This character is part of an alien royal family whose hatred of the Hulk cost them… well, everything. See the Troyjan War to see what I’m talking about. The design always reminded me of Beta Ray Bill – who is easily one of the coolest Marvel alien beings – but, sadly, not used in the MU as much as they should have.
1st Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #394
The Circus of Crime really hasn’t made a lasting splash in the MU – I know, shocking, right? But there are a few instances where they pop up. For instance, the time that Doc Samson merged the Hulk and Banner personalities he used the leader, The Ring Master, to put Banner under.
1st Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #3 (1963)
Yes, yes – I know this is obviously not the 1st appearance of the grey Hulk – but if you think about it, it actually is. While the Grey Hulk truly appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 they had to change the color from grey to green and act as if that incarnation of the Hulk never happened. It wasn’t until 1986 when Al Milgrom decided to bring back the grey Hulk as if he always existed! So, while this is literally the second appearance, there is an argument to say that this is the first time the grey Hulk appeared with the intent to make him a new character.
1st (2nd) Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (1986)
Any hero who is more worried about how he looks than actually taking over the world is not going to put up much of a fight. Tyrannus found the fountain of youth and has stayed young to plot his revenge on mankind for being banished years ago. Yeah – I don’t think there could be a bigger loser written about either… sorry Tyrannus, you’re boring! Even John Byrne couldn’t make you interesting when the Hulk was re-started to #1 in the late 90’s.
1st Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #5 (1963)
Who would have ever guessed that a humongous mutant bear would be a Russian agent? Ursa puts up quite the challenge for the Hulk – at least with strength – and is the only one on the team who can hold his own against the him. Overall though, he doesn’t hold a candle to the Hulk.
1st Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #258
This year we will be delving deep into Hulk history to re-discover all the first appearances that the Hulk issues have given us over the years! With 1st appearances being such a hot trend these days it only makes sense to highlight some of the best Hulk issues to invest in this year! This week: Wendigo!
1st Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #162 (1973)
Everyone knew this one was coming – Rocket Raccoon! This is technically not the characters first appearance but as an introduction into the Marvel Universe you really can’t get much better! This issue introduces us to quite a few of the crazy characters we get in Rocket’s world and it’s so worth the read!
1st Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #271