The original Hulkbusters were the large military force,
consisting of both United States Army and Air Force personnel,
whose primary mission was the capture or destruction of
the menace known as the Hulk.
The Hulkbusters were headquartered at Hulkbuster Base,
New Mexico (also known as the Gamma Base) and were commanded
Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross, the military
officer with the longest experience in battling the Hulk.
After Bruce Banner, the man who was the Hulk, achieved
a state in which his normal intelligence and personality
remained dominant when he was in the Hulk's form, the
Hulk received a presidential pardon, and the Hulkbusters
ceased to exist. Hulkbuster members were assigned to new
projects. Hulkbuster Base itself was demolished by the
Later, however, the Hulk reverted to his bestial personality
and was captured by Dr.
Leonard Samson. Samson persuaded the federal government
to rebuild and refinance Gamma Base, where through unknown
means, he managed to separate Banner and the Hulk into
two discrete beings. The Hulk subsequently escaped.
The federal government then made Banner himself the leader
of the new Hulkbusters. This group is not primarily a
large military force, but instead is at its core a small
team of highly skilled individuals selected and led by
Banner. The new Gamma Base in New Mexico is their current
headquarters. The new Hulkbusters are depicted here.
First Appearance: (new Hulkbusters) INCREDIBLE