RANDALL JESSUP

Real Name: Randall Heironymous Jessup III

Identity/Class: Sub-species of humanity (Inhuman) mutate

Occupation: Renewable energies specialist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Beast (Hank McCoy), Giant-Man (Hank Pym), Hulk/Doc Green (Bruce Banner), Iron Man (Tony Stark) Melinda Leucenstern, She-Hulk (Lyra), S.H.I.E.L.D. (Maria Hill, others), Thor (Thor Odinson), Simon Tiptree, Daman Veteri, Patricia Wolman, Zarrko the Tomorrow Man (Artur Zarrko of Earth-6297)

Enemies: Enclave (Dr. Theodore Goodrich, Dr. Stella Webb), Frost Giants, Project Omega, Red Hulk (Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross), Dr. Derenik Zadian

Known Relatives: Unidentified parents (deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Formerly the Beehive; Manchester, Alabama, USA

First Appearance: Indestructible Hulk I#3 (March, 2013)

Powers/Abilities: After undergoing Terrigenesis, Randall Jessup transformed into a giant red monster with multiple eyes, sharp fangs and claws. In this form, Jessup can absorb the anger and fear of others, making him super-strong and durable, though only as long as he holds on to the absorbed feelings. Jessup had used injections to control his transformations. The upper limits of his powers are unrevealed, as his power seems to increase the more emotional energy he absorbs.

Jessup is a trained scientist who specializes in renewable energies and he has spent months working on Gamma projects for Bruce Banner in his Hulk and Doc Green forms. While working with the Hulk, Jessup had access to advanced S.H.I.E.L.D. tech and he experimented with or worked on projects involving chronal particles/time travel, Gamma energy, extra-dimensional transportation and nannites.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 150 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

History: (Indestructible Hulk I#16 (fb) – BTS) – When Randall was a kid, he saw his mom get suspended from her job as a police officer for going after a kid who she thought looked suspicious. She started drinking and Randall's father put pressure on him to be a stable influence for his mom.

(Indestructible Hulk I#3 (fb) – BTS) – Randall Jessup grew up with a mean drunk for a father, resulting in Randall being a shrewd judge of character who watched people closely.

(Indestructible Hulk I#3 (fb) – BTS) – Randall grew up to specialize in renewable energies, stationed in Manchester, Alabama.

(Indestructible Hulk I#3 (fb) – BTS) – As an adult, Jessup avoided his mom's calls but he returned home one day and found both of his parents dead in a seeming murder/suicide.

(Indestructible Hulk I#20 (fb) – BTS) – At some point, Jessup studied physics, focusing on the Enclave's old work.

(Indestructible Hulk I#3) – Jessup interviewed with Maria Hill for a position on Bruce Banner's science team, doing special projects for S.H.I.E.L.D. Jessup described his excitement to work under Banner. He was selected with scientists Daman Veteri (molecular engineer), Melinda Leucenstern (climatologist and astrophysicist) and Patricia Wolman (microneural biology).

(Indestructible Hulk I#4) – Bruce Banner met his four new scientist aides in their specially equipped lab and he joked about losing his temper to become the Hulk right away. Banner gave the scientists a sample of Uru and told them to generate ideas on how to use it.

(Indestructible Hulk I#6) – Jessup and the others saw Veteri use the Uru to power a dimensional portal. They soon put on protective gear to join Banner on a mission to Jotunheim to find the element Eiderdurm, though they left Wolman behind, needing her to bring them home when the time was right. When they met Thor, who soon battled Frost Giants, Jessup and the others realized they'd gone back in time through the portal. When needed, Banner changed to Hulk and grabbed Thor's hammer.

(Indestructible Hulk I#7) – When the Frost Giants were defeated, Jessup and the others helped mine Eiderdurm, though the portal was closed and they worried they were trapped.  

(Indestructible Hulk I#8) – Jessup's mind was on other things as he worked with Veteri to gather the Eiderdurm, which could power a machine to take them home. As Hulk and Thor battled more Frost Giants, saving Jessup after he was briefly taken as a hostage, they all passed through the portal home together.

(Indestructible Hulk I#10) – When Hulk lost control during a mission, Jessup saw Veteri recommend to Hill that she use ultrasound harmonics to calm him.  

(Indestructible Hulk I#11) – Jessup and the others helped Hulk, who was working with Earth-6297's Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, put on a chronal helmet for a mission through time.

