Here are 9 Things (And At Least 6 People) The Hulk Has Eaten.
Manhattan is the world’s biggest open air prison. When disaster strikes, as happened in I Am Legend, the massive New York island is among the worst places to be, leaving individuals trapped in the concrete jungle. Like a dog on the loose, Zombie Hulk took advantage of the constipated Manhattan streets and laid waste to countless people. His grab-kill-eat rampage was so vicious that it provoked panicked visitors from the lower borough to derisively comment, “$#@% like this never happens in Brooklyn!” Then again, that’s probably how the residents of Bushwick would handle such an event.
Though he has previously been considered unbeatable, the Silver Surfer should have quit while he had a head. Indeed, the Hulk’s appetite and anger flared up and culminated in him biting off Silver Surfer’s noggin. Though the Hulk didn’t eat the head all by himself (it became a shared meal between zombie Spider-Man, Iron Man and Giant Man), he committed one of the most unexpected beheadings in comic book lore. Don’t expect to see this scene in The Avengers: Infinity War.
Finally, the Hulk shows he can have a more sensible food craving. In classic all-American style, he has acquired a reliable taste for baked beans. In fact, the Hulk loves the food so intensely that when a fisherman offered him some seafood, the Hulk lost his mind. It’s baked beans or nothing for the green beast, but as he’s learned over the years, eating straight from the source is the way to go. Hulk has tried to use forks, but the utensils seldom survive his ferocious bites. That’s why he prefers downing them right from the pot, whenever it’s socially appropriate to do so, of course. During the early days of the character, the Hulk was often portrayed as a relative simpleton, and his love for beans was conveyed to be the ideal food for a character with more carnal motivations than cranial activity. Whatever the case may be, everybody wins so long as the Hulk chooses beans over people.
Given the Comic Con Doctor Strange excitement, it must be said that the Sorcerer Supreme has observed one of the Hulk’s rare meals. With Dr. Strange’s sidekick looking on, Hulk confidently chomped down on one of Wong’s kitchen confections. For all intents and purposes, Jade Jaws appears to have enjoyed the turkey leg, though it was the last thing he did before vanishing in the subsequent comic panels (Dr. Strange, we’re looking at you).
“You get a big delight from every bite of Hostess fruit pies.” Though the Hulk of yesteryear could hardly string a sentence like that together, this was the compelling advertisement used by Hostess Fruit Pies. While they were targeted at voracious young comic book readers with equally fast appetites, Hostess Fruit Pies were promoted as the Hulk’s snack of choice. This was the “Hungry? Grab a Snickers” advertisement for the 1970’s and 1980’s, smartly incorporating the Hulk’s sweet tooth at the heart of the campaign. Hulk didn’t just eat the fruit pies at random, he earned them after saving the day in a comic panel built specifically to sell the product. While Hulk wished humans were “as nice as Hostess Fruit Pies,” the thwarted villains in the panels would sometimes take a moment before heading to prison and exclaim, “I love the light, tender crust and the real fruit filling.” Today, that advertisement would probably read: “Hostess fruit pies. So good they make felons feel free!”
Giving credit where it’s due, the Hulk appears fairly well-mannered in this panel (considering his bestial nature). He could certainly use a napkin or two, but that’s a conversation for a later date. In subsequent panels, Hulk has dined on chicken with such gusto that he took no time to separate the flesh from bone. As you’re about to find out, however, that offense has nothing on the far more significant victims of Hulk’s voracious appetite.
Though she was safe for much of the series, the Hulk finally snapped in the 4th issue. After successfully defeating the Immortals and Giant Man, both of whom had been turned by the zombie disease, the Hulk stood on the moon next to Elloe, his trusted sidekick. While surveying the damage, however, he realized he had been bitten by one of his zombie enemies, and he immediately grabbed Elloe, split her in half and then ate her.
Zombie Hulk treated the pantheon of Marvel superheroes like a salad bar. On more than one occasion, he chomped through as much comic book character flesh as inhumanly possible. Among his worst offenses, the Hulk once consumed most of Magneto, swallowing the mutant’s leg in a single bite. In Marvel Zombies #1, the Hulk takes part in a full page spread of this detailed Magneto meal, complete with rib cage destruction, intestinal pulling, the gnashing of teeth and more brutality.
If we are what we eat, then The Hulk is a lot of things. Including Magneto’s leg. Wait…what?