alter ego of research scientist Dr. David Bruce Banner (Bill Bixby) on the fantasy adventure THE INCREDIBLE HULK/CBS/1978-82.

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Accidentally exposed to a massive dose of gamma radiation during special stress experiments, Dr. Banner’s body underwent a massive transformation. He found that when he became angry, his metabolism raced wildly, and expanded his muscular shape threefold, transforming him into a huge green-skinned giant known as the Incredible Hulk (portrayed by Lou Ferrigno).

Hoping to find a cure which would exorcise this green demon within, Dr. Banner wandered the roads of America, often laboring as an itinerant worker to supply him with food and clothing.

Clothing was an important issue with our scientist/vagabond. When he turned into the Hulk, his pulsing new muscles damaged much of his wardrobe. After the seizure wore off, he was left half naked and with no memory of his actions.

On his trail was the relentless investigative reporter Jack McGee (Jack Colvin) who hoped to discover the true identity of this rampaging monster.

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Note: The 1988 TV-movie The Return of the Incredible Hulk followed the further research of Dr. David Banner as he hoped to find a cure to his affliction. The movie introduced Thor, a long dead Norse god brought back to life by evoking the powers of his mighty war hammer.

The 1989 the NBC TV-movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk introduced Daredevil.

The 1990 TV-movie The Death of the Incredible Hulk finally killed off the green menace along with David Banner.

Created by artist Jack Kirby and writer Stan Lee, The Hulk character debuted in Marvel comics in May, 1962 when Dr. David Banner was caught at Ground Zero in an explosive blast of a gamma bomb as he attempted to rescue young Rick Jones from the detonation.

The Hulk has since appeared in a number of theatrically released movies produced by the Marvel Comic movie franchise.

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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