The Incredible Hulk is dead. After wearing a tie while in the form of Bruce Banner and becoming enraged by a traffic jam in the newest issue of his comic, our most green-hued superhero has departed this world for the big temper tantrum in the sky. Marvel has confirmed that no attempt will be made to resurrect the character. He is gone for good.
In memory of the Hulk we all grew up with, let us reflect upon some of his finest comic book appearances and hope that there are bad guys in heaven just waiting to be punched into outer space.
"You Won't Like Me When I'm Mildly Annoyed"
The Incredible Hulk #241
We all know the beast that lives within Bruce Banner, the violent alter-ego that emerges in times of extreme duress. But what happens when he's only slightly upset?
Reed Richards: Thanks for stopping by, Bruce! I've been working on my pan-dimensional soft serve ice cream machine, and could really use your input on this chocolate/vanilla swirl cone. Here, give it a taste.
Bruce Banner: Thanks! I really like chocolate ice cream -
Hulk: BUT HATE VANILLA!
Reed Richards: Fascinating. Perhaps I should recalibrate the nanoinhibitor filtration device. Say, here comes my wife Sue!
Bruce Banner: Always a pleasure to see you, Sue -
Hulk: BUT HALF OF YOU INVISIBLE!
Sue: I'm so sorry about that, sometimes I stay in Invisible Woman mode without even realizing!
Bruce: It's quite alright -
Hulk: but shame make Hulk angry at Hulk.
"The Grocery Store's Door Strikes Again"
The Incredible Hulk #262
The most beguiling enemy of modern man takes on the Hulk in an all-out battle for the ages! 24 action-packed pages of heroism in the face of tyranny!
Manager: You're supposed to pull the door to open it, you oaf!
Hulk: Puny handle said "PUSH"! What aisle for douche?
Manager: Uh, three.
Hulk: Hulk hate girlfriend so much right now.
"Wrong End Of The Rainbow"
The Incredible Hulk #267
For the first time ever, Hulk takes on an enemy he cannot defeat. Will anything ever be the same again?
Hulk: Too many colors for Hulk to smash!
Rainbow Randy: Hulk, no! It's just a rainbow - you can't smash colors.
Hulk: What? What else can't Hulk smash? Love? Music? Chickens? Hulk's entire outlook on universe is smashed!
The singer dove off the stage and crowd surfed in a sort of reverse funeral procession where the person being carried is the only one truly alive. Touching him I felt religious ecstasy and started speaking in tongues and requesting songs that didn't exist.
There's no easy way to put this, so I'll tell it like it is. Bouillon is died. He went missing before the weekend and yesterday I found his skeletonized remains at the bottom of the #3 soup vat during one of my swims. I thought the cream of mushroom soup had an especially nourishing taste, and a lot more clumps of fur and skin than usual.
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