Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality canine mutate (probably - see comments)
Group Membership: None
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Comics Feature#33 (January-February 1985)
Powers/Abilities: Hulk Hound presumably possesses superhumancanine strength and durability. He's also got some vicious-looking fangs.
Eyes: Unrevealed (probably green)
(Comics Feature#33) - Hulk Hound was a dog who possessed Hulk powers.
Comments: Created by unspecified members of the
Marvel Productions staff, which included Stan Lee, Scott Shaw, Larry
Houston, Will Meugniot, Bob Richardson, Dick Robbins and Bryce Malek.
Stan was the creative director and chief pitch man, so it's very likely
he was part of the development, if not the originator of the concept.
"In the summer of 1980, Marvel
Entertainment Group President James E. Galton and Marvel Comics
Publisher Stan Lee,...traveled west from their New York corporate
headquarters to establish an animation studio in Los Angeles. In
conjunction with the Emmy and Oscar-award winning animator David H.
Depatie and his longtime production associate Lee Gunther, Galton and
Lee formed Marvel Productions, Ltd.... The primary reason why Lee and
Galton wanted to start a production company was that they had been
repeatedly disappointed with the ways in which other producers had
portrayed the Marvel Comics characters in cartoons, live-action TV and
feature films, and they felt they could do a more accurate job of
bringing their characters to the large and small screen." - Robert
Strauss, Comics Feature#33
If the idea of Marvel setting up a Marvel
studio to make movies around their characters so they could do a more
better and (generally) more faithful versions of them sounds familiar,
then it should, because that's basically the story of how we've ended up
with the MCU. Naturally, Stan Lee had the idea decades earlier, though
with far more mixed results, not least because while they developed
ideas, they were then still trying to get other studios to buy them and
pay to turn the ideas into finished products. They had numerous
live-action movies in early stages of development - Captain America,
Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four, Roger Corman's Spider-Man and X-Men are
mentioned in Strauss' article in Comics Feature - but the only one
mentioned that actually made it to the screen during the lifetime of
Marvel Productions was...Howard the Duck. They also got ABC sold on a
live-action Daredevil series to the point where a pilot script was
completed, but it was in animation that they had the most success, both
with Marvel characters (1981's Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing
Friends, 1982's Incredible Hulk, and later Pryde of the X-Men) and
developing cartoons on behalf of others (Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe,
Transformers, etc.). However, more successful doesn't mean completely
successful, and there were still a lot of ideas that never made it
beyond the development stage. There's not a ton of information available
on most of these, but the article in Comics Feature#33 did at least
provide concept art for a few, and snippets have emerged over the years
from those who were involved in the development stage.
Hulk Hound is an example of these. Afaik, literally all we know about him comes from the single image used on this page. He's a dog, likely a bulldog based on the appearance, who has Hulk powers. He's presumably a mutate who got his abilities through exposure to gamma radiation, though that's not an absolute certainty. Since he was going to appear in a cartoon, he was probably not 616 (mainstream Marvel universe), but it's not impossible that he came from there or one of the other 1980s Marvel cartoon realities. Since I've got to imagine he's owned by Marvel, maybe one day we'll get a Hulkverse storyline where all the different Hulk iterations meet to fight a common foe and we'll finally learn more about him.
This profile was completed 8/03/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Loki.
Hulk Hound has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Comics Feature#33, p43, pan4 (main image)
Comics Feature#33 (January-February 1985) - credits unknown
First Posted: 09/21/2021
Last updated: 03/02/2022
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