With a reboot of The Incredible Hulk on the horizon, I am really having to scramble for an opinion on the character. Somehow in my geek girl education, I really missed out on most things Hulk. I can't really explain it. The television show was in reruns when I was a wee geek, and I didn't watch it very often because it scared me. Obviously it scared other kids too, since Mr. Rogers did an episode devoted to showing how the Hulk wasn't a monster, just a nice man in make-up. (However, I was also scared of the Jolly Green Giant – did I think he and the Hulk were one and the same, or do I have deeper issues to work out? Hmm.)

Thanks to our own Scott Weinberg (a Hulk aficionado) and hulu.com, I've been catching up some of the old episodes to refresh my memory. Actually, none of it rings a bell, so traumatized was I by Lou Ferrigno, and it has been a revelation how different the television series was from the comics. And you know what? It was better for it! As opposed to the often convoluted and outlandish Hulk comics, David Banner's origin story rendered him immediately sympathetic. He was so distraught over his failure to save his wife that he became obsessed with the way to unleash his inner strength. Tragically, his obsession turns him into the Hulk, and forces him to live his life on the run. It was like The Fugitive meets The Fountain by way of Marvel. But most importantly, his life on the run made the Hulk a hero.
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