The cousin of Marvel’s Incredible Hulk, the Sensational She-Hulk, is returning to comic books in a new monthly series in February 2014. The series will be written by Charles Soule (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Superman/Wonder Woman”) with art by Javier Pulido (“Hawkeye”) and promises to capture the iconic nature of the Jade-Giantess. The new series was announced by Marvel Comics in USA Today on September 26.
This will be the fifth series starring She-Hulk and the first since 2009. She-Hulk is currently appearing in the pages of “FF” as a member of the Fantastic Four replacements the Future Foundation.
She-Hulk has been a popular character since she was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema in the pages of “Savage She-Hulk” #1 (February 1980). She is one of the last characters created by Lee for the Marvel Universe; She-Hulk was created when the writer/publisher/editor worried that Hollywood might beat him to the punch. Lee introduced She-Hulk when the Hulk’s popularity was at an all time high with a hit television series. He thought Hollywood may try to copy the Hulk’s success much as it had with the Bionic Man’s female counterpart the Bionic Woman.
The cousin of Bruce Banner, attorney Jennifer Walters, was injured while working on a case fighting the Marvel Mafia. She required an immediate blood transfusion from her cousin. Banner’s gamma-irradiated blood transferred his Hulk powers to his cousin. Unlike Banner, Walters was able to control her transformations and retain much of her intellect when she became She-Hulk.
The first She-Hulk series ran for two years ending in February 1982, but the character was not done and she was brought into the Avengers in “Avengers” #221 (July 1982) where writer Roger Stern took a new approach to the character, she loved being the She-Hulk. Unlike other Marvel Heroes her powers were not a burden they were liberating. This new confident attitude propelled the She-Hulk to the top of Marvel’s character catalog.
Marvel could not have planned the timing of launch of the new series any better, February 2014 marks the 34th birthday of the She-Hulk and there is no better way to celebrate than with a new series. She-Hulk has had quite the heroic life at Marvel as a member of the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Defenders, Heroes for Hire and now the FF she has been a cornerstone of Marvel since she was introduced.
The first appearance of Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters occurred int he pages of “The Savage She-Hulk” #1 (February 1984).
Created by Stan Lee and John Buscema the adventures the the She-Hulk ran for 25 issues in this title. And even though the series was cancelled the hero’s career was just getting started.
The Sensational She-Hulk
“The Sensational She-Hulk” series (May 1989-February 1994), was a second chance at She-Hulk courtesy of artist/writer John Byrne.
The second series starring the She-Hulk was also the longest running series topping out at 60 issues. Byrne started this series after having great success writing the character as a member of the Fantastic Four. This series was key for its humor and for She-Hulk breaking the fourth wall and talking to the readers.
The Single Green Female returned in the “She-Hulk” #1 after a ten year absence from the comic stands in a starring role in March of 2004. The new series received widespread critical acclaim for bringing back She-Hulk in all of her glory. Written by Dan Slott with art by Juan Bobillo this series ran for 12 issues.
“She-Hulk” Volume 2 #1 (December 2005) followed quickly after the conclusion to the 12 issue series that proceeded it. The first volume was getting a lot of attention but it did not translate into sales.
So Marvel relaunched the book and the new first issue brought in more readers. Dan Slott continued to write the adventures with Juan Bobillo as the artist. Writer Peter David took over the writing about half way through with artist Mike DeoDato Jr joining him.
The series ran for 38 issues masking it the second most successful “She-Hulk” series to date.
She-Hulk is back
Comic fans have been clamoring for more She-Hulk and Marvel is ready to deliver. The new series will be written by Charles Soule a New York Attorney just like the title character with art by incredibly popular Javier Pulido.
The book is set to debut on She-Hulk’s 34th birthday in February 2004. The heroine has come a long way since Stan Lee introduced her to make sure Marvel kept the rights to a female Hulk.