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.
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.