Comparisons with Other Hulk Cartoons
Doctor Bruce Banner
Doctor Bruce Banner is a brilliant nuclear physicist whose
expertise is in the field of gamma radiation. When an
accident occurred during the testing of a gamma bomb that he
invented, Banner was exposed to a massive amount of gamma
radiation. The radiation changed his body at the atomic
level, and now when Bruce gets overly excited or angry,
the adrenaline in his system causes him to transform into
a powerful, primal creature called The
Bruce is otherwise an extremely well balanced individual
who is capable of great heroics (see "The Incredible Bruce
Banner" segments in the Episode
Guide). He has a great moral sense and is very unselfish.
On several occasions, he sacrifices a cure for his condition
because of more important matters. His concern for the
others around him forces him to keep his secret
from everyone besides Rick Jones.
How He Differs from the Comic Book Version:
Doctor Robert Bruce Banner is far less balanced than his
animated counterpart. In the comics, we learn that Bruce
witnessed the murder of his mother at the hands of his
abusive father. Bruce would attempt to suppress all of his
emotions as a result of knowing first-hand what they could
do. Bruce's emotions could not be completely surpressed,
however, and they manifested themselves as multiple
personalities. Bruce's exposure to gamma radiation gave Bruce
shape-shifting abilities according to what resided in his
subconscious. Thus, his multiple personalities gained
a physical form, collectively known as The Incredible Hulk.
Additionally, Bruce does not regain his clothes after
changing back from The Hulk in the comics (with the
possible exception of his glasses, occasionally). This plot
device was obviously injected to help keep Bruce's secret.
Amazingly enough, the Bruce Banner in the comics did not
have such a luxury and was still able to keep the secret
for years! You'd think that after being seen in nothing
but torn pants, which are the same color as the Hulk's,
that somebody would catch on...