HULK: THE BARBARIAN
Real Name: Unrevealed (possibly Bruce Banner or Conan)
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-82105), (presumably) human mutate, Hyborian era?
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: His trusty steed
Enemies: A red dragon
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Marvel Super Heroes II#105 (January 1982)
Powers/Abilities: Hulk the Barbarian possessed superhuman strength and durability, presumably on a par with his Earth-616 counterpart. He presumably retained more of his intellect than his 616 counterpart commonly did, as he was intelligent enough to ride a horse and wield a sword.
History: (Marvel Super Heroes II#105) - After a gamma bomb leveled the gleaming tower, an incredible, green-haired, sullen-eyed barbarian possessing gigantic girth and possessed of gigantic melancholies tread barefoot through the Halls of Marvel. He fought foes that included a giant red dragon. His adventures apparently ended before the rise of the Sons of Stan (see comments).
Comments: Created by Herb Trimpe.
By the early 1980s, the US incarnation of Marvel Super-Heroes was a reprint title republishing early 1970s Hulk stories. In MSH #97, a series of new, bonus posters were included after the reprint story, initially drawn by Herb Trimpe. In MSH #98, Trimpe produced two tongue-in-cheek alternate versions of the Hulk, and through the remaining run of the title, up until its cancellation with MSH #105, several more variant Hulks were showcased, alongside more standard Hulk posters (MSH #102 has only a regular poster, and MSH #105 has an alternate Hulk alongside a regular poster, while MSH #100 skipped the posters entirely). For the main image above, I've scanned a close-up of the Hulk himself, but the full poster can be seen to the left for those who are interested.
The little info we have on Hulk the Barbarian comes from the "Trimpean Chronicles," presented as a scroll on the poster. He's clearly a take on Conan, and the account on the scroll implies he gained his power in a gamma bomb explosion just like 616 Hulk. Whether he was native to his barbarian era or ended up there some other way - maybe this Hulk got fired off back in time to the Hyborean era somehow, or maybe he's a native of the era (Conan?) who was exposed to a gamma bomb built by this timeline's Deviants or some other individual technologically advanced well beyond the rest of his era's populace.
The full list of the "alternate Hulk" posters is as follows:
It is interesting to note the stylistic differences between the two creative teams: Trimpe's Hulks could all potentially be the 616 Hulk transported to various settings during a period when Banner's intellect was dominant; Stern and Austin's Hulks are definitely alternate reality Hulks.
Profile by Loki.
Hulk the Barbarian has no known connections to
Hulk's trusty steed, it was presumably stronger than it looked, since it was presumably able to carry the Hulk. It didn't like the look of the red dragon however. Actually, we don't know how trusty he was - the Hulk might go through lots of horses, and this was just the latest one.
--Marvel Super Heroes II#105
A presumably hostile dragon (or similarly reptilian wyrm), the red dragon loomed ominously behind the seemingly unwary Hulk the Barbarian.
--Marvel Super Heroes II#105
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Marvel Super Heroes I #105, p22, pan1 (all images)
Last updated: 08/04/14
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