Real Name: Max Christiansen
Occupation: Mechanic, former professor
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: The Hulk (Bruce Banner), Betty Ross
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations:
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#427 (March, 1995)
Powers/Abilities: Max is an able and experienced mechanic with no superhuman abilities. He formerly worked as a professor, and thus he may have some advanced level of academic expertise and training.
(Incredible Hulk II #436 (fb) - BTS) - Max was Bruce Banner's teacher at Desert State University. Eventually, Max became Banner's devoted friend as well.
(Incredible Hulk II #427 - BTS) ? On the run from the authorities and his enemies, the Hulk adopted a new alias, "Bob Danner," and his wife, Betty Ross Banner took on the alias "Betsy Danner." The two moved to Sunville, Florida where they tried to live as normal citizens using their newly assumed cover identities. Max helped the Banners get established in Sunville by hiring the Hulk to work in his auto garage.
(Incredible Hulk II #427) - Max and the Hulk (disguised as Bob Danner) were riding in Max's tow truck when they saw a car wreck. Max watched as the Hulk rescued a woman from a burning car just before its engine exploded. The Hulk then left the scene. Afterward, Max answered the police's questions, maintaining the Hulk's cover story. Later on, at Max's car shop, Max advised the Hulk to keep a low profile to minimize the risk being exposed.
(Incredible Hulk II#429) - The Hulk helped Max in the auto shop and told him about a homeless, pregnant, teenage girl, Kate Shappe, who the Hulk and Betty Ross had met that morning and were trying to help. The Hulk informed Max that Betty had taken Kate to a local medical center to learn about the medical options available to her. Max reminded the Hulk that a major anti-abortion protest was taking place outside the medical center that day. The Hulk then left the auto shop to monitor the situation at the medical center.
(Incredible Hulk II#430) - Max was towing a customer's broken down car when he saw the Hulk fighting Speedfeek in the distance. Max drove in the Hulk's direction to try to help him. On the road, Max encountered a teenage boy named Larry Richards who was running from Speedfreek (See comments), and gave him a ride in the tow truck. Speedfreek later caught up to the tow truck and ripped off the tow truck's roof. The Hulk intervened at the last moment and attacked Speedfreek, allowing Max an opportunity to flee.
(Incredible Hulk II#435) - While working in the auto garage, Max and the Hulk discussed whether the Hulk should accept a tryout he had been offered by a local professional baseball team (in his cover identity of "Bob Danner").
(Incredible Hulk II#436) - Max and the Hulk were working in Max's auto garage when the Hulk received a call from Betty that an army brigade led by Major Matt Talbot had located them and surrounded their house. Max tried to prevent the Hulk from rushing to Betty's rescue, explaining that the army was likely setting a trap for him, and he should think about the wisest course of action before rushing off to fight. Eventually, in an effort to lure the Hulk, Major Talbot shot Betty in the leg (with a stun pellet). As Max watched, the Hulk jumped through the roof of Max's auto garage to go to Betty's rescue.
Comments: Created by Peter David (writer), Liam Sharpe (penciler), and Robin Riggs (inker).
Max's last name was revealed in the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe.
As noted above, in Incredible Hulk II#430, Max rescued a teenage boy named Larry Richards from Speedfreek. The reason Speedfreek had been pursuing Richards was because Richards had shot and killed Speedfreek's pregnant teenage daughter during an anti-abortion protest.
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Incredible Hulk II#435, p4, pan3 (main image)
Incredible Hulk II#436, p4, pan5 (trying to restrain the Hulk)
Incredible Hulk II#427 (March, 1995) - Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#429 (May, 1995) - Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#430 (June, 1995) - Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#435 (November, 1995) - Peter David (writer), Chris Renaud (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#436 (December, 1995) - Peter David (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Robin Riggs (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Last updated: 02/11/17
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