(Indestructible Hulk I#13) – Jessup and the others monitored the Hulk while he was on his chronal mission.

(Indestructible Hulk I#16) – Jessup and the others waited for Banner to finish a meeting with Simon Tiptree. Days later, Banner, who'd been pushing too hard for days, asked Jessup for help in finding a project for the Hulk to release on. After conferring with S.H.I.E.L.D., Jessup learned about a mysterious energy source in Mexico but Maria Hill ordered them not to investigate. Jessup and Banner put on light-bending cloaks and snuck onto the S.H.I.E.L.D. transport. In Mexico, they entered an Aztec temple and found a massive monster inside, with Banner switching to Hulk to fight it. After conferring with agents, Jessup determined that the creature had been summoned from a nether-realm through a rune and Jessup yelled at Hulk to knock down the temple to defeat the creature.

(Indestructible Hulk I Annual#1) – Jessup and the others supported the Hulk and Iron Man on their mission to fight Dr. Derenik Zadian.

(Indestructible Hulk I#17) – When the Inhumans released the Terrigen Cloud on Earth, which transformed anyone with Inhuman heritage into a super-powered Inhuman being, Banner had his scientists work hard to find a cure and they helped Banner design a bomb that might help. Hill put the four scientists on lockdown, stating one of them was likely Inhuman, so they recruited Iron Man, Beast and Giant-Man to aid Banner but Banner changed to Hulk, grabbed the bomb and jumped away with the heroes after him.

(Indestructible Hulk I#18) – Jessup and the others broke out of S.H.I.E.L.D. custody and rushed after Banner, soon realizing the bomb had already been detonated over Tulsa, Oklahoma, blanketing the area in chronal particles that Banner had hoped would accelerate the age of the Terrigenesis to the point when it was ineffective. Though the bomb didn't work, the scientists soon got confirmation there had been no casualties. Veteri started yelling at Jessup about his peace-making nature and Jessup rose to fight back but he was quickly cocooned, revealing he was the Inhuman. Beams of light burst from the cocoon as Hulk arrived and Jessup emerged as a red monster, capable of absorbing anger and fear to boost his own strength. Jessup absorbed the Hulk's fear and anger, changing him back to Banner, then he threw Banner from the airship.

(Indestructible Hulk I#19) – As Wolman, Veteri and Leucenstern jumped to safety, Jessup leapt after them, soon battling the Hulk. After a brief battle, Hulk managed to take his own anger back, leaving Jessup back in his human form. A S.H.I.E.L.D. transport picked up the team and they examined Jessup, who was afraid of changing back into the monstrous form. Banner theorized that he could cure Jessup, believing that the detonation of the chronal anti-Terrigen bomb had impacted his transformation, and he prepared an injection that could cure Jessup but just after he administered it, Dr. Stella Webb and Dr. Theodore Goodrich, members of the Enclave, kidnapped Jessup to experiment on him.

(Indestructible Hulk I#20) – Jessup recognized much of the science utilized by the Enclave and they forced him into a teleportation unit that could do environmental damage. Waiting for the cure to kick in, Jessup knew that if he lost control his transformation could be permanent. Jessup absorbed the fear and anger of the others, changing to his monstrous form, and he began smashing the dangerous energy unit, knowing it could kill everyone there. As Webb and Goodrich died, Hulk arrived with Wolman, Veteri and Leucenstern, and Jessup became stronger after taking the Hulk's anger again. He sacrificed himself in the coming explosion while getting everyone else to safety. Jessup woke up in his human form and heard Banner telling the four scientists to go into hiding so S.H.I.E.L.D. couldn't find them.

(Hulk III#5 (fb) – BTS) – Jessup, Veteri, Wolman and Leucenstern set up shop in the Beehive, former headquarters of the Enclave, and continued working on experiments. They followed the news and heard Bruce Banner was shot in the head.

(Hulk III#5) – The Hulk, in his new identity as Doc Green, showed up at the Beehive and promised the scientists he would pay them well if they would produce a cure for Gamma radiation transformations using his blood, one he had already developed. Jessup was tasked specifically with building nanites to carry the supply into the bloodstream.

(Hulk III Annual#1) – Jessup continued working at the Beehive. Later, Wolman left the team.

(Hulk III#7) – Jessup and the others built a Gamma Spectromenter but Doc Green didn't seem interested in it.  Jessup commented how his Terrigenesis inhibitors left him exhausted.

