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How Many Hulks Did the Marvel Universe Have Before the Incredible Hulk?

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Note that these lists are inherently not exhaustive. They are a list of five examples (occasionally I'll be nice and toss in a sixth). So no instance is "missing" if it is not listed. It's just not one of the five examples that I chose.

The other day, I wrote about the Marvel Comics debut of "Hulk Hogan." At the time, I said I would spotlight all the Hulks in the Marvel Universe that debuted BEFORE the Incredible Hulk made his bow in 1962! This is that article!

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The most amazing thing about this is that they didn't even START until 1960, so we're talking five Hulks in just two years!

The first one occurred in Strange Tales #75, in a story by Stan Lee and Don Heck (most likely scripted by Larry Lieber), about a man who created a giant metal robot known as the Hulk...

The scientist stupidly got trapped in the armor at the end of the story...

Next up, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Dick Ayers introduce one of their standard alien invaders in Journey Into Mystery #62, an mechanical being who threatens to hypnotize the world!

Soon after that, that same team, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Dick Ayers did a story in Gunsmoke Western #63, about a man who believed that he could force Two-Gun Kid into fighting without his guns, because the giant of a man, Hulk Hogan, did not carry a gun, so his plan was to use Two-Gun Kid's honor against him by getting him to fight the much larger man using just his bare hands...

Two-Gun Kid still beat him, of course.

Then Kirby, Lee and Ayers brought the alien Hulk back in Journey Into Mystery #66...

Steve Ditko and Stan Lee did a clever bit in 1961's Tales to Astonish #21 where a monster called the Hulk escapes from a movie...or did he?

Finally, in a Stan Lee/Paul Reinman back-up story in 1961's Rawhide Kid #23, we see an apparent drifter get mixed up with two outlaws, one of who is named the Hulk...

In reality, he is a deputy who has come up with a way to trap them...

Way to use your own parents as bait, dude!

The "real" Hulk debuted less than a year later!

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