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An adaptation is when an original source is made to fit a different medium for public consumption; at least, that's one way to explain it, but the word "adaptation" implies nothing more than simple change. Whether it be from television to movies, comics to video games, or one generations artistic style to another, change in regards to adaptations usually involves an integration of difference, while maintaining the general spirit of the original. The focus of this wiki as one could note from the huge banner (pun intended), is that of the Incredible Hulk. It was selected because of the many comic-book adaptations, it is one of the three most commonly used, the other two being Superman and Batman. Bruce Banner, the alter-ego of the mean, green giant, is a scientist, and so in his honor, here is a theory on the subtext of the comic as seen in the Journal Of Popular Culture.
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In THE INCREDIBLE HULK #368, published in April 1990, Dr. Bruce
Banner has stowed away on a freight train to escape the military
forces hunting him. Years before, Banner was accidentally caught
in the explosion of a gamma bomb and bathed in mysterious radiation,
so that now whenever he grows angry or upset he transforms into the
massively powerful yet simple-minded Hulk. On board the train,
Banner is confronted by another stowaway, a man claiming to be Edward
Hyde, who asks whether Banner is indeed 'the man the newspapers
dubbed: ‘the atomic age Jekyll and Hyde'?’. Writer Peter
David, in arranging this fantastic confrontation, is cleverly drawing on
an obvious parallel between the two characters, one that has existed
since the Hulk character was first created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in
1962. Lee recalled in a 2000 interview that ‘I know I was influenced by
Jekyll and Hyde and Frankenstein when I did the Hulk’.
Lee’s comment, which is borne out in a number of interviews and
statements, is instructive in the texts it draws together, for each is
concerned with the consequences and moral limits of scientific endeavor.
Banner/the Hulk and Jekyll/Hyde are not merely similar in
that both transform from brilliant scientists into semihuman monstrosities.
Both the Hulk and Hyde as characters, and the narratives
that contain them, are negotiating similar discursive territory and
undertaking similar cultural work.

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Comic-books are more than just pictures with words placed in decorated bubbles; they can evoke an understanding of real problems by addressing social issues indirectly, they can promote feelings of patriotism and good-will towards all, as well as encouraging people to stand-up against what they perceive as bad behavior. These subjects are not at the heart of all comics, but certainly to some degree, every comic-book about a hero. Which the Hulk is, but unlike some, he also has to battle his own internal demons, creating within' him a source of humanity which people can relate to.

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Cartoons, Movies, Games, Reality TV, Guest Appearances and a book

All of these adaptations focus on a large green hulk, though they do have some differing parts. For instance, the hair-style is one of the most apparent changes, the degree of shredded muscles another, and one that is not as obvious at first, is how some contain a Hulk who is identified by his uncontrollably savage rage, and others depict a creature of ultimate strength but in opposition, the behemoth beneath has a pure heart. Additionally, there are three videos located in the "Cartoons" section, each with a specific year, and each illustrating an improved technique on the art of the comic. The topic of this wiki is the green giant, who you wouldn't want to make angry, but more importantly, it has been the point to illustrate through multiple examples that the soul of adaptations is what matters when considering the issue of fidelity. Though there are many different venues, and just as many changes to the character, the basic idea remains the same, which in further understanding, means that the Hulk is the same; and that, is the point of an adaptation, to obtain an inspiration, and from it, make a contribution or homage to the original source, though not necessarily a perfect replication.


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Real Name:
Robert Bruce Banner
Height:
5' 9½" (Banner); 6'6" (gray Hulk); 7' – 8' (green/savageHulk); 7'6" (green/Professor Hulk)
Weight:
128 lbs. (Banner); 900 lbs. (gray Hulk); 1,040 – 1,400 lbs.(green/savage Hulk); 1,150 lbs. (green/Professor Hulk)
Eyes:
Brown (Banner); Gray (gray Hulk); Green (green/savage Hulk);Green (green/Professor Hulk)
Hair:
Brown (Banner); Black (gray Hulk); Green (green/savage Hulk);Green (green/Professor Hulk)
Citizenship
U.S.A.
Place of Birth:
Dayton, Ohio
First Appearance:
Incredible Hulk #1 (1962)

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