Why Does HULK Wear PURPLE PANTS?! || Comic Misconceptions || NerdSync

Why Does HULK Wear PURPLE PANTS?! || Comic Misconceptions || NerdSync


(bright music) – [Scott] This video is sponsored
by the NerdSync Patreon. Support the show over
at patreon.com/nerdsync. If there are two things
everybody knows about the Hulk, it’s that you wouldn’t
like him when he’s angry. – You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry. – And you would easily identify him by his iconic color scheme. Vibrant green skin and eyes paired with those rather
jarring purple pants. They seem like an insignificant
detail, though, right? Like, Marvel just threw pants on Hulk because the Comics Code Authority wouldn’t be too happy about
a fully nude monster book being sold to children, but Hulk’s pants are more
than a simple garment. They’re a symbolic representation of Bruce Banner’s continuous
struggle to do good, despite the monster instead of him. (upbeat rock music) As you may know, Hulk
wasn’t originally green. That detail wasn’t introduced until the second issue in July of 1962. A lot of thought went into
the color of the character. Writer Stan Lee and colorist Stan Goldberg went back and forth deciding which color they thought would best
suit the character. They didn’t want red. They tossed around the idea of green, but Goldberg said the perfect
color for the Hulk was orange. The problem is that
just a few months back, Marvel had made a huge splash with their teen book, Fantastic Four, which already featured a strong orange monster-like
character in the Thing. So, Lee suggested gray as
the Hulk’s primary color, and Goldberg fought Lee on the idea, explaining that it wouldn’t work because the limited color
technology at the time made it hard to keep
grays one consistent shade from page to page. But, as with most creative
decisions back then, Lee got his way, and the Incredible Hulk debuted as gray. However, Goldberg’s concerns proved true. The gray color changed from page to page and even panel to panel, and when Lee saw this, he and Goldberg decided
to give Hulk a new color that was easier to keep consistent. For a second issue, they decided to make Hulk green. Hulk didn’t have a costume
in his first issue. He was simply a man that
would become a monster when the night fell. As such, Hulk was often adorned with the tattered
clothing of Bruce Banner. He first showed up with blue
pants and an orange shirt, perhaps echoing Goldberg’s
desire to make him orange without actually making him orange. But later in that same issue, we see the dawn of the purple pants. In the first few issues
of Incredible Hulk, we saw the pants go through
as many transformations as Banner himself. As a tattered purple jumpsuit, full-length torn-up pants
paired with a white shirt that had almost completely fallen apart, simple and clean trunks, et cetera. Despite the style, one
thing was made clear. Hulk wears purple. The contrast of the violet trousers with his vibrant, radioactive skin tone worked wonders for the character of Hulk and the artists at Marvel. As we discussed, coloring
technology back then was pretty basic. It couldn’t hold a candle to what today’s brilliant
digital color can accomplish. There wasn’t much room
for nuance and subtlety in the early days of comics. So having Hulk wear purple pants would turn out to be pretty practical. Remember how I mentioned that
the Comics Code Authority wouldn’t be too happy with
Marvel printing a comic with a giant green naked man? Well, having pants that are the color exactly opposite of his
skin tone on the color wheel means that there is no mistaking that Hulk is definitely wearing clothing. Even if the details of the
lines were too small to see, the color would jump off the page. The colors in comics were bright and bold, made to catch your eye with contrasting, almost harsh tones. Scott McCloud explains that
such use of strong color was less expressionistic and more iconic. Readers could follow their heroes from panel to panel with ease, simply by spotting their
particular color scheme. Eventually, the colors alone
would symbolize the characters. I’m sure you could probably recognize some of these characters based solely off the color patterns here. While bold, competing
colors meant that comics struggled to achieve any emotional impact through color work alone, this technique did help
turn comic book characters into symbols. And Hulk is an interesting case here. You see, superhero comics, whether intentional or not, established a visual shorthand when it came to color. Heroes would often be dressed
in blues, reds, and yellows. Think Superman, Wonder
Woman, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, Flash, Doctor
Strange, the list goes on. But with villains, artists tended to use greens, purples, and oranges. Joker, Green Goblin, Doctor
Doom, Doctor Octopus, Lex Luthor, Mysterio,
and a pantheon of others. There are, of course,
counterexamples for all of these, but the idea represents a trend, not necessarily a rule. When we look at the Avengers, you see Iron Man,
Captain America, and Thor all sporting reds, blues, and yellows. And then, you see Hulk, contrasting the rest of the
team with green and purple. I mean, sure, there’s Hawkeye, who also dresses in purple, but that still fits within our theme here since Hawkeye was
originally a Marvel villain who had reformed. But Hulk, why is he visually
represented as a villain compared to the rest of his teammates? Well, because to a lot of the world inside of the Marvel
Universe, he is a villain. Hulk isn’t your typical superhero. One of the places Jack Kirby and Stan Lee drew inspiration from was
Frankenstein’s monster, who Lee never saw as the
bad guy of the story. Quote, “He never wanted to hurt anyone; “he merely groped his torturous way “through a second life “trying to defend himself, “trying to come to terms “with those who sought to destroy him.” End quote. Much like Frankenstein’s monster, Hulk wasn’t inherently bad. He’s left tons of destruction and chaos and terror in his wake, but so have many other characters who were praised by the public as heroes. But at least with someone like Superman, you can attempt to talk
and reason with him. Hulk, on the other hand, is
mostly seen as a mindless beast, a green and purple force of nature that is as unpredictable
as he is powerful, and that is terrifying. This led many in the Marvel Universe to paint Hulk as a villain, even his fellow superheroes. The Illuminati believed Hulk
was too dangerous for Earth, so they shot him off into space. When Hawkeye kills Bruce
Banner in Civil War 2, spoilers, by the way, Hawkeye is acquitted in court, and it’s revealed that many are happy to see the Hulk dead as they
saw him as a constant threat. Banner himself even sees
Hulk as a villainous monster. Much like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, another one of Lee and
Kirby’s inspirations for the character, certain stories show Banner
fearing his transformations into the Hulk, ultimately
attempting suicide to rid the world of the beast. – I didn’t see an end, so I put a bullet in my mouth, and the other guy spit it out. – Modern comics have the
luxury of not needing to be limited with their color palette. Hulk could wear jeans,
suits, high-tech armor, or even just normal clothes. Yet still, the violet garment
finds a way to persist. And hopefully, you can see now that these silly purple pants are more important than
they might appear at first, as they show Hulk, one of Marvel’s most popular heroes, painted as a villain both
symbolically and literally, creating a character
with incredible depth. What do you think? Do Hulk’s purple pants help symbolize his struggle as a hero, or are they just pants? Let me know what you
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100 Replies to “Why Does HULK Wear PURPLE PANTS?! || Comic Misconceptions || NerdSync”

