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Subj: Re: Cartoon Fun 6 - Hulk: When Monsters Meet
Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 02:35:55 pm EDT (Viewed 94 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Cartoon Fun 6 - Hulk: When Monsters Meet
Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 at 01:21:28 pm EDT (Viewed 116 times)



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      I chose this episode of the Hulk because I still have the comic, Hulk Vesus Quasimodo is my collection downstairs. I pulled it out and followed along as I watched. Some of the dialogue was taken straight from the cartoon, and the plots were basically the same. The cartoon was based on Sal Buscema's character designs from around that era. The Hulk looked especially mean due to this.
      I remember watching this as a kid, though I wasn't as much a fan of it as of Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends. The Hulk cartoon took a more serious tone than the Spidey one. Stan Lee's narration was fun. I'd say that this episode turned out to be a bit better than I remembered.



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    - Was Quasimodo able to fight the Hulk to a standstill?


The Hulk was clearly stronger in the comic, as Quasimodo tends to use hit-and-run tactics, but their were a couple of times that they exchanged blows, and, while the Hulk never seemed hurt, Quasimodo stood toe to toe. However, there were a couple of times that Hulk knocked Quasimodo through walls, too. I remember complaining about that when I was 12. I think the Hulk's toned down strength was a turn off from this cartoon for me then.


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    - Was Salvatore in the story?


Yes, thought the conversations are a bit more one-sided in the comic. He talks to the bat, but more in a way you might talk to a dog. It seems like he's talking to Salvatore more to justify what he's thinking than actually understanding what the bat is saying.


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    - Did the Hulk fall asleep every time he did something strenuous?


He only passed out once, which doesn't make sense because he seemed pretty mad. It was after he jumped in the river, missing a fleeing Quasimodo and Salvatore, so maybe he figured the fight was done.


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    - Did the Hulk have difficulty pulling an iron grating out of the wall?


That scene was skipped.


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    - Did the Hulk realize he needed to fix the damage he'd done or the people would die?


Quasimodo, who had reverted to human after taking the formula, had to tell Hulk that Betty was on the train to get him to stop it.


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    - Would the formula that helped Quasimodo possibly have helped Bruce Banner?


Yes, that was why he went to Paris. He gave the formula to Quasimodo a little more grudgingly in the book.


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    I just happen to like Salvatore, which is why I asked about him. But my other questions are all referring to plot points in the cartoon that I found dubious.


They definitely weakened the Hulk for this episode. I watched the Dr. Octopus episode, too, and he seems a bit weaker in that one, but that was trying to be more like the earliest issues of Hulk, when Rick and Bruce would try to imprison the Hulk at night. What was most annoying about that episode was the Hulk's constant growls and Doc Ock's laugh.


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    One thing I liked a lot about the cartoon was Betty's professional status. She seems highly respected. This growth in the character, from where she was in the 60s and 70s, is most welcome. Was that in the comic too?


Unfortunately, in the comic, Betty is simply Bruce's girlfriend. She has the key because her father, Gen. Ross, told her to meet with the minister of finance. She has no idea why.

Thanks for watching and reading! I think I'll have to go on 90's trend the next few weeks as I just realised that five of the six Cartoon Funs have been 80's shows.


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