Physically, Dr. Banner was short at 5-foot 9-inches and only weighed 128 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Transformed into the hulk, he weighed in at 1040 pounds, and had green eyes and green hair. He first appeared in the Marvel comic, "Incredible Hulk", Vol. 1, Number #1 in 1962. The Hulk had incredible strength which only increased as he was enraged. He traveled the land by leaping vast distances and when injured, could heal rapidly. Trapped in the heart of a nuclear explosion, Dr. Robert B. Banner found himself transformed during stressful times into a dark and powerful version of his suppressed rage and fury. In 1964, Giant-Man, who was starring in "Tales to Astonish", fought with the Hulk in issue #59. In the next issue, #60, the book split into two, the first half about Giant-Man and the second half featuring the Incredible Hulk. In 1968, The Hulk took over the entire book and it was renamed "The Incredible Hulk". The 1962 issues only number 1-6, so you will never find issues 7 to 101. In 1977 "The Rampaging Hulk" debuted, starting off in black and white then changing to color. In 1998 a new "The Rampaging Hulk" appeared which dealt with the early history of the Hulk before Bruce Banner was known to be the giant green man. It lasted 6 issues. 1999 had the final issue of "The Incredible Hulk", issue number #474. In 1999, "The Hulk" debuted and started with issue #1. A year later, the series became the "Incredible Hulk" again, starting with issue #12.
In 1980, there was a female version: "The Savage She-Hulk," and in 2003, Kraft foods brought out a special 6-issue comic series, "The Incredible Hulk Night America," in parallel with the 2003 Universal Studios movie.
The Incredible Hulk, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962, was a transformation of Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, a former nuclear physicist, top scientist in his field and creator of the G-bomb (or Gamma Bomb). Testing ended abruptly and unexpectedly when a boy appeared at Ground Zero. Banner tried to save the boy from his jealous assistant, Igor Drenkov (who let the countdown continue), and was able to save both the boy and himself. Covered in gamma rays, the Grey Beast is sent to the hospital for testing. There, the boy who was saved, Rick Jones, sees the first emergence of the great beast that has taken over Banner's body. The beast breaks through the hospital walls and wreaks havoc on the town, escaping into the darkness, with the boy following. Soldiers on the scene christen him, "The Hulk." At his house, he find Igor trying to steal plans for the G-bomb, and also finds a picture of Dr. Banner. Aided by the boy, he learns who he really is. He turns back into Bruce Banner before the soldiers can apprehend him. Igor, the Russian spy is captured, and the G-bomb plans go to the military. Banner, knowing that he does not have much time until the sun sets and he turns into the monstrous creature again, is aided in his escape by Betty Ross, daughter of the General in charge of the soldiers seeking The Hulk. Igor's boss, the Gargoyle, finds out about The Hulk, hunts him down and shoots the human monster and the boy with an anaesthetic serum. The Gargoyle is intrigued by The Hulk, as he too was a product of nuclear testing by the Russian army that led to an accident which caused him to transform, the only difference being that he cannot change back into human shape. Using high doses of gamma rays, Bruce Banner helps the Gargoyle turn back into a human, who is thankful for being saved, so he turns his energies towards revenge onto Russian scientists.
The television version, starring Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner and Lou Ferrigno, as The Incredible Hulk, was first broadcast in 1977. It was an updated version of the Jekyll-Hyde story, with Banner/Hulk on the run from himself as much as society. Ferrigno, although in serious need of diction lessons, played the Hulk with displays of strength and compassion. In the televised version, Banner seeks to unlock the hidden power in all humans by bombarding himself with gamma radiation, only to discover that this will transform him into the monster whenever he becomes angry. Traveling across the land, searching for an antidote, David Banner is believed to be dead by most, but is still pursued by reporter Jack McGee, played by Jack Colvin. The reporter believes the monster to be responsible for an unexplained murder. The Hulk was portrayed as a man filled with inner turmoil, and as such was a sympathetic character, a superhero with a universally identifiable nature. He became a schoolyard favorite, with his anticipatory catch-phrase: "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." The phrase was effectively streamlined and given a twist by Clint Eastwood's, Dirty Harry, "Go ahead, make my day."
The series ran for 82 episodes over five seasons from 1977 to 1982. Although the series received high ratings, a change in CBS management caused The Incredible Hulk to be cancelled during the show's fifth season in late 1981. The show's enduring popularity led to a further three reunion movies, the last of which, "The Death of The Incredible Hulk" appeared on television in 1990.