Bruce Banner developed a Gamma Bomb for the United States Army. On the day the Gamma Bomb was to be tested, Rick Jones drove into the blast site. Banner told his fellow scientist, Igor, to stop the countdown so that he could save Rick. As Banner got to Rick he pushed him into a trench. The Gamma Bomb then exploded and Banner was exposed to massive amounts of gamma radiation. Somehow, Bruce survived the gamma blast and soon learned that he would transform into a giant green monster whenever he got angry. The military dubbed this green monster the Hulk. Rick Jones became friends with Bruce and stayed with him because he felt like he owed Bruce for saving his life.
Later, Banner was captured by the Soviet Union. When the U.S. Army learned that Banner was with the Soviets they believed that Banner was a traitor and unaware that he was really their prisoner. The Soviet Union wanted Bruce Banner to use his scientific genius to create weapons for them. However, Banner refused. Banner then transformed into the Hulk and was easily able to defeat the Soviet soldiers. After defeating the soldiers Hulk traveled to Mongolia and was captured by a group of bandits led by a man named Khanga Khan after transforming back into Bruce Banner. However, Banner later escaped.
When Banner and Talbot returned to the U.S., Banner was placed under arrest. However, Thaddeus Ross got orders from his superiors that Banner had been cleared of all charges and was to be released.
Bruce Banner is voiced by Paul Soles.
This is the first version of the character outside the comics.