The Incredible Hulk was a creation of Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. The green-skinned Hulk was really Dr. Bruce Banner, a scientist who had helped develop a new bomb that used gamma rays to destroy its target. After accidentally being caught in the blast, Banner found himself transformed into a giant green creature with unbelievable strength. There were only two drawbacks: first, the good doctor had no control over his transformation; and second, when Banner became the Hulk, he retained none of his alter ego's intelligence or memories, essentially becoming a completely different (and angrier) person. While the Hulk usually ended up fighting simply to protect himself, the general public saw him as a threat. His one friend and ally was young Rick Jones, the only other person who knew that the Hulk and Bruce Banner were one and the same.