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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked (Death is Not the End) – The Death of the Hulk’s Wife: The Quickest Retcon in Comic History?

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Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This is the fourth of a series of special Abadoned an’ Forsaked editions specifically spotlighting notable overturned comic book deaths. I call it “Death is Not the End.” This week, based on a suggestion from Fraser, we take a look at what is likely the quickest retcon in comic book history.

In Incredible Hulk #466, Betty Banner suddenly develops severe radiation poisoning…


Her husband, Bruce Banner, tried to save her, but to no avail…




The next issue, which was the last in Peter David’s long and stellar run on the book, a future Rick Jones tells the writer (ostensibly Peter David himself) about Betty. Rick holds an urn containing Betty’s ashes…



This is a throwback to Hulk: Future Imperfect, where Betty’s ashes play a minor (but key) role in the battle between the Hulk and his evil, future self…


However, in what is likely the quickest retcon in comic book history, the VERY NEXT PAGE of Incredible Hulk #467 retcons Betty’s cremation…



Betty is eventually resurrected as the Red She-Hulk (here’s her quick origin as Red She-Hulk from Incredible Hulk #610)…



That’s it for this week! Thanks again to Fraser for the suggestion! If YOU have a suggestion for a future abandoned an’ forsaked, let me know by e-mailing me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com