by Herbie J Pilato
It’s not easy being green…with muscles. Torn between ligaments, emotions, and the bright lights of television stardom, the behind-the-small-screen tales of The Incredible Hulk are large-scale hair-raising.
Anger, fury, isolation, loneliness, death, secrets, egos — alter egos — and jealousy, the green-eyed monster itself — these are the traits belonging to Dr. Bruce Banner and his mammoth, ultra-strong, oh-so-golly-green giant alter ego from the popular Marvel comic book The Incredible Hulk created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962. These are also the themes that run rampant throughout the very making of the popular sci-fi TV series adaptation of the franchise that initially ran on CBS from 1978 to 1982.
Bill Bixby portrayed the Dr.-Jekyll-like Dr. David Banner, with the first-name change from Bruce. The hearing-impaired Lou Ferrigno played the muscle-bound Mr. Hyde….
Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the host of the TV talk show THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, now streaming on Amazon Prime and the author of several pop-culture/media tie-in books. He has been part of TVWriter™ for over 20 years and is Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J HERE