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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

Aug 21, 2019

Patron Ruby requested we cover Jen Walters, aka SHE-HULK! Why does a successful attorney prefer to be green? Why does she keep relationships short & easy? Plus another five-star review from a happy fan. Listen now!

  • Intro

  • Background (04:44)

    • She-Hulk created by Stan Lee & John Buscema in Savage She-Hulk #1 (February 1980)

    • Created to prevent anyone else from having rights to female version of Hulk

    • Jen Walters, a lawyer and cousin of Bruce Banner, got shot by goons of a crime boss she was making a case against – Bruce, who was visiting her when she was shot, gave her a blood transfusion to save her life – she raged out when the mobsters came to the hospital to finish her off, and became She-Hulk

    • Comes to embrace the She-Hulk form, and prefers the confidence it gives her over her “normal” look, which was much more shy

    • Joined the Fantastic Four to replace the temporarily depowered Thing – during this time, exposure to radiation meant she could never return to her human form

    • Thanks to a hex from the Scarlet Witch, Jen goes mad and ends up destroying an Idaho town in a fight with Bruce, who gets blamed for all the damage

    • Later joins a prestigious law firm, who wants her as Jen Walters – she reluctantly agrees to remain human while working for the firm, and begins dating a coworker, Augustus Pugliese

    • Gets disbarred after a client, who she defended for murder, confessed he was guilty and showed photos, leading her to hulk out and attack him

    • Joins the Future Foundation for a time

  • Issues (12:04)

    • Uncomfortable as Jen – much prefers She-Hulk, and considers Jen weak

    • Relationships tend to be short-term – not inherently bad, but it means she avoids stronger connections (20:38)

    • Living in the moment creates problems if she has to plan long-term (30:03)

  • Break (38:13)

  • Treatment (39:50)

    • In-universe

    • Out of universe

  • Skit (49:30)

  • Ending


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