Bad buzz. Creative infighting. Superhero gridlock at the multiplex. For Marvel Studios, handling gamma rays is starting to look like a cakewalk compared to turning “The Incredible Hulk” into a movie franchise.
The unjolly green giant, born from a botched gamma bomb experiment in a 1962 comic book, belongs to an elite class of superhero. In Marvel’s stable of characters, which includes the X-Men and the Silver Surfer, only Spider-Man outsells him. The Hulk, along with his emotionally withdrawn alter ego, Dr. Bruce Banner, has spawned television shows, theme-park rides and best-selling toys.
Crossing the Canadian wilderness, the Red Hulk is attacked by, and kills, a Wendigo. The government detects the Red Hulk in the Bering Strait when a satellite detects the seismic activity of the Hulk landing on the ground. In Dimitri, Russia, the Red Hulk murders Abomination.
In New York, the Red Hulk attacks Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tony Stark's newly commissioned Helicarrier causing it to crash land and be destroyed. While there Red Hulk erases all files on the Hulk, using a sophisticated computer virus. After this attack, Red Hulk heads to Gamma Base in Death Valley, Nevada where he squares off against A-Bomb before having to face android Harpies, and the original Hulk.
Red Hulk has even punched Uatu in the face for trying to watch their battle. Some of Doc Samson's clothing was found with dramatically increased radiation, so it is possible that Doc is the Red Hulk, although that is not conclusive yet. After fighting, and defeating, the Savage Hulk he was on top of a bridge claiming to be "the strongest there is" until interrupted by Thor. However, Thor found himself unable to defeat Red Hulk and ends up on the Moon after his own defeat. Returning to Earth, Red Hulk goes on to cause an earthquake in San Fransisco which is being dealt with by the Hulk, She-Hulk, A-Bomb, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Hulk and Thor face and defeat Red Hulk as the others save the city. After his defeat, Red Hulk is visited by Doc Samson and General Thunderbolt Ross who say they gave Red Hulk his power to defeat Hulk and now that he has failed they are cutting him loose
The Incredible Hulk was published through the 1970s and also made guest appearances in other titles. Writers introduced Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk, who was featured in a title of her own. Banner gave some of his blood to Walters in a transfusion, and the gamma radiation affected her, but she maintained most of her intellect. Banner’s guilt about causing her change became another part of his character.
Writers changed numerous times during the decade. At times, the creative staff included Archie Goodwin, Chris Claremont, and Tony Isabella, Len Wein handled many of the stories through the 1970s, working first with Herb Trimpe, then in 1975, with Sal Buscema, who was the regular artist for 10 years. Harlan Ellison plotted a story, scripted by Roy Thomas, for issue #140 (Jun 1971), "The Brute that Shouted Love at the Heart of the Atom".
In 1977, Marvel (under its Curtis Magazines imprint) launched a second title, The Rampaging Hulk, a black-and-white comics magazine. The Hulk stories here were editorially stated to be set between the end of his original, short-lived solo title and the beginning of his feature in Tales to Astonish. After nine issues, the magazine was retitled The Hulk! and printed in full color. Near the end of the magazine's run, it went back to black-and-white. Back-up features included Bloodstone during the Rampaging Hulk issues, and later Moon Knight and Dominic Fortune.
Bugs Bunny is this funny rabbit appearing in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, and is one of the most recognizable characters, real or imaginary, in the world. According to his biography, he was "born" in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York and the product of five fathers: Bob Clampett (who created a prototypical version of the character in 1938), Tex Avery (who developed Bugs' definitive personality in 1940), Robert McKimson (created the definitive Bugs Bunny character design), Chuck Jones, and Friz Freleng. But according to Mel Blanc, his voice actor, his accent is an equal blend of someone from the Bronx and someone from Brooklyn.
Bugs Bunny Character
Bugs Bunny Character
He is noted for his signature line of "Eh, what's up, doc?" and his feuds with Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian, Daffy Duck, and even Wile E. Coyote, who usually takes on the Road Runner. Almost invariably, Bugs comes out the winner in these conflicts, because that is in his nature. This is especially obvious in films directed by Chuck Jones, who liked to pit "winners" against "losers". Worrying that audiences would lose sympathy for an aggressor who always won, Jones found the perfect way to make Bugs sympathetic in the films by having the antagonist repeatedly bully, cheat or threaten Bugs in some way. Thus offended, (usually three times) Bugs would often state "Of course, you realize this means war" (a line which Jones noted was taken from Groucho Marx) and the audience gives Bugs silent permission to inflict his havoc, having earned his right to retaliate and/or defend himself. Other directors like Friz Freleng had Bugs go out of his way to help others in trouble, again creating an acceptable circumstance for his mischief. When Bugs meets other characters who are also "winners", however, like Cecil the Turtle in Tortoise Beats Hare, or, in World War II, the Gremlin of Falling Hare, his record is rather dismal; his overconfidence tends to work against him. .