'The Incredible Hulk' coming to an end
May 12th, 2011
07:19 PM ET

'The Incredible Hulk' coming to an end

It's not always easy being green.

"Green Lantern" and "The Green Hornet" are having a big year, but for the Hulk, it's the end of an era.

Marvel Comics announced on Wednesday that the 49-year old comic book would be finishing its run in August, after 635 issues. (Due to recent events in the Marvel Universe, the series was retitled "Incredible Hulks" last year).

However, the Hulks adventures will continue in the series simply titled "Hulk," which launched in 2008.

Senior Editor Mark Paniccia told CNN that the comic book world is far from done with the Jade Giant (assuming he survives the current "Fear Itself" story arc): "The only hint I can give about the future is that we’ll be delving into the duality of the character in a way we haven’t seen for a looooong time."

As for the historic 635th issue, which brings writer Greg Pak's "Heart of the Monster" arc to an end, Paniccia teased, "It’s the end of one of the wildest rides in the green goliath's history."

But it's not all "Hulk smash!"

"Bruce [Banner]’s true love has always been Betty Ross. His feelings for her have been a driving force throughout the history of the character," he said. "This last arc of Pak's shows there’s nothing more painful than a love that isn’t meant to be."

The Hulk also plans to make a return to the big screen next year when Mark Ruffalo portrays Banner in "The Avengers," while ABC has a TV series in the works.

What do you think of this development? Are you a Hulk fan? Share your view below.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Arc

    I mean really... after Ed Norton... there will never be another Hulk. Thor was a piece of (insert 4 letter word) and I'm expecting the same trash from Captain America, which in turn means the Avengers movie has almost no hope of being saved..even by Downey.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JS

    We DEFINITELY live in a world with just TOOOOO MUCH INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brian

    Kicking Peter David off the series (thank you Bob Harris) over a decade ago and replacing the legend with hacks just has killed the character lately except for the whole Planet Hulk and World War Hulk Storylines. Jeff Leob's lame Rulk just created enough hatred from a lot of fans. This is not surprising. Joe Q did well in the beginning but then became an egomaniac like Bob Harris. With Disney in the mix, I wonder if they do not see the Antihero of Hulk as a marketable fluffy character for them as well.

    May 19, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Arc

      Joey Q is probably the worst thing that ever happened to marvel... I mean.. Captain America died from a gunshot wound... wat? "I would never kill a charachter to sell issues." Joey Q, but yet not a month goes by where a toon we love isn't senselessy killed in moronic fashions... lastest victim of Joeys Joy Murder... NightCrawler.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom frab

    I'M NOT GAY!

    sorry. wrong board.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lance Eason

    The Hulk got some of his best character development after his original book was cancelled after only six issues, and he was featured only in guest appearances until he got his own feature back co-starring with Giant-Man in Tales to Astonish. Those guest shots, in books like the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, cemented the Hulk's position as a major player in the Marvel Universe. So, this needn't be a bad thing. It all depends how it's handled. This does feel like the kind of gaudy publicity stunt that has made comics much more tiresome in recent years than they once were, but I don't care a great deal about the numbering of the books. If the stories are good, and the characters are presented well, that's all that really matters.

    May 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip Reed

    I'm not sure how news sites continue to fall for this sort of non-news. Comics get cancelled. Heroes get killed. Universes get reset. But in the end everything is right back where it was.

    May 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arc

      Yup... and even you will be back next issue, blogging about things you claim to care nothing for.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Observer

    I used to work with a really big dude we called "The Incredible Bulk"

    What will the character die of? Incredible AIDS?

    May 13, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Albert

    They should can the Hulk comic and keep the HISTORIC comic book. Marvel can learn a thing or too from DC. Hulk is one of the big four – Spider-Man, X-Men, Hulk and Fantastic Four. DC wouldn't do that to Detective Comics (Batman) or Action Comics (Superman). Although, they can't seem to get it together with Wonder Woman, which is a shame. Keep Incredible and ditch the other book, I say. OR – AL SMASH!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. El Duce'

    Im taking an Incredible Hulk.

    May 13, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hulk Hogan

    Mean Gene, Hulkamania will Never Die!

    May 13, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hulk Smash

    twisted: no one cares what you think, moron.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. @N


    May 13, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. me too


    May 13, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ted

    Comic books cost too much these days. I remember when they were 15 cents. Then 25 and then 45. Once they got to 55 cents i quit buying them. That was over half a dollar !

    May 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. twisted

    Really who cares

    May 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Superhiro

    Dang that kinda sucks. Not that I would call myself a Hulk fan.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |

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