She Hulk

 

 

She-Hulk

 

Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. We were all fortunate to get a plethora of info that came out of D23. One of the more surprising, and quite candidly entertaining information was the news of a She-Hulk series hitting Disney+. Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk by many accounts has been underutilized over the years. There is little argument within our channels that she can be a great character, including being more of a staple within the panels. Perhaps now, with her new series coming soon, she will become more of a household name. So with all of this, let’s take a look at her history, key books, and storylines to get a better handle on who just is Jennifer Walters.

In the early 1980s and television was booming in the United States. The Lou Ferrigno Incredible Hulk TV series was wildly popular at the time, and based on the recent precedent of The Bionic Woman being launched from The Six Million Dollar Man, Stan Lee and Marvel Comics were concerned that CBS could spin off a female Hulk character who would not be copyrighted by Marvel.

In Lee’s last act of Marvel Comics creation until the 1990s, he wrote the first issue of The Savage She-Hulk. Bruce Banner’s mild-mannered lawyer cousin Jennifer Walters is nearly killed by a gang seeking revenge, and Banner is the only one that can provide a blood transfusion in time to save her life. With the blood comes the green alter ego – and a second Hulk in the Marvel Universe! She-Hulk’s path has been distinctly different than Bruce Banners, partially because not long after her introducing she began to retain her every day personality while in Hulk form. This leads to her eventually living permanently as She-Hulk. She is a long-running member of Avengers and only the second replacement member of The Fantastic Four when she subs for The Thing after Secret Wars. Also, after her first series, her titles are typically humorous – thanks to John Byrne’s 4th-wall breaking take on The Sensational She-Hulk.

One more thing before we get started, I highly suggest you digest some of these great stories within the last three decades of panels. Here is the chronological reading order for those who are interested…

 

The Savage She-Hulk (1980 – 1982)

The Avenger (1982 – 1984)

Fantastic Four by John Byrne (1984 – 1987)

The Avenger, again (1987 – 1988)

Sensational She-Hulk (1989 – 1994)

She-Hulk Returns (1996 – 2004)

She-Hulk, Vol. 3 & Avengers Disassembled (2004 – 2005)

She-Hulk, Vol. 4 & World War Hulk (2005 – 2009)

Savage She-Hulk, Vol. 2 (2009)

The Heroic Age: Red She-Hulk (2009 – 2012)

The Heroic Age: Jennifer Walters, She-Hulk (2010 – 2012)

Red She-Hulk in Marvel Now (2012 – 2014)

Jennifer Walters, She-Hulk in Marvel Now (2012 – 2015)

All-New, All-Different Marvel Now (2015 – present)

 

Key issues:

 

The Savage She-Hulk # 1

1st appearance

 

 

She Hulk # 2

First appearances of Buck Bukowski, Lou Monkton, Dr. Daniel Ridge Sr., Zapper Ridge, Nick Trask, Jill Ridge, and William Morris Walters.

 

She Hulk # 6

She-Hulk first teams with Iron Man

 

She Hulk # 9

First appearance of Ultima

 

She Hulk # 17

First appearance of Man-Elephant

 

She Hulk # 25

Last issue of this run

 

Marvel Team Up # 107

1st issue to join the rest of the Marvel Universe

 

Avengers # 221

1sr She-Hulk appearance in Avengers comic & 1st time she joins team

 

Incredible Hulk # 278

1st She Hulk appearance in Hulk comic

 

Thor # 334

1st appearance of She Hulk in

Thor comic

 

Captain America # 288

1st appearance of She Hulk in

Captain America comic

 

Fantastic Four # 265

She Hulk joins Fantastic Four team

 

Dr Strange # 67

1st appearance of She Hulk in a

Doctor Strange comic

 

Fantastic Four # 275

1st solo cover since OG series

 

Comet Man # 4

Sienkiewicz cover

 

Sensational She Hulk # 1

 

Sensational She Hulk # 13

1st appearance of Wildmoon

1st Dale Keown cover

 

Sensational She Hulk # 15

1st appearance of Grey She Hulk

 

Sensational She Hulk # 19

1st appearance of Nosferata

and Jack Serious

DC Batman spoof

 

Sensational She Hulk # 29

Venom appearance

 

Sensational She Hulk # 34

Demi Moore Homage

 

