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The story behind the 1969 song ‘Nobody Loves the Hulk’

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The story behind the 1969 song ‘Nobody Loves the Hulk’

You may not exactly remember the 1969 song “Nobody Love the Hulk,” recorded by New Rochelle, New York, band the Traits, but if you have more than a passing interest in vintage Marvel comics, you’ve likely run across an ad for it in the back of the publisher’s books from 1969 and 1970. (It was also prominently referenced in 1992’s Hulk Annual #18.) That’s how songwriter/producer Rosalind Rogoff sold the emerald-green 45s, a few hundred in all.

But while “Nobody Loves the Hulk” has been covered a couple of times in recent years, the original — and the story behind it — remains at least relatively obscure, leading blogger Greg Adams to track down Rogoff (now a blogger herself) what compelled her to write the novelty song.

“I was a nerd then and still am,” she tells Adams. “I’m not as nerdy as the Big Bang Theory guys are, but I was very much into comics when I was in my twenties. My mother kept telling me to get rid of all the old comics I saved, so I sold them to some guys for $25. I knew they would be worth a lot more in a few years, but it made my mother happy.”

Rogoff, who seems a bit embarrassed about the song, goes into a little more detail on her own blog, confessing, “I didn’t know that my campy 1969 record had a life past 1969. I gave up reading Marvel comics when I started Graduate School at UCLA in 1972. I still have a box of Marvel Comics from the late ’60s that my father sent me when I moved from New Rochelle to Los Angeles to attend UCLA.”

Poor Bruce Banner
Was working in his laboratory
When he saw Rick Jones
About to go up in a blaze of glory.
Well he saved the boy
But what a change.
Explosion made him feel so strange,
For his molecules had been rearranged,
Into the Hulk! The Hulk!

The Hulk is the monster who is
Ugly, oversized and green.
His strenght is fantastic
And his disposition’s mighty mean.
And whenever people see him
All they do is run around and scream,
Cause,

Nobody Loves The Hulk!
Nobody Loves The Hulk!
Nobody Loves The Hulk!
(Cept you and me)
We don’t allow no green skin people in here!

The Pentagon announced that the
Hulk has got to be destroyed.
They shot at him with H-bombs but
The Hulk only became annoyed.
All he wanted to do was to settle down
and get employed
But,

Nobody Loves The Hulk!
Nobody Loves The Hulk!
Nobody Loves The Hulk!
(Cept you and me)
We don’t allow no green skin people in here!

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