That’s Going to Scar: A Year of Cringe-Worthy Hulk Moments – Week 10

Let’s have a little fun and discuss some of the more graphic, violent, sad, or just plain awkward moments that have plastered the Hulk history.  Be it a passing meeting between spouses of a gruesome scene that nobody saw coming – this year I’ll have you squirming in your seat!

This time we’re taking a peek back at the sudden and violent return of the green Hulk!  After years of the grey Hulk dominating the pages of the comics we have the abrupt reappearance of the classic emerald figure that fans begged to see once again!


The pencils, handled by the revered Dale Keown, is the icing on the cake or this beautifully brutal piece of art.  The remnants of Banner strewn around with a puddle of blood at the raging monster’s feet is so jarring you can’t quite let your eyes settle enough to really enjoy it.  While people absolutely applauded the jade giant once again gracing the pages of the beloved title the scene will never escape the subconscious of the people reading it off the racks.


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3 thoughts on “That’s Going to Scar: A Year of Cringe-Worthy Hulk Moments – Week 10

  1. Ah the Golden Days of Grey and Green… of my favorite Hulk transformations in those panels…..Dales art was so on point ! Banner’s scalp lopping off over a pool of Banner blood is the icing off the Hulk cake. Just gnarly. That itchy bulge on Banner’s back popping to shred away his outer flesh as his clothing does during transformations was great. It was the explosion of a giant Hulk zit.

    Peter David’s build up to the eventual Merged Hulk kept me counting the days until the next monthly release. The writing of the differences of all the three personalities and strengths of the Hulk had me fascinated. A great story arc that fizzled once the Merged Hulk became Professor Hulk.

    That is when I lost a bit of interest in the title that was recaptured momentarily with Future Imperfect and has faded and rekindled time and time again since. I think, for example, that Doc Green was an arc that actually brought back the potential I thought the Merged Hulk had and took it further …

  2. I too loved the David/Keown era. I never really thought there was distinction between Merged and Professor Hulks, I just thought they were two ways of referring to the same incarnation. Around what issue / storyline do you believe the change happened loganblue? Id like to go back and reread the David era anyway, so it would be interesting to do that with this mind.

  3. Hulk Vol 1 #372 …. Great storyline that culminated with the introduction of the Merged Hulk in issue #376.

    I stopped collecting Hulk soon after this as I grew bored with the direction of the book after this event and felt the dynamic potential of the Merged Hulk was never even touched on as the stories became silly to me ……Just as I felt when McFarland left the book after the Grey Hulk was gamma bombed and ended up in Vegas as Joe Fixit….I coninued to collect those books enem though I hated the art ( sorry Jeff Purves fans ) the only highlights for me being Grey Hulk taking down Pineapple Thing and dumping toxic waste on Abomination…

    I guess, Truka, that Professor was a name given to the Merged Hulk as Hulk donned the brown suit, had his adventures as the leader of the Pantheon and eventually turned back to Banner when really enraged…ridiculous …just could not get into it, even though the art rocked with Dale..Did get a few of those with Dale when Wasted Abomination came back…and other Peter David stories when Maestro came into the picture..

    Still an off and on collector….Loved Doc Green …. Hated Professor Hulk

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