Friday, December 22, 2023

Can't Get Enough Of... "The Incredible Hulk" 1966-2019


The Hulk, a popular Marvel Comics character created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, has been a staple in comic book culture since his first appearance in "The Incredible Hulk" #1 in May 1962. The character quickly gained popularity, leading to various adaptations across different media, including animated television series. Let's delve into the history of the Hulk cartoons in detail.

  1. The Marvel Super Heroes (1966): The first animated appearance of the Hulk was in "The Marvel Super Heroes," an anthology series that featured rotating segments of different Marvel characters. The Hulk segment, like the other parts of the show, utilized limited animation and often lifted artwork directly from the comics. The series was a modest success and introduced the Hulk to a broader audience.

  2. The Incredible Hulk (1982): In 1982, a more dedicated Hulk animated series, titled "The Incredible Hulk," was produced by Marvel Productions. This show marked a departure from the previous animated format by offering more sophisticated storytelling. The series followed Dr. Bruce Banner's struggles with his gamma-ray-induced transformations into the Hulk and his quest for a cure. It ran for two seasons and featured memorable episodes like the two-part "The Origin of the Hulk" and "Bruce Banner, Unmasked!"

  3. The Incredible Hulk (1996-1997): A new animated series, also titled "The Incredible Hulk," premiered in 1996. This series had a more modern animation style and aimed at a slightly older audience. It featured story arcs that drew inspiration from the comics, including the Grey Hulk storyline. The show was well-received for its character development and exploration of Hulk's psyche. It ran for two seasons before concluding in 1997.

  4. Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. 2013-2015

    "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." was a more recent addition to the Hulk's animated legacy. Premiering in 2013, the series took a different approach by featuring not only the Hulk but also other gamma-powered characters, forming a team known as the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (which stands for "Smashing, Mashing, Adventuring, Shouting, and Hulking"). The show explored the dynamics between the different Hulk personas and provided a unique perspective on the character.

  5. Avengers Assemble (2013-2019):

    While not solely a Hulk series, the character played a significant role in the "Avengers Assemble" animated series, which ran from 2013 to 2019. The show featured the Hulk as a member of the Avengers, showcasing his interactions with other iconic Marvel heroes.

Throughout the years, the Hulk has remained a compelling character in animated adaptations, capturing the essence of his inner struggle and monstrous alter ego. These cartoons have contributed to the broader appeal of the Hulk, making him a beloved figure in both comic books and animated media.

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