  1. I'm going to have to go with opposite side of the color palate makes for contrast:

    Green Goblin
    Impossible Man
    Drax (original look)

    Green and purple is just something Marvel does.

  2. Suddenly I realized just how good an Incredible Hulk move could be. Struggling with those themes of Frankenstein's monster and Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, giving the entire genre of monster men a fresh take.

  3. You missed one part, in one issue the grey ink didn't not worked well and the issue presented a green HULK, it was an accident not a decision. The decision was to keep it green.

  4. Funny and telling of modern comics is when mention is made of heroic colors vs. villainous colors, and the coloring and design of modern comics is so terrible that they all looks like black-tinted foil.

  5. i fought his pants was purple because it the opposite colour of green so he stands out more on cover of books

  6. Wow… That was cool and pretty deep. I like your style of rationality. Meaning it's awesome to be both intellectual and have an awesome unique style. And I actually have the same exact shirt.

  7. giant green naked man=too much for the comics code authority. silver naked man on a surf board=100% acceptable. lol

  8. idk why but the guy in the video saying "purple pants" quickly just made me chuckle a little bit

  9. Green and red are opposite colors, if you look closely at the wheel the purple is closer to blue well the green is closer to yellow.

  10. Pretty sure nobody cares about you spoiling Civil War II. Cause nobody wants to read the damn SJW-fest of a comic.

  11. A better question is: why does every Millennial and post-Millennial these days seem to have a beard and that ridiculous buzzed-on-the-sides, poofy-on-top haircut? This is the most ridiculous hairstyle fad since the mullet of the mid '80s to mid '90s, and in the future it will be one of the most comical and dated looking haircuts in history (along with the old Justin Bieber haircut from about a decade ago).

    I wish the gene which causes people to jump onto bandwagons could be eradicated. It would make the human race look a lot less foolish.

  12. I never consciously noticed before that, whenever Hulk is more of a bright yellow green, his purple pants are more red.

  13. Another key factor in color choices of the period – red, blue and yellow were much cheaper to print than green and purple. Heroes were often given these schemes to cut costs.

  14. The reason the early superheroes (Superman, Wonder woman, Spiderman, captain America, iron Man) had blue, red, and yellow color schemes goes back to the limited color tech: primary colors were the only ones available at the time

  15. Oh oh aw come on I didn’t need to see a close on hulks bulge okay I’ve seen enough angry bulges for one lifetime, least this time it was purple and not black

  16. I always thought it was to show how far he got from human like the pants represent his human side cause he's not just bare like a wild animal but at the same time he's the exact opposite of them with the color contrast

  17. In some stories it was explained that one of Bruce Banner's idols was Albert Einstein who according to some rumors always wore purple pants so Bruce decieded to do so aswell,in other stories Bruce choose the purple look in college because he thought he could start a new fashion trend, it never caught on but he keept wearing them even as a doctor.

  18. On the color wheel, where it shows as primary, secondary, etcetera, purple is on the opposite side of yellow. Green and red on are opposite sides too.

  19. Maybe it's to reflect his emotions. Red is rage, anger, regret whereas blue is calm, relaxed, without worry. Purple is a great middle ground and reflects the conflict in Banner's personalities without it being overemphasised.

    I'm writing this before viewing the video properly. Just thought I'd put my initial theory out there first.

  20. On Immortal Hulk is revealed that Bruce Banner use Purple pants because he sells his clothes to sanity and use Purple pants to follow the tips of Albert Einstein that he dress the same everyday.

  21. You use a teenage mutant ninja turtle as a color example

    But the teenage mutant ninja turtle comics where black an white and very stylized

  22. Actually if you think about it there might be a really clever reason behind having 'purple' pants (rather than him being naked), once they decided to pigment him 'green' as there is no colour purple in the spectrum of, light. It is only cone cells on the retina being stimulated in a certain way that this colour is perceived by the brain. But then also gamma radiation would also be colourless as it's wavelength frequency is also outside of the visible light spectrum.

  23. Banner: Hm white shirt and a purple pants, i liked this outfit it looks colorful and alive
    Comic channels: WhY He iS WeArINg A PuRPlE PaNTS

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