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The Immortal Hulk Story

What Makes The Hulk Immortal? Key Issues and Plot Points That Will Catch You Up On What's Happening In A Story That Stylistically and Philosophically Explores What Is At The Core of The Hulk Since His 1st Appearance In 1962

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  • Ulysses, an Inhuman has a vision that The Hulk will kill several important heroes
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  • Hawkeye kills Bruce Banner with a Gamma-enhanced, vibranium arrow
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  • The Hand, an evil corporation, steals Bruce Banner's corpse shortly after he was buried in Ohio
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  • The Hulk appears in the final panel wearing a Samurai mask
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  • The Avengers battle a "Savage Zombie Hulk"
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  • LONGSHOT SPEC: 1st cameo appearance of the One-Below-All?
  • Explanation: Doctor Voodoo is threatened by a demon (left pic) to not pull the green pins from Banner's astral body
  • The One Below All (right) is visually similar and references 'wearing a mask'
  • Both creatures are attempting to control The Hulk
  • In 2016/17 Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk) was writing 'Civil War: Ulysses' meaning Mr. Ewing would've been a part of this overall creative project during the publication of Uncanny Avengers #17
  • ***yes, Marvel Wiki says it is the 'Beast of the Hand' but Marvel Wiki is not Marvel - it is fan-populated information, subject to error
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  • 1st appearance of the Challenger
  • Immortal Hulk Storyline: The Challenger references his ability to awaken The Hulk and in the final panels, green Gamma light appears
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  • Immortal Hulk Storyline: Final panels show The Hulk's teeth in the darkness and narration assumed to be Banner saying 'he cannot be controlled'
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  • The Hulk's hand appears from the rubble and narration reveals what has been true since the beginning, The Hulk is immortal
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  • 1st title attached to The Hulk as The Immortal Hulk
  • The Challenger explains "rage" is raw-power and undying. In the final panel, The Hulk fully emerges from the ruins.
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  • Origin of Voyager (Valerie Vector)
  • Immortal Hulk Storyline: The Hulk fully emerges from his tomb
  • A montage of previous Hulk deaths and resurrections prove the immortality theory. Banner admits he asked Hawkeye to kill him
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  • In Avengers #688, The Hulk is shown being teleported into space by The Challenger
  • Bruce arrives at a diner to meet with Hawkeye as an Easter egg at the beginning of a scene shows a song called "Green Door" playing on the jukebox
  • Bruce apologizes to Hawkeye for asking him to shoot him with the arrow
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  • Premiere issue of the new series that explores the Hulk's immortality
  • 1st appearance of Jackie McGee, inspired by Jack McGee from The Hulk TV series
  • Bruce Banner is killed by an armed robber but he returns as The Hulk after the sun goes down which is a callback to how The Hulk first operated back in The Incredible Hulk #1
  • ***according to Marvel's legacy numbering, this is issue #717 of The Incredible Hulk (1962)
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  • 1st appearance of Doctor Frye, a man who experimented on himself with Gamma radiation to discover immortality after the death of his wife (also the name of a character who was first irradiated with Gamma, before David Banner from the 1977 TV series)
  • Frye deemed his serum to be successful and administered it to his son who died shortly thereafter but screamed about seeing a Green Door and something behind it
  • The Hulk hunts down Frye, tears off his limbs and seals him up in a cave as the EPA exhumes Frye's son who appears to be alive
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  • 1st mention of the One Below All
  • Hotshot, an obscure character who was infected with Gamma by The Leader panics that his girlfriend is possessed by the One Below All
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  • Walter Langkowski explains how he became Sasquatch through experimentation with Gamma radiation that opened a Green Door that allowed Tanaraq, one of The Great Beasts, to possess him
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  • Hulk discovers the essence of his father is in Sasquatch and absorbs his Gamma, returning him to human form
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  • Banner realizes more than Gamma was absorbed when he took it from Sasquatch
  • A government program called Shadowbase is experimenting on Del Frye, the son of Dr. Frye
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  • Color error in three panels where Captain America's blue suit is colored red
  • The Hulk is killed by Tony Stark's Helios Laser and Banner's body is transported to Shadow Base where he wakes up and turns into The Hulk only to discover his body parts have been dismembered and kept in individual jars
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  • 1st appearance of the third Red Hulk, Carl Creel the Absorbing Man (briefly)
  • Creel is given enhanced abilities to fight The Hulk including the ability to withstand absorbing The Hulk's Gamma
  • With that, he absorbs The One Below All who appears to him wearing a mask
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  • The Absorbing man is given enhanced abilities, absorb Gamma from The Hulk and becomes possessed by The One Below All
  • The Green Door that was slightly opened when the Gamma bomb detonated in 1962 is now open and what lies on the other side of it, The Hulk refers to as Hell
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  • Its is explained that Gamma-irradiated beings act as doorways that the One Below All can use to influence what happens on Earth
  • Banner is separated from The Hulk as the Savage Hulk takes over
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  • Partial origin of the Hulk
  • A flashback shows Bruce as a child with his father abusively telling him he knows his secret, that he's a monster (or that he will become one)
  • This issue suggests The One Below All is the philosophical concept of Chaos or destruction wanting to be set free but needing a host
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  • Creel is able to free Banner from the Green Door and rejoin The Hulk to close it