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Appearing in "The Hulk"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #1The Hulk

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  • Soviet version of X-15

Synopsis for "The Hulk"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk #1The Hulk

Part 1: The Coming of the Hulk

At an Army base in the desert, Dr. Bruce Banner is readying the first test of his invention, the G-Bomb. General "Thunderbolt" Ross wants to know why Banner keeps delaying the test. His daughter Betty tries to calm him down, with little success. Banner tells Ross that the final countdown has begun. His assistant, Igor, demands that Banner share his work so that someone may check his calculations. "I don't make errors, Igor," says Bruce, and, when Igor threatens him, "You know how I detest men who think with their fists."

Banner takes a last look at the bomb with binoculars. He notices a teenage boy in a car, tells Igor to halt the countdown, and hurries after the boy in a jeep. Igor, who supposedly defected to the U.S. from the Soviet Union, is a spy and decides not to stop the countdown so that America will lose its greatest nuclear physicist. Banner gets the boy into a trench, but, before he can jump in himself, the G-Bomb explodes! Gamma rays saturate Banner's body.

Birth of the Hulk

Hours later, Banner regains his senses. The boy, Rick Jones, who drove onto the base on a dare, brought him back to base. Banner waits for some kind of symptoms to appear. When night falls, Jones turns on a "radio," actually a Geiger counter. Its clicking increases, and Banner changes into a huge grey figure. "Get out of my way, insect," says the figure, shoving Jones aside. He pushes through the wall, wrecks a jeep full of soldiers when it hits him, and wanders off to hide. Jones follows.

Part 2: The Hulk Strikes!

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The thing that was once Banner, with Jones trailing him, sneaks past the soldiers trying to find him and finds Banner's cabin. Inside, Igor is trying to find Banner's notes. He shoots at the Hulk, without effect. The Hulk takes away his gun and crumples it with one hand. He picks up Igor and slams him down on a lab bench. Jones notices a folder taped to the bottom of a large beaker, labeled "Top Secret: Report on Gamma Ray Bomb," and takes it. The Hulk picks up a photo of Banner and says, "I - I know that face!! But it is weak - soft!! I hate it! Take it away!" Jones reminds him that he is Banner. The Hulk briefly remembers what happened, then says, "I don't need you! I don't need anybody! With my strength - my power - the world is mine! As for you - you are the only one who knows who I really am!" He advances on Jones. The sun comes up at that moment, and the Hulk changes back into Banner.

Part 3: The Search for the Hulk

The MPs storm in, arrest Igor, ask Banner about the Hulk, take the folder, and leave. Betty comes to apologize for her father's outburst and tells him he should get medical attention. Banner says he'll call her and shows her out. He tells Jones that he's afraid he will change again at sunset.

Part 4: Enter... the Gargoyle!

In his cell, Igor uses a transmitter overlaid on his thumbnail. The message finds its way to the Gargoyle, a deformed Soviet scientist and secret agent, who travels by submarine and short-range missile to the desert. Banner and Jones take a jeep out into the desert before night falls, in case he changes again. He does change, and the Hulk wrecks the jeep. He recognizes the area near Ross's house and decides to visit Betty. At the same time, Betty decides to take a walk. She encounters the Hulk and faints in his arms. The Gargoyle appears.

Part 5: The Hulk Triumphant!

The Gargoyle shoots the Hulk and Jones with drug-filled bullets, making them like robots. They follow him to a truck, whose driver also gets shot. Ross finds Betty, who was frightened by her encounter but says, "In spite of everything, there was something... something sad about him!! Almost as though he was seeking... help!" Ross says, "If it takes an eternity, I'll find that monster!"

The Gargoyle and his captives reach a sub on the coast and get into a jet. As they streak towards the USSR, the sun rises on the Hulk, who changes back into Banner. Upon landing, the Gargoyle is astounded to find a man instead of a monster. He begins to cry, because he wants to be normal too. Banner treats him with radiation, which makes him look normal but takes away his super intelligence. The man who was once the Gargoyle realizes how the state has used him, so he puts Banner and Jones on a jet for home and blows up his base along with himself.

Appearing in "The Morning After"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) #34The Morning After

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  • Mr. Blue (Behind the scenes)
  • Jerome (Only appearance)[1]

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  • Several gang members (Only appearance)[1]

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  • Ricky Myers (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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Synopsis for "The Morning After"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) #34The Morning After

Under the cover of darkness, Bruce Banner arrives in St. Louis as a fugitive of the law. As he enters the St. Louis Hotel, he is mocked by some local gangsters for his purple pants, but he pays them no mind. Inside, the desk clerk is watching a news report about Ricky Myers, a boy from Chicago that was said to have been killed during one of the Hulk's most recent rampages. Bruce pays for a room for two nights as he retires for the night turns on the same news report. As he listens to the vox pop interviews from people on the street he begins to unpack his bags. Inside are means of disguising his appearance and books on yoga and other stress-reducing techniques. Turning off his portable television, Bruce pulls out his laptop and connects to the internet. He then tries to contact someone named Mr. Blue. Mr. Blue responds that they are "doing the wash" and asks that Bruce call them later. Bruce then sets up a metronome and meditates while focusing on its rhythmic clicking. His mind focuses on the image of his late wife, Betty Ross, appearing before him in a bikini. The thoughts of his wife and her beauty causes Bruce Banner to smile.

