Friday, October 5, 2012

The INCREDIBLE HULK TV Show Revisited! Producer Ken Johnson Speaks! Lou Ferrigno! Marvel!

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?!

1 comment:

Phillyradiogeek said...

Thanks for this Al!

I'm the biggest Hulk TV show fan you'll find, and I'm obviously in Ken Johnson's debt for that, but I've always been irked by his admitted disdain for the source material.

No rumor about it regarding the proposed change to red. On the Hulk Complete Season One box set, Johnson states in his audio commentary on the pilot TV-movie that he wanted to change the Hulk's color to red, which Marvel rightfully fought against. How ironic that we now have two Red Hulks stomping their way through the Marvel Universe today!