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Many Marvel fans would rank Bruce Banner, The Incredible Hulk, among their favorite characters, but the list of iconic Hulk storylines is surprisingly short. The strongest there is also happens to be one of the toughest for writers to get a handle on, and it’s to find a consensus on what the best Hulk comics are. It does make sense—how does one take the most powerful being on Earth and make him relatable? Despite the challenge, a number of Marvel writers and artists over the years have combined to bring to life some of the best Hulk story arcs ever.

With a superheroic career lasting over half a century, the list of the Hulk’s greatest adventures include trips through time, to far-off planets, and even to the microscopic world. No matter where he roams, the themes surrounding the jade giant are always the same—being angry, being misunderstood, and having the overwhelming desire to SMASH!

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Planet Hulk
Planet Hulk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hulk Storylines in Comics
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Issues: Hulk #92-105

Writer: Greg Pak

Artist: Carlo Pagulayan

Planet Hulk sees Bruce Banner sent to a far away planet by his former allies, like Mr. Fantastic and Iron Man, in a last-ditch effort to save the Earth from his destructive wrath. While on the gladiator-themed world of Sakaar, Hulk begins a quest to unite the oppressed population and rise up against the dreaded monarch who rules over them. This storyline heavily influenced the film Thor: Ragnarok.

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World War Hulk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hulk Storylines in Comics
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Issues: World War Hulk #1-5

Writer: Greg Pak

Artist: John Romita Jr.

The follow-up of Planet Hulk, World War Hulk sees the jade giant return from his exile on Sakaar, bent on revenge against the men who sent him there, and who he suspects had a hand in a devastating explosion that killed his bride. This is the Hulk at his angriest, and he cuts a bruised and bloody swath through the Marvel Universe in his quest for justice. Can anything stop him? Not likely.

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Always On My Mind
Always On My Mind is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hulk Storylines in Comics
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Issues: Incredible Hulk #24-25

Writer: Paul Jenkins

Artist: John Romita Jr.

This tragic tale shows the aftermath of Betty Banner’s death at the hands of the Hulk’s greatest enemy, the Abomination. With the full support of Betty’s father, Thunderbolt Ross, the Hulk tracks down the Abomination for an emotional showdown. The Hulk is usually angry, but this two-part story gives him a real reason for fury, and the results are spectacular and terrifying.

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Days Of Rage!
Days Of Rage! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hulk Storylines in Comics
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Issues: Incredible Hulk #298-300

Writer: Bill Mantlo

Artist: Sal Buscema

There have been many stories that have explored the theme of “what happens when the Hulk really lets loose?” and Days of Rage! was one of the first. The villainous Nightmare, a powerful antagonist of Doctor Strange, turns the Hulk completely savage and sets him loose on New York City, necessitating the majority of the Marvel Universe stepping in to stop the rampaging menace.

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