Incredible Hulk #141 (1971)

hulk 141 doc samson 

I realized something when thumbing through this story… the main emotion that fuels the Hulk lore is jealousy.  This story really brings that to light. 

Just like Spiderman is driven by guilt and Batman by revenge…

Hulk is driven by jealousy.  Emil, the scientist who worked with Banner in the very first comic, detonated the Gamma Bomb because he was jealous of Banner’s position and power.  Hulk has always been jealous of people’s acceptance of each other.  The Leader is jealous of the Hulk’s power – as is the Abomination.

Well, this story revolves around Leonard Samson who promises he can, not only cure Betty Ross (who has been crystallized), but get rid of the Hulk forever.  As the Hulk searches for Jarella – the microscopic green lady who first shows the Hulk true love (you have to read it) he comes across Major Talbot.  As Hulk is about to crush Talbot, Samson projects an image of Betty Ross and makes Bruce Banner come out.  Bruce agrees to let Samson try to cure him and save Betty.  Long story short – but Samson’s laser works – Betty becomes flesh again and Samson cures Bruce.  Then, Samson, jealous of Hulk’s might, uses the laser on himself and becomes a muscle bound scientist.  He sets his sights on Betty – who still loves Bruce, but lets Samson take her out – Banner gets jealous of Samson’s new mighty physique and his new interest in Betty and turns the laser back on him.  He unleashes the Hulk again – and Samson jumps into action – trying to beat him down.  Samson gets his ass handed to him and his ego bruised, but in a horrible twist of fate, Betty comes running to Samson’s side – rather than worrying about Bruce’s return of the Hulk.

Great story.  I recommend everyone read this.

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6 responses to “Incredible Hulk #141 (1971)

  1. dude i thought i was a feen for big green but you the king.i just wanted to know who you think the red hulk is? also since hes not banner and lets say he does have an alter ego, technically he would’nt be hulk but another gamma beast,,,,,,damn he might not even be gamma radiated’ my head hurts …………………..much respect, from NY

  2. I think the Red Hulk is Thunderbolt Ross. I may be wrong but it’s theory. Thanks for the NY love… I do enjoy my Hulk collection!

  3. Steven B. Rogers

    I liked this atricle, but, with no offense intended, think you’re a little off. Emil, the scientist who worked with Banner in the first comic detonated a bomb cause he was working for a criminal named…The Gargoyle I think. And since Red Hulk is a hot topic, I think it’s Doc Samson(#1 choice) or General Ross(#2 choice). Samson because he misteriously disappeared when Red Hulk attacked the Helicarrier. And when he faught She-Hulk, he reminded her he could kill her anytime he wanted. In the first issue, She-Hulk taunted Samson, saying he could never hurt her. Ross is my 2nd choice for two reasons. One, I heard about some early artwork leaked of Red Hulk with a mustache. And he’d also have motivations for kill the Abomination. He killed his daughter, Betty. Ratchet, tell me what you think of my ideas.

  4. While it is true Emil was working for Gargoyle – it was also true that he was very jealous of Banner – Emil was hired to steal the secrets of Banner – not to kill him – he tried to kill him by detonating the bomb early because he was jealous and angry that Banner never shared his work with him.

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