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Bruce Banner the Incredible Hulk (GREY First Appearance, with Rick Jones) Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:57950  
Name:Bruce Banner the Incredible Hulk (GREY First Appearance, with Rick Jones)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Marvel Legends
Creator:Banner/HULK Inc.  
Date Added:February 1, 2014
Base Figure:Ray Stantz, 2003 Movie Hulk, John Blake
Height:6.50 inches
The Silver Age of comics (1956-1970) coincided with the real world’s Atomic Age when groundbreaking military bombs were built. A new character would also explode into the world of comic books in May 1962.

Writer and creator Stan Lee based this character on both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. Like a classic horror tale mixed with science fiction, Lee’s creation has often been described as a “misunderstood monster born out of the Atomic Age”.

It’s a story about a scientist who invented a new weapon for the US military called a Gamma bomb. In a twist of fate, the destructive device that he had made would in turn make him into a living engine of destruction.

At a desert military base, Dr. Bruce Banner was accidentally exposed to Gamma radiation after he heroically saved a young (and foolish) teenager named Rick Jones from harm during the detonation test of the Gamma bomb.

By nightfall, the radiation exposure resulted in Dr. Banner’s first change. His body grew bigger into a more brute-like appearance with grey skin. He had a completely different persona in this form. Rick Jones was the only witness to the transformation and kept it a secret.

The big grey brute was angry and incredibly strong. He broke out of the base and stunned the soldiers outside. One of the soldiers called the mysterious creature a “Hulk”, and that was just the beginning.

Bruce Banner, his alter ego The Hulk, and sidekick Rick Jones would be linked together throughout several more misadventures. I’ve recreated this trio as they first appeared.


Bruce Banner:
- Ghostbusters Ray Stantz painted white, orange and blue
- head from World War Z Gerry Lane
- glasses from Marvel Legends Beast painted black

Hulk:
- 2003 Hulk movie figure painted with black, grey, and blue
- torn shirt from Street Fighter T. Hawk painted orange
- open left hand from a different Hulk figure to resemble Hulk art of Jack Kirby

Rick Jones:
- Dark Knight Rises John Blake painted yellow and blue
- head from Star Trek James Kirk painted hair brown

The first villain introduced in Hulk issue #1 was the small and grotesque Gargoyle. So I found the right figure to also represent his first appearance.

Thank you everyone for taking a look and for all the votes during the Silver Age custom contest.


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User Comments
Soulmania - Thursday, February 27, 2014
This is great! I love what you've done with this figure... I've got one of them as well, and you've inspired me to do similar! Awesome work... I love it!
Banner/HULK Inc. - Thursday, February 27, 2014
Great to know that another Hulk fan liked it. Thank you Big Daddy Soul! Hope to see your custom soon.
Voting ends for the Silver Age Custom Contest (customizer revealed). - Saturday, February 8, 2014
HardcoreAF - Sunday, February 2, 2014
Hulk's arms are a bit too muscular, and the hair should match the comic more, but everything else is superb. The poses and figures have great similarity to the comic photos. I think 5 stars aren't enough for your entry!
Banner/HULK Inc. - Sunday, February 9, 2014
Thanks so much HardcoreAF for wanting to give this more than 5 stars.
WayneTech Customs - Sunday, February 2, 2014
You put in a lot of work, looks great!
Banner/HULK Inc. - Sunday, February 9, 2014
WayneTech Customs, thank you. I sure appreciate the feedback from you. Great job on your Braniac entry too.
optimusleo - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Awesome!!
Banner/HULK Inc. - Sunday, February 9, 2014
Thanks a lot for checking it out optimusleo!
ole jade jaw - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Lovin the tribute!!
Banner/HULK Inc. - Sunday, February 9, 2014
ole jade jaw, thanks! I sure appreciate it coming from another Hulk guy.
En-Ryu-Oh!2061 - Saturday, February 1, 2014
I Love it , it felt like reading a vintage comic and that was the main idea of the contest , you get it Perfectly , GREAT WORK!!!
Banner/HULK Inc. - Sunday, February 9, 2014
En-Ryu-Oh!2061, thank you! That's what I was going for and you got it.
VicVeinz - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Three customs in one post..how great is that..love the storytelling pix
Banner/HULK Inc. - Sunday, February 9, 2014
Thank you VicVeinz, glad you liked the story within the pictures.
Bacchus - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Awesome job!
Banner/HULK Inc. - Sunday, February 9, 2014
Thank you Bacchus, glad you liked it!
Patraw - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Outstanding work, and I like that you went to the trouble of making multiple figures (especially Rick Jones) to really round the whole thing out.

I just picked up a second copy of that 2003 Punching Hulk recently, so, it was cool for me to see him transformed into the original gray persona.
Banner/HULK Inc. - Sunday, February 9, 2014
Thanks Patraw, yes I made all 3 to capture the spirit of issue#1 and Rick Jones ended up being my favorite of them. As for the base Hulk figure, I chose it because I thought that his facial expression resembled the art of Jack Kirby's first Hulk.
Voting begins for the Silver Age Custom Contest (pictures revealed). - Saturday, February 1, 2014
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