By Julius and CubanZod
You have to love the spin-off. Say, this Happy Days is a hit! What about Laverne & Shirley? Mork & Mindy? Joanie Loves Chachi?
Well Super-heroes are far from immune of this whole philosophy of “too much is NEVER enough!” And apparently, super-heroes have the lousiest copyright lawyers in town—because how else does one explain Batgirl, Batmite, Ace the Bathound, etc? You’d think Bruce Wayne would at least sue the living PANTS off that uppity little dwarf Batmite if no one else!
Anyway, the Hulk is also not immune from the spin-off… And much like the Bionic Man Steve Austin had his Jamie Summers—Dr. Robert Bruce Banner had his Jennifer Walters. Fortunately, Jennifer is Bruce’s first cousin—so unlike Steve and Jamie—they don’t make out and stuff. At least not that we know of.
Basically, from my perspective– Jennifer Walters is a fair weather-relative. Gee—for about the first 300 issues or so of the Incredible Hulk—ya think Bruce could have used a friggin’ LAWYER now and again? For property damage lawsuits alone! No wonder the bum can only afford ripped purple pants! The dude’s bankrupt because his OWN COUSIN won’t even give him free legal advice!
Anyway—a post-Gamma Bomb Bruce went to visit his cousin (lord knows why, it’s not like she kept in touch!) and as fate would have it—Jennifer was shot by an enemy of one of her clients—one Nicholas Trask. Bruce pulled over, and gave Jennifer an emergency blood transfusion… Bruce’ gamma-irradiated blood not only saved Jennifer—but gave her the power to transform into a super-strong green Amazon—THE SAVAGE SHE –HULK!
A couple things about She-Hulk… at first she’d need to get angry or excited to transform into the She-Hulk, but now she pretty much does it at will. Her initial comic series didn’t last long—but she got a career boost from John Byrne after the first SECRET WARS…. When the Thing stayed behind on the Beyonder’s Homeworld (sorta like a SWORD OF THE ATOM chapter in Ben Grimm’s life), Jennifer took his spot on the FF roster. After Grimm returned from the Beyonder World, Jennifer then mainly hung out with the Avengers… In recent times she was exposed to the highly lethal Red Mist the U.S. Secretary of Defense the Red Skull cooked up (don’t ask)—which made her “Hulk Out” and go insane until the Avengers found a cure for her.
In the early 90s and most recently—they’ve tried to revive the She-Hulk in her own series—giving Jennifer her own humor-themed comic. I won’t vouch for the quality of the comedy in those books—such as it was—but needless to say neither book sold particularly well. The Geffen-DeMatteis JLI had more laughs!
The recent Marvel Select Wizard World Exclusive She-Hulk shows her in the purple & whites she wore most recently as a member of the Avengers—until the recent AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED storyline which sent most of the Avengers mainstays packing or to early graves…Thankfully Shulky was spared the grim fate of Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Jack-of-Hearts, or the Vision… (**highlight text for Avengers Disassembled spoilers**)
The Marvel Select She-Hulk was picked by fans in an on-line Wizard poll. She was sculpted by Phil Ramirez and based off the art from She-Hulk #2. She will be available at the remaining Wizard World 2005 conventions for $20. There is a limit of six per customer.
She is articulated at the neck, shoulders (ball-jointed), elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees and ankles. Her base is the demolished car from the cover art that is supported by three pillars of dust. The car won’t easily stay up-right on it’s own, the figure provides that all important fourth support. While she is sculpted in a very specific pose it is possible to fake putting her hand on her hip and still look normal. While technically she in in the 7" scale of the Marvel Select line, she does fit in as a larger character substitute with Marvel Legends as long as you’re not a stickler for absolute scale.
History of the She-Hulk in Plastic
She-Hulk has been seen a few other times in plastic. Twice as a 5" figure (in both FF and Avengers costume) and once as part of the Marvel 10" which was really just a repainted 10" Xena figure.
Diamond Select Toys pamphlet
The She-Hulk figure came with a Diamond Select Toys pamphlet highlighting current and upcoming DST product.