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The Incredible Hulk
The Complete Animated Series (1982)


Starring (voice): Michael Bell, Bob Holt, Michael Horton and B.J. Ward
Clear Vision
RRP: £14.99
Certificate: U
Available 07 June 2010

Released by Clear Vision, from the bottomless vaults of Marvel, comes The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series, from 1982. It incorporates 13 episodes spread over two discs, with a total running time of 5 hours and 6 minutes.

Episodes consist of: Tomb of the Unknown Hulk; Prisoner of the Monster; Origin of the Hulk; When Monsters Meet; The Cyclops Project; Bruce Banner Unmasked; The Creature and the Cavegirl. It Lives! It Grows! It Destroys!; The Incredible Shrinking Hulk; Punks on Wheels; Enter: She Hulk; The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow; and The Hulk Destroys Bruce Banner.

For anyone who has been struck by gamma rays and spent fifty years in a cave going green at the gills, The Hulk is a simple-minded but immensely powerful creature that scientist Bruce Banner turns into when he becomes upset or angry. The quirky attraction to this representation of the comic character is the narration by none other than Hulk (and most other marvel costumed heroes) creator, Stan Lee. You just can't knock his enthusiasm. He sounds like he's having the time of his life.

The theme tune and incidental music is infinitely more suited to the immense power and anger of the character than the 1960s series. The animation is very much of its time, as you would expect, but I must say that the sixties series has more heart. This one seems somehow larger than life, and aimed at an even younger audience. Although the Hulk himself acts and speaks more realistically ("Hulk smash!!") in this than the original, the characters are not so well refined. Banner's only real friend, Rick, acts like one of the Scooby-Doo gang.

Perhaps I'm being too harsh, but with a format which is perhaps one of the least sustainable in the Marvel canon, the artwork and storylines need to be significantly more compelling. Having said that, the series did begin to grow on me, with some of Stan the Man's exuberance rubbing off.


Ty Power

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