Real Name: Unrevealed (likely Bruce Banner, Clay Harder or Matt Hawk/Mathew Liebowicz)
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-84112), (presumably) human mutate, Old West era
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: His horse
Enemies: Blunderbuss Ross, his Hulk-Bustin' posse
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Old West
First Appearance: Marvel Super Heroes II#104 (December 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Two-Gun Hulk possessed superhuman strength and durability, presumably equivalent to his Earth-616 counterpart. He appears to have retained more of his intellect than his 616 counterpart commonly did, sufficient to use firearms.
History: (Marvel Super Heroes II#104) - Two-Gun Hulk was an old West gunfighter who was pursued by Sheriff Blunderbuss Ross and his Hulk-Bustin' posse. When his pursuers got too close, Two-Gun picked up his horse, put it over his shoulder, and bounded away.
Comments: Created by Roger Stern and Terry Austin.
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.
As with the other Hulk pastiches included on the posters, we have little solid information to go on. This alternate reality Hulk is a parody of the Two-Gun Kid, and may either be a counterpart to one of the 616 Two-Gun Kids, or an old West version of Bruce Banner.
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.
Two-Gun Hulk has no known connections to
Blunderbuss Ross and his Hulk-Bustin' posse
Blunderbuss Ross and his posse pursued the fleeing Two-Gun Hulk. The reasons for this were unclear, but may have had something to do with the bag of cash Two-Gun was carrying.
Comments: Blunderbuss Ross and his posse were alternate reality versions of Thunderbolt Ross and the Hulkbusters, in case that isn't clear.
--Marvel Super Heroes II#104
Two-Gun Hulk's steed was somewhat shocked to be picked up and carried by its rider as Two-Gun took to the skies, making massive leaps to evade the pursuing Blunderbuss Ross and his posse.
Comments: I've assumed the horse Two-Gun is carrying
was his own steed, presumably no longer able to bear his weight once he Hulked
out, but I guess it is also possible that Two-Gun was stealing a horse, hence
his carrying it.
--Marvel Super Heroes II#104
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Marvel Super Heroes II#104, p21, pan1 (all images)
Last updated: 08/07/14
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