Friday, January 27, 2012

Savage She-Hulk #1 (February 1980)

Title: The She-Hulk Lives
Cover: John Buscema
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: John Buscema
Inker: Chic Stone
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Tom DeFalco
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: February 1980
Release Date: November 1979
Synopsis: Desperate and exhausted from life on the run, Bruce Banner visits his cousin Jen Walters at her law office in Los Angeles, hoping to confide his dark secret in someone he trusts. His unexpected visit is a welcome surprise to Jen, who greets Bruce with open arms and the two catch up on old times. Bruce recounts the origin of his accidental transformation to the incredible Hulk to his shocked and sympathetic cousin, who commits to help him. As they drive to Jen’s home, she reciprocates with an update on her career as a criminal defense attorney, briefing Bruce on a current case involving a client that has been framed for murder by the mob. Bruce worries that her work is dangerous and puts her at risk, but she tell him that she is fine and “I live with danger!” As the two get out of the car in her driveway, a mobster shoots Jen from a nearby car. Bruce is able to resist transforming to the Hulk despite the stress of the situation, believing that he will be better able to help his seriously injured cousin in his human form. He is able to evade the mobsters and determines that Jen has lost so much blood that she needs an immediate transfusion because she would die before making it to the hospital. Bruce knows that they are the same blood type and does a transfusion with his own blood, calling an ambulance after her condition has stabilized. Bruce is taken into custody by police when he declines to identify himself at the scene, escaping later by transforming into the Hulk. At the hospital, the criminals make a second attempt on Jen’s life and the demure attorney transforms into the Savage She-Hulk in the heat of the moment and beats the thugs into submission. After relaxing and transforming back to Jen Walters, she realizes that the transfusion from her cousin must have caused the change and the new heroine vows to control the She-Hulk and use her new powers for good.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

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