Marvel’s Lovebirds – Elizabeth Ross and The Hulk

Marvel's Lovebirds

Despite the anger issues that have largely consumed the life of the Jolly Green Giant, true love has entered his existence in the form of Elizabeth Ross, the daughter of Air Force General Thaddeus Ross.

The two lovebirds developed a strong attraction for each other after they began working on a top secret Gamma Bomb project in New Mexico. Of course, this project was controlled by Thaddeus, who disliked the fact that a quiet, lanky scientist was falling in love with his daughter. Upon Banner’s exposure to the gamma rays – you know, super hero origin stuff – Betty stuck by his side and supported him in any way she could.

|| THE WEDDING CRASHERS, PART 1 ||

Her affection for Banner was evident and wedding bells were soon to be heard. Surprisingly enough, Betty’s father even provided his blessings. Combine that with the fact that Banner found a way to keep his Hulk persona at bay, things were looking extremely good for the young couple. However, hijinx ensued shortly after. It always does when super heroes and weddings are involved.

An old foe of Banner’s known as The Leader created a machine that had the ability to revert Banner back to his savage Hulk state. He used it on him during the couple’s first shot at a wedding. He then also let loose a stupid villain called the Rhino, who lost against the Hulk in an earlier fight, in hopes of him actually eliminating the Hulk for good.

The Incredible Hulk, 124 | 1970

The Incredible Hulk #124 | 1970

The Hulk defeated Rhino, but only after destroying everything around him and succumbing to the beast inside. Thaddeus got hit in the head too by falling debris. Understandably, Betty was devastated, but things just got worse.

|| GLEN TALBOT AND HARPY ||

Thaddeus’ security chief Glen Talbot became Betty’s rebound guy after Banner fell in love with Jarella, a queen from the sub-atomic world of K’ai. Jarella placed a spell on the Hulk that allowed the Banner personality to rise up and once again take control. Jarella accepted the Hulk for who he was. The two were in love, but Jarella unfortunately died while trying to save a boy from being crushed under a falling building.

hulk sad

Meanwhile, Talbot embarked on rescue mission to save Thaddeus who had been captured by the Gremlin, also known as Titanium Man. It was incorrectly reported that Talbot had died in the rescue. Betty had a nervous breakdown as a result, but the bad news didn’t stop there, as she was kidnapped by that scumbag of an organization known as A.I.M and was infused with an unholy amount of gamma radiation that turned her into the monster known as Harpy. Following several battles with the Hulk, Betty was eventually cured of her Harpyness.

Harpy

Harpy

|| WEDDING CRASHERS, PART 2 ||

The lovebirds tried to get married again, but their wedding was interrupted by Betty’s silly father who showed up with a gun and started terrorizing the place. Banner kept his cool and it was Betty this time, who handled the situation, telling her father how he’s controlled her for most of her life and that it was time for him to not be an idiot. Thaddeus complied, the wedding proceeded and they lived happily ever …

|| BETTY DIES ||

Being in close contact with someone who has a butt load of gamma radiation surging through their body is bad for you. Betty discovered the poisoning was taking its toll, so Banner invented a cure using his own blood. The Hulk’s ultimate nemesis, the Abomination, sneakily swapped Banner’s blood sample with his own before the transfusion. Betty’s condition worsened and soon after, she died.

hulk sad

 || BETTY TURNS INTO RED SHE-HULK ||

Following a complicated series of revitalizations, Betty returned as the mysterious Red She-Hulk. Her true identity wasn’t revealed until a sword pierced her body in the midst of a large-scale battle in New York between several characters closely tied to the Hulk, one of whom was Hulk’s son, Skaar. She unwillingly transformed back into Red She-Hulk before the wounds proved fatal and therefore healed herself in no time.

Hulk and Betty now share a complicated relationship, one that is largely occupied by the fact that both Banner and Betty now have a monstrous half residing within them. Trying to balance their power and responsibilities with their personal lives has proven difficult for the two. Though marriage doesn’t seem to be an option for them anymore, Betty Ross and Bruce Banner continue to be there for each other despite the overwhelming power they struggle to control.

Incredible Hulk #609 | 2009

Incredible Hulk #609 | 2009