Later, Bruce goes out to use the communal shower and happens upon an altercation with a boy named Jerome and his mother. She is not impressed that he has been selling drugs to earn money, saying that they are not poor enough to resort to such means of getting by. As her son runs out of the apartment and down the hall, she tosses his drug money onto the floor. She turns to Bruce and tells him that her son made top honors in school, but now is being lured into a life of crime by the unsavory characters who roam the streets of this neighborhood. She wonders out loud how she can protect her son from the "sharks" that live on the street.

As Bruce bathes he turns on his television again and catches another report on the death of Ricky Myers. When the report shows a photo of him and suggests that he could be wearing a beard now, Bruce decides to not only shave his face, but his head as well. Back in his room, Bruce gets in touch with Mr. Blue again. Mr. Blue states that their "Aunt June" is sick and they have to leave their present location. Bruce tells Mr. Blue that he will wait for them to contact him again.

Suddenly, he hears sirens outside and looks out the window to see police cars rushing by. That evening, Bruce is woken up by Jerome breaking into his room and trying to steal his laptop computer and wallet. Bruce tells the boy to return his property, and Jerome asks how he plans on doing it. Bruce tells him that he is going to try asking, quipping that he doesn't want to mess with the resident "gang banger". After confirming that Banner is not a copy, Jerome points out that he looks like a chump for having a shaved head, especially since he is a caucasian who is in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, the connotations of such an appearance could mean big trouble. This causes Bruce to smile, and surprisingly, the pair form a bond. Bruce tries to find out why the boy is getting into the gangster life style, and the boy explains that it is the neighborhood. Suddenly, police sirens begin to whine again, and Jerome takes it as his cue to leave. Seeing Bruce tense up himself, the youth realizes that Banner is in some kind of trouble of his own and hands back the laptop, thinking that Bruce will need it more than he will.

The following morning, Bruce is in contact with Mr. Blue once again. When Bruce asks about the weather, Mr. Blue reports that it is clue and will be for the immediate future and that they will advise him on what to do soon. Later that day, Bruce is reading a newspaper in the park where he sees Jerome being coerced into making a drug delivery. Barely keeping his emotions in check, Bruce approaches the gangsters to confront them but when they notice him approaching decides against it. He catches up to Jerome later and tries to convince him that the life path he is on will end in blood, his blood, and there is a way out. However, Jerome doesn't think there is and walks away. That evening, Bruce is chatting with Mr. Blue, who advises him that things are quiet and to stay in his current location and keep a low profile. He is interrupted by Jerome who comes to show Bruce his gun, and explains that he is in too deep with the gang to get out of it. Bruce then goes on to explain when he was a young man he too made the wrong decisions and have been paying for them ever since. He warns the boy that after a certain point your sins catch up with you and you can't go back and you can never move forward.

This hits home with the boy who leaves out the window without saying another word, leaving his gun behind. Alone in his room, Bruce turns on his metronome to meditate but decides to stop it instead. Bruce then goes out into the street where he finds the gang that has been coercing Jerome in the middle of a drug deal in an alleyway. When the leader tells Bruce to keep on walking he does at first, but then he begins to think about Betty, the metronome, and Jerome with a gun and doubles back. He approaches the gang and when they ask him what he is looking at, he tells them four gangsters about to make a career change. When they threaten to beat up Banner, he tells them to make it quick as his eye begin to glow green.

Later that evening, Banner is on the side of the highway trying to thumb a ride. He is picked up by a truck driver who notices the bandage over Bruce's eye. He smiles and tells the driver that he should see the other guy. Back in St. Louis, the members of the gang is still wrapped up in metal, courtesey of the Hulk.

Appearing in "Hulk Does Manhattan"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Ultimates #5Hulk Does Manhattan

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  • Captain America's tank
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Synopsis for "Hulk Does Manhattan"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Ultimates #5Hulk Does Manhattan

After injecting the Super-Soldier serum into his veins, Bruce Banner turned into the Hulk, but not like the original Hulk. This Hulk is stronger, angrier, hungrier, and hornier than before. The Ultimates set out to find and stop Hulk, and Nick Fury says Thor will only help if the President doubles the international aid budget. As Hulk searches for his ex-girlfriend, Betty and her date Freddie Prinze, Jr., Giant Man comes in and stops Hulk by covering him up with his huge hand. Hulk easily escapes, smashing Giant Man into a building, and prepares to decapitate Giant Man and use his head as a toilet bowl.

Iron Man enters, throwing Hulk off Giant Man, and bring Hulk to the recently deserted Grand Central Station, where the two battle, leading with Iron Man having to scramble Hulk's thoughts. Iron Man uses his remaining power to blast Hulk to the streets, where Fury orders Wasp to bring Hulk to a specific street, where Cap is waiting. Wasp gets Hulk's attention by flashing him, and Hulk follows Wasp to where Cap's tank drops on Hulk. Cap turns around, as Hulk breaks into the tank, and a battle ensues.

Cap easily beats down the Hulk, preparing to inject a serum that will calm the Hulk down, but Hulk gets up, breaks the serum's needle, and prepares to beat down Cap. Rain pours down, as a huge bolt of lightning throws Hulk blocks away. Suddenly, Nick receives word that the president has actually doubled the international aid budget. Hulk starts to get up, when Thor smashes him down three times, but that does not work either.

Hulk throws Thor down a few streets, only leading to Cap's next plan, which is to use Betty as bait to get him out of the city. Hulk jumps toward Betty, who is flying off in a helicopter, and lands on the chopper. Unaware to the Hulk, Wasp is inside of his head, and uses a sting ray on his brain to calm him down and end the Hulk. Out of the dust comes Banner, who is sitting naked and helpless. Cap comes over, first, offering help, instead kicking Banner in the head.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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