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)
First appearances of Buck Bukowski, Lou Monkton, Dr. Daniel Ridge Sr., Zapper Ridge, Nick Trask, Jill Ridge, and William Morris Walters.
She-Hulk first teams with Iron Man
First appearance of Ultima
First appearance of Man-Elephant
Last issue of this run
1st issue to join the rest of the Marvel Universe
1sr She-Hulk appearance in Avengers comic & 1st time she joins team
1st She Hulk appearance in Hulk comic
1st appearance of She Hulk in
1st appearance of She Hulk in
Captain America comic
She Hulk joins Fantastic Four team
1st appearance of She Hulk in a
Doctor Strange comic
1st solo cover since OG series
1st appearance of Wildmoon
1st Dale Keown cover
1st appearance of Grey She Hulk
1st appearance of Nosferata
and Jack Serious
DC Batman spoof
Demi Moore Homage
1st appearance of Marvel Editor
1st appearance of Jennifer in
Moon Knight comic
50th anniversary issue
1st appearance of Jennifer’s Mom
Last issue of series
Pulp Fiction Homage
100 issue celebration
1st appearance of Red She Hulk
1st full Red She Hulk
Great covers, variants, and other issues
Adam Hughes cover
Hall of comics Variant
Razzah Hip Hop Variant
2nd print Variant
Greg Horn Variant
2nd print Variant
L. Ross W Variant
Chris Stevens Variant
Aaron Williams Variant
Steve Lightle Variant
Mike Vosburg one per store Variant
Pia Guerra Variant
Dale Keown Variant
Sia Oum Store Variant
Elizabeth Torque 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?!