SAM

Real Name: Sam (last name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Truck driver

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Hulk (Bruce Banner) (reluctantly), Joe, his friend

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Buddy"

Base of Operations: Presumably mobile throughout the USA

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#25 (April, 1964)

Powers/Abilities: Sam does not possess any superhuman powers but is a skilled truck driver.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'0")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 170 lbs.)
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Brown

History: (Fantastic Four I#25) - While traveling a lonely road in New Mexico, truck driver Sam and his friend came upon a large boulder in the road and Sam's friend suggested Sam hit his brakes to avoid hitting the boulder. Once stopped, Sam and his friend exited the truck to get a better look at the boulder, with Sam questioning how such a thing wound up in the middle of the road. His friend replied by asking how they were going to move the boulder so they could get past it and, as if on cue, the incredible Hulk tore the boulder in two and announced that he would move the boulder. Terrified, Sam and his friend leaped backwards but the Hulk grabbed them and demanded a lift, threatening the men into letting him ride in their luck. The jittery Sam agreed, claiming they had plenty of room in their truck and his friend claimed they would love to ferry the Hulk. As the Hulk got into the truck, Sam and his friend watched as the Hulk hurled the items from the truck to make room for himself. Once the Hulk was inside, Sam and his friend drove off and his friend asked what would happen if they came upon a road block. Sam replied that they would worry about that later and suggested they drive like they were hauling an atomic bomb.

Some time later, after the Hulk had reverted to Bruce Banner, Sam's truck was indeed stopped at a road block. Police officer Joe and his partner questioned Sam and his friend on whether they had seen the Hulk and the two answered the question with more questions. Before Sam and his friend could say more, Bruce Banner exited the back of the truck and ran for the hills, prompting Joe to yell at Banner. As Sam and his friend watched, Joe's partner suggested Joe let Banner go, thinking Banner was nothing more than a hitchhiking bum Sam and his friend had picked up.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and George Roussos.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Sam
should be distinguished from:


Joe

Joe was a police officer who was monitoring a road block alongside his partner in hopes of locating the rampaging Hulk. When Sam and his friend drove up to the road block in their truck that was secretly hauling the Hulk, Joe and his partner stopped the truck and asked Sam if they had seen the Hulk in the area. Before Sam and his friend could get out a complete answer, Bruce Banner exited the truck and ran for the hills, prompting Joe to yell. Joe's partner told Joe to let Banner go, thinking he was merely a hitchhiking bum Sam had picked up and unaware that Banner was actually the Hulk.

--Fantastic Four I#25

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Fantastic Four I#25, p3, pan6 (Sam from behind, main image)
Fantastic Four I#25, p3, pan7 (Sam, headshot)
Fantastic Four I#25, p3, pan5 (Sam again from behind)
Fantastic Four I#25, p4, pan7 (Joe)


Appearances:
Fantastic Four I#25 (April, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), George Roussos (inks)


First posted07/18/2022
Last updated: 0718/2022

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