Bruce Banner was
a brilliant atomic scientist who was respected throughout the scientific
community. During the Cold War, he developed an atomic bomb which harnessed
the power of Gamma radiation. During a test for this deadly device, Banner
noticed that a teenager had wandered out into the test site. His supervisors
unwilling to halt the tests, Banner selflessly drove out into the test
area to save the youth. He managed to get the teen behind a bunker, but
Banner himself was bathed in the deadly radiation as the bomb exploded.
He awoke days later, and soon found that the gamma radiation had not killed
him but had drastically altered his body. At night, he turned into the
incredible Hulk, a huge green being with immense strength. Although he
was conscious when he was the Hulk, the monster functioned as a separate,
less intelligent entity that Banner had no control over. The Hulk was considered
to be a menace, but was largely misunderstood. He has undergone many changes
since then, and currently Banner is able to control the Hulk, combining
his intelligence and morals with the Hulk's great strength and stamina.
No menace is too powerful or too strong for The Hulk. Jennifer Susan Walters
(She-Hulk) is his cousin.