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the purple hulk

While writers over the years have toyed with the Hulk concept to make it more heroic, The Immortal Hulk has a different take. It isn’t a big action series where the Hulk is constantly in a state of rage and the military or other heroes have to stop him, nor is it a series where Bruce Banner has enough control over the Hulk to act as a hero himself.

To help flesh out her story, McGee has flown in from Canada Bruce Banner’s old college roommate, Walter Langowski. Langowski is better known to the public as Sasquatch, the most monstrous member of the Canadian superhero squad turned cosmic defense team known as Alpha Flight.
Instead, The Immortal Hulk is a series that treats Hulk like a monster, a boogeyman that comes out at night to punish the wicked in wicked ways. The public believes Bruce Banner and the Hulk are dead, but one reporter from Arizona, Jacqueline McGee, has noticed a pattern of Hulk sightings and is tracking down the story.

While that may seem eccentric enough in and of itself, it was the suit that Banner chose that really confounded Langowski. “Purple?” he asks in the flashback scene.
So there you have. The reason the Hulk had so many pairs of purple pants is apparently that Bruce Banner sold literally all of his other clothes and stocked up exclusively on items of purple clothing believing that they represented a timeless sense of fashion.
Today, comic book fans finally received an answer to one of the greatest mysteries in the Marvel Universe: why does the Hulk have so many pairs of purple pants?
McGee asks Langowski to tell her what Banner was like in college. Langowski reveals that even then Banner was a bit intense, with a bit of a temper and some serious eccentricities. For example, there was that time that Banner gave all of his clothes the Goodwill. Banner planned to emulate Albert Einstein by buying ten identical suits so that he’d never have waste time and energy decided what to wear ever again.
SPOILERS for The Immortal Hulk #4 by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, and Paul Mounts follow.

By Jamie Lovett – August 1, 2018 11:48 am EDT

Today, comic book fans finally received an answer to one of the greatest mysteries in the Marvel Universe: why does the Hulk have so many pairs of purple pants?SPOILERS for The Immortal Hulk #4 by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, and Paul Mounts follow.Yes, the purple pants. In the earliest days […]

The purple hulk

After the movie ends, the crowd files out of the theater, and no one sees the orange Hulk as it steps off of the screen, and into the empty theater. It’s revealed, however, that it’s really just another movie. until the monster steps off of that screen, too. Just as viewers are sure the monster really just on the screen, it reaches out, breaking the panel border, and forcing readers to ask themselves, exactly where is the line between reality and fantasy?

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby went to the Hulk well a third time in 1962’s Journey Into Mystery v1 #62 with the eye catching title, “I Was A Slave Of The Living Hulk.” Lee and Kirby, along with inker extraordinaire Dick Ayers, told a beautiful and entertaining sci-fi horror tale of Joe Harper, small town electrician, and hen-pecked husband. Late one night, Harper gets called to help a neighbor fix a malfunctioning machine, and despite protest from his wife, heads out to assist.
While his intelligence is massive, his puny size and lack of strength leaves Poole angry and determined to get even with the world. Poole uses his genius, and his assistant Blake, to create the Mighty Hulk, a bluish, metal, 15-foot-tall monstrosity Poole was going to use to take over the world. He might’ve made it work, too, had he not blown up at his assistant. Blake accidentally drops and damages the audio impulse regulator, a vital piece of the Hulk’s components.

One of the most powerful comic book characters ever, the Hulk has seen a multitude of changes since he was first conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and some of those changes have been in coloring. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who knows every color the Hulk has been; there are a few that only the most devoted comic book historians would know. Prepare to join those hallowed ranks and learn every color the Hulk has been over the course of comics history.
In July of 1961, Marvel Comics Group’s Tales to Astonish #21 hit newsstands around the country. Toward the end of the book, there was a small story about people going to see a horror movie. The audience walks past a bold marquis the screams out “The Hulk” in big, block letters as a loathsome, orange blob of a monster menaces them from a movie poster. The audience watches the movie with wide eyes, shocked at the tableau playing out in front of them.
Poole angrily fires the assistant and, after sending him packing, locks himself into the Mighty Hulk and prepares to conquer humanity. The problem is, he left the key to metal monster on his workbench, and had no way to control or exit the Hulk. The story ends with Poole trapped in the Hulk for over three days, praying that Blake comes back to work. Marvel later changed the robot’s name to Grutan to avoid any confusion.
The Hulk was first seen as a bluish, metal robot in 1960’s Strange Tales v1 #75. While no writer is credited for the story drawn by Don Heck, both Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were published in the selfsame comic. The story in question concerns Albert Poole, a brilliant, diminutive scientist who is both obsessed with and enraged at his height.
Greenskin. The Green Goliath. The Jade Giant. The Incredible Hulk has had a variety of nicknames over the years, but one thing has always come through in his various monikers: the Hulk is green. Most people, in fact, think he’s always been green. Ask the average person on the street what they know about the Hulk and “he’s green” will probably come up, along with “get out of my face, nerd, I’m just trying to go to work.”

The color has been synonymous with the character pretty much since Hulk’s inception in 1962, and it’s really one of Ol’ Jade Jaws’s most defining characteristics. But as any comic fan worth their poly-bagged, unopened copy of Superman v2 #75 knows, it hasn’t always been that way.

One of the most powerful comic book characters ever, the Hulk has seen a multitude of changes since he was first conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and some of those changes have been in coloring.