From a recent issue of the dazzling DREAMSCAPE magazine, here is TV and film producer Ken Johnson, on the grill regarding his well-known late-70s TV opus, THE INCREDIBLE HULK! Ken was one of many writers/producers who was handed the merry Marvel characters in 1977, in order to lead the chaotic charge of such stern superheroes tackling the TV tube! The HULK show ended up being the most memorable, for its adult treatment of the material, and the high standard of acting (thanks to Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, and others), production values, and special effects! Note how Ken almost walked away from the project, due to his disdain of the comics themselves! Rumor is, he even wanted to change the Hulk's skin color to red (the color of anger, right?)! These days, Marvel itself controls the big and small screen futures of their books and characters, so such changes are made much more judiciously, but...Click to enlarge!
|Interesting to note that Ken Johnson hated "comic-booky" alliterative names, changing Bruce Banner |
to David Banner, but his very HULK series pilot stars were named Bill Bixby and Susan Sullivan?!