Sensational She Hulk # 40

1st appearance of Marvel Editor

Renee Witterstaetter

Controversial cover

Marc Spector: Moon Knight # 41

1st appearance of Jennifer in

Moon Knight comic

 

Sensational She Hulk # 50

50th anniversary issue

 

Sensational She Hulk # 54

1st appearance of Jennifer’s Mom

 

Sensational She Hulk # 60

Last issue of series

 

Incredible Hulk # 441

Pulp Fiction Homage

 

She Hulk # 1 2004

 

She Hulk # 1 2005

 

She Hulk # 9

100 issue celebration

 

Hulk # 15 2009

1st appearance of Red She Hulk

 

Hulk # 16

1st full Red She Hulk

 

Savage She Hulk # 1 2009

 

She Hulk Sensational # 1 2010

 

She Hulks # 1 2011

 

She Hulk # 1 2014

 

Hulk # 1 2017

 

Great covers, variants, and other issues

 

The Thing # 36

 

Fantastic Four # 291

 

Marvel Age # 76

 

Marvel Age: The official news magazine # 70

 

Marvel Illustrated # 1

 

Sensational She Hulk # 39

 

Sensational She Hulk # 46

 

Sensational She Hulk # 52

Adam Hughes cover

 

She Hulk # 1 1:100 Variant

 

She Hulk # 2 1:50 Variant

 

She Hulk # 13

 

She Hulk # 31

 

Hulk # 3 1:25 Variant

 

Savage She-Hulk #22 Ed McGuinness Zombie Variant

 

Savage She Hulks # 2

JSC Variant

 

Savage She Hulks # 3

JSC Variant

 

Savage She Hulks # 3

JSC Variant

 

Hulk # 1

JSC Variant

ComicExposure Exclusive

 

Hulk # 1

Hall of comics Variant

 

Hulk # 1

Razzah Hip Hop Variant

 

She Hulk # 159

2nd print Variant

 

She Hulk # 16

 

Red She Hulk # 58 1:50

Greg Horn Variant

 

Red She Hulk # 58

2nd print Variant

 

Red She Hulk # 59 1:50

L. Ross W Variant

 

Red She Hulk # 60 1:50

Chris Stevens Variant

 

Red She Hulk # 61 1:50

Aaron Williams Variant

 

Red She Hulk # 62 1:50

Steve Lightle Variant

 

Red She Hulk # 66

 

X-Men Legacy # 266

 

Hulk # 1

Mike Vosburg one per store Variant

 

Hulk # 4

 

Hulk # 1 1:25

Pia Guerra Variant

 

Hulk # 1 1:50

Dale Keown Variant

 

Hulk # 1

Sia Oum Store Variant

 

Hulk # 2 1:25

Elizabeth Torque Variant

 

Avengers # 11

 

Fantastic Four Wedding Special

Artgerm Variant

 

Phew, that’s a lot of covers. Yes, there are many more including a few in the A Force series, etc. However, the above books do a great job representing She Hulk. There will always be a few that perhaps the community would want to contribute as well. It’s always a collaborative effort here in CBSI!

In closing, let’s look at a couple of fun facts regarding Ms Mean Green

  • She was the first character to break the 4th wall, NOT Deadpool!
  • She is the 5th member of the Fantastic Four
  • Leader of A – Force
  • Immune to telepathy
  • Mates with her cousin Hulk in Old Man Logan

Three for the road…

I spoke to She Hulk breaking the 4th wall. Here is a great example of that in Sensational She Hulk # 37. Please read the the panels, hilarious!!

 

 

Within the pages of Uncanny X – Men # 435, Juggernaut and She Hulk shall we say, blow off some steam bedroom style and wreck their hotel room in the process. Probably not a sturdy enough bed for those two LOL!

 

 

Prior to House Of M, the events of Avengers: Disassembled occurred. It was perhaps one of the more serious points in She-Hulk's history, as Scarlet Witch, in the thralls of a mental breakdown, affected Jen's mind and turned her into a rampaging monster. The result, She literally tore Vision in two.

 

 

I will close with this, there have been attempts at movie adaptions with She Hulk and have failed for good reason. One involved Brigitte Nielsen. Thank the stars we did not get that flick. Here’s a look at what she would have looked like…

 

 

Ugh, 80s cheese at its finest huh?!

Talk soon,

 

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