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Can You Believe We're Getting a She-Hulk Series?

   By Michael Keskeys At the time of this writing, we are a little over two weeks out from the premiere of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on Disney Plus.  A week ago, at Comicon, Marvel dropped a new trailer for the series, starring Tatiana Masanley ( Orphan Black) as our favorite gamma-powered superhero/attorney, and I’ve seen it so many times now and I still am in awe of the fact that we’re getting this show.   I’ve been a fan of this character since I was a 13-year-old kid getting into Marvel and saw some cheesecake pin-up art in an issue of Wizard Magazine.  That checked off all the boxes I needed at that age to try to find comics, and what I did was seek out what was the run at the time, Sensational She-Hulk, which was hilarious, awesome, and way more than just a cheesecake eye candy type character I went in for, and I’ve been a fan ever since.      The fact that she got to be a supporting character on the 90’s Hulk animated series was I figured as good as it would get for us fans, but

Are She-Hulk and the Bruce Banner Hulk Cousins?



Welcome back to the law offices of Walters and Mendelson.

I’m the lucky Secretary who gets to answer all the phone calls, make coffee runs, and do any other grunt work in hopes that I too can become a lawyer someday.

Uh oh. My resume says I’m not a secretary, but a writer who has far too much knowledge of comic-related material.

Rats, there goes my chance at having an afternoon judge show.

[Editor's Note: You never know! Steve Harvey had a reality show called "Judge Steve Harvey" and he is not a licensed judge! The world can still be your oyster, Devin!]


This week I’ll answer the question on whether or not She-Hulk, Jennifer Walters is in fact the Hulk’s cousin.


 Is She-Hulk the Hulk’s cousin?


To begin, we must take a trip back to the 70s for a wild ride into She-Hulk’s origin.


Picture this, Marvel offices in the funky era of the 1970s; Comics are booming, there are some successful television shows with superheroes, and Stan Lee is the man in charge at Marvel.


One day, or so the story goes, Stan gets the cool idea that girls would love superheroes too and immediately has new superheroes created due to the popularity of the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man television shows. Two characters stood out to him: She-Hulk and Spider-Woman.


(Ok. There was also a question of who was going to own the rights to She-Hulk too at the time. The Hulk TV show was really popular, and Marvel was worried that Universal may make a spin-off of the show, sort of along the lines of The Bionic Woman spin-off was to The Bionic Man TV show.


So, Marvel created She-Hulk in part to help prevent this from happening. This story is detailed briefly in Sean Howe's book, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.)


And out of either of those origin stories, now we’ve got the Savage She-Hulk comic, complete with the iconic homage to her male counterpart, the Hulk, and his debut issue from the decade prior. 


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When you crack open the spectacular new issue, we meet Jennifer Walters, successful paralegal and not-so-famous cousin of Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk.


During the course of the issue (whose events are described hilariously here) we learn more about Jen and why Bruce needs her help, but alas trouble finds her and she is shot almost fatally.


Bruce gives Jen a blood transfusion, which comes with an added side effect — Jennifer hulks out and becomes the Savage She-Hulk! r.


So, there we have it, the answer you’ve all waited for!


Now, clearly, Jennifer isn’t the only She-Hulk running around the main Marvel Universe.


She's also not the only one that has some sort of familial connection to the Hulk, but she is the only one that is a cousin.


There is a She-Hulk (Lyra) who happens to be the daughter of Hulk and Thundra (crazy pairing right?), but clearly being a daughter is not the same as being a cousin.


The same goes for Red She-Hulk (Betty Ross), the former wife of the Hulk and former/current Harpy (come on, again?), no dice on the cousin relation and instead had to be wed to the Jade Giant instead. 


What’s that? You all said you are compelled to read the Savage She-Hulk comic because she’s the cooler great rage monster?


Well, I’m glad to hear you say that as both BJ and I can’t be the only She-Hulk fans running around this place.


Wait, we are the only ones here? Darn, I guess everyone ran away to buy up all the She-Hulk comics.


Fair enough, she’s too good a character to skip reading about! 




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Image Credits: Savage She-Hulk # 1 by Stan Lee and John Buscema, cover by John Buscema and Irv Wantanbe.


Incredible Hulk #1 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, cover by Jack Kirby and George Roussos. 


She-Hulk image courtesy of RamArtwork on DeviantArt.


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