The Incredible Hulk #1 [Regular Edition]
(May 1962)

Marvel, 1962 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bimonthly
On-sale Date
1962-03-01
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Zenith Publishing Corp.
Brand
MC
Editing
Stan Lee

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings.
This issue has variants:

Is He Man or Monster or... Is He Both! (Table of Contents)

Hulk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby ?
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The strangest man of all time!!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hulk; Bruce Banner; General Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross
Reprints
Keywords
transformation

Indexer Notes

Possible Kirby inks per Nick Caputo's examination on his blog:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/2011/09/kirby-inking-kirby.html

Previous indexer credited George Roussos. The Hulk is colored gray in this story only.

Reward $9,985.50 for This Coin! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Best Values Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Coming of the Hulk, Part 1 (Table of Contents: 2)

The Hulk / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Ray Holloway; Artie Simek (see notes)

Job Number
V-709
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Half-man, half-monster, the mighty Hulk thunders out of the night to take his place among the most amazing characters of all time!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner] (introduction, origin); Rick Jones (introduction); Betty Ross (introduction); Thunderbolt Ross (introduction); Igor (introduction)
Synopsis
Scientist Bruce Banner saves a young boy from being killed by a nuclear blast but absorbs deadly amounts of gamma radiation which transforms him into a monster dubbed the Hulk. Bruce Banner is scientist by day, but transforms into the Hulk once the sun goes down.
Reprints
Keywords
desert; gamma rays; gamma-bomb; radiation; transformation

Indexer Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group. Nick Caputo observes that Artie Simek lettered the logo and title on the splash page, but the rest of the chapter is lettered by Ray Holloway.

How to 'Take Charge' of a Highly-Paid Job in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Commercial Trades Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Coming of the Hulk] Part 2: The Hulk Strikes! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Ray Holloway; Artie Simek (see notes)

Job Number
V-709
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Like a silent dreadnaught, the hulking thing that was once Bruce Banner crouches in the shadows, as the pursuing troops rush by...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Igor
Synopsis
The Hulk and Rick Jones go to Banner's cabin to retrieve the gamma ray formula.
Reprints
Keywords
gamma ray formula; search

Indexer Notes

Nick Caputo notes that Artie Simek lettered the title splash; the rest of the chapter is lettered by Ray Holloway.

8mm Motion Picture Projector (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Honor House Prod. Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Complete 4 Piece Matched Set of Luggage (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Honor House Products Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[The Coming of the Hulk] Part 3: The Search for the Hulk (Table of Contents: 7)

The Hulk / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Where is he?
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; Thunderbolt Ross; Igor
Synopsis
The military continues their search for the Hulk.
Reprints
Keywords
gamma ray formula; U.S. Army

Learn Radio-Television Electronics (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Coming of the Hulk] Part 4: Enter...the Gargoyle! (Table of Contents: 9)

The Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Let us leave Bruce Banner and his young friend Rick for a moment, and turn our attention to the red spy known as Igor as he broods darkly in his cell...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; Thunderbolt Ross; Igor; Gargoyle [Yuri Topolov] (introduction)
Synopsis
Igor sends a message via short wave to his communist allies. The message is relayed to the Gargoyle who decides to capture the Hulk.
Reprints
Keywords
hunter missiles; rocket; short wave radio; submarine

I'll Give You the Keys to This Brand New Car… (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Mr. Ned Mason / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Look! Boys Wanted to Sell Grit (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Grit Publishing Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

The Two Greatest New Fantasy Magazines In The World! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Stamps Shop by Mail (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[The Coming of the Hulk] Part 5: The Hulk Triumphant! (Table of Contents: 14)

The Hulk / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (signed)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (signed)
Inks
Paul Reinman
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Job Number
V-709
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Holy Hannah!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; Betty Ross; Thunderbolt Ross; Igor; Gargoyle [Yuri Topolov] (death)
Synopsis
The Gargoyle captures the Hulk and Rick Jones and transports them behind the Iron Curtain. The Hulk transforms back into Banner who offers to help cure the Gargoyle of his affliction. The Gargoyle, who wants nothing more than to be a normal man, agrees to be cured; once cured, the Gargoyle helps Banner and Jones escape back to America.
Reprints
Keywords
pellet; radiation; rocket ship

Bike Bonanza of Big Buys (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Honor House Prod. Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Record Your Voice at Home (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Honor House Products Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Boys! Men! My Secret New Dynaflex Method (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Mike Marvel System / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Start Your Own Business! (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Christy Trades School / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

He's Looking for People Who Like to Draw (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Famous Artists Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Is He Man or Monster or... Is He Both!
    Hulk
  2. 1. Reward $9,985.50 for This Coin!
    Best Values Co.
  3. 2. The Coming of the Hulk, Part 1
    The Hulk
  4. 3. How to 'Take Charge' of a Highly-Paid Job in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
    Commercial Trades Institute
  5. 4. [The Coming of the Hulk] Part 2: The Hulk Strikes!
    The Hulk
  6. 5. 8mm Motion Picture Projector
    Honor House Prod. Corp.
  7. 6. Complete 4 Piece Matched Set of Luggage
    Honor House Products Corp.
  8. 7. [The Coming of the Hulk] Part 3: The Search for the Hulk
    The Hulk
  9. 8. Learn Radio-Television Electronics
    National Radio Institute
  10. 9. [The Coming of the Hulk] Part 4: Enter...the Gargoyle!
    The Hulk
  11. 10. I'll Give You the Keys to This Brand New Car…
    Mr. Ned Mason
  12. 11. Look! Boys Wanted to Sell Grit
    Grit Publishing Co.
  13. 12. The Two Greatest New Fantasy Magazines In The World!
  14. 13. Stamps Shop by Mail
  15. 14. [The Coming of the Hulk] Part 5: The Hulk Triumphant!
    The Hulk
  16. 15. Bike Bonanza of Big Buys
    Honor House Prod. Corp.
  17. 16. Record Your Voice at Home
    Honor House Products Corp.
  18. 17. Boys! Men! My Secret New Dynaflex Method
    Mike Marvel System
  19. 18. Start Your Own Business!
    Christy Trades School
  20. 19. He's Looking for People Who Like to Draw
    Famous Artists Schools
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  • Donald Dale Milne
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