From murderous gray night walker to emotionally sensitive green goliath, the Hulk has endured more transformations in personality, story arc, and facial features than size, thanks to a progression of writers and artists guiding him on paper. Created by comic book titans Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the popular monster-man appears extensively in Tales to Astonish and cameos in many Marvel Comics series, adding malleability to his actions. Chief among the Hulk's superhuman strengths are lifting upwards of one hundred tons, leaping miles in a single bound, and resisting onslaughts of firearms and extreme temperatures. But this doesn't stop would-be killers or captors, such as the bulbous-headed Leader, from seeking control of his gamma radiation-powered body.
The core of the Hulk's form is a human named Bruce Banner, a nuclear physicist. In testing a gamma bomb, he's carelessly caught in the explosion, and his body absorbs excess amounts of radiation. It multiplies Banner's suppressed anger, frustration, and rage, transforming his body into a physical manifestation of those emotions: the Hulk. Abused as a child, and in turn suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, Banner's mutation may end in one of a number of different "Hulks," like Savage Hulk, Gray Hulk, or Merged Hulk, to name a few. No matter who pens his abilities or idiosyncrasies, the Hulk's Bruce Banner seeks a cure to his cursed transformation, for being feared and constantly hunted is a lonely existence.
Selected game appearances
- The Incredible Hulk (1994)
- Marvel Super Heroes (1995)
- Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (1997)
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (1998)
- The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga (1997)
- The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (2005)