After the Fantastic Four ushered in the Marvel age of comics, Stan Lee felt pressure to come up with another idea that could rival their success. And in a moment of inspiration, Lee combined aspects from Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein to, along with artist Jack Kirby, create a monster for the nuclear age: The Incredible Hulk.
In the series’ first issue, released in 1962, Dr. Bruce Banner was irrevocably changed forever when he was belted with gamma rays while saving a teenager from a bomb that he helped create. Since then, the character has starred in hundreds of comics, had his own memorable TV show, and appeared in two movies, not including his role in the soon-to-be-released epic The Avengers.
But it hasn’t been an easy journey for Banner and his supporting cast. Throughout the years, he has experienced tragedy, drastic changes in personality and color, and, more recently, he has had to deal with some new gamma-fueled competition: the Red Hulk.
For the past four years, the Red Hulk, a.k.a. General “Thunderbolt” Ross, has been the star of his own book, simply titled Hulk. He has become an integral part of the gargantuan Marvel hero's legacy, and today marks the release of the milestone Hulk #50. To celebrate this landmark issue, we’re taking a look back at the journey of the Green Hulk, Grey Hulk, Red Hulk, and every other memorable moment in The Evolution Of The Hulk In Comics.