(Hulk III#8) – At the Beehive, Jessup and Veteri noticed that Leucenstern was missing. They informed Doc Green that they'd built Gamma sensors in preparation for his battle with Red Hulk but then both scientists fled when Green lost his temper.

(Hulk III#9) – Jessup and Veteri were discussing the missing Leucenstern when Doc Green entered, covered in green blood, saying he wanted privacy.

(Hulk III#10) – Doc Green lured Red Hulk to the Beehive and fought him while Jessup and Veteri recorded his Gamma energies. When the measurements were complete, Doc Green took Jessup and Veteri through a portal to the Baxter Building, where Doc Green had an artificial intelligence called Project Omega working on experiments. When Veteri tried asking about Leucenstern again, Doc Green broke his own arm in a rage so they backed off the questions.

(Hulk III#11) – Jessup and Veteri helped design a temporal gauntlet for Doc Green. Green admitted that Leucenstern had been the one to shoot Bruce Banner in the head and he'd let her go, though the news shocked the others. Green went after Lyra the She-Hulk but Project Omega turned against him, stranding Lyra in a different dimension and building itself a robot body before Green seemingly destroyed it. Jessup and Veteri woke up to chaos as Green told them the news.

(Hulk III#12) – Jessup and Veteri searched through data to try and find Lyra in the multiverse then Deadpool arrived to meet with Green.

(Hulk III#13) – Jessup and Veteri kept searching for Lyra in various timelines. When a tentacle creature pushed through the portal, Doc Green defeated it and Veteri complained about their work being too dangerous. Admitting his flaws, Doc Green chose to release Veteri and Jessup from his employ then he stepped in a portal to look for Lyra.

(Hulk III#16/2) – Equipping themselves with giant guns, Jessup and Veteri passed through a portal to find Lyra and they battled aliens. When they were overwhelmed, Veteri injected Jessup with a substance that allowed Jessup to return to his monster form but only for five minutes. They were soon taken before Lyra, learning she had become the empress in the realm, then they teleported back to Earth with her against her wishes, making her furious, but they made amends by dressing in skimpy underwear and serving in her harem as she continued fighting crime.

Comments: Created by Mark Waid, Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Randall Jessup should not be confused with:


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Indestructible Hulk I#19, p6, pan1 (main)
Indestructible Hulk I#3, p4, pan2 (face)
Indestructible Hulk I#16, p18, pan1 (running)
Hulk III#16, p18, pan1 (with giant gun)
Hulk III#16, p21, pan1 (in monster form)


Appearances:
Indestructible Hulk I#3-4 (March-April, 2013) – Mark Waid (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (penciler), Gerry Alanguilan (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Indestructible Hulk I#6-8 (June-July, 2013) -  Mark Waid (writer), Walter Simonson (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Indestructible Hulk I#10-11 (September-October, 2013) – Mark Waid (writer), Matteo Scalera (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Indestructible Hulk I#13 (November, 2013) – Mark Waid (writer), Matteo Scalera (penciler), Kim Jacinto (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Indestructible Hulk I Annual#1 (February, 2014) – Jeff Parker (writer), Mahmud Asrar (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Indestructible Hulk I#17 (February, 2014) – Mark Waid (writer), Clay Mann, Seth Mann, Miguel Sepulveda (artists), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Indestructible Hulk I#18 (March, 2014) – Mark Waid (writer), Jheremy Raapack, Miguel Sepulveda (pencilers), Tom Grummett (inker), Mrk Paniccia (editor)
Indestructible Hulk I#19 (April, 2014) – Mark Waid (writer), Jhermy Raapack, Tom Grummett, Karl Kesel (pencilers), Andrew Hennessey (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Indestructible Hulk I#20 (May, 2014) – Mark Waid (writer), Joe Bennett (penciler), Ruy Jose, Scott Hanna (inkers), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Hulk III#5 (October, 2014) – Gerry Duggan (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Andrew Hennessy (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Hulk III Annual#1 (November, 2014) – Monte Nero (writer), Luke Ross, Patrick Goddard, Marc Laming (pencilers), Le Beau Underwood (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Hulk III#7-13 (December, 2014-May, 2015) – Gerry Duggan (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Andrew Hennessy (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Hulk III#16 (August, 2015) – Aubrey Sitterson (writer), Rhoald Marcellus (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)


First Posted: 04/25/2020
Last updated: 04/25/2020

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