The Incredible Hulk #333 (1987) – The Review

One of my favorite covers ever - #333

One of the most surprising issues I have ever read.  I first saw this issue back in 1991 – the mall near me had a small kiosk that sold baseball cards, comics and, oddly enough, sunglasses.  They had about 40 comics in a few 3-ring binders for easy browsing – but this is the issue I always stopped at.  Before my love affair with the Hulk even started I wanted this comic – because the Hulk I knew and the Hulk on this cover were 2 sides of the spectrum.  They couldn’t be further from different if they tried.  I was intrigued, but at the same time, I was unwilling to spend the $15 the man was asking for to own and read it.  A few months later, I was given #343 and that turned out to be my FIRST Hulk comic.  By the time I was willing to pay for #333 the kiosk was gone.  I did pick it up later… years later – and it has been one of my favorite issues ever since.

"This is my gun - there are many like it - but this one's is mine!"

The issue opens with a beaten woman on the floor and dreaming of shooting her husband until her husband knocks her silly.  The Hulk, newly transformed back into the Grey Hulk, is with Rick Jones, who has just been cured of being the Mullet Hulk.  Wile Rick is ready to thank Banner – the Grey Hulk just wants to be left alone.  He knows that the sunrise is coming – and with that – Banner.  He jumps far away and finds a small town – or more importantly, a liquor store.  The Hulk gets stinkin’ drunk!

The Hulk getting acquainted with Johnny

The sun comes up leaving a very intoxicated Banner to explain – or more accurately, slur what happened and who he is.  But he blacks out and the police, including the Sheriff – who happens to be the same abusive husband from the beginning of the issue – take Banner to jail.

His predicament is explained...

Rick arrives at Gammabase only to taken in – and Betty is there getting love notes from her Ex-Husband.  We rejoin the abused wife who is recalling how she fell for her husband.  What a great guy he was when they were young and in love.  But now all she wants to do is leave.

Banner is in jail recalling everything Sterns said to him – how the Hulk doesn’t just appear at night because of the moon – but because of the sun.  He tries to warn the cops – but the Sheriff decides to push his luck and abuse Banner instead.  With the sun fully set, the Hulk comes barging out of the cell and makes quick work out of the Sheriff, throwing him out of a window.  Not one to back down he continues to try and show what a big man he is – only to be more and more embarrassed by the Hulk.

Two hits - me hitting you and you hitting the floor!

Even the towns people cheer the Hulk on – calling the Sheriff a bully – saying he’s getting what he deserves!  Only Blaire, the Sheriff’s wife comes to his aid.  Only he isn’t happy about having to be saved by his wife, in front of HIS town.  He screams at his wife, and tries to grab the gun she is holding out of her hands – only, the gun goes off – and kills the Sheriff.

Blaire says she didn’t mean to… and the Hulk responds with “Ha!  Sure you didn’t!”  And with that he takes off.  The issue closes with Betty meeting up with Ramon, her Ex.  She wants to feel wanted, special, loved – and she thinks Ramon can give that to her.

Reprinted in the Hulk Megazine!

An amazing self contained issue that’s part of a bigger picture –  showing how ruthless the Grey Hulk can be.  His hate for Banner having him make worse and worse choices – getting him into bigger trouble than he needed to be.  Almost like the classic 70’s television show.  Grade: A+

5 responses to “The Incredible Hulk #333 (1987) – The Review

  1. Great issue. I first read it in the Hulk Megazine reprint. You said this is your favorite incarnation of the Hulk,right? I’m not into the Mr Fixit/Las Vegas stuff but the early David Grey Hulk stories are well written. Another really good issue you should review is 335,”The evil that men do”. That was the only one of the 331-345 run,not drawn by Mcfarland. John Ridgeway did it. It works nicely as a self contained story outside of the on going events in the title.

    • I will definetly get to reviewing that issue – right now I am pulling out some of my favorites – and this issue will always be in my head as one of my favorites! Off hand, I don’t really remember that story – but I will certainly check it out again!

      • This issue was about a gas station attendent. At night the evil side of him would come out and attack these women he knew. They reprinted it in Hulk 33,the issue before Bruce Jones started.It was also reprinted in Peter David Hulk visionaries vol 1.

  2. There are also 2nd prints of 333 & 335 as well . There is also 2 different prints of 418 . And a couple special covers of 425 . And a few newstand issues of 437,439,441, Oh and 432 .And the deluxe and reg. covers of 426,427,428,429.


    boy, this was also the story which I fell in love with the Hulk, I’m a fan of Brazil

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